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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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is she sure?

Could be that, now that she's left the church, none of her apple-wielding friends want to send txts to her :)

But seriously - claiming $5m seems a bit excessive? If she's expecting to recieve messages that are worth that much money to her, shouldn't she be relying on a different method of communication than txting?

And also, $5m for not researching how to switch phone beforehand - it's a lot of money to claim for what is essentially user error.

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Internet rejoices over Star Wars, um, clapboard pic

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once you take away fan appeal

but that would make many sequels merely average. Empire and Jedi would be just average sci-fi without the fan appeal of building on what the first film did.

Godfather 2 might be able to stand on its own.

And Aliens also would work by itself. although, it's still appealing to sci-fi fans, so if you removed that....

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Re: If it is another Episode 1 he'll be known as....

i watched Episodes 1 to 3 almost back to back a couple of weeks ago, and was suprised to find that Jar Jar and Anakin being annoying weren't half as much as i remembered them being from the first time i saw it.

Yes, they're still annoying, but i think on watching it additional times, you're able to blank them out and focus on the rest of the films. The huge space battle at the start of Ep 3, for example, is fantastic (blanking out the weird missiles that turn into droids with laser cutters...)

Anyway - i liked what he did with Star Trek, am optimistic that the new movies will be more Empire than Phantom Menace

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Apple updates OS X Mavericks, iTunes, Podcasts for iOS

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Re: Podcast app

+1 that the app can't sync what's been listened to and what hasn't.

But despite that, i like the Podcast interface and it makes it much easier to organise your podcast subscriptions.

I've abandoned the podcast maangement within iTunes on the desktop. I just use the Podcast app on the phone to manage the subscriptions and it works verywell, downloading the newest shows when they become available, or for those with a large back catalogue, keeping three (or a number of your choice) of un-listened-to episodes on the phone whenever I have wifi connection.

So yes, the integration between the two isn't great. But I'm glad they did create a seperate app as now i no longer have to ensure i sync with iTunes before i go to work each morning as the phone's already updated it content before i wake up.

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Hey, who wants a 40TB all-flash Pure box? I dunno, you got $160k?

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Re: ... what?

The difference between usable and raw capacity is due to Pure's software deduplicating data.

so presumably, you can get 40TB of data on there, but only if you're writing 14 identical copies of 2.75TB of data ?

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Architect of Apple's total-silence public relations policy leaves

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Re: your milage may vary

Adn in the pay of Microsoft it would seem: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/15/windows_phone_live_an_enterprise_story/

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your milage may vary

seems John Gruber @ daringfireball had a much better relationships with her than El Reg did:

http://daringfireball.net/2014/05/katie_cotton

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Philips lobs patent sueball at Nintendo in US: Seeks to BAN Wii U

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Philips are tragically late too. Surely it would have been far better a couple of years ago, in the height of Wii-mania, when Nintendo would have been happy to pay a large settlement. Now, is it even worth the cost of the lawyers to settle and avoid the impact to what few Wii U's they might sell?

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Deflation hits Tim Cook – date with him now costs only half as much

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Re: Lunch with Tim Cook or other Tech Execs??

Other than wanting to give some money for charity

You may have answered your own question there.

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The weird and wonderful mind of H.R Giger is no more

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very sad

There's not many people that have certainly touch so many people, but he was definitely one of them.

Such a shame. He will be missed.

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Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars

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Re: "It's been sixty years..."

Trying to block out the last Hollywood version, then?

aren't we all?

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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Re: @M Gale

a better solution is just to wait for someone else to do all that, AND record the two hidden tracks, and upload the .ogg files to usenet or something, then download and play on your digital device

although, i doubt i'll bother. if Mr White is so concerned with retro, he won't be wanting any of my modern money and i'm all out of shillings and pence.

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Re: Overpriced, over-rated and over-valued...

The Bloomberg report - and the rest of the internet - places far more emphasis on the music streaming side of Beats' business

To be fair, so too did the original report on April Fools day:

http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2014/04/01/apple-buys-beats/

Have any of the other sites to report on this confirmed that they've done further research to see if there is anything more to this story than an April Fools joke?

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The ULTIMATE space geek accessory: Apollo 15's joystick up for sale

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Re: Eh?

*cough*CapricornOne*cough*noWindOnTheMoon*cough*noStarsInTheSky*cough*joystickWasAuctionedOff*cough*

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Twitter jitters: Investors turn into quitters as shares hit the sh...

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Re: Twitter

The most pointless and useless of the current versions of social networking.

This is the mistake that everyone has made (especially all those who bought the shares).

Twitter isn't really a social network. That's just a small part of it. It's really a media platform. The real value is not in letting you (the average Joe on the street) tell your friends what you're currently doing in under 140 characters. That is what Facebook is for.

The value in Twitter is to the celebrities. It's a simple way for them to broadcast messages to their fans, who are all following them, without having to pay attention to what any of those fans are doing, or asking back. And when they have something to sell, it's perfect direct marketing to the precise audience who are going to be buying it.

I actively use Twitter, reading tweets of people i'm interested in or sites who's news i want to follow. I don't tweet anything myself and only a couple of the people that i follow do i actually know in real life. and none of them really tweet anything either.

I think there is a real market for Twitter, if used for this kind of thing. and as such, it works well the way that the BBC and even El Reg make use of it. it's almost the inverse of Facebook. But unfortunatley it has been labelled a social network, so everyone assumes it's identical to Facebook.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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Re: Past of future history

Days of Future Past? But why is it so bad? the plot for the film comes from the story arc in the comics that had that same title. so the title for the film seems rather apt, telling you exactly which plotline from the comic it is adapting to the film.

and considering the plot is all about the people in the future going back into the past to fix the errors made there and so save everyone from persecution in the future, it's not too bad. it's much along the lines of Back to the Future, as a grammatically convoluted title goes.

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PEAK APPLE: Mystery upstart to hurl iLord from its throne 'by 2020'

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the clue is in his title

"Venture capitalist"

So presumably he has just, or is just about to, plunged a lot of money (probably not his own) into some cloud-based startup that needs a lot of hype.

And of course, Apple have no need of VC money, so that's probably why he doesn't see any relevance to them.

Google, on the otherhand, make a lot of noise about future technologies they've dreamed up, but haven't fully brought to market, and no one knows if anyone is really going to buy any of their products - so that's exactly the kind of company that this guy understands.

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Chinese iWatchers: Apple's WRISTPUTERS ALREADY in production

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Re: You will need

@Big_Ted

2 Bluetooth will eat the "Small" battery this thing will be able to hold in a very short time if its more than an interface for your ithingy.

really? the batteries in my bt earphones (considerably smaller and probably cheaper than the battery apple would put inside an iDevice for the wrist) last 3 days easy.

@JDK

Can you get BT earphones rather than headphones, with sensible battery life?

yes, mine last at least 3 days, could be longer but i'm in the routine of charging them on wednesdays and over the weekend. which isn't a problem as i'm already in the routing of charging my phone every night.

Also even if you're right, BT earphones would be the reason they cost £150 so he's half right.

No, bt earphones for £150 is so 2008! you could have just-f'ing-amazon'd-it to check your prices before you typed, but i've done it for you:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=bleutooth%20earphones

On just the first page, showing 16 results, there are 9 items that i would consider "earphones" and of those, only two cost over £35.

Adding up the number of people who left reviews (good or bad) comes to 635 people. Even if you take the unlikely view that I'm the only person who bought a pair and didn't leave a review, that's still quite a lot of people for a product that "nobody wants" as you put it.

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Re: You will need

you know they invented a thing called Bluetooth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth) a few years ago, you get it in loads of things, including earphones. Best thing about it, it would have saved you having to type all those words if you'd known about it beforehand.

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Boffins pen 'Guide to better spamming'

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But...

other researchers will take the insights provided in our paper and develop tools to win the battle against spamming

did it not occur to him that perhaps spammers will take the insights provided in their paper to improve their tools and botnets and allow them to win the battle against the anti-spam systems?

Or is the assumption that spammers are too lazy to read a research paper - that would seem a little like the security-through-obscurity view

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Today's bugs have BRANDS? Be still my bleeding heart [logo]

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A new Stob article? oh joy!

This is officially my favourite Thursday of the month so far :)

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Apple's strong iPhone sales crush Wall Street moneymen's tepid expectations

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Re: Silly article

some interesting ideas on the ipad slow growth from last weekend:

http://daringfireball.net/linked/2014/04/21/gassee-ipad

http://www.mondaynote.com/2014/04/20/the-ipad-is-a-tease/

Posit: slow iPad sales are worse news for the PC market: implies phones can take the greater share of PC use cases.

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Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it

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There are no 20-metre-long catfish. There are no whale sharks in Loch Ness

Maybe not, but maybe there is a 20-meter-long dinonsaur-descended Nessie?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Family-Ness

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Alien

incandescent gas

As Mars approached opposition, Lavelle of Java set the wires of the astronomical exchange palpitating with the amazing intelligence of a huge outbreak of incandescent gas upon the planet. It had occurred towards midnight of the twelfth; and the spectroscope, to which he had at once resorted, indicated a mass of flaming gas, chiefly hydrogen, moving with an enormous velocity towards this earth. This jet of fire had become invisible about a quarter past twelve. He compared it to a colossal puff of flame suddenly and violently squirted out of the planet, "as flaming gases rushed out of a gun."

A singularly appropriate phrase it proved. Yet the next day there was nothing of this in the papers except a little note in the Daily Telegraph, and the world went in ignorance of one of the gravest dangers that ever threatened the human race.

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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Let the Wookie win!

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Stewart Lee..

..said it best when he compared having religious beliefs with having a mental illness.

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The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods

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Re: re: tnetennba

I can't recall the last time I had so much fun watching a tv programme...

it was probably while watching The IT Crowd :)

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But...

...Could you use it in a sentence for us?

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Re: Disappointing

Really? The Countdown epidsode was brilliant.

And the whole bomb disposal scene was hilarious!

Bomb Disposal: [referring to the bomb disposal robot] I'm just having a couple of problems with it.

Moss: What kind of operating system does it use?

Bomb Disposal: It's er... Vista.

Moss: We're going to die!

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Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

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Re: Apple iTV...

Apple stopped calling it an iTV years ago, before they actually released the AppleTV. I doubt they'd have gone back to using iTV.

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Siri set to rival Windows beauty Cortana after Apple eats Novauris

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However?

I'm pretty sure that "however" is not the right word for that second sentence. "However" suggests that what follows is in contradiction to the previous sentence, when instead, it seems the second sentence is confirming that it is "high time to cut the umbilical cord" by removing the need for internet access.

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Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V

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So, the big question is, is it worth £30 or closer to £20 if you shop around?

well i got a good 3 or 4 hours of play out of it. And now the side missions are unlocked, i'll probably get at least that again out of it.

so on a pounds-per-hour-of-entertainment basis, i've spent considerably more in the pub some friday nights. So the game is good value for money in my eyes. AND i don't wake up the following morning with a pounding headache and the room spinning round and round

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

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200 miles from Alice at midnight

Sounds like the title of a post-rave ambient chill out track... :)

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Re: Just to be pedantic @hplasm

regardless of the pedantry, poisonous or venomous, they all need to be killed with fire

or better yet, take off and nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure

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BlackBerry revenue slips below $1bn as users shun BB10

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loss was eight cents a share, but analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were expecting a loss of 55 cents a share

Analysts! Even when the news is bad, they haven't got a clue!

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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Re: Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.

When do they celebrate in Indiana? (where pi = 3)

OMG you're right - that's crazymaddness!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Pi_Bill

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Apple pedometer patent filing cranks up the iWatch rumor mill

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you missed one prior art example

Apple's own iPod Nano that can be worn on a wrist strap and counts the number of steps you take in the Nike app.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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i hate it when El Reg does a Psion article.

i get very nostalgic and depressed

both the Series 3c and the Series 5 were fantastic. I bought the Series 5 with my first proper paycheck.

Series 3 smelled nicer than the 5 though... is it weird to remember that?

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MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

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But....

but YOU (being the IT-related new media in general, not just El Reg) were telling us last year how a plastic iPhone was the only thing that could save Apple's future and if they didn't make one they'd be doomed.

how come you told us this, and yet, no one wants one? surely ALL of the IT-related news media couldn't ALL have been wrong about this could they?

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Phisherman's friend: Confused hacktivists deface FAKE BANK SITE

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"some of which rely on exploiting confusing about a bank's genuine online location" (sic)

Just saying, you can't put in a sic erat scriptum on the hackers imperfect English and then type bad English yourself.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: Isn't the iPad (and code) part of the deceased's property?

i think that's it

otherwise, anyone could steal an iPad or Mcabook or iMac, then go to Apple can claim that their <insert imaginary relative> has just died and they need access to their Apple account

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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 will also interoperate securely with any other phone running the Silent Circle apps on either Android or iOS, which means there are already vast numbers of handsets out in the world able to participate safely in the ecosystem

And so we need to buy a Blackphone why again?

Why not just use a Silent Circle app on our current, cheaper phones?

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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No ticket!

Celebrities? On an airship?

Don't forget your ticket, otherwise Harrison Ford will dump you out the window!!!

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

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Re: Can we stop calling him an activist investor?

"That twat Icahn" will do in its place.

if i could, i would upvote your post for the rest of the afternoon, but sadly El Reg are limiting me to just a single upvote. but it's a single upvote with a lot of passion behind it.

someone needs to build one of those plug-ins that will go through the text on all the websites i read and replace "activist investor" with "that twat"

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Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

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@I ain't Spartacus Re: Test subject

Crisp sandwhiches (prawn cocktail Walkers) didn't work

you're doing it wrong

using cheese&onion or beef crisps. also add Heniz Sandwich Spread to the sandwich.

tastes like mana from heaven

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It's a BLOCKBUSTER: Minecraft heads to the silver screen

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The Lego movie is awesome...

...but i'm not sure there's the scope to do much with this game.

they'll need to shoehorn in some kind of plotline for the movie that's totally going to fail to mesh with the game.

Or they'll just re-use the plot from the Lego movie, but won't have Batman...

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Official FACT: Gadgets are giving YOU a wrinkly 'Tech Neck'

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Re: Now I feel sullied

El Reg's prime source for tech news has been revealed! Oh how far the once mighty have fallen...

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

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IF nuclear power is so safe...

...then how do you explain Godzilla then, eh? eh?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIu85WQTPRc

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Re: dum di-di dum dum

well the system is designed to almost anonymise the transactions. i imagine that makes it rather difficult to reconcile, and even worse to audit after the fact.

but yes, you're right, they should have built the system to guard against this possibility. if they'd set it up correctly to start with, then they probably wouldn't have lost these amounts over the time. But to go in now and fix it is likely going to be a massive pain in the neck. glad it's not my job

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