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Apple's founding contracts sold for $1.59 MILLION

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bad luck

so not only did he sell out of the company early and so give up what would now be 2 billion dollars, he also sold the documents in '94 and so missed out on making 1.5 million if he'd sold them today.

that guy has had a really long run of bad fortune. dude is either due a lottery win, or did something so terrible that karma has spent all his life screwing with him.

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Apple TV tops connected set-top box chart

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Not sure about consoles.

Very few people buy a ps3 just to be able to stream media from their pc or the internet to their telly. Whereas for AppleTV and Roku and the rest, that's their primary function.

Also, the types of people (like me) who would buy an AppleTV, are also going to have at least one console connected to the telly as well. And I use both for streaming video media (AppleTV streams iTunes content, PS3 streams avi's and divx's).

So including consoles would complicate the results terribly because you'd have to account for those that bought and use multiple devices. Whereas I doubt anyone uses both a Roku and an AppleTV.

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World's biggest music streaming service launches - for tech idiots

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oh really?

"HP has agreed to bundle the service on their hardware"

and I seem to remember they said they were going to bundle WebOS on their hardware too... we'll see how long they stick to their word, eh?

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Beeb rescues old Who episodes

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intergalactic tivo! :)

In space, no one can hear you scream... above the cacophony of 50's sci-fi television episode signals colliding with last years reality-tv broadcasts

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Acer CEO: No more 'cheap and unprofitable' products

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crossed lines?

So, if Gartner reckon that ultrabooks are over priced and the prices must be reduced, how are Acer going to return to profit? They will again be chasing a market were the profit margins get smaller and smaller. Won't they just be in the same position in two years time, but instead of stacks on unshiftable notebooks, the piles will be a bit smaller because they'll be stacks of unshiftable skinny ultrabooks?

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Thieves plunder apartment for Facebook booty

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tough on crime...

and yet, a quick google for "Sao Paulo riot" shows that such toughness wouldn't have done anything to stop the London riots this year

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UK.gov to require YOU to opt out of data-sharing plan with drug firms

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The danger will be in opting out

If you opt out, then the govt/nhs have to keep your records in a separate, secure confidential database, away from the more readily available one.

So you're guaranteed that someone will leave a copy of your health records unlocked on a laptop or usb drive on a train or in a taxi every 4 months. Whereas, by staying opted in, your data should be safer by obscurity, as it'll be lost amongst all the rest of the populations data which will be held in a privately run database with the correct levels of access controls and redundant backup systems.

Possibly, they've spent the last 5 years consistently "loosing" people's private health data in order to convince us that being auto-opted-in really is the better and safer choice.

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Samsung Galaxy Note

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huge!!!

I can just see Dom Jolly walking around a library with this by his side....

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Dead at 13: Napster 1998-2011

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rental

Isn't this the exact scenario that most people envisioned when looking at the music rental model that they tried to sell us, and the reason why most of us didn't choose it?

Are people accounts still working? And if they are, for how much longer will they remain working?

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Happy birthday, Apple QuickTime

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stop complaining

you only have yourselves to blame.

if you'd accepted the Truth and converted to the Way of Mac years ago, you'd have avoided all of this built up angst and dangerous levels of blood pressure when talking about this software.

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Greatest ever first-person shooter* brought back to life

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the test of time

The game was incredibly good fun, back in the day. and the way the story was handed out to you piece by piece created the atmosphere and made it so enjoyable.

i tried Aleph One a few years ago, and it was okay.

Shall be interesting to give it another try now that it's reached a full version number, to see how it compares in these current days of gaming.

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Does your smartphone run Carrier IQ? Find out here

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iDevices

"leaves open the possibility that earlier iDevices"

no, it means what apple said, that if your iDevice has iOS4 or earlier still, then you might have CarrierIQ running on there.

but as has been pointed out elsewhere, the resources that CarrierIQ is able to snoop on under iOS are much less than those it can report back when running on Android.

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Lord British: Games consoles 'fundamentally doomed'

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> "The creator of the popular Ultima RPG"

which isn't exactly a game that works well on a console platform, so possibly, Mr Garriott doesn't have the best experience from which to speak?

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Hands on with Star Wars: The Old Republic

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very looking forward to it

I know people claim it's much like WoW and very cookie-cutter, but, it is an MMO. There's only so much you can do with that genre. The alternative would be something totally different like Eve Online, but that wouldn't appeal to as many people.

I've heard that the devs have made a concious effort to ensure the game is story driven, so not so many random pointless quests purely for the sake of leveling up. Also, no grinding mobs for the sake of levelling too. All of which appeals to me.

And to be honest, the core demographic for this game will be Star Wars nuts, so it makes sense for the story to drive the game.

I wasn't expecting to enjoy it so much, MMO's aren't really my thing, but I'm quite a fan of Star Wars, so I played it to check it out. And I really enjoyed it. Found myself logging back in for another hour or two again and again. And when I wasn't logged it, I found myself thinking about it, wondering what it'd be like when I got to the higher levels, what it'd be like to play the other classes. Whereas, with WoW, I only played the other classes out of boredom, not because I was genuinely interested in how they differed.

Can't wait for Dec 20th.

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Ravens' secret sign code probed

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other animals

my dog uses deictic gestures all the time

if he wants food or water, he paws my chest while i'm slouched on the sofa

if he wants a toy from his box, he looks from it, to me, then back to the box, and then to me

if he wants to go out for a piss, he looks out the door and whines

and if he's desperate for a crap, he barks and pounces on my genitals, since he's worked out that's guaranteed to get me off the sofa regardless of what is on telly

I think scientists spend too long being smug and assuming they're so clever and not enough time paying attention to the world around them

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The BBC Micro turns 30

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A final BBC Micro, the A3000, was launched in May 1989. It was the last of the line.

"turns 30"

Are there any still in active use anywhere? A better title would "BBC Micro would turn 30 if it hadn't died 15 years ago"

Never was a big fan. Not sure if that's because we used them at school, so associated it with school work, or just because I'd been using an Apple][ since I was knee-high to a snail, and two years before I got a BBC Micro to help with school projects, my dad had brought home an Apple Mac to work on, so the idea of the command line interface seemed prehistoric to me.

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Ten... top PlayStation Network game downloads

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coming soon

the one to look out for is Wrecked Revenge Revisited which must surely be due for release any week now.

it's guarenteed to be the best multiplayer fun you've ever had.

it's by the team who did Micro Machines V4 for the psOne and the incredible Mashed games for the PS2. This is basically Mashed, but with flashier graphics and physics. It's going to be awesome!!

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WinPho sceptics cut Lumia 800 sales estimates in half

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very nice

Colleague at the office has one of these, and very nice it is too. Feels well build, and the rounded edges spark nostalgia for the way the original iPhon felt in the hand, or an old iPod nano.

Interface seemed very nice and fast, although I wondered how it would work if you have it loaded with a lot of apps. Would it still seem so easy. But then, that's not a problem until there actually are a lot of WinPho apps that are worth having, i guess.

Overall, I liked it, and if it wasn't built by Nokia, and running M$ software, and I didn't already have an iPhone, then I'd likely consider it at length, before choosing an Android or iOS phone instead.

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Pro-game MP rewrites Modern Warfare censure motion

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shocked!!!

I'm somewhat gobsmacked to discover something sensible has happened in parliment.

Where's Toto, surely this is all just a dream....

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Hubble snaps mystery green death nebula in NGC 1846

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You'd prefer another target? A military target? Then name the system!

That's no moon....

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Samsung jumps into bed with Google TV

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different

"Samsung's Google TV was going to be different from its rivals"

At least, it'll have a different shaped bezel around the edge...

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Microsoft and Samsung uncloak slimmer Surface

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how much does it cost?

i want on in the lounge

not that i'd ever really use it, but surely you could get a MAME emulator running on it and play old fashions pub table space invaders on it, no?

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Supercomputer Watson too thick to use Siri

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incompatible

"It's not just the different ways they take input that makes the two incompatible."

Is it not rather the very fact that both take (even require) input, that makes them incompatible?

Both are designed to be given some data, and then do something with it.

For a system to be compatible with Siri or Watson, it would have to be capable of coming up with a question that it wanted an answer to, without any prompting, and to be able to do something with the response, other than interpret it as a question.

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Goldman Sachs slapped over iPad price-cut call

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shocker!!

You mean there's an investment analyst that's got no clue what's really going on and is just spouting pure guesswork as actual advice and insight? Say it ain't so!

I can't believe these guys get paid for this kind of stuff. Even the weather forecasters are right more often than these analysts.

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Apple's cloud music service 'WIPES your iPHONE'

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The theory goes, if someone thinks you've illegally downloaded a music track, they'll have a record of your ip address connecting to whatever server you got the file from.

So regardless of whether you have the file on your machine or not, and regardless if you've since replaced it with a legitimate version from iCloud, or bought the CD and ripped it, they'll still sue you based on the record of the illegal download.

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It merits 5 thumbs down (at the time of writing) because the OP hasn't bothered to even see if that's how the system works, which it isn't.

If you loose your signal, the music files are still on your iPhone. Just as they're still on your desktop machine. And they're still in the iCloud.

But if you add a music track to your desktop machine, it'll be copied up to the iCloud and then immediately pushed down to your iPhone (if you wish)

They've never said it was an online streaming service.

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tags aren't used

They don't use the id tags to match the tracks, that'd be a bit daft for the very reason you point out.

From http://appculture.net/how-does-itunes-match-work/

"When iTunes on your computer looks at your songs, it takes an audio snapshot of each one so that it can compare them directly against the iTunes Store database. This way, even if you’ve mislabeled Brian Eno as The Beatles (“wow, their later work really pushed the envelope!”), iTunes will get you the right match.

The same goes for live concerts vs studio recordings: if it’s on the iTunes Store, it’ll figure it out. (A lot of people had trouble with this part initially, but as of now, it’s pretty flawless at picking the right version.)"

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Leaked blower sports RIM's prospective OS, BBX

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the London looks damn nice

but why are they going to take so long to bring it to market? if they release it now, they'll snap up a lot of people that were disappointed by the iPhone4S and who will otherwise get Galaxy S IIs.

Release it in autumn next year, and they'll be fighting to get any attention amid the predictable hype and expectation for the iPhone5

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Hackers port iPhone 4S' Siri to rival devices

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not exactly "cracked open" if you still have to spoof the id of a 4S and therefore can't include it in anything you wish to be widely distributed.

reversed engineered, yes, but not really usable in the real world

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Lego movie greenlighted by Warner Bros

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oh dear god no!!!

As a purely Lego movie, in the style of the computer games, and those fantastic short movies that were around the web a few years ago, it'd be brilliant.

But mixing in live action? It's going to be horrific. It'll be like a Power Rangers movie or worst yet, the horrific car crash that was the Garbage Pail Kids movie :(

Roger Rabbit definitely made it work, but everything else.... wait, doesn't Avatar count as a mix of animated and live action? Then again, Roger Rabbit was still better than that, so your original point still stands.

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Go back to the future with Red Dwarf

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september?

They should aim to release it in a year and one week from now. What better way to celebrate Gazpacho Soup day?

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ref: series 7 episode 2

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Netflix signs Reservoir Dogs film firm for UK streaming

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So we'll be able to stream Red State then? that's ace!

But then again, but the time Netflix launches, I'll have bought the film on blu-ray, so won't have to stream it.

Oh well.

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Latest Call of Duty day-one sales hit $400m

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anti-climax

so after all the hype and the anticipation of the BF vs MW face-off, turns out there wasn't any competiton at all and it was a walkover

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Instapaper 4.0

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love it

Been using Instapaper on the iPhone for ages, and the iPad version is just brilliant.

Easily my most used app on my iOS devices and while i'm at work :-)

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New pics of giant black sphere hurtling toward Earth

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old skool asteroids graphics

all that graphic needs is a small white triangle, pew-pew'ing the asteroid as it gets near

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mul-ti-pass

i'm just saying, it looks like the big bad sphere of evil from the Fifth Element

we're all doomed!! doomed i say!!!

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PlayStation Network downloads limited to two devices

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hello?

I seem to have stumbled on the wrong website my mistake. I was expecting plenty of angry rants here on the iron fisted fist of Sony being unreasonable... or are we just all overly happy because it's a friday?

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UN set to dump GMT for tech-friendly Atomic Time

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no, feck off!

If a leap second occurring on a regular basis causes problems, then a leap minutes every century, when people will have forgotten the last time it occurred and it catches everyone by surprise, is going to cause chaos.

If you want lighter evenings, move further south, or to europe. I've very much enjoyed waking up an hour later this week than I did last week and wish we could move the clocks backwards in the Spring too, but we can't that's would be madness. It's going to get dark in the evenings eventually in the winter anyway, no mater what time zone we're using. If we stick with BST year round, then people will start wanting a BST++ in the summer, and a BST+ in the winter and before long, we're on the same timezone as Japan. Deal with it, we live in this part of the world, this is how the daylight hours work. Feck off elsewhere if it bugs you that much.

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Grand Theft Auto V trailer drives onto interweb

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happy happy joy joy

Damn that looks good

and damnit but it's going to be a long, long wait to go drive the streets of Los Santos

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Eggheads use Twitter to work out if it's raining

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"state of the art" algorithms

state of the art? really?

select count(msg_id), location from tweets where comment like "%it's bloody pissing down again%"

group by location

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Half of Britain now owns a smartphone

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manufacturers

So to rationalise those numbers by manufacturer would come out as, i think:

RIM = 9.86 %

HTC = 9.84 %

Apple = 8.10 %

Samsung = 6.99

Sony Ericsson = 1.86 %

Nokia = 0.61 %

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Steve Jobs' last words: 'OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.'

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evidently

heaven is running OS X 10.9 and the angels have ditched harps for iPads

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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

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can't wait!!

really looking forward to playing this

but sadly, have been banned from buying myself anything until Xmas, so shall have to wait until then :( so unfair :(

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Sony KDL-40HX723 40in LED 3D TV

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remote

remote reminds me of the remotes that B&O were using back in the 90s, only not quite so nice.

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Tsunami Trojan: First Mac attack based on Linux crack

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worth mentioning perhaps that Sophos make an antivirus tool for OS X that seems pretty reasonable, and it's free too.

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Rockstar officially announces Grand Theft Auto V

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in your opinion, that is.

I feckin' loved GTA4, and the sequels.

In my opinion, GTA5 officially announced is the best news I've heard all year.

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No BBM app for PlayBook soon, admits RIM

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What happens after a corporation shoots itself in the foot?

It aims for the other one, evidently.

This is the one thing that everyone has been loudly complaining about since the Playbook was first announced.

It evidently isn't their highest priority, which means they're trying to target a totally different audience than the one that's shown interest in the device.

Which seems daft.

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Batman: Arkham City

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bestr superhero game ever?

I have to concur.

But then, having spent every waking hour over the weekend playing the game, that's not surprising. And I'm not finished either. There's so much gameplay in there. Endless replayability too. Graphics look good. Storyline is okay. Appearances by tons of the major villains. And just difficult enough to stop it being boring, but at no point impossible and off-putting.

Thoroughly entertaining. What more can you want from a game? These days it seems many games focus too hard on the graphics or the gimmicks, and forget to make the game fun and enjoyable too. That's not a failing of Arkham City.

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Samsung Android 4.0 smartphone priced for Blighty

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they've gotta pay the wages for all those lawyers somehow

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