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New York takes 2,100 pervs offline, gets gaming support

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I assume..

I assume these people are free to play any 18+ rates game though, since no minors would be allowed to play it?

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Taxpayers to cough for Comet staff redundo

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a recent Scottish football club...

a recent Scottish football club went bust.

How much did the Administrators make from the sale. That's right, exactly the same amount as their fees.

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Assange needs to get some sunlight and fresh air, say Ecuadoreans

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He's the first person...

He's the first person I know of to have an extradition warrant issued for QUESTIONING.

They haven't charged him with anything and the evidence against him is shaky *AT BEST*.

The accusations are:

1) He had sex and she said use a condom and he said I don't want to then she said oh ok lets do it without one and that counts as rape so she want's some money off of him.

2) He had sex with a sober woman, they both fell asleep afterwards, she claims she woke up to "find him having sex with her" making her the heaviest sleeper in the known universe.

Basically it's all a ruse to get him into Sweden so they can render him to the US. We know this for a fact, because he has offered to hand himself over to them many many times, provided they provide written signed guarantees that he wont be handed straight over the the Americans.... and they refused. That's the most important point of all this - he's offered to turn himself in to face justice (be released without charge most likely) but they turned him down because they wouldn't be able to send him to Gitmo.

It's one of those thing where some time in the future, probably in 20 years time, someones political career will be destroyed when it gets made public that a deal was done with the US either for cash or blackmail reasons.

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Can supermodel minx Heidi Klum SAVE Windows 8? NOT SO FAST

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Paris Hilton

not enough photos

see title.

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Dixons returns to profit in UK, rubs hands as Comet circles drain

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If I were...

If I were a member of DSG retail staff, I'd be VERY nervous about now.

It's a great opportunity for DSG to pick the most profitable (Lowest paid, highest selling) staff from the 2 organisations. I expect all the new staff will be joining at minimum wage, with harsher commission terms than the existing DSG staff. Any DSG staff earning above minimum wage or not hitting their targets should probably start typing their CVs now.

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New Tosh drive can wipe out 4TB 'near instantaneously'

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I imagine...

I imagine these will be illegal for the public to own in most countries.

Even under current UK law, you would be on shaky ground if you ever hit the wipe button as you can be ordered to hand over the decryption keys.

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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

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Not to state the obvious...

Not to state the obvious, but this explicitly talks about having 2 separate sockets, one for handsfree (mic/headphones) and one just for headphones, with an option to have a double plug to plug into both.

I've not seen a mobile with 2 sockets?

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Google Adwords scammer charged premium to call NHS Direct

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Delay?

Premium rate phone companies shouldn't get paid until 3 months after the call. This gives the caller the time to lodge a complain/objection.

Any calls objected to by the bill payer should then be automatically struck off the bill, with the premium rate phone company then required to sue the "customer" to get their money.

Currently it's the other way around... they get paid, the bill-payer has to pay, THEN attempt to sue the premium rate phone company to get their money back - this system is ridiculous and was always going to lead to massive abuse. Half the time,the premium rate phone company is wound up and a new one started before the customer has a chance to do anything about it.

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Licensing snafu leaves Windows 8 open to PIRATES

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Windows 8's Missing Start Menu

Start8. Enough said eh?

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Equinix's new Sydney bit barn built to survive TOXIC FLOOD

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Couldn't they just put it on the 5th floor?

Couldn't they just put it on the 5th floor?

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Widow lost savings in Facebook stock, sues all concerned for $1.9m

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I'm afraid she is rightly upset

I'm afraid she is rightly upset... facebook and it's bankers withheld information during the IPO that potential stock buyers would need to make an informed decision.

It was, quite literally, a classic pump-and-dump stock scan.

The fact that the crooks were multinational banks doesn't change this fact.

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Firm-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's tax dodge profit shift? Totally legit

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Do you remember the good old days...

Do you remember the good old days, when instead of using the British army to invade countries to hand oil wealth to the rich, we used our army to invade countries which attacked the sovereignty or wealth of the British Empire?

Why not use the British army to invade all these tax havens and remove the governments?

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Microsoft shoots Windows Live Messenger, brings in Skype IM

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Re: Costs

You can always spot the people who were there first.

Regards,

Mr 6303624

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APPLE: SCREW YOU, BRITS, everyone else says Samsung copied us

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I see your point.

I see your point. In the same way as the iPad is a copy of dozens of previous devices, including the tablets they used in StarTrek TNG about 15 years ago. Or 2010 a space odyssey about 30 years ago.

Apple made a device which was similar to many devices that had already been envisaged before and actually produced before, and then they marketed it very well. Congratulation to them for their excellent marketing, but marketing a product well doesn't preclude others being able to produce and market similar products.

I don't understand why these court cases don't involve samsung wheeling in a trolley full of junk they bought off ebay that has the same features as the iPad but was made 5 years earlier. People on here have listed dozens of devices. Nothing Apple have patented or copyrighted was in anyway new. Even their elastic menu feature will have existed in some computer software or other before, probably even as a phone app. There were thousands of symbian apps, and it only takes one to lagally invalidate a patent/copyright.

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Amazon accused of remotely wiping punter's Kindle

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Re: What's that I hear?

She could claim a card chargeback under UK rules. Depends on where her card is registered and what their rules are though. Credit card companies in the UK are jointly liable if it turns out the goods/services were faulty/bad, if they don't arrive, or aren't as described.

In a situation like this if it went to court the credit card firm refusing a chargeback claim would almost certainly lose... in the UK. If the retailer are still trading credit card firms tend not to even question chargebacks, simply issuing the chargeback, getting their money and fees back from the retailer, and leaving it to the retailer to attempt to chase the customer through the courts.

It will all depend on the laws where she lives, however I expect the credit card companies will have put Amazon on a watch list in relation to chargebacks. They'll always get the money (from chargebacks) including their fees from Amazon but they will be nervous when Amazon does stuff like this as if it's found to be illegal the credit card companies would be found to be complicit.

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What's that I hear?

What's that I hear? Is it the sound of a credit card charge back? And the sound of Amazon being unable to contest it due to them refusing to provide an explanation for the withdrawal of services? And the company that provides them with card handling facilities starting to get nervous and upping their fees?

Amazon operate on slim margin and high volume - and may have just committed commercial suicide.

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BT and Virgin sue over £10m state-funded Birmingham broadband

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Convince BT and Virgin to spend money

Convince BT and Virgin to spend money cabling up everyone in birmingham with broadband, then give £10m to a third party so they can steal all the most profitable customers....

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Crazed Microsoft robot accuses BBC kids' channel of Win8 piracy

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I'm pretty sure...

I'm pretty sure the DMCA explicitly bars entirely automated takedown notices. Each notice is supposed to be notarised by a human or something. Otherwise companies would setup fake companies to bombard google with takedowns forcing their competitors off of googles results.

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WoW cities wiped out by 'exploit'

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Terrorist attack

As per title.

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eBay frets as right to resell comes under scrutiny

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Liability

Of course if the rules required payment to the copyright holder for 2nd hand sales of IT kit, they would become jointly liable in the event of the item being defective.

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From Dr No to Skyfall: The Reg's one month of Bond

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Drink?

"To Bond, the best drink of the day was the drink he had in his head before the first drink of the day."

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'Leaked' doc shock: BT denies inflating prices for rural broadband rollout

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If you plan a seperate company

If you plan to make OpenReach a totally separate company, BT would need to be compensated for that.

I'm not fan of BT, but they've been an independent company for 2 decades and pretty much everything you think of as "broadband" has been put in by them since privatisation from their own money. It's only the last 50 feet of cable to your house that is still original, (and the major buildings) and even half of both of those will have been replaced.

I'm no fan of BT but if you're going to take away their network and leave them with nothing (effectively bankrupt) then you'll need to compensate them.

If you're looking for forcefully renationalise infrastructure at the point of a gun, start with the water boards.

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Euro bigwig turns heat on 'unacceptable' Apple warranties

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PC World

Many years ago, when PCs saying pentium on them had just hit the shelves and a PC started at £1000, and PC world actually gave a crap about their customer and tried to provide a service, every PC World store had a full printed copy of the Sale of Goods Act under the customer service counter. When customers started to quote it we would take it out and read it to them if they wanted it.

It was a difficult situation, as you're talking about something at the time that would cost more than 2 months wages but was worth half as much 6 months later, and half as much again after another 6 months, and was often bought on credit. People who bought PC's and 6 months later found they were out of date would try and return them. I know one family that brought the PC back after 11 months that was bought on buy-now-pay-12-months-later after the daughter had finished her university degree, said they wouldn't pay for it as it wasn't worth anything now so were returning it and wouldn't be paying the credit.

There was plenty of other stuff like that, especially men returning expensive 3D graphics cards (£300 at the time) their wife wouldn't let them keep as well as people returning software they had opened, installed and obviously would be keeping... especially MS Office and expensive games. It was my teams idea to put clear stickers on the plastic wrap and over the CD cases saying you can't bring it back once you've opened it. (You could still return a lot of software if you reject the EULA, but you had to return it to the manufacturer directly with your receipt.)

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Euro watchdog to charge Microsoft on web browser choice boob

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I'll remind you all again

I'll remind you all again that this entire case was a complete pile of crap.

Anyone who buys a PC and takes it home and can't get straight on the internet will take it straight back. People expect their PC to do the following out of the box:

Browse the web

Update itself

Play a CD

Play a DVD

Play a DivX/mp3

Write files to a DVD

Write a document

Unless you think windows should come on 8 DVDs and include 6 different office applications, 12 different browsers, 15 different DVD playing programs 70+ music cataloguing programs and need 100GB of disk space to install, then this entire case should never have got to court.

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New broadband minister snubs 'ugly' fibre cabinet gripes

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It's very simple

It's very simple... put it to a vote.

If more than 50% of people don't like the cabinets and object, don't put the cabinet in.

Then, to make it fair, so you can still provide fibre, disconnect everyone who objected. Permanently.

As a result you'll only need half the space, and can fit the new fit in the old cabinet.

Apply the same logic to people who object to the planned location of new power stations.

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Ulster Bank waves £100 at punters pummelled by RBS IT fiasco

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Don't worry

Don't worry, the bank will suffer. They will be bankrupt in 6 months.

It's only now customers finally have full access to their money.

Which they will move elsewhere.

They'll be left with just debtors and no savers and will have to be wound up.

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US Geological Survey detects earthquake on Twitter

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I just thought...

I just thought of a great alternative to a flash mob.

Tweek-quaking.

"The US geological survey has issue a tsunami warning for the peak district"

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North Korea and Iran sign 'Axis of Tech Evil' deal

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If Iran wanted...

If Iran wanted nukes they'de buy working, tested, operational models from the Pakistanis, not negotiate a deal with NK who've had a stream of failures.

There are plenty of disaffected Pakistani military types who hand a dozen over for a few tens of millions.

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Ho ho ho! Apple's Samsung ban bid pushed back to Christmas

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The Galaxy SIII is dead...

The Galaxy SIII is dead... long live the Galaxy SIIIx. Or S3x. Or SIII turbo or SIII Extra.

Or whatever else they rename it to when they add extra features, like, I dunno, some free branded headphones or some Skype minutes or something.

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UKNova drops torrents after threats from FACT

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I'm tempted..

I'm tempted to report this to Wiltshire police as I'm pretty sure a criminal offence has been carried out, I'm just not sure which one... probably fraud.

FACT aren't a pressure group. They are a commercial organisation that behaves like the Mafia.

The entire staff should be thrown in jail.

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Apple demands a quickie, aims its torpedo at 8 Samsung mobes

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Here's my plan

Here's my plan. Samsung should systematically pull out of the US market over the next few months then if it losses refuse to pay. What are they going to do... ban it products?

Then just tell the court it thinks apple and the court are corrupt and abusive and it and all other far-eastern electronics companies will no longer be supplying electronics or parts to the US or US companies and they cans shove their damages claim up their ar$e.

Then I'd make an iPhone clone, including a copy of the actual software and sell it in the far east and online, for far less than the iPhone, locking apple out of the non-US market. Then 6 months later when apples stock is worth a few cents I'd buy the company and shut it down and sack all the staff.

America, with it's impending depression is a rapidly declining market, while china and the far east are all booming.

Samsung et al would now do better simply walking away and telling America they can have modern toys again when they grow up. Until then corruption and abusive practices make trading in America uneconomic. While America may be a big market there is no point selling stuff their if it's at a loss.

Any Americans wanting shiny stuff will have to drive over the Canadian or Mexican borders.

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UK kids' charity lobbies hard for 'opt-in' web smut access

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If you're going to...

If you're going to have compulsory web filters, assumable with the ability to turn them on/off through a passworded ISP web page since people aren't going to ring up and have them unblocked, can we also have an option to automatically block ads, especially flash ads at source, and let me choose which ports to open up.

If the ISPs are going to effectively act as a firewall with IP filtering, they may as well go the whole hog and block all unwanted content at the network edge based on user preferences.

99% of people will never use FTP or SMTP or most ports other that HTTP and HTTPS.

Think of how much the virus risk would be reduced by.

Think of the bandwidth they could save.

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Hotel keycard firm issues fixes after Black Hat hacker breaks locks

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anyone

Anyone who's been on holiday to spain knows that the masterkey cards for the rooms are widely available to the local crims.

The amount that must be "lost" or simply never returned by staff that leave is astronomical.

I always treat the locks as a privacy device, to prevent people accidentally entering the wrong room, rather than a security device. I always assume anyone can enter the room at any time and keep everything valuable in the safe, and the safe locked, even when I'm in the room.

If you want to feel secure in your room, buy a couple of rubber door wedges for the door and a bike cable lock for the patio door.

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Apple, Samsung blast away in patent case closing arguments

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I simply don't get...

I simply don't get why Samsung didn't bring in boxes and boxes and boxes or prior art.

They could have spent a few thousand dollars on ebay and bought enough working antique gadgets to make apple look ridiculous, and probably have the apply lawyers jailed for wasting court time.

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Google loads Moto Mobility cannon, fires patent shells at Apple

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If Apple get a ban on anything that looks like something else...

If Apple get a ban on anything that looks like something else, then amount of prior art on the market will get the iPad, iPod and iPhone banned instantly.

I'm sure the regulars on here can provide examples of something that looks just like an iPad/iPod/iPhone that hit the market at least 2 years, probably 10, before Apple launched their products.

For example the Touch Screen tablets in 2001 a space odyssey and the entire Start Trek TNG series.

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FaceTime in the dock

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Re: Please, please don't license it to Apple.

...and recall and modify all existing phone to remove usage of said patent.

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Euro NCAP to mandate auto-braking in new-car test

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All the car companies that don't have it

All the car companies that don't have it are now screwed and will have to invest tens possibly hundreds of millions in completely new tech of licence it from someone else.

Someone like ford/volvo may actually own enough widely-worded patents to prevent other manufactures selling cars any more... or at least to make the cost of licencing the patents so expensive that meeting the new rules makes them non-viable.

You can't make something compulsory unless it's well developed and the tech is covered by FRAND.

I suspect ford/volvo have paid someone off.

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Hundreds of websites go titsup in Prime Hosting disk meltdown

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The SANs gone down.

Someone get the old SAN out of the cupboard and plug it in.

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Virgin Media nukes downloads after SuperHub 'upgrade'

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virgin are great

Virgin are great... if you ring them up once a year and tell them how sh!t they are they give you loads of free services.

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Australians receive SMS death threats

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FLEE AT ONCE — ALL IS DISCOVERED

"FLEE AT ONCE — ALL IS DISCOVERED."

Both Mark Twain and Arthur Conan Doyle supposedly sent similar anonymous telegrams to a dozen prominent friends, one of who in each case packed up and left without explanation

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Iranian nuke plants rocked in midnight 'heavy metal blast'

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Morons

Anyone who thinks trade restrictions will stop Iran getting anti-virus software is a moron.

For example, they could just download Norton Internet Security and have someone outside Iran buy the activation codes and email them to them.

Assuming of course, they don't read the EULA that says the software can't be used in Iran and refuse to tick the box saying they aren't in Iran, which is basically all these trade restrictions amount to.

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Spotify coining it at home in Sweden: But are artists getting any?

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Some people have missed the point

Some people have missed the point - she isn't getting upset that consumers aren't paying enough, she's upset that Spotify and it's shareholders, who just happen to be the music companies that signed her rights over to Spotify, appear to be keeping all the money.

It's just a massive scam by the music companies to steal from the artists.

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Gambling site's 'no strings attached' offer had strings attached

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There is a simple solution to all this

There is a simple solution to all this - if someone questions an advert, then the ASA should read the advert, decide what they think the advert suggests/implies, and then the company are legally obliged to stand by the offer as seen by the ASA for 7 days.

So if you offer £10 of free bets no string attached then the ASA can simply overrule any small print and enforce the offer.

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Google fattens up Android devs with Jelly Bean sauce

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Upgrade?

And of course, no Flash.

Soon my phone will automatically update itself into not running flash any more.

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'That new Google button was our idea', claims lawsuit

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I think you misunderstand

I think you misunderstand... the issue here is they had a meeting with Googles execs offering to sell them the idea. Googles execs openly like the idea but instead of paying for it just used it and told the company to get lost.

If Google were already working on the idea they'll have dated commented source code to prove it.

If they weren't working on the idea, then they stole it.

If you have a meeting with someone about an idea they propose, by having that meeting you are excepting that it's their idea, unless you can prove otherwise. If you didn't want to buy there ideas you shouldn't have had the meeting.

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Korean telly factory power cut costs Samsung $30,000+ per second

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Powering a factory

I used to work for an unnamed big car manufacture in Luton.

On one of the access roads next to Luton airport, there is a strange building with some huge fuel tanks.

It's the generator house with enough fuel to power the factory for 6 weeks.

Pity the Just-In-Time parts delivery process means would probably mean any "big" problem that cuts off power supplies would probably leave the parts suppliers unable to delivery parts within a day or so.

Said big can firm, in ye old days had a huge rail yard and acres of parts storage so they kept enough parts in stock for weeks of production. Now said storage area is a DHL warehouse, a leisure centre and a B&Q.

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1 in 6 Windows PCs naked as a jaybird online

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Microsoft give it away

Microsoft after a free antivirus program with windows which in most independent tests comes out in the top 3. There is NO excuse not to have antivirus.

Microsoft should install it's antivirus product as standard on new PCs as part of windows.

When people buy a PC and get it home they expect to be able to do basic stuff like play a DVD and browse the internet without having to buy more software.

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Google warns against ISPs hard on web filth

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What would be more useful..

What would be more useful would be for web providers to provide an interface where you can set rules on your web traffic giving the choice to block content such as Porn, Scam Sites and Adverts.

It would be worth their investment just in terms of the amount of bandwidth they would save.

On top of this it should let you configure what ports/services you want available.

95-99% of web users don't need FTP, SMTP, inbound HTTP etc etc. They easily supply a list of all the popular games and you could just tick the ones you play to open the ports. Of course you'd include a custom interface so the expert users could set what they like.

If you've every looking through your router config pages, you'll have seen what I'm talking about.

Closing off traffic to ports you're not using would reduce the virus risks etc.

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MASSIVE Chinese web cannons blast 123-reg offline

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I've been with...

I've been with a company called CyberHostPro for 5+ years and they are rock solid and don't appear to overload the shared servers like many hosts do.

They are also dead cheap... their windows reseller account is cheaper than many companies single hosting accounts.

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Glider pilot 'swallowed camera memory' say plunge tragedy cops

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In answer to your question

In answer to your question, the police have cells with special toilets for the recovery of internally concealed items. With drugs etc it's surprisingly common.

It's like a normal toilet but when you flush it it flushes into a big steel basin where the contents can be examined and cleaned with a hose and disinfectant before whatever isn't wanted is flushed again.

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