The Channel logo

* Posts by John Brown (no body)

1855 posts • joined 21 May 2010

Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Catch 22

"more attractive for ISPs to base themselves in the country"

When they say "ISPs", they may not only mean the companies who provide retail/commercial connections to end users. An Internet Service Provider may well mean the likes of Twitter, Google etc and in particular Portuguese/Spanish/other Latin language type operations so a link back to the "mother countries" might well be a benefit. Although we don't hear so much in the news about the "BRIC" economies theses days, don't forget who the B in BRIC is, despite some recent slight downturns in economic growth they are still a significant economy.

1
0

Lenovo completes Motorola purchase for $2.9bn – $10bn less than Google paid for it

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

a brand that has excellent recognition in the US and Europe

Really?

I don't know about the rest of Europe, but when I think of Motorola I think of the past, ICs and car radios and that's pretty much it. I don't think Motorola has much brand awareness in the UK at all, certainly not with the general public.

1
1

Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Let me get this right?

"Mozilla want me|you to install an application on a smartphone which will, as we wander around, sniff any wireless points as we pass,"

Do people still wander around all day with the phone WIFi switched on?

0
0

The NO-NAME vuln: wget mess patched without a fancy brand

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: All these linux-y vulns coming out of the woodwork

Dunno, but I think it's a good thing. Too many *nix devs have been complacent for a long time "because *nix is designed to be secure, we don't viruses" and the whole meme of "it's open, lots of eyes can see the code" sort of security feel-goodness.

Going bug hunting in the stuff we've taken for granted for so long can only improve things for all. After all, how are we to be sure that Govt. spy agencies are not already aware of many of these "newly discovered" holes?

(FreeBSD use since 4.3-Release)

0
1

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

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Negligence? Mal-or-nonfeasance in public office? Being a dick?

Yes, a very big stick.

1. Install software which, as the "big boys" already do, automatically strips metadata from all photos downloaded to your PC under the guise of cataloguing them.

2. Search orphanworkslicensing.service.gov.uk using the obvious "tags" inferred from the photo subject matter

3. Carefully check the results as described in the article.

4. Realise that what you have is obviously an "orphan work" and feel free to use how you will.

It'd be a shame if any of those pics turned out to be valuable images owned by "big media", but so long as one follows the letter of the law then the worst that can happen is you stop using any photo where a "rights holder" can prove they own it.

Now, I wonder if I happened to download a film or TV show with no title, credits or embedded metadata, would that be an orphan work?

4
0

IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Coat

Re: Relative

"a statue of yourself made out of scandium."

I thought they used that to make trucks.

2
0

Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Why would GooTube pay content creators?

"revenue per click continued its long-term decline"

That paradigm only seems to have been invented for interwebs advertising. In the physical world, advertising is more about brand awareness and long term gaining of customers. No one placing a poster on a billboard is going to expect that to turn into purchases immediately by everyone passing by.

No one is totally immune to advertising, whether that be posters, online ads or word of mouth from others. Even those who claim not to be influenced by ads, once they start researching a product will most likely start by searching the brand names or products they are most familiar with because they know the names from adverts.

2
0

Yes, Virginia, there IS a W3C HTML5 standard – as of now, that is

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Coat

The realy big question...

...is does it have a marquee tag?

1
0

MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Facepalm

Re: "a statistically quite small group of people"

"A few thousand folk is not, in my humble opinion, statistically small."

That's true. The real problem is that they asked men to be honest about how much sex they get.

2
0

ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Why?

"Erm.. have you heard the latest news re. the chances of a kaboom?"

Yes, I have.

Sent from my iVolcano

0
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Why?

So what if a sailboat was under the launch path. I wonder what the odds are of a mis-fire/abort and the resulting fireball/shrapnel landing on any boat which might normally be in the area?

5
2

BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: @Thought

"we are still in the early days of space-flight"

Yes, something many seem to forget. We are still at that small moment in history where "ship" by default means something which floats on water.

4
0

KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Coat

Re: I know exactly who to blame....

Yes, I do. I apologise to all and sundry for my rash comment.

Excuse me while I depart for my volcanic lair....

2
0

I'll cap internet tax, says Hungarian PM as mob attacks his party HQ

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

" I can instantly see my data consumption so far this month."

Why? Is your service capped or something?

0
0

Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Coat

"wireless charging mattresses"

Sex toys which never run out of battery power? That might be a new and sustainable market.

2
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Joke

Re: Odd

@Mage ""You’re going to wind up charging it daily,” he emphasised."

Well, according to Mr Cook, "You’re going to wind up charging it daily,” he emphasised.

So it's going to be like those wind up torches, obviously. Just attach the eco-friendly winding handle conveniently supplied with every watch and wind it for 5 minutes for each hour of planned operation and think of the bonus calories you're burning off at the same time. Win-win for every fanboi.

4
0

Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

QR codes...established technology...most people know how to handle.

I don't believe that statement re QE codes Maybe in the USA, but here in dear old Blighty QR codes seem to have disappeared.

I suspect that in the USA, new payment methods are being tried because judging by previous comments above, they are stuck in the past. Here in the UK Chip & Pin is ubiquitous and it seems that most C&P machine are NFC enabled as are most debit/credit cards (you can have it disabled on your card if you want, I did)

I can't see a QR code payment method even trialling over here since both C&P and NFC are already in place almost everywhere, work and most importantly everyone knows C&P and many even know about NFC now.

1
0

Shellshock over SMTP attacks mean you can now ignore your email

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Coat

Swine!

2
0

An 'embed' link isn't a new infringement, says EU Court of Justice

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: DMCA'd the Video?

"they should use local German or wider EU laws to get it removed."

Although not specifically stated in the article, reading between the lines and the actions of the copyright holders implies that they posted the original video to YouTube so if they wanted it removed they only have to delete it. No laws required.

Since they didn't remove it, then they want it there for some reason. Maybe they can't afford to host video and its bandwidth cost on their own servers so have to rely on a free service? I suspect if they had hosted it themselves the judgement may have been different.

0
0

Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Gallifrey 90210

"and in the middle of this we've got Mr Pink as the lamest "Tin Dog" yet."

I can't help but think that Mickey[1] regenerated into Danny.

[1]Mickey, as in Rose/Billy Piper episodes for those who have tried to forget him.

1
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Was it just me?

"I like much of Moffat's work, including some of the Dr Who episodes he's penned, but it seems he's at his best in small doses - Sherlock and Jekyll being my favourite examples of where he delivers small, self-contained masterpieces."

Yes, I think that sums up the entire problem with the whole of the reboot series, most obviously this current series. Stories are too short and end up with a hurried solution in the last few minutes and no clear back story to link the episodes into a coherent series. And no, a "surprise" in the very last episode "explaining" the back story isn't good enough if there are no clues to allow the viewer to work it out for themselves over the span of the series.

Back in Ye Olden Days, the episodes were half the current length but the story ran across several episode or even the whole series with a cliffhanger at the end of each episode. This gave time to develop the characters and work though a proper plot with a decent lead up to a solution.

2
0

'It's NOT a fishing expedition', say police over random spot checks on gun owners

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Is this the case? Was it ever the case?

"If this policy prevents just one person dying, I believe that will justify it."

I really hope you are being ironic since there's no way to ever confirm that.

4
0

Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Headmaster

Re: No Names ..just amounts...

"maybe if they worked in Eastern Europe, like Dubai or Israel,"

Ummm....where? See the geography master icon :-) ---------------->

3
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: There is more to this story...

"because there are no such protections in the EU"

Yes, there are. The fact you worked for an employer who got away with breaking the law doesn't mean the law doesn't exist. But then you mentioned "eastern Europe" and "many years ago" so maybe you are talking about what was recently communist eastern bloc which was a little like the Wild West for quite some time after the fall of Communism. (some still is, see Russia and some of its "satellite" states)

2
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: How dare he/she...

"It was the *even* bit, as in even if they are not US residents."

Yes, because that is the time when special circumstances kick in, eg in many/most countries, temporary workers don't pay local tax or other "charges" levied against wages and are not entitled to local benefits so a person in her position and experience level should have been paying extra special attention to the details of the "compensation". Since she wasn't, then she was negligent.

0
0

32,000 Hungarians plan to take to the streets for 'internet tax' protest

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Joke

Re: Whatever next?

"Here in California"

Ah, so it's true the Great Atlantic Irony Barrier is still in operation :-)

2
0

Kip Thorne explains how he created the black hole for Interstellar

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: "...a big screen cinema..."

"Horrifying."

I have wondered in recent years if a big launch event for a Hollywood "blockbuster" could be carried out on cable/satellite Pay Per View. It might be an interesting experiment for one of the big studios to try out. After all, many people have large screen TVs at home now and I think a lot of people would pay £20-30 for an "event" that they'd pay similar for at the cinema but without the dross that comes with a trip out.

Two options spring to mind. A "simulcast" with the cinema launch, ie a pay-per-view like a sports event so every one watches at the same time and also try out a one weekend only On Demand event. Either with different films on different launch days or even on the same launch but in different areas/countries/territories.

0
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: That reminds me...

"Are you sure it wasn't blue?"

That bit was the event horizon.

1
0

MAVEN snaps eight-bit SPACE INVADER

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Thumb Up

So fret not:

"So fret not: better pics of Comet Siding Spring are doubtless in the works"

I don't care!!!! The photo was taken by a frikken remote controlled atomic tank from the surface of another frikken planet. Said tank even has frikken lasers. That's already frikken cool!1!!one!!

0
0

LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: "hints that there are probably thousands of dinosaurs that we still do not know about"

"Frankly, I've thought of flogging a book on a dinosaur culture that was similar to ours, but died off and the concrete, steel and even plastics broke down and left the cemeteries dissolved over the millions of years since their passing."

Been done. Sort of. Harry Harrison beat you to it. Although considering how long we humans have been around and we are already doing genetic engineering, maybe there was a dinosaur civilisation experimenting way back then. They had way longer than we've had so far.

0
0

Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: How much?

"did the Dragon 32 use a 6800x too?"

Dragon and TRS-80 Color[sic] Computer used 8-bit 6809, not 16 bit 68000.

0
0

Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Not such a bad idea

"If there is a charge per GB how long will the advertising funding model work?"

Exactly! Who in their right mind would NOT block as many ads as possible when the recipient has to pay to receive them.

0
0

Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

"For companies that have to pay "licencing costs" to overseas subsidiaries revenue directed to those costs would be taxed prior to the money leaving the country."

Although I think I see where you are coming from with that, the problem is that a lot of manufacturing, both physical and non-tangible (eg computer games) is likely to be paying licensing fees for at least some of the components.

0
0

Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: It is is still an E.L.E. - No it is not

"It could cause local devastation and some global cooling (due to dust) but it is too small to cause major global damage. If (for example) such an object hit in the middle of the UK there would be little damage (if any) to more distant parts of the EU (e.g. Italy and Spain) let alone to the rest of the world."

What if it hits in the sea? That wet stuff that covers 3/4 of the earths surface. That'd be some pretty big waves. I'd not like to be too close to beach on that day although I'm sure some daft bugger would try to surf it.

1
1

Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Great Scott!

"My hat is off to them."

Me too!

"I am almost tempted to get me some copper sulphate and start electro plating!!"

A cheaper alternative non-ferrous conductor might be roles of aluminium baking foil glued to some ply or chipboard :-)

2
0

ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Still a little harsh

"why on Earth should the ISPs get landed with the bill?"

You raise an excellent point. Should the various worlds Post Offices be obliged to stop scam letters being sent through their systems, eg the scammy "lottery" schemes etc (it's "easy", they have physical addresses at least on the inside)? If not, why not? It's as if the lawmakers think that anything illegal and internet related, not being physical, is easy and cost-free to block.

Using this new blocking logic, then how come so much money is "lost" from illegal downloads since not being physical, obviously have little real value. :-)

0
0

EU digi tzar: 'I like the nickname STEELIE NEELIE. Yeah, why not'

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Thumb Down

"...it's a stupid line to be only the pipe owner,"

"Steelie Neelie said. She argued that telcos should be creating specialised services"

That sounds like she's in favour of bringing back the likes of AOL and Compuserve. We already know what happened to that model.

1
0

'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: New name needed.

"In the early days of the internet there used to be an actual art to trolling"

Exactly. It's another example of "outsiders" mis-understanding a term, the media picking it up and running with it such that the term ends up with the new and incorrect meaning. Wannabee "cool kids" who don't actually understand what "cool" is, never mind what the "cool kids" are actually saying.

After all, we who read here all know what a hacker is, but try telling the media that they have it all wrong and see how far you get.

12
0

Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Old news?

I'm pretty sure it's at least a few years since Govt. was talking about the "happiness index". It might even have been the last Labour Govt.

0
0

Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Depends on assumptions

"Some Skoda Fabias need the front bumper removing to replace the headlights,"

As does a Kia C'eed. But in my case it's a company car so not my problem.

1
0

Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Coffee/keyboard

"bump to dump"

See icon -------------->

0
0

Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Pint

I'll toast you from my Lohan tankard...

...when it arrives.

Anyone got theirs yet? I gather the mugs have been dispatched from comments elsewhere.

0
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Sorry to burst the bubble

Strangely, while listening to a SciFi audiobook in the car on Friday, one of the lines was "...and the guy from a British Tech rag..." and I immediately thought of ElReg and pictured Lester at the press shindig :-)

0
0

FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Big Brother

"Doesn't it frighten you that someone is his position actually verbalises these kind of thoughts?"

Oh, yes <shivers>

Oddly, I just read Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. An interesting scenario and despite apparently being aimed at teens, makes some good points. Especially in the afterwards. It's free to download under a Creative Commons Licence.

I must admit to smiling sardonically at the ironic concept of hacked XBoxes running linux to build a darknet to combat the DHS :-)

0
0

The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

Re: Nice to see the Reg is really trying hard...

"They never phone do they, just like the girl that dumps you and you hope she'll call...

But she never does because she's already got someone else."

In this analogy, "she" has lots of other partners, so maybe you're implying Apple is like a high class whore who's choosy about her punters?

0
0

Data cops in charge of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google get a new office

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

..but when the Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland needs to talk to the local head honchos of Google et al, it must be fun to say, "no, I insist, please visit me at my office...if you can find it. I'll put the kettle on."

0
0

Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: I Want To Believe

"Yes, they want you to believe."

Every time a Physicist says "I don't believe it", a fusion fairy dies.

3
0
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge
Alien

Re: 10 years

"It might change everything"

First, most of the oil companies go bust (a few will survive. We use crude oil for a lot more than "just" fuel). Next,the solar/wind companies go bust. Everyone in the electric car supply chain make out like bandits. The financial markets are in upheaval as everyone tries to sell fossil fuel shares and buy anything else. I suspect an initial financial crash, worldwide, which will take a few years to recover from.

The biggest problem is that all the above would happen more or less overnight while the fabled cheap fusion is only just starting to come off the production line.

I reckon all the naysayers are wrong. Everyone knows that Lockheed Martin, the Skunkworks in particular, has links to Area 51. :-)

2
0

Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

Re: Utopian drivel

"A more pressing concern is that not voting is a valid choice. I didn't have any acceptable choices for MP at the last general election, so I didn't cast a vote for any of the candidates."

I don't see that as a valid reason for objecting to compulsory voting (although there are other valid reasons) since a ballot can be spoiled, thus venting your spleen or alternatively, part of a change to compulsory voting would be add a "None of the above" choice on the ballot which is counted, totalled and announced as part of the results.

7
1
John Brown (no body)
Silver badge

"This statement belittles the contribution of every woman working in the industry."

Abso-bloody-lutley? My wife for one! She once made a web page. With a picture of our cat on it. With a little help from me (a man. Oh, I feel so ashamed!)

10
6

Opinion

Microsoft Surface bomb
Killer whale

Chris Mellor

Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'

Tim Worstall

Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen

Features

No, silly... he was the fall guy for years of Finnish folly
Fraud image
Frodo and the Ring
Microsoft's strategy is to make Store apps popular. Good luck with that