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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: Not interested.. But I am.

The question is not whether it is better(I am assuming it is or otherwise they would not of created it) but whether the improvements is worth the extra cost of the medium.

In my case the perceived advantage is not worth the cost. The few films that i have wanted to see in digital perfection (Gravity, Avatar) I went to see at the iMax. After that getting them on blue ray would a pointless exercise and expense.

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Not interested..

Had a blue ray player for about a year, basically bought as a replacement for a duff dvd player because it's cost was only a little bit more that the standard DVD player

I have never played a blue ray disk on it. When I look at buying a DVD I think should I pay the £5 or so premium for the extra HD, then go nah. At the end of the day it is the content I am interested in, not it's screen resolution.

DVD was a revolution over video. Blue Ray is small enhancement which you have to pay a premium for and they have never done anything compelling with the extra disk space. HD audio is the same. Some people will feel that they need extra audio quality, but the vast majority will be happy with the acceptable and cheaper alternatives.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Fair dues...

The price of Fairy dust and unobtanium has gone through the roof

Also lawyers with expertise of rounded corners and off-shore tax experts don't work for pennies you know

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Murdoch says Microsoft needs 'big clean out'

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Maybe not the best source of advice

So the destroyer of mySpace and the inventor of the worst paywall in history wants to give advice to a technical company

Accepting advice from Rupert on technology is a bit like getting the wright brothers to give you design hints on your next passenger jet or Robert Stephenson on how to develop F1 cars.

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Re: WTF!

As a GE Employee I would be interested to know what original technologies GE invented? (Not counting the inventions Thomas Edison claimed to make but were in fact derivative)

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: Danger Will Robinson

It would of been a nice gesture that once MS had thrown support under the bus, they could of done likewise with the licensing requirements. However I won't hold my breath.

They are probably worried about a free unencumbered XP becoming a competitor to there latest and greatest (ignoring the fact that XP is pretty easy to pirate and if you want a free OS there is lots of choice out there). They should of instead looked the Adobe Photoshop CS2 example and see how releasing non-supported software actually encourages lock in

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Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

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for £79 I would be interested a 630...

But I'll believe it when I see it.

Most reports show it coming out in Europe at 149 euro's so about £125(not including VAT etc). I doubt we will see it at £79, not least because it would be competing against the same companies android offering at that price.

Pity really because at that price it would make a good 2nd/Starter phone

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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I don't believe it...

Vista still 3%. What were they thinking!

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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What about removal protection.

One thing missing from the new standard is a way of locking the cables into place.

As USB replaces things like serial ports in devices for environmental tough conditions, the need to protect against accidental removal becomes important.

The new standard looks like a backward step in that regard since they look a lot shallower than the present kit.

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

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Pragmatism over principles

We do not want anything to do with war mongering despots! (err, would you mind giving us a lift to the ISS if you are not too busy)

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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Don't understand the name

Why is it named after a 1970's Ford saloon?

Will it be inefficient, prone to fall apart and extremely conservative in it's design and technology?

(Whoops my mistake, Cortana, not Cortina)

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Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

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Re: $599

the price you can charge at the top of the market is not a measure of the price you can charge when you are trying desperately to increase market share.

Unless you have an offering which has a clear advantage over your competition you have to sacrifice margin to get a foothold.

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$599

Yep, good luck with that

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Navigation Error

It is now clear that LOHAN's December 2012 test flight was even further off course than expected.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/04/spears_flight/

Maybe a Inmarsat repeater would be a useful addition in the next flight in case of a encounter with worm holes or playmonaut mutiny

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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You won't miss it till it's gone.

Our company moved from Lotus Notes to business GMail a number of years ago. When it was announced there was much gnashing of teeth especially by those who were weaned on the arcane interface that was Lotus notes.

After a few years we were taken over and our accounts moved back to MS outlook. Everyone I know now sorely misses GMail especially the improved search, sharing of documents and sites that came as part of the GMail cloud.

GMail showed that the cloud was here and it was a better, more efficient way of working

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Boffins working on debris float models to track MH370 wreckage

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Hats off to the satellite boys

However the search turns out, hats off to Inmarsat and the work they are doing to narrow the search parameters.

The work they are doing now will hopefully mean in future lost aircraft situations they can be located more quickly and with the use of fewer resources

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Microsoft exec: I don't know HOW our market share sunk

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Let me explain...

You had a monopoly and got lazy and started thinking that you, not your customers, made the market.

Your customers got tired of being talked down to, and being charged extortionate fees for increasingly poor products that suffered from lack of innovation. Then at the 1st possible opportunity jumped ship vowing to never go back if at all possible.

Your management on the other hand stuck their head in the sand, ignoring the new realities, and pretended that nothing had changed.

Is that clear enough for you?

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Re: Good performance? Scalable?

"It doesn't matter if C++ is faster than Java. For what it lacks in speed, it gains in development and maintenance cost, and platform compatibility (post-compile)."

Well it makes a little difference if you are doing things like real-time networks and signal analysis although variability is also a big factor here(a.k.a Garbage collectors)

But i generally agree it's horses for courses. Use the different languages where they make sense and join them together. There is the standard maxim in programming -Get it working then get it working faster

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

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courage of convictions

The important thing is not so much having the courage of your convictions, but having the right convictions in the 1st place.

I could have convictions that aliens are controlling my thought processes if I do not wear a tinfoil hat. That would not necessarily make me a person that you want to lead the country

There have been many politicians both on the far left and right who kept up the courage of their convictions rto the bitter end. But history does not remember them well.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

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A machine to turn Poo into fertilizer

Great, now I can now get rid of those windows 8 DVD's in a ecologically friendly way

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Take this gesture

"What people actually wanted to have was gesture control"

I think you are right. I often find myself using gestures towards my windows PC. However if it explicitly followed them it be disappearing up its own arsehole

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Re: "Bugger the jetpack"

Sounds like experience talking...

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Best keyboard award goes to...

I still think Psion had the best designed keyboard on any small portable device. It never failed to amaze me as it emerged from when you opened it.

Also let us not forget the Epson HX-20

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MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

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Re: Don't overlook the bling factor.

I think Diamonds are a good analogy to Apple. People pay large amounts for them because of a perceived value rather than the intrinsic value.

De Beers controls supply and spins a myth about diamonds in the same way that Apple runs it business. Sell it as aspirational item and ensure that you control supply so that they cannot be discounted.

The android equivalent in diamonds is artificial diamonds that have the same qualities as 'natural' diamonds but are far cheaper. It's the emperor's new clothes.

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US judge Koh won't ban old Samsung gear, tells Apple: Your patents aren't that amazing

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Well I'm glad that's sorted

So although the patents aren't worth banning infringing products they are worth 1 beeelion dollars?

Do you think Apple will appeal? The anticipation is killing me <snigger>

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Delhi police forget passwords to corruption portal, ignore 600 crimes

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Is it just me..

But is IT ignorance becoming the equivalent of 'the dog ate my homework'.

I noticed in the NoW phone hacking trial a similar defence was used as to why emails were not routinely backed up

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X-rated Android antics: Motorola's Moto X puts boot in chunky brother

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I too struggle with the Moto G's extra mass

"the Moto G is a bit of a lump by comparison"

Yes, that's true,. I often have to resort to a team of Sherpa's to haul my Moto G when I go out. To hold it to my ear I have a specially built cradle to winch it into position. The worst thing about it is when I take a photo with it, the extra mass causes severe gravitational lensing so distorting the image...

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Satya Nadella shakes up Microsoft, appoints 'Scroogled' man Mark Penn as strategy chief

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MS adverts are always awful

One constant throughout Microsoft's existence is that their advertising has always been cringingly bad.

I don't know who is responsible but I have never seen a MS advert that ever made me want to buy or use a MS product.

While Apple sold cool, MS seemed determined to sell 'we are not very good, but you have to buy us anyway'

Take the advert where a bloke on a train tells us he bought a surface PC because he could do work on an overcrowded train. My 1st thought on seeing that was the people in 1st class were probably using Apple Mac's and iPads.So by a PC and be part of the herd.

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So far...OK

So far Nadella looks like he's started off OK. There are signs that MS have come to terms with the new reality and are starting to play nice with open source and actually listening to their customers. This is in contrast to the Ballmer/Gates days when they ran the business in a crisis management/we are at war mode which basically pissed of the whole developer community. The failure to embrace the windows phone can be seen as payback for that .For customers It was interesting that the XBox 1 had it's price cut indicating that they realise the MS name no longer carries a premium.

But those are the easy changes. They were obvious to anyone outside MS, it was just the old management were too pig-headed to admit how wrong they were. The real challenge will be changing the corporate culture and making up for the lost years. It is obvious that some in MS still don't get it (http://www.hanselman.com/blog/MicrosoftKilledMyPappy.aspx). It will take a while until such attitudes are either removed or redefined.

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It's a BLOCKBUSTER: Minecraft heads to the silver screen

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Well that will be worth anticipating

doom, street fighter, mario brothers - what could go wrong?

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

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Re: Borrowed technology from the Dreamliner batteries??

No - Apple

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Dropbox erects sueball shield with new T&C and privacy legalese

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Re: @ hammarbtyp Law is a mystery to me

"While the judgements against the company will be smaller, the fact is that if enough of the smaller cases win, then the odds of later cases winning will be greater and evidence from an earlier case will be available for the other lawyers to use."

Often class actions are taken over relative small amounts. Normally the chance of winning anything that covers the lawyers costs is very small. The cost and difficulties of undertaking such legal recourse will put most people off. This is why class actions were so good since allowed many people to claim, Companies can tie decisions in courts for years. Ebven if the court does come down on a plaintiff the likelihood it will be appealed.

"Trying to force arbitration is also not a bad thing"

Sounds good, but what form will the arbitration take? Is the arbitration run by independent body? are the results legally binding? Does going through arbitration preclude other forms of redress?

I'm betting that any arbitration will be loaded on the companies side.

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Re: Law is a mystery to me

In in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion rulled in 2011 the supreme court ruled in a 5-4 decision that consumers may not band together in class-action arbitration to pursue their complaints.

What that means in practical terms is companies, by putting such a clause in your terms of service, they can stop people taking out a class action.

Now class actions are a American phenomena that allowed numerous small affected parties to band together to take on a multinational. It does not ban sueing but makes it very much harder because the plaintiff has to take on the costs and effort themselves rather than combining with other affected parties. Lawyers are also less likely to take it on a no win-no fee basis because the amounts to be one on a individual basis would be far less than in a class action.

Whether people outside the UK are affected probably depends on where Dropbox are incorporated. Imagine a scenario that Dropbox drops the ball on security and allow anyone to access your private data, you maybe quite miffed and wish to get restitution. In the past you maybe able to band with other affected parties and bring a case in the States. Now this clause says you need to through arbitration first which puts the barriers far higher.

P.S I'm not a lawyer so don't take this as legal advice.

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Re: Law is a mystery to me

Unfortunately the US supreme court has already judged that such waivers are legal.

This is to protect weak, poorly funded multi-nationals from being held to account by the ruthless self-interest of well funded citizenry (I may of got this wrong).

Remember according to Judge Roberts, businesses are people too :)

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Software needs meaty cores, not thin, stringy ARMs, says Intel

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Intel need a good diet

Of course what they don't mention is that the reason that Intel cores are so meaty is that they have to contend a legacy x86 instruction set.

Unfortunately that isn't meat, it's fat.

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Chipzilla just won't quit: Intel touts 64-bit Atoms for Android phones, tabs

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The real question is...

Can you take a intel Atom silicon and integrate it with the graphics, mobile chipset, and all the other gubbins that make a mobile phone.

You can take a Arm processor core(s) add customised silicon round the outside and send it to a Fab.

This is the real reason that Intel has not made much of a dent in the mobile market not some made up bench mark

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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Re: Cue the selective amnesia

Samsung != Android

and yes it is a gimmick, but one that may shift a few more phones so the marketing men demand that it is put in.

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WhatsApp founder: Believe us, internet! 'Twas a DODGY network router WOT DONE IT

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I'm glad it was a router problem.

I'm glad it was a router problem since the language there server is written in has a reputation of very high uptime.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8426897/erlangs-99-9999999-nine-nines-reliability

If this had failed i would have to re-examine some of more core (sic) beliefs

Obviously It is clear that now we need to rewrite the whole internet infrastructure in a better language

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Re: Easy customisation? No Sale

I'm not saying that this is wrong. I'm pretty sure if i worked in IT I would want the same.

All I'm trying to say if you expect your company to buy you a phone, don't expect them to be grateful when you root it, upgrade the ROM and install all sort of potential malware.

This is why from a corporate point of view, despite the cost, Apple and blackberry are likely to be the phone of choice. However I do like the Z10 partion facility and I'm surprised this has not been copied on more phones

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Easy customisation? No Sale

In my experience the ability to change the OS on a business phone is usually the reason why thety are not offered.

IT see the phone as an extension of their domain so like to lock the phone down tighter than Scotsman's wallet. This is one of the reason why Applie phones remain popular. So the ability to update to cyanogenmod may look attractive to the user, IT will use that as a reason not to offer it.

In fact any customization ability will be seen as a threat, even if the changes improve your productivity

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Re: Moto G

Both the Moto G and the Moto X showed that Motorola had turned over a new leaf and were producing excellent no frills phones without the cruft you get of Sony, Samsung, etc.

The Moto X looked like a good sensible business phone with some excellent features for the road warrior such as the always on voice control

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Re: Even now there are really no games to play for the wii.

@sabroni I think maybe the point is that the Wii was marketed as a game console for families. Many of the titles you mentioned are fine games, but they don't play to the wii's strengths. I have played one of the Fifa franchises and a racing game. While both are adequate the graphics and controls means the experience was not as good as playing it on something like the PS3 or Xbox

I bought the latest Dance Party this Christmas (for the kids you realize). I while it was fun, you quickly find the limitations, especially it is virtually impossible to free enough space to update with new tracks(for some reason you cannot put them on the SD card). The Wii is fun, but it is a dead end

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There was nothing wrong with the Wii

There was nothing wrong with the Wii when it came out. It introduced the world to a more natural way of playing games that expanded the game playing market from spotty teenagers to families. Sony and Microsoft were eventually forced to follow their lead.

However there were a number of problems.

1. The controllers themselves were obviously not ready, meaning a separate add on was sold later to add extra axis and sensitivity. This in turn meant you had a segmentation in the games market meaning that buying games became confusing. The better controllers should have come out with the original console.

2. The console was not discounted enough. It took ages for the price to come down, way past the time the original development costs were covered. The PS2 and the XBox discounted heavily after the initial subscribers had been catered for. This meant the Wii started looking remarkable expensive. Both MS and Sony realised what Nintendo didn't. There is more money to be made from software licencing than hardware.

3. The Nintendo title conveyor belt was very slow. As a family we loved Mario Karts, but they never came with a follow up or even extra tracks, so after 3 months it got boring. Even now there are really no games to play for the wii. The Important point. It's about the software stupid.

The Wii U just doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. What people want is a better Wii, HD graphics, better controllers etc and aggressively priced. Instead Nintendo tried to pull the same trick as with the original wii and introduce a new way of playing games. This time however it just doesn't work

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Rand Paul launches class-action lawsuit to end NSA phone spying

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Re: Irony, we've heard of it....

So what you are saying is that it is OK as long as everyone has access to missile firing drones?

Why not take this to the logical conclusion. Everyone should have nukes, because if we outlaw nukes, only criminals and terrorists will have nukes. Certainly it would make stand your ground laws a tad more exciting.

If you believe that arming a few right wing nut jobs to the teeth is the best way to defend your liberties then I would suggest you try moving the Zimbabwe, El Salvador, or anywhere where law is governed by local militias and try your habeas corpus there

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Irony, we've heard of it....

Would that be the same Rand Paul who filibustered against the use of armed drones against Americans at home (which hasn't actually happened) at the same time fought for the rights of Americans to own assault rifles and kill each other?

Anyway shouldn't he be suing George W and Dick C, because I am pretty sure the original parameters of the NSA surveillance was set up when the government set up the patriot act so burning a number of page of the much vaunted constitution

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'Wind power causes climate change' shown to be so much hot air

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Joke

To the next issue

Now that's solved, hopefully we can look at the next important climate change contributory factor.

How much is climate change affected by the concentration of gay people. For example is San Francisco showing greater climate change than say Salt Lake City? Is there a measurable change in the weather when the Oscars or BAFTA's are in town?

Although it has to be said that anecdotal evidence is showing that climate change is most often prevalent in areas most likely to contain a high concentration of climate change deniers such as the Thames Valley. Maybe God just hates climate change deniers

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Nokia and HTC throw down swords, sign patent war peace treaty

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I felt a disturbance

as if hundreds of lawyers voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced

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iPhone maker Foxconn to pump $1bn into new Indonesian factory

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The old ones are the best

We are opening a factory in Indonesia

Jakarta?

No, it was a voluntary transfer

Thank you, be here all night

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JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

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Re: “the assembly language for the web”

I think it would be more accurate to say ' the C language for the web'

i.e Not the best language for large projects and missing many feature of it's more modern cousins, but ubiquitous and not going to be replaced soon.

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

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Re: Not one thing or another

Correction the iPhone 4 was a great phone, 3 years ago. Both the technology and cost base has moved on. What people are buying into is the Apple distortion field that somehow the iPhone has some sort of magic that other brands do not contain. If that's what they want to believe great, but it does not hide the fact that you buy an up to date android phone for far less cost .

Correct, not all people drive new cars, but this is like Ford bring out a new car, and then at the same time selling it's older, less efficient, less capable models at the same time as the value range. This used to be common practice in the 3rd world, but even there they are not interested in being fobbed off with obsolete technology

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