* Posts by Jason Bloomberg

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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Sewing sequins on my Gucci handbag

A good designer will deliver something the majority of the target audience consider a good, stylish and solid product, perfectly serviceable and fit for purpose for most who buy it.

That doesn't mean the punter should not be able to tweak it to suit their own personal taste, nor does it give a designer a dictatorial right to criticise doing that or others who facilitate it.

I have heard similar from chefs who believe a meal should be exactly how it comes, no condiments or sauce can be added.

Bollocks to that; I'll do as I please.

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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There were many who correctly predicted a $35 computer would be far more successful than the Foundation expected it to be. Most of the first year supply problems were because the Foundation had failed to recognise that huge demand and had carried out no real market research.

It would be interesting to know how many of the five million sold are being used for education and how many are used otherwise, serving hobbyists or working as media players, but I guess that is hard to tell.

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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Re: You couldn't make it up...

"and just for added pointlessness - give the cables a bit of a jiggle".

For my friends that does actually seem to be one of the solutions which works for their problems! Admittedly it seems to need a full network disconnect and reconnect rather than a mere jiggle which is what had me thinking it may be a networking issue.

That may just be coincidence but there does seem to be some correlation between 'jiggling cables' and things working again for a while.

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Re: I am one of those victims...

I am not a victim but I have friends who are. They will be pleased if it is not their out of warranty box which needs repairing or replacing as they have been led to believe.

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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Re: As a new start up...

The trick at the place I worked seemed to be to offer the moon on a plate so long as they can spec it. Keep them forever engaged in creating and adjusting the spec and the money keeps rolling in.

If customers do push for deliverables those come exactly as specified, which is rarely what they wanted or needed. Then it's back to the office to discuss how much changing the spec will cost.

They won't repeat that mistake in a hurry so next project they end up trapped in the never ending specification and planning stage paying ongoing costs without any roll-out ever being on the horizon. Just when they think it's done we can reveal an obvious flaw we forgot to mention earlier and around it goes again.

We help them through it, they think we are their bestest friends in wanting them to get things right, so they keep coming back for more of the same

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

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Staggered release would be better

The problem is in having rigidly fixed periods after which everything about a flaw is dumped, including the exploit code.

It doesn't have to be that way but Google is choosing to do it that way and it seems done more to damage their rivals and harm users than to protect them. I can understand Google might like everyone to dance to their tune but blackmail, threat and exposing people to risk is not the best means of applying pressure.

I accept public notification as a means of kicking the lethargic and could-not-care-less into action but any release, particularly of exploit code, should be tempered by the damage done in doing that.

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Alien

Incomming

"Turn that fucking racket off. Sheesh!"

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Twin Adam Sandlers shake El Reg's movie unwatchablathon team

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Apex, Jump Cut, Quantum Apocalypse, Robotropolis, TNT Jackson

And you think you have suffered???

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DARPA: We KNOW WHO YOU ARE... by the WAY you MOVE your MOUSE

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Re: Typical

It is not so much remembering my passwords I have difficulty with but remembering which password goes with what.

I also have my head cluttered with remembered passwords which I no longer use which makes it even harder.

And, of course, there are loads of passwords I should remember but have forgotten because I don't use them often enough to reinforce those memories. Luckily someone invented the sticky label.

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

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Re: The new man

People go where their friends go, as relayed by IM, FB, word of mouth.

That's the truth of it. After all, that's how Google and YouTube got so big in the first place.

One niche artist won't make much of a difference other than to highlight the problem but if some major artists - and particularly record labels - take a stand then their fans are very likely to go with them.

The danger of being evil while pretending not to be is that, if you bite the hand that feeds too hard, those being milked just might realise and take exception to that.

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

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Re: UMC?

I've got a UMC TV. I believe it's another branding for Technika and a couple of other household names.

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

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Nefarious use

From the promo video it seems a prime use is sneaking your own PC into work where own PCs are prohibited.

I am struggling to tell if it's a joke or a genuine product.

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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Nuclear batteries

^ That's all we need. Batteries which last a lifetime. Then we can forget all the problems of keeping them charged.

Of course there may be other things we then need to worry about.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Re: Great Idea bad market

Well it certainly brought out the haters; the people who like to beat up on nerds just for being nerds.

There is no doubt that the concept of Google glasses strayed into areas which people were not comfortable with but that in itself does not make them an entirely bad idea. Just look at the number of people who criticised the cost rather than what they were.

It will be interesting to see what lessons Google has learned from their initial deployment. It is not always possible to know what actual boundaries there are without pushing at them. Some ideas succeed and some fail. Google did get it wrong in some respects but I cannot criticise Google for testing the waters and having the courage to do so.

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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

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Let battle begin

If Google think it's okay to drag Microsoft through the mire then it should be equally okay for Microsoft to do the same to Google. I think Google will find that they have more to lose than Microsoft.

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Should spectrum hog TV give up its seat for broadband? You tell us – EU

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Re: The point about Broadcast TV

Subscription free Sky and FreeSat offer reasonable alternatives to terrestrial broadcast so its loss would not mandate a move to online services. It's not a zero-cost change but neither was the switch to digital TV.

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iPhone addiction will RUIN YOUR LIFE – if only that were true

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Paris Hilton

People get frustrated by not being able to do what they would like to do and this causes physiological effects. Who would have guessed.

Next week: Adverse effects caused by a child screaming in public while its parents completely ignore it.

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NHS refused to pull 'unfit for purpose' Care.data leaflet

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Re: Same old arrogance

It's only your personal data if it has your personal details on it.

It doesn't and wouldn't have.

A huge part of the problem was that it was not possible to tell if this was/is/would be true or not. It was very opaque as to what information was involved, who would have access to it, and what form it would take.

In particular it was not clear whether signing-up was advantageous or not, or whether not signing-up would compromise the care one might receive in future.

On the details provided it was impossible for anyone to make an informed decision as to what they should do.

Additionally it was opt-in by default with no easy way to opt-out. And once opted-in there was no way to opt-out later. As noted, many people were not even aware of the proposals and what they were being opted in to because they did not receive notification, though possibly through binning it as an anonymous junk-mailshot which it appeared to be.

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Dev put AWS keys on Github. Then BAD THINGS happened

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Re: What about pre-payment?

"Sorry, this site has been suspended because they didn't have enough credit in their account."

Except they don't have to put up a message of that kind. All they have to do is report the unavailability, not the reason why.

Even if pre-payment isn't desirable it would be reasonable enough to put a cap on things, trigger an authorisation request from the payer to keep the service running and incurring costs. That could be opt-out for those who want to take the risk.

Customers are going to demand things like that if Amazon stops refunding money for carelessness and mistakes.

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UK retailers in TABLET PRICE SLASH BONANZA

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Re: But Has Anyone Found something To Do With Them?

I don't own a tablet, couldn't see the point, but had to borrow one to set up a Chromecast so had a bit of a play.

It was great for watching videos and browsing the web but rather pointless when I have that Chromecast, TV and desktop, and when elsewhere I'd need a Wi-Fi connection which I wouldn't have. I could move my lists of DVDs and CDs off the e-reader and onto a tablet but don't really see much gain in doing so.

It's best use is as a remote for the Chromecast when the desktop is turned off but I haven't found a killer application which makes a tablet essential for me. Playing games is probably a good enough excuse to get a cheap tablet or for getting to grips with Android programming.

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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Cry me a river

The rich and powerful have always held trump cards over the small fry; threatening court action will shut most people up.

And, the end of all that hand-wringing, we find the case was thrown out, justice was done, no one was actually silenced.

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Kiwi hacker 'menace' pops home detention tracker cuffs

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WTF?

" Aluminium foil Faraday-cage attack"

That seems to suggest the "hack" involves some physical intervention; blocking signals from the ankle bracelet or whatever receives those.

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Uber surge pricing kicks in during Sydney siege

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"Mercenary"

That's putting it kindly. Anyone who seeks to selfishly profit from adversity is the lowest of the low in my book.

It is simply exploiting others' misfortune, and I bet they wouldn't be happy if they were themselves victims of that.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: For anyone who cares....

the bloody huge image at the top is class="article_img". A little futzing with greasemonkey makes it go byebye

I'm a bit rusty with Greasemonkey but just killing the picture and the navigation bar made articles acceptable again. The front page is a bit trickier, still working on that.

It shouldn't be necessary on a well designed site.

Indeed, and, once forced to start killing things off, the temptation is to go the extra mile; remove the banner, the social media buttons, the sidebars, the 'read more' and 'whitepapers' for a completely uncluttered feel which suits the size of screen I have.

That may be good for how a reader wants things, but I am not sure how good it is for El Reg. But, at least I am still here, still a reader, and whilst inconvenienced and a little aggrieved with the change being at odds with what I like, I can now live with it.

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Those mouse-over pop-up menus are driving me nuts and the super-large photos are entirely pointless, add nothing to the stories. El Reg is unfortunately becoming just another dumbed-down user experience.

I don't have any belief things will change so it's time to tweak my Greasemonkey scripts to shape things into how I want them.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: Not convinced

Me neither; I much prefer a darker balance than 'full in-your-face brightness'. I suspect I am somewhat photophobic, as it appears 20% of the population may be, though not to the degree of inducing epilepsy or seizures.

Still, it should certainly make "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding" dresses shine.

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

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Re: Photovoltaics is a one time, one way molecular erosion PARLOR TRICK !

And before the commentards wail 'safety' - Coal has killed more people then nuclear power.

I am not disagreeing with you but the nuclear naysayers will point to the potential for harm being far, far greater than coal or anything else.

No scientist worth their salt would ever say nuclear power is completely safe which always leaves open the possibility that it could all go catastrophically wrong. That fear of "could" ingrained in the paranoid is a near impossible hurdle to overcome; they simply always see the risk as too high.

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Kaspersky: That 2 years we took to warn you about Regin ? We had GOOD REASON

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How long is too long to have kept quiet?

We don't want AV and security companies crying wolf but somewhere between suspicion and absolute proof there would surely be some point at which it becomes reasonable to warn that something is afoot.

It is entirely reasonable to ask why we are only learning of this threat now and not sooner.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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A terrorist's wet dream

Just imagine having a means to re-flash the nation's smart meters, turning them off and leaving them that way. Just how long would it take to sort that mess out, and just what state would the country be in after just a few hours, let alone a week or more?

Yesterday it was reported Lenova had borked their own products with a forced firmware upgrade. Let's hope the leccy companies never do the same.

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: Yes, Give Them Their Own Carriage

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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The Smart Watch paradox

The problem of the Smart Watch is that for everything good it brings to the table there is some detracting feature which makes it worse than what we already have. For many there are too few gains for the inconvenience caused.

The ideal - always on, full and responsive colour display, easy interaction, months or years without charging, with replaceable batteries, allowing a user's choice of strap, and doing everything we want in a way we want it done - seems a long way off at the moment. And currently any improvement in one area seems to lead to something suffering elsewhere; better display but shorter battery life for example.

Battery capacity and having to recharge seems to be the main limiting factor at present and it's not clear how that will be resolved. Perhaps nuclear batteries?

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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Re: Old Style?

I would generally agree though I recently ran into a situation where the map did not reflect the actual layout and road signs did not help. It took everyone in the car a good number of aborted retries to figure out which route we should be taking . Luckily I knew how to do turning manoeuvres so it wasn't really a problem but a SatNav would have been helpful as a 'here's where you are' and a 'that way' aid. Though pedestrians are often equally good for that there were none around.

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

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Re: I'm living in a future world

As we already have the means - simply design the kit so it can be placed on the hob to recharge.

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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

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Real programmers don't...

Given the desires of developers to migrate to the fastest hardware and largest sized monitors they can get their hands on to enhance the development process I imagine there will be some resistance to developing on a 10 inch or smaller screen backed by rather sluggish hardware.

Developers I know wouldn't be happy developing on a laptop let alone a tablet tricked-out to be a laptop. In a push, where's there's no access to the desktop or for target platform debugging, then sure, people will struggle through but I doubt it's likely to be the first and preferred choice for most.

Just because you can doesn't mean you should, that one would want to, or it's the most appropriate way to do things.

The decline in PC sales, and rise of tablet sales, seems to be taken in some quarters as a decline in PC usage, a move away from those - I don't believe that's as true as some imagine it is.

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

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Re: We need the tainted evidence laws of civilized countries

At the moment evidence which is obtained via a criminal act is still admissible in a UK court.

And long may that continue. Letting criminals off because of police wrongdoing is not the best way to do things nor best for us - only the criminal benefits from that. Would we really prefer to see criminals allowed to get away with what they have done because of the way evidence was obtained?

Juries don't need to know how evidence was obtained, just that it is evidence. They are judging the defendant on crimes alleged, not judging on how the police do their job.

That is not to say obtaining evidence illegally should not be punished but they are two separate issues.

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Culture CLASH: Wuzhen Declaration spurned at World Internet Conference in China

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Different Same

At the highest level there's no difference; China and the west each do their best to keep their countries the best they can. The difference is in their approach to it. The west has long recognised that laughing at leaders, mocking religions, allowing porn, permitting dissent, and having all that we generally call 'freedom' doesn't necessarily damage as much as some may believe it will.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Dear Mattel

"I'm reminded of that ambitious but otherwise useless bimbo who was running some govt scheme to teach kids to code but admitted she couldn't code herself."

Which would suggest Mattel got it right. Not how we might like it to be but how it actually is. But it does beg the question how it should be and how that should be reflected in fiction.

I am all for standing on one's own feet acquiring skills to do things but that shouldn't preclude recognising people do have better aptitudes and talents for some things than others. To create false expectations in the opposite direction is as equally harmful as promoting bimboism. Not everyone can do everything or do everything well, but that doesn't make you a failure.

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Yet more NSA officials whisper of an internal revolt over US spying. And yet it still goes on

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Re: In defense of data slurping

It appears my view that logging isn't spying isn't accepted by the majority, or I just wasn't expressing myself very well. It seems it's the slurping of meta data as much as use of of the data logged which is resented.

In which case I wonder what people's views are on server and system logs? Are all sysadmins and web masters spying on us?

If the NSA logging meta data is spying then a sysadmin logging meta data is equally spying. Is there something I am missing that makes one okay but not another? Or is it, as I believe it is, logging in itself is benign and its the subsequent use of those logs which makes it spying or not.

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In defense of data slurping

If X is a mobile phone use, and all calls to and from X and all base stations connected to are logged, when X turns up dead those logs can be examined and may help reveal clues as to the murderer or the reason. I don't think many would have a great problem with that per se.

Likewise when X turns out to be a terrorist, who they are involved with might be determined through those logs. Again, I don't think many have a great problem with that.

But how are authorities meant to provide such benefits other than by logging everyone?

And it is, thus far, simply logging or 'slurping' but not spying as such. The problem comes in how and when logged data is used which may then amount to spying on some level.

It is false though to say data slurping is of itself spying. Asserting logging is spying and arguing the slurp should not happen is usually a brute force approach to attempting to prevent perceived misuse of the data later. It is a doomed approach because there are legitimate grounds and beneficial reasons to log and slurp (as above). Those who want to stop actual spying need to move on from saying the part which isn't spying is spying. They're fighting the wrong battle.

I am happy to hear arguments why there should be no logging at all despite any benefits that may have; just don't call meta data logging spying. I am against the misuse of logged data and what does amount to spying. We do need to be sure we have nothing to fear from our logged data unless we do turn up dead, are involved in terrorism or other criminal activity.

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London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again

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Re: Really

And meanwhile we continue to be doing the terrorists' job for them. I can't think of an easier time for terrorists; sit back with a cool milkshake and simply let the infidels fearmonger themselves into a panic. They've won haven't they?

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

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This is pretty much a test case for whether America is the world government which has primacy and jurisdiction over all others.

I am sure many in the west are coming to understand why others elsewhere in the world hate the US so much.

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Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it

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Re: Not the story it first appears to be...

I don't see the problem either; it's no different to subpoenaing phone records, recordings of conversation or obtaining any other evidence as relates to the case.

There is a necessity to prove or have agreed that whatever is subpoenaed is actually admissible and evidence but that's no different to any electronic, hearsay or circumstantial evidence.

"Evidence is evidence" as far as the courts in the UK see things though it is different in other jurisdictions. We don't have such American nonsense that a gun used in a crime found in the defendant's dustbin cannot be presented as evidence because there was no warrant to look in the bin.

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

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I do sympathise and appreciate it's not always easy to not let oneself get wound up in times of grief but the best solution is to cancel payments and then simply ignore their requests and threats. Ideally get a less emotionally impacted friend or acquaintance to deal with those issues.

There's the other side of the coin as well; where a company does terminate contract immediately upon death, leaving the family without services or access to accounts which can be even more inconvenient and distressing.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Not sure why you got down-voted. I guess suggesting it may have some utility isn't negative enough.

At £60 I'd be more than tempted, whether it can be down-graded to a speedier Windows version or booted to some other OS. My Asus EEE PC running XP was also under-powered but works well enough for what I ask of it. Likewise my O2 Jogglers.

Most of the £60 tablets I have seen offer pretty poor performance. It was this not being able to master HD DVDs in real time and otehr nonsense which sunk NetBooks.

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GT sapphire glaziers: You signed WHAT deal with Apple?

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Was it a bad move?

It might have been a bad contract agreement but that doesn't make it a bad decision to have accepted it.

For one it may well have been "take it or leave it"; as noted they make the machines that others use to make the glass so they were not the only ones Apple could have approached, and very arguably weren't the ones best suited to the job.

There was undoubtedly a "you keep making it and we'll keep buying it" understanding, even if not in writing, and no reason to believe Apple would have reneged on that or evidence they have. It was indeed all going fine until GTAT failed to deliver to expectations. If GTAT hadn't screwed up then it did not not matter that the written contract wasn't very good.

Unless Apple had agreed to a "we pay even if you don't deliver as per expectations" I can't see how any contract would have saved GTAT, and surely no one is expecting Apple to have agreed to such a thing. We would instead be here laughing at Apple if they had.

If Apple had simply shafted GTAT after crafting a contract which favoured themselves that would be one thing, but GTAT seem to have shafted themselves. It's not Apple's responsibility to provide a guaranteed safety net for GTAT screw-ups.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Vintage?

I've still got a Nokia 2140 in the glovebox for emergency use.

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Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

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Re: Award?

Though 'ridiculous and dangerous', it could be their line of thought was "the plastic cover doesn't hit you in the face when the air bag deploys so why would anything attached to it".

Though, having seen people attach things to the passenger air bag cover in a similar way, it could simply be they hadn't even thought about the scenario, nor considered that attaching something may disrupt deployment.

Besides; everyone knows accidents only happen to other people.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: Important

It appears the poll was for "most influential" book, but El Reg along with other media have conflated that with "most important" and "most valuable to humanity".

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

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Re: So does this mean

The way I see it is they offer what they do at the price they want to ask and you can take it or leave it, which seems to be what everyone else offers as well. I don't particularly like Murdoch but Sky doesn't seems any worse than other companies and their TV offering is better than many.

A subscription-free Sky box without a viewing card is very good value for money so you don't have to pay if you don't want to. I find that just as good as what anyone else offers for the price and Murdoch doesn't get a penny.

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