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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

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@csmac3144

Maybe he'd have been a trillionaire - but being a twat kept him down to mere billionaire status... ;-)

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CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

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Well, not really...

Although it's been depicted in many movies, the fact that the CIA has operated autonomously as a law unto itself certainly in the 1950's, 60's & 70's has been pretty well documented in several serious & respected publications/whistleblowings.

The only difference between now and then is that they're a little less blatant about it.

After all, they're keeping the world safe for Democracy, Mom's Apple Pie, and the American Way...

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

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Re: Clearly...

Not to mention the ego of hitherto unforeseen dimensions...

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Anti-snoop Blackphone hits shelves in June: NOW we'll see how much you value privacy

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It doesn't have to be the handset...

If various forms of spookery switch (or reinforce) their attention to examining things at the telco end, then wouldn't Blackphone users be living in a fool's paradise?

Sure it might not be easy, but never underestimate the twisted genius of the spook community

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Ethernet boffins get ready to kick off 400G development

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Wow...

If my employer installs that, I can only imagine how much more quickly Lotus Notes will be able to tell me it can't find the server...

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Bill Gates is BACK... as CHIEF RICH human of PLANET EARTH

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Hmmm...

"...maybe such charity donations are the only way his life has any meaning for him..."

Possibly so, but I still consider his reasons or motivations are irrelevant. His foundation will, inevitably give life a lot more meaning (and, hopefully some ease) to some poor sods somewhere.

That is what really counts.

I'm no Microsoft fan (MacPro, iPhone & iPad mini) but I give Bill a thumbs-up here, and doff my metaphorical hat to him.

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Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

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"...do more to tackle paedophiles, extremists and terrorists who operate on the internet..."

And as a byproduct, keep tabs on anyone else who happens to use the internet.

A pox on them all, and a plague on all their houses.

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UK.gov back-office battle may see British Justice offshored

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It follows... (Re: Utterly fantastic)

After all, British Government and lawmaking has been offshored to Brussells...

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Fanbois sent into FITS of RAGE by fake Steve Jobs statue competition

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Come on, Jasper...

"...sent into an incandescent rage..."

I've told you several million times - "Don't exaggerate"

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Who earns '$7k a month' but can't even legally drink? A tech intern!

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Re: Ummm...

You mean my degrees in "Golf course management" & "Media studies with creative dance" won't make me rich???

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PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'

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Carl Icahn...

...is beginning to appear like a spoilt brat. Everyone's wrong if they don't want to do things his way.

He's starting to resemble an opportunistic asset-stripper...

All 'allegedly' and IMHO. of course...

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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Re: I can't keep up

Since when did baboons shave their asses?

Is there anything else they're up to that I don't know about?

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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I take it...

...that Mr Ranson resides in secure accommodation.

If not, why not?

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

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Love it:-

"...Samsung should be very concerned at what Huawei might be demonstrating in two to three years' time. So should everyone else..."

Great:- effective competition spurs everyone forwards. The consumer/purchaser only gains from this.

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BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

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Fervent wish...

If only life could reflect this episode 100% - mind you, I doubt if I could afford all the wardrobes I'd need...

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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@NumptyScrub Re: *facepalm*

"...government for the people..."

Too few words:

"...government for the people who form the government..."

That's more honest & how it is...

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European Space Agency: PLATO will seek out 'ADVANCED LIFE forms'... 'SLIME'

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No need...

...to go that far.

"...survey of nearby planets for indications from advanced life forms (as well as slime)..."

A survey of this planet would show some pretty advanced life forms, and if they checked in local and national government offices all around the planet, they'd find the semi-intelligent slime.

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Clear objective unbiased reporting...

"...hampered by Cupertino's greed..."

Nothing to do with a company ensuring it has the supplies/raw materials it anticipates needing over the next three years. Do companies apologise for a shortage of product saying "We could have got the materials we needed, but we thought it fairer to order insufficient for our needs so every one of our competitors could also have some"?

It appears that that's the way to go if:-

a) It's Jasper writing

and

b) It's Apple he's writing about.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Speak for yourself...

"...The biggest idiot today isn't Facebook. It's us..."

Not if you never had, currently don't have, and never will have a Facebook account or presence.

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

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Auntie Beeb...

...informed me of this late yesterday evening by sending a message to my 'phone which read;-

"Facebook pays $16bn (£9.6bn) for what Mark Zuckerberg calls 'incredibly valuable' WhatsApp massaging service".

They issued a correction 27 mins later, but I prefer the original output.

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HP 'KNEW' about Autonomy's hardware sales BEFORE the whistle blew: report

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HP knew...

"HP knew about Autonomy's hardware and reseller sales long before a whistleblower pointed them out and the company wrote down its acquisition by $8.8bn, the Financial Times has claimed"

Colour me unsurprised...

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Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro

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Re: Don't want it. Don't need it.

"Don't want it. Don't need it."

Then don't buy it - or are you just trying to show how superior you are"

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Whoa, Tel

Sloppy writing?

It's Jasper, innit?

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North Korea to switch on the interwebs

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Re: "[N]othing is ever straightforward"

@I ain't Spartacus

"...What you can't do, is dance to their tune..."

Quite correct; there's a name for doing so: appeasement.

Lots of us Brits remember last time we tried appeasement on a large scale.

Munich 1938.

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Apple's Hacker Princess dumps fruity firm for Elon Musk's Tesla

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"fruity firm"

Can we all club together to buy Jasper a new cliché for his birthday?

This one's a little past its 'sell by' date.

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Apple in bid to turn MORE and MORE humans into iPhone-stroking fanbois

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Re: Bombproof

@Heisenberg...

You're fomenting uncertainty again.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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@xperroni

"...a replacement notebook for the wife..."

Seems like a fair trade...

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Time to pack in your job: Someone FINALLY needs a cat vids curator

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Re: Choices choices choices

"...won't have to look/behave like a twunt working for Apple..."

Nope! Just carry on being one writing guff like this.

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'I plead guilty to DDoS conspiracy and these GCHQ b*stards were doing the SAME thing?'

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Ha!

There is a delicious irony in the biter being bit...

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Google will dodge EU MONSTER FINES by 'promoting' rival search services

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Ye Gods!

Who agreed this?

Dave Hartnett?

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Pournelle's Iron Law

Iron Law of Bureaucracy

In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.

Sums it all up rather well, doesn't it?

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Apple's Tim Cook: Fear not, worried investors, new product salvation is 'absolutely' on the way

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Re: Blimey...

"The world has indeed gone mad."

Not all of it:- only those who give any import or credence to the jabberings of analysts...

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Re: High end "smartphone" market is mature

Indeed, Sir:- bad news of that sort pertaining to my earnings/bank account would be most welcome.

Analysts are the bad news in this scenario; I cannot understand how they manage to persuade someone to part with oodles of money to them, giving in return 'guesses' that are about as reasoned and accurate as those coming from a seaside fortune-teller.

As regards Tim Cook:-

'"We're working on things that you see that we're shipping today, but we're [also] working on things that are not," Cook told analysts and reporters'

In other words, Apple is continuing to operate just as it always has by not announcing work in progress or future projects. Why the hell should they happily inform their competitors what's in the pipeline?

If a few cretinous analysts end up with egg on their faces, and some greedy speculators/gamblers get their fingers burned, who gives a damn?

Before all the anti-Apple brigade down vote this, I would sal that the foregoing applies to any technology company.

Perhaps a cull of analysts & speculators could be a new team sport?

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

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Re: Why let truth get in the way...

Nothing wrong with internment camps - as long as the right people* are interned...

*Politicos, senior civil servants, senior bankers etc. etc.

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: Powerbook 170

Not so!

"...a Mac with a BUILT-IN floppy drive - rare as hens' teeth these days..." - Correct.

But get a Mac WITHOUT a built-in floppy drive, attach a USB floppy drive (Circa £7.00) et voila..

Not exactly rocket science

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@ukgnome

"Doesn't the OS look just like windows?"

Maybe so - but that was in the days when Windows looked like nothing on earth (Win 3.1) and it wasn't until Windows 95 that Microsoft had begun to look more like Apple (but without the fluid functionality).

So it would be more appropriate to ask "Doesn't the OS look just like the Windows of the future?"

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@Ben Rose

They don't do it the way I want to do it so I hate them with a vengeance and issue a fatwah on all their products.

Obviously the kind of rational, reasoning purchaser every supplier yearns for...

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HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

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Re: 8.1's not bad

I'm a veteran Mac user - so I'll mostly sit on the fence re Windows:- I run a virtual machine with Windows 7 and I have tried Win8 elsewhere but wasn't too keen so I stayed with my VM on 7.

My real point is to agree whole-heartedly with you about trackpads: I don't care if it's by Apple, Sony or HP - give me an honest-to-goudness mouse any time.

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Amazon workers in Delaware reject trade union membership

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Re: UNIONS

Unfortunately many of the posts on this forum are a perfect example of macrocosm in microcosm, with the entrenched almost extremist attitudes shown regarding Unions & Management.

There are (as usual) good and bad in both, like it or not.

For every bolshie, closet-marxist megalomaniac McCluskey there is a corresponding diametrically-opposed manager of the Goodwin or Murdoch persuasion. Neither are nice (or good) people.

There are many examples of good management and of bad or ineffectual management - similarly there are examples of good union pressure and also of disastrous union intransigence.

As reported by AC 16 Jan 19:29, in my home town of Wolverhampton, a major employer, Goodyear Tyres, attempted to bring in productivity agreements which were far from drastic, but intransigent union politico-neanderthals intervened with the result that the plant closed, with the jobs 'exported'. I also accept that the weak and corrupt (allegedly for the benefit of any of m'learned friends reading this) management at Leyland Cars contributed enormously to the company's demise.

The best answer is to overcome entrenched historical prejudices, to realise that working together rather than in opposition, is bound to produce mutual benefit to both sides: let's hope that sooner rather than later, common sense will emerge and perhaps our industries can once again become industrious.

Looking at our leaders, though;- I won't hold my breath...

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Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

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Re: Are there no prisons?

A referee's whistle, blown as hard as you can right by the telephone mouthpiece, has proved to a good deterrent to these scum.

I gather it can be rather excruciating to be on the receiving end...

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Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

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@T. F. M. Reader

Not just the Chinese military:-

"Frequent targets of the uber-snoop tech include the Chinese Army, along with Russian military networks, trade institutes within the European Union, systems used by Mexican police and drug cartels, and folk in Saudi Arabia, India, and Pakistan."

In other words, pretty much of the rest of the world. And I thought "Team America: World Police" was satire...

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BT banks on ex-HSBC man to take charge of Openreach biz

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Re: Oh, really? @Phil W

I'll take your point - but I won't give HSBC any right to any moral high ground for at least the US authorities had a go at them for laundering drug/terrorist money, and they offered Swiss accounts to UK residents deliberately trying to hide money from HMRC: oh, the list is endless...

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Oh, really?

"...he helped steer the bank through the financial crisis..."

Would that be the same financial crisis he helped the bank create?

And then "steered it through" by getting bailed out by the rest of us non-bankers?

Without us having any say in the matter.

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Foot-loving cat burglar nicks THREE THOUSAND individual socks

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Re: But.. what does this say about the underwear?

Another keyboard, please.

My cat will be round to collect it shortly.

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Apple fails to shake antitrust watchdog loose, receives judge slapdown

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Re: ... hardly surprising that "lawyers get paid a lot of money".

"...I've now lost the will to do anything good and creative in my life..."

Then you're at least halfway qualified to be a lawyer.

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Slovenian jailed for creating code behind 12 MILLION strong 'Mariposa' botnet army

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Re: Future historians and Windows era...

I'm a time traveller:-

in the past 24 hours I've gone from yesterday into today: and in another few hours I'll segue into tomorrow.

:-)

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Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

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That's more like it...

Seasoned, rational, well-thought out and well expressed discourse.

I don't agree with all commenters, but I whole-heartedly commend them for the intelligence and reason shown.

How the Reg used to be - with the "Yar Boo Sucks" name-calling element conspicuous by its (relative) absence.

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Re: my earlier post:- 30/12/13 @ 17:47

Hmmm... 12 thumbs down.

Since I made no comment, either for or against the Global Warming theories, but just pointed out that the number of proponents does not change the veracity or validity of the argument, then I just suppose that there are many commenters who perhaps:-

fail in English comprehension

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viscerally react without due consideration

or

actually believe that if you get more people onside, it somehow proves your argument.

or

any permutation of several or all of the above.

Nice to see reasoned discourse still rules...

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

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But...

...what happens if a grunt gets fired upon, pees himself and shorts out?

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