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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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Re: Why permit the secrecy

Not necessarily the commercial deals behind each patent licence, but certainly the details.

If, for example 85% of smartphones on the market infringe 200 Microsoft patents & require a licence is it not arguable that these licences should be frand?

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

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It just couldn't handle the additional traffic

Downloading all that user data to Facebook servers before the customers deleted their accounts uses a lot of bandwidth.

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Fandroids get their very own PERVY SMUT browser

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How well does it work at getting round restrictions in say China or Iran on the interweb?

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Dropbox unblocked in China ... for now

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It's been unblocked for at least a year, maybe longer

I use it all the time to transfer files from the UK to China and back to my family. They understand it more than the mostly Chinese language alternatives.

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One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

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Holmes

I'm looking forward to the next El Reg Flappy Birds article

Where it lists alternatives available on the app store, but not mention that you can still just get it if you want to.

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Russian gay dating app dev: We've been BLOCKED just DAYS before Winter Olympics

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How many likes does it have amongst popular Russia sites like VK?

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The TRUTH about LEAKY, STALKING, SPYING smartphone applications

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Re: "If you aren't paying, you aren't the customer. You are the product."

I'm going to teach my off spring this too. I can probably incorporate into the same chat about the birds and the bees.

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Mountain bike mishap man suffers SEVEN WEEK stiffie

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Just nobody

show my wife where she needs to strike.

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Google is developing flight 'price comparison thing' with us, claims Ryanair boss O'Leary

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I do hope they also combine it with Google maps

so I can see how far RyanAir airports are from their actual destination.

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

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Re: I'll side with the Against but Sympathetic crowd

Actually it's on as default on my Huawei P6.

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How Google paved the way for NSA's intercepts - just as The Register predicted 9 YEARS AGO

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Coat

Schmidt is only upset because

the NSA are doing this through the backdoor. If they simply took adverts out targeting people with the keywords of "terrorism", "bomb" or "kill the republican leadership" then Google would actually do the work for them.

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Staying power: The small screen spans of the eleven Doctor Whos

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Re: Worst infographic EVER

A note with the chart? It's enclosed within a whole freakin' article!

:)

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Can't hear the sirens? Knobble evildoers with your massive integer

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Is the bike database just an expansion of CheckMEND?

I've used it a few times, never did get my phone back.

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

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A feature I would want in the watch if it is paired to a handset is...

A feature I would want in the watch if it is paired to a handset is that it is also connected to 'Find My Samsung' or whatever it's called. I'm one of those foolish people who will leave my phone in a taxi after a heavy night & would love to be able to simply look at my wrist on realizing & track it down.

With pairing of the phone & watch it would also allow really detailed proximity tracking once connection is re-established. I'd feel like a spy.

A vibrate when the pairing is lost would be useful too , it might to stop me from being such a forgetful idiot.

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China Labor Watch gumshoes uncover TOP SECRET PLASTIC IPHONE

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Trollface

Naff sounding plastic iPhone...

Are you sure they hadn't wandered into a section making Samsung equipment?

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Ferocious fungus imperils future of British gin and tonic

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Re: Ew, Gordon's?

Not even a mention yet of Sipsmith's.

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

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Re: So.....

My reading of that case is:

If it's a VPN where they deem that it 'could' be that you are not in the US then, citizen or not, they may pop you into their database for 5 years until they can establish otherwise.

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Shy? Socially inadequate? Fiddling with your phone could help

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Any word on how the 2nd group performed against the first group?

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

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Mushroom

Re: Pink wafer biscuits = Soylent Pink

I also did similar eating a whole 200g pack of custard creams in 20minutes as I figured it to be an efficient way to both carb & sugar up before going on a run.

20km later and no toilet within traveling distance... I realised how wrong I was.

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Microsoft conceals job ad in Bing homepage

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http://bit.ly/ZZayNx+

88 Clicks as of 9am this morning... most of whom probably come from readers of this article.

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Is it me or did cloud marketing suddenly get really weird?

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Re: This is why ..

Ignoring marketing is the worst you can do, that's when we really start to work:

[Obligatory xkcd] http://xkcd.com/125/

I've been referring to anything using a hosted database as the cloud for a while in board meetings now, management seem to approve as they plan buzzword bingo.

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Facebook Home gets SMACKDOWN from irate users

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First 5 star review I decided to look into

was by Florian Laplantif who turns out to be a software engineer from Facebook. I'm sure many of the 5 star reviews are from genuine independent users & I've just been unlucky, right?

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Chinese boffins predict iPad-sized supercomputers

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Happy

Re: Supercomputer Ipad

Minds

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

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Pint

I met him at a book signing a few years ago.

Queued early to be at the front & had a small rucksack of his books with me.

The look on his face at first was "Oh no hear we go, another person just going to get a few signed copies & then sell them on ebay". The way his face lit up with joy when I instead pulled out battered, well read paperbacks instead of mint 1st editions.

I'm glad to be one of the many true fans of yours.

Thank you for your work, few people achieve greatness in their lifetimes you did, multiple times over.

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NORKS switch off 3G data for tourists

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Least I Could Do won't be happy.

http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20130327/

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Another MYSTERY evacuation: Google UK empties swanky offices

drunk.smile

Where can I make some of these signs?

I can have great fun leading disorientated oompahloompahs around London when there is next one of these.

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Ex-pats take note: China IT salaries set to jump 40 per cent

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Happy

Given that I plan on moving to China in the next 12 months

This is encouraging news for me. Sadly I don't have anywhere near fluent mandarin and am desperately trying to learn.

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Google offers $3.14159 MILLION in prizes for hacking Chrome OS

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Megaphone

Can they not just fix the memory leaks in the Chorme browser itself first?

Sorry, forgot they did an OS called Chrome when I clicked on the article & by then I was already in rant mode.

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This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

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Joke

Prior Art, with rounded corners too!

http://bit.ly/Su9LAO

Expect they wrote the lawsuit papers before even filing the application.

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When GiffGaff falls over, is it even news any more?

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Trollface

Can you do the same for Apple patent stories?

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Free Android apps often secretly make calls, use the camera

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Re: I'm confused by this story...

Beer allows us to hide from many problems, but pretending to be a bird is not a side-effect.

For that I advise some rather festive Christmas Vine.

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drunk.smile
Pint

I'm confused by this story...

At first glance, it sounds as though it's just scaremongering by a PR firm more than anything.

"Juniper researchers also discovered that 12.5 per cent of free finance apps had the ability to initiate a phone call without going through the dialer interface. Two thirds (63.2 per cent) didn’t provide a description of this capability within the app. However, after installing a number of these applications, it became clear that this capability was legitimately used by the app to contact local financial institutions."

- Okay, right... so the apps that required the permission did actually use the function legitimately. What's wrong with that?

"Meanwhile, 5.53 per cent of free apps have permission to access the device camera"

-Okay, right.... going by the detail provided on finance apps, what % of free apps use a camera legitimately as part of their software?

Not going to take a second glance as it's nearly 4pm which is pub o'clock.

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Now Apple cuts back on Samsung displays

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Trollface

Ummm.... what about their newest drop test?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLW0HrVeoD8&feature=plcp

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Breaking: Megaupload seizures illegal says NZ High Court

drunk.smile

Try this handy guide.

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apostrophe

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Google orders spontaneous support for Parliamentary motion

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Trollface

Is that Sooty image used with the appropriate permissions?

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Turing Machine brought to life with Lego

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Playmobile Reconstuction Please

Thanks.

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TalkTalk subsidiary's customer data placed on the web in IIS whoopsie

drunk.smile

Isn't that what the article says?

Hell, it even goes as far as to give the contractor advice on how to secure the server against this (tick a box).

Read the article again.

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Fate of punters' Megaupload files to be thrashed out in court

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Mushroom

Either way the court may rule it's going to set a precedent.

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IBM shines light on terabit-per-second optical chip

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Holey Optochip Batman

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Election hacked, drunken robot elected to school board

drunk.smile

I always assumed that...

these e-voting systems would print out a copy of the person's vote for them to check and place in a ballot box so physical recounting is possible.

They don't do that?

It still wouldn't help with removing/changing candidate names from the ballot paper as in the article example though so, as above, old school pen & paper for me.

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Drew's Cookie Jar - psst. want a forum upgrade

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Re: Re: Don't let me in!

Yay!

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drunk.smile
Meh

Don't let me in!

I don't want to be mutated. I like the idea of my posts being lovingly looked at by a moderator before they 'go live' (I miss you Sarah). Why should I be forced to give up that thrill just for the sake of a little formatting?

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The Pirate Bay torrents printable 3D objects

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Shouldn't Mention of Rule 34...

... get the obligatory XKCD link?

http://xkcd.com/305/

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Google attacks Twitter's search bias claim

drunk.smile

Hate to say it, but...

I'm with Google on this one. Microsoft has the deals in place so they get the content. If Twitter is complaining that they are not in Google's searches then they perhaps shouldn't have signed a deal with a search engine that nobody really uses.
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Sky's mobile movies move leaves Apple, Amazon gasping

drunk.smile

Completely agree. Once Amazon & Apple fully get their products ready it won't take much for them to complete.

If it's a bidding war for exclusive broadcast rights Apple certainly has more cash lying around than Sky.

Anyone know if they are sniffing around the sports rights deals yet?

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Compact Disc death foretold for 2012

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Downloads & streaming won me over.

These days most 'new' music I listen to is streamed. Where I want a copy for my portable, I get a download. Sadly free, illegal ones mainly (sorry industry, but you don't have the content) except the occasional FLAC purchase.

I've also now stopped buying CDs and henceforth am only buying vinyl as if I want a physical product it may as well be a product that looks and sounds cool.

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Illicit Bitcoin miners steal resources from infected Macs

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Gimp

..but...but...

... Macs don't get infections!

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Can a user really do BI from the desktop?

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Alien

As others have said. Yes & No.

As computers have got faster more data has been collected.

Some analysis is now possible on the user desktop in ways it wasn't before.

In some ways... snore... blah blah.... Excel, Qlikview, LogicXML... blah blah... R... BIG DATA!... Hadoop, Google... snort, dribble... MYSQL, cubes, RapidMiner, SAS. Some more chat about products. "Users are best placed to understand their data than analysts in some cases"

That pretty much covers it right? Speaking of which anyone seen Amanfrommars recently? I miss him.

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Ellison brandishes 'speed of thought' Exalytics appliance

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Coat

Yeah, but can it...

...run Crysis on full settings.

- Mine's the one with the dust & the Penguin book of Bob Monkhouse jokes in the pocket.

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Grenade-gasm autogun gets Raoul Moat Taser shells

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How is it against...

Head Crabs?

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