* Posts by Snowy

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Alphabetti spaghetti: What Wall Street isn't telling you about Google

Snowy

Re: Can anyone having the right knowledge tell us

No difference between that and any other form of advertisement?

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Alphabet, cough, Google most valuable biz on Earth as it pours billions into 'other bets'

Snowy
Facepalm

I wonder...

[quote]Cash Google is still sitting on a pile of cash and securities – $73bn for the end of the financial year. $43bn of that is held overseas to avoid paying repatriation taxes.[/quote]

Would there be repatriation taxes to pay if they had paid taxes on them abroad?

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

Snowy

The title should be

Most of the world still to poor for the banks to consider robbing!

I wonder how many of these "unbanked" also do not have access to reliable clean water, housing and food. Considering that a bank account is the least of their problems.

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IRS 'inadvertently' wiped hard drive Microsoft demanded in audit row

Snowy

Re: This may not be the end of it

Followed by we re-used the backup tape too.

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The Bong Diaries, Pt.94: Bowie, Martha... and where's my knighthood?

Snowy
FAIL

If...

your going to say "Bowie's avant garde phase helped create Krautrock. Here he is teaching Kraftwerk how to use a synthesizer" it should be a picture of him and not one of Rolf Harris.

I would use the corrections button but it only works if you have an email program installed.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

Snowy

Would that be all 8 bars they have?

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Snowy

Re: Hands up who didn't see this coming?

Sadly mostly likely true, have an up-vote.

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise

Snowy

Re: pre-show ads

Feels like you paying twice :(

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HMRC aims for fully digital tax system by 2020. Yeah, whatever

Snowy
Facepalm

So...

Do they have a email address yet?, was looking to contact them the other week and they only list a phone number (which we are told not to ring due to the time it takes them to answer) or a street address.

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Dropbox tells Mailbox and Carousel users to get their affairs in order

Snowy

or me

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VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe

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Joke

I wonder if...

The engineers are called Colt Seavers and Howie Munson.

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Windows 10: Major update on the Threshold as build 10586 hits Insiders

Snowy

If...

it is the first major update so soon after launch I think I wait until it is a bit more stable before I "upgrade" from 7.

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E.ON fined £7m for smart meter fail

Snowy

hmmm

As a consumer what does a "smart" meter do that a dumb one not do. Yes I can see what energy I'm using but why would I have things turned on that I'm not using (so could save by turning off)?

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Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave

Snowy

Re: Immortality

Rose did that to Jake after she looked into the heart of the TARDIS in Season 1 Episode 13. The Parting of Ways

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SanDisk, HP take on Micron and Intel’s faster-than-flash XPoint

Snowy
Mushroom

but will it cheaper

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Verizon now owns AOL, so AOL now owns your web browsing habits, other personal info

Snowy

Re: AOL?!?

Also bring a ladder!

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NOxious VW emissions scandal: Car maker warned of cheatware YEARS AGO – reports

Snowy

I wonder...

If this started out as a system to improve the fuel economy when the engine was running but the car was not moving. For example at traffic lights or stuck in a traffic jam. In these examples losing power would not be a problem. Then someone extended its use for something else not considering the full ramifications of doing so.

However it started it does look like someone decided to break the law on engine emissions and do so but quite a large margin.

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Zuck, Gates and Bono in ludicrous internet access for world+dog by 2020 bid

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Joke

Sounds like a Dr Who plot...

Connect everyone to the net so theyare easier "upgrade".

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Devious Davros, tricksy Missy and Dalek Clara delight in The Witch's Familiar

Snowy

Hybrid Dalek

I'm sure it was done before and was it killed due to not being pure, or is that going to be conveniently forgotten?. Also the Tenth Doctor spliced his own DNA into Daleks (before they revolted and where killed)

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India to cripple its tech sector with proposed encryption crackdown

Snowy

Re: Here's my comment...

So it is easier for them to get access without having to worry about doing to the paper work and leaving a paper trail.

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Amazon reveals $50 Android-ish Fire tablet it will axe in two years

Snowy

Hate when you quote the phone price and forget the contract price!!

Just as Apple was gearing up to roll out a new iPhone, Amazon quietly announced it would no longer produce its Fire Phone, the handset it first introduced in 2014 and later cut to a price of just 99 cents with a two-year contract.

There fixed it for you

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Students! Graduates! Win £10,000 with the Cyber 10K challenge

Snowy

Re: Is the word "cyber"

The XKCD comic to go with it http://xkcd.com/1573/

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Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

Snowy

You forgot one thing...

>The new iThings also offer identical 16, 64, and 128GB capacities, and prices ranging from $199–$399 for the 6S and $299–$499 for the 5.5-inch 6S Plus.

If your going to quote the price of the phone you should quote the price off contract or make it clear the price you quote is with a two year contract and give a price for the contract).

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Popcorn time at Popcorn Time: More vid slurpers hauled into court

Snowy

What are they trying to do

From the lawsuit:

44. The mere possession of a software program like Popcorn Time is the type of conduct that

the State of Oregon has criminalized in ORS 164.235, which reads in part:

164.235 Possession of a burglary tool or theft device. (1) A person commits the crime of

possession of a burglary tool or theft device if the person possesses a burglary tool or

theft device and the person:

Case 3:15-cv-01587-AA Document 1 Filed 08/20/15 Page 7 of 11

COMPLAINT Page 8 of 11

(a) Intends to use the tool or device to commit or facilitate … a theft by a physical

taking; or

(b) Knows that another person intends to use the tool or device to commit or facilitate

a … theft by a physical taking.

(2) For purposes of this section, “burglary tool or theft device” means … [any]

instrument or other article adapted or designed for committing or facilitating a … theft by

a physical taking.

(3) Possession of a burglary tool or theft device is a Class A misdemeanor.

45. It is acknowledged that the transfer of data, storing of the physical data locally on a hard

drive and facilitation and redistribution of the stolen data to others may or may not be a “physical

taking” under Oregon law.

Are they trying to make the possession of software like popcorn time part of criminal law rather than the use of it being part of civil law?

Or even extent that to P2P bit torrent?

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

Snowy

Re: Say it is true

Sadly it is not true and it is 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal flash.

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Er, uh ... sorry! Project Ara will not launch this year after all

Snowy

I just wonder if...

"just recalculating." is that google speak for not cancelled yet?

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Take THAT, Tesla: Another Oz energy utility will ship home batteries

Snowy

The more the merrier

This would increase the demand for batteries which Musk hopes to make cheaper by making lots and lots of them. So for Musk this can be a win if they buy his batteries.

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Aussie bloaters gorging on junk food 'each and every day'

Snowy

These include chocolate, of which Australians "eat the equivalent of 32kg" per year.

You either eat that much or not there is no place in the sentence for equivalent, unless they are taking there yearly sugar intake and converting it into how much chocolate they would have to eat in order to get that much sugar.

Lets see chocolate is about 50% sugar so "eat the equivalent of 32kg of chocolate" is 16Kg. Apples are 10%, so you just say they eat the eat the equivalent of 160kg of apples (from a purely sugar point of view). Sounds a lot more healthy now!

Without knowing what this "These include chocolate, of which Australians "eat the equivalent of 32kg" per year." means the rest is mostly junk.

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It's Suntory time: Japanese whisky to be distilled in SPAAAAACE

Snowy

Fun except

They are just storing up there rather than distilling it.

Was hoping they where going to something clever with the vacuum of space to do the distillation.

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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

Snowy

Nice article...

[quote]The European Parliament then mandated extensive action against mass surveillance. Their recommendations were passed in full on 5 September, 2001.

Six days later, the Twin Towers in New York came down. Any plans for limiting mass surveillance were buried with the victims of 9/11, and never formally published. But proof of ECHELON become available.[/quote]

The timing of that looks rather hmmm interesting

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So what exactly sits behind Google’s Nearline storage service?

Snowy

Re: Google uses their scrap drives

Considering they are always buying some more new gear not sure they will run out of old gear.

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

Snowy

Must do better.

[quote]Fiat Chrysler Automotive – manufacturers of the Jeep Cherokee – were aware of the hack before it was demonstrated and had already released firmware patches for vulnerable vehicles.[/quote]

Yes but if you keep quite about the problem how many cars are running the old firmware. A quick search shows that while the fix is relativity easy I can not see a recall to fix this problem.

[quote] “To FCA’s knowledge, there has not been a single real world incident of an unlawful or unauthorised remote hack into any FCA vehicle,” Fiat Chrysler said.[/quote]

They may as well have said "To FCA’s knowledge, no one is dead yet."

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2015 Fiat 500 fashionista, complete with facelift

Snowy

Urban I understand but is extra urban?

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KILLER! Adobe Flash, Windows zero-day vulns leak from Hacking Team raid

Snowy

So they will be a patch next week, I wonder what other stuff they are going to also install with the patch.

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Google – you DO control your search results, thunders Canadian court

Snowy

So...

Google is in court but what of the other search engines out there?

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Activist shareholder Elliott spotted lurking on Citrix parade route with rain cannon

Snowy
WTF?

If...

You do not like how the company is run do not buy shares it in.

While the "plan" he as may increase the short term share price it may not do much for the companies long term survival.

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Bring on the Music, Apple: Spotify ups the ante - and money pot

Snowy

Interesting...

Similar to the Spotify app, Apple Music will release its pre-installed music service for $10 a month when iPhone customers upgrade their mobes to the latest version of iOS.

Using their large user base to move into a new market!, surely that is anti competitive and there should be a option to install a different music service instead, a bit like Microsoft where made to do with Explorer.

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Nokia getting there with HERE as rivals talk up price

Snowy

Re: Worth as much as 6 billion?

Was thinking along the same line, but a 2 billion dollars lose it better than the 6 billion dollars it looked like they could have lost if they had sold it the first time.

I also wonder what else the company got when they purchased Navteq for $8.1bn but is not part of the potential sale (some interesting patents?)

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Nissan CEO: Get ready, our auto-wagons will be ready by 2020

Snowy

Yes but no, okay maybe...

Except a vehicle which does not accommodate for human control is not something the auto-maker is considering at the moment, which to me means they are not developing a driverless car!

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Welsh police force fined £160,000 after losing sensitive video interview

Snowy

Re: Silly

Peope who are the victims of the data lose should get most of the money from the fine rather than the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office). The costs of the ICO is already covered from our taxes so it is not like it needs the money to do its job.

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Tesco tries to talk Tesco Mobile up from 'Value' to 'Finest' ahead of sale

Snowy

The losses look a little low I'm sure Tesco would love to have just lost £6.4m rather than the £6.4bn it did loss.

I would have used Send corrections but that link needs you to have a email program set up and I do all mind via a web interface.

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

Snowy

8PM

and it is working for me

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Gleeful Apple and Microsoft bathe in bathfuls of debt

Snowy

Re: This is a side effect of Bush's corporate tax holiday a decade ago

Have an up vote, shame I can only vote once.

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

Snowy
Alert

or there is

The whole of "creation" is a simulation and the problems with quantum physics is just where the simulation break down due to the computational limits of the system running the simulation.

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Samsung gets KINKY with new Galaxy in 50 SHADES OF GREY

Snowy

Looks like a fork

Maybe it is to represent what they are going to do with the software rather than the product they are launching...

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

Snowy

Why make it difficult.

It is not hard just cap the ad rating based on the rating of the video, assume not rated videos are suitable for all ages. So adult ads would only been seen for video that as been rated for adults.

Edit if the ad is unrated assume it is adult.

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EU Google-bashing is making us look really bad, say Google bashers

Snowy

Re: Be careful what you wish for

Then Apple and it's Phone and media (Music, Film and books) business.

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Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery

Snowy

Very nice, but...

They still have the problem of write wear?, if so spinning rush will be around for a bit longer.

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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!

Snowy

Re: So...

BT mail is not free

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

Snowy

If I was paying for the site I would want ads gone completely not replace by any "This was an add thank you". The removal of Ads gives more screen for the content which you would be paying for the the pat on the back which you paid for.

Also ads can run far to many scripts (doing far to many things) which do too many things which is why people run ad blockers in the first place.

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