* Posts by Khaptain

2858 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Apple moving to scrubbed up London's Battersea Power Station

Khaptain

Apple Tax

Does this mean that they have now successfully wrangled a deal with some local Govt Official who will help "take" care of the tax avoidance subtleties that Apple are so well acquainted with ?

Can we now generally use "Apple Tax" as a synonym for Tax Avoidance, Wily Wrangling of Govt Lays/Officials, Evil Levies...etc

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

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Re: "officials note crossly that CR has already been snapped up by Costa Rica."

I would like to see it pronounced as CZ ( See Zed) after the fantastic pistols that they produce.

As a happy CZ Shadow SP01 owner, I couldn't be more pleased with CZ, as for many like me, it glistens with quality.

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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Re: "So how long will those spiders be able to live outside their natural habitat?"

Do these spiders also have 4 hour erections ? I'll leave it you each and all to verify for themselves.

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Joke

4 Hour erection

I know plenty of women that would intentionally buy these bananas for their husbands/spouse/friend if they were guaranteed that the erection lasted that long.

You just don't want to be on your own for 4 hours...... and definitely not at work, especially if you are a teacher

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Microsoft cuts ribbon on Euro cloud bit barn for Office 365, Azure

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Re: Segregation

"Also, Deutsche Telekom is supervising access to the infrastructure that houses customer data at these high-security data centers in Germany which will be operated according to the global security and operational standards for all Microsoft datacenters."

This line of text disturbing, Microsoft are the ones dictating "the global security and operational standards". If they are applying MS standards, then isn't that as good as giving them the front door key ?

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Segregation

Will those "Cloud" servers be physically separated from the Internet, not very likely, otherwise they wouldn't be "cloud" in nature. If they are not separated then how are they guaranteeing data privacy from snooping 3 letter agencies on the other side of the pond.

Will their be offsite replicas, if so where. The articles mentions 2 data centres without mentioning their location.

Who is the "data trustee"...

I would like to see if they can manage to get the Swiss to validate everything... The Germans didn't even manage to secure their Chancellors phone....

And because this is Microsoft, whose laws applies when the SHTF, American or European.

Will the Brits be allowed to use the new EuroCloud, if so, and because of their very friendly nature with the Americans, this could lead to some serious doubts....

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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Re: Oooh!

This is exactly the reason for choosing a good quality Shaft Lube....

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Re: iPhone Case?

Sex toys with sharp edges..........ooooooohhhhhhhhhhh

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Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

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Re: Bound to get deported?

Then be prepared for them to whip that damned password out of you, ball gag or not, you will obey.

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Re: So what if I do not have one?

"I do not have a f***book account, I do not have a Tw*tter account either."*

Ditto

"I am considering deleting the LinkedIn account as well, though for now I am just keeping it dormant."

I am currently in the same process of deciding whether or not to delete the LinkedIn account as well..

I am slowly becoming extremely paranoid about any online presence whatsoever, and I consider that I have nothing to hide, but it would annoy me to also have to delete El Reg :

quote Miranda.

"Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. "

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Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

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Re: Or maybe it was targeted

"Would seem to me there must be more value at stake than just hijacking a bunch of random computers."

Since the proliferation of online banking, even a simple keystroke logger would be all that is required to offset the initial costs of purchase and distribution. ( If it is indeed a random attack)..

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Apple iPhone 7 launch hysteria? Not in Viking land

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Once maybe

I can imagine the excitement of some people to stand in line and receive their new shiny shiny, the first time that they ever bought a smart phone

What I really can't understand is that some of those poor sods return and do it again and again.

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

Georges Carlin

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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Re: Handling the G's

"Actually smaller people and women particularly handle excess G better and less likely to black-out."

Which is more important, the fact that they are women or the fact that they are shorter ?

I can't find any serious article which states clearly that women are actually more capable, a reference anyone ?

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Handling the G's

I am surprised that anyone approaching the lower weight limit would be capable of handling the

G-force's that pilots sometime have to endure.

This is based on my personal assumption that the heaver and stronger that you are, the more G's you can handle.. Although I could be completely wrong on this point.

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Apple's tax bill: Big in Japan. Like, $120m big

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Re: Scapegoats

"If that doesn't make your blood boil from either a moral or an ethical standpoint, then you've totally lost me."

Apple et al are doing what they are doing because people in very high places put these practices in place to hide their own damn dirty work. I believe that Apple are being used as a scapegoat in order that attention is drawn away from the real dirty doers.

The sums of money that you mention are probably insignificant compared to what the banks, fro example, are capable of hiding.

If you want to start talking big money, let's have a look at Rothchilds, VISA; Mastercard, Defence contracts, Space contracts, the Oil business, Pharmaceutical companies, Cocaine and drugs at the international level etc , all of whom we never seem to mention. Undoubtedly they are being protected, but by whom, the damned governments/ministers/bankers ?

What makes my blood boil is that the focus of these affairs only remains wherever the "media" point their fingers and that is all that people seem to be able to focus their attention on. I really don't believe that Apple are the worst of the bunch, they are only playing the same game as a hundred other un-mediatised and protected companies/organisations/governments.

As I stated, Apple are being used as a Scapegoat, they are probably only the tip of a very, vary large iceberg.

The governments and co control the media to a level whereby the populations are drip feed enough material to keep their hunger at bay.

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Scapegoats

Obviously Apple have become the medias and governments Scapegoats for the moment, it helps keep the prolétariats attention fixed on non essential matters.

Now, let's get down to the real busines of bringing the bankers, chartered accountants and ministers out into the open... Then the fun will really start.

Jérôme Cahuzac is only a start, let's see how much more dirt is truly hiding under the carpet...

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Lauri Love extradition A-OK

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Joke

Re: Cue gloating-

I am not sure that Stephen Baldwin,Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro etc will really care

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iPhone 7 first fondle

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Re: Who is buying this?

I had never heard of Veblen before and it is very intersting that his major work "Theory_of_the_leisure_class" was published around 1925. ( according to the Wikipedia ref)

The link to the first chapter as follows

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorstein_Veblen#/media/File:Veblen_-_Theory_of_the_leisure_class,_19

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Just goes to show that society never really changes...

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Re: Who is buying this?

The truth of the matter lies in the fact that many will buy these items simply "because" they are expensive.

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Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge

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Re: From a week or so ago

If Godwin's still around he needs a new law, to cover the fact that any comment thread on any "internet forum" Reg will deteriorate really, really quickly until some moron irrelevantly invokes the Daily Mail as the fount of all evil.

TFTFY

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Hacker and chums jailed over gold bullion hack, track 'n' grab scam

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Ca fait mal

It seems as though they went through a lot of trouble for very little .

If the street price was 88000, I can only imagine that they would have been lucky to collect anymore than 15000 from a Jeweler - minus the cost already incurred with logistics etc and the division of the sum between "the chumps" etc they would not have actually made very much..

5 Years at her Majesties pleasure for such a small sum, ouch.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Consumerism

Consumerism is based upon the stupidity of it's audience.

Apple understand's the need for it consumers to never know any true facts, all it requires is that the "payed for" media publishing articles continue tp promote the ideal that buying an Apple Product will provide a seat at the table of the Gods..

Apple do have some good products, although not all, but that is not their even their core business, regardless of their initial goals they have simply become a marketing and distribution outlet and hey are very, very good at it.

Hence, El Reg will never get an invite because they are likely to make an honest review, which is far too much of a risk in relation to "Steve Jobs'" marketing strategy procedural guidelines..

I can easily imagine that their actual strategy goes along the lines of "If you can fool most of the people most of the time, you've won".

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98.1 million CLEARTEXT passwords pasted as Rambler.ru rumbled

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Coat

Re: Really?

Russia has some excellent engineers which I strongly doubt don't know about strong encryption/salting/hashes etc..

Who knows the real reason, KGB, Kremlin, Mafia, NSA, all sorts of pressure might have been applied in order that the passwords were stored in cleartext...

Russia is not exactly known for being a "user friendly" state...

And how do we know what our own governments and three letter agencies also have access to.. How many of you truly believe that Apple, Google, Microsoft, IBM , Oracle don't also have the same arrangements. Each of them have "public" policies but I can only presume that they all have hidden policies which probably result in the same scenario. (They just havent been publicly exposed, yet).

Mines the ones with "conspiracy" on a small lapel badge..

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Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

Khaptain

Not easy to follow on from.

Daniel Craig brought James Bond into the contemporary world, would love to see him continue BUT only if the scripts are worthwhile and not some Rinse and Repeat money maker as per the latest Jason Bourne "episode".

The writers really made a worthwhile continuation by bringing Bond back to a cold , heartless, character, I hope it continues... Daniel Craig personified the role perfectly

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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Re: They have to be joking

<Quote>Add to your complaints that some people will get sick from using these devices.

Have to agree, everyone that tries the 3D Goggles at work feels a lttle queasy after a certain time, 15 mins is usually quite enough.

Spatial awareness is fundamental to our perception of where we are in the real 3d world, or should I say multi-dimensional world, and I believe that "virtual" reality or AR , regardless of it's usage ,disturbs this fundamental requirement, unless of course we are completely stationary and bored, and as such will never be taken on. Ok a few minutes here and there but certainly not for hours at a time. Even a transparent headset will disturb what your brain can percieve and eventually digest..

Many of us already have mutiple screens and it can be diifficult to keep track of what's where, and all this by using even small eye movements, I can't imagine spending my day continually turning my whole head to keep track or the untrackable...

As much as many people would like to have us believe we are definately not that very efficient at MultiTasking, so adding another dimension wouldn't appear to add any real advantage.. At least not to the average day in front of the screen.

And lastly, "tangible" is good.. Virtuelle women, no thanks, tangible one on the other hands are so much more delicious. [Swap woman for man, dog or whatever turns you on]

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Power cut crashes Delta's worldwide flight update systems

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Re: Single point of failure

This is what Nicolas Taleb described as the Black Swan Theory, he has his way of seeing things, which is usually quite rational.

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Private moonshot gets the green light from US authorities

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Flame

Which moon

I wonder if it will be Spielberg that replaces on Stanley Kubrick for the video production ?

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Mad-tech labcoat-sporters DARPA pit infosec AI against itself

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Re: When the robot uprising arrives...

Replace the following words to achieve the contemporary équivalant.

Robot uprising = Any 1st world Government

Primitive AIs = Soldiers

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Re: How long before...

Isn't that already the case in the Banking world ( Bitcoin World)

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15 million tech-fried Brits have tried giving themselves a 'digital detox'

Khaptain

"which if extrapolated across the population amounts to 15 million people."

Extrapolation in the wrong hands is a very useless tool...

Contemporary lives in 1st world countries have very little choice but to have an online presence. Banking, purchasing, communications ( Email, FB, info), information retrieval etc Many of these tasks are becoming increasingly difficult, nigh impossible without an online connection.

It's neither a good thing, nor a bad thing,it's just the way that things are run today..

Privacy is no more an issue than you allow it to be, each of us has a choice about how much personal data we make available, alternatives are available which allow us to become relatively discreet..

Just to repeat : Extrapolation in the wrong hands is a very useless tool...

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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Could be great

If they also remove the Samsung Nagware and "Samsung Automatically Downloaded Apps",,, ggggrrrrrr.

I still don't know why I am "forced" to have MS Office on my phone, I have a laptop, tablet for that.

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$67M in bitcoin stolen as hacking typhoon lashes Hong Kong's Bitfinex

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Re: Virtuality

"Gold is not real money. Seriously."

According to various sources Krugerands are legal tender , and yes, they are made from Gold..

http://www.randrefinery.com/products_krugerrands.htm

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Virtuality

Virtual money stolen from virtual database and virtually no chance of getting anything back....

It's not easy to transport tonnes of gold (thinking Fort Knox here), but a couple of bytes of data is easily within the means of the scrawniest hacker.

As much as I don't trust the banks with real money, which is what actually comes out of the distributor, I have a hard time in trusting anyone with Bitcoins and especially their ability to suddenly become vapor...

Outside of the Black Market Rascals I have a hard time understanding how anyone can trust the world of the Bitcoin Magiciens. ( Yeah, I know I am just being cynical but .....)

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US Air Force declares F-35 'combat-ready'

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Joke

Re: Perhaps

When you outsource your development to Iran, be prepared..

Stuxnet bit back...

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Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

Khaptain

Re: A human not a car

"It's only when the conscious mind takes over a few seconds later you assess the threat and realise you are in danger and would then do the best to avoid this new threat."

Exactly, and what would you do in that case, hit the pedal, run the gunman down or least try to escape whereas the logic of the car would not allow you to move as it still detects an obstacle.

But I digress most people would simply panic and probably get shot and that damned robotic car won't give a damn either way..

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Re: PR stunt

"That only serves to further prove the point that the autonomous system saved someone in conditions where the human wasn't able to."

In that case it won't be long before none of us are allowed to drive by ourselves because statistically we can't do any better than the autonomous systems ?

* Autonomous system are excellent at dealing with known situations and prepared scenarios. Hence quick braking when imminent impact is true

* Human Beings are for more capable at dealing with the unknown and unprepared situations which are far more prevalent on our roads today.. Example : It is less dangerous to simply hit a roe deer and keep control of the vehicle that it is too suddenly brake hard and lose control of the vehicle. These are dynamic decision making moments which require a lot more than a few I2C components.

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A human not a car

I do not like this article because it makes it attempts to make an allusion that cars(mechanical devices) can "think"..

1 : Cars dont think, they are mechanical devices .

2 : That car was designed , built and programmed by a "human", therefore a "human" if anything saved a life..

3 : The captors in that car detected an obstacle, I very much doubt that the obstacle was recognized cognitively as being a "human being"* so the notion of saving a life is void..

4 : If that obstacle had been a madman shooting at the car, the car would have applied the same logic, see below, and the madman would have had even more time to continue to shoot....therefore potentially assisting in a death... The logic works both ways !

Therefore that statement should have read "Car detectors detected an object, applied further logic from it's algorithm, ie , "obstacle detection + distance + car speed = impact imminent" and applied the appropriate logic to induce deceleration".

We are definitely moving forward in the AI world but we are definitely not at the point that the article would like to make allusion..

Someone at El Reg must have just finished their copy of the Daily Mail before writing this article..

I much preferred the recent article about how a university managed to create an algorithm that was capable of determining of whether two previously unknown objects were the same or not. ( I'm damned if if I can find that article - it's only about a month old)

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Torrent is a word, and you can't ban words, rules French court

Khaptain

De plus en plus ridicule

I would also like to make a request to the SNP and ask that they remove "Kendji Girac, Shy’m, and Christophe Willem" from public view as I would consider them a safety risk to public health. Hearing any of them gives headaches and severe amounts of nausea.

What these people truly fail to realize is that the internet is merely a vector, it is not the cause. The internet is a very dynamic vector, today it's torrents, tomorrow it will be Dark Web Treasure Chests or FTTH hidden VPNs..

For once I am satisfied that the French judicial system has made a correct decision.

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Meet Riffle, the next-gen anonymity network that hopes to trounce Tor

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Re: Munitions

>Second paragraph, first line: :)

>Dubbed Riffle, the system was developed by MIT and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in "Switzerland."

The problem here is the "MIT" part of the equation. The EPFL are obviously in Switzerland but Swiss laws don't have any holding the USA.

MIT are not a Swiss based university and I am pretty much sure that the Feds are capable of requesting whatever they want on the grounds of "Anti-Terrorism" laws, or one of those George Bush "Weapons of mass destruction" declarations..

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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Police State or anarchy

I can understand that they sent a robot in to avoid other deaths but why an explosive, why not some kind of sleeping gas or other non lethal method..

This is more than likely going to give bad guys stupid ideas about sending their own robots and bombs.... Raspberry PIs and /or Arduinos easily have the capacity of driving robots with all the appropriate attached goodies especially when the SparkFun robots can be bought for a handle of dollars, especially when and a kid has the knowledge/capacity to build one.

Personally, I don't agree with their choice of lethal "execution"... It all boils down to Kangaroo courts and I believe that this will simply to an escalation in violence from both parties.. When 1st world countries begin these kind of tactics then we should forfeit the right to condone what other countries are doing..

It's called terrorism when the bad guys do this, what do you call it when the "good" guys do it.. BAton Rouge was wring, Dallas was wrong and it looks like we are heading down a very dirty path.

When the state starts using these kinds of powers then don't expect anything other than chaos to follow.

I also blame the media for a lot of this kind of escalation and often wonder who is truly driving them and what their true objectives really are...

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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Re: @ Khaptain our national animal, the unicorn

"Look on your passport."

Just did a quick Wikipedia, the Unicorn on the passport is actually part of the Royal Arms and therefore represents the Queen. Scotland is represented in the second quarter of the sheld, by a "Rampant Lion".

I did see that the Unicorn changes sides when using the Scottish variant, but again this is still part of the "Royal Arms"..

Very confusing to those of us who have not studied Heraldry...

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Re: our national animal, the unicorn

I suppose we learn something new everyday, as a Scotsman this is the first I have heard of us having a "unicorn" as our national beastie....

The Ramant Lion , OK

The Haggis : Why Not

A drunken Glaswegian: Definately a wild animal

But a Unicorn : I think that someone had a little but too much Buckie the day they chose the Unicorn..

The only reason I can imagine is that it shares one common element, a large appendice :-)

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Microsoft showers Office 365 sellers with gold in Google snub

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Coat

Re: "Microsoft showers Office 365 sellers with gold"

Strange, it's usually the clients that MS piss all over

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Apple anoints the new new Steve Jobs

Khaptain

"They all got complacent, because revenue was rolling in, then someone else makes a new gadget, or develops a better way to do what they do, and the wall(street) comes crashing down."

I could possibly see that happening to Apple but who or what is going to knock down Google ?

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White hats, FBI and cops team up for Dorkbot botnet takedown

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Re: Win32/Dorkbot gets installed on the machine

"How exactly does Win32/Dorkbot get installed on the machine?"

By surfing the comments section of El Reg.

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Top Android app devs found exfiltrating mystery stealth packets

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Feeding the hungry

Might be the NSA, ISIS, Swedish Spy Affiliation Servcies, Rowandian Technology Expert Group, Anonymous or Hilary Badass Clinton requiring their daily dose of luser data....

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Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

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Re: "We don't know if the pilots were looking at our wimmin"

@DAM

Yes, and I think that the word is commonly known as "retribution"... and we can probably thank Mr Bush and Mr Blair.....

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Khaptain

Re: "We don't know if the pilots were looking at our wimmin"

I believe that he is making some reference to some of the recent articles about drones and prvacy

here is one of them

http://m.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/30/man_arrested_shooting_camera_drone/

It appers that the KneeJerk crowd are strong in the force today Luke....

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Drug-smuggling granny's vagina holds Kinder surprise

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Think yourself lucky that it wasn't the GrandFather...

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Was it, by any chance, your GrandMother that gave you those eggs ?

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