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Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED

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Re: Marketing!

Could it be that they're neither stupid nor zombies and they're tuning you and your ilk out in the same way most people tune out white noise? Just asking.

Downvotes go here, you bitter, slack-jawed, soulless whiners!

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Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

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Re: Amazing

Yes, oddly enjoyable--but much less so when there's a sound-track and 2:45 of propagandistic cruft to slog through first.

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Re: Why would they do this?

They'd be more likely to release OS X (latest, or next-in-line) in an installable form broadly for Intel hardware of a certain vintage and spec and thereafter. It won't make them money. Not today, anyway--but they're giving the OS away in any case *cough*.

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

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Re: Doubtless, 5 of the 7 5.25" bays are empty...

Technically, I was correct: 5/7 bays are empty of drives. In fact, if the card reader is seen as (a) steam-punked USB port(s), arguably 6 are empty of drives. Otherwise, you could say 'they're not empty; they're storing some extra air--you know, for later'.

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Re: This is all very nice but...

Staggered and stepped within the footprint, possibly also physically interlaced to make the most of volume available? At a guess, you could likely get 15-18 2.5" platters into that footprint.

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Re: This is all very nice but...

Doubtless, 5 of the 7 5.25" bays are empty...

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Samsung slurps up full charge in 30 seconds with bio-battery

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One implication

If meltdowns aren't the typical result of such a charge, our current *cough* conception of a battery will have to be changed *cough*.

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

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Re: Rolf Apilo?

The headline alone largely gave it away: just the hint of Apple doing anything relative to weapons had me check the posting date... I tumbled to the anagram after I'd briefly knitted my brows and moved passed it, though.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: Have they fixed the irritatingly shit window resizing borders?

Fixed?! Why did they re-break it, then?

The sub-1-pixel 'border' you have to hit with the cursor/pointer to resize windows is plainly sadistic. It's jaw-dropping to still see the pointer icon flicking back and forth between the arrow and the window-border-drag icon. Who could object to the addition of yet-another-control squirreled away in a yet-another-tab in the Settings couched in yet-more-obscure-terminology to allow for a user-adjustable width to that window control the user might occasionally need--or, horrors, want--to drag to a slightly different position?

There's likely enough compute power to spare on even paunchy hardware to allow for anticipatory, gravity-welling controls like window edges--such that a pointer in motion tends to be attracted to the targets along the flight path, perhaps with a user-settable 'stickiness' ('gravitas'?).

Anyway, the window borders thing remains a major annoyance.

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Re: ReactOS

>they are about to announce something big...

The tease! Oh $deity, the tease!

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Facepalm

For a moment I thought it was definitely going to be the source for XP, and Microsoft were hoping, in releasing it, that the wide world would realise that there was no longer any hope for XP, nor any future, and that now really, really, and truly is the time to move on to absolutely anything else posthaste. IOW, releasing the XP source is the most noble thing MS could do.

Another missed opportunity.

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

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I wonder

>some 12 per cent of people had answered a phone during sex

How many made a call? And, how many made calls to their current sexual 'partner' in an effort to get their attention? That's the... err, uhm... telling... info.

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Android update process gives malware a leg-up to evil: Indiana U

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Where's the popcorn? >>

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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Re: Threat Identification

You're right, it's Canuckistan. But the expenditure is surely exaggerated by several orders of magnitude--it's a big country with a small population, after all.

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Apple patent will see Siri remind you to keep taking your meds

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Hold it!

>to analyse your movements in your home

Does that include... movements I might make while in the bathroom/loo/WC? That's taking things a bit far, I think--even for the NSA.

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Surrender your crypto keys or you're off to chokey, says Australia

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Re: Shadow moves

Was wondering about the same possibility: suppose there's a entirely-new-to-you encrypted object on/in your (suddenly apparently compromised) system, and you're then asked by the investigative darker powers of occupation for a key that you (obviously) don't have... you are automatically and ever-afterward silently FUCT.

At least there's someone out there thinking of the children.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Did I miss something? Are you referring to a to-do about "dikes"?

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Re: Mole grips

... the use of which ensures that you'll never, ever be able to find "the right size fixed wrench" for that nut. Mole grips/Vise Grips are for manipulating things you intend to bury in the metal recycling in short order.

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San Francisco says yes to GIANT Apple flagship store, public plaza

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Re: I'm sorry in advance

In fact, it isn't the transparency that's most important; those panels are flavoured -- stand close enough and you can get your first taste of the tat on display within.

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: Too much choice for the average desktop user

The heterogeneity/fragmentation is definitely going to put off people switching to linux on their principle computer; each of the various options will require a download (with updates) of a Gigabyte or more, an hour or two to install, and time to test the result against expectations/needs, etc.. Not an attractive option for someone intent on moving away from XP, for example. Switching shouldn't feel like a hobby, because (most) people aren't looking for a hobby OS.

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Re: Gubuntu

No one would call dibs on Noobuntu, though, Shirley. The G is both silent -- and invisible!

If it fits...

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Indestructible Death Stars blow up planets with glowing KILL RAY

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>I can't even think of a word to do justice to its size!

Numbers aren't good enough for the likes of you? Is that it?

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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>Probably why she is so happy, she has no work today.

Not none, in fact... only the Post-It (tm) notes to deal with.

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>Why are by far the majority of low paid/part time jobs being fulfilled by women?!

Work is highly over-rated and women take cognizance of this fact?

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China to blow away smog with DRONES

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Re: Yay

What could possibly go wrong?

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

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Crisi-tunity!

Switch entirely to producing 5S, stop 5C production, and innovate with the overstock: ship 'em out with a date-related, publicly-visible (read: calculatable) gradually-declining price. The public will be able to see the price history and be able to project it accurately, see how fast the stock is moving and -- by inference -- how many remain. Somewhere along that arc will be a price at which the overstock begins to bolt. That number would be one to bear in mind next time.

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Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic

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Re: We should all wonder all the time

And less than .1% of that time will have passed before the orbits of the inner planets become sufficiently irregular that everyone still alive in these parts will be praying for a cosmic express bus -- with heating and air-conditioning, both -- to anywhere else. Sometime between then and the oceanic boiling-off, though, the Earth-Moon distance will have grown sufficiently to increase the propensity of the planet we're currently on to wobble haphazardly in its spin - which could make for some very excellent surfing -- but not everyone is into that,. Not to mention that it would be a little difficult which direction to head in for a surfing safari.

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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>Indeed, the issue here is

Really, the deep-down issue here is that it's possible -- and, apparently, not gob-smacking -- to extend the idea of non-disclosure to out-of-court settlements that are, effectively, contracts. If the behaviour that sparked the suit was public (in the broad sense), the aggrieved party should insist -- to the last -- that the outcome, for the offending party, also be public. That's fair. Eminently fair. And sensible. Why in the name of frickin' creation would you put someone else's handcuffs on your own wrists? For justice? WTF?!

As for the whelp... a T-shirt: "Dad won a lawsuit, and all I got out of it was this T-shirt and a big wad of STFU".

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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Re: Bah!

You're being insensitive! And it's NOT funny.

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What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK

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Where this is going...

is a full belt to anchor the pole (leaving your camera ever-at-the-ready), but particularly so that you can take pictures of yourself where both your hands are visible in the shot, creating the impression that someone else was with your sorry self -- to take the photo -- at that moment in the relatively un-storied arc of your miniscule journey through an insignificant part of the indifferent cosmos.

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Apple, Symantec, other tech heavies challenge anti-gay legislation

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Re: Easy

That would be extortion, unfortunately -- with potential for a ha-uuuge blow-back. However, building the factory on steel wheels would make the same point without crossing the line.

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Curiosity now going BACKWARDS

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> No actual evidence to support that hypothesis but

excellent bull-shittin'. Have an upvote!

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Enterprising French chap cranks up €100k 'flying car'

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Re: A better flying car

> Looks better than the Terrafugia

Not... all that... difficult to do, frankly. This aeormobil thing is at least a little bit swoopy. I'd prefer a jet-belt, though, as it's more *cough* portable.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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Gedankenexperiment

I can't be arsed to pirate a copy of MS Office, install it, and then round up a 'representative' batch of documents of the 'standard' types, to then do multiple round-trip back-and-forth conversions of these documents through multiple workflows, where each workflow uses either: only MS Office; a mix of Office and a FOSSOffice alternately; and, a single FOSSOffice instance. I'd be interested to know: Do the resulting documents eventually diverge from their original forms? Is that divergence, if present, a meaure of entropy? If there's entropy, where is it least?

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Re: Multiple standards

>There should be no reason why two properly open formats could not interchange data easily and with full functionality and data integrity.

Not to disagree with the general thrust of this post--and most others here--but a minor quibble... quasi-technically, the reason you can't have two properly open formats with the attributes and capabilities listed is that they'd be indisintinguishable and, therefore, they'd conflate to a single standard. All the more reason to call out the MS offering as a monumental fraud.

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New Flash vuln exploited (again). Adobe posts emergency fix (again)

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Adobe should be required to...

additionally name their updates so it's apparent just looking at the filename at what time of day (hh:mm:ss), in which time-zone, and on which date the update was released.

One downside to the ubiquity of Flash, for example, is that everyone is pretty much forced to update (either the software or their hardware) when large players (e.g. BBC) start delivering only what's been produced with the latest versions of the kit available. While this does contribute to people patching their systems, it also much more rapidly orphans what would otherwise by useful kit. IOW, it becomes an unintended impetus to turn-over cycles, particularly in the home.

Anyway, there's something disturbing about having to ensure that you've got the latest version of x other things in order to mitigate the threat. I do appreciate the need to update and patch and so on, and recommend doing so. When an ever-narrower collection of tools in your kit means a given threat is potentiated by the shallow gene pool there, it's time for drastic changes.

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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Re: Confused

>>"..The car is not a mobile device (it is, but it's not).."

>Heck.. it is

Not like a bicycle, anyway.

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Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

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iGhoul

That is all.

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Apple-aligned firm opens sapphire glass factory. iPhone 6 rumours, DEPLOY

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How long before it's bendy and incorporates the display hardware itself?

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Fine! We'll keep updating WinXP's malware sniffer after April, says Microsoft

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Stop playing with that thing...

and just kill it, FFS!

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Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

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Re: What a load of developer old tosh

>OK, so I know we live in a world of advertising and they pay to keep the website free.

Dubious assertion—unfortunately the basis for widely-held belief. Anyone with an income stream that depends on eyeballs and, thereafter, traffic of any kind is bound by common sense to have a web presence. That's just a necessary cost of doing business in a competitive environment. A website is a business expense, in other words, and that fact has to be set against the wider picture of running the business or running it into the ground by not taking cognizance of the environment. Any revenue from advertisements on such pages may serve to defray the costs, real and inferred, of creating and maintaining the site, but the site isn't up because advertising steps in and makes it possible (the site would have to be up in any case); the advertising-a separate business, you should note-justifies itself by slipping a little something to the website owner to keep the intellectual legerdemain invisible.

AdBlock: it's almost illegal.

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Re: More tools for blocking junk

Better tools, no!?

For example, being able to call up an over-lay for a given page which facilitates discovery of the origins of elements visible on the page (whether already loaded or blocked by the likes of NoScript, Ghostery, or RequestPolicy), would open the door to much-more-rapid white-listing and black-listing with these, and similar, installed and active.

Further along, a means to analyse a specific page (incorporating cached information about various ad-slinging domains, CDNs, beacons, trackers, etc.) to display, in an adjacent tab or a pop-up, a reasonably accurate, commented, concise-and-clinical 'country profile'--one showing the relationships between the various sources of objects on the page. The purpose of all of that would be to help expose the web of (typically commercial) interests at play on the page, informing white-listing and black-listing by users.

Anything that gives the user more information and--importantly--facilitates their control over what displays, or even what is fetched, would be a good thing.

For giggles, I'd like an extension that groans longer and/or louder during page loads the heavier is the current page and/or the further afield it is from 'well-written'.

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Apple: Wow, thanks for the $10bn-a-year App Store. We'll be on the beach with our 30%

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Re: Disintermediation

>If you want to get 100% of your sales you can develop Android apps and have them on your own website...

>The fact that isn't done much demonstrates that getting "shelf space" even on a virtual store... is worth the 30% cut both Apple and Google take.

It's also an indication that software developers are missing out on an opportunity to mint money out of... an app, or suite, that disintermediates and allow other developers to run their own whole show. It's mostly software, after all. Unless software is, you know, hard.

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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

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Re: Bollox, I hate Belkin

>Would be nice if they included an ADSL2+ modem in this as well. And frankly, for the price they're charging, it should have it already.

NAS, to boot.

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BlackBerry sues American Idol host's company for 'blatant' patent infringement

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Re: Think there website has been hacked....

Sentence fragment. Needs verb. Adverb maybe.

Yoots!

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iPhone fanbois outsmart fandroids in totally reliable test of brain power

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Re: Not really a surprise

@Bullseyed

At the extreme, more slowly in milliseconds--perhaps centiseconds. Otherwise, bullshit!

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Saucy Snapchat addicts EXPOSED: Exploit code to poke holes goes wild

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Re: Snapchat was how I found out I'm still innocent.

... it's a service designed to let people post risqué photos of their bits while lowering—but not completely eliminating—the risk that the photos see lots of eyeballs. Else, where's the titillation, that frisson?

FTFY.

In any case, twits with their bits should not act on a belief that the magic conjured on the internet is perfect, and will keep them safe and sound. The charm of Snapchat will likely wear off very quickly when (or each time) the guy behind the curtain is exposed.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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>Looks like one of them weird anal stretching devices.

I'm not following you. You're familiarity is with them... conventional... anal stretching devices? Clarity, please.

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Re: How long before...

>Capacitors held out since 2004.

What!? You couldn't replace the caps without proprietary tools? Design fail!

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Re: it does look different

> there's nothing special about the idea, IMHO.

Which may explain why no one has thought to implement it. Or not.

>Crucial factor is quality of implementation though, and I doubt Apple are able to pull it.

Yeah, I, too, doubt they'll be able to pull it back from the clutches of the market once it's introduced. They'll probably have to content themselves with selling as many as they can shove out the factory door. While doing so, though, they might even have to weather criticisms about 'artificial shortages', accusations of 'constraining supply', and that ilk of BS...

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