* Posts by Mage

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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

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API and ideas, Copyright, not patents.

Yes, it's about copyright, but also reasonable licence terms.

But Sun didn't invent all this from scratch, it's based on work by UCSD originally, maybe even other Universities too.

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J++ and Sun

MS and Sun fought over Java language (MS had J++), which resulted in C#, but not over the VM, as MS had their own VM.

This is actually quite complicated and is partly due to Oracle intransigence. The Desktop Java licence is essentially free. The Mobile Java isn't, and was for an era of very limited CPU and RAM, so is a more limited product.

Google actually bought in Android rather than add their own app VM and GUI on say Debian (which was running on mobile devices before Android existed.) Sun or Oracle, I forget which, wouldn't licence the full java for mobile. So Google did their own copy of the JVM.

Ironically the VM (or p-code) used by Visual Basic originally and morphed into .net for C# and other VM based MS Languages AND the originally Sun's VM for Java are both inspired by UCSD runtime for the p-Code produced by Pascal and other compilers. Western Digital or someone even did a bit-slice cpu (5 chips?) to run p-code as native.

So really it's almost unreasonable Oracle citing copyright, especially as they refused to licence the thing for Mobile. It's not like Google has copied all the implementation, but only the interface so existing byte code would run.

Google and Oracle have both been idiots on this.

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German watchdog rips off Facebook's thumbs after online fracas

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Block the parasites and fine them

I use noscript and other tools to block most of the trackers, which can be done without cookies now.

Most people are not that tech savy.

There is a reason that 29 of top 30 Web Borgs are based in Ireland for EU stuff and many moving all non-USA stuff. It's not low corporation tax but the useless Irish Regulators.

Rather than fine Facebook, the Irish data commissioner has issued a notice warning EU citizens to avoid using Facebook.

How does that work given all the 3rd party junk on nearly every major website.

I can't actually find the notice. Maybe in a filing cabinet in a toilet in the basement.

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O2 craps itself on national Blighty holiday as cabinet minister moans: 'Oi, sort it out!'

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Just wait

Till Three completely take over managing O2 in UK

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Sir Jony Ive, chief Apple doodler, promoted – into job he already has

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Design ...

Not as in engineering, hard sums or programming.

But simply how stuff looks, mostly copied from Dieter Rams Braun Era.

So they'd be mad to actually give him a senior job. Common in companies last 100 years to invent a new title for someone long serving.

I wonder why Apple hired Jony Ives rather than Dieter Rams at the time. Maybe Jobs didn't know of him or he turned it down.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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desktop web browsing that provides the cut down experience of the web

The rest of post is valid, but if you are not "on the go"

"desktop web browsing that provides the cut down experience of the web"

Is nonsense.

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anyone who trusts the internet-of-things is an ass

Statement of the obvious.

Amazon: Not as bad as Google.

Desktop Windows & MacOS?: Not as big an issue as Android, iOS and Windows Cloud/Phone/Win10 /Win Surface.

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BlackBerry: We ARE cutting jobs AGAIN

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reiterated that it sees a future

maybe ... but they haven't much time left to grab it.

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Re: Sadly...@cb

yes, nokia tried ... sometime up to about 2002, then they strangled Crystal, S80, etc and messed up their tablet development,. messed with internal politics, intel's mess of megoo, buying Trolltech rather than ordering a custom QT from them.

QNX was the wrong choice too, though a lovely OS for controllers and embedded.

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Google patents DEVIL TOY which will BRAINWASH KIDS

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Prior Art

The USPTO is now obviously allowing any prior art as long as the application is filed properly.

There is no innovation in this at all.

Whether such toys should be legal at all, is another topic examined before on these pages.

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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Re: A relevant picture on El Reg!

It's an ARM, not a PIC

At least no risk of MS putting Windows IOT on 16F or 18F chip.

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but there will still be cases where it makes sense.

Really, I don't think so, Windows CE makes more sense for GPIO pins as it's a RTOS. I doubt you could bit-bang IR remote or RDS or sample receive IR remote handset RDS decoder IC. Good luck getting Win CE on it. But I've had loads of embedded ARM based development systems that came with WinCE and the first task was always using JTAG to change the boot loader to install Linux as often the supplied boot would only allow versions of Win CE.

I can't think of any use for it. If you really needed this mad version of Windows 10, then a PC is better to develop on and test on an ITX x86 that uses the Cash Register version of Win 10.

I'm still using Windows daily (since 1992), but this is pointless for a Raspberry Pi 2.

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

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Re: Atlas V is a "russian rocket"!!

Apology was received

, Iain Thomson wrote:

> Going through the comments I see a terrible mistake has been made

Also you forgot to use Bcc instead of Cc!

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Google, Twitter search deal: Did micro-blabbing site gag racy tweets to satisfy ad giant?

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Oh dear.

This boosts an nasty proprietary service and poisons search results.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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No one ... was able to lock their car's doors

What!

Even all the people with older cars with purely mechanical locks?

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Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

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Re: What a tool: Not an Investor

Icahn is a serial asset stripper, speculator and parasite.

I doubt he is or has been an investor. His speculation in Apple shares does nothing for Apple. Only himself and some other Apple share speculators.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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Tablet or Netbook?

Perhaps it's a Touch Screen Netbook with a poor keyboard and not really a Tablet at all. Except for Business use, a new Classic Edition Windows based on XP, properly updated for Touch (not anything like XP Tablet Edition) rather than schizophrenic Win 8.

If I wanted Linux something else is a better idea for the money.

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Attack of the dinky drones! US military creates ROBOTIC CARRIER PIGEON

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Obligatory XKCD

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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The big problems for IoT products are three-fold:

No five fold:

1) Security and Privacy

2) Greedy companies with a subscription model

3 to 5: Your points

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Desperation

They sound very desperate to have people on Win 10..

1) Maybe it's not something people would buy, given a choice

2) Last version ever of a discrete windows, becomes like Mozilla Firefox updates ... except I expect at some stage you have to subscribe to MS Cloud or it stops working.

The drug dealer is giving the latest designer drug free to all his customers.

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

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2 x USB 3.0

That and the other specs sort of rules out a lot of official Apple Hardware and older Linux boxes.

I can see why they think no laptop works:

Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD 290 graphics card or better,

Intel i5-4590 processor,

8GB RAM.

Two USB 3.0 ports

HDMI 1.3 video output supporting a 297MHz clock via direct output architecture

This is for very high end gamers, not average consumers. Does Apple's round rubbish can meet the spec?

Traditionally lag is huge problem for graphics that tracks rapid head movement. Essentially changing camera angle / view port almost at frame rate and ideally synchronised to frame rate. Really it needs a custom designed graphics card with on board low latency interface to the headset and also to main CPU via USB, graphics card I/O or usb slave port on graphics card.

There are good reasons why VR headsets have been poor in terms of realism. It's not a software problem.

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Turkey president: Nuts to 4G networks, we're cutting straight to 5G

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5G isn't new Radios

5G is more about interworking and management. Not really about a new RF modulation scheme as 1G (analogue) 2G (CDMA 1.25MHz channels and GSM 200kHz channels), 3G (pathetically really CDMA-1 on 5MHz Steriods) and 4G (OFDMA and 5, 10 or 20MHz Channels).

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CSI GALAXY: Cause of death = STRANGULATION

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Re: 'Ere - he says he's not dead!

"If your body stopped being able to produce new cells, you wouldn't die instantly, but you wouldn't be alive very long either."

It's a horrible way to die. It's called being a walking ghost I think?

Imagine if all your DNA was removed.

They think the symptoms might be like these

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_radiation_syndrome

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraquat#Toxicity

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destroying_angel#Toxicity

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Re: Not dead yet

often much longer than the current age of the universe

That's confusing. Perhaps I need more coffee.

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Free at last! Flogging off O2 fattens Telefonica’s financials

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Re: Consolidation?

O2 and Three,

In UK and Ireland.

It's a shame though that it was O2 flogged off and not Three.

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Back to the Future: the internet of things as imagined in 1985

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IoT

Junk gadgets for the home that expose you to Criminals. Criminals can hack them, or just used them to decide when you are out and if the house is worth robbing.

Evil Corporations will sell you the gadgets and support on subscription.

Most of the products are pointless and wouldn't even get a mention in a School science fair.

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BARMY bio-boffins are growing DINOSAUR SNOUTS on CHICKENS

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Re: Suppressing ... earlier versions

six : Sow

four : Cow

two: Goat

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Suppressing ... earlier versions

What next, people with tails?

Six breasts?

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

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Subscriptions

Fine for support and updates.

A total kick in the teeth if you just occasionally use something and don't need updates. The Subscription Adobe is MUCH more expensive.

Applying Pay TV model to Applications or OS other than Payroll or Accounts* is plain evil.

(*Someone expert has to put changes on tax etc).

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Paint Shop Pro

It was progressing nicely and then Corel bought it. They made the UI very muddled and certainly many Corel versions were less productive, clunky and very few useful improvements over Paint Shop Pro 7

PSP7 has layers and each can be raster or vector. Many Photoshop plug-ins and pressure features of Wacom tablet work on PSP7. Earlier Corel versions won't run on Win7

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Tesco tries to talk Tesco Mobile up from 'Value' to 'Finest' ahead of sale

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Doomed

Partly anyone reselling O2 Ireland or O2 Uk is now stuffed due to Three buying both.

Even apart from Tesco's other woes this is no surprise.

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Epson joins Microsoft in underwhelming 3D glasses

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subscription to the Vergence software

Oh dear.

So it might work for Sieko - Epson. If Vergence and others buy these and supply them subsidised.

Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Vergence, Google, Amazon may like a subscription model, but smaller companies and individuals don't!

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

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Re: "...St Marys Convent cesspit ..."

Various theories and legends exist about the Stone's history prior to its placement in Scone:

One story concerns Fergus, son of Erc, the first King of the Scots in Scotland, whose transportation of the Stone from Ireland to Argyll, where he was crowned in it, was recorded.[2]

Some versions identify the stone brought by Fergus with the Lia Fáil used at Tara for the High King of Ireland. Other traditions contend the Lia Fáil remains at Tara.[3][4] (Inis Fáil, The Island of Destiny, is one of the traditional names of Ireland.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_of_Scone

Despite the claim on Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lia_F%C3%A1il

The Lia Fáil (Irish pronunciation: [ˌlʲiːə ˈfɔːlʲ], meaning Stone of Destiny), not to be confused with the Stone of Scone, is a stone at the Inauguration Mound (Irish: an Forrad) on the Hill of Tara in County Meath, Ireland, which served as the coronation stone for the High Kings of Ireland. It is also known as the Coronation Stone of Tara.[1] In legend, all of the kings of Ireland were crowned on the stone up to Muirchertach mac Ercae c. AD 500.

The oldest Irish written sources actually claim it was lent to the Scots and not returned. Obviously the one at Tara is for the Tourists and how could you sit on it anyway?. Irish legend claims also it was Jacob's Pillow AND brought by the Tuath Dé from their city when they invaded Ireland (it can't actually be both, the Jacob's Pillow is a typical later Christian insertion).

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Re: "Stone of Destiny."

But before 1296 the Irish lent it to a Scots to get coronated on.

Perhaps Ireland should get it. The one at Tara is a fake.

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For its next trick, Microsoft diminishes the iPad with just a driver

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Crysis

No, or maybe very slowly?

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: Stop Sky Subsidy!

No, the video /audio is the same. But Sky charge all the FTA broadcasters extortionate money to be on the Sky EPG. Ofcom, strangely, seems to think that charging five or six figure sums annually for each channel is fine. It's very little bandwidth cost and the broadcaster provides the machine readable file for the automated EPG transmission carousel.

Then BBC has to separately pay to Sky for it's Interactive stuff as Sky use the proprietary "Open TV" which only works on Sky boxes and BBC uses the MHEG5 system (which is open and free for box maker and on PC applications as well as setboxes, but not actually open source). MHEG5 interactive also used in other countries, Satellite and Terrestrial.

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Subscription != high quality

"Moving to a subscription service would in theory force the BBC to produce high quality output,"

That works so well for Sky 1, less than 2% of viewing time, and how many programs do Sky actually make? (Sky Sports doesn't count).

Every historic evidence is that subscription would mean low quality, chase market share programming like "big brother", popular USA imports (a foreign culture at the end of the day). If you want only subscription TV, then you better scrap the idea of Public Service Broadcasting. The USA PSB channel is emasculated.

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Netflex

Netflix vs TV Licence: A very bad and false comparison. A video rental shop via broadband isn't a Pay TV operator. Also they are subsidised by your ISP if it actually works properly (they put servers at ISP). They also are unlike Sky aggressively pricing to build market share.

Sky (as it works outside cable areas) and has actual TV channels, is the only comparison.

Also not all the TV licence goes to BBC? Unless it's been changed. Isn't it really a tax on being able to watch ANY TV?

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conditional access

Evil.

Over 92 of content watched by Sky Subscribers is Free To Air.

Limits user options.

Conditional access is only for Commercial Pay TV platforms, which SHOULD NOT be allowed to own channels.

Future Conditional Access systems will also remove viewer / listener privacy.

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I'm sceptical

Some 20 per cent of people never view or listen to anything the BBC does.

a) If true, they need to reform.

b) Maybe these are also the people that before voting claimed they'd never vote Cons, or would vote labour.

c) Maybe they are counting it wrong.

d) Public service broadcasting needs to be Free To Air, even if many people are ignoring it.

Internet vs Broadcast

Broadcast reception is scaleable for free, works in a disaster and is private for listener / viewer. No privacy on Internet, scaling to more users expensive, fragile in disaster.

Terrestrial via Satellite / Cable.

Only terrestrial is portable and needs no user infrastucture.

If BBC scrapped DAB, a layer of managers, overpaid so called celebrities and concentrated on content?

As a PSB they'd be doing something wrong if only appealing to lowest common denominator too.

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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caused by human error and inattention

Google would say that.

"Google pointed out that those figures might be off, since a huge number of minor crashes aren't reported to the authorities. "

Our Cloud loving possibly future Overlord would say that.

The cars are 100% programmed by humans. When the many flaws in the software appear it may be mildly annoying or spectacularly fatal.

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Microsoft springs for new undersea cables to link US, UK, Asia

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Microsoft has invested

i.e. they helped fund the cables. Not their private network.

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

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Re: How many edits do they get?

How many people have computers on the Internet?

How many employees does Google want working on this?

Ans:

Lots and none.

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Pinning a value on big tech's top names. Not as easy as it looks

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Do the markets have it about right?

Markets are what are? Surely they can't be "right" or "wrong".

Then there is pricing by vendors. Too high and they lose sales. But sometimes too low and they lose sales. Sometimes they need to price higher than Competition (Apple).

So how do you even compare prices of similar products.

Right for who? Investors, Speculators, Consumers, Tax gatherers, resource producers, factory owners (who don't sell to public).

I think if I could figure it I should make money, maybe get a Nobel when I expose all in biography and not waste time writing here.

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Amazon: not making any money at all

But is it true?

Or very clever accounting. There is Apple's method of not paying tax, and then Amazon's method?

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Ding-dong, the cloud calling: The Ring Video Doorbell

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just $200

Crazy expensive for a video door bell.

I bet it's rubbish security too, unlike a cheap one that plugs into your existing TV.

Obviously for people that ONLY use a smartphone and have too much money!

I think too the camera will be rapidly stolen.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Hmmm

At least he admits he is anti EU.

Actually is sticking with Sterling good?

1) Gives opportunity for parasites to make money speculating

2) Increases cost to consumer of Euro imports as importers hedge on currency

3) Affects exports to Euro areas, due to currency hedging

Also leaving EU would hurt Ireland. Not being in Euro hurts Ireland as so much Irish Imports from Euro countries are via UK and currency hedged twice! Ireland can do nothing about Manufacturers that continue to regard Ireland as part of UK market and will only appoint UK distributors for Ireland.

The Anti EU sentiment in UK has some small amount of logic, but in dealing with China, Russia and USA is it better to be alone (62Million approx) or part of EU (500M), and Europe Centric (720M ?)

Sometimes it seems like UK is the least European part of Europe and thinks it's in the Middle of the Atlantic.

Anti EU sentiment in UK I think is mostly Xenophobia and also encouraged by USA who didn't mind Common Market but see a better, bigger EU as a threat to their own financial and cultural influence.

The EU needs to be reformed. The larger EU countries want to do this, UK needs to work as a partner and not throw toys out of pram or sulk on their own. Even some non-EU European countries are more committed and engaged with EU than UK.

Conservatives need to show leadership, ignore UKIP and Murdoch media.

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Tough admin forces hacker to STRIP to PANTS, LEAP to his DEATH

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Made me re-consider how much effort

Made me re-consider how much effort I was putting into a game that wasn't paying me any money

Umm. People play games because they are fun. Anything else is either exploitive or gambling.

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T-Mobile prods at corpse of BlackBerry, says 'me too!'

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Once the leading brand in the smartphone space

It can't have been long, as I blinked and missed it.

Certainly for a while they were more significant. I can't see why T-Mobile is bothering. Especially as Mobile Operators would love to stop subsidizing handsets, as long as all their competitors stopped first.

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