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Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law

William Donelson

GREED is a SICKNESS. It's why people with a million times as much money as the poor still feel they don't have enough.

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

William Donelson

Less than 2% of Apple iOS devices use iOS5 or less.

Story point: Yawn.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

William Donelson

I have *both* PCs and Macs. It's been 20 yrs since I had a virus on my Mac, and that took 10 mins to remove.

For PCs: Kaspersky Lab is detecting 315,000 new malicious files EVERY DAY.

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

William Donelson

Re: top tip

I sold an 8 year old dual G5 for $450 last year. Try that with ANY pc. I also sold a two year old MacMini for 85% of purchase price. Again, try that with any PC.

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ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US

William Donelson

Very misleading title for this article

Very misleading title for this article

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WiGag war: Tiny low-power chip promises mobes 4.6Gbps Wi-Fi

William Donelson

Fingers crossed

Since USB3 interferes so badly with WiFi and 2.4 GHz wireless devices, I am hoping this new standard will actually be reliable at 60 GHz without being polluted by other devices, or interfering with them in turn.

Are there other devices which operate commonly in the 60 GHz range? Or have significant harmonics there? Medical devices?

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SPACE: The FINAL FRONTIER. These are the TEN-YEAR images of star probe Cassini

William Donelson

Truly an awesome achievement! Some of the most amazing science in history.

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

William Donelson

One of the dumbest shows ever on TV. Including Judge Judy and the agony aunts.

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Amazon Fire: Who needs a WAREHOUSE when you have a global ADS PLATFORM?

William Donelson

Yawn

Yet another lacklustre wannabe phone.

"Hey, you can get ads on this phone. No apps, but ads!"

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

William Donelson

First they came for the Gardeners, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Gardener.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Serious here. When will your job go? And.... WHO will own the robots? (Hint: NOT YOU)

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Web moguls ask YOU to stump up big money to STOP big money from winning in Washington

William Donelson

Amazing, getting the customers to pay for Corporate Lobbying

Amazing, getting the customers to pay for Corporate Lobbying.

This is real chutzpah!

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Judge could bin $325m wage-fixing settlement in Silicon Valley

William Donelson

Criminal Prosecution

I love Apple and their products, but when they and other companies break the law, there should be criminal prosecutions, NOT SETTLEMENTS. This goes double for banks and bankers.

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Apple's Irish tax lair to be probed by European Commission

William Donelson
Stop

Fracking parasites.

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Bitcoin ransomware racket makes bank

William Donelson

What's the problem>?

WINDOWS.

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NeoPost: This is how you DON'T do PIN security

William Donelson

No no no. You don't understand.

The purpose of this nightmare is to secure the JOB of the neoPost tech staff

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

William Donelson

Honestly, Star Wars is pretty 3rd rate stuff. Acting is marginal, direction laughable, plot ham-fisted and abused.No wonder 4 year olds enjoy it so much.

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Wait, that's no moon 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC

William Donelson

Re: On the other hand

... "with a built-in PC"...

Built-in CRAP PC. Just try running any real HTML5 on this piece of S.

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WTF is the Internet of Things and how insurers will use it against you

William Donelson
Alert

You are number six. I am number two.

Who owns the technology and the means of production.

Research and report

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

William Donelson

I use SugarSync since you can pick folders from all over your PC, including external volumes.

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Western Digital 'fesses up to Mavericks data loss mess

William Donelson

Re: Treat third party drivers with caution

I agree. If it won't run with Apple's own drivers, then it's a mutant and I won't touch it.

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Apple scrambles to fix buggy Mavericks apps

William Donelson

Even with some bugs, 10.9.0 is a vast improvement in speed and stability over 10.8.5

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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

William Donelson

Re: Regardless of the facts...

My two year old iPad 3 (WiFi only, in superb condition), which I bought USED for £300, is priced at about £250 give or take a bit on eBay UK. Amazing.

Most Apple products have amazing re-sale value. I sold a two year old MacMini for 80% of the purchase price last spring, and an EIGHT year old dual G4 for £300 a year ago.

By contrast, I have a Dell PC with 20" monitor and 8GB RAM which sells for about £75 on eBay UK. Crappy really.

No one ever notes that the high price of Apple products is returned in large part when you are done.

Note: I use PCs (Windows 7 only now), Macs, iPads, iPhones, and (currently) six different Android devices every day (custom Apps), so this is not bull. I like Windows 7 (5 out of 10 rating), but OSX more (7 out of 10 now with Mavericks). I like Android (6 out of 10), but iOS more (8 out of 10).

The consistency of Apple products for App development is 3x - 4x less frustration than trying to anticipate the 100 forks of Android, not to mention the 100 screen sizes etc. And profit from Apple products is 5-10x better than with Android.

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I gave up years ago and use AppleCare now. Awesome!

No worries, just great service. They will even pick up the item from my door, including emails about the pickup hour.

Before I would take stuff to an Apple store, but I no longer have a car, so AppleCare peace-of-mind is worth the money, honestly.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

William Donelson

"We are ready to proceed—the only thing holding us back is the perception that [hypersonics] is always expensive, large and exotic."

So, only a mere $20 billion then? Congress could easily get that from Food Stamps and only a few millions would starve...

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iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch

William Donelson

Not to mention resale value being quite amazing...

My old WiFi-only iPad 3 selling on eBay now for £250 give or take some.

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Cisco: We'll open-source our H.264 video code AND foot licensing bill

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Payday loan firms are the WORST. Ugh, my mobe's FILLED with filthy SPAM

William Donelson

imho, the single best feature ever is in iOS 7

The ability to block callers including text spammers without jailbreaking.

This is a triumph, not of technology, but of Apple over service providers...

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

William Donelson

It's not a PC, this is for real humans, not hack-a-whacks.

If you are worried about support, AppleCare is by far the best-rated support in the history of computing.

Jeez. Anything to bash a Mac for a headline...

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Apple bats away WiLAN cellular data patents sueball

William Donelson

Once again, Lawyers win!

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

William Donelson

Old systems came free with new hardware, but to upgrade after that you had to pay. This is the first Free one from Apple to all customers.

I find 10.9.0 to be amazingly stable and noticeably faster in many ways, sometimes much faster, but especially on laptops.

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Surface 2 MYSTERY: Haswell's here, so WHY the duff battery life?

William Donelson

Why is Windoze <anything> so awful? See picture

http://gyazo.com/ac35c48ca67ae47d82ec00d5168ec5b8

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Fraudster bought names and address from Experian, says Krebs

William Donelson

OMG, this means that Experian will have to be more careful who it sells your data to....

Nah.

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LIVE CHAT: You, El Reg, experts chat about Win 8.1 and Surface 2

William Donelson

30 Years of Windows (more or less)

http://gyazo.com/a4d2bee10fbb56d58673ceb6bd89ed57

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Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper

William Donelson

Best headline by El Reg, EVER!

Best headline by El Reg, EVER!

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AMD details new low-bucks, high-oomph graphics cards

William Donelson

Must compete with Intel on-board graphics. Crap now, but already 20x better than when they started.

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Cook invokes GHOST of STEVE JOBS in Apple-wide memo

William Donelson

Hmm.... Then why are they so busy burying everything he stood for?

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Judge orders probe over Samsung execs viewing secret Apple docs

William Donelson

Yet another example of why the Republicans, corporations and the rich want smaller government...

Same reason burglars want fewer police.

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US House Republicans: 'End net neutrality or no debt ceiling deal' – report

William Donelson

The Republican Dream

The Republican Dream:

A sweatshop America where compliant workers live in ignorance, fear, illness and poverty, while the 2% laugh and invest overseas.

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

William Donelson

I use both extensively

I develop apps for both Android and iOS. The results here for "Typical End Users" seems about right. My wife had an iPhone and hated it, begged for a Samsung. That lasted 4 weeks and now she's back to her old iPhone 4.

Also, said another way, Android is almost 6/10 and Apple is 7/10 or so. Not a great deal of difference. Both could use real improvement.

As a developer though, I must say that its far easier to build apps for iOS, but only due to the incredible forking and screen sizes and hardware variances of Android devices. Holy crap what a pain.

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

William Donelson

Reviewer: Gee... We saw the box and touched a 5C

Dull.

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Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man

William Donelson

Not the bridge of Enterprise, but with a "Captain Kirk" chair...

http://gyazo.com/497de8735e01e473483dfd995c4f3e39

http://gyazo.com/fc04a0a8605bd36c3121cd81a67b67ba

Amazing fun building this...

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

William Donelson

But... but... but...

What about your RIGHT to bear arms?

The constitution does not say "guns" it says "arms"....

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Xiaomi plans global domination with fast smartphones and software

William Donelson

Ecosystem, Ecosystem, Ecosystem

It's all about Ecosystem of apps and add-ons. Microsoft and Blackberry face the same problem. Android is catching up.

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Wrist SLAP: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch hands-on

William Donelson

So, only for small boats then?

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William Donelson

Can you say "Boat Anchor" ?

New Samsung "wrist" watch, my own visual interpretation...

http://gyazo.com/8f70e744f4f4d70befdb3340be974847

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Forget Mars: Let's get someone on the Moon – NASA veteran

William Donelson

Radiation on a trip to Mars is insurmountable at any kind of reasonable budget. Going to the moon, if we must put people into space, is the way to go.

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

William Donelson

Microsoft brings a knife to a gun fight. Go Ballmer.

Microsoft brings a knife to a gun fight. Go Ballmer.

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

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Re: Cosmic Osmo?

Osmo was great, but more like a comic strip. Myst was rich and deep and mysterious. I was building Videodisc-based games at the time and I was very very impressed.

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

William Donelson

I have been watching the half-life of technologies for a long time - very interesting!

I have been watching the half-life of technologies for a long time - very interesting!

Nice article!

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Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

William Donelson

Very clever

... and being programmable (if done right) makes it twice as good. I never use my Nexus for music etc anyway!

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