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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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So if you lay the display flat then

it is just the same as side bars?, if they had at least given them a tactile effect employing high density solenoid controlled pins instead of yet more wasted displace space then that would have been novel and something the blind could have used to good effect.

The infinite texture concept has been donated to the public domain so too late apple don't both stealing this one

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High court finds Newzbin's 'ops' man liable for copyright infringement

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Convicted on chat history?

Hmm and the Judge makes his bias plain with his insistence that any chat provided by a co-accused can be seen as evidence.

The law is what you can afford

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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As to I player, every license payers gets a license not exactly hard to make them log in with their credentials to watch via the internet and sell access to international viewers. Yes UK license payers could sell the service on but they do this already via VPN servers in the UK and they cant be bothered to lock this down. The IP addresses of VPN servers must be really difficult to block but then again the BBC have a captive audience so why would they bother collecting cash from international viewers

Its all lies, the BBC want their hand in your pocket and treat you as a criminal if you wont subscribe.

The BBC inhouse content just isn't that good and certainly not good value for money, I personally would rate channel 4's own content over everything I have seen on the BBC for years and they only get a fraction of the license fee.

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Re: Please tell me Murdoch hasn't bought El Reg........

No it is simply that many people posting -ve against individuals who have expressed personal opinions believe that like the license fee they shouldn't be allowed not to love the BBC.

From reading these posts it is clear to me that there are people who feel that the BBC does not serve them and many feel oppressed by the same body that is purportedly providing a tailored service.

If the BBC is so deaf to their audience then why should they expect to be heard in their time of need.

Many don't want the service and the problem is how the BBC and its agents deal with this, rather than finding out why they ignore their customers I assume because they care little for what thei rcustomers say.

The BBC like all the -ve posters to do not respect an individual's right to choose or have an opinion different to theirs and instead do a church of Scientology on thereg.

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What people are forgetting is...

They could sack:

1. All those employees who go door to door attempting to intimidate people into buying a license for a service they don't use

2. Crapita

these are where they make the big savings along with not having to pay the independent broadcasters a cut of the license fee ( not mentioned I note).

To me sacking those badgers would make it all worth while, yes they are paying that ex-SKY scum too much money, i.e. anything at all, however if it means one less group of people banging on my door demanding my attention, I am all for it

Sorry I meant I would still pay the BBC, honest, I really really would continue to pay the technology tax

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Hacker backdoors Linksys, Netgear, Cisco and other routers

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Weird not one word of how the the company ....

... that left a back door in their firmware is to be held responsible. These were not low end kit by the sounds of it so it would be reasonable to a expect a payout of some kind from the hardware manufacturer, the onus was on them to do minimal validation checks, clearly they didn't so whats to stop them leaving holes next time

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Android antivirus apps CAN'T kill nasties on sight like normal AV - and that's Google's fault

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With regard to android permissions

It would be nice for Google play to limit permissions on paid apps to the minimum required for the application's function and on the "free" apps side I would require the authors to specify where the monitoring information is going, especially where this data is leaving the area of data protection provide by your local legislation, supposedly a requirement in the UK.

That they do not is part and parcel with whom is providing the service, surely is cannot be a surprise to anyone that Google care little for your privacy when they are so forward in pointing out that they make most of their money on advertising revenues.

As to security issues with jail broken android images, they do exist so long as you don't compile your own image from scratch using drivers direct from the hardware manufacturer. The lack of driver availability is where the problem usually arises especially where the hardware manufacturer has a vested interest in keeping you on their image i.e they are getting a cut from data leaked by the device you paid for.

So unless you have jail broken your android device and rebuilt it manually from scratch with known good code (ideally some other Linux ) then you should not be trusting it with anything you do not want to see in the wild.

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Meet the 'KARDASHIAN Phone' – what Apple bods nicknamed the iPhone 5s

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I blaim Kenney Everett

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqOh4z2ASdk

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Taking Dell to court

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I wonder if .......

...... Dell would have taken more interest if the OP hadn't been scuttled by his own side, see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/10/29/alienware_gaming_dell/

The article dates are interesting

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MPA gets court order to block UK access to 2kmovies and download4all

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MPA gets court order to block UK access to 2kmovies and download4all

See

http://www.t3.com/news/movie2k-and-download4all-sites-blocked-in-the-uk

I am surprised that thereg didn't have their own coverage but I am interested in how the MPA managed to get a court order when no UK law was broken.

As far as I can see, movies2k for example is just another site that hosts external links to content that the MPA is wasting money trying to hide.

My understanding of UK law from the recent ruling was that unless clients are also hosting the copyright content then they are not in breach of copyright and so how did the MPA manage to push their agenda for Chinese-style Internet censorship via British courts?

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Privacy crusaders: ISPs in 'conspiracy of silence' over Snoop Charter

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@Ben Tasker ".......been streaming files full of 0's just for the fun of it"

truely a case of having nothing to hide

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Nanowires boost photovoltaics sunlight capture by 15X

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Joke

Re: Great . .

Thats easy, just pop on the roof and turn them over

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BT's 'six-month free broadband' offer is a big fat FIB - ads watchdog

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still advertising this "deal"

http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/consumerProducts/displayTopic.do?topicId=25633&s_intcid=con_intban_hp_deals

I guess BT don't have to pay any attention to the ASA at all

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Valve hauls down The War Z, offers refunds

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The only thing abut this story that is unusual is ...

......that they got a refund from Valve.

Many games on steam failed to work as per the marketing, off the top of my head Most EA games and Stronghold 3 was one of the worst ones I heard about recently.

The standard excuse is often that the distributors forced the developer to release on a particular date regardless of the state of the product.

Unfortunately the "complex software comes with bugs" lie is so universally accepted that they get away with it and just laugh at all the people complaining in the forums. To anyone who wants "that" game then my advise is to buy it retail, that way at least you can always just take it back as unfit for use.

With steam your T&C says you own nothing not even the media, this as when you buy a steam game you are just "renting" its use on the steam "service".

The steam agreement must be one of the most offensive pieces of legal cack out there intended to limit customer rights and removal all responsibility from valve and steam, have a look:- http://store.steampowered.com/subscriber_agreement/

You must agree to this to play on steam as well as agreeing to allow them to sell your personal information without restriction.

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Apple granted patent for microphone silhouette

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yes I have evidence of prior art

My crappy labtec speakers model LCS-1060 have this very symbol for the speaker socket, very much predating the 4th October 2011 date of apple's however given that the icon is a silhoette of a number of real microphone designs (not owned by apple) and I would imagine very much in the public domain due to age it looks like another example of US companies being able to patent anything they like.

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Alienware assimilates Dell FROM THE INSIDE!

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It might have been better if ..

the author had titled the article " I actually quite like Alienware rigs even if other people think differently"

If we assume that the reason for writing the article was in no way intended to get for instance a discount on his next alienware rig and was purely to express the authors own experiences then as a Jorno would it not have been professional to do a bit of research and include what other Alienware users had experienced rather than just assuming their personal experience is better because they were luckier then most.

I bought a desktop replacement in 1994, a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo which was effectively a P4 HT 3GHz desktop system crammed into a 15" laptop case. It fitted my needs perfectly, a portable powerhouse and 1bar fire, however when it failed the company support refused to repair it.

This resulted in my never buying anything from FujitsuSiemens again, is my experience and decision more valid than the other owners of this machine? I don't know as I haven't bothered to research other owners experiences or the company's failure rates.

So to me Fujitsu Siemens are a crap brand trading on what used to be a good name but then again I am not a Jorno who writes articles for my beloved Reg so I expect people to make their own decisions.

It doesnt matter if this is the Author's day job or not because from what I see he failed to do it, expert/unbiased or not, now like FS he is a suspect brand who has lost my confidence.

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Brain boffins: 'Yes, math CAN make your head hurt – LITERALLY'

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Pavlov's Dog?

I am sorry but I give the study a big thumbs down, in my opinion the results confirm nothing beyond the existence of people who were so damaged by their education that they suffer psychosomatic pain as a result.

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Vimeo takedown leads to court loss

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Stop

With regard to the story content

I read this as someone who got a payout of tax payer money for a personal dispute with a website that was outside of the courts jurisdiction.

This should never have been allowed to go to court however given that the US do the same I presume this is a way to say no to the US and thier ideas of world wide jurisdiction.

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Microsoft tripped up by Blighty's techie skills gap

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Who wants real programmers?

Computer Science at university should not be M$ compliant IT skills, these are taught in schools.

CS programming should be taught on the most primative systems availible, the turing machine was standard knowledge at 'A' level and a degree needs to go even more primative not forcing programmers into the M$ point and click mold.

If you do not understand the fundalmental principals of computers and electronics right down to the silicon then you are just as user and this is what M$ want, a world without pesky the competition of CSists who put the code before the marketting.

Computer Science Degrees needs to be producing graduates who can make a computer do anything possible without need of someone elses generic system.

Time should be the only constraint on a computer Scientist's abilities simply because if you truely understand how computers work then using someone elses system it just a case of finding where they have hidden the function that you know must be there. (excepting M$ who seem to delight in not including full functionality )

So I would say that wasting time training to use any M$ system at UNI is actively retarding the learning of Computer Scientists

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It's ba-ack. Exploit revives slain browser history bug

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Stop

No fair blaiming IE for working as it should

This example works by timing how long it takes the browsers to render the display, if the site has been cached then it is going to load quicker. This is a functional benefit to most surfing so yes you can turn of caching, most people have a decent connection now but the next "vilnerability" will be DNS caching shall we turn that off too?

If you have problems with using noscript then dont but as the previous post points out dont come b1tching to us that you failed to take reasonable measures of protection.

Flash get my votes for being worst vector

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Elite coder readies £15 programming gadget for schools

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Shame on you Tony.....

...didn't you used to write for acorn user? you should remember that Elite was revolutionary in its say especially the graphics mode switching and getting the tape version to fit in memory.

I agree completely with David in what he says about UK IT education and this is the reason that the best low level coders today that are under 40 are not English..

All those people who say game dev hasn't suffered are forgetting that the game engine is typically coded in assembler rather than a complied language.

So yes, I will be buying one for my kids and they may even get to have a go, "in a bit. Daddy's just needs to check it's set up right"

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ICO drops BT, ACS Law probe

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time for Viviane Reding to step in again?

What about ACS:LAW putting this information into the public domain it wasn't hacking it was incompetence that led to its release.

The ICO never have the public's interests in mind and act only to protect and provide for big names or old school friends

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Disconsolate Spanish smokers driven out into blizzard

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@cornz1

no production of alcohol is not illegal see http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageImport_ShowContent&propertyType=document&columns=1&id=HMCE_CL_000245

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'Porn lock' heralds death of WikiLeaks, internet, democracy, universe

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This is a Tory Government - Follow the Money

The Tory Government's motivations are always money, I imagine the local porn kings are a bit annoyed that the content they became rich selling is now being given away for free.

This is not about saving the children this is about improving the market for Tory porn marketeers.

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Top 500 supers: China rides GPUs to world domination

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Ceepie Geepie?

SeePoo GeePoo surely

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ICO concerned over interception modernisation programme

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it has nothing to do with terrorists

The web used to be an anonymous forum for the little man's views, these views are not under the control of the state and have a history of being in conflict with the propaganda used by the state.

This move is intended to make people accountable for their views/opinions if they differ from those allow by the state.

It really doesn't matter which party is in power, they all follow the advice of the same civil servant "experts", who are all old school.

As can be seen by the banking fkup the people with the money make the rules and simply raid our piggy bank whenever they loose at gambling.

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EU sues UK.gov over Phorm trials

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take all the offender's pensions off them to pay the EU

like I said in title first order is to make the party and directors involved pay with their pensions and seize any assets that passed between them to grease the wheels of injustice.

I still believe that BT should have to pay compensation regardless of the privacy laws at the time being as they broke their own TOC. That BT said they did not know who was profiled suggests to me that they should pay all their customers until they remember who they screwed over.

I vote that rather than spend taxpayers money attempting to identify the victims they simply make BT upgrade all the exchanges to 24Mbit/s within a year without increasing user charges that or return BT wholesale to the taxpayers control.

The message should be clear to any company considering screwing the public in the future.

They knew what they were doing was morally wrong, now all the offenders should have to pay be it asset seizure or criminal charges further.

Kent should have criminal charges placed against him in the EU and all assets within the same seized.

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Car wrecks rise after texting bans imposed

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Joke

The solution :-

The Government should provide a free text number so you can report offenders that you see whilst driving, there by at a minimum doubling the crime detection rate on each offence.

Seriously though the solution is to make having the telephone turned on in a car an offence, that way a simple detector connected to speed cameras would identify offenders, well in the event that they bother to put film in.

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But it said so in the manual

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previous article

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/24/sysadmin_file_tools/

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So the answer seems to be

defragment with consolidate before each backup

use smaller volumes

zip the user's data up

or just ftp the files to a Linux backup server as suggested in the previous article, its got to be cheaper than buying a windows based backup application

rearrange the following phrase "goats. Microsoft blows"

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'Rock star' spewed guts after emitting vast pearl necklace

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Joke

I thought it was the astral women toliet sign

Like I said above, it looks like the toilet for Jack the Peg's wife

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UK.gov drops Home Access scheme

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FAIL

Hard earned tax payer V sponger

If instead of paying Crapita to give the kit away , the Gov. should instead have given the laptops to the schools to lend out to impoverished pupils. This would have met their requirements and have been much cheaper in the long run the kit could have been reused

1. They wouldn't have had to shell out for all the private companies to get their cut including (Crapita, ISP, seller/ support company, rubbish "education" software developers, insurance company etc )

2. The kit would have been owned, supported and insured by the schools own infrastructure and loaded with software consistent with the school's approach to education.

3. I would have set up a wireless zone around the school to provide web based educational content or if pupil lives to far then I would make BT provide a free connection. This gives the required email and provides additional infrastructure for the school to create content to enhance classroom learning..

I could go on and on about how badly they planned and implemented this scheme and how offensive the posts of " I am so angry that I have to work for a living, I believe that under privileged kids should be punished for the sins/ bad luck of their parents". These kids you are attempting to limit are going to be paying your pensions when you retire. If they do not have a good education how much money do you think you will get competing with the other techo-illiterate countries?

All the people who posted all unemployed are criminals are ignoring that everyone during their life between jobs was unemployed somebody was always paying for you.

All the "I know a bloke who isn't working who owns something I don't " are forgetting that different people have different priorities, they may have the item you lust after because they went without something you take for granted or it may be a gift, you just don't know.

All in all the scheme failed as it attempted to take educational resources away from the schools and as it is now unpopular enough the Tory Government is shutting it down to save money just like free school milk. . So again we will all be paying for the loss in the future and that is someone else's problem isn't it? This country is in a financial shambles not because of the unemployed but rather the avarice of the housing market and banks. A few laptop are nothing compared with the billions lost through the greed and jealousy of the affluent

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Ex-staffer pleads guilty to massive T-Mobile data scam

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The answer is to limit the data they are allowedto hold

The idea that private companies are allowed to store personal information of any kind is the problem here.

This data is be the property of the individual and the collection of personal information by non-government agencies should be illegal.

If private companies do not have your information they cannot sell it, end of problem

If this were the case when you received unsolicited mail for instance it would be addressed to customer 123456 and this reference would be traceable to the company that leaked it

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Dell warns on spyware infected server motherboards

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To be fair Dell did come clean

from the last post it would suggest buying a new one is fine unless you get a repair

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Yes, software can be patented, US Supremes say

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XOR cursor anyone?

Patents = money for lawyers

judges = old lawyers

US law = what is good for lawyers

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Unix beardies vs. clean shaven DBAs

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COBOL was written by a woman

Hence no facial beard

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Microsoft throws Office 2010 at shoppers

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DUH M$ is a bit slow , me thinks

When you can have OpenOffice and Thunderbird why would anyone still buy M$Office for home use? Exchange integration is the only thing that you can't get for free that is if anyone wants it, M$ have lost the PDA market so I see exchange going down the pan too

It might be time for M$ to pull the usual add applications to OS and give office away free?

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Microsoft sneaks Firefox add-on into Patch Tuesday update

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how to remove

see here http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/19393/remove-the-search-helper-extension-from-firefox/

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Sneaky bin chipping still in the bag for UK.gov

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FAIL

return of the rats? and the russian doll of packaging

If they are going to charge the individual consumer for waste disposal on a quantitative system the end result will be more rats, more smog and a general lowering in the quality of environment and our health.

The people who say "I am not one of the naughty children, I recycle my waste carefully" are missing the point. Processing rubbish at home is less efficent and produces more harmful gases and smog, even when everyone follows the rules. The fact is that there are always some people who will just dump their rubbish if it is not taken off them.

How many times have to bought something packaged like a russian doll, all that superfluous waste needs to be stopped at source not messianicly shuffled before being driven about in a car.

It is commendable that people want to do their bit for the environment but the truth be told their efforts are in vain they are simply hiding the evidence for the state.

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FAIL

The landfill problem will never be solved this way

The whole recycling/ black bin is a scam, if they really wanted to reduce landfill the answer is to charge the producers on a per non-recycled packaging weight system to promote them to recycle..

When the consumer buys a product they pay a deposit like the old pop bottle system,when they return it to the store they get their money back. The producer has an agreement with the seller to collect their waste packaging and return it for recycling. The producer is having to process his own waste and hence would make the materials very cheap to renew so simple plastics and paper no composites.

The net effect will be that the producer has some new costs but these are offset against not having to buy in raw packaging materials, the consumer gets his money back if they recycle and the seller makes some cash storing waste for the producer.

This would reduce fly tipping as throwing money away is always unpopular

The producers who complain that they need fancy packaging to sell their products would no longer have this excuse and could sell on their good name alone, all products are equally packaged so the consumer gets to pay for the product not the packaging .

As the recycled waste would be returned to the original producer this promoting less use of composite materials and hence reduced production costs/ nateral resource use.

The list of benefits of this method really is endless however it is not in use because the current policy is not designed to reduce our waste. It is simply a away for our local councils to spend less of our money on providing us with a service and to sneak in a future recycling tax.

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Windows Mobile Trojan frags gamers

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Pirate

unfortunately Martin47 is referring to the US law

I have been hoping for similar in the UK but as BT has a large say in any law that regulates them they still get to profit from crime.

There are controls on local premium rate service providers but BT say they have no control over international comms. This means that all the autodialler and confidence scams operate from outside the UK.

A bunch of criminals in Florida was running a number a few years ago and BT stated they have no way of limiting access (LIE) even though they knew who was doing it and had received hundreds of complaints.

The best we have inthe UK is to waste the time of the calling agent however once they know your number they will sell it on to other organisations, so are making out of us anyway.

As you can see from the likes of the PHORM debarcle BT are a law unto themselves with the state providing little protection for their customers. OLD BOY network avatar required but pirate is close enough

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Ha PWND

I never understood how the telcom providers are still allowed to charge

If you call a premium rate number in this country (UK) the premium content provider has to verify that person calling is of age, i.e. they have to speak and understand charges.

The answer is clear telecom companies should at a minimum allow disabling of intercountry premium rate services, ending this type of scam.

Whilst the telecom company is still making money they will continue to do nothing, even when they are complicit in this type of crime.

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Quit Facebook Day flops

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WTF?

So you put your real details into a untrusted web forum?

DOH !

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Chips-for-gold fraud gang get 74 years' jail

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Their crime was ....

not giving the goverment their cut.

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Capita immediately suffers over government cuts

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Happy

Good riddance to bad rubbish

Crapita only employ Monkeys that is why they are loosing out, now they are having to compete on an even footing with real technical staff they don't have a chance.

Crapita IT will disappear being as Crapita is an investment group, money was their only motivation for being in the market in the first place.

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Facebook boss admits privacy 'errors' and promises revamp

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FAIL

I blame advertising

You mean you are all putting your real identities into Farcebook? DOH!

What is the general rule about information on the internet? If they want your info it is because they hope to sell it, so have you had your cut yet?

Any WWW database of people is a choice plum for advertisers and will, IMHO, always be plundered whilst money is to be made

Give the web your ID and you might as well give them your life too

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'Draw Mohammed' call prompts Pakistan Facebook ban

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Joke

thats not mohammed

Oh my god you drew Kenny

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New attack bypasses virtually all AV protection

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why not just PXE boot and run OS across network

If the AV is installed on network server then you can have remote controlled write protect and you drop the overhead of file scanning from your PC, that or get an OS that is so susceptable to infection.

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Non-Flash video surges onto the web

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why re do, err, because you are being paid ?

That or not having to do the job you are proficient in

Adobe can't code to save their lives IMHO, anything other than flash is an improvement is the website has to paid MS and friends at least it isn't Adobe.

Flash games are unnecessarily clumbersome, why not try Java it is equally portable, i.e. their client is availible for all internet machines.

Apple's position is strange. given that Adobe products used to be the reasons DTP people bought MACs. In fact I always MAC porting this was the reason for Adobe's non-standard interface, hidden settings and bloat.

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