* Posts by Intractable Potsherd

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

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Re: Missing the point? @ G Murphy

And that is where the difficulty lies. You and Matt Bryant have the opinion, for whatever reason, justified or not, that there is an external "ill-intentioned" person or persons that could have a significant negative effect on the lives of you and, presumably, significant numbers of others. The government is, therefore, entirely justified, in your opinion, in doing these things.

On the other hand, there are a significant number of people on here, and, presumably elsewhere, who see the "ill-intentioned" as being the government, which is taking action far in excess of anything proportional to any significant risk. It is acting not in the best interests of the populace, but of itself. It is unable to accept that it might have gone too far, that it is looking ridiculous, and has become the body most likely to cause a significant negative effect to all - you and Matt included.

In my opinion, what the government and security forces are doing is utterly horrifying. I know they are nasty fuckers at the best of times, but it looks as if they are acting with overweening arrogance. The deaths of David Kelly and Gareth Williams look more and more like assassinations by those that should have protected them. The police look more like a paramilitary force to be feared by the population. The government, and, by extension, Parliament, looks like a threat to health and well-being of anyone that dares to question it.

What do you see in the actions and justifications of those you are defending that I don't?

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100 MEEELION self-driving cars will be sold globally in 2035 – report

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Re: If we have automated driverless cars,...

Well, yes - these things might see pubs open again where they have closed over the last few years!

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Re: Driving a chore?

You aren't the only one, ted. Driving is one of life's pleasures to me. I don't mind driving in traffic (it is still a skill), or on long motorways - there is the knowledge that I am doing perhaps the most difficult thing I have in my skill-set. When I'm competing, it gets better!

I recently rented a car with cruise-control etc. For economy, I set the speed at a reasonable compromise - not dawdling, but not as fast as I would if I had full control of the throttle. Most boring journey (350 miles) I've ever done, and it was really hard to keep concentration.

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Does the RSPCA have your gun licence or car registration? NOBODY knows

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Re: Don't Give A Penny To The RSPCA

I've cancelled the direct debit to them because of this, and told them why. The amount is now divided between two real animal charities.

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Court throws out Icahn's demand to stall Dell shareholder vote

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I have wondered to my self for a while if this is a breed of nominative determinism - Icahn has heard "I can" so often he believes it.

Also, the judge used the words "nifty cool"? I'm not sure whether that is good or bad ...

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

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Re: I assume the plod are looking into this... @ElNumbre

"Wand Erection"!!!

Your fault, bastard :-)

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Bradley Manning: 'I'm sorry my actions hurt the United States'

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Nobel Peace Prize for Bradley Manning

There is a petition to support a nomination for Bradley Manning to get the Nobel Peace Prize. It could do with a bit more support, so if you could spare a bit of time, it's at http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6194.

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Google: Cloud users have 'no legitimate expectation of privacy'

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Re: Handed to conveyor

@Bluenose: I tend to agree - there is a world of difference between the "personal assistant" opening mail, and the delivery-person doing the same. One would be an authorised act by someone with whom there is a relationship of control which can be terminated at any time and for any legitimate reason by the person whose information is being seen.* The other would be an illegal action, and also one that breaches the contract the delivery person has with her/his employer (AFAIK, a postie** would not be able to open my mail due to contractual restrictions even if I gave express permission). However, if it is a postcard, the postie will, if they are so inclined, see the picture on the front, and the message saying that my mother is having a great time and wishes I was there.

To my mind, the question is whether an email is more akin to a letter (something that has some expectation of privacy merely due to being in an envelope to protect it from all and sundry looking at it, more so if says "Private" or "Private and Confidential"), or is it a postcard? This is a vital question for email service providers and users - does someone need to come up with the "email envelope" which is, in fact, trivial to overcome, but which conveys an idea of expectation of privacy?

*There is, however, an interesting argument about the information about the sender is giving, and what expectations of privacy there are from that side.

** Just as an example: there are many others in the chain that could do the reading, of course.

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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

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Re: Dear Gmail. STFU & GTFO.

There is something to the whole interface discussion, IMHO. GMail's web interface used to be nice and uncluttered, but no longer. I am forced to use Outlook on work systems, and I cannot fathom how *that* UI is supposed to be any use at all, and Thunderbird is, as a previous poster has said, lacking in anything that might be termed as a pleasant user experience. I don't hate the GMail interface enough to look for other options at the moment (X-Notifier and GMail Notifier do a good job of letting me know when I've got new mail, and which box), but it surely cannot be so hard to come up with an easily configurable interface for on-machine email clients, can it?

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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"You can argue it all you like, but somewhere it has to stop. Or we'll be walking around with 10" phones soon."

If *some* people want to buy them, why is that a problem to you? It isn't as if phones at the small end of the market are vanishing, so you buy what you want, and let others choose according to their own needs.

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Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone @ OP AC

Well, I have a Galaxy Note 1 which I have made *even bigger* with an Otterbox case which fits to a lovely belt-holster. If I'm going to be in a situation where that might be difficult (wearing a suit with no belt loops or loops only for a narrow belt), it comes out of the case and then it fits in a shirt or jacket pocket. The only time it becomes a bit difficult to carry is when I'm out running, but I simply wear a money-belt for that. I hope your head* hasn't exploded at the sheer un-coolness of all that - no that's a lie; I sort of hope it has.

Please guys and gals, remember that different people have different requirements. For me, it is to have a phone that fits comfortably in my big hands (especially now it seems I'm getting arthritis in some of my knuckles), that I can comfortably read e-books on, and which has a pen. I have never been [what I regard as] silly enough to text or dial one-handed - a recipe for dropping a phone if ever there was one - and I always carried even chocolate-bar phones in a holster on my belt because it seems the most sensible place to keep a phone. Substance over style should be the keyword here, not what the idiot marketers make you think.

Oh, and the Mega 6.3 - if it had a pen, I'd be seriously considering it.

* and all the other fashion-police commentators on here.

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

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Re: Who..?@ Stevie

"Why do morons think it is cool to carry a dozen keys and a bottle opener dangling off one hip?"

It isn't cool, but it *is* efficient. My keys are attached to an anodised bright red carabiner (with a torch in it!), all the time. In the house they are hung up in the same place. Out of the house they are on my belt (unless I'm dressed up, in which case in my computer bag or suit pocket). No-one else in my house does remotely the same thing - guess where the delays and panics come from when keys can't be found? I then get told off for being grumpy due to basic inefficiency.

I do take care not to scratch people's cars though - mainly by not squeezing through gaps between them!

To cut a long story short - you'll prize my keys from my cold, dead belt-loop!

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DARPA calls Big Data boffins: Help us lock up everyone's privates

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Re: Lay down your life for another

Leaving imaginary beings out of it, I sort of agree with you. The trouble is, I doubt the (putatative) powers of totalitarianism will be so crude as to mere kill these days. There are ways of hurting that don't kill, and leave all involved ruined. I won't go into detail - I doubt I need to.

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Court hearing on Icahn's Dell buyout block set for Friday

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"I prefer F*&^&*g C*&t!" So do most men, but presumably not whilst thinking about Carl Icahn. That would be a very odd perversion ...

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Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

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Re: Pop quiz: What did Obama promise before the election and what did he do after he was voted in?

"If we don't like what NSA is doing, we can just get rid of the government and put in a different government."

I'm intrigued by that statement - is he following the fallacy that electing people who have been chosen for not rocking the boat (too much) will actually be able to do anything useful against the entrenched civil servants, or is he advocating something a bit more ... revolutionary?

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

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@Destroy All Monsters

"Hell, let's outlaw being rich."

For certain values of "rich", yes, certainly.

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Mobe-slurping Wi-Fi SPY BINS banned from London's streets

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"... el register no longer provides links to related stories"

Yes, this is irritating. Please fix it, guys!

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Re: ...and leave your house and car unlocked while you're at it

I'm not sure what you are getting at, Don. I switch off everything (GPS, wifi, mobile data) on my phone unless I actually want any of those things - basically, most of the time it is just a mobile phone (or as close as I can make it). I also have a passably good lock on the home-screen. Does this make me someone with a "serious underlying condition" too? If so, which, and why is it a problem to you?

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Feds arrest rogue trucker after GPS jamming borks New Jersey airport test

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Re: If you ask me

Except in certain situations, such as near an airport, what other "dangerous" situations do you consider GPS blockers cause? I'm also intrigued as to what you think is "antisocial" about them.

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20 injured at LG phone giveaway as PR stunt turns into freetard riot

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Re: PR @ Lusty

Two things worry me about your post:

1. That you *care* that they may be a difference between those three things

2. That you think anyone else cares about them

No matter how you dress it up, anything other than respectable, trusted word-of-mouth recommendation is a form of fraud.

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Nude swimmers warned of GONAD-GOBBLING FISH ON THE LOOSE

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Re: Fake Story

Ummmm ... what?

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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Re: Will TSA tubesters ride with you?

No, but threatening to blow it up would get attention fast. (Wasn't there a Thunderbirds episode with something similar? If not, why not?)

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I can add Scotland and the Czech Republic to that list. Without satnav or a competent navigator, getting to somewhere you don't know in either of these places is ... interesting.

However, on topic, and probably mentioned further down (and if so, apologies), I'm not sure I'd want to be travelling 700+mph on something supported above ground that tends to move as much as it does in California ...

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Mozilla links Gmail with Persona for email-based single sign-on

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Re: Single login? @roomey

"Unless of course you have a different email account for each website.... But what happens if you reset them email account passwords"

I'm not sure if you are asking what I think you are asking, but I have specific e-mail addresses for certain accounts, all of which forward to another account that I monitor regularly. All password request changes go to that account too. I know about any changes without actually ever visiting the accounts ...

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

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Re: The power of TV

"I expect that another 9/11 type event will happen on American soil so that any remaining opposition will be quashed forever."

The major highly-publicised panic about a non-event in Yemen is all part of this. The drip-drip-drip of doom-laden news is going to increase, and people like Snowden and Levinson are going to be made out to be enemies of "the people"*, as is anyone supporting them.

* without ever actually defining who "the people" actually are, of course.

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Re: nowhere to run @AC

Talk is easy - where's your evidence?

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British ankle-biters handed first mobe at the age of SEVEN - Ofcom

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Re: If I were to get a phone for my kid

I find this conversation amusing because we didn't have a fixed-line phone in our house until I was about 14!

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

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Re: Edgy and bloody for sure

Now ^ that is one hell of a troll! Well done, AC!

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Manning's max sentence cut, may only spend up to 90 years in the cooler

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Re: I hope so

Fortunately, BTW, no-one give a flying fuck what you hope ...

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Re: "picked out things that wouldn't harm anyone or endanger national security"

Which just goes to emphasise that there must be a public interest defence and a proportionality test for cost:benefit in any of these situations. It also shows that the whole idea of a separate legal system for one set of citizens (the military) is completely flawed, and military law must be got rid of. All citizens should be entitled to a jury trial, and in these days of rapid transport, there is no justification for it not to happen.

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Penguins, I give you: The SOLAR-POWERED Ubuntu laptop

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Re: What's not to love?

If the device is as awful as that website, I'll not be buying!

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E-reader barons file FCC plea to opt out of disabled-friendly regs

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Re: Everything should be as accessible as possible.

This is a poor argument. You have said that your ereader assists you by allowing larger text - it is, therefore, doing what it is designed to do. What more do you want? If you want something that does text-to-speech, then an ereader is not the correct tool - you need something else. In essence, a text-to-speech device for the visually impaired would be wholly different from an ereader - no screen, for instance.

You seem to arguing that every ereader should have a speaker and software that most people will never use, at the expense of the people that will never use it. This is wrong. There is absolutely no reason that a simple device should be encumbered with stuff that the majority will never use merely because it makes the life of a small minority easier, and when reasonably-priced alternatives exist. What next - every phone has to come with giant buttons so that people with visual impairment or lack of mobility in their fingers can buy the same as everyone else?

There is a huge difference between ensuring that ramps are available for people with mobility problems, and special surfaces exist for visually impaired to help them identify crossings etc (though they cause problems for people with mobility problems). It is something entirely different to demand that the manufacturers of goods to to fit the needs of all disabled people.

Out of interest, have you read Harlan Ellison's "Harrison Bergeron"?

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Android approaches 80% smartphone share as Apple's iPhone grows old

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Re: "mobile market share" matters, "smartphone market share" does NOT

"Bit like comparing sales of Mercedes or BMW with those of Skoda. They all sell cars, but BMW and Mercedes aren't in the same market as Skoda."

True - Škoda are better :-)

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Yahoo! announces! plan! to! change! logo! 30! times! this! month!

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Re: Data Driven?

Is there any evidence anywhere that changing a logo affects anything except for the earnings of a bunch people who want to be artists but aren't good enough at it to succeed? When do we build the "B" Ark?

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Nokia Siemens Networks to 'axe 8,500 jobs' amid biz gobble

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Re: Some things you should know

Thanks, Christian - that's interesting, because I've been trying to make sense of the system at my wife's employer, where , upon starting, she a) had to apply for a phone for her desk, which took longer than getting a computer, and b) then had to go through a separate process to get answering-machine facility on it, for which she had to make a case or have her wages docked a silly amount for the privilege. When she calls people from the phone, it comes up with one of three or four different mobile-type (i.e. 07xx) numbers on caller display, none of which actually allow you to simply ring back. I'm not saying that it is the NSN system that you refer to, but your comment does fit with the idea I'd had that there are some really piss-poor systems in place!

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

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Re: He got something right!

Well, if we consider "aliens from Mars" to be like those in "War of the Worlds", then yes, it is my considered opinion that the Republicans represented by Limbaugh tick all those boxes. Do his listeners realise what he called them?

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Re: I think Rush needs to get out more

I always have trouble remembering - which is the really smelly cheese: Limburger of Limbaugh?

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Apple will swap fanbois' killer phoney phone chargers for legit adapters

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Re: Why? @TonyJ

"Quite right Dave and why should they? They're a business, not an individual and businesses exist to make money for shareholders ..." and therein lies the problem with the world we live in. Companies are expected, and indeed required, to act unethically and selfishly, instead of having consideration for the society in which they operate. They attract the most predatory psycho/sociopaths into positions of power and then not only reward them for being bastards, actively encourage others to act the same. Some countries then give them the same legal standing as individuals (USA, I'm looking at you, you silly country), and expect everything to be alright.

What a mess ...

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Child porn hidden in legit hacked websites: 100s redirected to sick images

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Re: Solution is Easy

Yay! for neo-puritanism.

I take it "John 104" refers to some ramblings in Ye Olde Book of Desert Fairy Tales (c)

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They don't recognise us as HUMAN: Disability groups want CAPTCHAs killed

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"better than capcha!" Not from the point of view of the complainers, I'm afraid. It is still highly visual, and, on the demo I just took, it adds movement to the problem of very small graphics. There is no way I can see to make an audio version, for instance. And the amount of permissions I had to give to enable it to work was scary,

Personally, I find it worse than Capcha, but then I only rarely (perhaps only twice in the last 5 years) have any problems with the wobbly-text ones.

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That was my first thought. Not a bright idea ...

As partially disabled myself, I should have more sympathy with the campaigners, but I don't. Stop trying to bring the whole world down to the level of the least able, FFS!

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Leaked docs: SOD squad feeds NSA intelligence to drug enforcement plods

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Re: This is funny

It is too much to expect an AC troll to explain their point of view, I suppose?

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Re: ...and?

Just because it doesn't come as a surprise doesn't make it less shocking. Law enforcement should *not* use illegal means to achieve its aims. The whole concept of the Rule of Law as supposedly practiced in the USA/UK requires a clear evidential trail so that it can be examined to ensure that the defendant is indeed guilty beyond all reasonable doubt.*

It is good that this has come to light, and it is no longer merely a supposition. The battle lies in how to change it, and to what.

* (though juries clearly don't have a clue what that means when they are finding people guilty of crimes committed decades ago).

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Jimbo Wales: ISP smut blocking systems simply 'ridiculous'

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Re: @NomNomNom

If it were other than NomNomNom, I would have been tempted to say the same, Boris. Unfortunately, this is a commenter who has form for being as objectionably diametrically opposed to whatever is being discussed as s/he can. It seems unfair to me that Eadon got canned from the boards here when he was no worse than some others, including NomNomNom.

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

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Re: WTF?

Why are so many people taking the word of an extremely vocal dissenter to the ITC decision at face value? Pinkert does make a case, but he does not seem to accept that the other five members of the panel disagreed with him.

Certainly, sometimes the dissenting view may turn out to be the right one in hindsight, but rarely on a 5:1 decision. What exactly makes Pinkert, and those supporting his view, think that he has some specific insight into the law that should be preferred over five other people hearing exactly the same evidence? Remember, exceptional claims demand exceptional evidence, and being the one dissenter out of a panel of six means that his view requires a hell of a lot of evidence ...

... but then, this is a country where almost a third of the population believe in creationism. What does evidence have to do with it?

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Lost phone? Google's got an app for that, coming this month

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Re: I'm so glad..

If you want things to "just work", then your iPhone should be replaced with:

Pencil and paper

Simple mobile

Cheap MP3 player

Portable FM receiver

Small LED Torch

GPS unit

Games console of choice

All these individual units will work better than the phone. I'll stick with Android because, if it has a problem, someone out there has a fix for it. As I've said before, some people want a Rolls Royce, others want an ancient Land Rover. I prefer the latter, because at least they have a realistic expectation of reliability, and won't get some twat telling them that such-and-such a problem can't possibly happen to this device ...

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Re: Word has it

Last line is scrambled - should read "What do you have against multi-tools?"

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Re: Word has it

"What next for Android, a built in Leatherman Tool or Swiss Army Knife?"

And if it did, I'd buy one! You can never have too many Leatherman/Swiss Army knives on you (I have two Swiss Army knives on my belt whenever I leave the house - a third phone-knife would be a bonus I'd appreciate.)

What doe have against multi-tools?

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

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Re: Great

I'm not sure if you are joking, AC101, but I've downvoted you just in case your comments encourage Lucas et al to produce more in the same vein (though my hopes of anything good from the sequels are small ...)

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