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2159 posts • joined 8 May 2007

BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

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Re: Interesting...

Well he did say "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time." so i think you might be right.

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Fame-hating planets don't need to hang around STARS – boffins

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El Reg previously revealed

That's a bit of a stretch, isn't it? Surely it was Debra Fischer of Yale University in Nature magazine that previous revealed that, as stated in the El Reg article you linked to. All El Reg did was regurgitate the news.

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

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insurance scam

GCHQ demand data is destroyed, so at the same time, destroy several other old machines that were due for replacement, make the evidence of such very public in the newspaper, then claim the insurance on them to get free new models.

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LinkedIn lowers age of consent to 13

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"Hey, kids: can Facebook get you a JOB?"

I would like to challenge the implication that LinkedIn is able to get you a job either. Any company wiht an HR department that is relying on LinkedIn profiles for its hiring policy is not a company i'd like to work for.

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AREA 51 - THE TRUTH by the CIA: Official dossier blows lid off US secrets

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that's just what They'd want you to say - your tinfoil hat must have slipped

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Just add creepiness: Google Search gets even more personal

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No thanks

They can keep their kool-aid, thanks all the same.

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How much will Apple cough for ebook conspiracy? Trial starts May 2014

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Apparently the calculation works out to be about 500 million bucks:

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/25/apple-could-owe-500-million-after-being-found-guilty-in-e-book-antitrust-case/

It's a lot of money, but it's not exactly going to cause Apple any pain, considering the mountain of cash they have in the bank.

More painful to them will be the restrictions on being able to enter into similar contracts again in the next 5 years, particularly if they're looking to expand the TV show distribution and iRadio, etc etc.

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Microsoft cuts number of countries that will have Xbox One by Christmas

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But why?

It can't be because the demand is so great that all their inventory is going to be taken up by those countries that are getting it on release, surely?

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone

if it won't fit in a trouser or suit jacket pocket, then it can't be called a phone. this looks like you might need a trip to the tailor before you can carry it around, and for your own sake, don't dare sit down while it's in your trouser pocket!

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Peak Apple? HOGWASH! Apple is 'extremely undervalued,' says Icahn

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false "facts" within the article

Apple's shares have been sliding into the doldrums since the death of its adulated cofounder, Steve Jobs. Its stock price has shed around 22 per cent in the past year

I'm sorry, but THAT is hogwash right there.

Jobs died on the 5th October where AAPL stock was priced at 377.37

Today, the stock is priced at 489.

The "Peak" above 700 that you keep referring to was 6 months ago - well after he died, and well within Cook's reign.

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Re: @Frank14 Parasites

the trouble is the market is too stupid to realise they're being manipulated.

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PEAK Apple: Cupertino's hopes died with Steve Jobs, says Larry Ellison

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poor comparison

the Apple of the 90's is not the Apple we have now.

and Tim Cook is certainly not John Scully.

the only thing that's the same between the Apple of the 90s and the Apple of today is that Jobs isn't running it. Everything else about the two moments in time is different. And for someone like Ellison, whom so many people seem to hold in high regard, not to realise that, is rather telling.

I suspect he knew that was the only way he'd get any headline action. Nobody reports the uncontroversial any more. Peak Apple? Peak journalism more like.

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REVEALED: Simple 'open sesame' to unlock your HOME by radiowave

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hmmmm

and i was quite taken with this solution so i don't have to struggle to use keys to unlock the door when my hands a full of shopping or large boxes: http://www.kwikset.com/Kevo/Default.aspx

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Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

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gotta applaud Netflix for this move.

as a result, i think i shall finally get around to watching this show - been on my "to-see" list for ages. i wish Netflix would allow me to temporarily download the shows to my tablet like you can with BBC iPlayer, so then i can watch it on the train

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This weekend: Watch HOT STARS shower! Moon won't interfere

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The dog shall have to cross his legs for an extra hour or so to ensure we head out for his nightly constitutional after sunset.

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ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug

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looking forward to reading this article and the comments, but first...

... i need to make myself a cuppa...

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Publishers stand behind Apple in ebook price-fixing fight

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Re: Oh the irony

i think the publishers fear is that Amazon are now free to discount books as much as they like, because there's no competition. so the publishers will see all their profits disappear now.

Also, as Apple are now banned from using this model for 5 years, they'll be entering a price war with amazon to get the ebook business, so the two of them will drive ebook pricing through the floor.

great for customers, yes

but rubbish for authors, who'll get even less after the publishers take their cut

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

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Re: Meh

really? omg that's awesome

i've been wanting to find a reason/excuse to get a Vita, but so far haven't been able to find a reason to. a bundle with the ps4 could be just the thing - depends how well the 2nd screen is used in the games. could be awesome

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Canonical: Last change to Ubuntu Edge phone price – we promise

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Re: $695!

but i thought the point of this was that it'll run a full desktop experience when you plug a keyboard/mouse and screen into it, but unplugged, you get a phone interface on it's own display? so that's 700 quid for a phone and a desktop.

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Apple patents laser, incandescent projector for laptops, smartphones

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Re: what happened to pico?

but that's the thing. projectors only really work well in a dark room and projecting on a white screen. my friend as one bolted to the ceiling in his lounge. great for watching movies, yes, but a pain in the proverbial to spend the time clearing space, setting it up, to watch, and even then, it's only great for the two people sitting in the right place, for the rest that are off to the side it's like sitting too far near the front at the cinema. takes the fun out of just having a quick game on the playstation.

whereas the screen on your phone/tablet/laptop works in all light conditions and is usable in any room of the house, regardless of the ghastly patterned wallpaper your mum put up.

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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

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I suspect this the White House was thinking less of "Apple vs Samsung" and more "America (f$%k yeah!) vs anyone else"

There's not many american voters in South Korea...

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Tick-tock, Apple: Obama has just days to stop US iPhone iPad sales ban

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Well the iPad2 is still for sale from Apple. And the iPhone 4 & 4S.

But presumable, only until the next iPhone and iPad models are released in a month or two. So Apple aren't really going to feel much pain if the ban goes ahead.

Also, I thought I read previously that it's a ban on importing these items, not on selling the stock currently already within the US.

But yes, if it helps to deter the ridiculous patent lawsuits, then it would seem like a good thing.

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iPhone 4 3GS??

is that the iPhone 4S with 3G?

or the iPhone 3GS?

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

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three films??

meh,

meh

and meh

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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Also, i'm wondering how well your browser copes with a 4gb HD mkv file? and how well does it then mirror that to the tv?

if it performs well then it could be interesting.

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but you have to be using the Chrome browser, right?

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IT Crowd thesp eyes giant hot-air-filled FLYING SCROTUM

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oblig IT Crowd quote

"What OS are you running?"

"Vista!"

"We're all going to die!!!"

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Re: Embedded YouTube clips

In fact, there's an argument to made here that it's a health&safety issue. If we can't watch this clip on YouTube, we may be putting ourselves at risk. So if we suddenly find we have said cancer, we can blame the firm and sue for £cha-ching£!!!!

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Leap Motion Controller: Hands up for PC air gestures. That's the spirit

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Mines on the courier truck waiting to be delivered.

As you say, it's probably a gimmick and won't really get used, but I'm looking forward to spending the weekend finding out :)

re: Minority Report? pah! i want to surf the net like in Johnny Mnemonic!!

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for '13-inch' JUMBO iPAD HYPEGASM

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13-inch tablet?

or perhaps they are just POC'ing a touch screen macbook air?

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Smartwatch makers: You need apps to beat Apple

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Re: Well..

Well.. that's you.

Me, I do want apps on my watch. I want my phone to be the device that does the internet connection and any heavy processing, and the watch to be my first interface to the phone. if i need more detail than the watch provides, then I can pull out the phone and view the equivalent app on the bigger screen.

charging two devices? I'm already charging a phone, a tablet, a laptop, and my ipod nano which is on a wriststrap and acts as a watch and podcast player, so another device wouldn't really impact my daily schedule. in fact, it'd replace my use for the ipod nano and so there wouldn't be any difference.

But that's me. We're all different.

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Beijing fanboi in coma after iPhone 4 shock treatment

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Re: Hmmm

The later incident was a genuine charger.

No, it was a third-party one as well:

http://www.zdnet.com/cn/another-iphone-shock-case-in-china-leaves-man-in-coma-7000018276/

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Man sues Apple for allowing him to become addicted to PORN

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There ought to be a law...

Surely this constitutes a complete waste of the court's time?

And also, for that matter, a waste of my (and your) time in having read, and now commented on, this article. Can I sue him because his money-grabbing antics have caused a drop in my productivity this afternoon?

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El Reg Playmonaut soars to 113,000ft

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awesome stuff!!

we need a playmobile reconstructi.... oh wait a minute...

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JPL wants to fire a laser at MARS!

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The Tick

Can we write our name on the surface with it?

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

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Microsoft biz heads slash makes Ballmer look like dead STEVE JOBS

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xbox marketing

marketing now rests with a completely different operation

So the same department for marketing xbox and games is also going to be marketing windows and sql server?

We're either going to get really funky adverts for Visual Studio or very very dull marketing for the next Halo... which'll be bland and devoid of any colour or 3D whatsoever

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

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Steve Balmer with one "l"? Runs the stationery cupboard?

"Yes, I'm Steve Balmer. I will have the penne all'arrabbiata."

"You'll need a tray."

"Do you know who I am?"

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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this is so funny. it has to be someone trolling M$ to see if they'll flipflop again, surely?

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Dead STEVE JOBS was a CROOK - Judge

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@ David Neil Re: Article title

And how exactly do you libel the dead?

Take your time

I wasn't saying that Jobs was being libeled, I'm saying it is the Judge, whose words are being misquoted in the article headline, but still attributed to the Judge as having said them. Actually, perhaps libel isn't the correct legal term there?

But essentially El Reg is declaring that the judge outright said that Steve Jobs is a criminal.

Whereas, from what i've read elsewhere on this comments page, the judge accused Apple's management team, but did not specify Jobs by name. That's not what the article headline implies. So, wouldn't the judge have recourse to claim that El Reg is defaming her by implying she's the type of person to defame the deceased?

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@Squander Two Re: "Did the judge actually call out Steve Jobs personally as being a criminal?"

But that's the assistant attorney general in charge, Bill Baer, that's saying that. the article headline specifically says it's the judge specifically.

I'm not arguing whether or not Jobs is guilty of attempting price fixing, as the evidence suggests he was, I'm arguing the misreporting of the facts in the headline that suggests the Judge specifically called out a dead person and branded them a criminal.

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Re: Article title

Is it not also libellous? Did the judge actually call out Steve Jobs personally as being a criminal?

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According to the headline of this article the person responsible is no longer alive and therefore free from prosecution.

Unless, that is, El Reg is putting words into the mouth of the judge.

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The Yawhg vs XCOM: Enemy Unknown. How small devs can win against the big boys

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Re: Very true

Indies don't know any better about how to make a better game.

oh i disagree. take the upcoming Space Hulk release. it is _exactly_ what fans of the original board game want to play, and from the gameplay videos, not only captures what it felt like to play the board game, but enhances the experience.

which makes a refreshing change from the Fire Warrior, Space Marine, etc that W40k fans have made do with up until now.

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Re: Very true

+1 for the Satellite Reign mention.

It looks very very promising. Really hoping they hit their target as I can't wait to play it!!

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BlackBerry's Heins beams: We WILL make some cash, just you see

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improvements ... necessary to build ... a strong company for the long term

But were there any details as to what those improvements are? It's all very well saying that, but is there anything to back it up? This time last year, I'm sure those "improvements" would have had at the top of the list BB10, the Z10, the Q10 and the Q5. So now those are crossed off the list and haven't helped, what's next?

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BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design

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Parts of the BB10 experience are very good, particularly messaging. Others require some urgent attention. One of these, strangely, is messaging.

So the best of BB10 is also a part that requires urgent attention? That doesn't sound very promising. What on earth is the worst of it like?

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