* Posts by cap'n

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

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The new man

It always surprises me how enthusiastically the new 'man' in the shape of Google is greeted in comparison to the virtual monopolies we had in the 90s and early 2000s. Google is far worse. It used to just be you had one choice what OS to put on your computer, but nobody then really did much about what you actually did with it after that. Google wants to control your phone, your computer, where you find information and gradually virtually everything you do with a computer. The fact they use a variety of open source software is not necessarily a positive, as shown here, appropriating the work of others for free and then monetizing it is their primarily business model, they've just moved on from just doing it with software, they now want to do the same with music and video rights.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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charlatans

The Doomsday Clock is maintained by the members of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, who are in turn advised by the Governing Board and the Board of Sponsors, including 18 Nobel Laureates.

Nobel prizes? For what? Head pointyness? Pffff. Bunch of chancers.

I like to get my climate change science from a trustworthy source such as the Register or Rush Limbaugh.

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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Windows 10

It seems to me the big problem is Microsoft now trying to tie everything together means they're effectively blocking Windows Phone updates and releases while they wait to get final Windows 10 APIs in order to deliver the 'write once, run anywhere' thing.

It's a nice idea, but the release cycle for Windows desktop is 5 years or whatever, for mobile they really need to be knocking out big major releases every year with maybe a minor update halfway through the year.

I've used Windows Phone since 3-4 months ago and like it a lot, but there are small annoyances that just need to be fixed, but Microsoft just doesn't seem responsive and it's not really clear if their heart is really in it. To be honest, they'd be much better not worrying about linking it into the whole Windows 10 thing, just put a bunch of people on the case full time focusing on phone and let them knock out updates whenever they can.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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consensus

The scientific consensus (something like 97% of scientists involved in climate research) is almost uniformly agreed that the earth is warming, and that it is due to man-made CO2 emissions.

Only a plucky band of creationist politicians, oil-company billionaires and Register hacks are bravely standing up to this oppressive scientific tyranny.

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Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene

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Re: Strange

We never seem to hear much about all the people the Saudis behead for rather trivial reasons.

I assume 'sorcery and witchcraft' is a serious reason then?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-18503550

That's when it all went wrong in Britain, the moment we stopped burning witches. etc.

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But the Saudi justice system does have a great degree of domestic popular support

Yes, that tends to happen when you send all the people who don't express popular support to prison or worse. Did you even read the story?

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Android users are massive wan … er … smut consumers

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having to squint

People watch porn on mobiles? They must have been eyesight than me, which is curious considering this kind of thing makes you go blind.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: The love of money is the root of all evil

Yes, but consider that Germany alone is larger than the UK, and produces significantly more than the UK. Quite why the UK might need more accountants than Germany, let alone the 24 other countries of the EU does raise some questions - if indeed it really is true.

Let's not forget, it was beancounters who ultimately did for the UK car industry. It was run by them, whereas the German one was (and still is) run by engineers.

The UK economy is largely based on people in suits shouting down telephones or juggling spreadsheets and shuffling money about. Very little actually being produced unfortunately, at least in comparison to other major industrialized countries.

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UFOs in the '50s skies? CIA admits: 'IT WAS US'

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nothing changes

All these sightings over the US were the CIA... perhaps they forget what country they were supposed to be spying on, or more likely it was all a very innocent mistake. I believe that's the standard response when you get caught cock in hand with your pants down surveilling your entire population in violation of the constitution.

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Titsup Twitter: We've swatted the bug that caused the outage

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Re: So a wrong expiration date from the server is a "front end issue"?

Front end can mean servers producing public facing content (i.e. formatting HTML to send to the client), where back end would be their own internal admin pages or systems, the database underlying the system and so on.

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

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Re: to conduct a little research on her husband...

It's no different for governments either.

They may well have built the systems with a genuine interest in terrorists, nuclear proliferation and so on. But once they have the power, they just cannot resist seeing what their friends are up to as well. And before very long, they're using it for domestic surveillance of environmental protesters, civil rights groups and occupy wall street type movements.

This is what happens when it's all done in secret without proper oversight, and anyone who blows the whistle is pursued as a terrorist and traitor.

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

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the saddest part

...is that I remember Elite from my youth. I spent a whole school summer holiday playing it 10 hours a day with my brother. And if I was inclined to nostalgia, I could buy a commodore 64 and run elite on it to show my kids.

But with online games, that won't be possible. My kids will grow up with fantastic, amazing, immersive games like Elite Dangerous. But they will never be able to show their kids just how 'basic' and simplistic games were when they were kids, because the online services that are required will almost certainly cease at some point, maybe 5 years, maybe less.

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No Santa, no Irish boozers and no regrets: life in Qatar

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Re: Choices

I spent 8 years there and agree with everything you said. The point that tipped it over the edge for me was having two young kids and not wanting them to grow up thinking such things were 'normal'.

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nice for a few years

I lived in Dubai for about 8 years. It was great for the first two, then got progressively worse as time went on. Cost of living got ridiculous, so no tax but 20 grand a year for a one bed apartment by the peak. And as a business owner, fed up of the unelected fool at the top just passing stupid laws with the wave of a hand and zero warning.

The locals like to drive big cars like complete arseholes, and not bother to buckle up their kids in the back. If one rear ends you, it's your fault as he's local and guilt is strictly based on who is more well connected. If one of his kids dies, you'll go down for a long time. Had a friend who was highest ranking foreigner at factory where there was an industrial accident, he ended up doing 3 months in jail even though it wasn't his fault. Luckily for him, it was an indian labourer who died and not a local (or a camel), or he might have been in for years.

I made some money, got married, had kids and just had to get out. I work for myself largely online, so I can be anywhere. Now in Portugal, bought a big house for the price of a crummy apartment in Dubai, beautiful countryside, 25 mins from Lisbon, nice neighbours (you actually see parents with kids at the park, not just filipina nannies) and more than anything I have rights and my kids get to grow up in a free country. Bit cold in winter, but summer is lovely and no 50 degree sun for 5 or 6 months of the year.

Don't regret the gig in the middle east, but save your money and get out while the going is good.

Oh, and I can get decent wine for less than 2 Euros here, and have a quiet drink down virtually any street in a nice cafe or bar and don't have to check the map each day to see how close Isis are.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Mobile

Sorry, maybe I am misunderstanding, but I fail to see why advertising revenue is any reason not to go responsive.

The whole point of a responsive site is that the server kicks out the same code to all devices. It's the device that decides how to display it, using javascript and various CSS rules. So not only can you display the same ads on a responsive site, it's really the same site - it's just that the device formats a few things differently depending on the screen size.

Basically, it's not a mobile site, it's the same site served to everyone.

The 5 minute estimate was a little bit of an exaggeration by the other guy, but seriously, in less than a day you could wire up Foundation or Bootstrap to your page template, few CSS class tweaks on your page templates, and you'd have a responsive site that means I don't need to use your god-awful Windows Phone app which hasn't shown comments since I got the phone 3 months ago.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: Dazzle.

That's terrible. These cyclists with their bright lights might be protecting themselves, but they're just drawing attention away from cars and trucks, which is going to lead to those suffering more accidents.

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Syrian Electronic Army in news site 'hack' POP-UP MAYHEM

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Re: Gigiya the Culprit

Yes, just to clarify this is the guy inflicting unspeakable carnage on the country, not to be confused with the guys fighting him who're also inflicting unspeakable carnage on the country, as well as the country next door, with guns and money the west sent them last year. They also have an active internet promotional effort, which involves beheading western charity workers on video, though all things considered I'd prefer they too just stuck to javascript popups on the Indy.

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Businessman takes Google to High Court to block online abuse from search results

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should be grateful

The defamatory postings amount to a campaign of anonymous abuse against Hegglin, and include allegations that he is "a murderer, a Nazi, a Ku Klux Klan sympathiser, a paedophile, a corrupt businessman who has accepted bribes from state officials..."

I'd imagine that lot on balance probably results in a net improvement in his reputation if only for distracting people from the fact he's a banker.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: reducing energy consumption

So, this article makes clear that according to these well respected Google engineers, man-made climate change is real and a 'massive' danger.

Interesting.

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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Re: Horses for courses

Yeah, the first thing I saw was the cross on the front, it looked like a gaffa tape fix to some minor accident to me. A cartoon style bandage.

Nothing wrong with the instrument binnacle for me either, looks quite funky I think, especially for a small functional car.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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ATMs

Last time I was in the UK, I can use my card in most ATMs. And most don't charge me extra for it.

I assume a similar arrangement for mobile operators could also work. It's all a question of ensuring those networks which use another provider's hardware pay for this in some way.

And far from reducing competition as the author claims, it could in fact increase competition. Because it would enable smaller operators to enter the national market without the expense of having to put their own hardware in areas with very few subscribers. For example, those banking with smaller regional banks in the UK can still pull out money through most ATMs from any major bank.

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Microsoft's Bing hopes to bag market share with ... search apps

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Re: Translation...

I've also found my windows phone does a much better job of speech recognition than my android did, and all that's done by web APIs, not on the device. Seems to me Microsoft are ahead of Google there. But for plain old fashioned search, I still just prefer Google.

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Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet

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Re: There'll never be another...

The republics of northern Europe also work out pretty well.

Being a monarch basically requires keeping your mouth shut, which the Queen is very good at. Her big-eared son, not so much. That is going to be interesting. I suspect the monarchists are praying for him to die before the old lady.

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Re: There'll never be another...

Royalists always suggest such things, while overlooking the fact that they're picking names they think the public will be repulsed by, while at the same time implying the public would vote for them.

And they seem perfectly happy to use this selection system for the government that runs the country, but not for someone who they claim is just there to cut ribbons and wear gloves to shake hands with the great unwashed.

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21st century

Wow, they've finally caught up with the 21st century.

Next thing you know, we'll be having democratic elections and a written constitution.

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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Re: Is Old English The Only Real English?

If learning Chinese, you *have* to learn characters, not rely on Pinyin. Simplified or Traditional doesn't matter, they are pretty similar and if you read one, you can easily learn to understand the other. But you have to learn characters, once you can, it's actually far easier to read than pinyin. And you need characters if you ever go to China and need to read any signs, etc.

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Re: "So, kids, keep on learning those verb conjugations "

And no plurals, and no tenses either.

If only they didn't write it in characters and speak with tones, it would actually be a very easy language to learn, even for Europeans.

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Re: difficult to master?

I speak Chinese, when I was learning I thought it was hard at the start. But then someone pointed out to me that everyone in China can speak it, even the stupid people. So it is clearly not anywhere near as hard as differential equations or other stuff which the majority of the population would never get regardless of how many lessons they took.

Languages are not hard, but you need to be there, take lessons and take the time to expose yourself to them and practice.

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Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool

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don't understand the logic

I get people who're selling the benefits of MVC as speed, and they then go and 'upgrade' their db to EF to be down with the kids.

Considering even MS's own figures show it several times slower than the old fashioned route, what's the point? Maybe it makes you seem groovy, but taking such a massive performance hit because it's new and funky doesn't really make sense.

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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what's the point

I don't really see the point of all this tracking built into a development version. Precisely because of all that feedback, people aren't going to use it for anything other than kicking the tyres a bit. Nobody is going to do serious work on it, or live with it for several weeks. So what use is all that feedback you collect from a system whose mere presence will ensure that the computer is not going to be used for the normal tasks someone might use it for?

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

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Yes, but curiously I have observed it's almost obligatory to reference Android's huge market share in comparison to Windows Phone to prove the inferiority of the latter.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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feedback, do they care?

I remember the feedback/answers site for the Windows 8 beta. The top issues, upvoted by many thousands to the top were:

1. Where the fuck is the start button and menu? I need a start button, not some stupid hover corner and full screen of big chunky squares.

2. How can I remove metro and all that shiznit that goes with it?

So I guess the biggest issue is whether they will actually listen this time, or whether it's still just a corporate exercise to pick and choose and ignore anything that does not fit with what the boss man has decided.

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

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Yes, you can plug in a USB cable and copy photos and videos straight off the file system just like you can with Android.

You can also set OneDrive to automatically upload them through wireless when you're connected and sync your computer with that... I used to do similar with Dropbox in Android. That way, all your new photos and videos get on to your PC without you thinking about it.

As a long time Android user, I didn't find any real problem doing anything I wanted to do on Windows Phone 8.1 with the latest update now that VPN is supported. It also has the Swipe type keyboard which I got so used to on Android and really could not do without now.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: Don't forget his sidekick

Whenever I think of Chris Serle, I remember this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SehPOYKmRI4

In our house, to 'Chris Serle' is still a verb meaning to deliberately and blatantly do something extremely badly and ineptly so as to make it look difficult or impossible, normally to reinforce a petty point.

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'Encryption will make life very easy for criminals and terrorists'

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won't someone think of the children

I would like to suggest to the US Attorney General that everybody should be strangled at birth. Not being strangled at birth is playing right into the hands of the terrorists and paedophiles, who are able to go on and commit heinous acts precisely because they had not been strangled at birth.

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SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches

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Re: I wonder

I imagine the miscreants are already. With heartbleed and now this having been present for 22 years, I suspect there is going to be quite a bit more attention on a lot of software previously assumed to be safe by those with both good and bad intentions.

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

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Re: FUD whack-a-mole

"This has existed for 23 years, and nobody has ever written a worm using it! Now, doesn't that tell somebody something?"

Presumably the same applies to Windows XP?

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

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what else lurks

After heartbleed and now this, which was apparently lurking in plain sight for 22 years, one has to wonder what else can be found in long-trusted code. I would imagine miscreants will be paying a lot more attention than before to common open source software as it seems it could be rather fertile ground for exploits that have long been overlooked.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Samsung

"Samsung will have the same issue but perhaps only sell 10m phones in a year so it's not going to make the news."

At least as recently as April this year, Samsung apparently shipped more phones than Apple..... and Huawei, Lenovo and LG put together. 85,000,000 smartphones in the first quarter alone.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2014/04/30/samsung-is-undisputed-king-of-smartphones-apple-still-distant-second/

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Re: Flaw in the argument

He said a 2.5 KG bag of baking potatoes. I assumed therefore he was going to bake them. Don't need to peel or chop them - just a wash and in the oven. The skins are full of vitamins and fibre - best part of the potato.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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good phone

but spectacularly overpriced.

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Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales

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does anyone really care for vendor tinkering?

I mean, has anyone ever bought a phone because they actually liked Samsung, HTC or Huawei's 'improvements'?

Having just moved to a lumia 930 after only using Android, the last thing it needs is far-east vendors putting their own warped idea of what looks nice all over it.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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not really a surprise considering how piss poorly run they were

Just last week I was looking for a new phone and found one, SIM-free, unlocked dialaphone.co.uk, a p4u subsiduary.

After we tried several times to buy it using a company credit card, we gave up and called them. On eventually getting through, we were rather rudely informed that they only sell to individuals, and only sell phones with contracts... not sim-free or unlocked.

A simple mistake, I suppose it was a combination of the words 'sim-free' and 'unlocked', coupled with their Ts and Cs and web site which did not state anywhere that they only sell to individuals which confused me.

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Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign

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Of course they haven't conducted mass surveillance of their people...

...they've subcontracted the job to the USA.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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Not another ipad

So Apple has come out with a watch that looks as crap as the Samsung effort, and technically seems to have all the same problems but is a year later to market.

They've also produced two new phones that have finally caught up with the fact people like bigger screens several years after everyone else went there, and Jobs went to his grave insisting were too big.

Pretty clear that Apple's era of defining the market is behind it and it's basically just following the leaders now.

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Snowden shouldn't be extradited to US if he testifies about NSA spying, says Swiss gov

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Re: Would the US risk a diplomatic incident?

<quote>For the latter, the US would have to provide probably cause in a manner that is 100% compliant with Swiss law</quote>

I wonder if Swiss law is any more robust against political abuse than Swedish law?

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Re: re: There are also many who aren't happy with the limitations of Windows

"We're talking about buying cheap hardware to re-use for different purposes, here."

So, you're saying that if the vendor tripled the price into Apple territory, it would be fine to lock it down for a particular OS as Apple does? But because it's cheap, it's morally wrong to impose such a restriction on it!?

That is a rather bizarre point of view.

It seems to me the real reason people object is that they still regard Microsoft as a monopoly, which with the variety of computing devices available these days, it isn't. I'd argue Apple and Google are equally as bad now, but old heads have not quite caught up to this way of thinking yet.

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Crack team weighs LOHAN's substantial box

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Re: Not happy with the picture on the mug....

I am sure the residents of Tuvalu are equally concerned about the lack of visibility of their island home on the Lohan mug. What to do?

Can you not move?

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Re: "Seven" and "one"

In mine too. The wife (despite what she claimed during the WC) has no interest in football, but suddenly is the world's biggest fan when the WC arrives. Hopefully that result will haunt them, and they won't be quite as unbearably jingoistic next time around.

Might I also suggest that the Brazil players like David Luiz, if they really have to believe in god, save their prayers for important things like people getting shot in the face in street robberies, and nothing as self-indulgent as a bit of assistance in getting dives adjudged as penalties in a football match.

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The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

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Re: Vote UKIP!

Rejoice, in an EU-free Britain, the right to parody will be restored!

Unless of course, it's a UKIP leaflet you're parodying... then the freedom-loving libertarians at UKIP will set their masonic chums in the local rozzas onto you to force you to delete your heretical utterings

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-complaint-prompts-police-to-question-blogger-9358634.html

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