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You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

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The scam is to make the customer pay twice

Net neutrality means that because you paid for your internet connection and Netflix paid for their internet connection, Netflix don't need to pay your internet company extra for you to be able to watch Netflix movies.

And if Netflix did have to pay extra, it would just raise the price to you, so you'd be paying your internet company twice: once for an internet connection and once to be able to use it.

Internet companies like to be paid twice, which is why they don't like net neutrality.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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oxymoron

many prop 8 fans are against gay marriage solely because if it is gay then it isn't marriage

it's nothing about rights but about controlling language because then you control talking and thought. it is not evolution of language but engineering of language

i'm not against legal recognition of gay unions with the same rights as marriage.

but I am against being made to call it marriage

can I work for Mozilla or am i a bigot?

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123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

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company for sale

maybe the company will be sold soon and to get a high valuation they need to be able to guarantee minimum per customer revenue

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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A book

Are guys going to publish a book of all this (with corrections from feedback)?

It would compete with the legendary Fire in the Valley

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

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bash lets you

Bash lets you override built-ins. How about:

warn_() {

test -n "$1" && shift

test -n "$1" && printf "%s\n" "$*" >&2

}

exit() {

warn_ "$*"

builtin exit $1

}

exit 5 "Could not do something"

Make bash into the scripting language you want. Forth and Scheme users would like it.

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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Parrot Asteroid Classic

I got the Parrot Asteroid Classic for £150 from Halfords. 1 firmware update later and I'm very pleased.

No per-month fees either! And if I want to 3G dongle it, I can, with remote car tracking

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Jolla Sailfish OS to support Android hardware, apps

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Re: What would be the point of Sailfish?

Google don't get their mitts on your contacts and emails?

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Forget phones, PRISM plan shows internet firms give NSA everything

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Re: EU alternative to gmail?

horde supports activesync

owncloud lets you sync calendar and contacts under android (har har) at least

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Israeli activists tell Hawking to yank his Intel chips over Palestine

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Re: Israel's naked selfishness is gross to behold

Where should start taking the label "anti-semite" as a compliment and badge awarded to an original thinker

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Re: Mr Hawking, you should listen to “Palestinian academics”

What kind of comparison is that?

"Israel and the Jews" have been around for thousands of years. The "Palestine nation" hardly even exists for any time at all and is not recognized by Israel).

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Re: fair enough

@clivel

You are just in a temper because Davros isn't fighting your corner.

He's a ill man, let him pick his own battles.

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Why are scribes crying just 'cos Google copied their books? asks judge

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Re: Seems counterproductive...

what part of "reSEARCH" is not search? Just because the search part is automated doesn't make it not research, in fact it opens up new avenues of research on texts.

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Re: Microsoft's strategy is FAILING

You could have used a linux packaged for the enterprise/domain or used likewise's domain packages.

But you chose the long way around; - I know, it's knowing what there is to know

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

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Re: IE and licence fees?

I also recall that rumour

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White House backs US web sales tax - eBay hits panic alarm

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Re: "Or the US could adopt VAT......."

Aye... but perhaps better than property tax which is weird in a country that is not short of land.

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CISPA cybersecurity legislation vote due in next 48 hours

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Re: In light of the...

It's attitudes like this that require the power mongers to put someones children at risk each time they want to make a power grab.

We never pay any-one Dane-geld,

No matter how trifling the cost;

For the end of that game is oppression and shame,

And the nation that plays it is lost!

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Want to know if that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD player

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Re: Clever

until you scratch yourself on the same handle afterwards and find out that yes they were infected and now you may be too

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

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Re: Probably a memory issue

You know that exceptions still implement a fixup/tear-down don't you?

And that these have an overhead, sometimes not inconsiderable for a rarely failing event?

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Re: What is this article supposed to be?

"The software runs on a staggering range of hardware, sometimes it's going to go wrong."

It's the OS job to fix that problem - also by Microsoft so you've shifted the blame from Microsoft Office division to Microsoft OS division?

Do you work for MS technical support?

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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Re: Owning a TV is not compulsory.

You misunderstand completely.

One can have a TV in the lounge without needing to buy a TV license which covers the watching of live broadcasts.

So how does one respond when the TV licensing gestapo knock on the door and ask if you have a TV?

"No" is a false statement and might be basis for a warrant. "Yes" will only make things more complicated because you don't have a license.

And even if you don't have a TV in your lounge, you might have a computer with an internet connection, or a mobile phone. These can be used to watch live TV.

So a better answer might be: Why do you want to know?

or

Do I have to answer that question

or

I don't want to answer that question

In my case those answers caused the caller to respond that they would pass my details on for prosecution as I was not co-operating.

So no, you ought to be able to have a TV in the lounge, and not having a TV in the lounge certainly isn't the end of it anyway.

I was quite willing to visit with a officer if they could make an appointment but they aren't able to do that. They wish to call at their convenience. The threatening letters they send out are geared towards scaring you into paying.

I'm not a customer of TV Licensing, haven't been for years and I don't need to engage with them according to their procedures or expectations. They need to learn some manners, no other LEGAL business can be successful by adopting such a threatening attitude to potential new customers.

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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Re: Tricky one

Here;s what you are remembering: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Past

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a pole?

I suppose a camera on the end of a pole is just as legal as it was before and just as likely to peep in a bedroom window.

Me-thinks the law is over-specified.

Why not just make peeping in a bedroom window with a camera illegal?

I suspect all drones in Oregon will have a remote controlled camera eject facility

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US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

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har har

"We have a right to privacy in our Constitution, but this does not mean a fundamental right to data protection,"

no, it means warrant-less interception of emails and phone calls

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The Oric-1 is 30

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Re: Fond memories

Ah... Babini - the only 6502 machine code book that sold at an affordable price

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US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash

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all fancy talk

It is the "technicalities" that you don't care for that define what "their share is" - tax is about technicalities; which is why we need accountants to make sure are paying the right tax.

George Osbourne was paying the right tax, we know that for sure because someone who could understand the rules verified it for him.

Are YOU paying the right tax? no doubt you think you are paying YOUR SHARE which is the point; so do these guys...

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Re: What a stupid, stupid idea.

Thank-you.

So few people understand this.

Shareholders also pay by means of reduced dividends - or in other words pensioners pay in reduced pension (compounded)

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Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

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Re: Let me fix part of that for you

Well said.

We should now start berating MP's and ministers for not making an extra-tax donation to the cause.

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Re: VAT

You don't understand business.

If the profit doesn't exceed the actuarial risk of loss, the business will either not be started or fold at the point the loss arrives.

There is no point in risking one's (hard earned) capital in business (especially with all these pesky laws to protect employees) if the odds aren't favourable.

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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

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Re: The writing was on the wall

My first 386 was a 386SX-20 someone gave me.

Then, all of a sudden, a load of 386DX-40 boards WITH processor hit the market at £40. Everyone I knew bought one of those with 4MB of RAM which I think was another £120

Then we all played doom.

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E-reader demand slumps, slapped down by slates

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"I always think it is best to have something that does one thing well. (Standard old school UNIX philosophy - broken by modern Linux)."

It's meant to be a program does one thing well. The computer is supposed to have more than one program installed for precisely that reason; or it wouldn't be any use as a general purpose computer...

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Google's ethics, cosy UK.gov chats under Westminster scrutiny

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So... Andy Heath thinks that after we've paid for the music we have to pay again to get the value out of what we paid for...

Doesn't he realise people pay for the music SO THAT they can upload it to their google music service and then play the music they already paid for.

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Google parks panzers on Germany's lawn over 'link tax' plan

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@Ragarath: Re: not really @ Sam Liddicott

Ragarath: Have you seen any advertising on news.google.com? I checked before posting and I couldn't see any

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Re: not really

How do you think google are making a "pretty penny" out of other peoples news content?

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Man facing rare refusal-to-unlock-encryption charge: Court date set

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Re: You have the right to remain guilty...

The answer to that quandry is to take legal advice on whether or not you should answer their questions.

The advice is likely to be "don't say anything" and then in court you say: I didn't give this explanation when questioned because my legal advice was that I should't answer the question.

That's a good enough reason to not have answered it.

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IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

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Re: I still use ecomstation ...

I used edlin lots of times. I even wrote a slashbar macro set for it.

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London Underground platform Wi-Fi set to cost £2 daily for many

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Re: Walled Garden?

Only paying customers get the lemon soaked paper napkins

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Why did Comet fail? Hint: It wasn't just the credit insurers

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to buy a TV

A couple of years ago I went to comet to buy a TV and failed. (And still don't have one).

I went to comet with the express purpose of buying a TV and didn't manage it. One has to ask what happened!

First, the sales guy said I shouldn't buy a TV based on the quality of the picture on display in store, instead I should explain what I wanted and trust his recommendation.

I understood why he was saying this because apparent quality will change between watching over-compressed sky news or a blue ray DVD; but I could still see if the artefacts were crisp, and I still wanted to see.

The real problem seemed to be that comet were incapable of displaying a TV to best advantage. Their sales guy understood that and tried to be helpful.

But the store display strategy prevented me from buying. No doubt Curry's are the same, so I'm still using a 23 inch monitor to watch DVDs. (I don't buy blue ray anyway)

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HP: AUTONOMY 'misrepresented' its value by $5 BILLION, calls in SEC

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innovate or acquire?

Sometimes it is better to innovate than acquire

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The GPL self-destruct mechanism that is killing Linux

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more buy in

Has this guy ever noticed the festering pile of hacks that also masquerade as proprietary software?

Linux and GNU with their terribly oppressive licenses managed to get more buy-in more quickly than the BSD's did.

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Kim Dotcom's new Mega site barred by Gabon

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New DNS root, resolvers

I guess he could run the DNS resolvers too.

I guess it would be quite popular among his customers.

It would make it hard for the USA to nab domains served by his resolver.

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Uh-oh! Kim Dotcom is back with a brand new Megaupload site

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I'll be buying

I'll be buying even though I have google drive for free! Why?

Because I support life, liberty and the a̶m̶e̶r̶i̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶w̶a̶y̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶l̶i̶f̶e̶

I want this to work out

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France again threatens Google with link tax

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Re: A reasonable thing?

Yes that's what it means. Presumably in France they have different traditions. In England we call it Robin Hood tax or Windfall tax.

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er... Re: Just Do It

I think google doesn't put adverts on its news pages

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Israeli cops penetrated by army of fake generals with trojans

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it was a prank

It was a prank.

Why send a RAR if you want someone to actually open it?

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Chinese boffins discover bizarro fish-oid creature with FOUR LIMBS

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Re: They lie!

I'm interested in your view of the genesis account of creation being a moralistic story.

Executive overview, perhaps, and corresponds even with the popular evolutionary timeline; but moralistic?

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Amazon accused of remotely wiping punter's Kindle

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unworthy of trust

Amazon have shown themselves unworthy of trust in any matter that is important

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New Oz road rules forbid touching mobes

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Pirate

Re: Silly.

no.... but one of them clearly has a specific pre-defined penalty and the other one comes under some vague lack of care and attention with possible man-slaughter tacked on

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