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Oracle wants another go at Google over Android Java copyrights

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Re: Fscking ridiculous

And the similarities continue - the Barry Trotter parodies were better than the originals.

Downvotus Extremus Beginus!

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A few random thoughts

Source Code != Symphony.

They both have the creative aspects, but the former is more of a "tool" to "do a thing" and that thing often boils down to basic math, or the choice between a couple of possible paths. It also can directly affect your privacy and security. It is manifestly not a symphony. Or even the sheet music for said symphony.

Source Code != Novel

For almost the same reasons as above. One is a work of art, the other is a tool (no matter how well crafted) to do a job. End of. About the only place we can enter into a grey area is where the source is laid out as a poem, or in a visually pleasing structure. But that's really just formatting - it doesn't usually affect what the code does.

I rather doubt Google had to "steal". It's not like they are technically inept, this is the company that dropped Windows and made their own GNU/Linux spin. Are Google as pure as the driven snow? No, I just don't see enough here to make me think they stole anything. They made the API (give or take) compatible with JavaME, everything else after that was almost inevitable.

What Oracle is pissed off about is that is dropped the ball. JavaME was the pre-eminent platform for mobile computing and was treated like the bastard child. Oracle ignored it, Google made a look-a-like and now Oracle is kicking itself.

To be honest the best way to resolve this would be to place the executives from both companies in a large sack and invite members of the public to beat said sack with a stick ($5 for 5 hits). No matter who you hit, you will always hit the right person.

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Google Play privacy SNAFU sends app buyers' details to devs

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Re: merchant account.

Nope - all I have ever seen or heard of is Google Play. (Not that is seems to offer much in the way of certainty).

It's certainly the only one that is installed, and I don't see any obvious way of adding other repositories or whatever.

And it wasn't me who intimated piracy.

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Re: I can see the use for some of the info

The only impediment to my rooting is a legal one. That and the fact it's brand new...

And as others have pointed out, there might be some cause for the vendor to see your personal details - however I assumed that Google's payment service would hold that in escrow until required. I don't see why an app vendor needs you home address, email or anything else really. They have your Google account and probably some kind of receipt/transaction ticket, that should be enough for dispute resolution.

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Re: merchant account.

If he is install outside of Google Play, there's no way for him to know what modified, malicious crap he is installing.

Hang on, on Google Play there's no way to know what modified, malicious crap one is installing!

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I can see the use for some of the info

e.g. Territory (no need for GPS, the mobile operator's location is enough), gender, etc. (all taken from your Google account). Might be of use to some.

But personally identifiable information? Getting sent without my permission?

Is that a breach of the Data Protection Act? Or EU laws on privacy?

I spent an age installing DuckDuckGo and replacing Google wherever I could when I got my first Android phone. It pisses me off that maps etc keeps activating and send back tracking information - there seems to be no way to stop it. If I could root this new phone, I would.

Google Play is a waste of space too - there's no guarantees on security or safety and what information they do give on permissions is useless. "Angry Birds" needs to be able find out who I'm calling. WTF? Why? No details given - there is no reason whatsoever for an app like "Angry Birds" to have any idea what number I am calling (or which one is calling me). It also want my location? Why? Once again, it has no need to know this.

Is any of this under my control, can I override any of the apps demands for information it does not need? No.

Android is a clusterfuck for user privacy. I just didn't realise how bad it was until I got one. Once the contract is up, I'm going back to a basic feature phone - one that I don't have to charge every single sodding day.

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Microsoft Surface Pro launch: It's easy to sell out of sod all stock

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Re: This is a standard tactic...

Epically wrong. To comply with the MS Win8 licensing terms, not only must the user be able to install their own keys but they must be able to disable SecureBoot.

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Re: This is a standard tactic...

"Really cos I heard it was shipping with Windows 8 installed on it, Windows 8 is not a proper OS, "

Hence why I said "can have" and not "does have".

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This is a standard tactic...

...used by Apple, Google, Nintendo et al. Deliberately under supply, then loads of clueless rags will run stories like "ZOMG! Surface Pro sold out!"

And I'm not surprised no one wanted the 64GB version. How much room would be left after Win8 has been vomited into it? 2 bytes?

At least the Surface Pro can have a proper OS installed on it.

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Australian Parliament issues summons to Apple, Microsoft, Adobe

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Not just Oz

Thing ins the USA costs $999, how much does it cost in the UK?

£650-ish? No, don't be stupid. It's £999 minimum.

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LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

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"If you don't like the way a project is going, you either suck it up and live with it"

Indeed - and I have been very guilty of mouthing off...until someone raised my conciousness. Maybe I am now mouthing off the other way. Dunno. But I see far, far too many people who complain about F/OSS and have never once spoken to the project concerned. It's as if they expect the team to magically know what the problem is. It simply never occurs to them that there is an option beyond moaning.

And often when one does contact the project they may have some very good reasons why they won't/can't do it. Or (embarrassingly) they point at an option and ask one what, exactly, does one think that does?

There's quite a few bugs that drive me totally batshit (KDE menus has one, for example). I've added to the bug and I'm willing to test. It actually looks like it might be an easy fix, but I'm not familiar with the code base and as I am unwilling to put a bounty on the fixing; I have made my choice and now have no right to complain about it.

If someone said to me "I raised bug 123 and the response from the devs was 'Go and play with yourself. Denied'" then they have every right to complain. Loudly. For those devs are dicks.

"Cinnamon, for example, is a wonder for communication with the developers."

Cinnamon? They don't have wobbly windows! I DEMAND....Ok, ok, deep breath. :-) Yes, they are much more open than (say) Gnome or Canonical. I'm playing DE pong at the moment, trying to decide which one I like.

"When someone says it's not actually fit for *their* purpose, the response is a hyper-defensive "Go and write it yourself!""

Cost and moral obligation. If a thing is free, not forced upon you and you decide to take it anyway; the developer of that thing has zero moral obligation to do anything about your problems. If you've paid even 50p for it, there's a contract but that doesn't really excuse some of the hysterical demands one sees. If you've paid £5,000 for it....please, flap around. You have good reason to. (Obviously I'm ignoring critical/dangerous issues like safety, destroying data etc. as one has an societal obligation to not harm others)

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Re: meh

Ok, gentle question. Have you told the project what you want? Logged a change request, filed a bug, got on their IRC, mailing list, whatever?

"I find this attitude extremely off-putting, and it's an attitude that you've demonstrated."

What's off-putting about pointing out that you can effect the change you want? If you are happy to let others put the changes in/decide the features, like choosing not to vote/protest/stand, you have abdicated all responsibility and have no right to complain. Sorry it that upsets you, but it's the truth.

Even with paid-for software, if you don't feedback to the OEM you won't get the things you want. They are not mind readers either. And they may still not choose to do what you want, then you are screwed. At least with F/OSS you can say "Sod that" and fork, if you have the chops to do so (and I realise that some people may not).

"You did say both of these, and they were your first responses."

They were part of a longer list and the reason they appeared first was they are the most immediate way to get the desired result. What is your alternative to either of those options?

"in the case of writing documentation, for instance, or testing current features - utterly useless so far as adding new features goes."

Not necessarily, as it releases the people who are currently doing to do other things.

Whenever I see "F/OSS X does not do Y" it reminds of the reviews for the 50p/free apps in the apps stores "This doesn't do Z. It's total shit! FIX IT FIX IT FIX IT FIX IT!" Which is utterly beyond the pale. It's a 50p/free app, get a sodding grip.

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Re: meh

"Yes, you're saying DIY, or you're saying pay up."

"DIY", I took that to mean "you have to write the code yourself" which is manifestly not the case.

"Pay up" Seeing as the alternative is paid-for software, you have to pay up anyway! And I see nothing wrong with paying for F/OSS (be that money, time, other resources, whatever; i.e. get involved, it's your project too). Clearly one can't do everything, and that's where you make your cost/benefit choices.

I really don't get what your problem is. F/OSS software is there for you to take at zero-cost and when it's pointed out that it's down to you to get the things you want implemented, you go into a complete tizz.

If F/OSS does not do what you need, you don't want to get involved and some paid paid software does what you need at a price you can stomach....there's your decision.

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Re: Slowly closing the gap with Microsoft Office?

" "Or pay a nominal sum of money to obtain commercial software that already has these features, along with support?"

£600 / license is a nominal sum?"

Be fair, £600 is a nominal sum relatively speaking. Let's make up some numbers. CMYK for GIMP, we've been told that's a hard job. How hard? One man year (including testing etc). How much is that? £60,000?

Only one person wants it. Cost to them? £60,000. That buys them a lot of licenses.

But wait. 10 people want it. Now the cost is £6,000 each. See where this is going?

Now yes, there will be other opportunity costs etc involved and one may still reach the decision that £600 at the pay-for vendor is the better option (especially if it's available right now). That's all fine and dandy, good on you, get the tool you need.

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Re: meh

" "if you want it then go and write it yourself" (which you made in this thread) "

Poor summary, I said "It's your project too". If people want to abdicate all responsibility for things to someone else, there's already a model for that. They're free to lobby the vendor for new features too, then pay for the upgrade.

"give us money and we might consider it"

You don't have to give the project the money, do you? It may (or may not) take money. Depends what it is.

"but enough do that it's a major turn-off - and perpetuating the attitude helps absolutely nothing."

I'm not saying DIY, you're choosing to read that as my view and then argue against that. I am saying, get involved.

It's your project too.

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Re: meh

"F/OSS expecting everyone to contribute back is the problem. Not everyone can or has the means."

Of course everyone has the means. It's not just code and massive test server y'know.

"The cost of a product that has already implemented the required feature and is not trying to harang me for money for something that should be in their product if they want me to use it. Which they do want me/ as many as possible to use or it would fail. "

Err...it does harang you. It's called "the price". If a piece of pay-for software does what you need, go buy it.

"it pays money and licenses for what it needs now. Not for future needs."

My comment was poorly written, I apologise. What I meant was the cash currently being spent on license fees and support contracts; some of that could be used to fund the development of their chose F/OSS tool. I fully expect them to still have a support contract, hopefully with an organisation feeding back into F/OSS (probably to make support easier...)

"but if a business needs a process now and it exists, why pay for someone to implement it maybe in the future. Somewhen."

I did not say they should. If another tool does what they need, go use that tool. What they should not do it select a tool that doesn't do what they want, moan about it and not lift one finger to fix the problem they have caused themselves.

Further more, many places do not have vanilla installs of (say) MS Office because they do not provide all the features. They go out and buy add-ons, or pay someone to write those add-ons. How is that any different to buying add-ons for F/OSS software, or paying someone to add to the F/OSS code base?

"If they want to beat the propriety software they need to put the features in."

Who said they wanted to "beat the proprietary software"? The most they want to do is scratch their own itch and fix their own problems. There will be some vendor somewhere who does want to beat proprietary software, I'll grant you that. But that isn't the project's problem and said vendor would almost certainly be involved in the project at some level, seeing to it that what they need gets done.

"Also note not everyone can contribute"

Everyone can contribute. Don't place limits. Even a decent bug report (or the steps to hit a problem) helps.

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Re: Slowly closing the gap with Microsoft Office?

"Of the options you mentioned, only writing it myself or hiring someone to write it will actually guarantee the specific functionality gets created. That's not going to be free to do."

So what? Whoever said F/OSS has to also be zero cost software?

"If i need 4 copies immediately, the only sensible approach is to go out and buy something that already does it."

I have no problem with that. You could also form a cadre of like minded individuals and get the thing done.

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Re: Slowly closing the gap with Microsoft Office?

Did he know that is is hard/impossible to add? He won't find out unless he asks.

Does he require CMYK support? Seems he does and as GIMP can't/won't provide it; then GIMP is the wrong tool for the job.

I'm not RMS, I don't have a probably with people buying proprietary software. What I have a problem with is people who get software (or anything) for no cost, bitch about it and demand it do something else for no cost.

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Re: meh

"To be honest I'd be surprised if some projects haven't already implemented it."

Bug affects: 1,734 users

Bug priority: Medium (fix trigger level, $500)

Bug donation level: $0

That's why. It creates an incentive to chase the money rather than the functionality.

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Re: meh

@Paul 135 - This already exists, it's called "getting involved". There is nothing to stop you, right now, getting together with a few others and hiring a coder/graphic artist/whatever and having whatever it is that annoys you sorted.

The slight problem with a straight money donation to bug fixes/features, it kinda creates the incentive for devs to not fix things until there's enough donations.

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Re: meh

"asking a small or medium sized businesses to write its own office code is daft."

OH FFS! Who ever said they have to write it?

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Re: meh

"Yes, we are all programmers"

No we are not. Why does everyone get so obsessed with code? Where did I say that you and only you must write the code and the only thing you are allowed to do is write the code?

You want to know what a massive help to a F/OSS project is? Reading the docs and checking for spelling mistakes, confusing structure, translating etc. Basic stuff that requires no knowledge of code.

Wanting everything for free and providing no contribution back is what harms F/OSS.

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Re: meh

"If it does not have the features needed everyone says "write it yourself." "

If you read what I wrote, you'll see that I offered many option. Here's a question:

1) How much did LibreOffice cost you?

2) How much did the support contract cost you?

3) How much is that feature worth to you?

"A small business cannot do this"

Yes it can. See the money it pays for licenses and support contracts....guess where some of that could go?

"Open source needs to address this"

If does. It's call "People who want features in free/open source help get those features put in."

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Re: meh

"Still no Draft view (bug 39080)."

Then write the 39080 patch, or hire someone to write it, or sponsor the project, or write the specs, or help with the testing, or the docs, or....

It's your project too, y'know.

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Re: Slowly closing the gap with Microsoft Office?

"And the only thing I really need Photoshop for is CMYK image support."

Then write the CMYK support, or hire someone to write it, or sponsor the project, or write the specs, or help with the testing, or the docs, or....

That is, of course, assuming you have the time/resources/money.

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Re: Slowly closing the gap with Microsoft Office?

LibreOffice and GIMP do do "real work" and one will find them excellent products. The toolchains are slightly different, but this is not a problem if you are only using one and either product is capable of matching their proprietary versions.

What people often forget when they say "You should use X instead of Y" is that "close enough" in file handling is simply not good enough in many cases. The fact that GIMP can read a Photoshop filse is of no use to a profession unless 100% fidelity is guaranteed. Gradients rendered the exact same way, layer and filters applied the exact same way etc.

But one stated out using GIMP, you can apply the same argument to Photoshop; it must render your GIMP files the exact same way otherwise Photoshop is useless to you.

So it really is more of a question on which one you start out with - for that choice is your lock-in and that is why you should choose freedom (if possible).

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The Register: Our all-new app now available for Android

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This

Other than off-line access, I don't see the point of separate apps for web sites.

And my browser has tabbing, so no need to keep closing and opening apps all the time.

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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Re: "pillow biting"

"Just because you and others in this thread are ignorant of the term's pejorative use"

Language changes and given the various...augmentations now available, such an action does not have to be the preserve of the homosexual male.

If you genuinely feel it is homophobic and offensive, send the author a message asking them to remove it.

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Re: Why the love for all the US aircraft?

In 50years it will be solar-powered AI drones getting dropped for lighter-than air floating battle stations.

Or something.

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Re: "pillow biting"

"Homophobic"? Please explain.

I view it more about the MoD being the submissive in this BDSM relationship.

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Re: The question is, what can we do about it?

None. The private companies now have your money, the MPs will have their kick-back and the top brass will have their nice directorships; so everyone who matters is happy.

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Re: Why the love for all the US aircraft?

At a guess: cheap, understood, parts are plentiful, range and you can fire 'em off a carrier.

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Eh?

Modular ship design is, well, modular. OK, it's not "Lego"(tm) brick modular, but it's still easier than building a new ship. Was it really beyond their with to have the deck built with the channels/room underneath (plated, obviously) so that at some future date the ship could be more easily retrofitted?

Also, why wasn't the feckin' thing nuclear? "Err, can we delay the war? We have to refuel the carrier. Again. And Italy is getting pissed off about having to refuel all our Typhoons while the carrier is at the petrol station."

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BSkyB to flick switch on network-level smut-'n'-violence filters

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Re: OpenDNS

Nice idea, but on some OSs you can't modify/check the DNS; so you have no guarantee where they'd actually go (Android is one example - no way to check the DNS that I can see; pisses me off as I have a DNS cache with filtering already enabled).

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Deep breath...

It is not the job of the state, an ISP or any third part to control what children see. It is the job of the parents/guardian. About the only exception to that rule are folks you would class as "temporary guardians", i.e. teachers.

That's it. No one else. End of.

Sky, the state etc can all offer advice and tools; sure, that's fine. But they should not ever decide what I (or anyone else) can and cannot see.

Dear god. I have to put up with that "Enter PIN" crap to what recorded telly because some raging ass-hat doesn't understand that parents/guardians are 100% liable for their children's safety.

Parental controls are easily installable at the home network level. If a parent can't do that, find someone who can.

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HP jumps on Chromebook bandwagon with 14-incher

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SecureBoot

Can new keys be added, or SecureBoot at least disabled?

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Under cap-and-trade, flying is greener than taking the bus

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Working as planned

Carbon-trading, ETS etc were only ever a scam to make money. They had nothing whatsoever to do with reducing emissions (except to allow for PR puffery claiming same), changing people's habits or protecting our environment.

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Introducing the Open Source Rookie of the Year... Whoa, it's Microsoft

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Re: Obvious troll is obvious.

"Apple is a big-time [abuser] of open source"

Fixed that for you.

Just ask BSD.

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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How's that for quick?

And the fix is landing.

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Microsoft dev tools to add Linux-style source code versioning

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Re: VS2012

Probably a blip caused by their GPL-violating Hyper-V code finally be considered fit for purpose.

And yes, MS do hate GNU/Linux (and freedom). Hence the continual patent threats, half-released reports and other underhand tactics.

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Re: Microsoft using Git!

"MS have been pretty good about their open source use for quite some time."

Ah, no. They were caught violating the GPL with their hypervisor code. It was only the threat of legal action that got them to behave.

They have attacked LiMux with their half-released, headline-grabbing-but-no-one-is-allowed-to-read-it-fully report from "independent" HP. (What has been released is such a crock that it would be hilarious if the headlines hadn't already done damage)

Embrace, Extend, Extinguish. MS should never be trusted and I think the call to have the FSF monitor them closely is the correct one.

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Google donates 15,000 Raspberry Pis to UK schools

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@Code Monkey - Re: Google Doing Good Things

Google pay the tax that is due (if you have evidence of evasion, I suggest you submit it).

If you don't like Google's tax structure, write to your MP and urge them to change it.

The scandalously low taxes being paid is the fault of MPs, no on else.

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Microsoft's Dell billions have Windows 8 strings attached

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Death of Project Sputnik then?

MS will not tolerate any competition. I envisage Dell being instructed to desist in its penguin fondling.

And the enforced monopoly rolls on.

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Zuck on it, Google: 'Public' Facebook events are dead to you

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Two teir Internet

There is the Internet, where public is "public".

Then there is the Faceberk network which runs atop the Internet and is only visible to self-confessed Faceberkers.

Personally I think this is a good thing. The less normal people have to put up with the vacuous, self-absorbed Faceberkers the better.

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Huddled immigrant masses face 'British values' quiz

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Re: Questions Questions

Ah, spoken like a true xenophobe. Yes, let's eject all the foreigners. The Saxons and Angles can get stuffed for a start. Oh wait, they're white aren't they? Silly me.

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Oh FFS

I've looked at this test in the past and really, the questions are ludicrous. Three basic questions are all that's really needed:

1) Are you a prat?

2) Do you understand common manners (please, thank you etc)?

3) Are you a good neighbour (not leaving trash around etc)?

Bonus

4) Does your culture have a celebration on a date we're not using and can we adopt it for a party?

Seriously...people are people and whilst there can be some cultural tensions, reasonable people will sit down and sort it out. Hence question 1).

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Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 INTO BOOZE

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Re: Hmm...

Hydrogen is a sod to handle. Ethanol (for example) can be safely carried in a bottle.

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Hmm...

...a wind turbine should be able to exceed 0.2% efficiency.

Could that be harnessed via this gizmo to produce methanol/ethanol/something?

Because then the turbine could be attached to a storage device and a generator of some description (or even pump the product to a different facility).

Thus wind over-production (when/if that ever happens) can be chemically stored in a means we are already familiar with.

Why do I have a nasty feeling the loses will be huge?

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Sympathetic Scots scoff-house offers hard-up Apple fanbois a discount

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Apple tax?

There is no such thing. You are free to not but Apple.

There is, however, a MS tax which applies to pretty much all-non Apple devices (even Android).

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No UK date, no biz disties: Will Microsoft cock-up the Surface Pro too?

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Re: @The BigYin

I know - I'm not sure what is up with lappy screens these days. I don't really care about "retina display". Just not-shit would be nice.

Other options are available.

I didn't clock the Surface's resolution. Thanks for pointing it out.

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