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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – A jolly little war for lunchtime

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Re: Any word...

Thanks Neil :)

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Any word...

... on when the Android version is being released?

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APPLE FAILS to ditch class action suit over ebook PRICE-FIX fiasco

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Pass it around

So as far as accounting goes, Apple can pay this using the award money from Samsung and Samsung can use the money that Apple pay them for chip production to pay the award the court have applied.

So nobody seems to have really lost out here, Peter and Paul both seem to be quite solvent still.

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Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

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Why?

Why would Google want to sue, they don't sue Samsung for manufacturing phones with the Android OS. Google know that their concept will result in a raft of similar products, but if all those similar have Android on them then Google wins through sheer market saturation again.

For Google the hardware it develops is a necessity, it's a vehicle for it's software and if it's software is everywhere then they will achieve dominance, perhaps they thought that MS got something right and have adopted a similar principle. The parallels between the 2 companies are becoming more apparent every press release.

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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Re: Unikitty sez

I second that awesome-ness

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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That technique is probably lost on most blokes then. If I have to hunt round the shop I'm usually oblivious to everything else except the item I'm looking for.

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: Bitmap Bros...

I think it was more to do with the different chip sets rather than the OS. Obviously Workbench was quite quick but again it was helped by the chip architecture, good ole Denise and Paula (I think there were others but I can't remember their names).

Commodore were in the process of developing a next gen RISC architecture for the new machines but I think that was around the time they went bankrupt (that may have been part of the reason they went bankrupt). I'm sure someone has time to Google that and correct or fill in the blanks.

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Bitmap Bros...

... still the golden age of gaming in my book, I miss my Amiga...

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: Ahh the WWW

I prefer 3 dub, it's even faster.

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X marks the... They SAID there was a mystery planet there – NASA

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Re: What it is right...

There is only one pool god, prince of the planet potters and his name is Dave Lister.

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Hey, MoJ, we're not your Buddi: Brit firm abandons 'frustrating' crim-tagging contract

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Re: Changing times

Don't be so sure, I've spoken to a number of design agencies that are getting 'turned off' by public sector due to OJEU rules, which requires them to jump through the same hoops at the same cost to themselves to pitch for business, regardless of whether they have won contracts with the institution before.

It's the SMBs that will turn away eventually and not come back, leaving the large multinational corps to bid which effectively sets the stage for price fixing which screws the public purse, and the merry go round continues.

On a side note your level of ignorance of what is actually happening on the ground doesn't astound me as that is probably why you are anon. it's a feature designed in part to hide the true identity of ignorance.

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Changing times

Soon public sector will run out of companies to tender for jobs if they carry on with this attitude.

Well done to Buddi for backing out of that poison chalice. Usually this suddenly thought up requirement that gets pulled into scope at the last minute is the requirement that will kill a projects time frame and screw the awarded company making them take a financial hit. The reason a lot of government contracts are late or just written off usually starts because the civil servants in charge have fucked up the requirements so much and quite late into the contract, this is usually compounded by the awarded company not putting up a fight about it or using their exit strategy (there is usually an exit strategy as most civil servants could craft a water tight contract to save their lives).

And that's not even mentioning the complete failure that is Project Management in the public sector (typically numpty civil servants using PRINCE2 on an IT project, yeah it can work but there are better more efficient PM models to use).

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: Well done

Worse than that, they have supplied the will, which presumably says that her 'estate' goes to the sons. All of your digital life should also be part of your estate, especially so if the deceased used money to establish parts of that digital estate.

My commiserations on the loss of your Mum.

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Hundreds of folks ready to sue Bitcoin exchange MtGox

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Re: Horses and Stable Doors...

And it's for that reason that Governments probably haven't rushed to regulate it.

Yes it is scary. I think we have evolved the phrase "you are only 1 pay cheque away from living on the streets" to "you are only one financial market away from being a 3rd world country"

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Re: Horses and Stable Doors...

Using this analogy, I'd say the stolen bitcoins are already catfood.

Also can we stop referring to Bitcoins as a currency, they are not, they are a commodity. If anything they could be used to back a currency like Gold was/is but you can't suddenly print more Bitcoins when you feel like it.

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

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Clearly...

... too much money and a lot of time on his hands.

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HP: We're so down wid da kidz! Look at... er, Smithers, what DO yoof look at these days?

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Re: Sad state of affairs

Thankfully I'm not paid for my writing or proof reading skills ;-)

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Sad state of affairs

Unfortunately proof reading is a skill that seems largely lost nowadays, scarily I've seen PR people drafting press releases without any proofing what so ever.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Translation

""Furthermore, all of GCHQ's work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the secretary of state, the interception and intelligence services commissioners and the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee."

In other words, we don't give a shit, it's what we are paid to do, speak to the boss (someone pass me the teflon jacket).

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

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Re: It's amazing

The most valid comment in this entire discussion, I'm now neither a denier or a believer, I'm the apathetic one in the middle.

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Elon Musk ADMITS he met Apple: iCar 'great idea', keeps schtum on Tesla hookup

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I agree

Google is already in that space, well Android is. I'm upgrading my double DIN head unit for a 6 inch screen that comes with Android 4+

Google struck a deal with VW for similar although I'm not sure if they have rolled any production units out yet in their cars.

Apple already has widespread connectivity for music they just need to get iOS into the actual head unit now.

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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Infinite loop...

... what happens when one of the non-land locked states has the parade of ducks that fell of the cargo ship many years ago and now travel the high seas terrorising ship lanes, is it straight to defcon 5?

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Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

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Stock rearing...

... for Kebab vans, cats breathe a sigh of relief.

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Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months

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Too little too late

Due to the way this has been handled the only message that seems to be prominent now is 'opt-out' if that stays true and the majority opt out then Shirley this project is relatively pointless?

As usual central government campaign and comms have gone the same way as their IT projects.

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

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Re: Nintendo got the marketing wrong, not the console.

The only reason I would buy a Wii U would be so that I can play Lego City Undercover and that's because it isn't available on any other console. If I could find somewhere I could rent a Wii U I would just for this purpose.

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Apple's Hacker Princess dumps fruity firm for Elon Musk's Tesla

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Re: Interesting, but

Really! So it's a walk in the park for someone to change sex is it? Nothing to do with a mental, emotional and psychical struggle then?

A life event like that can make or break someone and ultimately will always shape the person they turn out to be, good or bad.

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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Would this not encourage crims to take more shots, whether via a bullet or a fist, at the coppers faces to disrupt the evidence recording tech?

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Facebook unwraps Paper, a content-hoover application

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Re: Why not just buy Flipboard?

Sorry, I had to downvote you, I use Flipboard and I like it, I don't won't Zuck & Co buying and destroying it.

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Google helps out utterly underexposed Lego brand with Chrome toy

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Re: Wait, what movie?

Being released this Feb in the half term, looks fantastic, I'm really excited (I think my son is too), yes I am a LEGO geek.

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Is Google building SKYNET? Ad kingpin buys AI firm DeepMind

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Terminator

A google terminator

Give me your clothes staff, your boots patents and your motorcycle IP

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Re: ROTM

"I suppose in defence of its removal there are only so many "I, for one, welcome" comments you could read."

No there isn't ;-)

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US megalocorp AT&T: We're NOT swallowing Blighty's Vodafone

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Clarification

So when you are talking about T-Mobile and the possibility of AT&T making inroads to Europe, I'm assuming that this would exclude T-Mobile UK? As they are now part of EE and the T-Mobile part is just a brand rather than a separate company?

I find the whole EE, Orange, T-Mobile ménage à trois a little confusing as a customer. I signed up with Orange thinking I'd get the same level of service I got from T-Mobile, alas no, I'm now counting the days I leave Orange.

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A real life Romulan-Klingon alliance: Google, Samsung sign global patent pact

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Re: And if, in the event...

Perhaps this deal allows Samsung to develop Tizen without any patent problems from Google but still gives Samsung an open door on Android should Tizen not work out?

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Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Re: The Bitmap Brothers

Sorry I can only give you one up vote.

I think I owned all of the Bitmap Brother games, I was addicted to the artwork. The Chaos Engine was my definition of Steam Punk back then.

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Patent-holding firm's lawsuit against Googorola kicks off

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And another...

Holland has similar laws as well, all in the interest of making sure a property is being looked after and not left to fall into disrepair. Very sensible laws if you ask me, shame there isn't a similar thought process for patents.

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Facebook will LOSE 80% of its users by 2017 – epidemiological study

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Re: Who wants a share, now?

What you mean someone invented the cure before they released the disease.

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

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I wonder...

... if you could pay for one device and then share the connection with partner/friend/family on the flight using the built in phone/tablet functions, that would definitely make it cheaper than the extortionate price you know they are going to charge. I'm pretty sure that they would have thought of this and spent quite a bit of time locking down like the Mobile Operators did back in the day.

If latency is high then online gaming is not worth it, which to be honest is the only thing I would want internet on a plane for.

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

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Re: Oh god - I can't get rid of this image

The film Strange Days springs to mind, 'nuff said.

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Twitter: It's JUST LIKE Elder Scrolls (no it's not)

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*Raises hand*

I'll admit to liking Larry when I was younger as well, not just Larry though, I was a bit of a fan of most of the Sierra games, probably for the same reasons why I was a fan of the LucasArt point and click adventures as well.

My Dad was a computer consultant, so not only did we have a colour monitor but he'd also built a 5inch floppy drive so our household was probably cutting edge ;-)

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'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

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Re: Phablet calling

Your edging towards philosophical now, the OP knows it to be true based on their experience, so in essence it is a fact to them, might not be to anyone else, bu they can still call it a fact as they perceive it.

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Android will ship more than ONE BILLION mobes+slabs in 2014

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Re: Complete Analogy fail - But Ill continue it

"Having to copy and drag movie files using the filenames is just awful in Android..." what are you using to achieve this?

I have a NAS which all the apps from all the devices get backed up too, so effectively creating an App library, I then use ES Explorer on all the devices to access the apk/movie file to download/install to the relevant device.

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Samsung whips out 12.2-inch 'Professional' iPad killers

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About time...

... after playing with a 13" Win8 tablet from Wiacom with the entire Adobe software suite on, I've come to realise how useful a tablet this size could be for work. The multiscreen option gets some use on my Note 2 but the screen is too small for the feature, I could imagine it being more useful on a tablet though.

Not quite sure how this size would go down in the home consumer market but for work I could do with something this size, the Wiacom version would be more suited to me due to it running windows software, shame as I like the Samsung connectivity options.

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Naked Aussie gets wedged in washing machine

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I can imagine...

... the call going out on the emergency services band, I bet they were falling over themselves to get to this shout.

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Only iPhone fondling rose at Xmas: Were non-Apple fans in a turkey coma?

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I think his boils down to the fact that far more Android devices are sold on PAYG and they are the sort of users that tend not to increase their mobile spend by using data when out and about, they may be more inclined to use WiFi when available but I think it is more about the fact that even your cheap "I just want a phone to make calls and send texts" crowd will end up with an Android phone regardless of the features.

I always remember the day someone said to me I don't want a camera on my phone, my reply was, soon you won't be able to buy a phone without a camera. Fast forward a few years and replace camera with smartphone. Some of these stats are just completely pointless.

For clarity, I'm not an iOS fan and Android has it's faults, I'm currently using a Note 2, not because it's Samsung but because it has the S-Pen and I use it for that purpose quite heavily.

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Snowden: 'I am still working for the NSA ... to improve it'

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As someone else said...

... in another articles thread, the reason they aren't up in arms about it all is because the US nutures 'patriotism' like it's a cult, if you even question it then surely you must be an enemy of the state.

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Harvard kid, 20, emailed uni bomb threat via Tor to avoid final exam, says FBI

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Thanks...

..."a broken clock that indicates the right time twice a day" I now have the tune by orbital swimming around my head, probably for the rest of the day.

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Sky rapped over PREMATURE SEXY CONDOM ad

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"Pooing is natural but we still tend not to do it in public." unless of course you live in India where it is a way of life.

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Re: Completely outrageous and totally unnecessary

We can definitely assume 1 Adult was watching it and unlike other parents probably did which is just plonking their children in front of the flat-screen childminder whilst they are in another part of the house, they may remember to send the kid to bed at some point in the evening.

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HALF of all Bitcoin-investing Winklevoss twins predict $400bn market for the currency

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Re: I own a load of Bitcoins

And to compound the problem, as soon as that high price is hit everyone will try to shed their coins for cash creating confidence issues with the commodity which in turn brings the price down.

I still don't understand why people are referring to it as a currency, from what I have read it has a limited number of coins in the algorithm so that makes it a commodity surely?

If I had any coins, I'd be drip feeding them into the exchange now for cash before it's too late.

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