* Posts by hammarbtyp

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Singapore's PM personally programmed C++ Suduko-solver

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If a political party could choose a programming language...

Tory - Cobol - Traditional programming values plus tends only used on Mainframes so that poor people can be stopped from using it

Labour - Java - solves everything, but at a cost

Lib Dem - Scratch - A language for eveyone which never quite seems to do anything useful

UKIP - Assembler on a ICL mainframe - harking back to when Britain had an empire, before these pesky foreigners mucked it up for us

SNP - ML - Scottish languages for Scottish people

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Now there's a politician I could vote for

Pity he lives in Singapore. My local MP probably thinks C++ is woman's clothing size

It should be mandatory that all leaders know at least two programming languages (and no Mr Cameroon, Miliband,Farage et al, HTML and Word do not count)

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Microsoft absorbs open-source internal startup MS Open Technology

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Times they are a'changing(maybe)

"There's free software and then there’s open source,then there is this thing called the GPL, which we disagree with. It creates a license so that nobody can ever improve the software"

Bill Gates

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

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Can't wait

It is fantastic to see these images come in and a a great testament to engineers who put this together. As someone who throws things around when his code takes more than 10 seconds to compile,. I can't imagine having to wait 9 years to see if the system would work as planned.

Is it just me, but can you see a lighter patch to the bottom left of Pluto? Can't wait for the close-ups

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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Could we have some grown-up options please..

While I applaud Google attempts to make Chrome more secure, I do wish they treated us as grown-ups.

If after weighing up the risks I want to run a potentially in-secure plug-in I don't see why I cannot be given the option. Why should should Google arbitrate on my level of risk?

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What just went down on Intel for three months? Er, PC and mobile chips

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Eating it's own tail

I have noticed a number of Intel design wins for Android devices recently, and I wondered what they are making on those. The answer know is clear, nothing or as near to nothing to make no difference.

It is clear they are eating their own tail in order to make a dent into mobile and having limited success

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

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My theory

The Sentinal

Here's hoping...

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Dark matter surveys turn up new satellites … orbiting the Milky Way

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PC

Surely they are "star challenged" galaxies..

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Intel slaps Iris Pro GPUs into Core i7 silicon to woo desktop gamers

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Fixed it for ya

About 70 per cent of the world's PCs rely on Intel graphics,

About 70 per cent of the world's PCs put up with Intel graphics,

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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His many talents outweighed his character

There is no doubt his character of Spock was a great role model for me. I mean here was a character who was a expert in science and technology, but also could kick serious ass when needed and was a serious babe magnet, without even trying. Up to this point all nerds were played as bumbling boffins in white coats trying to locate their glasses or acne ridden four eyes youths with as much sex appeal as a road accident.

However his later life showed a man of many talents that should not be over shadowed by that one role. Not only a great Actor, but Photographer and Director,

Will be greatly missed, but always remembered LLAP.

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Moto E 2015: The builder's cheapie gets a serious upgrade

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Great phone, but...

Typically I bought a Moto E for my daughter at Christmas. She love it, and has not felt constrained in any way on the present lack of front camera or processing power. So I am sure the new camera would improve a already great little phone. Not sure about whether LTE is important at this price point, although I guess it makes it more future proof.

My only real complaint about the Moto E is the lack of a decent flip case. I love my case on the Moto G, which also switches the phone from standby to online when I open it. I am guessing the Moto E does not have the proper magnetic switches to support that, which is a curious omission considering how much money Motorola must make from accessories markup

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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that's one way of looking at it, here's another

We have an incentive to provide new features very quickly, to ship them as they are ready."

Well, that's one way of looking at it

Another way is that developers can get away with doing bugger all, because whatever they produce you are tied to them for life.

At least with the upgrade model, companies had to work hard for our money, now it just rolls in every month whatever they do.

The truth is, if Photoshop had any glimmer of competition out there, there is no way the could support a subscription only model. I wonder how long until they end up like all monopolies, fat and lazy.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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The Photoshop CC Good value myth

I get a little tired of this myth that paying a creative commons licence is somehow good value.

It really depends on what you do. If you work for large company doing advertising images or your buisness involves photographsetc then it might well be. But for the hobbiest photographer it makes far less sense.

For people who already have CS6 it makes no sense, since there despite Adobe's publicity there has been virtually no must have features since the day they turned off the purchase outright option. Apart from UI tweaking it could be argued that there has been no major feature added since CS3

If you do not have a copy, it seems great that you get the latest copy of PS and lightroom for a monthly outgoing. But remember it means that if you have a life event where £110 a year could be useful, that means you lose not only access to software now, but also the ability to access your old files in PS format.

Also do you really need PS CC? If you are a photographer, lightroom will do 95% of the job which you can buy outright. (The reason lightroom has not gone totally CC is that there are plenty of competition out there for Raw processing such as Dx0)

There are only two good reasons for getting PS CC. One is that there is training for virtually every manipulation task out there, but virtually all use PS. If you use GIMP somehow you have to translate the instructions to an alien interface.

Secondly is plug-ins. Plug-ins like the Google Nik collection are in some ways more essential than PS itself. Then again they can also be used in LR.

Personally I use PS CS2 and can do most of the things I want and 99% of the tasks can be achieved without paying blood money to Adobe each month. Hopefully I will get to the point where I can understand photo processing basics enough to ditch PS totally and move to something like Gimp

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This optical disc will keep your gumble safe for 2,000 YEARS

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After watching many episodes of timeteam, it is apparent that any object found with no obvious purpose is instantly cataloged under the global moniker of "object for religious offering or deity veneration"

Saying that, in some cases they may not be too far from the ballpark

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Let see you keep that warranty

hmmm, 2000 years. I have trouble getting some companies to meet there 1 year guarantee obligations.

It will be intresting to see someone try it in 4013 if it turns out not to work.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: Should be easy enough to clear up

She should put it on youtube....

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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I think you'll find that in the last year alone Apple copied the concept of the wearable in the form of a Watch

but have also blown the smartphone world apart with their astonishing discovery that everyone was buying phablets so copied the form factor pioneered by Samsung et al

Fixed it for ya!

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Come on, they made it thinner. What more do want?

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Looks great, but when will we actually see one in the wild

Sounds exciting...but then again I'm still waiting for MS to release a consumer version of it Table surface product they announced in 2008.....so maybe we are getting ahead of ourselves

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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1 vote for Battleship. the film that is the very epitome of what is wrong in Hollywood

(P.S to the commentator who voted for waterworld, that is suprisingly watchable, now the Postman is another story ....)

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Re: Do the older amongst us

I remember the days when 3D TV's were going to be the next big thing....

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PlayStation-processor-powered plutonium probe prepares Pluto pics

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Re: Routers... in Space!

Excuse my ignorance but...

Is it any different to keeping a large telescope like the James Webb in a lagrange point, which is the current plan? A relay would be cheaper and as long as you could get 20 years out of it, cost effective to replace

I am not sure why it would need 100's of KW. The fact the signal can be buffered and re-sent means you can improve data rates and s/N with not a large power increase.

Of course, the other option is to increase the signal by looking at things like masers to send the data, if the tracking issues can be solved

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Re: Routers... in Space!

All good and valid points.

However I wonder.

1. If you positioned one at each of the Jupiter Lagrange points, would that give you enough coverage?

2. Enough nuclear power would keep them in operation for some time

3. Without gravity, surely it is easier to deploy large dishes since they do not need bracing to keep them from collapsing.

Also while it is not communicating with spacecraft it could be doing other things like radio astrononmy far away from noisy radio spectrum.

Just some ideas of the top of my head(or another part of my anatomy)

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: A few downsides

. BMW is actively looking at Ethernet too, so is GM. So Tesla is not alone. Ethernet has gone a long way and modern twisted pair chipsets have better error rates and higher MTBF that Cambus (especially when running at "mere" 100Mbit).

Deterministic ethernet will probably replace Canbus in the next few years mainly because cars are far more "intelligent" than years ago when all you wanted your network to do is to turn your headlights on and off. Now, apart from the intelligent sensors festooning the car, we also want GPS, SatNAv, internet, DVD and a sound system. Not only that but if you add a TV screen to each seat, that is a lot of data being thrown around.

Now you could have separate networks for these things, but in terms of simplicity and weight it makes sense to have it on one network. Ethernet has the bandwidth and is already utilised for a lot of this stuff. Of course you have the issue of data separation and ensuring the ABS is not delayed by little Johnny watching Frozen for the 50th time, which is why we need the later deterministic ethernet standards to be more widely implemented that allows QOS and determinism of multiple VPN's across the same cable.

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Intel touts tardy Broadwell Core CPUs for laptops, PCs

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Not a high bar

Intel is particularly proud of the graphics performance upgrades of the 14nm chips. Broadwell offers up to a 22 per cent improvement in 3D graphics performance, the company said, and video conversion runs 50 per cent faster.

22 percent improvement on poor only gets you to barely adequate...

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Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas

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More Christmas pud that Christmas stuffing

To be honest I was prepared to hate this because so far the series so far has been disappointing with a poor backstory, lousy science and more plot holes that a bucket full of Swiss cheese.

When we had the pre-view showing Santa Claus, I thought here we go again, a sentimental slushy Christmas special.

But I found myself enjoying it. Foe once the monsters were scary, the relationship between doctor and assistant had some bite and there is always something disturbing about the dream within a dream motif because it tugs on the nature of your own reality and whether you can trust what you can actually see around you.

So this was probably the best Christmas special for a while. What we need now is Moffat to get back to his A-game(weeping angels) and stop trying to stuff more stories and characters than a under sized Christmas turkey. Dr who works best when it is pared back to it's simplest. It doesn't need flashy effects to make it scary our brain does that well enough thank you. Also get some new blood into the writing team. The Neil Gamain episode worked well, lets have some more of Authors like that (Terry Prachett anyone??)

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Big Eyes falls short on the big question of popular art

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I love the way Wikipedia provides two different viewpoints

Margret Keane

and

Walter Keane

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

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Re: American Bacon is Delicious!

While we're at it you can keep your ghastly Hershey's to yourself

Ahhh, Hersheys. As a lad brought up reading Marvel comics where we used to get all the american adverts, I grew up with a desire to eat Hershey bars and twinkies (Also get x-ray specs for some reason ). So on my 1st trip to the colonies, I headed to the local Walmart and bought a big bag to bring home to the family.

I could not believe how bad they tasted. They had the consistency and aftertaste of something produced in a industrial plant rather than something organic. It was so bad that even my children who normally hoover up anything related to chocolate (advent calendar chocies, I'm looking at you ) would not touch it. Which just goes to show you can sell anything if your advertising budget is big enough and you wrap the American flag around it(which also explains Ford/GM).

Saying that I have had some great food in the states, but also the worse lasagna I have ever tasted (A note to the residents of Albany, please use beef mince next time). Now I know it's a bit pot/kettle complaining about another countries food, but at the top end American food is better as good as any, but below that it is mass produced crap with little taste and dubious ingredients

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UK.gov biz dept: Yoof APPRENTICE? Get a degree while YOU'RE HIRED

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Good for the student, maybe not for the company

It's a great idea, but the main issue is that you give your staff high quality training and pay them crap wages.

After 3 years you produce a 21 year old who has a degree plus 3 years experience. The company then turns round and offers a small increment on the wage, at which point your worker says thank you very much and moves off to another company who are willing to pay the going rate for the experience and qualifications, meaning now the original companies investment 3 years is down the drain.

Obviously not the student fault, just shortsightedness by the company .

Of course there used to be an effective way of training your staff to degree level and that was the OU. That was before the government felt that OU degrees should cost the same as any other university making it out of reach for most mature students.

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Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids

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4G? I've heard of it...

I'm guessing the author lives in one of the big metropolitan areas. For the rest of us complying about a phone not having 4G is a bit like living in a desert whingeing about your lack of gills.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Still in use

My wife still uses a Motorola V3 Razr. Every once in a while I suggest an upgrade to something more modern, at which point she goes and hides clutching the phone to her chest.

Saying that, in terms of industrial design, it could give Mr Ives a run for his money. the downside is the software which was obviouisly designed by committee and afyter 4 text messages the buffer is filled up

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Languages don't breed bugs, PEOPLE breed bugs, say boffins

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Why single out Erlang?

"Even Erlang" !!!???

I'm sorry but was the author scared as a kid by Erlang's non-imperative syntax, concurrent architecture and nine nines reliability?

As that great programmer Bill Shakespeare put it..

If you load us, do we not use memory?

if you run us, do we not execute?

if you wrongly implement the functionality , do we not die?

and if you wrong us, shall we not have a flame war or the benefits of functional programming languages?

You hurt me, you really do

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

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Re: Skill is all you need?

I agree in some ways. Give a pro any camera and they will get a better camera than mr average because some things the camera cannot do for you, like great composition.

On the other hand a good DSLR camera allows you to more easily adjust shutter speed, aperture. The biggest difference though is that a DSLR allows the user to control depth of field which is difficult with a phone camera. However they do need to learn how to use it first, unfortunately I have lost count of the number of people with expensive cameras around their neck, but on full auto and still shooting JPEG's rather than RAW.

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Re: Ansel Adams, gear from 75 years ago, location, location, location.

Agreed, just because you cannot go to the worlds exotic locations should not be a constraint on great photography.

Sometimes such constraints work to your advantage, forcing you to concentrate on the basics. Take photos of birds and squirrels on a backyard bird table, find a local deer park during the rut, try macro for insect.

By adding restrictions you increase your ingenuity and imagination to the point that if you do get the chance to go target rich environment, you won't waste your time taking poor photos.

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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So it wasn't supposed to do that then?

There has been a vehicle anomaly

Really?!! You think?

I just thought July 4th/November 5th/<inser celebration of your choice> had come early

Top award for stating the bleeding obvious....

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: Replace anything with "Lucas" written on it

I agree generally that the roads in Holland are excellent, but when I drove from Calais to Holland, it was noticeable how poor the roads got in Belgium and how good they got once you entered Holland...

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'Theoretical' Nobel economics explain WHY the tech industry's such a damned mess

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I don't care what he says...

All regulation is bad. I know because I read it some novel written by some chick called Ann Randy or something

<Insert Icon for extreme sarcasm here>

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

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Good for windows, bad for programming

I remember learning to program windows using Petzold book as a young programmer just cutting their teeth on coding.

Looking back now, I do think that Petzold taught a lot of early windows programmers some really bad habits such as the use of naked global variables to store things like handles and we ended up with a lot of really bad, unstructured, difficult to maintain code.

Unfortunately at the time I didn't know any better

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Gates and Ballmer NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS – report

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"where he advises Nadella on technology matters"

Satya, that was Bill on the phone again. He wants to know where you are with his idea to port windows 98 as the new mobile OS?

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

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Re: Good

That's an unfortunate image

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Re: Sigh....

@rh587

Triple Sigh. Now your just being silly.

I think most people can tell the difference between normal situations and a shooting range or a clay pigeon shoot. I think the number of occasions that the police have been called by people who find themselves on shooting ranges about the presence of firearms are very small.

In 99% of the rest of the country however.

I think I can also tell the difference between a shotgun and say a pistol, thank you very much. However if someone went up the high street with a shotgun on there shoulder i think there would be reason to call the police. I also seriously doubt that people walk from the car park to a clay pigeon shoot carrying loaded shotguns. The bar is so high on owning such weapon, that such people know how to carry them responsible.

The list of scenarios where it's appropriate to call the Police because a non-uniformed individual is in possession of a firearm is actually quite short.

Actually on your basis The list of scenarios where it is appropriate for a non-uniformed individual is in possession of a firearm is actually quite short. Apart from your definitions I cannot think of any other occasion where an armed individual is not considered a potential threat.

The point is the UK has a different mindset to firearms. They cause attention, which if you are a criminal is unwanted.

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Sigh....

Sigh...

1) As you're seeing now in Britain, if guns are made illegal then only criminals have guns.

There is very little you can do to restrict access to something if someone really wants it and it is widely available elsewhere. However...The big difference is that in the UK owning a gun is not seen as something common place or ordinary. If I saw a non-uniformed person carrying a fire arm I would call the police. This makes the use and access to guns far more difficult and attractive. Not only that crimes involving firearms (even carrying one) carry a much higher tariff, again making them largely unattractive to the criminal classes. More importantly because gun ownership is so low, the general population does not feel the need to engage in an arms race based on some FUD factor. Gun ownership itself is not an issue, but glorification of the need for ownership of a lethal device is.

3) Well true, although the original intention was so that the population could resist foreign aggression against the bigger adversaries of the time. I doubt the founding fathers foresaw the time when the USA would be the worlds military superpower. Nor does it specify what sort of weapons should be allowed. If we are a origionalist you could argue it should be restricted to a brown bess musket. On the other hand some on the right feel they will never be safe unless the are nuclear armed. This amendment has been stretched by various arms lobby groups to the point where it no longer provides the protections that it was originally designed to provide.

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Proprietary OS source code LEAKED to web – from 40 years ago

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Re: Intellectual Property Fetishism of the Worst Sort

Yeah, has anyone told Microsoft...

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: Tiles should replace icons fully - everywhere.

Desktop definition

Something I see when I am starting and shutting down my PC

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Surely its windows 2????

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Paris Hilton

For the innocent bystanders – whose exclusive rights of reproduction, and also moral rights over their images were abused by the Mirror

I thought this was all about the build up to reproduction...

Paris, because....Well you know

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Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes

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Re: Love him or hate him...

seemed like a guy who has put his money where his mouth is, so fair play to him.

Need a big mouth for that sort of money. Luckily Larry's got both

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Happy

All they needed was the evidence

All those conspiracy theorists must be kicking themselves now

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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One more...

Wiping your bottom with a iphone 6?

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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lets look at this in another way..

The article makes some good points, but the argument can be turned on its head.

Why buy a $700 Apple device when a $100 android version will do 99% the same? And if the West's market is saturated with smart phones, where does that leave Apple? Trying to sell expensive hardware into a market like China and India which just cannot support that price point?

Of course Apple will survive, because as has been shown there is a value in the cachet of owning a Apple product, but can it still grow and maintain the same margins?

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