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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

clickclickdrone Re:foolproof (244 comments)

In other news, sales of Minox spy cameras rise ten fold.

about a month ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

clickclickdrone Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (244 comments)

In the 80's a UK bank experimented with signature recognition by listening to the pen on the paper. The dynamics and pressure etc were much harder to fake than the actual signature so it made sense but ultimately didn't go anywhere.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

clickclickdrone Early days (552 comments)

Note, as mentioned in the link you provided, some people do partially or even fully recover. It's too soon to assume this is the way it will always be. Meanwhile, hopefully others can come up with good ideas for a way forward communication wise.

about 3 months ago
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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

clickclickdrone Re:Derp (250 comments)

Same here. I wash everywhere else but I don't think I've used anything other than water on my face in 30+ years.

about 3 months ago
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World's First Dedicated Gaming Magazine Is Facing Closure

clickclickdrone Re:Magazine? (82 comments)

We think the "social drinking at pubs, not at home" thing is odd.

In the UK, drinking at home might be considered tantamount to alcoholism. Binge drinking in pubs is far more socially acceptable. Work that one out!

about 2 months ago
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World's First Dedicated Gaming Magazine Is Facing Closure

clickclickdrone Re:Magazine? (82 comments)

Yeah, thanks for the snark. I've been over a few times and traveled there a lot, either driving around the east coat or staying in cities. Either way, I found magazines pretty scarce compared to what I was used to.

about 2 months ago
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World's First Dedicated Gaming Magazine Is Facing Closure

clickclickdrone Re:Magazine? (82 comments)

add thing/odd thing.

about 2 months ago
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World's First Dedicated Gaming Magazine Is Facing Closure

clickclickdrone Re:Magazine? (82 comments)

It's an add thing, I found the lack of magazines in the US really weird when I was over there and that was 15+ years ago. They only seemed to be in bookshops. Over in the UK, they're everywhere and hundreds of different ones. Newsagents, super markets, petrol stations, music shops, pretty much everywhere except book shops.

about 2 months ago
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World's First Dedicated Gaming Magazine Is Facing Closure

clickclickdrone Thanks for my life, C&VG (82 comments)

I started getting C&VG from the first issue. Back then they were mainly a magazine full of BASIC listings for the Atari 800, BBC, Apple, TRS80, MZ80K, ZX81 etc. They also had ongoing tutorials on adventure game writing and the like. More bizarrely, they also had a play by mail space game, which I never played (had to pay as I remember) which featured every issue. You posted your next moves and got a computer print out of the results a few weeks later. You thought waiting for cassettes to load was slow gameplay? Pah! For me though, it was key. I first learned programming by typing in the Atari 800 listings (which never worked first time) by checking the typos then working out 'ah, that must be what changes the colour of the border' etc. Between the monthly listings and a BASIC primer, I was away. Later on I moved onto 6502 assembler and later C once I had an Atari ST. Somehow that chain of events resulted in me writing systems generating millions in revenue for banks. Thanks C&VG! I did stop getting the magazine after a few years but decided to submit a game I had in mind. I pulled out all the stops, wanting it to be the best Atari game they'd published. It had (ignore if you're not an Atari 8bit type) multiple DLIs, redefined character sets, sprites, assembler subroutines and all sorts of twiddly things. I then went and bought an issue to get the address to send my masterpiece to. Arse, they'd stopped doing listings several issues earlier. :-(

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Logged $713 Million In Revenue In Q1 and Built 7,535 Cars

clickclickdrone Sponsor? (131 comments)

Just wondering if Tesla sponsor this site in some way, they get a huge amount of stories here.

about 3 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

clickclickdrone Re:Price, plain and simple... (477 comments)

Just be glad you weren't into Laserdisc. Star Wars boxed set? $250. Aliens? $100 (or same in GBP if you were in the UK). Over here you can pick up a BR player for about GBP40 and most disks for new movies are about GBP12 versus GBP10 for the DVD so it's not a huge jump. My Sony BR player with a few bells and whistles was GBP25 in a sale (HMV messed up :-) ) but the one it replaced was only GBP40. There's plenty of BR movies for GBP5 if you shop around.

about 3 months ago
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Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

clickclickdrone 'Attacks' (254 comments)

I suspect the key to the 55% number is the word 'attacks' i.e. not viruses, worms etc but using OS holes and other such exploits.

about 3 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

clickclickdrone Re:you missed some (477 comments)

Well yes, if it's just someone singing to a backing track, I'd agree but most major bands are going to have a big chunk of their 'live' sound coming from somewhere other than the instruments in their hands. As I said, these days it's more likely to be Ableton Live as that gives you a lot of flexibility in a live situation (hence the name) as well as being a good DAW in its own right.

about 3 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

clickclickdrone Re:you missed some (477 comments)

Yeah, right. Depends on your style of music but usually they'll be any number of sequences, some vocal effects, drum work etc on DAT then the band will play live over the top. For anything outside straight bass/lead/drums stuff you don't have much choice. Especially if you have some particular sound or effect the song hangs off of. Yes, you can sequence a lot but the structure is more often than not fixed. Less so these days as you can do most of this with Ableton Live etc but I'm talking 1990 until 2005 as being mainstream use of DAT this way.

about 3 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

clickclickdrone Re:Contracting? (477 comments)

You should worry, we get FBI warnings on most disks and that's in the UK.

about 3 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

clickclickdrone Re:you missed some (477 comments)

>DAT was a failure.
As a consumer brand, yes. In pro circles it was the defacto standard (and to some extent still is) for years for high quality copies of audio. Been to live gig? Chances are the backing track was on a DAT.

about 3 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

clickclickdrone Re:Here's his problem (278 comments)

Oh I tell them, they just say "That's not my reality". Twats.

about 4 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

clickclickdrone Re:Here's his problem (278 comments)

I've worked at places where you just want to scream at the ineptitude of the seniors. They ask how long it will take to code. You tell them 3 months. They say do it in 2. You try and cut all sorts of corners, some dangerous, no room left for contingency then suddenly at week 6 you get told it's now 7 weeks not 8. Code goes to test and not surprisingly, it's crap. They then go nuts over code quality and say you must do better next time and faster again too. Dear seniors. The reason the code is crap is because it was rushed because you wouldn't accept reality or lacked the balls to tell your boss that reality was different to what they wanted it to be.

about 4 months ago

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Game Dev says 10.1m illegal downloads = 176k actual lost sales

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about 9 months ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Football Manager boss Miles Jacobson has revealed the true extent of video game piracy on PC.

10.1m people have illegally downloaded Football Manager 2013, he said on stage at London Games Conference 2013.

Jacobson said that he does not believe that one pirated game equals one lost sale "That would be ridiculous to think," he said. But based on the drop in activations, he estimated piracy cost them 176,000 lost sales. He added that 1.74 per cent of illegal downloaders would potentially purchase the game had no crack been available"

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'Master key' to Android phones uncovered

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about a year ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A "master key" that could give cyber-thieves unfettered access to almost any Android phone has been discovered by security research firm BlueBox. The bug could be exploited to let an attacker do what they want to a phone including stealing data, eavesdropping or using it to send junk messages. The loophole has been present in every version of the Android operating system released since 2009.

Google said it currently had no comment to make on BlueBox's discovery."

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Ebay say Google ads not worth it

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about a year and a half ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A report by auction website eBay has found that paying for advertising in the form of keywords on search engines has little effect on sales.

Platforms such as Google and Bing offer companies the option to "buy" words. This means their websites appear more prominently if a person searches for a particular term.

The eBay study found that most people who clicked through as a result of this service were loyal customers who would have come to the site anyway.

As the article goes on to suggest though, these results will be heavily skewed by the fact Ebay is such a well known brand to begin with, it would already show high in the listings. Smaller advertisers would probably see more benefit."

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Facebook sued over use of Like button

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about a year and a half ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Facebook is facing legal action over its use of the "like" button and other features of the social network.

It is being sued by a patent-holding company acting on behalf of a dead Dutch programmer called Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer.

Rembrandt Social Media said Facebook's success was based, in part, on using two of Mr Van Der Meer's patents without permission."

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No Charges in UK for Gary McKinnon

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about a year and a half ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Computer hacker Gary McKinnon, who is wanted in the US, will not face charges in the UK, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC said the chances of a successful conviction were "not high".

He announced the decision some three months after Home Secretary Theresa May stopped the extradition.

Mr McKinnon, 46, admits accessing US government computers but says he was looking for evidence of UFOs.

The US authorities tried to extradite him to face charges of causing $800,000 (£487,000) to military computer systems and he would have faced up to 60 years in prison if convicted."

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Kickstarted video game project Haunts gets mothballed

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about 2 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Development on a video game funded by the crowdsourced funding site Kickstarter has stopped as all its programmers have quit.

More than 1,200 people backed Haunts: The Manse Macabre when it ran a funding campaign via Kickstarter in June 2012.

It pledged to produce a horror game but that has been mothballed after running out of cash and staff."

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UK Hacker McKinnon Extradition has been blocked

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about 2 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "The UK Home Secretary has just announced that Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to the US for hacking charges. She has cited grave concerns in recent years about the handling of UK->US extraditions. This was the last chance to extradite him so now it will be down to UK justice system."
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Rasberry Pi competitors appearing.

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 2 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A couple of competitors to the Rasberry Pi have been in the news this week. The Chinese MK802 has a higher spec but an equally high price but now VIA have announced their own bare board system, the APC which should ship at $49. Both systems run Android in contrast to the Rasberry Pi's Linux."
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Domesday Project reborn online after 25 years

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 3 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A good idea, combined with the right technology, can change the world. 25 years ago, the BBC dreamt up an inspired scheme. However, in the case of the Domesday Project, it was the tech that doomed it.

The premise was straightforward enough — create a 20th century version of William the Conqueror's 900-year-old page-turner, the Domesday Book.

Instead of land rights and livestock, it would chronicle life in 1980s Britain, based on photographs and written accounts submitted by ordinary people.

It was an incredibly ambitious undertaking and, in many ways, the Domesday Project was a success.

The BBC received more than a million contributions and the electronic version was released commercially.

However, the system was based on laserdiscs, a BBC Master computer and a trackball and over the years, the ability to access the data has been all but lost. Until now..."

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First Apple Computer sells for £130,000

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 3 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "One of the first batch of Apple personal computers has sold at auction in London for £133,250 ($210,000).

The Apple I came with its original packaging and a signed sales letter from Apple co-founder and current chief executive Steve Jobs.

The computer, one of only 200 of the model ever made, originally sold for $666.66 when it was introduced in 1976."

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Torchwood to return

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 4 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Despite killing off the bulk of the cast in season 3, the BBC have announced season 4 of Torchwood and with a nod to overseas sales, they are going international location wise. A ten part series is promised with locations in the US and elsewhere in the world unlike the previous seasons which stayed resolutely in Wales."
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How a single theft caused numerous fires in the UK

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 4 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "Thieves in the UK stole a GBP20 limiter from an electrical substation. The result? Power fluctuations as high as 400 volts caused numerous appliance failures and a number of thankfully small fires in Bolton. A child's baby alarm even caught fire damaging blankets and putting the baby at risk. The incident has triggered a lot of discussion about the merits of switching off and unplugging everything overnight — possibly an overreaction but we do tend to assume our mains delivers what we expect."
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UK News website chain to start charging for conten

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 4 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "A chain of websites belonging to Johnston Press, the largest owner of regional newspapers in the UK is starting a trial to see if people are willing to pay £5 per quarter for access to all their content. Non paying users can still access a subset of the articles though. This follows on the heels of Murdoch's expressed wish to start making people pay for online news. Johnston Press have over 300 newspapers in their fold so this will be one to watch."
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Linux laptops for Senior Citizens launched

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 4 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "The BBC and others are reporting the launch of a new range of computers aimed at older (60+) first time computer users with no experience of the Internet. Using a build of Linux with a simplified interface called SimplicITy, the new machines provide basic email, web browsing and chat. To help users get going, it even includes 17 tutorial videos by Valerie Singleton, a well known face in the UK to people of that generation."
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'Road trains' ready to roll

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 4 years ago

clickclickdrone (964164) writes "The BBC is reporting that Road trains that link vehicles together using wireless sensors could soon be on European roads.

An EU-financed research project is looking at inexpensive ways of getting vehicles to travel in a 'platoon' on Europe's motorways. Each road train could include up to eight separate vehicles — cars, buses and trucks will be mixed in each one. The EU hopes to cut fuel consumption, journey times and congestion by linking vehicles together. Early work on the idea suggests that fuel consumption could be cut by 20% among those cars and trucks travelling behind the lead vehicle."

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Amazon to block Phorm scans

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

clickclickdrone writes "The BBC are reporting (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7999635.stm) that Amazon has said it will not allow online advertising system Phorm to scan its web pages to produce targeted ads. For most people this is a welcome step, especially after the European Commission said it was starting legal action against the UK earlier this week over its data protection laws in relation to Phorm's technology. Anyone who values their privacy should applaud this move by Amazon."
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British ISPs censoring Wikipedia

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

clickclickdrone writes "It has emerged that a group of British ISPs have been censoring Wikipedia by passing all traffic through a filter since last Friday. The information from Wikipdia themselves is that there are claims that an album cover by the German band Scorpion is being accused of being child porn so under the The Protection of Children Act 1978, they have taken appropriate actions to prevent viewing of the material. Wikipedi's version of the story can be seen here http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/British_ISPs_restrict_access_to_Wikipedia_amid_child_pornography_allegations"
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'Hacker' loses extradition appeal

clickclickdrone clickclickdrone writes  |  about 6 years ago

clickclickdrone writes "Yet another example of laws designed to fight terrorism being used elsewhere, British hacker Gary McKinnon has lost his Law Lords appeal against being extradited to stand trial in the US. Gary McKinnon, 42, could face a life sentence if found guilty of gaining access to 97 American military and Nasa computers from his London home. Glasgow-born Mr McKinnon admits breaking into the computers but says he was trying to find information on UFOs. He lost his case at the High Court in 2006 before taking it to the Lords. He is being extradited using the asymetric agreeements put in place between the US and UK designed to help with fighting terrorism but as is so often the case, the US has yet to hold up its side of the deal when it comes to shipping its own citizens abroad for trials."
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