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Speaking in Tech: 'I'm an Apple guy and I COULD CARE LESS about the iWatch'

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If you could care less how much do you actually care?

I couldn't care less about the strange American distortion of the English language. I think it has something to do with their education system or maybe lack thereof.

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One sixth of the ENTIRE PLANET will buy a new smartphone this year

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Re: Shhhhh

Likewise my very old Nokia 1600 still makes phone calls in areas where newer phones can't.

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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Re: A joke, or some form of Israeli PR right? @h4rm0ny

h4rm0ny, you may be an engineer but historian you are not. You should read a little history of the area in question before glibly saying everything has been 'refuted more times than I can remember' and ask exactly what was the political affiliation of those doing the refuting and what axe did they have to grind.

Now the down votes will start for the simple reason most people don't like their political shortcomings being exposed.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Re: Reminds me of Maplins

They shot themselves when they stopped selling in europe. Sales went down and they started stocking crap products to try and make up the shortfall.

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Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

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Re: Ought to be so easy...

It is not just Uber. In the UK taxi drivers from one of the Indian sub continental countries regularly refuse to have dogs in their cabs and nothing is ever done about it because of their ethnicity.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Re: Smart meters?

How true. It will be the only way that they can keep the lights on for some people in the winter when there is little or no sun and wind and the STORE diesel generators haven't cut in or run up to speed.

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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WibbleMe, if you don't understand English then the career path may be very short. It is you're (short for you are) not your (as in belonging to you).

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If your kid blew $$$s on in-app tat, Google has a slice of $19m+ for you

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And you didn't watch them then more fool you.

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I do wonder what the parents were doing while their kids were using the cards. For a start how did the kids get hold of the necessary card information in the first place and secondly why didn't the parents do something about it before large amounts of money were transferred?

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PHABBA-DABBA-DOO! Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Edge, Gear VR – feast your eyes

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Now we know...

... why Apple were in such a hurry to file for a patent on side screens since the Galaxy Note Edge will, most probably, be considered to contravene said patent.

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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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Light dawns

Now that Samsung has shown off its Galaxy Note Edge with a screen that wraps over the side if the unit Apple's reason for applying for this patent becomes clear.

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Re: Trivia

Ah, but this is Apple trivia so competent engineers don't enter the picture.

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Look out: The Far Eastern white-box boys are coming for EVERYONE

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“Selling technology to enterprises is a face to face [process] by the vendor or channel partner and to do that you need local relationships,”

Not if I can help it. Like karlp, I to have found 'the channel' to be something to be avoided at all costs - I have yet to find anyone from there that is helpful or useful, they have something to sell and couldn't care less if it meets our requirements.

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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Diddums

Aw diddums is the BPI finding it hard the rule the internet? It appears that the have found the usual clueless politician that they can manipulate to help them.

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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

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The buggy whip makers will go down fighting to the end or should I say the taxi cartels are feeling the heat.

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

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Re: Why have a license at all?

Ah yes, and the left has been trying to create the armed police state ever since, one in which the ordinary people have no rights at all.

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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

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From what I have seen of power cables round the world that rather dodgy flat cable design is a US idea and the only other countries where it is used are that are heavily influenced by the US - Saudi for example.

It is not permitted to be sold in the EU as it does not conform to the double insulated standard requirements although it shouldn't overheat here because with 230 volts you half the current for the same wattage and it is the current that does the heating.

I assume that that when the cables went to manufacturing HP used a company that was used to making 230 volt cables so they used a wire that was suitable for that forgetting that 115 volts cables require heaver wire - Something that HP QC should have picked up very quickly.

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LG pokes G3 Stylus at Samsung's Galaxy Note

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More detail required

Is this a Wacom based digitiser stylus or some blobby capacitive junk. Looking at the picture it appears to be the latter and therefore almost useless.

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This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup

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I don't understand why so many people have such a 'down' on CO2, the natural plant food without which we would all be starving.

It is not even the primary greenhouse gas - unless it is actually used in greenhouses to increase cropping - water vapour beats it hands down.

The only reason that I can see why they make such a fuss about it is because bankers are trying to make big money from carbon trading. If they do make money on it it will be the 'small' people that will be paying it in raised prices.

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: So they force him to use Word hmm?

Robert, it is faster to use a double spaced paper manuscript for copy editing. Flipping pages backwards and forwards to check something is much faster than scrolling in a word processor to check something on a previous page.

Word is fine if you want to produce a two or three page letter on company letterhead, useless if you want to copy edit a 500 page novel or any length of a technical manual.

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Re: Not WYSIWYG

I couldn't agree more.

The formatting and layout are the last thing undertaken before printing and/or producing an e-book, both of which require individual formatting and layout.

We occasionally get material from clients in a word format and the first thing we do is rip that to plain text to work on (copy editing). It stays as plain text until it gets to our layout person and only then is it prepared for the final production process where page size and margins are king. Trying to do any of that in word is counter productive and far from cost effective.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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From the examples given and the mention of vampires and zombies this can no way be classed as a hard science fiction book. It sounds much more like fantasy with a little science thrown in.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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I would think that it should be compulsory viewing for all our politicians and members of the left liberal intelligentsia to show what they have lead the country towards.

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Uh, Obama? Did you miss a zero or two off Samsung's Chinese supplier 'fib' settlement?

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To all those concerned that the amount is small have you thought about how many other suppliers to the US government also source their goods from China. If the amount was larger Samsung would most likely call foul and insist all the other suppliers be examined - not a good outcome for the DoJ.

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Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones

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Re: Sheep of the world, flock to your Apple store

@ItsNotMe, maybe the film 'Idiocracy' wasn't far wrong.

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'Fangless' activist investor chomps up chunk of Rackspace

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If they are a “friendly” activist I would hate to see an 'unfriendly' one.

All these activists are the same - gut the company and run.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: I smell a shill

Exactly. My first thought on reading the article was 'how much is this costing microsoft?' It is just too convenient considering the problems microsoft are having at the moment.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Why?

Why does this need to connect with the car systems? Also why does it need to connect with a phone?

In the first instance it means that it can't be used in older cars that don't have the required connection and the second instance makes it worse than holding a phone to your ear.

The basic idea of a HUD is good, just cut out all the other crap.

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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Maybe most of the 'new' universities should go back to what they started out as - technical colleges. That way they would be of more use to the nation by providing the necessary backing to any apprentice scheme of any company.

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Re: *every* IT post?

Our experience is that most of those with nice new degrees are useless at doing the job until they have 'swept the floor' for at least three years. After that time they begin to realise that they don't know it all and then start learning.

I always remember what we were told at my graduation in the very early 60s 'your degree shows you are capable of learning some engineering - now go and finish learning and when you have done that put it into practice'. It is something I have tried to do since then, even returning from retirement to help out.

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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Re: let me guess...

I doubt that it will shake off the white male image of the tech sector but you could start with what we do here.

Before anyone is offered a place they have to pass a test (the test varies depending on what job they are applying for). Managers have a double test - first can they do the work they are going to be managing and second how do they manage people.

Our managers can and do step in and take the place of a worker in emergencies, even down to getting hands dirty out on the clients workshop floor.

So far that has worked without problems - we have had to fire one person because they started coming to work drunk and would not accept the help offered first by their manager and later by the HR department.

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Re: Well I am not happy with Cook.

The fact of the matter is you hire people to do the job, not skin color, not gender, not gender preference.

That is the crux of the matter that now appears to be lost in the loony left push for diversity. It does not matter if you are a big headed, green, Martian midget, if you can do the job better than all the others then you get it.

Rather than looking at the proportions of people types in the population they should look at the proportions of those with degrees in technical subjects especially when they are recruiting for the tech industry.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Who in their right mind relies on external 'anything' without some fall-back provision to keep the company up and working?

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Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

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Re: What's a billion?

Paul, that is only because the UK is dumb enough to follow the US in this.

I heard someone say that the US went down this road because they wanted to appear bigger and thus better than everyone else - a billion sounds bigger than a thousand million.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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So this is the updated version of my old and trusty Nokia 1600 with an added mp3 player. The big question is 'how good is it at making and receiving calls and sms.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Bail

It is the this period that is the punishment - they will make it as long as possible - especially if they know they don't have a case that will stand up in court.

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Sony reads the future, quits e-reader market says German report

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James, have you looked at the onyx-boox m96 9.7" e-ink pearl display e-reader? A very nice unit that uses a wacom digitiser for input note taking.

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

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Or maybe

Maybe it's time to take a leaf out of William Gibson's 30-year-old AI masterpiece Neuromancer and create a Turing police who would drop a digital nine in the dome of any potential AI system.

Or maybe it is time to read 'Two Faces of Tomorrow' by James P Hogan.

Or maybe even read 'Turing Evolved' by David Kitson.

Or maybe it is time for mankind to get over its collective irrational fear of the unknown.

Or maybe Musk is covering up what is already in existence.

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Pleased to meet you. I'm Joe Bloggs, MVP, vExpert, Cisco Champ

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Re: T'was ever thus

@Gwaptiva, that is why anyone we employ in any technical roll must pass our in-house tests. It means that we can get the job done to the highest standard even if it isn't PC.

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No matter how many letters you put after your name the only real qualification is how well you do the job.

I have had people with degrees and a string of letters after their names that were unable to complete a simple test of ability. I have also had people that were self taught that completed the test in record time correctly. Guess which I employed.

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Pinterest diversity stats: Also pale and male (but not as much as Twitter)

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I would have thought the main reason for employing anyone is their ability to do the job to the standard required. The second reason has to be, will they fit in with the other employees so there is no tension in the workplace other than work induces tensions.

If a big headed green male martian midget fits those requirements, hire him. Likewise anyone else until you have enough staff to run the company efficiently. Trying to meet some abstract diversity targets is just stupidity.

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Mr Almunia, how many more times can Google rewrite Euro search 'dominance' settlement?

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Mr Almunia, exactly how many chances does Microsoft and partners get to revise Google's search biz offer?

There I think that is the headline you wanted.

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: I think...

I think that should be the honest answer given by the climatologists as well.

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Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch

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Re: Please...

Agreed, this 'patent' should be batted into the long grass and lost but it won't be because it is from apple.

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Security

What is it with Americans and security? skiddies can get into the pentagon with little effort and now the banks appear to have an open door policy.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: First things first

I expect that you are correct but I would add that it is doubtful that we will ever know how many of them are from the Indian subcontinent and of a religion that must not be named.

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...

AC you are M W-T and I claim my £5.

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Re: See ...

The act was sailing through parliament anyway and nothing was going to stop that.

But this will placate the Daily Fail readers who otherwise would be outraged - now they will have mind turned away from the loss of privacy angle to screaming about paedophiles in stead.

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US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe

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They should not have problems with that since Iliad has been doing that under their Free brand for quite some time here in France.

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Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

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Re: Something wrong @Adam 1

That is the reason I take ALL phone reviews with a large shovel full of salt.

Without that key bit of key information it might as well be a review of a very small tablet.

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