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Samsung backside-bitten by emoticon patent trollery

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Question (AKA WTF?!)

So Samsung got a patent. It infringes an older patent, but how could Samsung know?

I would have guessed it's the Patent Office's job doing a background this kind of situation, not the patent submitter... is it?

Or can the office just say "tough luck" and get with it?

I'm not defending Samsung (this whole patent war is beyond stupid) but I think it's unfair that they, or anyone else, lose a patent because of what looks like a gross ineptitude of the patent office

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Hands on with Kinect Star Wars

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Re: Mike Brown

Not sure about what the Move can do (I have never tried one) but I'd think it at least matches, and probably surpasses Wii's Motion Plus capabilities.

A game with something like Skyward Sword's gameplay, PS3's graphic power and a Star Wars theme would be a blast... It doesn't sound that hard to do, does it?

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Solar storm has a 'sting in its tail', warn space weathermen

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Joke

"what is the data in all that energy?"

"F*ck your puny electronic devices, earthlings"

At least, that's my guess

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LOHAN is heading towards REHAB

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Pint

Don't forget...

Beer, and lots of it!

Proper garden-shed science can't be done without the input of generous amounts of ethanol

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Lithuania rules beer brewing 'vitally essential' to life

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Re: Buying beer from a disgruntled workforce

Would anyone note the difference?

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Giant stick insect saved from extinction

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I saw the pics...

And I'm sure that God, Odin, Buddha o whoever may be, INTENDED to disappear that damned things from Earth.

We humans should finish the work, not try to save them...

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Asteroid could SMASH INTO EARTH in 2040

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Mushroom

Re: So...

Yeah, we just need to attach a VASIMIR engine to the asteroid next time it gets close and let it work its magic. (I guess 2023 would be a very reasonable time to do it)

But of course, panicking is always the funniest alternative

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Scroogle unplugged for good this time

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Re: Dang

Ixquick (http://ixquick.com) is another decent option.

I find its results are a bit weaker than Duckduckgo's, but it's worth a shot.

I usually jump between these two when I'm looking for something, and so far they stand up to the job.

RIP, Scroogle...

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Google swings new mobile unlock patent punch at Apple

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@ Peter 48

That's exactly what I say... Right now MS is by far the least terrible option (which, in itself is a VERY surreal situation) Apple and Google are in my opinion equally disgusting, although for very different reasons...

I had such high hopes in WebOS when HP bought it... just to have them crushed a year later

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Mushroom

Any possibilities the final clash between Google and Apple ends with their mutual annihilation?

<--- One can only hope...

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PARIS soars to Guinness World Record

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Re: What's next?

As far as I know, this IS the whole British space program!

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Black Ops has best videogame ending ever

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Mushroom

Talking about endings, how can StarCraft/Broodwar be missing from the list?

The three ending cinematics are just amazing. Particularly, the UEN Newsreel at the end of the Terran campaign is one of my favorite cutscenes in the history of videogames.

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Google pushes your buttons in its top strip bar - AGAIN

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With Scroogle having more and more problems (lately, half the searches I make there end up in the "We are so sorry, Google is treating us as spambots" page), it seems DuckDuckGo is the best option available (thanks to the many commenters who have recommended it in these formus) , and in the few weeks I've been using it, it has worked just fine.

But I didn't know about the "bangs" and other syntax DDG uses... Reading the Syntax page, a phrase almost brought tears of joy to my eyes: "Every search term should be used by default. That is, we try hard not to autocorrect your query, or in other words, we treat your terms as if you typed AND in between them."

Here's to the Duck!

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Russians drill into buried 20 million-year-old Antarctic lake

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Linux

Giant, blind, albino penguins is the first thing to be found there...

<-- Well, I guess having new penguin overlords is better than the alternative

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Google shares tank after disappointing financial report

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Mushroom

@CheesyTheClown

>Who really gives a flying rat's ass less about what the Wall Street gamblers think... that is if >they're even capable of it.

The problem is, in that circle jerk called wall street everybody cares about what everybody thinks... So when those rats start running away from a company because their magic 8-ball tells them the sky is falling, the stock fall and the company is killed, just because.

It makes my liver puke with hate every time I hear in the news that a company's stock fell or the price of oil went up "amidst fears of... " X or Y stupid conjecture. Someone cries "Wolf!" and those bastards spring into action with no reason or reasoning at all.

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit... It's the only way to be sure.

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Iranian coder faces execution 'for building smut websites'

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Mushroom

@ Never, ever visit

Someone once said: "a nation has the government it deserves" or something along those lines

It's hard to prove it as either true or false, but the empirical experience, all over the world, seems to back it up...

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Experts: We're stuck with passwords – and maybe they're best

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Nah, you just save the super password inside an unrelated excel or txt document somewhere in your PC. That's what I do, and unless someone starts reading each and every file in my computer (and knowing what are they looking for) I think it's secure enough.

Now, if you manage to forget not only the super password but also the place where you saved it... you have bigger things to worry about, such as that Alzheimer...

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Spammers hit mobes with QR code junkmail jump pads

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Facepalm

Weird... I don't use QR codes very often, but whenever I scan one with my phone, it superimposes the actual URL over the image from the camera, and I have to actually click on "accept" to go to the site.

That way I can read the link before clicking on it... I thought this would be the standard behavior, but I'm probably wrong

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Hubble shows images from record-breaking 13.1 billion light-years

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Mushroom
Going by the balloon comparison: The dots painted on the surface also expand in the same proportion as the space between them... are we also expanding with the universe? are we getting "bigger" in some dimension my puny brain is unable to even start comprehend? ... my mind literally boggles. I'm feeling dizzy, and small, after reading all these comments
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Pluto's blushing complexion riddle solved by boffins

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Alien

By Aiur!

That's the face of Executor Artanis, right there

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Mythbusters cannonball ‘myth-fires’

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Coffee/keyboard

I tried to read that out loud... now my monitor is covered with spit.

Thanks a lot, Mark

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Reg man the most-flamed recruiter in the UK?

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Trollface

Easy!

Maybe one or two of the comments of this article will be featured on the COTW next Friday... Just go to its comments section. That way you'll be able to comment on the article about the comments on the article on the comments of the article

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Lego movie greenlighted by Warner Bros

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Trollface

Can't tell if trolling or...

no, please... you've got to be trolling, right?

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BOFH: We don't need no stinkin' upgrade

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Firefox, anyone?

I installed version 4 a few weeks ago, after being nagged endlessly to get out of version 3.6... But then, they they started pumping out a whole new version number every what, 2 days?

I don't really know what is the newest version anymore, 7, 10, 666?

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Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

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Oe, oeoeoe! Ticos, Ticos!

So proud to see my Alma Mater competing in the Challenge!

The ITCR, better known as "Tec", is a well respected university in the country and the region, but yes it needs to create a name for itself internationally. This is a perfect opportunity... as far as I'm aware, the team is composed of students of at least 3 different careers, so it's an university-wide effort in that regard

Best of luck to the boys and girl in the team!

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Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

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search: do +not +evil

Did you mean "Do evil"?

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HP flip-flops on sale of Personal Systems Group

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Not only PSG, but the company as a whole can, and should win some confidence with this announcement.

So far Withman is doing a decent job tranquilizing the people inside the company, which is the first step for HP to try and recover after this horrible year.

Many of us were scared sh*tless every time Leo was near a microphone...

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Apple's iPod: ten years old

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I'm not an fanboi, not by a long shot, but I have to admit the 3rd gen iPod is rock solid, and was a great investment for me, back in 2006. Mine still gets daily use as both portable drive and mp3 player.

I still think the Windows version of iTunes should be treated by the ICC as a crime against humanity, though.

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Flashback: The Quest for Identity

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What a great game!!

As many have already said in the comments: Thanks for the memories!

I played it on a Sega Genesis I bought with my brothers, in the mid 90's. We had to pool our savings and in the end got the console, 2 controllers and 5 o 6 games. Flashback was by far the best of them.

At that time, I was on high school, and was just starting to learn English, so my level was bad, to say the least (not that it is stellar now...). I remember the struggle to understand the dialogs and the plot, with a dictionary by my side. In the end I and my brothers played it so many times we knew it by heart... but it was a great way to learn English

Oh, and the phrase "you're too young to drink... beat it" the bartender says when you question him about the Replicants baffled us to no end. The expression "beat it" remained meaningless for us for years!

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Dubstep ringtone wins Nokia compo

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Joke

So, that's the sound you'd get if you were able to brutally torture a 56k modem, possibly with instruments borrowed from the Spanish Inquisition...

Wait... I don't see any "no modems were harmed during the recording of this ringtone" disclaimer...

YOU MONSTERS!!

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Kapsalon v quesadillas

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I came to point that out, but you covered pretty much every thing.... It's no wonder this "quesadilla" lost the round

No salsa and no guacamole makes quesadilla a dull snack...

No salsa and no guacamole makes quesadilla a dull snack

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Ten... Androids to outshine the iPhone 4S

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@AC 22:18 GMT

Nope, that one doesn´t work... Personally I dislike Google just as much as Apple (and their respective fanbases), and I know I'm far from being the only person who thinks that way.

I've found that, in many ways, the most raging Fanbois and Fandroids (the extreme ones) can be compared to religious extremists and annoying, self-righteous atheists, respectively.

Without any other sane options (WebOS is dead and Win Phone is Win Phone) I'll have to keep my aging Nokia alive well over its expiration date...

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Pandemonium as Microsoft AV nukes Chrome browser

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Hanlon's razor

Yes, Microsoft is an evil company, but I'd bet this time (as with most of their actions) it was their stupidity and not their malice what got them into trouble.

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Facebook suggests sharing everything all the time

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Stop

F8?

So,the conference is called F8. What does it mean, anyway?

I'm not luent in "1337" speak, but I read it as either "Fate" or "Fake"... none of these names are very reassuring, in my opinion

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f8: Facebook Zucks in video and music for content king crown

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@you forgot about

I have no doubt "Google Smut" already exists and is being tested somewhere inside the Chocolate Factory

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Gears of War 3

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The correct phrase es "mano a mano" (hand to hand)

In Spanish, "Mano y mano" (hand AND hand) just doesn't make any god damned sense

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US survey: 1 in 5 telecommuters work an hour or less a day

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I don't get it

That boils down to awful management... a coworker tried a similar "schedule". It worked fine for him for maybe two weeks. After that, management addressed the situation: he got a stern warning letter and the promise that next time he'll get the pink slip. Problem fixed.

Personally I didn't like the situation. Supposedly, we are all adults here and shouldn't be threatened to do what we are supposed to do, but I guess there's people that mentally never leaves primary school...

In any case, if a person can log in for just 1 hour a day and nobody notices, the company has far greater problems than just lazy workers...

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Man City boss quits over cancer email

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@yoinkster

Makes total sense... I would have never understood the message that way (or any other way, TBH)

Thanks a lot! This digital pint is for you

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Paris Hilton

Me neither

I read and re-read the letter and honestly can't even understand what the guy tried to say, much less how it offends Dr. Onuoha...

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Apollo 17 Moon landing: Shock revelations

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No BofH? No problem!

"Yet another BOfH-less Friday morning?" I asked to myself today while taking the second coffee cup of the day... the soul crushing thought was almost unbearable.

But then, a title in my RSS feed drew my attention, like a hobo to cheap beer...

And just like that, 1800 x 635 pixels of pure win changed my mood, and kept me (relatively) sane till pub o'clock.

True story

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London Philharmonic to give videogame music concert

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Nintendo will

It's not the same show, but Nintendo is organizing symphonic concerts in Los Angeles and London to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Zelda, and will be recording them to include the CD as a bonus in Skyward Sword.

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Apple blasted for toxic waste spewed by iDevice suppliers

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Don't force me... to be... in Apple's... side !

So it hasn't been proved that these polluters work for Apple, and they may even supply other companies!

Apple is named only to get free publicity, what a shameful tactic...

... I feel dirty now...

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IBM builds biggest-ever disk for secret customer

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Pirate

MP3

What's El Reg's standard unit for storage capacity?

If it is not the MP3, it should be...

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Post-Jobs run on overpriced Apple shares fails to occur

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I've always found oddly amusing...

that the authorized Apple representative where I live is named "iCon"

Makes me smile every time I see their advertisement.

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Google+ bans real name under ‘Real Names’ policy

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Big Brother

Reality Distortion Field+

“If you edit your name to comply with our policies in the future … we can re-review your profile”

Now it not only changes the way the company perceives reality, but attempts to *actually* change the reality itself.

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Apple sued over Mac OS X 'quick boot'

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Mushroom

Re: what we need is

What we need is that Apple use its mighty legal muscles for a good cause, for once, and counter sue these arseholes into oblivion.

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Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'

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Enlightenment

Didn't know Enlightenment desktop manager was still alive. I can take a look at Bodhi for his fact alone... I loved that manager, running over slackware, in the college network

Ah, memories

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Official: Pastafarian strainer titfer is religious headgear

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Re: What an arse

If only, mr. Code Monkey, if only...

But in my experience there is a minority of atheist than can be as annoying and fanatic as the very well known minority of annoying and fanatic god-botherers.

I think the down votes in your post exemplify this...

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BOFH vs PFY: There can be only one (on the exes chit)

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Re: Out-BOFH

The BOFH was outBOFH'd by an outsider a couple of years ago... that episode and the subsequent, swift revenge are probably my favorite articles ever.

Of course, the PFY still has too much to learn before he can attempt something so bold, although it's unlikely that he lives until the time he gets enough experience

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