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3509 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Re: I'd get one

Not that I have particular love for Google, but they don't require a G+ account to use Android. Nor to set up a youtube or gmail account, though they do make it look like you do. Just quit the registration process when it asks to set up a profile and G+ account - your account for youtube or gmail is still created and can be used as normal.

They do require a Profile (with the real name rules that come with it) in order to leave an app review, which is why I no longer rate/review apps. Sorry devs. Blame Google for that one.

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Re: the lack of standardisation of headsets and headphones

Think you'll find that's a frustration with phones in general. Android is the OS, not the hardware. Most phone manufacturers are selling their phones with Android on it, but the headphone jack ain't Android's fault.

Most of the "quality" headsets that I've seen will work by default with Apple, Asus, HTC and a few others, and with a supplied adapter to work with Sony, Motorola and all the rest.

If it's iThing-only, it's not "quality", no matter if it's been personally blessed by the ghosts of Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen.

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Slip your SIM into a plastic sheath, WIPE international call charges

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Re: Seems like something Bond would do

Anybody who was on Three Mobile last week, when various Google services stopped working?

Dial the support line. First thing it says? "Switch your phone off, remove and re-insert the SIM card. If that has not solved the problem..."

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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

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Re: Bloody adulterators...

Only ever witnessed people using tobacco to cut the green stuff in the UK.

That's because it's (a) expensive, and (b) the damned good stuff. You don't need a lot.

If it's going in a pipe, it'll probably go in raw, but then you're only stuffing a pea sized bit into each hit. Making an entirely 100% green joint is just a waste, doesn't get you all that much more wrecked, and half the £180-£240/oz goodness goes up into the air instead of into your lungs.

Vaping or eating the stuff though, now that's the way of the future.

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Re: Pathetic

So you allow dopers to not only work for you, but lift things?

If I were an employer, then sure. If people want to huff aircraft wing membrane lacquer in the privacy of their own homes, that is their business. So long as they turn up on time and bright-eyed, it simply would not be my concern, and neither should it be.

I wouldn't even be bothered if they were eating spacecakes at home. Shooting up smack would probably trigger my disgust reflex, but the same principal applies: Are they doing the job, and are they doing it well?

I guess you (and others) would simply like to see such people sacked and put onto the street, artificially made destitute not by a substance, but by ignorant bosses with a puritanical attitude, and a system that's more broken than the mind of a terminal LSD addict?

(edit: Yes commentards, I know that LSD is rather low on the addictiveness scale.)

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Re: Powerful hallucinogen?

Hallucination doesn't necessary mean seeing pink flying elephants dancing across the walls. It's a mistake I've made when people mentioned that weed is hallucinogenic: After trying interesting bits of blotting paper in my sillier youth, calling cannabis a hallucinogen is like describing a pedal-car as a Bugatti Veyron. That said, I've had some pretty neat geometric closed-eye visuals after some of the rather potent stuff.

You know how everything just tastes so awesome when you have the munchies? That would be a hallucinogenic effect, that would.

(The Plod already know about my caution for PoCS (class b), so it's not like I'm going to get in shit for posting this.)

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Re: Pathetic

a killer drug for unemployable wasters.

Funny, because I can count potheads amongst some of the hardest and best workers I've seen. In jobs that aren't sedentary sit-at-keyboard lazyfests either.

In fact, I don't know who you are, but simple statistics lets me confidently dare you to try a week, let alone a month, in some of these jobs. Hell, if you can survive a single shift I'll be surprised. Some heavy lifting required, make sure your life insurance is up to date.

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Dafuq?

You here from Conservapedia, or WorldNetDaily?

You see many pimps flogging alcohol? Exactly.

Also, you seem to be rather acquainted with the practises of such people. Familiar, even.

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Re: Next step:

Like "Sativex"?

That's another mowie-wowie-based medicine that is rather effective for MS, Chrons (so I'm told by people with it) and neuropathic disorders. GW pharma say you can't get high on it. Someone I know who has drunk a whole 100-spray bottle would like to disagree with GW pharma.

I'll also reflect the sentiments by various commentards: Why legalise a plant that people can grow in their own homes for free, when you can charge the NHS £240/month for every prescription?

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How were your hols, cluster kids? Oh, partied, studied... did we mention WE BUILT DRONES

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26 amps?

At how many volts?

Only that's a buggerload of power if you ramp the voltage up. You sure they didn't have a wattage limit too?

<- Mine's the one with the first year EE textbook in the pocket.

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Windows Phone 8 INFLATED by Microsoft ... to satisfy lonely phablets

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I really wouldn't want to try playing video over MS-RDP. Well. In fact I have tried playing video over MS-RDP, I just wouldn't want to repeat the experience.

The various Splashtop apps for Android, iOS and even that Windows Phone thing on the other hand, will stream the screen from your Windows, OS X or Linux box (courtesy of a no-charge Splashtop streaming server) right down to your tablet or smartphone. Works quite well over wifi, sort of like having your own OnLive server.

It's proprietary, but no moreso than MS-RDP, and a damn sight more useful for anything that involves more than GUI widgets and the tiniest amount of screen changing between frames.

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Bluetooth may be slow, but it consumes less power than running a full wifi hotspot.

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Re: Driver mode

None of my droid devices have ever fully booted when you plug the charger in. The most that will happen is a few seconds while some kind of bare-bones bootstrap gets it into a state to display a battery charge level on the screen, which then switches off again with only an LED letting you know there is any life in the beast.

Unless of course the reason it switched off last is because the battery ran flat. In that case the device might come (fully) back on again after a percent or two of battery charge. This is how iPhones work too. This isn't plugging the charger in after switching the device off though, is it?

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Re: Title is too long

Wifi and bluetooth access point functionality (and USB tethering) is standard on any Android device with 2.3 or greater. Whether your carrier charges you twice for using it is another matter, and not dependant on your device or its OS.

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Re: Android needs the power, yawn

Except there's cheapo Galaxy-series phones that have just as smooth a UI as anything Apple or Microsoft make?

Don't just believe me. Go out and test it.

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Will you strap on a Google KitKat 4.4 smartwatch this month?

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Re: Good efforts

I didn't realise that most people don't need a "real" computer

Most people I know who have computing devices still have a "real" computer, either desktop or some flavour of laptop. It's just that many people now also have a tablet or smartphone for Internet or games on the go without the two hour battery life of a craptop, or the shitness of a netbook with an Atom processor running software designed around quad core i7s.

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Coming soon to Twitter: Inboxes BULGING with DMs from world+dog

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Re: And the problem is?

but currently there is no other way for them to communicate privately.

Email?

Or if you're not in a massive hurry, you could get the old pen and paper out. Envelope. First class stamp. Done.

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

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You sound like one of the people I've known who look at me like I'm insulting them after getting in the car and immediately putting the seat belt on.

I'll tell you what I tell them after they accuse me of accusing them of being a bad driver: It's not you. It's every other fucker on the road.

Of course with an attitude like that, it's a bit of the driver as well, but I don't tell them that.

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Other thing is what happens in a dip or remote area where the GPS/cell signal is crap?

Then you have a problem that a better phone or battery-eating GPS tracking is not going to solve.

Wonder if anybody still listens to CB channel 9?

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Re: 999 or 112

Given the situation that many people will be in when they want emergency services, I don't think many people will be thinking too clearly about which number to dial. They might even skip the whole "unlock the phone" palaver and hit the emergency call button instead. Which dials 999.

The question is, why does 999 not use tower triangulation if 112 does?

And personally, I thought the emergency services had access to the phone's location chippery anyway. Meh.

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NHS tears out its Oracle Spine in favour of open source

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Re: Splunk?

I see a few people complaining about silly names in IT, without realising that IT in general is peppered with silliness.

Really, iPad? Am I supposed to wear the thing, stick a parrot on one shoulder and shout "ARRR, JIM LAD" at random people?

Hey, what should we call this phone that's going to be used by a gazillion serious business-types and their workforce? Oh, I know: Blackberry. That's real sensible. Let's give all the workers blackberries. Yep.

Windows? You're going to install windows on my computer? Surely that's the sort of thing that hardcore gamers do to their PCs so they can show off the triple-SLI water cooled GPU rig that cost them two month's wages?

While we're at it, what kind of a name is COBOL? Was someone reading really bad Space Opera when they thought that one up?

Smallest piece of information you can store in a computer? Let's call it a bit. Oh, you want a name for a collection of bits? Well, a byte, obviously. Half a byte? A nybble, of course.

Apple Macintosh? Quark Xpress? Acorn?

Yes, a silly name is quite enough to have an otherwise very useful product, company or service laughed out of the city.

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Oracle says open source has no place in military apps

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Re: There was only *one* "original" ORACLE!

+1 just for mentioning Digitiser. Biffo or Hairs really should be writing for the Reg. I think they'd fit right in perfectly.

Reveal-o-texts, Turner the Worm and moc moc-a-moc. Dammit. Nostalgia.

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Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper

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Re: Gee Plus Only (for now)

This may be true for new accounts...

It's not even true for new accounts. Go through the setup procedure. Once you get to "congratulations, now give us all your private information so we can spaff it to the world in a G+ account", you close the browser. Then reopen and log in with your new account, minus Google Facebook.

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Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

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Re: Not going to happen - look what happened to HTC last time.

http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-GB-monthly-201209-201309

Try less than 5%. Blackberry is more fantastically successful in the UK than Windows Phone is, and this is a region where iOS still leads things. As for "fastest growing", by what metric? I'm looking at those charts of actual usage (not phones stuffed into warehouses and shops), and Windows Phone is looking pretty flat to me.

Nobody wants it, even though it's being advertised absolutely everywhere and talked about by all the tech sites and consumer magazines. If Microsoft are lucky, and they waste a few more billion, they might make 4th or 5th over the next 5 or 6 years or so, at current growth rates. That's assuming Google hasn't bought them by then.

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I think a funnier option would be HTC saying something like "tell you what, we'll ignore Windows Phone AND your shitty tax on anything not Windows."

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So it seems that the lethal dose of marijuana has been established.

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So it seems that the lethal dose for marijuana has been established.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/10/04/newser-marijuana-death/2922011/

About 1100lbs.

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Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go

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Decide on the conclusion and jump to it eh?

Explain?

Because those Windows 3.1 apps sure look like compressed memory to me.

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I figured "compressed memory" were what the various ram-pack programs for Windows 3.1 and 9x were doing years, and years ago? They tended to make things run slower, if not as slow as virtual memory.

So long as Apple don't try to claim this as some kind of innovation, then yay.

[quote]Here are just a few of the innovations that will make your Mac work smarter, not harder....[/quote]

Oh. Well then. How unusual.

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A-D'OH!-BE: Adobe hit by 'sophisticated' MEGA HACK RANSACK

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Obviously if you've bought Adobe's products as a disk from a shop and paid cash for them, you won't be affected.

OH, WAIT.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra: The quad-core 2.2GHz MEGA SCREEN PHONDLESLAB

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Re: more than £600 unlocked

Let's see what the price is approximately a fortnight after the next Nexus release, eh?

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Re: Bigger is not necessarily better...

Thing is, up until some cock robbed it, the old first-edition Galaxy Tab 7 incher I had functioned quite nicely as a phone. Yes, it does fit in a pocket. Just not some skinny jeans pocket.

Try it. You might like it.

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Re: Looks like a nice bit of kit..

My Arc S started on 2.x and is now on 4.x? I wouldn't say "never updated".

Though, it might get the Cyanogen treatment at some point.

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Look out, Gartner: Behold the El Reg all-Flash Quadragon™ wonder map-o-graphic

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Manky Quadragon?

I guess it fits in with the cute (but not that cute) little Snapdragon mascot that keeps getting plastered over the site borders lately.

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Microsoft investors push for Bill Gates defenestration: report

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Re: "the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"

Amiga was never "niche", except later in its life when the PC got the 3DFX card to go with the Soundblaster Pro and 16. If you were as old as me, you'd know that the Amiga was the shit back in its day. Microsoft operating systems were still a whole bunch of 640k limits and creating custom config.sys and autoexec.bat files to make stuff work properly.

What MS got that many people failed to get is having a half-decent office suite, but it would only run on their half-baked OS. MS did nothing, precisely nada to lower the prices of PCs. Amstrad did more than they ever would, with a "pile it high, sell it cheap" mentality that might not have resulted in the best hardware, but resulted in "good enough" to run Microsoft's incredibly expensive office software along with the operating system seemingly designed from the start to lock everyone into it.

You might laugh, but Linux and the Penguinistas have done more to make PCs affordable than Microsoft ever have. Yes, really. Microsoft can't get away with charging more than the cost of the hardware on an office suite any more, when products such as OO.o and LO.o are "good enough", and free. The Microsoftians know this as well, hence their total war against free with proxy companies, groups, and unproven patent allegations.

I will state again that the only role Microsoft has ever played is to demand a toll to cross a bridge made of everybody else's hard work.

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Re: "the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"

So what you're saying is Dell did more than Microsoft.

As did Compaq, Amstrad, HP, Gateway, even ye olde Time Computers. Before that, Sinclair, Commodore and Atari were blazing the home-computing trail in a way that the PC only managed to follow once companies like 3DFX, Creative Labs, ATI and NVidia managed to make the PC a viable proposition for the home (ie: made it do good graphics and sound).

The only role Microsoft played in any of this was as a troll charging a tax to cross a bridge that everyone else made.

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"the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"

No thanks to the company in question. I think that happened in spite of Microsoft rather than because of them.

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Dixons preps home 3D printer for plastic-piping punters

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Re: 52 quid for a block of plastic?

Most of the reason why inkjet manufacturers get away with the shit prices on ink, is they are giving the printers away at below-cost.

So, what's Cube's excuse?

And as people above have mentioned, I'm waiting for a version that will take any old ground-up thermoplastic. 52 quid for something that should be costing about 50p? Fuck off.

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52 quid for a block of plastic?

After nearly 1200 quid on the printer?

Yeah. No.

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Google gets closer to EU antitrust deal over search dominance 'abuse'

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Re: how utterly predictable

On Google's search page the other day was a link to the new Nexus 7 tablet. If that isn't market abuse I don't know what is.

Please tell me you're just trolling?

Only I just saw several links to Microsoft Windows on that Bing thing. I only wanted to look up some prices on double glazing, too.

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

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Re: @James Hughes 1

The thing about expert systems, is you generally need experts on hand to train them. AI is generally done top-down, not bottom-up. The moment the latter happens to any extent where experts are no longer required, is the moment we start building our own (perhaps slightly perturbed) GSVs and other Minds. Or rather, it's the moment they start building themselves.

Then we're all out of a job!

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The LSD trick cyclist, the 1980s pop-star and video games to REPROGRAM YOUR BRAIN

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Re: Plane or plain

Nope, you got the right one (plane, that is).

It just happens to also be a good excuse for a godawful pun.

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Ubuntu 13.10: Meet the Linux distro with a bizarre Britney Spears fixation

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Sounds to me like you just proved andreas koch's point big style!

Unless I'm completely misreading their post, Koch's point was about the UI. I'm pointing out that there was a lot more disliked about Win95 than the UI. Hell, the Win95 UI wasn't a radical break from Win3.11. You could still use Windows 95 without touching the Start menu, creating folders on the desktop just like you would with the old progman (which was still included in Windows 95, as already mentioned).

Windows 8 (and Unity) on the other hand, seem to be more about turning desktop computers into phones. No ta. I'd rather have something that works, without some OS X-alike unified menu bar, either. And, as mentioned, I'm wondering how well KDE, XFCE and other less phone-like UIs will work with Mir?

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Re: 'if you're stuck using proprietary drivers'

And with the SteamOS announcement, this should become the norm rather than the exception.

So long as it doesn't come with Steam, I'll be happy.

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Re: @ Pete 2 - Reversing Moore's Law

Windows 95 was a big change and a lot of people didn't like it at first, now there's a change away from that paradigm and most people want to stay with it.

I remember the most hate about WIndows 95 was the sheer amount of hard drive space it required, and it breaking compatibility with a crapton of stuff that came before. There were the lies about "your DOS programs now run faster than ever", the price, and the fact that up until Windows 95, at least you could buy alternative operating systems that worked with the vast majority of software (except Microsoft software, natch).

However, at least Windows 95 included progman if you still wanted to use it that way. Does Windows 8 have the start menu? No, it has a shitty phone UI and you will eat it up and say Thankyou Sir.

Speaking of which, will KDE, XFCE and other desktop environments more suited to the desktop environment continue to work in Mir?

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OUCH: Google preps ad goo injection for Android mobile Gmail app

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Re: Google Fleas

Compared to iAds?

Oh god, just one letter-swap out.

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Would you hire a hacker to run your security? 'Yes' say Brit IT bosses

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Re: Certainly not the ones I know who would fail the piss test.

And if the company gives two hoots about what you do in your private time, is it really a company you want to work for?

Q1: Can they do the job?

Q2: Can they do it well?

If the above two questions are answered successfully, all else should not matter. Save the moralising for the Mary Whitehouse Appreciation Society.

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ATOM SMASHER ON A CHIP technology demonstrated

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Ghostbusters backpacks for real?

Just remember to not cross the streams.

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WET SPOT found on MARS: NASA rover says 'high percentage'

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Re: Just heat it up a bit?

The infrastructure for melting the Martian polar ice is already in place

Not unless we're in an old Arnie movie, it isn't.

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French data cops to Google: RIGHT, you had your chance. PUNISHMENT time

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Re: Are they splitting hairs?

A service that didn't sell user's data or advertise at them would have to be funded by subscription fees. Now, when was the last time something like that worked on the Internet?

Ask Blizzard or CCP?

Vimeo seem to have a paid service too, if you fancy an alternative to Youtube.

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If the US can nab UK businessmen for offering online services which are legal in the UK then why can't France grab him if they get the chance?

There's a reason the film isn't called "Team France: World Police."

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