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UK to make White Space devices legal

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Mushroom

Morons

Idiots

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Mac Lion blindly accepts any LDAP password

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Enterprise?

Does not compute. Macs are not for Enterprise. Even Apple agrees. It's a consumer product. Didn't they scrap their server HW product?

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After Jobs: Apple and the Cult of Disruption

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but but

Apple hasn't changed the world.

You can watch TV, make phone calls, create and consume information easily on a Computer based device, listen to music etc etc without a single Apple product.

They are successful and have slick GUIs. They are very very good at Marketing.

World changing, Innovative, Creative? No.

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Post-Jobs run on overpriced Apple shares fails to occur

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Lost its way?

Acorns grow into great Arms.

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But

Surely the revenue and profits are irrelevant if they never pay profit related dividends.

Apple shares are entirely thus a speculation vehicle as having them gives you no income.

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Samsung refuses to buy HP's PC business

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So HP actually make Laptops?

I thought "desktops" sales now much smaller than Laptop + netbook, and those all outsourced by HP anyway?

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Motorola Atrix Lapdock

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The inherent concept is good

No need to sync bookmarks, documents, email contacts.

It's just not useful till the phone has all functionality of a Netbook and just as good/fast and the phone + dock are similar price. Then why buy both.

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Bad design

Stupid.

The phone should "dock" at the "touch pad" location and then be a touch pad / programmable keys

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Hardware-happy HP has swallowed a Sun death pill

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They bought a shell and some IP

The People that made Autonomy what it is will leave. How long do the founders and visionaries of any of these small companies stay when bought out?

Sidekick

Trolltech

MySQL

HP may have really been facing challenges. But ditching Itanium rather than WebOS would have made more sense.

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New Apple move against Galaxy Tab on Euro front

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Seriously

This Apple crowd need a bloody nose.

They have done some pretty UI stuff. That's it . Zilch other real innovation.

I designed a small tablet with touch screen back in 1987. Basically any such device has certain obvious features that NO-ONE should be able to copyright or patent as they are too obvious.

1) Rectangular as skinny as possible.

2) Rounded corners.

3) Screen takes as much of front as is possible.

4) Icons on the main screen for all the commonly used functions (Since Xerox in 1970s)

5) Maybe a button or two separate from screen.

http://elab.eserver.org/hfl0155.html

My was called the Pen and Pad.

The "pen" had a 2.5mm optically read ball and option for ink (as you can make IR transparent black or coloured ink). Microphone near tip, Earphone at top. Three buttons. WiFi, Bluetooth etc didn't exist then so the Cordless link for voice and data from Pen to Pad was 60kHz Ultrasound. OK the FM receiver had doppler shift issues if you waved it about too much.

If any good lawyer wants to work on a no-win-no-fee maybe the lapsed patent can be revived and we sue EVERY blue tooth headset maker .... :-) I don't think so.

It's time Judges, Juries and patent offices did some real research and stop all this nonsense.

Of course there was the same thing in 1920s over valves and 1930s, 1940s on Radio and TV patents.

Not to mention the despicable behaviour of "Enforcers" of Cine Camera patents at the dawn of Cinema (Nickelodeon isn't a Documentary, but it gives the flavour well).

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HP to 'spinoff PC biz'

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Printers

I think HP make ZERO on printers. Maybe a loss. The profit is all on the Ink.

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HP chief bows to Jobsian cult

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Apple Shares

Are only a Speculation vehicle as they don't pay a dividend.

1990 was the time to buy them, not now when they could be near peak. Apple are actually vulnerable to change in "Fashion" and have very narrow range of product.

But I agree it's terrible:

DEC gets bought by Compaq and all the best stuff thrown away.

HP buys Compaq and seems to chuck the best Compaq and HP stuff away in the Product rationalisation.

HP was once a leading Test gear, semiconductor and optical device company. They became very successful at selling PCs and Laptops that frankly always seemed less than best.

Do they make anything in US still or is it all Foxconn or other Chinese anyway?

Obviously they think the best strategy is to copy IBM.

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Snap said to show iPhone 5s being stacked by bunnies

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Not an iPhone5?

Then they will be sued by Apple :-)

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DARPA shells out $21m for IBM cat brain chip

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Hmm

Really it's nothing like a Cat brain.

Fortunately.

As cats don't have owners, they have hosts.

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David May, parallel processing pioneer

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Multple Cores

Need multiple separate RAM

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Maggie Thatcher

Thorn EMI was of course about the worst possible owner.

Maggie Thatcher of course didn't believe in Manufacturing or Industry. It's not all in China.

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Nokia invigorates old Symbians with Anna

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'Task Switcher'

'Task Switcher' for jumping between and closing down running applications.

Eh? Hasn't Symbian always had that?

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White Space: The Next Big Thing in networks

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Not Really Space

It's not a revolution. It's a niche.

Likely to cause a lot of problems too.

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Google SHOCK! Snaps up Motorola phone biz for $12.5bn

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Apple And HTC take note

But for Different reasons.

Google now has REAL phone IP instead of the toy phone patents of Apple.

But it puts HTC etc in a Quandary...

Apple + iOS

Microsoft + Winpho + Nokia (but who wants to come on board with an OS in a nose dive )

Google + Android + Motorola.

Also Android isn't "really" open source. Honeycomb is only the start. If it's more advantageous to Google to put all the eggs in Motorola and Closed source they will.

Google has no real commitment to Penguins. Only committed to Google.

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IBM PC daddy: 'The PC era is over'

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Only consumers

don't need a mouse and keyboard.

People that actually create information DO need a keyboard and mouse.

No-one is taking away my laptop.

I'll have one of every size Tablet to go from 4" to 12" though to go with it. That's the bit that Trek git wrong.

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Q: Why do defenders keep losing to smaller cyberwarriors?

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Daft

He may have some point, but hardly coherent.

Physical damage from "cyberwarfare" is overstated. Stuxnet isn't typical and there are simple methods to protect against such threats.

Computer configuration and user training is more important than any AV package.

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LinkedIn pulls Facebook-style stunt

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Two settings on

Neither of these default on settings existed originally:

PRIVACY CONTROLS

* Manage Social Advertising

* Turn on/off enhanced advertising

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Hauppauge Colossus HD PCIe card

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No HDMI or DVI out?

Are they serious?

Has the reviewer made a mistake? Is there not even DVI out for DVI to HDMI (which is just a connector and does support HDCP)

Component out only is use really just for obsolete or US HDTVs.

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Nokia snubs UK with N9

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Linux

No, not an Idiot.

For the new strategy, the worst that could happen is that a mass market buys the N9.

I'd guess they are only selling it at all because the plan was in place before the scrapage and contracts signed to make some initial quantity.

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Apple nudges out Exxon Mobil for top spot on Wall Street

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Bubbles

Because they never pay dividends and really only have 3 products, Mac, iPhone and iPad.

World wide the Mac is < 10% of PCs and iPhone including ALL phones is tiny. 18% of Smart phones?

They are the leader in the Tablet Niche. Though didn't invent it and won't stay leader.

Of course market share isn't everything.

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Google kills off app maker

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Anyone here old enough?

Remember the hype about "The Last One"?

http://www.tebbo.com/archive/wf8104.htm

Or Smalltalk

Or C++

Or Java

Or .Net

Or PHP

Mine's the one with Z80 Instruction set in the pocket

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Blackberry QNX phone details leaked

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QNX is not Linux

Linux is a bloated copy/clone of 1976 UNIX. Kernel release (only) about the same time as entire NT 3.1 OS release in 1993.

Phones work best with a RTOS, unless you have a 2nd CPU to run the Phone stack. QNX is a RTOS, Standard Linux is not a RTOS, though it's been kludged.

Linux is a Macro Kernel OS. QNX is not UNIX like, no matter what Wikipedia claims, unless you think NT3.1 or Minix are "UNIX" like.

NT had "POSIX" subsytem for years like QNX has, that doesn't make it UNIX like.

QNX is *REALLY* old, dating from 1988, but unlike Linux is a complete design for embedded systems and was really only used for Industrial Controllers, SCSI subsystems and automotive systems till RIM bought it.

Is it a good idea for a phone? I don't know.

Does it need the latest and greatest CPU? No. It likely needs as little or less than Symbian, much less CPU than Linux + Java, (Or Android Davik which is really Linux + Java).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QNX

Though X windows was ported to QNX somewhile ago, QNX is more known for NOT having a GUI. RIM has their work cutout. They might have been better going for Meego, Windows phone 7 or Android.

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AMD slips into desktop RAM biz

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@ Tsunamijuan

2400mhz is 1000,000,000 times slower than 2400MHz memory, so is fairly poor.

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Apple sued over Mac OS X 'quick boot'

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FAIL

This is crazy

Why are things like this allowed to be Patents at all?

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Ofcom report: Mobile operators feel the squeeze

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Data vs Voice

Data is a Big problem.

For the same customer revenue (i.e. £20) the traffic on data compared to voice is about 100 to 200 times as much.

Virtually ALL data traffic is i/o from the Network, many voice calls terminate on same network.

While operator pays termination charge for O/G voice call, the Operator receives revenue from I/C voice call. For Data the operator pays for the traffic in both directions.

LTE charges need to be much higher, maybe x10 to be profitable. Really data at the minute is subsidised by voice and SMS. SMS of course is a great revenue earner that costs nearly nothing to run. Internet IP IM in contrast makes the operator no money and costs them 1000s of times more than an SMS.

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Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'

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Yes

I'd not agree with Torvalds on much..

But Unity, Gnome3 and KDE4 are stupid.

I'm not that fond of OS X or Win7's candy mode. At least Win7 can be "reset" to be somewhat like NT4.0 / XP, except the configuration tools and Control panel are designed like some evil web site done by a secondary school work experience student.

1992 to 2000 the GUIs were improving. Now eye candy is replacing functionality and usability on all OSes. Not just a Penguin problem.

Are Desktop GUIs getting designed by Webinista Arts Students these days?

For Linux there is also Ice Window Manager? Very basic, but at least it does what it says on the tin.

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It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

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Successfull hoaxes

Tell people what they want to hear.

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Who needs a million NFC tags?

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Really?

What's a phone box?

A box that a new mobile phone comes in or the Public Urinals that used to have phones in them?

My coat is the one with a phone in the pocket.

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Schmaltz-powered Chrome overtakes morally superior Firefox

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Percentages on a quiet site:

IE 6.0 20.44

Firefox 3.6 13.95

IE 8.0 11.49

Jyxobot/1 5.73

IE 7.0 5.29

Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; SiteBot/0.1; +http://www.sitebot.org/robot/) 3.86

IE 5.5 2.32

Firefox 4.0 2.27

Opera 9.0 2.12

Opera 8.0 2.05

IE 9.0 1.41

Firefox 3.5 1.14

Firefox 3.0 0.97

Safari 5.0 0.94

Chrome 8.0 0.84

iPhone 0.82

Chrome 11.0 0.77

Chrome 10.0 0.75

Firefox 5.0 0.71

IE Generic 0.7

?? 0.65

Chrome 12.0 0.64

Chrome 7.0 0.62

Opera 7.0 0.6

Opera 7.1 0.59

The search bots are the highest :(

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Oh dear.

Google Docs

Google+

Google Search AKA Googling

Google Groups

Google Code (alternative to Source Forge etc)

Google Maps

Google Streetview

Google Chrome

Google Android and Davik

Google Books

All paid for by "advertising". If it doesn't work it will be re-engineered and re-named and released till it does.

Our dystopian future isn't Skynet, The Matrix or even the Intel of "A is for Andromeda". It's being looked after by our "do no evil" benign, un-creepy Google overlords.

I put a fake name on my Google+ profile, but it doesn't matter. Google knows my real name, where I live, what my deceased pet was called, the IP addresses of my children...

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DIDO: snake oil or wireless salvation?

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Actually Shannon applies.

If the signals are separate signals (beam forming etc) then each signal is subject to Shannon Boundary.

If the signals share the same beam, then Shannon STILL applies. The total information bandwidth is limited. The bandwidth can be shared by time, frequency or code. (or any combination). Those are multiplexing techniques. As CDMA has shown, code division multiplexing is poorer than Time or frequency. Absolutely perfect signal recovery (i.e. better than Rake) only makes it as good as other schemes. TDMA wastes space on guard times between channel. FDMA wastes lots of space on frequency guardbands. Datamultiplexing (as in DVB) is 100% efficient, but only works for downlink, up link has to be CDMA, TDMA, FDMA or OFDMA. The latest technique is OFDMA as the guard timing is very low if the stations are stationary or if there is no multipath. You might use 3,500 carriers at slower symbol rates and for uplink vary the number of carriers assigned to each station. Downlink uses all carriers and Data-multiplexing.

You can't get something for nothing. The DIDO sounds like the wireless equivalent of "over unity" machines. No doubt it can work, but no more than 1% or 2% better than the best OFDMA systems with beam forming. If it's 5% better overall than LTE, Wimax or Flash-OFDMA I'd be amazed. If it seems 10% better then its a scam and there are hidden wires.

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It doesn't matter how good it is.

Wireless can't replace Fibre except in either Broadcast or very sparse Rural applications (5 users).

Actually the Shannon Boundary and Shannon Limit derived from Shannon-Hartley Theorem probably are "laws". The Shannon-Hartley Theorem was a theory, but it's probably a law.

AirPoints don't replace ISP fibre, DSL or Cable connections.

The Latency.

My understanding was that the data doesn't all go back to the data centre( That would be a massive and stupid bottle neck) but the analysis of the link is done at the data centre (why?) and then the parameters to use are sent to the AP. Which also sounds pretty stupid. Why not an SoC?

It's fake snake oil. I've been working with wireless systems a long time and even all the "real" systems are heavily lubricated by snake oil. E.g. 42Mbps 3G/HSPA+ when the capacity *IS* shared among all users and at typical distance and signal you'll get about 4Mbps in a 5MHz channel if there is no-one to shared it with.

http://www.radioway.info/comparewireless/

The major issue with Mobile outdoor bases or indoor AP to laptop/gadgets turns out not to be nuances of modulation and coding. But aerials. If your house has a directional aerial on the chimney for a fixed wireless system, if everything else is equal, that will have x8 capacity in same spectrum (Shannon applied carefully) compare with ground level indoor mostly omni-directional; aerials in a laptop or gadget. No one wants a giant motor driven aerial on their mobile phone or laptop, so such systems with mobility are always inferior to fixed outdoor directional aerial systems.

Some more articles here : http://www.techtir.ie/comms

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Geeks Guide2... iPhone 4 Development

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Includes iPad?

For under £19

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Russia: 'We'll dump the ISS into the sea after 2020'

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Pretty useless really

The ISS is only about 360km above sea level. GEO is about 36,000 km. 100x higher. That's a lot of energy. Without fuel the ISS drops over 20km per year.

The ISS is not big enough or robust enough or high enough orbit to be a "staging post". It's barely more than a toy. The money would be better spent on Space exploration Robotics.

Of course the ISS is doomed to be plunged into the sea. Actually most of it will burn up in the atmosphere. The only argument is when. It's expensive to keep refuelling (even with Ion Drive propellent) and maintain.

Most of the advances have been in robotic and automated space exploration. Apollo, Mir and now ISS are really dead ends technologically.

As was the Shuttle.

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Lost 1967 spacecraft FOUND CRASHED ON MOON

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The quality

I think these early satellites used film cameras.

The film was processed on board and then "slow scanned" and transmitted. Hence the noticeable film / emulsion artefacts.

There where also deliberate grid markings added.

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Cellular network hijacking for fun and profit

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So

OK you bought your surplus 4.8m dish off eBay.

How hard could it be to hijack the Broadcast TV satellites?

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19,000 papers leaked to protest 'war against knowledge'

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Cost is mad

The cost of access to on-line copies of material is maddening for a lot of Academic stuff if you are not in a University.

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Adobe releases lengthy list of Apple Lion woes

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Simple

use a PC with XP

no big deal

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Firms fight over universal remote control patents

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Ultrasound

"There's a case for *a* patent - the invention of the IR remote itself. Maybe stretch a point for a learning remote"

Actually they are a copies of the Ultrasonic remotes. Hence the the choice of 35kHz to 43kHz for "carrier" frequency.

There is some cleverness about "learning" a code. Having a pre-built library is simple.

There was a radio in 1930s with motor drive for "memories" and a "wireless" remote. But there was no "learning version".

I don't think one-4-all was 1st learning or universal remote.

Personally I think the Harmony Remotes and higher end "one-4-alls" are grossly overpriced. But that's another story.

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17 patents?

Crazy

There really should be NO patents on something as simple and obvious.

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Google turning us into forgetful morons, warn boffins

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Joke

XKCD

There is an XKCD on this. "my apparent IQ drops when I'm offline" .

But I'd have to Google for it.

http://xkcd.com/903/

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Rebekah Brooks quits - Murdoch accepts this time

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Tip of Iceberg

What about all the other shenanigans of NI/NDS/Sky etc.

EU wasn't fussed about his bid for BSkyB as they think he already makes all the important decisions.

Alleged card hacking promotion to destroy

Ondigital, Canal+

Pay Satellite TV and "bad practices" on "locked in boxes" even though owned by customer

Their Pay TV USA, Mexico, Brazil, Ireland, Germany, Italy, UK, Australia.

Ofcom's refusal to regulate reasonable EPG and Encryption Costs

Sky Ireland's refusal to pay Irish VAT other than Installs (All goes to UK, contrary to EU rules on larger businesses).

Sky/Murdoch interference in Politics and Technology of Terrestrial Rollouts of Digital in UK, Ireland and Italy (Though amazingly Ofcom did stop the "Picnic" on DTT).

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Scientists snap amazing technicolour dreamtoad

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Doomed I tell ye.

Pandas.

Even if there are no humans it is likely Doomed.

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Mozilla outs un-Google site sign-in prototype

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Not perfect but not bad.

This is what MS Passport should have been.

The next step is for Public eMail SMTP relay to use somehow it to verify senders and cut spam. I have no idea how that can be done. It's not simple at all to avoid spammers gaming it.

What you need is a "distributed" Browser ID service where "Trusted" ISPs provide the service for particular eMail domains. No one central system.

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Google's Facebook: It rocks, but who cares?

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I have a better idea.

Why bother at all with Facebook, Twitter etc never mind the alternatives.

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