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Security guards brawl over world's biggest Apple Store

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Um... @Just Thinking

You didn't quite read the article, did you?

- Mall A puts up banners in its own property

- Mall B sends "security" goons to Mall A's banners

- Mall A's security lines up to protect banners

- Mall B's goons don't give a shit and tear down the banners, all gangster-style.

No tearing down for security reasons, this was squarely lawlessness showing up. I do wonder why the hell didn't Parkland Mall call the cops?

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Apple pushes patents for 3D avatar authoring

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Yet Another Stupid Patent

IMVU

Wii/Mii

Second Life

All of these allow you to do these avatars, and the patenty stuff e ven looks like something ripped off from the Wii's Mii. This is getting stupid!

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Use the holy word of God to stay secure online, says bishop

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Cracking that passphrase will make the cracker insane!

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ALL Visa cards blab punters' names - not just Barclaycards

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Happy

Wonder how this'll work over here. Most bankcards (debit, that is) don't even bother putting our name on the card. Whenever I swipe one of those, I end up being called "EL CLIENTE". Oooh!!

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Quitting your job? Here's how not to do it

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not just small towns

Get into a specialist niche market, you'll find that even in a big sprawling megacity, the IT industry is extremely well connected. That dude who was a code monkey at your previous employer? He might be the one offering you a good job 3 years from now!

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Nokia threatens to elbow Apple's rival nano-SIM off a cliff

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Boffin

The only ones that would benefit from SIMless handsets are the operators. Try using your Sprint phone on Verizon? Mexico's Iusacell? Can't? That's because unlike the SIM-toting handsets, the phone itself has all the identity stuff and thus can be thoroughly gimped by the operator.

I ditched Iusacell because they went down the CDMA SIMless route. SIMless phones are for me a relic of the 20th century.

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Solar power towers overpower PV panels by 20X

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Yanks beat y'all on that

The US beat schools on that, given that DST begins at the beginning of March instead of "right after Spring", so maybe that's why schools are teaching the stuff like that. DST before the equinox does sound daft, doesn't it?

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Egypt ponders smut suppression

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FAIL

Wot?

So this is what they threw out Mubarak for? I thought they were fighting for freedom, not for more stupid restrictions!

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Spain donates Enigma gear that kick-started Brit code-breaking

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Re: almost puzzled

I had the idea that it was more like the Poles cracked it (by brute force, but they did crack it), then built the bombes, then realized they were going to get 0wned when the Germans beefed up the Enigma scramblers and sent all their research to the Brits right before they got themselves 0wned.

Then GCHQ built up on this (enter: Knox), but the really damn good speed up was thanks to one Alan Turing who designed the bombes that didn't depend on the repeating day-key.

Oh yes, I've read a lot on this.

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Bio student thrown in the clink for Muamba Twitter rant

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Re: Fantastic

Meh. The account @LiamStacey9 seems to have been axed already. So it isn't visible except by the youtube link.

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'Intelligent systems' poised to outsell PCs, smartphones

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going backwards?

So x86 will plague the mobile market as well? Grim future you have there, prophet! I expect ARM to take over the x86 market, not the other way round!

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US broadcasters put the squeeze on small-town cable TV

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Drop the channels!

That's what Cable TV has done here in Mexico when TV Azteca upped the price. Don't know if it will work though. But given the content of channels 7 and 13 ... TV quality actually goes UP without those channels.

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Worst movie poll screening delayed 7 days

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Re: Please include...

I already submitted Pootie Tang, which I hope doesn't cause brain damage on our reviewers.

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BOFH: Dawn raid on Fort BOFH

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An HP Jornada

The one time I had one "assigned" by my employer, was because we got a handful of Jornadas from one of those boxes.

But hey, that one had useful stuff like:

- a SCSI PCI card

- internal SCSI cable

- DDS4 DAT drive

- a Palm Tungsten

some other stuff, but those are the ones that we actually used.

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Shiny stuff isn't IT

So it should come out of the Sales or HR budget. "Looking good" isn't IT-related.

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Musk muses on middle-class Mars colony

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Alien

He'll probably call it BARSOON.

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Senator demands Congressional vote on ACTA

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Now, if only someone could use this heat to get the world governments to cut back copyright down to 50 years.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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The Doom Generation

Someone made my brain recall this. I was fooled into believing this was either a Natural Born Killers type of movie, some corny reference to the Doom videogame or something like that. It isn't. The whole thing turns boring 20? 25? Minutes in and nevr really recovers.

In fact, the ending *improves* the movie because at least something happens!

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Oh the irony

The Tom Cruise one was much closer to the book than the original... But then Spielberg had to stick that damn annoying girl...

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Re: Blind me! Blind me NOW!

And this is one of those movies my brain had deleted from memory. Yes, most of what I remember from that one was the eye pecking scene. GROSS.

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This one's improved if you swap it out for the OTHER Jack Frost... The one with a killer snowman!

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I'll nominate:

Pootie Tang

American Cyborg: Steel Warrior

Manos: The Hands of Fate

I think the other bad movies were so bad, my brain erased them from existance.

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LYING iPhone 4S mobes claim 4G connection on 3G network

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FAIL

Lying carriers and lazy ITU.

ITU relaxed what 4G actually was. Some carriers went on and used this as an excuse to start relabeling 3.5 or 3.75G tech as "4G". At my country, only one carrier has engaged in these lies (IUSACELL), but they've always lied on this, calling CDMA2000 1x "3G".

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Judge nixes Apple's bid to patent-bash bankrupt Kodak

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Re: Why nobody checked the details of the suit before commenting

"The request to sue during Bankruptcy proceeding has been made to avoid the sales of said patent which belongs to Apple in the first place and could make a complicate situation worse."

They either own it or not. If this is truly the case, it would be the same as me going to my childhood friend and take back the R/C truck I gave him on his 7th birthday because I don't like him anymore.

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Apple wants ebook price class action suit thrown out

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Apple racketeering

Dear Metavisor, you seem to ignore this:

"rule 1) You must not let anyone else sell something for less than we sell it."

That's even more of a competitor-killing practice than the supposed price-setting Amazon was supposed to be doing (if you believe the iFans). Apple and their fanboi army made a point of deflecting all attention to the 30% comission being lower, while conveniently hiding the fact that:

- Apple was forcing publishers to give them the best price,

- Apple was forcing other platforms (like Kindle) to pay 30% of purchases made from iDevices,

- Apple was forcing other platforms to *offer in-app iDevice purchases* which were subjected to the 30% shave-off.

One of these policies got axed, but I don't remember which one. Any of these things remaining is pretty much anti-competitive anyway.

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SUPERCOMPUTER vs your computer in bang-for-buck battle

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Re: Hyrda

"3) Would you tell someone who'd spend $2k on a cartier watch they could have bought 200+ casios with that? Actually you probably would."

Yes, I consider those people snobs. However, putting down $10k on a supercomputing project actually serves a purpose; the ubercomputer will actually do stuff faster, while the $2k cartier will have *less* functions than a casio.

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Tim Cook's post-PC iPad domination dream crushed by reality

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Re: "Crushed by reality"??

At $600, people actually expect to buy something that can at least do the same stuff they do on their PC. The iPad can't. Only wealthy people are buying 'em, the rest of us remain unimpressed and keep on using PCs for real work.

Even though people hate using Windows PCs, it's the stuff where they actually do *real work*. Can you do your job on an iPad instead of a PC?

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World's Raspberry Pi supply jammed in factory blunder

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ISO 8601

I switched to this format ever since I started putting dates on filenames. Much easier to sort 'em, and databases will also parse it w/o problems, avoiding the DMY/MDY trouble.

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Re: Raspberry Jammed

LONE STARRRRRR!!!!!!!

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Carmageddon

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oooh Quarantine!

I played the demo for its sequel, Road Warrior. Both of those games pre-date Carmageddon, and heh it was awesome!

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Indiana Jones flicks out on Blu-ray this Fall

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Re: thats all wrong

So it wasn't just me that noticed the "lyrics" were wrong!

Now the problem is that I'm still at the office, finishing some documentation but really thinking a giant boulder is coming after me while I hear the Indiana Jones theme!

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Moles say Sony will kill Cell CPU for PlayStation 4

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Re: Cell is a dog that is finally getting put down

Errr... Toshiba used 'em for one of their Smart TVs.

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Re: Doesn't make much sense now.

What do the PS3 and 360 have in common?

They aren't using crap archs like x86. Why ruin their superior hardware with it? The Cell is a good thing to have in a gaming rig; by now devs should be already familiar with it, and at the very least they are used to PPC arch by now. Switching to x86 would be more painful than it seems. So yeah, it's possible they're adding AMD Fusion for their graphical stuff, but I doubt it'll take over the main processor.

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Hey Commentard! - or is that Commenter?

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This has got to be a joke.

Retard is as offensive in the US as it is in the UK. See the whole Tropic Thunder shitfest for their 'full retarded' joke. In fact, it was probably a US dude who complained.

They're the ones pushing the 'don't called handicapped people handicapped!' thing, calling blacks 'african-americans', sticking 'happy holidays' instead of 'merry xmas', and other exaggerated sensitivities.

I actually like El Reg's snarkiness, even if I don't quite agree with AO's particular views but damn if 'freetard' will be bannes just because of oversensitive people!

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Re: Go for it!

I distinctly remember 'AppleTard' being used at some point. Or was that just Webster Phreaky?

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Woman spanked for dissing ex in Facebook snapshot

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Oh, that word...

Gillipollas is a non-word in Mexico. In fact, Mexicans who haven't had any contact with Spaniards probably think it's a kind of chicken (pollo) or something.

I had to throw away the Spanish version of Wizard and Glass after I found out that they translated 'motherfucker' and 'asshole' as 'gillipollas', which ruined the insults and made them sound lame.

Mind you, the same will be said in South America about 'pendejo', which means 'brat' over there, but something much more akin to 'asshole' in Mexico. (In fact, it means 'ass hair').

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Will Windows 8 sticker shock leave Microsoft unstuck?

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Re: It's amazing

Oh, I am screaming at MS. They're enforcing "secure boot", *and* appstore-only apps ... basically, they're out-Apple-ing Apple in this. There will be no reason for us techies to buy a WOA device because we can't rip out Win8 and put Linux in it.

Looks like I'm back to the Beagleboard...

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Re: @Charles 9

"I believe the reality is 'it's either PC or Mac'."

And even that distinction is blurry, ever since Apple went Intel, the only true difference between those is the OS it loads up with, and the fruity unibody outside. It sounded corny to see the 'Get a Mac' ads coming out right after they switched to x86, basically turning that ad into 'I'm a PC, and I'm a PC."

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Valve responds to Half-Life 3 grumbles

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DNF

"Which is apparently what happened with DNF; resulting in 1997 style game play with a modern engine, resulting in a game as tedious DOOM 3."

Nope, I actually found it dull because it *wasn't* 1997-style gameplay. It was more Halo-style gameplay, with linear levels, a lame 2 gun carrying limit (Halo's inheritance) surrounded by a nice-looking but nigh explorable world.

I actually found Doom 3 fun, though that one was similar to Half-Life...

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Re: How long can it take

Oh so very true. I remember all the talk about StarCraft 2 being canned because of WoW being more profitable. Yet we remained loyal, waiting for Blizzard to churn it out. Before DNF, Diablo 2 had a long dev cycle, so long that some people were betting on which would come out: Linux Kernel 2.4.x or Diablo 2.

It's annoying, but it's good when it finally comes out. Unlike DNF.

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PlayStation Vita OS in your phone and telly - Sony's saviour?

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WTF?

Heh...

The irony of them using the PlayStation brand to strengthen their mobile stuff, but at the same time, screwing the brand with the PSN renaming. My stepson says it sounds stupid and that he prefers PSN to "SEN".

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How Google and Apple exposed their Achilles heels this week

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But...

The NFC thingy has a secuure smartcard module where stuff is actually secure; rooting the phone won't get you into it. The problem with Wallet is that its PIN is stored outside this, in the "rootable" part of the phone.

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Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards

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Re: Re: I seem to recall that ..

Heh, the virus-infesting game in my times was Prince of Persia ... maybe I was too young to play Larry and thus didn't know about this? ;)

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Halliburton latest biz to dump BlackBerry for iPhone

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I could think of a lot of 'em:

- Porting BES to Linux, decouple it from the M$ stuff.

- Support other platforms besides LN/Domino and Exchange. Good is pwning 'em hard because of that!

- Fix the damn BB OS and put out decent specs on the damn things! The #1 cause of BB user rage is the clock o' death caused by shared mem going to 0. I'd expect RIM to just slap on 2G shared mem and call it a day but nooooo...

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America abandoning DSL in favour of faster cable

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My experience...

With cable, I used to get screwed over because anyone could clog up the local segment. I would get dialup speeds just because my neighbor would be downloading stuff. Also, over here cable co's have always used NAT, so you get 10.0.0.0/8 IPs and a crapload of problems with some sites. Finally, any P2P traffic is either banned or throttled, large downloads are usually throttled as well. Gamers have complained about latency, so that's also b0rked on Cable.

With ADSL, I might not get the big speed offerings Cable users get, but at least if they tell me I'll get 6Mbps, I'll probably get at least 5.5 Mbps!

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MPAA threat sparks White House petition for bribery probe

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Facepalm

Too picky? Yes, we know that the USA is actually an implementation of a funny model called "polity". However, the House/Senate combo is something they share with fully democratic regimes, and operates on the same rules. If SOPA/PIPA were a constitutional amendment, the different rules would apply, but in this case it is only a regular bill. Therefore, the process can be compared with regular democracies.

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US military access cards cracked by Chinese hackers

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Wait...

"Blasco added that the use of dynamic tokens that offer two-factor authentication would thwart this particular line of attack."

The US MILITARY needs to be told this?!?!?! I thought they already used these things!!!

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Windows 8 to get self-healing 'Storage Spaces'

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Meh

I'm guessing that all of this is moot, as home users will probably get shafted. What do I mean? Well, MS is bound to put this feature as a "Business/Ultimate only" or whatever, so everyone buying PCs will have to pay double to MS (the OEM license, then the upgrade) to get Storage Spaces. Already the case with their software RAID, Remote Desktop, Hyper-V integration stuff... Bad bad MS.

My company is actually planning on going Apple thanks to that. They rather pay less on MS licensing. :/

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Jobs' 'nuclear war' is not doing Apple any good - analyst

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Probing Analyst

"The only thing you seem to want is for Apple to be restricted instead of other companies."

Nope, what the tech industry wants is for the bully to be punished for patent misuse. If Apple wants to use its legal rights to quash competition with its patents, the competition can easily cease to license their own patents in the same manner Apple has been blocking them.

Other companies will be as restricted as Apple. Unless one of them actually innovate instead of doing litigation...

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Sony PS Vita sales fall shy of 3DS launch volume

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Not a gamer, I suppose?

True gamers actually want mobile gaming devices. The 3DS didn't sell so hot because SURPRISE SURPRISE most gamers already had a DS-something and 3D is mostly seen as a fad.

Smartphone games are something an actual gamer will grow tired of pretty quickly before falling back to more traditional games. The ones that are truly hooked up on smartphone gaming are more of the casual gamers: old farts in the 40+ age group (who probably never put their hands on anything post-Atari, or didn't do games at all) and the small tots crowd, for which the games are pretty good as well.

Too much hype on smartphone games. It is mostly the Wii effect: most Wii owners weren't gamers either.

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