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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Ace in the hole

As a red blooded American slacker I was initially alarmed at this blatant ploy to make life easier for bureaucrats.

But then I thought, we have slacker methodology light years ahead of anything the Brit Civil Service can deploy.

They will never catch up, [METHODS REDACTED IN THE INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY but it sure is fun to watch them try. Pffft ... amatures]

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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Re: And yet again...

I think business should stop touching themselves on this one.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Re: Smelly pirates ahoy...

Ahoy, upvote for you Matey, because I do smell.

I have to admit it was fun hearing people cough rude personal hygiene remarks on "Talk Like A Pirate Day".

I'll miss that :(

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Big Brother

Cos, y'know, it's bad for business.

Think of how much it would cost if it was good for business

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Paris Hilton

That's it ...

... this must stop forthwith.

Where do I send naked pictures of myself to the NSA ?

Any libido that can withstand that trauma, requires Plan B.

Plan B:either fision or fusion.

Paris, because this is man's work.

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EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'

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ok, listen up, I'll say this one time only.

Web Architecture means Unicodes are the only thing which have "No right to be forgotten". (Transport Protocol + Top Level Domain) = UnicodeDigit[1], followed by the other "digits". This is a one or more digit transfer [a frame], an anti-pattern - give me everything which matches the pattern. IANA made a quick buck by offering Generic Top Level Domains (gTLD's). Good scam, but it did not change Web Architecture. The "old Boss", UnicodeDigit[1], was an empty suit. Meet the New Boss, etc.

Microsoft and Google et. al. (including the NSA) all wanted to be the Old Boss, now they all want to be the New Boss, because Bosses are unforgetable.

See the problem ? The Old Boss was an empty suit and so is the New Boss.

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NSA dragnet mostly slurped innocents' traffic

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the word "internally" makes all the difference

"Nine out of Ten" to one significant figure means 90% noise and 10% fanatical true believer psychosis interfereing with the reception of the other 10% noise.

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Re: 6 degrees of separation...

I agree.

The NSA is playing meta data Roulette. They misunderstand this game of chance - Red, Black or Green, no Blue, Pink or Purple, a run of numbers don't mean shit.

Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés.

(In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.)

Louis Pasteur

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What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

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@silent_count

Mr Grayson did "the correct thing". He turned the evidence over to Occam's Razor.

"Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor and in Latin lex parsimoniae) is a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in problem-solving devised by William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347). It states that among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected."

BTW, Google Translate gets "lex parsimoniae" right - The Law of Parsimony.

Simply put, the burden of proof is on General Alexander to prove The Law of Parsimony wrong.

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Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'

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Re: With NYT-editorial levels of truthiness, we boldly go....

c.f. "Prima Nocta" Amazon EULA pp. 732 paragraph 8.G.(37)

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Surprise! NSA's first ever 'transparency' 'report' is anything but

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Re: Accuracy

Dear NSA,

Oops.

If those National Security Letters were delivered on Tuesdays or Thursdays and did not have a Buy-One-Get-One-Free Jumbo Jack Coupon attached, I may have thrown them out.

Could you resend ? (Oh and please attach the coupon, please, it's for the Children)

Sincerely,

Ms. G. Oogle

P.S. Upvote for that kind man Mr. Jefe

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

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Re: Reason 6

I think that's true, but I'm not sure that's the point.

Much of Entertainment Industry Control Freakery Fairytales (EICFF) are predicated on the rather dubious notion that added mass is added value.

That went titsup many years ago: "I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia." - Woody Allen (decades ago)

1) We now know that Mr. Allen was ignoreing the Higgs Field commentary in the margins. INDIE Music is missing magic sub-atomics and the American anti-trust "watchdogs" are perfectly proper to ignore these mere artists until of course somebody, some "consumer", or "user" miscreant declares The Emperor's New Clothes to be Higgs Boson and commercial potential free.

2) At that point, the anti-trust watchdogs who have been humping Holywood's Leg will experience an urge to bite an Empty Suit in the crotch.

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Germany dumps Verizon for Deutsche Telekom over NSA spying

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Re: Dear Verizon....

"For decades the NSA and other government agencies have spied on anything and everything they possibly could, without regard for the laws of this country, without regard for the wishes of the congress, and without regard for the wishes of the citizens of this country"

My fellow, 'Merkin ... nice job, over all, one comment though:

Hyperbole doesn't help, so I would say something like "two decades" to avoid the over-40 eyerolls.

That said, please do not fail to mention this little factoid:

a) The Phone system began as "Party Lines".

b) Both the Central Exchange (which made private lines possible) and Telephone Booths (which made implementation of private conversations possible) were innovations made within two decades of the invention of the Telephone.

So, within two decades of the invention of the Telephone, market forces led to innovations which promoted user privacy. The Telecommunications Industry could not compete against "market forces", except by realizing a monopoly. However, no such market forces exist in the general case; information exchange is both a utility and a commodity, therefore there is no expectation that any innovations promoting individual privacy will ever be forthcoming and a Government monopoly on private communications is non-essential to commerce. Why ?

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You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

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Next time I'll drive you

What a tragic waste of Beer Friday this is.

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Occupy Google: Protesters attack ad giant as I/O gets underway

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Re: @ dan1980

Ignored this too ...

According to the protestors Google said that they were welcome to stay but might get wet from the firm's garden sprinkler system. But as night came the local police turned out and broke up the protest, with 10 arrests for trespassing reported.

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California is famous for a "Three Strikes" law, but if you are big enough and evil enough then "Three Squared Plus One" arrest records which will ruin any future prospects of these Little People stupid enough to believe in corporate slogans is a small price to pay for Law And Order.

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Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

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Yes, I think was Goering, but perhaps we ought to think differently about that observation.

Repeating a lie over and over provides a tactical retort to arguments to reason based on Occam's Razor (Lex Parsimoniae) when the lie is simpler than the truth. Lies about Technology are a special case. Sir Isaac Newton could explain gravity to you, but you would be very hard pressed to explain Velcro to him without saying something like "it's magic FFS!". My point is: Occam's Razor fails to distinguish between magic and mendacity after the first iteration.

One can not base a strategy or Government Policy on "creeping up" on Fairness and Justice.

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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

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Re: Well he would still be roaming the streets in the UK

Entrapment ?

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US Supreme Court: Duh, obviously cops need a warrant to search mobes

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Light sprinkle of sanity

Yes, there was that.

There is some suggestion that rotten Security Theater cake can not be iced into respectability too, and that is a good thing. The idea that intrusions are the normal and protection is the desirable technology to counter this "fact of modern life" is showing a few cracks in the coverage is a very good thing.

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Judge could bin $325m wage-fixing settlement in Silicon Valley

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Re: Another reason not to have every tech company in the same small area

Chill, Don.

No, I don't expect a Federal Judge to stick her nose in Tax or Trade matters.

OTOH, this could very easily be brought under the RICO statute which would certainly prevent future "misunderstandings" not only in Silicon Valley but elsewhere.

Wage-Fixing is not a "cybercrime" and as you probably know Big Al Capone went down for Tax Evasion.

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Re: Another reason not to have every tech company in the same small area

Lucy Koh is a Federal Judge.

"These companies put these in place to stave off the extreme amount of competition over the local talent pool and because California law does not recognize non-compete agreements. This can be fixed by moving offices to other cities/states, many of which would welcome them with open arms and hand out tax breaks like they are going out of style."

These companies put "these" in place because they are racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations under section 901(a) of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970.

This can be "fixed" by demanding an immediate repatriation of offshore funds with the payment of taxes due.

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WTF ?

Did this exchange take place in open court ?

I can not believe that Justice is so blind, deaf, dumb and stupid that Administrative Mechanisms such as "Class Action" have any bearing whatsoever on the legal remedy suggested.

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However, the plaintiffs’ attorney Kelly Dermody said yesterday that the case faced serious risks if it went all the way through the trial and on to appeal, because the US Supreme Court hasn’t been kind to class-action suits lately.

"Those are very, very real risks for plaintiffs," she said, adding that the settlement was already the largest antitrust employee deal ever reached "by far”.

But Koh said she wasn’t so sure that the Supreme Court would get involved in this particular case.

“If there was going to be good case for further restricting class actions, I'm not sure this is the one," she said.

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

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Re: Cell Phones

So, how does that work with a bricked phone ? Especially when Authorities can brick a phone ?

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Re: Kill switch is significantly different than provider lockout

Thanks NP, I was writing while you were answering my real question ... see below ...

What good is it for a Government to cut their citizens off from Emergency Services over Commercial Disputes ?

Here's your upvote.

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Cell Phones

Long ago, in the US, any (intact) cell phone had to be able to make a (free) call to the emergency number (9-1-1, Police, Fire, Ambulance, etc.)

The utility of this business-hating, anti-capitalist, satanistic policy was pretty straight forward, it saved beau coup meatbag lives and property. Quaint when that mattered; it was the closest the Consumer Electronics Industry ever got to Noblesse oblige.

Did Europe have the same rule ?

How do you do this with a bricked phone ?

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D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer

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Re: I think I know what's up

I wanted to simultaneously vote this up and down but obviously El Reg's website is under the influence of superposition (rather early in the day isn't it guys ?)

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

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"This is not a new thing. It's pretty much how the world worked before mass communication allowed some to believe it is possible to control everything from a single location."

Seriously Sirius Lee, you are just millimeters away from being right ... Mass Communication does not validate that control belief. Assholes and Amoral Monsters have "the belief" and imagine they got it from Mass Communication.

The "Silk Road" worked because it had the Pope on one end and the Mongol Khan on the other. There was no Mass Communication involved, what actually "worked" was the fear of turning your back on either the Pope or the Khan.

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Re: Cloud security

I'll drink excessively to that.

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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What happens when girls don't learn to code and do something else ?

Ask Lucy Koh

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/20/no_hire_pact_settlement_judge_concerned/

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Slippery Google greases up, aims to squirm out of EU privacy grasp

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Yikes

"The Germans in particular feel so strongly about privacy, that such a move would be an affront. Google can dream of a world without laws to inhabit its behaviour. It's not going to get a world without Germans."

Google Gleichschaltung

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AT&T: 'twas conniving contractors who nicked your info

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Re: ...is a phone company doing with SSNs?

... the ATT Man Behind The Curtain(tm) needed it, because the Apple MBTC(patent pending) had it first.

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Boffins lay out 'practical requirements' of 'realistic' QUANTUM COMPUTER

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Re: Can we test this?

" at the least, it is a very good fridge..."

AH-HA! I knew this was beer related.

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

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Last I heard ...

Mother Earth was 29 Million something. Of course she has never looked a day over 35 Million. Now either quit complaining or get off her.

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Former Microsoftie becomes US ambassador, opts to swear in on KINDLE

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There's plenty of jokes in here somewheres

The Opera ain't over until the Microsoftie swears at Amazon, etc.

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Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

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Hmmm ...

"Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups"

You know this is just plain silly because ...

Men never ask directions, and if Women found only two then the other 98 have stepped away from the known universe. Some may have left "will return in ___never____ minutes" signs but women could find those, so I don't think that' the full explanation. Maybe El Reg Authors charge extra for Past Participles.

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US escalates Stingray mobe-snooping secrecy battle as judge unseals evidence

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Evidence suggests "Stingray" is cooler than "Keystone"

Asimov was being paid piecework when he came up with three rules of robotics.

Law Enforcement can get by on only one.

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YOU - NASA. Enough with the ROBOTS, get some PEOPLE to MARS

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Re: Humans > robots?

Mars: it's just like London (was) before the invention of umbrellas and liquor.

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OMG

Could it possibly be that the business of Travel can not be monetized incrementally ?

Columbus and NASA have more common methods than they would care to admit. Columbus sailed west and stopped at the nearest beach to ask directions. The Chinese or Vikings may have suggested that approach. NASA went to within an inch of the Moon and crash landed. They are hoping to serialize the navigation failure with other celestial bodies.

Meanwhile, the Titanic hit a floating rock and sunk. Who knew rocks float ? Now you know why cynics say "Basic Research is what you do when you don't know what you are doing."

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Has Google gone too far? Indie labels say it's crunch time for The New Economy

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@KjetilS

"I truly don't see why a streaming deal should contain cash advances?"

Sadly, I do.

The reason why Spam "works" is not because "somebody is buying". The Spam Industry is paid in advance. Spam subverts the flow of information the same way High Frequency Trading subverts the Time Value of Money.

You are absolutely right that "A streaming deal should be pay per volume", but that does not mean the work of the unpopular should be done for free (or is not "work", if you prefer).

The Economic Man will starve you to death and hit on your kid sister at your funeral. You can not beat that mindless greed fair transaction by fair transaction. Once in a while, you have to pay to listen to some not-so-good music.

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Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

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Re: Divide the wealth equally today...

"It may not be all the same people that are rich, but a good number of them will be."

Um, there's a problem.

I live in a High Density Urban Cluster of self-serving opportunists (Texas, USA). Sometimes I feel sorry for Brits. If you can not find a con man in Texas, you may be a corrupt government functionary, but you are most certainly the worst archaelogist who ever lived because they have been here forever and are buried all over the place.

Do as you say and a good number of them will be rich. Models of social justice should start with the assumption that the probability of finding a pit in a peach is 100%.

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Re: That assumes continuation of state education and the NHS

Yes, but there is a timing problem there. If you own a shop you put some currency aside at night to make change when you open in the morning. If that curency is stolen overnight, then you look for the thief. You can raise prices in the morning to cover the loss, but the "business" problem of making change depends on your ability to go to the Bank and withdraw currency - from retained earnings or as a loan. Here's the timing problem, what if the Bank said, "You have neither credit nor currency, so wait for our next Shareholder Report wherein we say we have plenty of currency and help everybody" ?

So, as the author pointed out, if an Economist throws you under a bus, NHS will sweep up. Economists take credit for this sort of thing.

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Indie record labels to haul YouTube before the European Commission

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Re: the real story here

Yup, nice catch.

The INDIE Music Labels are a fine example of how Crowdsourcing can impede a perfectly viable plan for global domination. We live in a bizzaro world Animal Farm where some monopolies are not as important as others.

I'd be more comfy is Google Driverless Cars looked more like Trabant's. I think they will, in time.

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'Inaccurate' media misleads public on European Court's Google ruling

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Re: Google-friendly?

That is a good point. But just maybe the sky is not falling, the ground is rising up to gobsmack that silly smirk off Google's face.

Here is my take:

Normally "The Law" would have to catch up with Technology. At one time "Close Cover Before Striking" (on matchbook covers) were the most frequently read words in the English Language. I imagine "The Law lags Technology" or something like that is the reigning world champion. Businesses operated in Public cannot avoid periodic reporting of their success or not-quite-complete success, etc. in quarterly Conference Calls or Annual Reports. When you increase shelf-life of information, you had better think ahead as to the end game. Google did not, and now the clock is ticking on disingenuous self-serving crap argument doled out in Court. Lawyers will not risk contempt of Court and their professional careers. It does not help when the Judge can call a short recess and with a tap, tap, tap of the keyboard find out how peers worldwide ruled. Google may be about to find out how useful this Internet thingie can be.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Re: Nice try Cookie..

Not evidence, but maybe precident ...

"Opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one" -- Wilt Chaimberlain (1936-1999)

In this case, the assholes both make OS's, but the difference is minor.

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'Press Like for 1MB of data': Facebook picks up Pryte in-app data tech

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[Privacy-aware readers may point out that this tech would monitor a vast amount of stuff being done on a handset, something of potential concern given the recent Snowden revelations.—Ed.]

Undistracted readers may point out that Privacy Violations were not invented by the Snowden revelations.

But nice try, Ed.

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Amazon workers in Germany celebrate strike anniversary with ... ANOTHER STRIKE

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Oops

Wasn't Amazon going to deliver solutions by drone ?

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

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Re: @Salts

Normally I'd just agree and move on, but I see a real opportunity here ...

If they would enclose the electrons in "... a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.", it would not feed the hungry but would be a quantum leap forward in snacks.

More details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baklava

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Genius

Genius. Now there's a word I don't often hear applied to the lifestyle of poor musicians and campaigning politicians

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Business Friendly

Well, Ben, you know how tough it is for startups to gain a toe hold on competitive markets.

Perhaps if you offered to shut down BART then Google could work feverishly to develop a driverless car that stops at red lights.

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Re: Can it honk?

"... they simply avoid areas of bad drivers and broken traffic lights."

Brilliant!!!!!

This will enable them to exclude most of the EU and not just France or Paris.

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Re: I like driving, but...

Yes, but this is Google so there will be timing issues ... that's probably an obscure way to put it

OK. What I really want to know is: Do you make a mad dash for the commode when the adverts go off and the movie comes on ? Will there be sufficient time before the ads come back on again ?

Perhaps some Do No Evil(tm) time shifting features could insure you could always back up the movie so as not to miss any advertising ? A crowdsourceable commode, maybe ? I'm just tossing out these ideas, this has to be thought through or the Technology will be the bane of us all.

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