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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

Tiny Iota
Stop

Great reply, you really addressed all the points of the OP

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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

Tiny Iota
Mushroom

Insecure = ok?

So, because the server was insecure and he didn’t have to try very hard to get the data, that gives him the right to get it?

While I know there is an obvious difference between copying and stealing, in that copying doesn’t deprive the original owner of the thing itself, an analogy is if someone steals the plant pots from your front garden, have they not committed a crime, just because it was easy to do? The plant pot wasn’t fixed to the ground. There is no fence around the front of my house. So it was a very insecure plant pot, it was fair game and I deserve it?

No, I don’t think so. I think he’s guilty. Whether it deserves over 3 years in prison is something else, but there’s no way his conviction should be overturned, based on that line of defence at least.

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Chuh! 'Grossly inadequate': Time Warner Cable rejects $62bn hostile takeover bid

Tiny Iota
Holmes

Re: Seems odd, when compared to other tech buyouts

I think the news/rumours of this takeover interest have been known for a while, and so the market would have priced in the premium already. I.e. they got excited about a potential takeover and the price went up, meaning the shares are already trading above what they would normally be if it wasn’t for this takeover interest.

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Apple files foul-up-fixing patent for fumbling slab-fondling flubbers

Tiny Iota
Mushroom

Disrupted dexterity

“While the user and the device is in motion, the user's dexterity with respect to the touch-sensitive display can be disrupted by the motion”

As can their ability to walk in a straight line, maintain a constant speed, not bump into people, not stop suddenly in the middle of the pavement; essentially, not be an annoying PITA.

Non-IT angle? Newspaper and book reader-walkers, I’m looking at you too!

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Samsung loses against Apple ... this time in SOUTH KOREA

Tiny Iota
WTF?

Yeah, what an outdated judiciary they have. They should do what the rest of the world does and only hire foreign judges and fly in people from abroad to sit on juries (none of this “of their peers” nonsense!)

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Stop

"As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies"

How can they get away with saying that when the Judge has just ruled that they didn't infringe? Until any decision in any appeal does come, Apple did not infringe.

Oh, and I really shouldn't have to do this, but this being an El Reg Apple article, I need to make it clear I am not a fanatic of either company, own products by both and was not paid for my opinion (thus covering the usual gripes of people who simply have a different opinion to mine).

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Show us your Cook: Size is everything for Apple iWatch fans, apparently

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Stop

Re: I was unfortunate enough ....

Calm down mate, they're just a consumer electronics company. Buy it if you like it, don't if you don't. I know it's not really the done thing around here to have an apathetic view of Apple and its rivals, but some of us just can't get angry at a gadget company.

Plus, it's an advert. They are hardly going to say their product is a relatively minor iterative update are they. That's how adverts work. It's the same as getting angry at John Lewis for using a cutsie-poo animal friendship in their ads. It’s all bollocks and we're all free to shop where we please for whatever reason we choose.

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Microsoft's EAT-your-OWN-YOUNG management system AXED

Tiny Iota
FAIL

It's this sort of bollocks that makes me happy I'm a contractor (and not at Microsoft too)

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Netscape daddy's VC firm dumps $60m of Facebook stock

Tiny Iota
Mushroom

Re: Conflict of Interest anyone?

Err, no. A conflict of interest may arise if he held shares in a direct competitor. Loads of employees have shares in the company they work for. They are an incentive for you to contribute to the company's performance to help get the share price up. If you are wondering about insider dealing, directors of listed companies in the US at least have to declare in advance their plans to buy and sell stock in their own company. This is publicly available info and can be quite interesting ("oh look, the finance director must have needed a new house")

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BlackBerry flings John Chen $89 MILLION to save troubled firm

Tiny Iota
Coat

I’m sure they were both very annoyed

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iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

Tiny Iota
Windows

Re: I suppose...

Last flight I took I watched “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and it seems I still had a better time than you did

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Facebook tests sinister CURSOR-TRACKING in hunt for more ad bucks

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Thumb Up

Re: Sorry to be so blunt...

try http://m.theregister.co.uk/

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Just HALF of 10m iPhone, Android BlackBerry BBM app downloads activated

Tiny Iota
Holmes

Re: Installed and Dumped

Why use anything else really?

Cost - Not everyone has a contract with inclusive “free” SMS

International - Even with a contract, texting to international numbers can cost (if it works at all – in my personal experience I have had problems with international SMS)

International – Same deal when you yourself are abroad sending back home

Sending media - Even with a contract, sending a photo, for example (MMS) can cost

Group messages - SMS can send to multiple people at once but they all receive the message individually, I think.

Yes, there are things like email to get around these limitations, but an app that is free or has limited cost and can be used “free” (yes, you might be paying for the data connection/wifi) is much more appealing.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX: Bezos dives into tech-support MONEY PIT

Tiny Iota
Holmes

Re: Good luck finding support staff

The article says the video chats are one way only

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Need the loo AND need to build a website? There's an app for that

Tiny Iota
Stop

Dedicated web presence

"In these days of social media it seems slightly archaic for small organisations to have a dedicated web presence at all"

If a company tries to get me to visit their Facebook page rather than their own website, they don't get a visit from me!

Regards,

A grumpy not-that-old-yet man!

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Science of the lambs: Boffins grow GLOW-IN-THE-DARK sheep

Tiny Iota
Thumb Up

I’m really glad you only went with “rustled”

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Intel's Centrino notebook platform is 10 years old

Tiny Iota
Pint

I was there...

I was working for Intel on my Uni year in industry when Centrino came out. I still probably have a lot of the branded marketing guff if I dig around. For some reason we all wanted the Bunnymen (little toys of the protective-suited folks in the Fabs) rather than the mouse mats and whatnot. This doesn’t add much to the discussion I suppose but as I sit here in corporateland, its fun to reminisce about being paid like a proper worker but still getting to act like a student.

**snaps out of nostalgic fuzz to remember we were not paid like proper workers, but booze money was still booze money**

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Outsourcing your own job much more common than first thought

Tiny Iota
Meh

Call me crazy

While it may seem great to be paid for doing nothing, I get bored out of my brain when I have nothing to do at work for longer than a day or so. There’s only so much out there on the internet (that can get through corporate firewalls, at least). Maybe I’m weird, but I would rather have done the work myself and kept all the money, rather than pay someone else to ensure I spend my days watching the clock slowly tick away in boredom.

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Amazon: IVONA bevy of 'all natural' blabber babes to beat Siri

Tiny Iota
WTF?

eh?

"a 12-year-old startup" ?

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Smooth criminals spared the clink for hacking Sony's Jacko archive

Tiny Iota
Mushroom

Copyright

Its almost as bad as nicking someone else's joke…

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2012/03/05/jackson_catalogue_hack_charges/#c_1335862

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UK Apple cart Square punched in the wallet as sales, profit fall

Tiny Iota
Paris Hilton

I'm learnding

** Me Googles "Vertical market" **

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Spanish airport cops seize cocaine-packed Bulgarian airbags

Tiny Iota
Childcatcher

Would it though?

Cigarettes are legal and there is still a concerted effort to smuggle them, in the UK at least. If it were legal it would be taxed. Taxes could raise prices above current market rates, although obviously smuggling is also pricey and the risk increases prices too, so maybe it would be cheaper.

If this sort of thing gives someone an edge, maybe it would still continue.

I don’t know. I’ve really only got Ben Elton’s High Society to go on as research material, so maybe I should just change track and make boob jokes.

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Sheryl Sandberg offloads $41.5m in Facebook shares in just 6 weeks

Tiny Iota
Black Helicopters

To oversimplify a tad…

…if you don’t sell shares, there’s no point having them (ok, I should have said oversimplify a lot). Dividends are lovely but becoming an instant real (not paper) millionaire is probably quite nice too.

Maybe she wanted to buy a fleet of black helicopters.

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Google defames Reg columnist Verity Stob

Tiny Iota
Headmaster

Very meta

The picture used by Google is actually taken from a previous Register article by Andrew Orlowski (“Verity Stob faces execution, Wikipedia-style” from 2010), so this is a bit of a circular reference. Also, glad to see Google correcting the “Stobb” typo.

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Take-Two praises release breaks for Grand Theft Auto's healthy figure

Tiny Iota
Meh

Why are Wii Sports/Play/Fit allowed to be counted as one, or is it that they have each sold the same as each other and are jointly holding third spot?

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Retina Display detachment

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Facepalm

email services often imposed a 2MB attachment ceiling

...and floppy disks always imposed a 1.44MB ceiling...

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France's biggest Apple reseller sinks: 'Tech titan crushed us'

Tiny Iota
WTF?

Re: Stores are so last millenia

Really? You call someone a twat for stating they prefer to shop online? Wow, who'd have thought it, we're all twats round here!

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Tube bosses: 'Wireless tickets too slow, we think'

Tiny Iota
Meh

What about travel cards?

So for those of us with travel cards who will still need an Oyster, what will happen if a contactless bank card is stored near the Oyster in a holder or wallet, as a lot of people do? Will the system know to only use the Oyster and not the bank card?

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iPad swipes more of tablet market

Tiny Iota
Devil

Biting satire, probably

I get economically depressed every time I look at my bank balance. Only kidding; I’m an MP

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Printers SMASHED to bits in Office Space copycat revenge vid

Tiny Iota
Pint

Replying to my own post

But I just realised I should really get out more. http://xkcd.com/386/

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Tiny Iota
Holmes

Yep

Yep, it’s the same group but i think it's the track "Still"

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Spotify adds web button: Just push... Play

Tiny Iota
Black Helicopters

"There's very little that YouTube doesn't have"

Providing you’re not trying to access it on an iPhone/iPad where any official music videos are annoyingly missing. Would they prefer you to go to iTunes instead?

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Best Buy shuttering 50 stores, laying off staff in $800m cost slash

Tiny Iota
Headmaster

Best Buy said it wants to improve the customer experience...is a mute point

They must not have said it very loudly then?

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Griffin Reserve Battery Case

Tiny Iota
Holmes

Re: Ratings

you can happily leave it permanently attached, though you’ll need to remove it if you want to use the Dock connector for anything else - it's one downside

Don't think it mentioned any others though

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HP offers contractors a choice: 5 per cent pay cut ... or 100 per cent

Tiny Iota
FAIL

Re: Cutting costs

@ AC 12:49

Employers National Insurance, pension contributions, holiday/sick pay, maternity/paternity pay, redundancy payoffs, training costs, maybe share options…yeah, a permanent employee costs half as much!

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Thumb Down

Re: Easy way to cut costs

@ anna

I think you misunderstood what I wrote. I send the invoice to my agent. My agent pays the invoice. So that means on their side they need someone to do the admin that involves. I don’t pay someone to collate my time and create my invoices.

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Tiny Iota
Devil

Re: Easy way to cut costs

I can’t believe I am about to (kind of) defend agents, but for the most part, they also manage the payroll. In all but one contract I have ever had I send my invoices to the agent and they pay My Ltd Company. They deserve a fee for that, although that doesn’t seem too tricky and I’m sure their fee is made up of far more profit than cost-covering.

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Smoked by Android: Microsoft coughs up free laptop

Tiny Iota
WTF?

How can swapping the “smoked” phone for a Windows phone be a prize? Surely if your phone was “smoked” that means you lost. Do you get the Windows phone just by taking part, ie a phone for losing and a laptop for winning?

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Two Brits in court over Michael Jackson back catalogue hack

Tiny Iota
Coat

If they are found guilty…

…would that make them Smooth Criminals?

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Ten... top iOS games

Tiny Iota
Unhappy

Cross-platform

In your Top 10 Android Games roundup, Sprinkle got 95%. Here, it’s not even mentioned. I guess it is a bit pointless reviewing the same game twice, but maybe a review of the top 10 Android/iOS games should feature games only available on that platform and another article should have cross/platform games. Does the quality really vary that much between platforms? Some more fervent fanbois/fandroids may only read their own device’s article and miss out on the other cool stuff.

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PlayStation Vita price dips below £200

Tiny Iota
Facepalm

"Keep your eyes fixed firmly on the site..."

"Keep your eyes fixed firmly on the site if you know what's good for you"

I don't know what's good for me but plan to keep my eyes firmly fixed on the site anyway. Do I win £5?

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Virgin boss victorious in .xxx Branson pickle

Tiny Iota
FAIL

Re: I don't get it...

But its not just any domain name is it. Its one entirely made up of his own name, set up by someone who has nothing to do with the name in any way. Even if it wasn’t a porno domain he’d want to get it.

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Black Ops has best videogame ending ever

Tiny Iota

Well...

Well if they are going to go round correcting articles the moment someone makes a bad joke, then what's the point?

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Tiny Iota
Coat

JFC Conspiracy?

I'm not trolling here, and I've never played this game before, but what's the JFC Conspiracy? I guess it's a typo, so I imagine this game either has something to do with an assassinated American President or the recipe for fried chicken

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Muscle pants give girls that skin-stripped look

Tiny Iota
Facepalm

"but there'll be next year.."

If you give her these, there will indeed be next year, just not with the same woman

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Apple TV stock shortage sparks new gadget rumour fever

Tiny Iota

Search on El Reg for Windows 8

How many results? What other company etc...

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Tiny Iota

Maybe...

Maybe it’s also playing into the hands of El Reg readers who come to a tech website to read tech related news?

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Why Amazon, eBay and Google are building bricks-and-mortar stores

Tiny Iota
Trollface

Certainly sir, just give me your name and address…

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Tiny Iota
Go

Amazon

I think the main plus point for Amazon doing this is one dismissed rather easily by a few bracketed words. The Kindle is a very tangible product that I think has to be seen to be believed. I don’t mean that in an “it’s so amazing” way, I mean that for many people whose interaction with screens and technology is a computer monitor or TV, they can’t imagine the benefits of e-ink if they haven’t seen it for themselves. Also, all the display units won’t be hogged by people using the store as a free internet café to check their Facebook and other things that get in the way of potential, real customers

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Olympus goes retro with µFT snapper

Tiny Iota
Coat

"geared up for low-light shots" ... "OM-D"...

Optical Manoeuvres in the Dark?

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