* Posts by Alvar

30 posts • joined 24 Sep 2008

Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

Alvar

Re: no suspicion that the user has committed any offence?

2. Not on the right-hand side of the pond

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Hundreds of folks ready to sue Bitcoin exchange MtGox

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WTF?

Selachii - really?

A law firm called 'Sharks'?

I thought lawyers had their sense of humour surgically removed when they qualified.

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World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s

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Easy answer then

They should be defined as tax resident both in Ireland and the US and taxed by both (retrospectively) and until such time as they put a rational tax arrangement in place of this sham.

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Brazilian slammer guards nab mobe-smuggling CAT

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Joke

Surely it'll be easy tto find the guilty party - just bring in a sniffer cat to search the cells for a stash of catnip .

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US Justice Dept rejects criticisms of ebook settlements

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Since when do Amazon pay authors?

If an author self-publishes on Amazon they keep 70% of the price they set, which is more per copy than they'd get from a publisher.

If an author is published in the traditional fashion, they get the percentage of whatever the publisher sells the book to Amazon for, and what Amazon retails the book for makes no difference to what they get paid.

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Swiss, German physicists split the electron

Alvar

Re: Hmm, I wonder what the fundamental particle of rabid control-freakery is called?

The mandelson, surely?

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Quantum computing IN OUR LIFETIME - IBM breakthrough

Alvar

More to the point, could it give the question to the ultimate answer?

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Jedi light-sabre beats Taser in Oregon parking-lot fracas

Alvar

Playmobil...

Please :)

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Sony: PS3 sales ahead of target

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Ofcom to finally yank sat broadband biz off the air

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Thumb Down

Oh great

Just what the world needs - another patent troll.

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Amazon to kindle Fire tablet tomorrow

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FAIL

Annoying as it is you can't blame Amazon for region locks, it's the dead tree publishers who haven't woken up to the fact that parcelling ebook rights out on geographical lines makes no sense whatsoever, and just pushes people towards cracked downloads.

It would be nice if these idiots actually looked outside their little cartels and noticed that this hasn't worked for the music and film industries, but that's probably too much to ask.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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Too close in spirit to the original??

Possibly not close enough for my liking.

I'm going to be trying my best to avoid using the 3rd-person cover system and takedowns, but it looks like at least they've got a lot closer to Deus Ex than Invisible War did.

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Ridley Scott confirmed for Blade Runner pre/sequel

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Facepalm

Re: Original

Yes

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Orange spreads Glasto goofery to t-shirts

Alvar
Facepalm

So if you stand next to a speaker all weekend

You'll be able to recharge the phone you can't hear any more !!

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'A SHARK attacked my ROBOT', gasps ex-Sun exec

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Coat

But what we all want to know...

Was the shark equipped with a frikking laser beam?

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NHS Direct

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Carphone Warehouse to chuck in free Kindle with phone buys

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SWAT team cuffs masked Dell flack for 'deadly' tablet promo

Alvar

Only one thing I can say to this

Playmobil or it didn't happen

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The forgotten, fat generation of Mac Portables

Alvar

Oh yes it was...

I guess you never tried to get early Seagate and WD drives to co-exist in the same SCSI chain.

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iPhone 4 vivisected in 'first legal teardown'

Alvar

But what about the most important question...

Does it blend??

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Apple uncloaks deep details of its 11 iPad apps

Alvar

Ebooks portable?

I'm not remotely interested in buying an iWhatever, but I'd like to know whether the books sold on iTunes are going to use standard epub DRM so I can buy them for my Sony reader, as they'll probably have a better selection available than most of the UK booksellers.

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Westminster politicos told to grasp Vista nettle

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Joke

Just goes to show...

that the Westminster techies hate MPs as much as the rest of us!

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Samsung H1 Vodafone 360

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Joke

Social Netwoking?

If this involves flash-frying anyone who twitters or uses Farcebook I'm all for it :)

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Microsoft woos web devs with (semi-)free stuff

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Joke

Could be IP problems with this

'The program has no upfront cost, but there is a $100 fee you can pay when exiting. '

Vince Sabio created the unsubscription fee back in 1996, I think Microsoft may be due to pay him for use of the concept :)

http://www.humournet.com/unsub_fee.html

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Amazon files Googlebooks pact with the monopolies

Alvar
Big Brother

Re Amazon=

Well 1984 and Animal Farm are only still in copyright in the United States of Disney, anywhere with a sensible length of copyright Orwell's work has been in the public domain for some time.

And yes, reform of copyright is badly needed, to stop US corporations locking up all of the world's content until the heat-death of the universe.

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Sony widens its e-bookshelf

Alvar

Re: Why is $200 a challenge?

"Furthermore, most readers, even the Sony is tied to an online store"

What gives you that impression? I can get .lrf ebooks from just about any online book store for my PRS-505, and if I can't find a book in the format I want it's easy enough to get another format (except maybe .mobi) strip any drm and convert it to .lrf or BBeB to load onto my reader.

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Bees on cocaine: The facts

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Prizewinning research?

Surely a strong contender for next year's Ignobel prize?

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Firefox update fixes critical bug brace

Alvar
Unhappy

Shame..

That the download link is broken

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