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Microsoft brings back Windows watch after Apple seeks 'flexible' bod

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Meh

I've never worn a watch.

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Coalition's NBN plan: where's the cost of the copper?

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Typo

the Coalition's operational expenditure forecast is incomplete incompetent.

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I salute Lady THATCHER - Shoreditch's SILICON GODMOTHER

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Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

Yes, she splits the Guardian readership right down the middle. But they hardly represent the median of the political spectrum, do they?

Ever since the right wing rags started putting up paywalls the Guardian readership demographic has changed. The comment areas are now flooded with Tory trolls. That's capitalism for you. Oh, how I lol'd

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Seen elsewhere

"Is Thatcher being cremated? If she is it's at least one confirmed Ashes win for England this summer."

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Dubai splurges on 700hp, 217mph Lamborghini police cruiser

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The Saudis used Lambos too...

...they had a few Lamborghini LM002 for desert border patrols. Not sure if they're still in service.

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Italian efficiency

An acquaintance of mine bought an excellent domain from the Italians.

It's under maintenance at the moment but you can usually find it here: fuckw.it

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Australia's alternative NBN plan: some taxpayer-friendly questions

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I have a question

What drugs are Turnbull and Abbott taking?

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Vinyl sales reach 15 year high, Blighty becomes No. 3 music buyer

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Re: Vinyl

CDs are vulnerable to the chemicals in paper

Maybe the card is different now. I'm seeing an increase in card slip covers on the CDs I buy. I can't say I like them as they get marked too easily but at least growing new raw material is an option.

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Mali to give away .ML domains for free

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Facepalm

Some potential there

di.ml/y

A site describing the thought process of the person that came up with this idea

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Two new supers go live in Oz

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All connected by...

...shitty old copper? That'd be Abbott's view of the future.

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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Thank the stars she privatised BT...

...it would just be some faceless, mega-incompetent corporate giant now if she hadn't.

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Australia's coalition reveals bits of broadband plan

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ADSL2?

Looks like the proposed wireless 25/5 we'll be getting isn't so bad after all.

Did Turnbull include the costs of replacing the rotting copper owned by Telstra? Malcy's ADSL2 is going to suffer sooner rather than later.

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

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Re: How to make the world a better place

Our morality as a society is what's legal.

There are plenty of things that are legal but entirely immoral.

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How to make the world a better place

Do note this was a couple of decades ago when such shenanigans were indeed legal. Not necessarily moral, but legal.

It's people like you that screw things up for the rest of us. Greed has no morals and no limits.

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Australian Feds charge 17-year-old 'Anon' with four crimes

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Re: "He was Anonymous but not anonymous."

Actually he is still anonymous. As a minor his name is protected.

He's anonymous to us but not to the legal system. They count, we don't.

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Whoops

He was Anonymous but not anonymous.

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Provider of FIFA goal line tech chosen, tracks ball in space and time

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Pfft

It'll be programmed to disallow goals from anyone in an England shirt, just as the officials have been.

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Holden bakes Siri into Barinas

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Siri...

...remind me again why I spent good money on a car with such twattish accessories.

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If Google got a haircut, a tie and a suit, would it be Microsoft?

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Re: Google winning the browser wars - not as scary as the dark days of IE

If Chrome totally dominates, there can continue to be forks of their browser with any undesirable parts stripped out. Most people will use the official versions for convenience and geeks the unofficial versions cleansed of evil.

When Chrome was first released I gave it a test drive and was somewhat surprised to see that whenever I logged in to an SSL site Chrome also made an SSL connection to a Google-owned server. I then tried the supposedly flea-free version known as SWIron. It had the same behaviour despite claims that dodgy code had been removed. Neither got a second chance.

Firefox all the way here. It's the only one I feel I can trust.

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

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Good on 'em

The way Australian cattle farmers treat livestock is pretty despicable. Animals are moved on journeys that often exceed 1000km or more in crowded cattle trucks to a coastal port. They are then exported by ship to places such as Indonesia and the Middle East where they have their throats slashed while still alive by the usual Halal brutality

If the farmers had any concern for animal welfare (and breeding cattle for killing excludes them from that category) they would at least have local abattoirs and not subject the animals to weeks of poor travelling conditions before an unpleasant death. It's barbaric.

They may whine about privacy invasion by drone but I've never yet heard a farmer complain about Australia's proposed data retention and monitoring.

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Second International Cat Video Festival coming to Oakland CA

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Civilisation has reached the tipping point

It's all downhill from here.

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Google Street View releases devastated Fukushima town tour

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Re: Disaster pr0n for sickos

At least they weren't looting.

There wasn't much left to loot.

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Re: Disaster pr0n for sickos

fire up a stand to sell "disaster burgers"

Most people's stuff had been swept away by the storm surge or was under two metres of sand.

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Disaster pr0n for sickos

We had to get the police to roadblock our area to the public after cyclone Yasi. Too many rubberneckers drove in to look at the mess. Sick bastards.

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Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

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"Your next car will be smarter than you"

The author should visit rural Australia. His statement is already true here.

<-- Beer icon. It lubricates the drivers.

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Re: No Thanks

If this gets too obvious I'll just stop watching anything.

I was thinking the same thing. I shall just read more books instead. Then I had a horrible thought about what would happen to books if we all stopped watching TV.

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

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The worst thing, by a mile...

...are those functions that remain invisible until you hover over them (yes, WordPress, I'm looking at you). How the f%$# are you supposed to know to hover if the f*&^ers are invisible?

The other UI nightmare is the one that came with Orifice 2000 (at least I think it was but it was definitely a MS product). Menu items that just disappeared if you didn't use them often. The obvious happened: As you couldn't then find them you used them even less.

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FinFisher spyware goes global, mobile and undercover

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"FinFisher spyware has been updated to evade detection"

and has now been discovered in 25 countries across the globe

Awesome detection evasion there. 10/10.

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Microsoft issues manual on Brits to Cambridge exports

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"fish and chips, a national treat"

Things must be desperate in Blighty if fish and chips are a treat.

Why did Microsoft even bother? Half the fun of moving to another country is exploring the differences.

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OpenSUSE 12.3 ships, project back on track

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Dead quick

I have 12.3 running in a VirtualBox VM on the Win7 gaming box. Everything feels faster than the equivalent apps on the base Windows system.

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Elon Musk's 'Grasshopper' hover rocket scores another test success

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Re: Strange URL

Pharma SEO fail?

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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Re: I'll stick with my Mac

Blimey, dozens of comments before we come to a Mac user that knows what a text editor is.

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Re: A nitpick

What is Zawinski's Observation?

I believe it's possibly the one about all applications bloating until they can do email. Or something.

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The supercomputers LIED: UK rainfall is rising, but won't drown our phones

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"jam jars with rulers stuck to the side"

And will likely remain so for a while. The main difference these days is that fewer people are required to read the rulers due to the ubiquity of modern connected rain gauges or AWS.

Rain gauges, even the spiffy modern ones, are notoriously inaccurate for several reasons.

NB I did once enquire about a BoM-recommended AWS for home use but was told anything below $25k was a waste of time. If you live in the town with the highest rainfall in Aus (over 7 metres) you tend to pay attention to this stuff..

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Farewell, Reg: This hack is hanging up her Apple jacket

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Good luck

Your articles were always a pleasure to read.

I'll get your coat.

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Tesco: Every little (effort to kill Amazon, Spotify) helps

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Life moves so fast...

...I can remember the old days when Tesco specialised in horse meat lasagne.

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Australian Bureau of Meteorology apps to map future rain

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It'll be insurance ads. Thank fuck for Adblock..

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Take that, freetards: First music sales uptick in over a decade

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Pirate

I buy more music now than I ever have

Not just music, but films and games too.

Just to clarify, none of this happened because of anything the music industry did to "stop piracy". The most likely reason is that I'm now exposed to more culture than at any time in the past. Not only that but I can choose where, when and what I am exposed to. This is despite the best efforts of the music industry to make the opposite true.

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Official: More than 7 million Brits have NEVER accessed the interwebs

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"44 per cent of those people were over the age of 75."

Cameron's NHS policies will soon get that number down.

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Brit robot programmers banged up for £500,000 tax evasion

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Re: Meanwhile...

Slight difference unfortunately

Yep, I realise there is a legal difference but the end result is the same. It's still ripping off those that do pay their fair share.

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Meanwhile...

...the likes of Amazon, Google and scummy bankers get away with squillions while HMRC are busy with two oiks.

Still, something must be done, eh? Got to keep the Daily Mail readers happy.

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Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star

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He's quite right

The only thing you'll see in a high street in ten years* is a solitary pound shop with a tumbleweed blowing past.

Support your local shops. They have real jobs inside, real people with real knowledge of the products, not just some unskilled drones picking items from the racks in the latest mega warehouse.

*Possibly less.

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iPad? Pah. Behold the EYEPAD, patented by Sony for the 'PS4'

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"The device is called an EyePad not to primarily annoy Apple"

But it will help and that's surely a good thing.

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Obama says patent trolls 'extort money', pledges reform

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Re: Patents are a wondrous thing...

Patents predate the Renaissance and the scientific revolution, and there is some evidence that a similar idea was present in ancient Greece.

Yes, a patent was granted in Greece for a year (according to Wikipedia). Given the speed of tech advances back then it would be equivalent to maybe a week today. I'd have no problems with that.

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Patents are a wondrous thing...

...because no one invented anything before patents existed.

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Apple design bloke Ive finally honoured properly - with Blue Peter badge

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Perhaps he could make a copy...

...and send it to Dieter Rams. Seems only fair.

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BlackBerry booster Alicia Keys blames hacker for iPhone Twitter update

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"I've been hacked"

It's the "dog ate my homework" of the digital age.

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Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

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Eric Huggers

Eric bloody Huggers. He seems to lurch from one badly thought out tech nightmare to another.

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Love in the time of the internet: A personal memoir

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Re: You lost me at...

I have never been on a date where the lady brought along a friend.

I did once. Best date ever.

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Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman

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Not just Coke

Drink as little as six litres of plain old water in a few hours and you may die of water intoxication.

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