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VMware seeks patent for IM chats between servers and sysadmins

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Facepalm

There may well be prior art, but probably won't be enough to get it thrown out.

"Another example of just how broken the USPTO really is." Not really, broken implies it worked in the first place...

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Google's Nest flings HALF an INSTAGRAM at Dropcam buyout

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Does this mean...

All new fridges will now come with a web-cam? That way I can if it's my cat or someone else that drinks all the milk...

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Traffic lights, fridges and how they've all got it in for us

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Facepalm

Pure Hyperbole...

The more I hear the IoT mentioned, the more I'm convinced that someone, somewhere (probably a bunch of junior engineers after a Friday liquid lunch) came up with the idea as a way of winding up the Marketing Noobs - "Who comes up with the silliest idea and convinces a Marketing Wally it's a great idea wins a free pint!!!"

Unfortunately, it has somehow got out of hand and no-one can now convince them otherwise...

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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When does it send a message to the diet police

to say that's the 2nd pork pie this week, you naughty boy!

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Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

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Unhappy

Tomorrow's coffee made from yesterday's coffee...

Been drinking that for years, it's called office vending machine "coffee".

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Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

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Pint

We need more...

bonkers stuff like this!

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Researcher lights fire under Tesla security

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FAIL

Another eason why the I.O.T is just so much poorly thought out (and implemented) hype for the gullable.

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MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout

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The UK government has completely screwed up...

Sale of Royal Mail? Roll out of rural broadband? Pretty much everything, in fact.

So not much of a news item.

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Geneticists resolve human dilemma of Adam's boy-toy status

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Facepalm

"... alien intervention of cross breeding 2 or more species"

That would certainly explain Bible Belt Americans...

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Microsoft to Google: Please remove us from internet

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Abuse of DCMA

Seems there's a lot of people who either don't understand the DCMA and so miss-use it or deliberately abuse it.

Either way, it shows what a bad piece of legislation it is. Definitely time it was taken down and thrown away. Sadly, that's about as likely to happen as me winning a EuroMillions Rollover - one can hope, but...

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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Ties and Drum Printers...

Damn, but that brings back memories.

The night-time shift leader decided that wearing something other than jeans and a T would get him off nights so started wearing a shirt & Tie. Lasted only until the tie got caught in the drum and someone free'd him by cutting off the tie with a pair of scissors. They could have just hit the stop button, but that wouldn't have been anywhere near as much fun.

Ah, those were the days...

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

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Re: Deja-vu

Because Nanny says that no-one is old enough to see naked boobies!! Only Goverment Ministers and wives/husbands of said Ministers are mature enough to see naked boobies...

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IQ test: 'Artificial intelligence system as smart as a four year-old'

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"... as smart as a somewhat-challenged four-year-old child."

Still smarter than most Politicians, then...

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LG's curvy telly and Samsung's Galaxy camera seen in the wild

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I can see how a camera with this level of connectivity might be useful for a photo-journalist to get that snap of some wannabe WAG with her tits out straight back to the "news" desk, but can't see who else it would suit.

It would be lost on your average facebook snapper and I can't see a serious amateur photographer being interested. So it does beg the question quite why they've bothered.

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Are driverless cars the death knell of the motor biz?

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Never mind that...

I want to know when I can just call for a Johnny Cab!

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Samsung and Apple finally divorcing after years of court battles

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Who is pulling the plug on who?

I suspect Apple needs Samsung more than Samsung need Apple and if Samsung decided not to renew its contract with said fruity firm, then they'd be left high and dry without anyone to fab their chips for them.

Better for Apple to jump ship now and find a new partner than wait until Samsung to decide enough is enough and pull the plug on their relationship with Apple.

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Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets

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Re: G A T E S of B A C O N ™

Only if they supply free brown sauce!!!

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Apple threatens ANOTHER Samsung patent lawsuit

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How long before...

Apple et al are declared a Vexatious Litigant?

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Trick-cyclist's claim: I have FOUND how to get GIRLS INTO TECH

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Re: Big deal, I can get tech into girls ..

If you think guys are sexist or make sexist innuendos, you should try working in a predominately female workplace.

Worked for a small electronics/engineering company a few years back, the PCB assembly line was staffed by 5 women and one guy. At one point he handed in his resignation because of the near constant stream of sexist comments.

I didn't have a problem when I needed to work with them as I gave as good as they gave me and we got along fine, but otherwise, they were like a wild cat spotting a weakness - straight in for the kill!! And as for "objectification"? It is definitely *not* a male only thing. And any women who claims otherwise is lying.

It didn't bother me, but for some it could be too much...

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Microsoft: Someone gave us shot in the ARM by swallowing Surface tabs

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Lies, damn lies and...

PR announcements.

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

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If the US have been acting legally and have nothing to hide, why all the fuss? After all, as they are so fond of telling everyone, if you've done nothing wrong then you have nothing to hide.

What's "deeply troubling" is the fact that, as usual, the US expects everyone to jump and do their bidding - even Russia and China. I'm quite sure if they had issued valid and legal arrest warrants to Russia or China - that's valid and legal according to those countries respective laws - they would have detained Snowden.

Throwing your toys out of the pram and yelling what a bad boy he's been isn't sufficient to prevent the lawful transit of anyone in most countries - no matter what muppets like John Kerry think.

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Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

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Just get a doctor to write it - no-one can ever understand a doctor's handwriting...

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Cuba bound? Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong

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Too close for comfort?

Has he thought about this carefully? He should be trying to get as far away from Gitmo as possible, not closer. Go to bed in Havana and wake up with a hangover in Gitmo...

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FIVE DAY tech job interviews on trial at Oz telco Telstra

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Re: I attended...

Reminds me of the selection test in the 1st M.IB movie and watching all those stiffs in uniforms trying to complete the paper resting on their knee...

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EMC snaps up Israeli soft-storage startup

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New Business Plan...

Used to be the case you'd find a gap in the market, develop a niche application/product and hope to make a go of it.

Now, you develop a product overlapping an established market and hope to make your money buy getting bought out by the existing martket leader and then retire to a beach somewhere...

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Google staffing boss: Our old hiring procedures were 'worthless'

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Revealing questions...

Don't forget that a job interview goes both ways. The questions asked by the employer reveal much about the company and too many of those type of questions would be enough to make walk away.

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Norks taunt, yank Yanks' crank over PRISM: US is 'rights abuse kingpin'

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Big Brother

Pot - Kettle - Black... etc

What you have to ask, is what would Obama and the reaction of the US be if PRISM was a Nork/Chinese/Russian/<insert dictator of choice here> operation?

They would, no doubt, be banging on about invasive, oppressive surveilance by a dispicable regime and an abuse of human "rights".

As the saying goes, "one man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter" and the same would seem to apply to invasive, oppressive surveilance by your own government.

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Russians draw liquid blood from frozen woolly mammoth

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Re: Mammoth burgers, perfect for the Merkin market.

McMammoth Burgers - A burger that *looks* bigger...

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China’s state-run rags brand Mars One mission a scam

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Facepalm

Capricorn one?

Guess someone saw this movie and thought, "hey! now there's an idea!"....

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Now it gets serious: Fracking could RUIN BEER

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Pint

Re: Lager is near frozen gnats urine. It is NOT beer

Try going to the Munich Oktoberfest and saying that...

Been there twice now - Fosters it ain't.

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STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft

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Unhappy

Grrrrrr

What's the betting the b'stards produce it in right-hand version only like most of the shaped funky mice...

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Hunt: I'll barcode sick Brits and rip up NHS's paper prescriptions

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If a rhino is a horse designed by committee

then any IT System designed by the NHS will always be a complete disaster.

The system used by your HMO would never have worked if designed for/by the NHS as there'd be so many people insisting on their input it would become just another bloated waste of tax payers money.

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Not a completely stupid idea...

... even if the implementation would turn it into a complete disaster.

I used to be a BloodRunner, and a common shout was to transport patient notes from one hostpital to another. Usually when Granny had been discharged from one of the "Cottage Hospitals", then had a relapse and was then taken to the ED of the main Hospital.

Valuable time could (potentially) be saved if said notes were accessible online.

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Judge orders redacted Aaron Swartz prosecution docs to be revealed

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Re: What goes around...

"Manning up for his crimes"?

People have had lesser sentences for rape or murder than he was being threatened with!

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How naive...

and how ironic that you posted as AC.

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What freetard are you: Justified, transgressor or just honest?

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WTF?

Interesting, however...

I think the reason most people "pirate" stuff is that they don't see it as hurting the recording artist. The view does seem to be that the artist gets so little from each legal download it doesn't really matter. Maybe if the record labels paid the artist significantly more (or perhaps was more honest in detailing how much does get paid - maybe something akin to the food labelling where there's a breakdown of ingredient - 5% to the artist, 5% packaging etc etc).

Another reason people do download illegally is simply because it is free - if they had to pay for it, then they simply wouldn't download. It's a bit like the argument that fake Gucci handbags take sales from Gucci themselves. The reality is, of course, that someone who pays£25 for a knock-off knows it's fake and would *never* pay £1500 for the genuine article. And the same applies to illegal downloads, they download stuff they'd never otherwise pay their hard-earned for simply because it is free.

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Librarians: Argos site is top priority to be preserved for future generations

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Stop

Don't see the point in archiving something as essentually useless as the argos web-site. Want to save it for prosperity? Stick a dead tree copy in the back of the cupboard where no-one will find it. No-one will be interested in the online copy once/if/when argos ceases trading anyway.

Might be different if they sold own brand goods only available through their web-site, but they just sell stuff you can get anywhere.

Complete waste of time. Guess someone has too much free time on their hands and needs to justify the continued existence of the their job...

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PLAGUE of SEX CRAZED MONSTER GRASSHOPPERS to hit East Coast

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Came back across Salisbury Plain late one night on the bike, must have been some sort of Moth orgy going on could hardly see through the visor from bug splatters and my bike jacket was more yellow than black.

Was like riding through the windows star field screen saver - pitch black to either side and all these moths light up by the headlight streaking towards me.

Dread to think what riding through a plague of these buggers would be like...

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US Army engineer wins Air Assault wings after repairing hi-tech leg twice

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Pint

Well done that man!

A testiment to both the technology and robustness of his prosthetic and one seriously hard as nails grunt.

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Mushroom

Hydrogen Bombs...

Chemistry teacher at my school was fond of making them - fill a ballon with hydrogen, attach a fuse, light and release.

Better send for the police, he was obviously training the next generation of terrorists.

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Surprise! Republican bill adds politics to science funding

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WTF?

An idea for funding for a unique research paper...

Was this idiot dropped on his head as a baby? Did he have surgery to remove 90% of his brain or does he, in fact, share a genetic condition in common with all politicians?

Enquiring minds wish to know.

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Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers

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Wasn't aware of this particular social nicetie, but would automatically remove my hand from my pocket when greeting someone anyway.

But then USAians do seem a little less formal in their greetings then those of us on this side of the pond and I wouldn't neccessarily assume they were being disrespectful if they didn't.

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More Brits ditch Apple tablets for Amazon, Google, Samsung kit

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I have neither (although I do have an Android phone) and assuming someone has bought a load of apps for their device - either Apple or 'Droid - can't see anyone being too quick to switch sides.

Seems to me that once someone has made that initial purchase they are "stuck" for life.

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Gov.uk named THE BEST THING Britain has made all year

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WTF?

WTF???

Are they stupid or just in the pocket of HMG? Oh, wait they are - obviously been told "vote for us or lose your funding..."

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Facebook Home gets SMACKDOWN from irate users

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FAIL

Re: Live in purgatory.......

An App for 13 yo girls, but no-one else...

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Rackspace sues 'the most notorious patent troll in America'

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Mushroom

Re: A Very Good Thing Indeed.

Looks at ariel photo and thinks "...nuke the entire site from orbit. It's The Only Way To Be Sure."

'nuff said...

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Sci/Tech quango promises an end to 'events with no women'

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It's been my experience, going back as far as the 80s, that women in IT are generally judged on their merits and not discriminated against because of their gender. If women do have a problem being under-represented at higher levels, then it is their own fault. As has been previously mentioned, there are few women even entering IT. They cannot complain about too few women at the top when they are under represented at all levels.

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

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Unhappy

Had the honour of meeting him at a book signing last year. Very sad to hear this.

One of the greatest of the modern science fiction authors. He will be sadly missed. Hope his last days are filled with as much happiness as his books have given to us.

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Second International Cat Video Festival coming to Oakland CA

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WTF?

Re: The only

Oh come on!! Down voted twice?

I'm a cat lover, but even I can appreciate the books "101 uses of a dead cat" etc. Post isn't worth an up vote, but neither is it worth a down vote.

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Re: GPS

While he isn't completely wrong, neither is he completely right.

Problem is, he is sufficiently wrong to sound like a complete tosser to anyone who has an inkling of how whatever it is works, while (due to his self-proclaimed position as a "techie") passing off the same not actually correct information as "fact" to the general public - who deserve a better explaination of "how stuff works".

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