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Microsoft in Chinese burn ENIGMA: Anti-trust agents' 'sudden visit' to offices

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Office 365 disrupting the lucrative hooky software CD business?

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LOHAN's stirring motto: Ad Astra Tabernamque

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Re: MMXIV or 11111011110

Palindromic binary years, that's pretty damn geeky. +1 just for that.

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: Warranty

http://www.parliament.uk/Templates/BriefingPapers/Pages/BPPdfDownload.aspx?bp-id=SN02239 page 4 point 2

Not quite the same as a 2 year warranty, and the SoGA doors indeed trump the 2 year directive, which is a directive that it should be implemented in each country's local laws.

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Re: Ummmmm

Ah, yeah, the HFS+ licencing issue. Not really MS's fault if apple won't licence it like they licenced NTFS.

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Re: Warranty

Not sure you're right with the 2 year warranty thing - as I understand it that's an EU thing that is trumped by our much better 6 years window in which to claim if you can price the fault was inherent at the time of sale. For the first six months thereof, the retailer has the burden of proving the problem wasn't inherent, thereafter you may need an expert witness report. Remedy is the refund/repair/replacement of goods at the retailers discretion and must be 'reasonable' (fixed in short time for a repair, but conversely may mean a partial refund to reflect period of fault-free use based on expected lifetime, which in turn may be a factor of cost).

Manufacturers may also offer warranties, but these are entirely at their own discretion and may include clauses not applicable to your statutory rights.

There is certainly no automatic European 2 year warranty for all goods.

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Cost a government

Except 'the government' is the people. Londoners in particular in this case. That prick has diverted £6M of front line policing away from the streets of the city where they're much needed.

I'll bet the Ecuadorians are just posturing too - can't imagine they *really* want him... Unless he pays his bill for the central London hotel he's had...

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Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

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Re: It's all very wonderful

I can't sit still for more than 90', so without the option of lying down, I don't get any sleep, so I get very grumpy indeed, and am in massive physical pain. But I could choose to pay 5x as much and get more space, so it's down to me - and if I could afford it, I certainly would.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Re: I wonder

It will be, by default. The locals and westerners are rich and 'in', the majority immigrant labour would just know not to enter - it's not built for them, they can't afford anything inside it, much like homeless people going to Harrods. And anyway, at the bottom end they will tend to live in labour camps way out of the city with limited access to independent transport and work all hours.

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Also, in fairness, the build quality of many UAE buildings is somewhat questionable behind the marble facades.

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Not just the air

UAE relies on fossil fuels to desalinate the drinking water - when the fuel starts running short and water scarce it'll empty out in a heartbeat.

As stupid as air conditioning the desert is, it may be that putting a lid over the buildings isn't massively more inefficient than all the individually cooled buildings - they all lose their cool individually, but if the cooler air leaks into a contained space as opposed to hot streets, it may not be quite as stupid as it first appears.

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Euro banks warned off Bitcoin as Canada regulates it

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Re: "disappear forever. Will it happen with bitcoin ??"

" I expect Bitcoins might be traded in 100 years, just as Penny Blacks are after they ceased to be carried by anyone's need to have letters delivered"

You could be right, but the fact they're intangible makes them an awful lot less interesting in an album, makes them harder to show off, and being digital they're not going to need special love to stop them degrading in air/light so their perceived 'value' as a collectible may be limited. How many people show off Win 3.1 which could be a 'collectible' in some senses? Certainly a few, but enough to be a market?

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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Re: Looks like...

Always has - look back at every new doctor and there's a bit of a refresh of the decor - and that's what keeps the series fresh and still going. No point having a time traveller who is stuck in a time warp, if you get my drift. Except it still looks like a (completely extinct) police box, so, erm...

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Indie labels: 5 reasons why we're hauling YouTube before Euro antitrust watchdog

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Re: Google Mottos

Do no evil.

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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Re: How the sale went down

Don't think I've ever been offered an extended warranty to be frank, and my local Maplin is costly but couldn't be more eager to help and serve. And they have the usual mix of some fun toys, useful stuff, and landfill.

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Coulson GUILTY of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006

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Re: Not guilty, perhaps

Wish we had a 'not proven' option.

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Re: British peasents

Hmmm so a burglary should have the same response time as a stabbing? Urgent tea, sympathy and fingerprints? Or is it reasonable for it not to be handled by the same front line team who are trying to respond to other problems? You may not see as many bobbies on the beat, but that's because the tools of policing have changed and so have the problems they're meeting. Given a choice between lower council tax and police patrolling, people choose the former. Make of that what you will.

As for that bill for assange, it's a big number. Worth it though. Not as'punishment' four wiki leaks which certainly has/had worthy intentions, but to catch a criminal (contempt of court -actually one of the more open ended crimes) who is also wanted in another country. And it has kept his massive ego quiet for a couple of years. Worth it.

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Ticket to Ecuador

What makes people think they'll want him after being such a pain in the arse? We've all had house guests who don't know when to fuck off, imagine being stuck in that small space with that twat 24h/day for 2 years!

Didn't their ambassador allegedly say to one of the government "we have a problem", to get the response " no, you have a problem "?

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Ohio man cuffed AGAIN for shagging inflatable pool raft

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Oh come on,

We've all done it, right?

Right?

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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Re: This is nice but

I suspect it'll be implemented in the form of low-cost or free licences

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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

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Car stereo fascia

For me, it's marquees. In their world, you can never have enough marquees, I guess. My friend is stalked by running machines, because another running machine is just what you need when you've bought a running machine.

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'Jake' looks like he works at Facebook, so he's high on the cool-aid.

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Scott McNealy to caddie for 18-year-old son at US Golf Open

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That's great

Imagine having a father who wanted to help you in public where he could find 100 reasons why not. Conversely, the son must get on well enough with the father to want him there. That's nice.

Good luck to the son.

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Wedding tackle started out as PROTO-SHARKS' LEGS, boffins say

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Page 3 for geeks?

Must admit I don't usually think of this site for sexy-time titillation over my muesli, but there in full colour...

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L337 crackrz use dumb passwords too

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What about 'f'?

Those character sets seem to have some holes, or am i misunderstanding? Yes I know the researcher isn't English, but passwords still could/are likely to be.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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As long as the discoveries involve a lab coat and pipe, I think you've a valid point there. Boffinry certainly requires research.

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SLOW DOWN: Insecure-by-design software on road

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Re: Internet of Things

Then your car's GPS and weight sensors will tell the fridge you bought some and to stop panicking.

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UBER UBER ALLES: Investors value ride app at $17 BEEELLION

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Re: You could be right

>>>Quote: " If we assume 20 global cities the size of London"

That is the wrong value assumption. In London you can hardly spit without hitting a taxi.

The value of apps like Uber is not London. The value is in smaller cities. I end up in let's say Six Mile Bottom, East Anglia<<<

Yep, I hear you, but how many Six Mile Bottoms does it take to generate $17beeeeelion? The big city thing was actually a crude estimator - I think there are probably fewer than 20 Londons charging the kind of prices where Uber can make $1.70/ride. Lagos, for instance, massive volume, but low prices. Dubai, Singapore, plenty of cabs, but rather low fares. Maybe there are 10 Londons and a shitload of Six Mile Bottoms, I have a feeling it'd average out in this world of 'back of e-cig packet' maths

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You could be right

>>Although the valuation is large, it isn't unreasonable as transportation via automobile isn't tied to fashion or in any risk of being displaced by alternative transports.<<

Value is large? Instagram's value was large, this is fucking staggering! They tale a small percentage of small value transactions, so that means doing a HELL of a lot of those - a complete monopoly for many years to earn back lose to enough to reward investors - if their cut on a journey is say $1.70 for easy maths, then that's 10 billion journeys before costs. If we assume 20 global cities the size of London (which sustains a taxi population of around 25,000) with a monopoly position ie EVERY taxi journey giving $1.70 to Uber, then that's still 20,000 journeys PER TAXI. And that's ignoring all costs, credit card fees etc.

I agree it's a huge global potential market, but the business model can be reproduced, so that complete monopoly won't last - therefore the valuation is pure speculation according to my fag packet maths.

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The poor bankers need something to speculate irresponsibly in, and someone pulled the plug on property and gold a bit recently, so new bubbles have to be found to attract new recklessness and empty the savers pension pots.

This is bitcoins biggest enemy, ramping, speculation and short-term cash ins mean it'll always have to struggle for legitimacy when every possible valid exchange variation will be amplified by rampers and reduce its use as a currency (for simple, useful definitions of currency)

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How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

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Re: ^^3 day SLA?

>>>I get 48 hours for responses to queries calling the MS partner support network. Then up to 32 hours for them to fix it. I get similar responses for average customers with E1 and E3 licenses. Multiple events now, same timeframes for each.<<<

Might be worth looking at paid incident support - if it's a genuine bug you're re-credited, if it's a configuration/training issue then it's cheap compared with 3.5 days lost productivity.

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Re: Every sysadmin must make one really big screw-up in their career

Delete * from tblImportant

//where clause='commented'

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^^3 day SLA?

That sounds awfully long, are you on a free support package or a managed one? When I logged a sev-1 many years back, I got a call within 10 minutes from our TAM checking it really was sev-1 which would mean dedicated follow-the-sun resolution as long as we on the client side also stuck at it around the clock. 3 days doesn't sound even close to that.

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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Mild Anarchy

Here's $20k my name is Scrotie McBoogerballs

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Deploy a fake Bitcoin wallet to save your own

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Re: Cliff So 2010's

That Bitcoinrich shirt sold 13 out of 151 in the campaign. H'mmm. ;-)

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So 2010's

Funny to think, but as internet lifespans are so short this will seem so 2010's one day. Maybe future hipsters will wear bitcoin t-shirts ironically.

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US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

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Re: Software Defined Wanking

Some joke about hard drive floppy drive

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Google uses disruptive 'poem' tech to announce new Chromebook availability

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Re: Pottery Please

...On the very last day of eighteen hundred and seventy nine

Which will be remembered for a very long time."

And yet he was right, for the wrong reasons

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Jack Clark's a poet,

But he didn't know that he was one.

//dammit, harder than it looks!//

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The Pirate Bay's stor ost Peter Sunde collared at farm in Sweden

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Re: Why flee to Asia?

I really wasn't expecting my choice of Somalia in the first post to need spelling out!

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Why flee to Asia?

Somalia is closer.

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DIY IoT computer smaller than a square inch

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Re: Cute

It's a bit like 3D printing - everyone knows it's clever and clearly the future, but has yet to find a real use case for it in most circumstances. IOT will always be available RSN in my estimation.

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What data recovery software would you suggest?

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Different tack

How about using one of the many 'cloud' sync/backup options? You probably don't need to back up as much as you imagine, certainly not whole disk image of the OS, protean files, etc. If you use (for instance) Google Drive, it keeps previous versions of files under its watch too, so you can get the benefit of file-level version restores if you need to, out just allow the client software to sync and restore a copy of your files to reformatted/rebuilt hardware. For me, it makes sense anyway, as I duck and weave between devices and if I lose one, there's another ready to go with no real interruption.

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'Failure is not an option... Never give up.' Not in Silicon Valley, mate

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'Be Lucky'

Frankly there's some skill and a shit-tonne of luck behind many 'leaders' - but they never attribute their luck to luck, so have to create folklore about not being quitters etc.

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Australia iOS ransom gizmo-snatch OUTRAGE not our FAULT: Apple

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Re: Other sites have statements ....

^^^battery to die...

Wouldn't the firmware push the phone into deep sleep with core files written to some kind of semi permanent memory? It's how I'd design a premium device anyway, so the use couldn't accidentally wipe themselves out.

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Re: End of the world?

Jagwiregate is over!

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Tens of thousands of 'Watch Dogs' pirates ENSLAVED by Bitcoin botmaster

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How much mined?

Seeing as we're into dedicated hardware farms to mine btc at the moment, I'll bet it netted maybe a few hundred dollars tops

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What can The Simpsons teach us about stats algorithms? Glad you asked...

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Tree ring plus measured?

Is this what caused the climate change denial camp's recent offensive? Something to do with the way tree ring data and directly measured temperature data was used after the 1961 correlation problems? By stealth, did this paradox damage the reputation of climate science just by existing?

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BREACH! Spotify flings new app at all Android users

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That one breach

Must be the guy with the master private key out something, it's quite a big ask to get upto 10M users to download, reinstall, and redownload all their tracks again. I presume this is because they all need resigning with a new key, hence the master private key comment above

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Disney plans standalone Star Wars movies to go with the main trilogy

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I don't really care

I liked the first three, second batch proved Lucas was just a greedy hack, and industry whispers suggest if he'd had all his own way on the first films without the studio influence, they'd have been bloody awful too. It rather soured the whole gig for me, no longer care, certainly won't spend money on it.

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EBAY... You keep using that word 'ENCRYPTION' – it does not mean what you think it means

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Re: Is it time to get out more and use paper money?

Easily traceable answers

My mother's maiden name was 'Hitler', bless.

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