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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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I wholeheartedly concur...

...and admire your remarkable restraint in your descriptions.

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Blighty could put a (WO)MAN on MARS by 2040, says sci minister

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Re: Please!"

Harriet Harman's a woman???

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For a start...

We could bring an unbelievably useless PM (as bad as his two predecessors), who in common with those two, has a massive ego with absolutely no justification for it whatsoever.

He could have some value as ballast - to be jettisoned whenever necessary or desirable.

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Teary-eyed snappers recall the golden age of film

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Great article.

I've seen many take the machine-gun approach:- fire off 299 shots and one will hit the target.

Lack of (spare) funds keep me wedded to my film kit (2 F4s & 1 F-801s bodies) and I shoot Fujichrome: Cost also means each shot is generally considered - but not of course, always successful. Still enjoy it & find it relaxing - and my faithful old Coolscan V lets me share with friends and family.

It's obviously different for a Pro, when you need to put food on the table & keep the wolf from the door, but as an amateur, I honestly don't think it matters a damn what you use if - a) you enjoy it , and b) you're happy with your results.

Chill:- and enjoy!

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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@NumptyScrub - Re: I genuinely do not understand...

"...Confidence tricksters, banking institutions, politicians...all exploit"

A degree of tautology there, perhaps?

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EC antitrust cops raid offices of Philips, Samsung, others

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Err...

...if they're all competing against each other to see who can be the most anti-competitive, will it stand up in court?

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Developer unleashes bowel-shaking KILLER APP for Google Glass

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Re: Austin Powers App

"...I and every other bloke would end up using it for "ZOOMING IN" on women's "TITS"..."

Even Graham Norton?

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SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it

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That headline...

"SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it"...

Is the first line of El Reg's Oath of Allegiance "Hate Apple & be superior"?

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

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Re: So that's one fondleslab

I was a sales support techie in 1980 for Burroughs Computers. All salesmen (Burroughs & others) repeated the mantras regarding "The paperless office".

Most of them even believed it...

So, pardon me if almost 35 years later, as I sit surrounded by printers & reams of paper, I say when I hear comments like "touchscreen phones and tablets are going to replace the personal computer" my thoughts are along the lines of "We'll see:- time will tell..."

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

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Re: Looking on the bright side....

Quite true - although I'm a Mac user, I keep two separate & offline clones of my boot drive, so in the event of any incursion by the ungodly (there may always be some zero day exploit) I can boot from one of my backups (the most recent) and reformat & re-clone to the boot drive.

It's a bit of a faff, but it has become second nature to me: incremental backups to clones are pretty quick, - and I NEVER let the system remember passwords for any sensitive or financial info, or store card numbers for me.

Better 30 mins/week than letting these arseholes really spoil my day.

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Sick to death of Xmas? Try these explosive gift ideas

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Re: My Little Pony...

Earlier than that...

Private Eye had a cartoon of a sweet little girl with a "My Little Pony" stable on the table, next to her Dennis the Menace of a brother who had a toy building with a "My Little Knacker's Yard" sign affixed.

If my memory serves me correctly, this was early-mid 1970's...

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WTF is the Internet of Things and how insurers will use it against you

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Re: Solutions looking for a problem

@Amorous Cowherder

Almost ditto - but I'm still enamoured of both my 20yr old Nikon F4s bodies - hell, I also use my F-801s too. I shoot Fujichrome and send my exposed films off. If I want to get all arty-farty, then I have a Coolscan V - but I don't feel the urge to go digital quite yet. I'm due to retire (or more likely, semi-retire) in early 2015: maybe I'll relearn B&W processing as I have fond memories of darkrooms. I'd do it now, but I just really don't have the time.

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What are you, APPLE? Storage upstart patents filesystem wrapper tech

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It's the norm these days...

If you can't find real bait for a trollfest, manufacture it artificially.

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Thai man reportedly dies clutching his scorched iPhone 4S

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Since you insist...

...on using Kiddietalk like (Cr)Apple, might one point out your omission in not referring to the EU(SSR)?

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Re: Is it only iPhones..?

Have only iPhone users using cheap third-party chargers shuffled off this mortal coil?

Or is it not deemed worthy of reporting Sony/Samsung/HTC/Motorola etc. users who have departed via the same route?

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Ditch your boring iPhone for a hot Android piece, says Google's TOTALLY UNBIASED Eric Schmidt

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Re: To be fair...

..and he stayed at each of those companies until he was found out, perchance?

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Samsung's bid to halt grinding wheels of justice in Apple case denied

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Re: @Tom7

2 thumbs down? There must be lawyers reading El Reg,

Our (and the Merkins) legal system has developed to administer the law.

Justice might have been an intent when drafting and passing laws, but the legal system is there to administer and enforce the law as is, not as should be.

Failure of the law to reflect justice is a failure by the legislators (aka politicians).

And when was the last time politicians screwed up..?

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@Tom7

It's been one hell of a long time since the legal system - in the US or the UK - had much to do with Justice.

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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criticism in the US press... of the Slate 21 for lacking an accelerometer or a GPS chip but frankly that’s daft

Not at all, old lad.

Fit an accelerometer to it, and if it's sensitive enough, the Slate 21 will give you advance warning when you and your house are about to slide into the Pacific or the abyss.

They could even charge a premium for the "Slate 21 - San Andreas model"

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US govt cuts squeeze crucial computer science, shoot country in foot

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Re: Aww, US budget cuts could be simple ;-)

@Symon

select them at random?

Well, it's a novel idea;- and you've have to be 'selecting' in some pretty dubious places to end up with anything as hopeless as the shower we've got!

Before anyone accuses me of tribalism, let me say I have an equal view of ALL political parties, and it is one of utter contempt for all of them in their present form.

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Mystery traffic redirection attack pulls net traffic through Belarus, Iceland

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Re: Where's "rate this article gone"?

You get an up vote for knowing the Buffs (all the way back from '67 - when I was but a callow 17yr old...)

Come to think of it, kudos to Mr Leyden, too.

Now where's that "ageing hippie" icon?

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Capita: We WILL be more accountable for our services

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"More accountable"?

Accountable to whom?

Another meaningless piece of disinformation.

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Barclays Online OFFLINE: UK bank site, mobile app go titsup for the evening

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Re: Nostalgia ain't what it used to be

Calling Banks "Cunts" is like calling cattle "bovine".

Damn close to tautology.

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PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

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Re: We've covered all the primary colours so what' next?

Maybe it is, but it's still a component colour of the rainbow.

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Re: "Blue light of death" is boring...

@AC 23:12

Don't see anything specifying "Human"...

Could be a commentard from Wales, or New Zealand or similar...

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Underage teens' Facebook posts are still FACE ACHE ads ... bitch

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But

"She repeatedly insisted that Facebook cared deeply about the privacy of its 1.2 billion worldwide user base"...

...and I could repeatedly insist that the moon is made of green cheese. Still doesn't make it so.

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GCHQ tracks diplomats' hotel bookings to plant bugs, say leaked docs

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Re: Version 1.0 all your base belong us

Such "ladies of the night in Moscow" coming into contact (oo-er, missus) with Clinton would definitely have been KGB/FSB (depending upon when) operatives, anyway.

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Apple iOS 7 security bug allows fiendish wags to easily empty your wallet

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"...The Cupertino idiot-tax operation..."

...as reported by the Laystall Street kiddie-scribble operation...

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Deep beneath MELTING ANTARCTIC ice: A huge active VOLCANO

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Re: Volcanos?

"Not the Germans *again*...

Natürlich:- Lebensraum unter dem Schnee

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But wait...

What if one of your list gets Simon Cowell first..?

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NORKS breaks ground on new high-tech industrial park

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@Don Jefe Re: "as well as a power plant"

And there's me thinking that nice Mr Putin had "altruism" written all over him...

Interesting how he wants the status & position of a Czar, but with the effective power of his old KGB chief...

Plus ça change

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Google, Microsoft to drop child sex abuse from basic web search

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Oh well,

That means that anything to do with Scunthorpe is now going to be unfindable on the webs...

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

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Re: There is a simple solution....

Yes, but scanned for what?

I've lost count of the number of friends/acquaintances who have installed AV on my advice, then complained two years later that their PC has nasties on it.

No, of course they haven't kept their virus defs up to date - too much like hard work - despite the fact that (I thought) I'd drummed it into them that it was a necessity.

Who knows how up-to-date GMail's scanning is? Sure, it's helpful:- but don't become complacent and totally rely on it.

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Re: GCHQ

I take it you're Welsh...

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Norks EXECUTE 80 for watching DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

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Re: All to do with history @Mtech25

Plus of course, the necessity to avoid losing face. Less important to us occidentals, but it's been ingrained in the oriental psyche for at least a couple of thousand years.

They (the Chinese Authorities) probably couldn't bring themselves to say "Yeah, you're all correct: he is indeed a nasty little nutter of the worst kind, and we've been propping him up & covering his arse for too long now. Enough".

But then has politics ever been based upon openness, honesty & altruism?

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OK - I take your point re rights on a pragmatic basis. Let's substitute the word "freedom" for "rights".

In a totally anarchic (proper meaning thereof) world/country/state, I would be free to strangle those who piss me off, as there is no authority to stop me, but it could not be said that I had the "right" so to do, as the lack of authority means there is no-one in a position to define or confer those freedoms as a "right".

Societies historically develop as a group of like-minded individuals coming together with a consensus regarding which "freedoms" are to be surrendered, which "freedoms" are to be protected (i.e. become 'rights') and to define those areas where the common good has a higher priority than individual good. These rules become known as "the law".

Human nature being what it is, societies have found it necessary to allot to some people the purpose of ensuring that the society members abide by the agreed (i.e. consensus) rules. These are police/law enforcement - call it what you like. Then there are those whose allotted function is to administer the mechanics of the society:- i.e. civil service, local council etc., etc.

The larger and more complex the society, the greater the need for (and numbers needed) of specialists in a specific are. The real danger is - and we see this worldwide - when a group of specialists, such as law enforcers, or rule administrators decide that for reasons of self-interest, they will subtly amend the rules or even re-interpret them to their own benefit. This would also include receiving corrupt inducement to do the same for the benefit of another minority self-interested pressure group.

Societies have also varied in their intrinsic make-up: the continental norm tending towards "Everything is forbidden except that which is expressly permitted" whereas in Great Britain, the subtle but vital difference has been our rules are more based upon "Everything is permitted except that which is expressly forbidden."

Many of my freedoms have been conferred as rights by documents such as Magna Carta in 1215, Habeas Corpus Act 1679, the Bill of Rights in 1689 and others.

Society is - or rather should be - for the benefit of the individuals who comprise it. It is emphatically not for the benefit of a small clique who confer upon themselves the "right" to treat the other members as little more than tax-fodder or milch cows, which is unfortunately the situation towards which we have drifted for far too long.

end of rant!

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Re: I read this and I think

"We should be lucky to have the freedoms that we have"

But the problem is I don't consider myself lucky.

These freedoms are my RIGHT, dammit:- no-one, but no-one, has the right to decide arbitrarily to restrict my freedom(s) on a piecemeal or gradually creeping basis. I accept that to live in a society, one trades off the advantages of doing so against the loss of some freedoms:- e.g. the freedom to just take whatever I want, the freedom to throttle those who piss me off, etc.; one accepts the rules of that society and abides by them.

When those who are elected to administer that society attempt to change the rules - to their advantage and to our (the society members) disadvantage, the society is in danger of breaking down - possibly violently.

I refuse point-blank to say to my ruling élite "Thank you for only curtailing my freedoms a little" and subsequently repeat that mantra once a month with every new restriction that further encroaches upon my liberties.

I will never willingly surrender my current freedoms 'in order to preserve my freedom'.

Whilst I'm not surprised at the élite indulging in such sophistry, I am appalled at the degree to which it's being swallowed by many who should know better.

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

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Wait...

Waiting for what?

Maybe the next episode in The Register's long-running sulky grudge against Apple; dating back to the time when Apple failed to accord them "Most favoured journalists" status, thus sparking one of the longest hissy fits in history...

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World's first 3D-printed metal gun 'more accurate' than factory-built cousin

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@Jake Re: hmmm..

"... I think I'll stick to my Kimber .45 ;-)..."

And being in the UK, I'll stick to my stick - making sure the pointy end isn't too pointy or Mr Plod will have me...

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

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@Squander Two:- Re: There is no innocence

"...considering the issue of justice in the UK..."

Justice in the UK?

An intriguing idea - but the establishment would never permit it.

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Foxconn-rebrander Apple to rebrand hardware from other Taiwanese firms, too

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Re: Couldn't agree more.

El Reg has moved from New Scientist magazine to Nuts magazine with apparent ease.

It's alright for light entertainment, but you wouldn't take it seriously - or admit to being a reader at a job interview.

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And in other news...

Goodyear Rebranders Rolls Royce, BMW & Ferrari might release new cars next year.

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Tesla shares dip as Elon Musk admits electrocar firm ran out of juice

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I'm fairly sure...

...that the oil companies' cartel will continue to do their utmost to bury electric cars, by any means possible. This will undoubtedly include some form of unseen arm-twisting to suppliers to the nascent electric car industry,

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Twitter #blabbergasm explodes as shares soar close to $50 on NYSE

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Re: You are all fucking insane!

""Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it,"

George Santayana

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Skype U-turns on plan to kill off desktop API, spares foot from bullet

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Predictable

Unfortunately the attitude for which MS has often been criticised in the past -

"Own & control it, or kill it!" still seems to prevail.

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Twitter co-founder chats to banks about floating ANOTHER profitless firm

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Appropriate

Since we appear to be in the realms of not-really-existing currency (See Quantitive Easing, ZIRP, Bank Bailouts, etc., ad nauseam), why am I not surprised at those who choose to chase spurious fortunes valued in Monopoly money, based on buying (part of) an unprofitable enterprise, with money they don't have but which doesn't really exist anyway.

My mind is too confused to boggle...

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Microsoft offers Google-esque multi-meddling options in Office Web Apps

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Hmmm...

Since it seems to be widely acknowledged that a camel is a horse designed by a committee, I dread to think what a document will be after "Team Edit" has had a go at it...

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Cops: Bloke makes bet with wife. Wife loses - so hubby TASERS her

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Re: Before anybody suggests it is confined to the US ...

"...a warring wife ran over her husband (and his father) with her camper van..."

Obviously not an intent...

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Anonymous hacktivists' Million Mask March protest hits London

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Re: @Chamone IT

Exactly:- if no-one has more than £10,000,000 then anything for sale to the individual but priced over ten million, will drop in price until it reaches purchasable status and thus sells.

Or is withdrawn from the marketplace if the vendor decides to keep it.

Corporate purchases are obviously a different matter.

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Re: Well..."Cull The Tories" I disagree with this one:- why stop there? Cull the lot of 'em...

Good plan:- I'll go along with that.

We just need to decide exactly how we cull them - maybe as in "badger" - pour encourager les autres...

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