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Raspberry Pi gets snappy with camera add-on

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Huh?

So you spent 3 times as much and wonder why the Pi is a bit limited in comparison?

(The only UK price I can find for a Mele A2000 is £100, Dealeurx link via TinyURL)

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Zuck weds self to lady friend in surprise ceremony

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Don't understand

Am I the only one who does not understand how Facebook could possibly be worth USD105bn? Seriously, I just don't get it.

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Scotland considers dishing out more iPads to schoolkids

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Nice idea...

...but they should not be using iPads. That's as bad as locking the kids into MS by teaching them how to use Word and calling it "ICT".

Basic Android tablets would be 1) Cheaper and 2) Not locked-in.

Of course, I'd much rather they spent the money on books and lab equipment, rather than trendy-Wendy bullcrap.

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Button batteries BURN KIDS FROM INSIDE

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Re: Electric burns?

I don't think it leaks as such, but causes an acid to be formed. This was on "Monsters Inside Me" a few episodes ago. Afraid I can't recall the acid.

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New Apple keyboard patent may spell trouble for Android

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Re: whats

@AC - What's the point? because it stifles innovation, prevents new products coming to market and can stop a whole industry moving forward. That's why. The whole Internet was found on technology that was patent-free. Do you think it would have gone as far as it did if was riddled with patent caner?

Patents have a place, so long as the are good patents about something truly new/non-obvious. The patents the USPTO a granting willy-nilly for tech ideas are just such cobblers. Thankgoodness (for now) the the EU doesn't allow software patents.

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Re: prior art!

Never mind a phone, bloody XBMC has had this for sodding ages. Probably other applications designed for only mouse/controller/IR input too.

Just because this "modifiable on-screen keyboard thingy" is now implemented on a phone rather than a desktop/TV is not a good enough reason to make it patentable.

And on top of that, having a button to switch "layouts" to keep the screen organised is w-a-y too bloody obvious and is used time-and-again in a whole host of areas for managing features/options.

Seriously, the USPTO need a kick in the knackers.

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125,000 Ubuntu PCs to land in Pakistani students' laps

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Re: Inaccurracies...

There was a reason I quoted what I did; less religion is always good - regardless of the faith or country.

People are, of course, free to decide whatever they want. But just because they decide to believe a thing does not make it true. Or are you one of these people who believes in belief?

"Why no, I don't think there is a teapot orbiting between Earth and Mars; but I respect your right to believe it."

And next time - kindly keep the insults to yourself.

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Re: Open source zero cost?

Oh, and of course the F/OSS software has to be written, and there is always a cost in that; either monetary in the form of sponsorship/salary or in volunteers' time. Then there is the hosting of the binaries and source, that has a monetary cost.

Again Free != Zero cost. Donate to your projects, people.

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Re: Open source zero cost?

I don't know why you keep getting downvoted. The "free" refers to "freedom", not cost.

Yes, one can download F/OSS software for no charge and use it without charge and this is generally fine for home/enthusiast use. But in the workplace you need all the same stuff as you need for proprietary code. You need to hire (or contract) support, hire (or contract) customisation, hire (or contract)....

That's nothing against F/OSS at all - it's just a fact of life and people can argue until their blue in the face about which is "better" in terms to TCO. And often do!

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Re: This could bite them in the arse

"This could be one of the biggest blows to religion in the country yet."

Good.

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Coupon-spaffer Groupon starts to sniff actual profits

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Re: internet economics

Perhpas Greece should check Groupon for some hot EU deals?

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Freecom Hard Drive Sq 2TB

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Re: The drive needs to be re-formatted?

The Bravia can read from multiple formats. It seems that when connect to a special "output" port the drive will get formatted and the TV will drop encrypted recordings on there. There are comments that the drive can only work with the exact same TV, and the Sony manual have precious little information. So my guess is Sony are using some proprietary crap-ola.

Again.

One more reason to never buy Sony (as if they hadn't given us enough reasons already).

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Google compressed-filth legal battle with smut site ended in US

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Re: So my question is

I was about to post the same thing. I would imagine that Google would respect "robots.txt" and if the Google bot can get at the images, it kinda implies that anyone else could by simply walking the site using wget or similar.

So either they didn't define "robots.txt" properly, didn't correctly check sessions, didn't have proper security or some combination of all three.

And what did Perfect10 want? Google (and Yahoo, Bing, AltaVista etc) to not index them?

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Rovio flies away from Angry Birds for all-new puzzler

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Re: They haven't copied

Yes, yes I think they have. Get Andrew Orlowski on the case, he's big on copyright and will surely see that just action is taken.

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'Shame on the register to post wrong informations'

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Re: This all ignores the elephant in the room

@h4rm0ny

Nice post, although I do take issue with the use of the word "piracy" but that's just semantics.

I see Avengers 2012 on that list - can you please tell me how much that affected the box-office take? Because if I remember, it just broke lots of records.

Obviously that does not excuse copyright infringement one little bit, but it does bring into question just how much damage (if any) is actually being done.

I don't necessarily agree with TPB (although as a distribution service it is genius) but neither to I agree with the draconian legislation being mooted and forced through.

Infringement has almost certainly always existed once it became technologically possible (and no, that does not make it right) but what harm has actually been caused? Companies have survived and grown from gramaphones thru LPs to tapes, videos, CDs etc and not a lot seems to have gone wrong. Heck, maybe the infringement was even a boon to some. So despite it having been around for so long and companies/people still raking it in, why should we let them make such an audacious grab for culture with ever increasing terms, region-locks (WTF did those ever do other than force people to infringe?), DRM (as before), and new laws?

I often wonder what history has to say about all this - what happened when the printing press landed and all the scribes' jobs were in danger; did they demand legislation/special treatment to protect their business? It's the closest equivalent I can think of.

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Re: This all ignores the elephant in the room

Copyright (and to a very large extents, patents) were about giving the original creator a window of a opportunity to make money off their creation/invetion (either by direct sales or some kind of licensing). The copyright/patents were all geared around the idea of a creator.

Now big business is trying to re-gear it all around a corporation. Corporations don't die and are inhuman. Thus they demand ever increasing terms and ever more restrictive laws to "protect their investment".

What about protecting human culture?

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Irony

TPB gets it's panties in a bundle over being copied. Yes, that is hypocritical.

Andrew gets hit panties in a bundle over TPB allegedly attacking sites and deleting content, but isn't that what the authorities do to the likes of MegaUpload? Actions that Andrew supports. Isn't that also hypocritical?

The copyright laws are way, way out of control. The stranglehold corporations wish to get on human culture is simply beyond the pale. Sites like TPB are not really an answer (although the tech they use is certainly a boon), but neither are increasingly draconian laws which restrict culture.

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Virgin Media site goes titsup in Pirate Bay payback attack

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Re: Censorship is bad. Always

@AC - Nothing, but a consistent handle is a step-up from a coward and the best yer going to get around here. Yes, I could have multiple handles, use throwaway account etc etc.

But I don't.

ElReg, good as it is, just isn't worth that level of effort.

Heck - how does another reader know that you are not me.

Are you me? Does that explain the blackouts and the voices?

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Re: Censorship is bad. Always (@JDX)

@Swarthy - Or when "faith" tells you something is bad and bombs/burns you at the stake for wrongthought?

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Re: Censorship is bad. Always

@AC - the point being, you can check out my other posts to see what else I have said. Can't do that with an AC. You could be the same AC for all I know.

The AC system has it's used, but seems to be abused.

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Re: Censorship is bad. Always

'There are two extreme camps: "let everyone have everything" and the "make sure the state censors anything which may be damaging to anyone" '

A lack of censorship does not mean a lack of laws preventing harm to others. Censorship (as opposed to preventing harm) tends to be based on some idea of outraged morals "I disagree with that, lets ban it". I am not for one second suggesting we should be able to go into a shop and by "Kiddy Fiddling for Dummies", but there are laws/operations to catch those doing the harm and ensure the actual censorship is not required. I realise I may appear to be splitting hairs and not explaining myself well; but I do not see the prevention/protection from harm as the same as censorship. Consider censoring debate about child porn as opposed to the child porn itself.

Take a different example; S&M. Should that be banned/censored? (I know 'extreme' porn already is). Between consenting adults (even to publication of their activities) - no. They're consenting adults. Between one adult and an unconsenting adult? Or one unable to understand what is happening, or two you? There's no need to censor that - it's simple assault.

Censorship is much more about protecting some idea/perception we have from (potentially justified) attack. It used to be (still is, in some places) about protecting religion. Now it is about protecting from the perception of offence, or in the name of diversity, or for the children, or whatever. Doesn't make the censorship any less bad IMHO.

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Re: Censorship is bad. Always

"Everyone should be able to see Child Porn, in order that they can see how bad it is?"

A, child porn. Used to enact an emotional response and allow the other party to call me a lover of paedos (or whatever) should I say something that they disagree with. If you had posted under your El Reg name I would have answered.

As you didn't I call you troll. Good day.

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Re: Censorship is bad. Always

Yes, always. Even for scary, hate-filled, garbage censorship is bad. Only by shining a light on it (whatever it may be) can one discuss why it is wrong, harmful, not supported by evidence, not compatible with good morals, just plain wrong etc.

Oh, and TBP is not illegal as they host no content. If you declare TBP illegal, you must also declare Google etc illegal for the same reasons.

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Hmm...

Censorship is bad. Always. Age restriction I don't qualify as censorship, but censorship can wear it as a disguise ("Think of the children!" argument). I do not think VM (or the court) has censored TBP, it's still trivially easy to access. If the court had wanted, they could have made the terms much more sweeping.

TBP is a source or copyright infringing material (amongst lots of other things) and this is either because people are not getting the service they want, or do not value the products at the price offered. The former is definitely the case - DRM only affects the legal consumer and drives them towards infringement to use material they believe they have bought. The latter would require a cartel, and such cartels do exist (RIAA, BPI etc); they exist only to prevent free-trade (region encoding, blocking imports etc).

TBP only exists as a reaction to the control/exploitation of the consumer. There has *always* been sharing. We're a social species! The sharing is not a loss, it viral marketing! Sure, jail the idiot banging out 100,000 hooky CDs every month, but people sharing the odd song/movie or two? Please, that's just human nature. Deal with it. And if you can't deal with it, piss off.

Despite (or because of?) heavy piracy the new Avengers movie still broke records. I utterly fail to see what these muppets are fighting. They seems to still be cashing it in.

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NHS rolls out open-source test results service for renal patients

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Re: Old hat - but the bigger story is...

@Ian McNee - I wish I had more upvotes for you. This is exactly what the NHS should be doing. Hopefully it can be expanded to other services.

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Dell puts Sputnik open-source laptop on launch pad

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Re: or provide a refund

"A buyer has the right to return or resell the OEM copy of MS Windows, or the antitrust authority should intervene."

No, they don't. MS changed the EULA, remember? You must now comply with the vendor's policy which may mean you have to return the entire machine (and I believe that is not the policy of the major vendors).

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Re: IdeaStorm not up to much then?

"Neither suggestion has ever been taken up by Dell for fear of loss of their Windows volume licensing I reckon."

And this is why the regulators need to act. The major OEMs need to be forced to provide "No OS" as an option (they caveats/warnings about support and needing licenses if needs be).

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Needs more info

Proper open source drivers that any distro can package, or binary blobs that could potentially only work with Ubuntu? e.g for full multi-touch or whatever.

As for the lappy, just a rehash of what Dell has offered before (over-hyped and under-spec'd).

All Dell (and other OEMs) have to do is provide a "No OS" option when spec'ing a device and stop placing Windows Limits on what you can spec.

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Solar quiet spell like the one now looming cooled climate in the past

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Hang on...

...so now we need global warming to stop us turning into New Hoth? Fire up that Quattro!

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Java jury finds Google guilty of infringement: Now what?

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Copyright an API?

Really? If that happens the IT world is screwed.

Well, even more screwed that it currently is with patents etc.

Google were dumb to fork the Linux kernel and Java as they did. But look at the innovation and industry that exploded around Android. The two players kicking up a stink (MS and Oracle) are nowhere in the spaces Android occupies.

AIUI the Android kernel is coming back into Linux mainline. Looks like the 'freetards' have shown the big corporates up again.

This judgement could have serious implications for the IT world and is a sad day for consumers.

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National Rail Enquiries

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Re: Switzerland.....

@Ommerson

It's triple-dipping. My taxes are subsiding the service in the first place.

I had recent cause to use the train in Germany. A one-way cost €60 bought at the station on the day, not cheap I grant you but still around half the price of a UK equivalent ticket (some of the changes were tight, so I took flexible).

The train left on time, was spacious, clean, quiet, had a comfortable dining car, good and reasonably priced food. Even the more rural trains were all clean and well turned out. For half the price I felt like I got four times the service.

In the UK I would have been on a slow, dirty, overcrowded train which served cardboard and paid through the nose for the privilege.

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Re: Switzerland.....

Crap - I wish I would learn to type. That should read...

The UK model is to gouge the public to fatten corporate pockets.

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Re: Switzerland.....

@Piloti - The Swiss (and German model) is to provide a SERVICE to the PUBLIC.

The UK model without gouge the public to fatten corporate pockets.

They both work well for their intended purpose.

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'ACTA is dead,' says Europe's digital doyenne

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ACTA...

...wasn't too bad, although the way it was arranged without democratic oversight certainly was. But who needs ACTA when the USA will bring CISPA into World Law. Is it really safe to let the World Police set the laws? Is that not a conflict of interest?

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Evil plot to control souls via Wi-Fi thwarted

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Never apologise to superstition

There probably is no Yaweh/Allah/Thor/Whatever (as there is certainly no evidence).

Thus they hold the same validity as the Easter Bunny and should be treated as such.

It's high time we stopped treating religion in such a privileged manner and regarded it as the hate-filled, child abusing, reason stunting, war causing hokum that it is.

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Cameron hardens stance on UK web filth block

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Re: I find...

I totally agree janimal, but this is just another sign of people expecting "someone" to do things for them, to be to blame, to carry responsibility. I pay a mechanic to do the jobs on my motorcycle I cannot (either due to tooling, skills or time), I pay a plumber/electrician/joiner to do the jobs on my home I cannot do; why should a household Internet connection be any different?

Parents, take some responsibility for what you brought into the world!

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I find...

...Cameron and his blue-rise brigade offensive. Please place them on an automatic "opted-in" block list. Think of the children! While you're at it, add the LibDems and Labour to the same block.

Seriously, if you are worried about what your children can see on the Internet the you need to protect your child. By either being with your child, or censoring your connection.

If you do not know how to protect/care for your child, why the hell should I pay (through a loss of freedom) for your ignorance?

Net-Nannies/filtering is not that had, either learn, buy a tool or pay someone to sort it out for you.

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MP blasts 'ineffective' games regulation

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Re: Homeopathy...

Ah, so he has a penchant for supporting the unsupported and seeing n effect where there is no cause. Explains much.

If you forget to take your homeopathy meds - do you die from an overdose?

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Oh...

...twat off, Vaz. This is the same "Think of the children!" knee-jerk bullshit that brought us the IWF (easy to by-ass, penchant fir censoring Wikipedia), block of TPB (easy to by-pass) and now the "I' am a dirty, porn-loving deviant list".

AIUI there is not one shred of evidence that games increase levels violence.

And even if there was, that could be a matter for the parents of that child to do their job and not let little Timmy play "Ultra-Kill 9" or whatever.

FFS, Breivik will have used maps. BAN THEM!

Probably drank coffee. BAN THE BEAN!

Even took a dump. ANALLY RETENT TO SAVE YOUR KID!

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

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Re: Really??

@Oliver Mayes

Almost exact same spec as my box (1GB nVidia GT240) with 7.1 soundstill running 10.10. DVDs play fine.

I suspect PICNIC.

You should get on the forums and resolve the issue - might be the drivers, compositing or just a dodgy config; but this is hardly the place to do support.

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That global freetard crackdown: Three emails ... and carry on

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Re: Really?

"And giant shapeshifting lizards run the world, I hear."

Is that what we are calling lawyers these days? That's a step up for them.

I have little issue with copyright - but extending it ad infinitum (which is what is happening) is madness. The current duration is far too long, never mind what it will become.

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Re: Only a small percentage of society is in denial

Obvious troll is obvious.

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Really?

“The idea we should dilute intellectual property is utterly barmy,” Whittingdale said

The idea we should permit 'intellectual property' in its current form is what is utterly barmy. What we have now is the beginnings of a global, indefinite tax on future culture. There will be no more Handel, or Bach; no more Shakespeare; no more Mark Twain; no more mix tapes; no more second-hand stores; there will be only the renewing of a "license" to the gatekeepers. Gatekeepers of art and media that should belong to society and be freely enjoyable by all.

That is not to say it should be without cost, after all selling books, putting on shows etc all need funds. But after the reasonable copyright is up (say, 10-20 years), they should be free as in freedom. Free to distribute, parody, re-work, share, build on. Just like the classics are now - and the classics seem to be doing rather well if you ask me, even if the originals are out of copyright.

This simply will not be possible with commercial gatekeepers holding on to their "property" for the shareholders. Future culture will simply be a wasteland of commercial dross where artists and the public suffer under the wheels of the corporate machine.

This is the future being laid out before us, and this is what must be resisted. This is why we need ideas like Copyleft and Creative Commons. This is why we need to encourage alternatives to the RIAA/MPAA/BPI cabals.

PIPA, SOPA, SIPA, Hadopi, DEA, etc are evil laws that do not serve the societal interest. So what if a few companies go to the wall due to the Internet. So what? Survival of the fittest. Evolve or die. Provide the service people want, or go bankrupt. End of discussion.

Instead our toadying "leaders" enact laws to enslave our future culture to some faceless bottom-line. The bottom-line of an industry that is renowned for false-accounting and screwing artists over much more than any copyright infringers may have.

Artists need money to live and eat like the rest of us. The RIAA/MPAA/BPI etc do not represent artists (never have), they represent companies whose sole purpose is to maximise short-term profit at any cost. Nothing else. And if that means screwing over the actual talent, then this is what will (and does) happen.

So if you support artists, art, culture, expression and freedom; your only choice is to oppose these laws and the people who represent them.

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'Oppressive' UK copyright law: More cobblers from IP quangos

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Copyright is not wrong

Nor are trademarks, nor are patents. What is wrong is the ever increasing copyright term. It is far too long and will eventually become a tax on culture in all-but-name unless the rot is reversed. One could also consider patents (especially in the software field) as a tax on innovation, although patents do do their job rather well in other areas.

Breach of trademarks is basic fraud and I see no issue with dealing with those people harshly.

But seriously - the copyright rot must be stopped.

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Amazon Kindle Touch touches down early

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Re: Here's a question

"You do remember "1984" don't you?"

"Yes. I've got three copies as it happens."

Clearly you do not remember "1984" and what happened to it on the Kindle. Why not go and find out?

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Re: Here's a question

"I buy paperbacks to read. When they're read they head straight to a charity shop."

Try that with a Kindle copy. Oh wait, you can't.

Personally I do keep a selection of hard/paper-backs in the house. Either for reference or to re-read or simply because the book holds some personal value to me.

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Re: Here's a question

@Some Beggar. I did not realise you have a Kindle. How does "people who undervalue their freedom" sit with you instead?

"My kindle is chock full of non-DRM'd material that required precisely bugger all "pissing around""

For now. And it can be deleted on a whim. You do remember "1984" don't you?

"Perhaps you could ask a youth to help you navigate the tricky world of the future?"

Unlikely to help, they won't understand this antiquated concept of "freedom". Just because you don't value your freedom, doesn't mean everyone doesn't. I do not own any Apple, Amazon or Sony products precisely because I do value my freedom. Maybe that makes me a neck-beard to you, more fool you.

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US trade commission: Xbox 360 violates Motorola patents

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Re: So?

You forget - USA law is above all other law. Or so the USA likes to think...

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Bingo

"Motorola will be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms,"

And this is why FRAND is not a substitute for Open Standards. Are you paying attention gov.uk?

As much as I love to see MS getting a boot in the balls (which they so richly deserve for their anti-open, anti-standards policies) these patents are getting way out of hand. Time they were rescinded.

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Microsoft unveils paid SkyDrive options

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Re: Existing subscribers all get 25GB

I was dropped to 7GB, but a banner link on SkyDrive took me to a page where I could get a free upgrade to 25Gb. Neat.

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