* Posts by Khaptain

2436 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

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Re: Google Waze

@Robert.

>Swiss, et cetera have it right in matching the penalty to the goal of decreasing dangerous and unwanted behavior.

All that this creates is a situation whereby the rich people are the ones doing the speeding because they can afford it and also because they have very nice, very fast cars.

Almost every week in the "20 Minutes" a free local Swiss newspaper, you read about someone in a fast expensive car breaking the speed limit and getting severly fined.

Here is a link to what I believe is the current record breaker. 300 000 Chf for doing 140Kmh in a 100kmh zone.. The driver, a german, who has already been fined for the same thing multiple times, is a multimillionaire...... Does it stop people driving fast, not in the slightest.

http://www.20min.ch/ro/news/suisse/story/Un-exces-de-vitesse-a-300-000-francs--24794610

Here is another, this time a Swiss driver

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Swiss_millionaire_gets_record_speeding_fine

There really are examples of this kind of thing, albeit smaller fines but similar speeds, every week.

(It's quite common to see bikes).

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Re: Google Waze

@John are you in GB or France.

The other problem with Coyote was a monthly fee was required , whereas Waze if, for the moment, is still free.

Do you have a link to those undocumented features. ( just for information purposes of course)

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Google Waze

Intially I had a GPS which I could update with the locations of all the SpeedCams, they got banned.

Then I bought a Coyote, which alerted me in real time about those damned SpeedCams, Coyote were told to stop the dynamic updates or go out of business, Coyote followed the rules, wimps.

So now I use Waze, I hate the cartoon style characters but the application is actually pretty good. It doesn't just warn me about speed traps but it also includes accidents, stopped cars, traffic jams, weather alerts etc etc .. I just wonder how long it will be before they ban it too....

Here in France they are have now started doing tests to limit the 90 Kmh B roads down to 80 Kmh. You can be sure that this will give them yet another excuse to increase the number of Fixed SpeedCams/Mobile Speedcams...

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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What got hacked exactly.

What actually got hacked, was it a Salesforce account, a local lan, someones email account or what ? The reason I ask is to try and understand where or on what that kind of information would be held.

I can't imagine that they all of these "stars" private details are made globally available on their networks. I also presume that Sony network encompasses a little bit more than 2 PCs, our company network is large and finding precise information, without being in the know, is difficult simply due to the amount of information that is stored there.

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Buy Your Own Device: No more shiny-shiny work mobe for you

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The importance of seperate

When you have two seperate phones, you can always switch one of them off. Guess which one gets switched of during the weekend.

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A nation of CODERS? Yes, says UK.gov, and have some cash to do it

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Very poor rhetoric

"David Cameron said today: "There’s no secret to success in the modern world. If countries are going to win in the global race and children compete and get the best jobs, you need mathematicians and scientists - pure and simple. So today, we commit to deliver more maths and science teachers.""

Success in the modern world comes from people with outstanding ideas which are then put into action. But those outstanding ideas must first be nurtured and the nanny state is not the most appropriate environment.

Can someone please give this Cameron character a sharp slap to the ear in the hope that it will shake him out of his rhetorical bubble...

Cameron seems to be dropping down to the George Bush level of intelligence.

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Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

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Re: begin flaming

When a Paedo Terrorist Wife Beating Police and Government Hater hacks your home network and starts downloading/uploading some nasty child/woman/torture pics and or terroristic bomb making instructions using your email address and details, along with photos of your wife/children/dog all having an intimate moment and then uses your personal banking details to pay for some underage drug dealing prostitute to come over to your house in a stolen Mercedes, then you might start to realise how important your Wifi password truly is.

Yes, Sir, that truly is a daily, nigh hourly, occurence in some parts of Britain. We really do live in dangerous times.

Signed

The Daily Mail Reader Club President

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Re: MAC address whitelist filter

I went and googled "buffer overflow home router", it came back with some scary results....

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@TRT

But aren't those routeurs also the ones that provide the 16 character random Wifi keys, they are not so easy to attack using rainbow/dictionary attacaks. They would actually require a much more determined attack in which case user home security is not a major problem for the hacker anyway.

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Hacking into the Wifi won't give you access to the router, it will only give you access to the LAN. There is no relation between the PSK Wifi key ( WPA or whatever) and the Admin/Password of the router.

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Re: HomeHub 5 is the most secure system in the WORLD

@Yugguy

So how do add new devices, do you have to eliminate an existing one first ? How do you protect against IP Spoofing ? Are MAC addresses also locked down ?

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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34 is a big number.

34 major releases, really, or is that just 3 major releases and a few minors for each. After some brainstorming and serious butt scratching, I would suggest dividing everything by 10. Let's call it FF 3.4, there now doesn't that sound a little more serious.

Firefox version 35 new feature/change log which states "Changed the font in a hidden T&C s disclaimer".

C'mon guys , let's stop the version number wars. They are not really fooling anyone, if anything it just sounds amateur..

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PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

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Re: Sony do actually have the means to spend 10 Million of finding the perps

Sony, like all other major players have the difficult position of not knowing in advance how, when or from where hacks are going to take place. They are in effect defending themselves against the known and also the unknown.

Hackers on the hand have lots of time, the advantage of surpise, can selectively choose what they do and how they do it.

Cyber security is an endless PITA when you are on the receveing end. Personally I would not like to be responsable for the Cyber security of any of the major players, it must honestly be a tough role to play.

There is another element in the equation, I intially mentioned "script kiddies" but it might have been far more devious fingers that were a tapping in the keyboards... [Silently reachs for his industrial conspiracy cap]

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The Lizard Squad

I think if I was hacking a multi-nationale, who have huge spending power, I would be a little bit more reticent in announcing my name.

Sony do actually have the means to spend 10 Million of finding the perps.... How long it will take them doesn't really matter. I am sure that after making a donation to their local security agency they will quickly get some help...

The Lizard Squad better learn to become The Chamelon Squad and disappear into the background very quickly.

I never understood the script kiddie desire for "publicity", it's kind of paradoxical.

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

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Proxy Caching

So someone tinkered with adjusted the proxy cache size... ie increased it's size, but forgot to check if there was enough disk space available. oooppps

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Misty-eyed Ray Ozzie celebrates 25th birthday of Lotus Notes by tweeting about it ...

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Celebrating since 3 years already

That's how long ago it was since we moved to Exchange....

I do not know anyone in my company that can honestly say that they miss Lotus Notes and especially that silly "desktop - welcome back to 1989 interface".

Lotus Notes was never intentionally designed solely as a mail client and it truly showed.

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Vendor lock-in is truly a TERRIBLE idea ... says, er, Microsoft

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Re: Server Licenses

@MajorUsa

Hence the reason that large companies have private offsite backups. The cloud belongs to someone else, you do not have control over that environment.

Private offsite backups are just that, private...

When the cloud goes down, you truly are in the shit.. and between you and the cloud there are a multitude of people not willing to take the blame.

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The internet is less free than last year. Thanks a bunch, Snowden

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Don't shoot the messenger

Snowden was merely the vector that allowed for confirmation of what various "security" agencies were up to.

If the internet is becoming less free it is become the governments are becoming worried about something...and I doubt very much that terrorism is the real issue in hand...

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GOOGLE is COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

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Re: If they want to make it child friendly ...

Yes definately, beccause we all know that those pedia files are not good for childre.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: Typo? No, they use Farhenheit

>This would have cost the US trillions

Wrong way round, it would generate trillions in new business.

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

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Re: Erm..

>What's the difference between basic and standard aside from price?

Just as you are bending down to get shafted they politely ask if you would prefer the basic or the standard.

Apparently the basic lasts for slightly less time the standard..

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Not cheap at all

>Microsoft has two packages; Basic and Standard. Basic is aimed at people who are light users and costs $10 a month for 40 hours access, with overage charges that are capped at $17 per user per calendar month.

17 * 12 = $204 per year or $612 over a 3 year Office lifecycle. Pretty much on par with actually purchasing the software.

That is neither cheap nor wonderfull at least not whilst free alternatives are available and certainely not when considering that this is a "rental" scheme whereby you have nothing in your possession at the end of it.

MS Office is one of those applications that hasnt changed in years, I would hazard a guess that 95% of users are still using the same 99% of functionality that we have been using for the last 10 years.

If I had bought Office 2003 in 2003 I would have paid around $300 at would still have had access to the same funcitonality that I use today.

If I had rented Office 2003 since that date I would now have paid $2244.....( Ok it would have been a bit cheaper at the time but the comparison still stands).

Which of these 2 models do you believe MS prefers...

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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Some of these televisions are probably a lot smarter than the meatbags sitting in front of them.

( I don't have a TV so it is easy to scorn those that do, the opposite is a bit more difficult )

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Boffins unearth the ultimate antique art - 500,000 years old

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Re: "If you don't know the intention of the person who made it, it's impossible to call it art,"

And today that might read "Might contain some traces of natural food".

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Re: 'Calling it "art" is stretching things a bit though.'

>not been to a gallery lately then?

In that case, and since it's Friday, it might actually be the very first represention of the PHB, quickly scribbled down by the PFY as he awaited the BOFH to finish telling the local police that he had seen someone sodomising a wooly mammoth and that they had managed to do a quick artists impression on this inside of a shell.

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Shark tooth huh.

How do they know that this particular shell wasn't actually eaten, or at least rolled around in a shark's mouth,hence causing the scratches and was later picked up by Homo Erectus as he strolled along the beach looking for shiny things.

The story does appear to be a little bit far fetched.

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VCs say Uber is worth $41bn... but don't worry, we're not in a bubble

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$41 Billion of nothingness

It appears today that investors are prepared to invest in nothingness. If UBER goes titsup, then there is no product left behind which could be used to at least cover a tiny part of the losses, nope all that is left is nothingness.

The lawyers and the traders will be happy as they never lose, they always get their commision regardless of the outcome.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that most of these deals have no other intention other than to make a quick buck, ( lots and lots of quick bucks) at the expense of the investors. When looking for a culprit begin to look at who profits from the crime !!

I would not consider this as capitalism at work but more likely as organised theft.

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Crack open more champagne, Satya, XP's snowballing to HELL

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W7 is the winner

So Windows 7 is actually the real winner with a more than a 3 point increase. Win8 is obviously only being "installed" throught the pruchase of preinstalled machines..

Microsoft wins regardless but it does show the confidence that business has with MS at the moment.

MS cannot continue for ever with this MO, I am not convinved that Satya is the man to take them out of this situation though.. Satya is more of a puppet figure, he will please the shareholders for a short time but they will soon become bored and want some real action to take place.

It will take a major visionary to change things, definately not a Steve Ballmer or a Tim Cook , more of a someone with the business acumen of Bill Gates, a squeezing of Jony Ive and the balls of Rocco Siffredi.

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Pub time for NASA bods? Orion spacecraft test launch called off

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Re: Why is wind a problem

So it appears that there are 2 schools of thought to my simple question.

1 : Ground level wind - It would take a might wind to move a mass of 21 tonnes and as I mentioned I do nto believe that hurricane forces were in effect.

2 : High altitude wind : Ok this I can understand more but surely by the time it reaches that altitude it already has gained a lot of momentum. I would therefore have consider that the wind would have little effect.

I could be and probably am wrong on both hypotheses.

As for the downvoters and itchy fingers, believe me I have far more downvotes than many have upvotes... My skin is thick, it has to be, I am not intelligent enough to survive by any others means.

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Why is wind a problem

Honest question. Why would something this large suffer from the wind.

I presume by wind that they don't mean a hurricane or force 5 blasts, which would lay down more obvious reasons.

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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Re: Rejected alternatives

Mea culpa, je pense en Francais instead of thinking in English...

Appendice est la bonne terme en Francais and as correctly corrected by our dear Grammar Nazi should have been "Appendage" when writing English.

I have spoken French for more years than I have English now and I am currently at a state where I no longer realise which is correct, due to them both being correct.... ( I am a native English speaker but have spent more years abroad than I have in the UK). It's not a good excuse, it's just the reason.

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Re: @Khaptain Talking of plain English

"I feel that certain tasks are much easier "the other way round"."

As mentioned only "certain" tasks are easier : explanation

Traditionally the fork, as far my parents led me to believe anyway, is held in the left hand, I prefer the right as I feel it is the most articulate/agile/precise hand. Hence I also use the mouse right handed and "kept" my watch on the right hand. All of this I find to be very consistent.

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Re: Rejected alternatives

Appendice not Appendix , lol

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Rejected alternatives

Initially that particular appendix was to be named the "Jony Knob" but apparently the shareholders couldn't agree on what a Jony was...

Another nomination was "the wee button on the side", but Jock MacTavish was just given a hard stare for his lacklustre, yet correct suggestion.

The 2nd tier marketing department were also slapped for their suggesion of "The most unbelievably amazing , magically shiny, magnificantly superb bringer of untold riches, 360° circular infinite adjustment device". The shareholders weren't actually capable of retaining that many words in one sentence.

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Re: Talking of plain English

I think that one of the reasons for which I gave up a watch was due to the fact the I wear it on my right wrist, which is the same side as my mouse hand... The watch strap/buckle would rub/click/clank on the desk, catch on the mousepad ( if anyone still remembers what they are) and generally be a damned nuisance.

And no, before anyone makes the obvious statement, I refuse to wear it on the left hand, just as I won't/refuse/do not want to eat with a fork in my left hand.

I am not left handed, it is just that personally I feel that certain tasks are much easier "the other way round".

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GOOAALLL! Back of the net! 'Millions of dollars' score .football gTLD

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.com is still the high value gtld

It's hard to imagine why there will be any winners. The more gTlds that exist, the further the markets are divided into niches and hence lowers inherent value.

What's next .footballleague1, .footballleague2, .footballleague3 etc

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Microsoft shareholders approve of CEO Satya Nadella's MASSIVE PACKAGE

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Future with Nadella

>The CEO also promised great things for the forthcoming Windows 10 operating system launch.

Forget the "great things" and just add "security" on a serious level. Make Windows 7 a little bit lighter on resources ,a la W8, throw in a Linux level of security, give the interface a less flat, less blinding my eyes look ( same goes for Office). and everyone will be satisfied.

I would rather see improvements on the existing rather than more poor efforts to create new. In the workplace we need solid, not shiny...

>expanded on his cloud strategy to get Microsoft apps on every internet-equipped device on the planet.

This is going to be an area where they will fail miserably. MS Embedded anything has never managed to win anyones hearts, and certainely not whilst the likes of Linux remains free...

Question : Nadella will receive $90 million per year, what exactly is required of a man for whom the shareholders are prepared to pay almost $2 million per week ?

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Re: I'll be glad to see them gone

>If it takes you 3 tries, and "today’s artificial intelligence technology can solve even the most difficult variant of distorted text at 99.8 per cent accuracy" - then does that mean you're actually not a human?

Unfortunately, it means that he is just and only that, human......

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Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

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Re: Why is can never work

>"instincts" and "raison d'etre" emerged from evolved intelligence. I see no reason why it could not emerge from intelligence given an artificial start to its existence.

I would argue that "instincts" and "raison d'etre" are not related to evolved intelligence but instead are simply part of our genetic sauce just as much as the automatism of breathing. They are part and part of the "survival" toolkit.

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Why is can never work

The fundamental difference betwen an inorganic being and an organic one lies in it "instincts" and it's "raison d'etre"..

Due to the fact that we don't understand what instincts are or how they are governed we will never be able to create an algorithm which mimics them.

Human Beings,for the most part, do not know why they have a "will to live" but they instinctivly do. That desire to live has the incredible capacity to push us through the most ardous of tasks or challenges and allows us to endure unbelievable circumstances and also to progress.

I do not for a moment beleive that this can be transmitted to a bag of nuts and bolts.

The "raison d'etre" has no function within AI, why would we want to give a robot the desire to live and imagine the dangers if we ever managed to do this. Aldous Huxley's Robots of Dawn presented this very paradox.

Neural networks are a lot more complicated than simply a series of synaptic junctions connected together. We don't fully understand how we work, it is then impossible that we could transmit information that we simply do not have.

I digress though, if we ever manage to dominate the above functions/instincts that I guess that it would spell the end of humanity.

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Australia to social media: self-censor or face AU$17,000 FINES

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Re: Very nice

Trite response on your behalf which far outweighs mine, you didn't even bother to try to make an alternative solution. Troll me not...

If you understood my comment you can read behind the lines and get to the crux of the matter. People have to stop relying on others and get back to relying on themselves.

This fucking nanny state attitude is really going too far. You cannot and will not change human nature, you may hide it or wrap it up in something else but you will not change it. Stop expecting others to take care of your problems.

You're right, teachers can no longer hit children, so what do they do now, they throw them out the class. The child is now deprived of his eductation, great.. That's not really a solution now is it, and it certainely does not resolve the fact the the "child" is problematic in the first place, which is an issue that you as a parent must address.

If you accept that your child can use social networks, then grow some balls and take responsibility for your actions. Teach your child instead of expecting it to be done for you.

If your child can't create a social network for themselves then be a good parent and do it for them.

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Very nice

Will they also hand out badges to people " I am not a bully"...with little flowers and smilies on it.

FFS it's time for these damed politicians to grow up.. NO ONE NEEDS to use social networking, it is a personal choice to sign up and use it, and we all know the inherent dangers.....

We are meatbags and from day one on this damned planet we have played at the "Survival of the strongest" game.. Social networking is no different.

If you don't want bullied, don't use it or invent your own "private" network....

Bullies will not go away.......I can handle a fair amount of flak from others which someone else might not be capable of. Whereas I don't feel bullied you might... There is no utimate definition of what a Bully is and it is simply impossible to make rules about such practices.

It existed when I was at school and I believe that it still exists regardless of what silly rules have been put in place.... Unfortunately it is human nature that is simply not going to go away....

Understand what it is, learn to define what it means to you and more importantly learn how to avoid it... basic rules of life.....

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Sony Pictures struggles as staff details, salaries and films leaked

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As an aside, I just learned, courtesy of the Urban Dictionary, that an "Obamalamadingdong" is actually a description for someone who goes round ringing doorbells and promoting Obama.

The word has a very onomatopoeiac ring to it......

[Far better than the old "Ding Dong Avon calling" of yore]

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Microsoft hikes support charges by NINETY TWO PER CENT

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Windows 8 bites back

In order to cover the losses on Windows 8 a solution has now been found...

Coming up, one very unkind analogy :

When a vetinary has very little business, or has lost a lot on trying to promote a new product, all that he needs to do is poison the local water supply. The farmer will have no other choice than to pay hansomely in order to save his animals......

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Windows 8 irrelevant

W8 has no true bearing on the market, it is un unwanted system that is being installed by the few people that don't understand that "choice" is something they can have. W8 is a dead in the water.

What is far more important is the trend that will be created with Windows 10 ( W10 - ie : the North Kensington Edition - hint - look up London postal areas in order to understand ).

Windows 7 is rock solid and appears to be "relatively" secure. Hopefully W10 will provide the extra effort required to make it seriously secure.

The problem I see with W10 though is that it will become synonymous with Office 201x ( >= 2013) and the various Office Web editions which for the moment are unliked ( those interfaces make ones eyes scream). MS have to come back down to earth and fire the bloody interface designers that they have had of late.....

I really can't imagine where the Tablet market is going though as it does have an influence on the PC market.

[Relatively = in relation to previous MS efforts]

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Never fear, Glassholes – Intel to the rescue! 'New CPU' for tech-specs

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Re: Google should be awarded Nobel prize for driving innovation

Except that Google aren't doing this for humanitarian or altruistic reasons, they are in it for the financial potential...

I believe that Google glass has its place but not as a mass market product. At it's best it is a very niche product, at it's worst it is a gadget.

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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Re: Straight into a special account

>Try asking a US bank for an IBAN

Did someone forget to tell the USA that we have been in the Digital Age for quite some years already ?

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Australian Government funds effort to secure wearable data pulses

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Solution to a non problem

Here is the real problem

"Health care costs are ballooning in much of the western world".

Is the solution justified by wearing a "tracking" bracelet, I do not think so..

Why not simplify the health care, reduce the paperwork, build more streamlined hospitals, stop selling fat sugary drinks, etc etc etc Attack the problem at it's base rather than pretend to provide "big data" solutions to problems that can be tackled in so many other ways.

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Kim Dotcom Dotcan remain on bail, despite Fed protests

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Re: Jail time or the highlands would have been better

> if lawyers can be called an investment.

Bottomless pit might be a better definition

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Jail time or the highlands would have been better

>My legal team has recently resigned because I ran out of money after spending $10m to try and defend myself.

If the guy went to jail for three years he would have saved $10 Million, $3Million per year is not too shabby.

Alternatively, he could have bought a nice house in the Scottish highlands, called himself Douglas MacDougal, disappeared from public life and still had a lot of change left over.

DotCom = minus 10 Million and nothing to show for it.

The Lawyers = plus 10 Million , new Porsches or have upgraded to >20m yachts.

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