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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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Re: Unikitty sez

Sounds PURRfect!

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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@ Don Jefe - Re: Up the creek without paddle...

The same message in video form: Slomo.

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Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

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What would I like to see Apple do with its huge screen?

Put one face-upwards on the ground, then place four more, facing inwards, around each side of the first. Start the Farmville app on each and then lower your Apple customer into his own personal walled garden.

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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

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Re: What foods have a barcode?

Well, it had been known.

My problem with Amazon's plan is that when you've run out of something, you normally don't have anything to scan anymore, because the packaging has already gone in the trash.

Maybe the plan is to have a paper-based list of items and their barcodes which you can scan within the proximity of the fridge. That might be easier than using a tablet, I suppose.

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CueCat

Who remembers the CueCat? That didn't end well. (Well, not for the Digital Convergence Corporation, but just fine for me. I indexed all my books with mine.)

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How much data must you have before you need Cleversafe? If you have to ask ...

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Re: Confusing terminology

The persistently stateful data persists in a data state and has a state of persistent data.

Hope that helps.

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NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

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Re: I took one look at today's date...

I like to think the inspiration for this article came a couple of months ago. If so, thanks for picking up the ball and running with it so entertainingly, Reg.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Re: near-watertight spam protection

> shame I get shitload of spam FROM gmail accounts.

They might have come from an @gmail address, but I very much doubt they saw a google mail server on the way to you.

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Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

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The intelligent know that the cake is a lie.

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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They should have done this in Denmark

This is clearly the first step towards creating a human-Lego cyborg.

I for one welcome our robust, dishwasher-safe overlords.

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Forget sledgehammers – crooks can CRACK ATMs with a TEXT

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5449610000583686 ?

Hang on! That's my HSBC Mastercard number! Excuse me while I go check my account.

[2 minutes later]

Whaaaaaaat the f*******ck??!?!?!

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: There is nothing "social" ...

> There is nothing "social" about VR or so-called "social" networking.

You're looking at it wrong. Imagine the whole right side of your vision filled with moving 3D adverts continuously moving around and towards you. Now you have Zuckerberg's vision for VR.

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Bing accused of out-censoring the Great Firewall

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So Now We Know

So now we know why China stopped work on Red Flag Linux - it's because Microsoft are so willing to go that extra mile to please the CPC.

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

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That denial statement PDF

I think we should probably assume it's infected.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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>If it's located in Mt Snowden, there's probably a leak somewhere!

Or a leek.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: Apple Sucks

Buried in their walled garden.

Sounds quite pleasant, apart from the grieving relatives left outside.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: Perhaps..

> Perhaps they could charge you £16 in order to ship you the actual goods that you ordered, rather than randomly substituting it with other crap from their inventory.

That reminds me of Sony's approach on laptop OS installation: You are allowed to choose a "clean start" install - which excludes all their standard bundled trial/bloatware - for "free" - but only if you also choose W8.1pro instead of standard W8.1. So, in other words, you have to pay an extra £40 to not have your HD filled with shit.

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

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"Amateur Hour is Over"

Yeah, that's right. Better hand it over to the professionals at Lloyds, RBS and NatWest.

</sarcasm>

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

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My Life And Work

That just happens to be the title of the autobigraphy of Henry Ford.

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Enterprising French chap cranks up €100k 'flying car'

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Re: We did it first

Since 2009!

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Pics: 'Bitcoin ATMs' spring up in the US

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Sigh

I'm steering clear of bitcoin, which has every appearance of being a pyramid scheme, but I just know I'll probably lose most of my pension fund when the bright young things who manage it decide that bitcoin is where they should be investing.

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Curiosity now going BACKWARDS

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Re: Also

> positive effect on the trade in value

Low mileage. Buyer collects.

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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If they use it

A sapphire screens on the next iPhone would be nice, if Apple actually use it. However, they bought exclusive rights to liquidmetal tech and all we ever got was a SIM removal tool. Maybe they just bought all the sapphire glass to stop anyone else having it.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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OTT?

> OTT chat apps

Please excuse my dimness, but what does "OTT" stand for in this article. Google suggests "Over The Top" but does this make sense in this case? Over The Top of IP, is it? Isn't IM the conventional acronym for this sort of thing?

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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Re: WTF is Gender Fluid?

Pearl jam? Gentlemen's relish? Baby batter? etc.

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Comcast Corp to merge with Time Warner Cable in MONSTER $45bn deal

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Does this mean ... ?

Does this mean that Comcast is the new AOL?

One can only hope it ends so well.

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IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

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Re: Good news

Can someone please clarify whether this Rabbit is powered by either Duracell or Energizer?

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Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro

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Break out the scatter cushions: Google rents out NASA blimp hangar

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The Alan Parsons Project

Google are obviously planning to launch a massive Eye in the Sky. Looking at you. Able to read your mind.

No amount of tin foil will save us now.

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear

> Open Source Intelligence

I can't imagine that Richard Stallman is going to be very happy with that usage of "Open Source". (And even prefixing it with "GNU/" would be unlikely to placate him.)

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

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@I ain't Spartacus Re: You lost me there

Thanks for the clear explanation, Non-Spartacus.

(And thanks a lot to all the commentards who downvoted my question. Obviously my search for enlightenment deserved to be punished, FFS.)

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You lost me there

> $700m a year for eight years and $1bn immediately: call it a round $6.5bn?

Google's acquisition of Motorola was only completed on 22 May 2012. That's less than two years of ownership. So why are you calculating with eight years of Motorola Mobility losses?

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Want a touch-friendly solar-powered laptop? Apple just patented it

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Incompatible Goals

How is leaving your laptop in the sun compatible with Apple's own battery care advice to keep "your Mac as near room temperature as possible (22°C)"?

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

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Re: What the...

The ZX Spectrum's dead-flesh keyboard was rubbish in comparison with the full-movement mechanical keyboards common in those days. Now we've become used to the short-movement rubber-dome-based keyboards on laptops and Apple desktops, and no-movement virtual keyboards on our smartphones and tablets, then maybe the Spectrum's rubber keyboard won't feel so rubbish any more.

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Son of Stan made president of Acer's cloud and notebook biz

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Maverick

And there was me thinking it was Apple that had Mavericks.

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UK.gov to Google: Kill impostor taxmen ADs hogging top spot in YOUR search results

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Re: Sorry, but tough

> My son fell for a site he thought was the DVLA which charged him £50 to apply for his provisional driving license.

Erm. It looks like it's £50 to apply through the official website too.

Or have I fallen for the same trick as your son?

Or were you being "ironic"? (I'm getting old, and it's so hard to keep up with the humorous young people nowadays.)

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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

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Re: There is no quick fix!

>Would you get a person with a degree in English teach Maths, Physics etc?

Erm, yes, sometimes they can be rather good at it.

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Re: By Gove! I think he's got it!

You should read his book.

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Oracle nemesis SkySQL gins up enterprise MariaDB product

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Soon to be known as ...

Soon to be known as the startup previously known as SkySQL.

I mean, if Microsoft wasn't allowed to use SkyDrive there's no way in hell that these guys will hang on to their name.

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Bing Maps COCKUP: Oracle UK HQ is 'Elvis Impersonators' joint

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Elvis Lives?

You don't suppose Oracle are planning to capture all the open-source Elvises (Elvii?) and then slowly suffocate them all?

(Fork 'em, I say!)

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I came to say the same thing. There certainly is (or was) a nursery on the Microsoft campus in Reading. Google Maps lists it too, albeit at a slightly different location.

So, it's hardly a "howler", unless you are referring to the toddlers themselves.

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HOT AIR-FILLED Apple fanbois SHUNNED iPad 2 at Xmas

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@NumptyScrub Re: Wait a minute...

> this belief that Apple invented the concept is simply because they have a really good marketing department.

I think you'll have to admit they did a fair job on the implementation, as well as the marketing.

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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

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Re: Not a good citizen

The GPL requires that sources be made available for all binaries released. This Amazon do - for example for GPL components in Kindle Fire OS. However, the majority of Fire OS (from Android) is under the Apache license that does not have the source code release requirements of the GPL. So Amazon don't.

You could maybe argue that the Apache license is a Bad Thing, but you can hardly blame Amazon for not handing out its commercial secrets to any competitor.

Or you could take part in the development of a completely GPL mobile OS. If Amazon started using that and didn't release their changes and/or extensions, then you'd be right to complain.

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

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Decline of Monkey

> "monkey", interestingly enough, slipped all the way from the sixth spot last year down to number 17 overall.

The effects of Ballmer's retirement are being seen already.

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Pregnant? Celebrate your proudest moment ... by 3D-printing a copy of the foetus

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Real 4D

Real 4D would involve growth over time. Make these babies out of rubber and put a bicycle pump adapter on the end of the umbilical and you could be on to something.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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NSA Backup

> You should assume every government in the world is spying on SMS messages that pass through their borders

I think we can also safely assume that all iCloud / Google Drive / Amazon Web Services etc. data is being stored by and/or is accessible to search by the NSA.

That being the case, it's a pity they can't just rebrand their project as "Dishfire Backup", or somesuch, and let everyone in the world enjoy free, limitless, secure* cloud backup of all their data, in exchange for giving the NSA free reign to poke around in it.

I don't think people would mind the spying so much, if they could recover (or share) their data, emails, photos, etc. Imagine a global, unlimited DropBox / Flickr combined with permanent revision control**.

The NSA clearly have this infrastructure already, or are using commercial offerings, so all they have to do is do the decent thing and give people access to their own data!

*Secure from access by 3rd parties, naturally, not the NSA.

**You'd never be able to delete anything, ever.

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High Court derails Google defence in Safari browser stalker cookie brouhaha

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Re: Don't be evil!

Like I said, "Don't Be Evil" is a meant as a warning to us, not a motto for them.

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Techies CAN sue Google, Apple, Intel et al accused of wage-strangling pact

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Re: Don't be evil!

The "Don't Be Evil" motto is anyway not directed at Google themselves. It is rather a message to their users - as in "Don't Be Evil Because We Will Tell The Authorities All About It."

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Let Google's tentacles fondle your mobile's web downloads and Chrome will put the data on a diet

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<cough>Copycats</cough>

Opera Mini has been providing data-compressed web browsing since 2006.

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