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Woman sues Google after highway knockdown

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Oh FFS!

ARG! And I repeat; ARG!

Not all maps are 100% accurate 100% of the time, be the AA, Michelin, OS or anyone else's. Part of the skill in reading a map is being able to stop where it is off kilter and trusting your eyes of the map (and also knowing when to trust the map).

A *reasonable person* would follow this "incorrect" Google map, get to the "highway" (is that like a motorway, only hard shoulder where it is *ILLEGAL* to walk?) and think "Oh my, this map has sent me the wrong way. I shall confer with the map and find an alternate route."

not:

"I will walk this way regardless of signage and local laws for the MAP is TRUTH, given unto me by the great god GOOGLE! All hail the chocolate factory. Car! Ow! The pain! The PAIN! Who can I sue....?"

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MSI Wind U160

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Looks nice

Can this be purchased without the burden of Windows?

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iPeds, iRobots, and the Chinese iPad clone machine

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Forgot one

The iLex et al can install just about anything from a rich ecosystem where no one can dictate what you put on device you own.

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So...

...the fakes have USB, video out, can run Flash, multi-processing, are based on a truly open platform and al for a reasonable price.

Which one is the rip-off again?

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£15 a month for legal P2P?

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Too much

Personally I can't keep up with what is legally available now. £26 (license fee +p2p) for all you can eat as I am already there. I have about 60hours of recorded movies and 15 DVDs I can't find to watch. I doubt I am atypical.

We do not need more garbage, what we need is less stuff of much higher quality. Where are the hard-hitting docus? The actually challenging and educational science programmes? Singers who can actually sing?

Even the current online costs are too high. £1 for low quality MP3s? Sod off. I'll buy the CD (or DVD) and rip it myself. Once I by-pass the region lock, which is nothing more than a restriction on free trade.

The big labels still do not get that the world is actually global and their business model is dead. Hence the push for ACTA and related to bring in electronic borders and, generally, screw the consumer over. Again.

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BBC iPlayer to run on iPads. Eventually

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@handle

"We gain the ability to download programmes on the BBC iPlayer and watch them for 30 days. If there were no DRM, the holders of the rights to the content the BBC transmits would not allow the BBC to do that."

I call false dichotomy. Current terrestrial broadcasts have no DRM. By your argument there should be no commercially viable broadcast TV stations. Whoops!

Content is only licensed under DRM so that the non-savvy consumer is forced to buy the same content again and again, rather than pay a fair price in the first instance (not due to the stated belief of the license holders that it prevents piracy - it does not and it never has).

A DRM-free world would be different than it is now (slightly) and some would lose out hard (licensees who take the piss). But most would just carry on as normal, with costs reduced by not having to implement DRM bull-crap. Sure there would be piracy, but we still have piracy despite DRM.

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@DRM

DRM is just there to reduce the usefulness of content to the consumer and allow the distributor a new way to bleed the consumer dry (the actual content creator will get nothing).

All the restrictions put in place by DRM is one reason why some people turn to illegal sources to get content, or use illegal tools to access it (e.g. DVD decryption, region unlocking etc).

We gain *nothing* from DRM, and neither do the content creators (the real talent).

The other thing with DRM is it, that it never works. No matter what they do, they are not as good as an army of nerds with too much time on their hands. If they played fair, then they would solve most of the problems they are creating for themselves.

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And the BBC...

...support XBMC for a while! I have a Wii and, frnakly, the iPlayer on it is crap. It drops connections and jitters etc. (probably down to Flash raping the CPU of the poor Wii). My old pre-360 xBox will play iPlayer content perfectly (right up until the DRM pish kicks in).

I think the next builds of XBMC may contain a workaround.

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TwitPic-nicking Mail nicked

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I always call it...

...the Diana Excess (about every other day there's some crap about Di in it).

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Mountain View delivers Google Analytics opt-out

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Stats?

A website owner can already grab a lot of information from my browser, so that satisfies any technical needs.

As for other stats, how does it work in the real world? Use that model. Promo codes, loyalty card etc. Works for any real business, so where do website owners get-off thinking they are some kind of "special case".

My privacy is a shitload more important than your crappy little advertising spreadsheet.

And you really think Google don't use it? Christ on a bike, you really are naive aren't you?

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Wong way round

Google should be forced to assume no tracking UNLESS I install a plug-in that says they are allowed to trace my movements over 'net and mine my behaviour, track what I do. Where the hell do these companies get off and why do our governments to diddly-squat to protect us?

The 'net used to be about sharing data, empowering people to communicate. Now it is just becoming another tool of the corporations to exploit us.

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Amazon Kindle flunked by college students

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Battery life

Let's have a race. A Kindle, an iPad and my copy of "XML in a nutshell". Let's see which one runs out of power first. :o)

I still think, to a large extent, these tablets are an answer looking for a problem. I am sure some people will find them very useful and fnabois will wax lyrical about how they will save civilisation as we know it, but like the Segway, they will remain niche/luxury products for a long time.

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Halting McKinnon extradition not in our power, says Clegg

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Surprised this isn't all over the gutter press

<DailyHate>

So they won't stop the deportation of McKinnon (white), but they will stop the deportation of two terrorist suspects (non-white).

</DailyHate>

Seems just the kind of thing they'd like to rant about.

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Taxpayers may ship 736 iPads to Brussels

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Why an iPad?

Surely as members of the EUROPEAN parliament they should by a EUROPEAN product. Like the "wePad" (I think that was it) and use a EUROPEAN OS like Mandriva (or something).

Or (and I like this idea better) we can give them a pencil, paper and tell them to ram the secret meetings right up their collective arse.

If they really need a portable computing device, they can use a laptop like everyone else (from a EUROPEAN vendor).

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OFT leaves online ad snoopers to regulate themselves

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Epic fail

On a few counts

1 "with consent provisions and opt-out options."

WRONG! It should be "OPT-IN". The presumption should be that people want to be left alone UNLESS they opt-in.

2 DPI should not be tolerated

UNLESS there is a court order; or

UNLESS is is some techie trying to figure out WTF is up with the network (or whatever problem they are trying to solve)

3 As the OFT is to gormless to regulate them, I will have to

So I have PAID the salaries of all the useless twats at the OFT and ICO, and they have not done their job. Now I have to do it form them by blocking the privacy invading parasites at my end the best I can. Can I get a partial tax refund please?

Do you run a company? The fastest way to lose me as a customer is send my shit in the post I did not sign-up to or to have some sales droid call me. Actually if you cold-call me, you may well get a whole truck-load of pain you did not bargain on.

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Terence Conran slams 'appalling' Olympic mascots

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Whilst I may agree...

... with Sir Conran; I am still in shock that a country like the UK thinks it is fit to host the games.

Oh, wait.

Hosting games (at vast public expense) to distract the peasants from the fact the country has gone to hell in a hand-basket. That's been tried before, hasn't it? Did it work back then?

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Microsoft fills Outlook crack with Apachesource

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Archives

That is the main use of PSTs. Inboxes can only be so big, so one needs to store an archive somewhere. That will be in a PST. Being able to access said PSTs reliably will be a massive boon, as it makes the switch to other platforms easier.

It also allows other systems to "mine" the PSTs for information.

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Capita immediately suffers over government cuts

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Irony

"Crapita only employ Monkeys that is why they are loosing out"

Let he who is without sin......

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'Draw Mohammed' page removed from Facebook

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Send the Christians with them!

Yeah, send them all home. We don't need their monotheistic doctrines here! We have a local religion for local people! Down with these foreign belief systems! And while we are deporting all this nasty, foreign stuff; anyone with a French suname; OUT! Back to frogland you go. Angles too. Go on, sod off. Saxons, on yer bike. Every man-jack of you invader spawn. Britain for the British! Which, given racial mixing etc., will turn out to be one bloke and his goat or something.

The bigoted reactionaries on all sides really need to get a grip.

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Brit honeybees crawl through rotten winter

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Speaking of science

Looks like one of the "Boffin" icons has gone AWOL

"boffin_32.png" is OK (\/ down there when editing a post), but boffin_48.png (< over thar when reading a post) seems to be missing.

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Can you give to charity and cost Microsoft money?

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Careful

I think people have done that before. He best be careful that there isn't a patent on using a mechanical contrivance to traverse the length of a country.

And MS batter be careful there isn't a patent on the process of shifting tax burden to a not-for-profit cause up to a pre-determined threshold.

Gotta watch those patents! They're the only thing that keeps the economy spinning (apparently).

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IBM hands out malware-stuffed USB at security conference

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Autorun?

People still have that turned on? Kee-ryst! One of the first things I disable (thanks "Tweak UI" you can nail it properly too).

Sure, mount it. Let me know it's connected. But don't run anything until I tell you to!

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OFT won't block BBC's über set top box

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The iPlayer was good...

...up until the Beeb screwed it up with the whole flash-player-block thing (is there a workaround for that yet? Can I view the content I have already paid for on the player of my choice?)

So long as I can get "a device" and plug that device into my network (or direct to a PC), the device transmits in an open, non_DRM format so I can time shift broadcasts how I see fit, then I am happy.

If the device turns out to be a sack of crap, then I shall just turn to other sources for entertainments. Simples.

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Google backs open codec against patent trolls

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@hexx

MS and Apple (plus a few others) OWN H.264!

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Petulance?

Just a thought.

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Hmm...

...the chaps behind x264 don't seem to like it one bit.

http://x264dev.multimedia.cx/?p=377

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McKinnon family awaits final, final extradition decision

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@Sarah Bee

Could be worse, it could be a car analogy.

@Geeks and Lies. But nothing was messed up (ok, front door was left ajar). No damage was done. Can I now claim the cost of fitting proper locks from your fictitious criminal? Hmm...thought not.

Analogies are like bottles of milk left in the sun, mostly bad. :oP

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False claims

The USA inflated the "damage" caused so they could use this treaty to force extradition. Most of the "costs" were made up from the time spent putting BASIC SECURITY in place (like, err, changing default passwords). Something someone would have expected them to have done.

If I leave my house unlocked and I get robbed, sure; do the robber for what they took.

But there is no way in hell I should be able to claim costs from the robber for locks etc.

There is also the fact that the treaty (now ratified by the USA) is totally one-sided and that our government of the day abdicated its responsibility to protect British citizens. Just because it is law, does not make it right.

McKinnon should be tried here and sentenced here (if found guilty). And any sentence should be suspended due to the total shit-storm he and his family have had to put up with over the abject failure of the USA to get their house in order.

Did they learn the square root of fuck-all from Clifford Stoll?

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It *IS* ratified

UK in 2003, USA in 2006. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aEgU_TIgfK1U&refer=home

Try doing some basic research.

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Pirate Bay now run from Pirate Party 'mountain bunker'

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Freetards...

...He's a thing. The "Humble Bundle"* was released and you could get that for free (basically). The "free"tards opted to pat MORE for the bundle that the Wintards or Joboids. US$14.5 from the freetards vs US$8 or so from the Wintards.

Treat people fairly and they will respond, treat them like criminals or animals and they will react in any way they can.

The RIAA, MPAA, BPI etc do not get this.

*I agree that US$1 million is not a lot to the likes of EA; but it does (perhaps) show a way forward for smaller outfits and raises interesting questions as to who the freeloaders actually are. And they are not where you would normally think it seems.

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Not yet

But soon. Real soon. The power of ACTA compels you!

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Dev goes 'Wild' with H.264 Firefox

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It's all right Henri...

...once ACTA is pushed through, EVERYONE will have to suffer equally.

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FOSS vendors lick chops over ConLib IT plans

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And...

...retraining everyone so that they can move from 2003 to 2007 or 2010 (never mind the fashion of the moment, could based apps) will be free?

Sure, training people in FOSS costs; but is also costs proprietary software. Your argument is not valid.

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Siphon Wars: Pressurist weighs into Gravitite boffin

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Oh, FFS

Get two reservoirs.

Place them at different heights.

Get a tube long enough to connect the reservoirs.

Flood the tube in the upper reservoir.

Bung one end.

Carefully remove the bunged end of the tube (so the free end does not meet air).

Place bunged end in lower reservoir.

Remove bung.

Be awed at the might of GRAVITY! No sucking required.

Next week: Why an aeroplane on a tread mill does bloody well take off.

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This witch-hunt will hurt Adobe more than Apple

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Wide of the market

I'll ignore the whole Apple hyperbole, but I cannot ignore the h264 comments. h264 is a massive threat to the neutrality, openness and interoperability of the internet. Its increasing promotion and use by the patent holders (Apple and MS to name two) could cause a situation where vast swathes of content on the 'net could be held to ransom.

Until the patent issues is resolved (read: patents thrown out) no one should use h264. The W3C should grow some balls and mandate a non-patent encumbered codec as the standard for HTML5, even if that codec is technically inferior. The patent threat is far in a way more dangerous that a slight reduction in visual quality or increased bandwidth.

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HTML5 unfit for web TV, says Hulu

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Cheap VPN?

The internet is global. A barrier is just something to be routed around and ignored.

When will these idiots realise that?

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Microsoft: 'Using IE6 is like drinking 9-year-old milk'

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Standards

MS would not be in this mess if they had supported and followed standards back in the day. Instead they created proprietary flags, tags and interpretations that drove developers in-freaking-sane and locked application to particular versions of their software.

MS have, of course, not learnt their lesson and still do not support standards (e.g. the whole docx/odf hoo-hah). In a few years there will be a similar story about some other piece of proprietary MS tech and all the grief that is causing.

If you are sending out an RFP, you are a blithering idiot if you do not demand the use of open, free-to-use and patent clear standards (e.g. mandate CMIS for ECM).

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Boffins warn on car computer security risk

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Why?

Because they can. That's enough. Kids throw objects off bridges to hit the vehicles beneath just because they can. Similarly minded people will attack car systems for the same reason

It would also be of interest to the police as they could remotely disable a car (this won't affect the UK where that mandatory requirement has already been proposed).

Also, consider the carnage and disruption a ne'erdowell could cause if they set out to "attack" a city in such a way.

I also wonder is some OSs are more secure than others in such applications. Anyone know?

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Non-Flash video surges onto the web

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Here, I fixed it for you

...26 per cent of all web video is now available for playback withthe HTML5 <video> tag and the H.264 codec. That means that 26 per cent of web video is now viewable on the iPhone/Pod/Pad. And, of course, Steve Jobs asserts that it's the most important 26 per cent."

should read

"..26 per cent of all web video is now available for playback withthe HTML5 <video> tag and the H.264 codec. That means that 26 per cent of web video is now at threat from future licensing demands and patent attacks from Apple, MS et al. And, of course, Steve Jobs asserts that it's the most important 26 per cent as he can really rake in the ransom money."

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Win XP SP2 support to cease in two months

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Linux

So one must go to WIn&?

Which may not support your apps.

May as well grab a Linux distro, drop on Wine and have a fiddle. One may be pleasantly surprised. Think of all that licensing money you can save. You're going to be paying for re-raining on Win7 anyway.

Heck, you could theme Linux to ape XP, cutting down on training.

Got nothing to lose and everything to gain IMHO.

(No Linux is not perfect, I never said it was. But for some people it could be good enough).

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Another suicide at Apple's Chinese supplier

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Just because...

...they are within statistical limits does not make it right.

Assuming you figure is accurate, and as you do not cite source I can't be sure it is. WHO has some data from 2003 http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suiciderates/en/ Other suites report figures of 250,000-300,000 (e.g http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/jul/26/china.jonathanwatts) Given that China has about 1.3 billion people in it, this gives a suicide rate of around 21 per 100,000, higher than what you quote.

Perhaps Foxconn are doing something, but in such a climate they are pissing into the wind. The Apple angle certainly makes it newsworthy, but that does not change the fact that there is something deeply wrong in China.

Having just said that, the suicide rates for males in the USA is higher than for males in China according to WHO.

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Not buy Apple?

Simple enough. I don't buy Nike, Nestle or any Israeli goods for similar reasons. It might not seem like much, in fact it probably isn't much, but it is something I (and anyone else) can do.

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Woman loses Bebo privacy case against lad mag

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Does copyright not apply?

Whether or not they invaded her privacy, surely they breached copyright by using her photos without her permission?

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Find out all about Office 2010 and Sharepoint 2010

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Joke

I run Linux...

...how many licenses to I need to buy before I can view seminar?

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Biz Linux needs Office license to run MS web apps

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@ Not quite right

very, very bad analogies.

1) Of course you can. So long as you (or someone) pays for the water, tea/coffee/whatever, milk, sugar and electricity.

2) As long as someone pays for the extra fuel and wear-and-tear costs.

I would have no issue with MS saying "Web-only users must pay X", but they are saying "Web users must pay Z". Where Z = X + Y and Y is a huge figure for a program that some web users can't even run!

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US patent office gives i4i Word up in Microsoft snub

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As the great philosopher once said:

"Get it reet up ye!"

Patents, by and large, are a detriment to software. There probably are a few occasions where a patent protects masses of R&D on something truly novel but most....most protect the blatantly obvious or otherwise predictable.

Whilst I am deeply enjoying the Schadenfreude of MS getting reamed by a patent, I would much rather that i4i did not have this patent (or only had a seriously time limited) and that MS did not have its bollocks patents of FAT etc.

But if MS see fit to screw over HTC, TomTom and threaten the world with their mystery patents; then it is only fair that the world can screw them back.

Top tip to HTC, TomTom et al: chuck some money at F/OSS. Get them to write drivers that can be istalled on Windows for EXT2/3/4/Whatever and then stick two fingers up to the MS bully-boys.

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Ubuntu Unity interface flashed for speed freaks

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@Spin us another one, Shuttleworth

I agree. It's disgusting. It's so hard to change as well . So hard. So really, really hard. Impossible even!

And there is no alternative! If you use any other Linux distro, small imps will appear and roast your genitals over blazing chilli-peppers whilst stabbing you in the eyes with rusty spoons (and not clean ones either). So run Ubuntu or BEWARE!

To be honest, the left controls weren't as bad as I thought they would be and I haven't accidentally closed a window yet. I may change the location*, I may not.

* Right click "Applications", left click "Edit Menus", select "System Tools", enable "Configuration Tools", click "Ok". Select "Configuration Tools", dive to "apps/metacity/general" then play with "button_layout" [this ignore all non-GUI options]

** Yeah, it would be nice if this was available a bit more directly like from the "Theme" dialog...but there's just so many options on Gnome (never mind KDE!); where do you draw the line?

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Interesting

Although it does worry me slightly that the general public could come to see Linux as nothing more than a light-weight boot screen before Windows loads, rather than the serious contender it could become.

One thing is, the more Unity does the bigger it must be. So the slower it must become. If the stories are true that Linux can boot in sub-10 seconds on an SSD device; does it actually need to be lighter? Wouldn't using (say) FluxBox gain enough ground for advances in SSD et al to make up the rest?

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Fanbois...

News at 10. Fanboi in "companies need to make money to pay the bills" realisation shocker.

Who, exactly, is forcing you to use Ubuntu?

If you don't like the way Ubuntu is going (and personally speaking the whole "social computer" thing irks me) then don't use it.

From what I can see most of the problems I have are with Linux in general*, not with any particular distribution.

*Printing, multi-head support**; you've heard it all before.

**Yes, I know it can be done. But it still sux compared to the "best of breed" that Windows seems to exhibit.

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Bill Gates chucks cash at climate cooling cloud creator

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Great.

And in 50-odd years the headlines will read "Turn everything on! Heat the planet before we all freeze to death!"

This idea is, of course, is nothing more than a salve to the American conscience. Something to make the Yanks think it is still A-OK to drive their 5-litre behemoth the 250 metres to the gym every other day. Because, yea, there is a ship at sea "off-setting" all that "heat".

Why not just blast a giant filter into space, place it between us and the sun. You could even make the opacity controllable. Heck, I am sure a clever person could even use it to write messages "Today brought to you by XYX Ltd. Yes, we commoditised the sun".

Either way, it amounts to the same thing. The Yanks can keep chugging that oil down (until the local supply runs low, then it's just a few wars to secure more) and do the square root of feck all to actually help the situation. Same holds true for China, S.Korea etc and will hold true for India et al.

Unless a politician can see a way of getting a tax from it, they don't care. In Europe we have the taxes, but they don't go to investment in viable renewables or anything. Nope, it's there to subsidise the champagne. You can tell that because the idiots still can't make up their mind where to have the EU parliament. If they really did see global warming (or whatever they call it this week) as a threat they would stay put in ONE building. And not a new one at that. Something recycled.

I suggest Sealand.

Then we can torpedo it and be done with the entire horde of parasites.

[Note to the CPS: The last line is not to be taken as a serious threat to torpedo Sealand or any other [ex-]military structure. Nor is is to be taken as a serious threat to attack MEPs or any of their unelected and secret committees. It is meant in as a satirical (well, OK, sarcastic) statement and a point of discussion, nothing more.]

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