* Posts by jeremy 3

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Google to French data cops on .com RTBF: Baiser ma DERRIERE

jeremy 3

old search results

I think both sides in this have some valid points, but its not like they are going to agree on it anytime soon.

However, what this points out is that google's search is not actually that good, i am always getting old results.. pages from 4 or 5 years ago and when you are searching about IT matters eg. looking up an API or how to use a particular python function, old forum posts and outdated code get really tedious.

Shouldn't google be saying "this is not an issue because we have now factored DATE, into our search" ... something that seemingly has eluded them for years.

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Chat about Safe Harbour all you like, the NSA's still the stumbling block

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Why do we have standards?

....even though the US does not meet the EU’s adequacy standards on data protection.

So why didn't we stop letting them process data?

If the eu makes a rule and fails to enforce it or stand behind it then by definition the eu is without any use.

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EU data protection tsar spams lawmakers with his unwanted opinions

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An app?

I thought the apple guidelines say an app has to be useful. ... ie. Have a use.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Always thought this...

All the places i have worked in IT have had female tech people, less numbers than male, but there nonetheless.

Also women use IT in non-technical jobs like anyone else and in their personal lives like anyone else and they are no better or worse at using IT than non-technical men. It is simply that they don't want to do that job... whats so hard to believe... I don't want a job in fashion because i think its nonsense (wearing what someone tells you because everyone else is), not because i think its a female (or gay) dominated industry although it is.

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

jeremy 3
Trollface

Your own fault...

There is an automatic "security" setting in alot of versions of OSX that stops you installing stuff from anywhere but the App store, you have to go in and manually change this in settings to allow me to "install from anywhere i damn well please, thank you"..... (also known as the internet), so presumably an app that uses this exploit was downloaded by YOU at YOUR OWN RISK, because Apple told you to only go to the App store and you thought you knew better ;)

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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am I the only one wondering....

... Why didn't Linus just call up someone at google or perhaps even send an email, I am sure he knows *someone that could allow him to bypass the lack of customer service.

I have alot of respect for this guy's skills and what he has done, but I only seem to hear about him going nuts about something or at someone.... is he Steve Balmer's long lost brother, raised by the kind and loving people of Finland, thus not being the same evil Steve?

Linus, a nice guy but calm down, given the work on the kernel never ends, he of all people must know computers are not yet perfect!

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: Application lifetime just went over a cliff

...welcome to iOS or Android development :)

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Lawyer brands client 'small penis asshole' before challenging him to a DUEL

jeremy 3

Mixed metaphors

Isn't there some grammatical rules for mixing anatomically inspired insults.... It would save some nasty mental images.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

jeremy 3

Grand plan

This sounds like more than just a marketing ploy given that MS is moving as much as it can online (trying to copy google i suppose) and they are trying to find ways to ensure that users are online whenever possible otherwise the online experience doesn't work so well. For example the recent shift of Office to this strange online/offline chimeara in the face of many people saying "but its always been fine just on my computer".

Not having to shout your passwords across the room will end the fun game of joke passwords, my favourite is setting the password to "whatdidyousay"

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NOBODY reading your Facebook post? TOUGH LUCK, sez Zuck

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Facebook for business?

They keep pushing this and it's kinda required to have a Facebook page for your business these days but this just shows that if you are like most of us who post nonsense for our friends to see then it doesn't matter about the "engagement"

... and for the people on this site who just say fb is bad and they never had an account etc, if you actively think you are publishing to the world and post accordingly, it's actually quite a useful way of avoiding talking to people directly . .. its all down to how you want to use it, not how it uses you!

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FTC lunges at Kickstarter bloke who raised $120,000 – and delivered sweet FA

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flaw in so many online business models

While kickstarter is not a bad idea, it is part of a genre of businesses on the web that succeed due to removing the need for regulation or legislation.

Uber dodge licensing of taxis (thus reducing costs and consumer protections), job sites like peopleperhour.com and guru.com dodge employment protections for what effectively becomes their workforce and airbnb.com dodge the regulations that Thomas Cook are currently having to deal with.

All these services can be good for the consumer, i am not against innovation and market disruption, but thinking that somehow all that red tape business had previously was just a problem and offered nothing in consumer protection at best naive and at worst eroding years of balance in industries.

I expect some down votes for this comment, but I am just pointing out the bad sides to such online services where a small company that does little more than build a website (albeit a clever one), rake in loads of cash when the people who actually put their work or money on the line get no protection anymore.

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Did you almost prang a 737 jet with a drone over Dallas? The FAA would like a word

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Freaking lasers*

So as i see it, either drones get obligatory AI to ensure they don't go into FAA airspace (or equivalent elsewhere in the world) or boing and aircoach get to put "freakin lasers" on their planes with AI to zap drones.

I personally want the second one... just because it would be cool to see, especially if they beamed it to that nav-map they usually show on flights.

* not on sharks, but hey, lasers are cool on their own though right?

Oh and to address some of the "could a swallow carry a coconut" questions above, i seem to remember an experiment in the UK when they were testing if a chicken could smash the window of a fast moving train.... the answer came out yes everytime since they used frozen chickens in the tests.

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Human error to blame as UK data breach investigations surge

jeremy 3

menage a government

.. fines of up to 2% of annual turnover....

That makes me feel so much better when my data is lost, Angela Merkel or (who-the-f**k-ever) definitely needs the cash more than those wronged?

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China cracks down further on VPNs as censorship intensifies

jeremy 3

stories like this...

... just give Theresa May more ideas.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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maths?

In the UK apparently you have to pass GSCE Maths to get anywhere... yet, no-one ever seems to notice that asking maybe 100 people a question and then extrapolating it to 60,000,000 may have something called a "margin or error".....

I actually enjoy adverts for beauty products now, first they introduce whole new words to the language and then they say 90% of people love it....followed by really small print saying "but we only asked 87 people"... (and at least 3 of them said f**k off).

I am a old jaded computer guy of 37 (yeah, i served 3 tours on win95, but i don't want to talk about it) and there is exactly nothing MS can say about any windows that is more believable than your average politician...

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Strap-on fiddle factor: We poke ten Apple Watch apps

jeremy 3

IFTTT - worst app ever

... yet with the most promise...

Sadly if you don't use endless silicon valley software fart-up apps that only the coolest of cool kids use, then its really quite useless at automating anything.

It can tell me if someone lists something on etsy, but it cannot let me look for a standard bit of data on a random website... only choose from the list of "cool" sites you can be choosing..

I cant even remember what i wanted it to do, but as a result of it failing so fashionably, i wrote a small python script and banished it forever.

Still, i am commenting on an iWatch article... i have already wasted enough life for a few more cigarettes.

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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Remember 9/11?

Er, what about remembering last week when a comic convention was attacked.... they had been watching one guys since 2006... didn't seem to make any difference there... only local law enforcement dealt with some people shooting... only later was it "terrorsim".

Where in this very recent example did all the surveillance alter the outcome?

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Kiwi company posts job ad for Windows support scammers

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1500 ad views...

... and he can't hire techies.... sounds like there is another problem there!

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

jeremy 3

wrist rashes....

...could that be from the binding chains of debt users encurred to get the latest iSawYouComing device.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

jeremy 3

Evolution

Like me, all the other commentors on this thread are smarter than your average person, so we saw this coming as it has come before in IT.

The rest of the world need to work through these problems of bricking (kinda) a 3 or 4 year old device due to inability to update.

This has happened with Android phones, now punters look for the updatable ones and manufacturers are getting smarter.

Now the other (or often same) manufacturers of smart TVs need to think more, the stuff they were pushing out a couple of years ago was "anything to get us in the smart TV section of walmart".

They will have punters who are thinking, "i wont buy an xyz again" etc etc ... simple mind of the sell and buy world.

TL:DR ... in a few years time all devices that have anything smart about them will be updatable.

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Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

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anecdotal evidence

My Mum was a sub-post office owner who worked for the Post Office.

We moved away and she took work helping another Post Office due to her years of experience.

That was the point they introduced Horizon. My own mother reported failings in the system as she was paper based and insisted on double checking everything.

She spoke to other sub postmasters who had written their own little computer systems to use, who also reported discrepencies.

There was more than enough people saying there were problems at launch that anyone smart would think "its a financial system, maybe we should be sure it doesn't loose money"..... but no, all feedback ignored with the statement "it works, no shutup".

There is some serious crimial negligence for the Post Office to hide on this one and it will come out!

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What's 'appening with WhatsApp? '800 MEEELLION LOSERS* actively use us', says boss

jeremy 3

metrics, metrics but never the word EXCLUSIVE

I use (in order of amount of use);-

Viber

FB Messenger

Skype

Line

Whatsapp

Wechat

WhatsApp

Chaton

and sometimes Tango

I wish i could standardise on one of them (and that tends to happen a little geographically) but every one uses something different and I become a registered and active user who shows in metrics for most of the chat apps. But they can never count exclusive users... they are more likely to pay.

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Your home automation things are a security nightmare

jeremy 3

Lazy? Or more likely inexperienced

... and hired for their cost over their knowledge.

Also someone signed off on requirements and I would not be surprised if at some point 'testing' was seen by management as an unnecessary cost...

Developers are still lazy... just not entirely to blame here :)

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Facebook injects CREEPY search engine into mobile app

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Yawn

Any story about facebook and you have the usual "I'm somehow better than everyone because i don't use it" comments.....

I live in Asia and use some local facebook groups for expats and people ask the same questions all the time about where to buy rice in Vietnam and why Sushi isn't cooked etc for which a better search would be ideal.

If you are so against sharing things on the internet then don't.... its really that easy and you are probably not interesting to anyone anyway.

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Got a botnet? Thinking of using it to mine Bitcoin? Don't bother

jeremy 3

Re: So coin mining is a losing game, then ?

Yeah, but the useful info stops at i7 4930k .. or maybe your radeon card is more interesting.

Bitcoin is a crypto currency, its irrelevant how many floating number calculations your i7 can do. Its all about cryptographic calculations as used in a graphics card. A standard desktop is all but useless for mining....even with all your *[whatever you said about your computer that makes it so amazing].

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

jeremy 3

patents are irrelevant and you can try and sue my penniless company.

Yet another fairly obvious idea is being hailed as a patent.

Currently 2nd screen content can be distributed by the main content - this is simply suggesting that it is beamed from somewhere else "at the same time".... right?

Seriously, when i can put in a patent for how to poor water into a glass.

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

jeremy 3

non story

A lot of people on El reg work in IT. This story of extra costs rings true.

No-one ever wanted a female mario or female sonic.

The guy sounds reasonable, they wanted a female character but realised the costs.... simple.

Does anyone really think we live in a world where someone at a game company decided to scarp a female player because they are sexist. Sounds like the media were looking for something to get upset about.

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

jeremy 3

defining his role

He just wants to be remembered for something... even if it is taking that thing that works pretty well and messing it up so it doesn't work anymore.... at least he'll be remembered.

So when our EU overlords hire some techno-caveman like this, when exactly can i ask for my 14 billion back?

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iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system

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Re: Not Spying

Its not clear in the article if this is the App store app that installed by default and cannot be removed.

In which case you never download it... its there.

But there is very clear consent here.... you need location and bluetooth on... who has blue tooth on except when you are smashing your phone against your friends screaming "copy you stupid thing... oh wait its started now.".

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Oh Mr Darcy! You're PRESSING MY BUTTONS

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Everyone knows about Pride and Predjudice

It's re-made by the BBC every 3 years on a continuous cycle... so maybe make an app about a less well known classic .... like Crime & Punishment (ok it's russian, but its got a good message about feeling bad about what you've done).

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MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

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Seduced politicians

When politicians see they might get money to put into their budget I can see them getting very excited, however any commercial interest should not be allowed to influence education. It is totally ignorant to think that there will be no bias in the curriculum, even if some well meaning people in these organizations try, they cannot be helped as they believe only their approach is correct and nothing less is acceptable.

Healthy debate is needed on digital copyright and educating young people is correct, but let educators educate, not lobby groups.

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If you're not paying, you're product: If you ARE paying, it's no better

jeremy 3

Editing and grammer?

I know El Reg is full of grammar nazis, so i am going to get in first to point out a few (not just one or two) errors in your writing... (call me a Nazi if you like)

"Start up are sometimes more reliable" - start ups?

" it was the cornerstone or my research " - of my research?

I gave up after that, since reading badly written text full of errors is what I must tolerate on facebook.

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Anonymous hacked off with Singapore's menacing net rules plan

jeremy 3

not corrupt because....

MPs in Singapore are paid on average over a million dollars a year. It stops them being so focused on deals to line their own pockets....

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NSA, UK hacked Yahoo! and Google data center interconnects – report

jeremy 3

different how?

Currently there is a court case in the UK where some newspaper editors are in trouble because their (now closed) newspaper hacked people's phones to get stories... no-one cared about celebs, but when a kid who was kidnapped and murdered came up on the list of people who were hacked, there was outrage and now a court case.

How is hacking someone's private comms for a news story illegal but hiding under "national security" its totally ok?

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

jeremy 3

surprise

Obviously being an "explorer" explains her shock and assumed effrontery of the cop... "they're illegal? "

Shouldn't someone wearing a piece of new tech that is in your face (literally) while operating a piece of heavy machinery (and speeding)... have a little more sympathy for society catching up ?

I think this user is planning on replacing their own thought processes and memory with everything supplied by google. woo-hoo.

Should fine her big just for being such a self important idiot.

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Three million Adobe accounts hacked? Sorry, make that 38 MILLION

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not surprised they confused 3 for 38

When their software titles have had a very confused and illogical numbering pattern.

I thought photoshop was good at version 5.5 ... but then i magically got back to version 2 (creative suite) before climbing to 6? Now with online CC its back at 1... these lot can't count!

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Mozilla goes where Google fears to tread with geolocation service

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_nomap

What happens with "alternative geolocation company inc" says to opt out of their system i must "_nogeomap".

I only have 1 ssid per wifi so to dodge one slurper, i risk another.

How about I set up a constantly changing SSID and a rotating frequency.

My wifi is for me to use the internet at home, only me, not my neighbours or their dogs and i don't give a f*ck if some idiot wants more accurate GPS on the main road near my house.

Yes, crumpy and unhelpful, but that is most IT folk? and besides we've been burned before by google saying "we wont do anything bad"..... I currently turn my wifi off when i go out.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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No Java

Thanks, Mavericks just wiped out Java on my system, leaving a trail of destruction behind it.

Apple get more and more like a possessive partner all the time.... "You are getting messages from *Other development platforms!!!" , "I am going to monitor your phone and email to see if any more of these *SDKs are trying it with *My developer".

I didn't want to go to the pub this afternoon, what i really wanted to do was fix my mac so that i can work on it.

It just works? Not these days... I stopped using linux because i was fed up with tinkering to make anything run... seems Apple's anti Flash campaign has given them teeth enough to go after java ....

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

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Cant wait for future "glass" cases similar to this.

"But your honor, i didn't know it automatically uploaded the video to google and using advanced algorithms* selected various popular amateur porn sites to distribute it to".

*because google's search can obviously figure this out.

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Unsupervised Brit kids are meeting STRANGERS from the INTERNET

jeremy 3

Maybe

Since kids are far from stupid, they are actually meeting up with some other kids their own age they met fragging some muthafucka in CoD ... Using the internet like adults... The article does not say they are meeting with the current society boogeyman; a pedo.

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Fraudster bought names and address from Experian, says Krebs

jeremy 3

one use sale?

So its ok for experian to sell your data about someone, just so long as you don't resell it ... sounds like they need some of wonderful clarity that software licenses have.

When it comes to data about people, there is no law... just the people who have the power and authority to buy it, sell it, plunder it.. with impunity (government / credit reference people / DVLA ) and those who don't... you and me.

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Twitter will leap into instant-messaging world with new app: report

jeremy 3

Wow a 140 character messaging app... on my phone...

..wait isn't that SMS?

Twitter manages to explore new depths of pointlessness.

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T-Mobile FREES AMERICANS to roam world sans terrifying charges

jeremy 3

Socialism

That was a great win for big commercial organizations, teaching people that anything that was not gouging them for the highest price possible is socialism. As someone once said and i now misquote: "the trick is not oppressing the poor, but teaching them to oppress themselves".

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Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING

jeremy 3

users

Use them like they use you, simple.

Don't post anything that is not public knowledge anyway.

Don't say anything stupid.

Use ad block.

And better yet, do not use a real name or at least not your real name.... my friends totally accept that i am not the same name on facebook as real life and it keeps the 'old school friends' away, yet i still get to see world+dog baby photos and lol cats.... (aren't i lucky).

You can be a victim or you can just work around their desperation for your info by giving them what is not of value.

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A-D'OH!-BE: Adobe hit by 'sophisticated' MEGA HACK RANSACK

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Re: Good advice except that it's impossible

Write them down.

I have a book of passwords that lives in my house with a page for every website or service.

The likelihood that someone is going to steal a small notebook with handwriting in it is almost zero... even when i carry it around...

It may sound crazy but actually physical access to me and my computer is probably the biggest barrier to a hacker.

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Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

jeremy 3

not entirely blame apple but...

Of course due to legal things they will not say anything like "Sorry about that - we'll try harder" , but it does bug me a little that big companies like apple roll out a half baked solution that does have real implications and don't really take any responsibility for it. Medical equipment and aviation equipment have standards to meet so why not maps - people can get lost and die or get run over by a 737.

There is a reason Nokia took a very long time to release maps - they wanted to be sure they were right.

Google took a long time to get it right and here comes apple who shit unicorns so lets not question that their maps will be perfect... we're all obviously using them wrong.

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Apple beckons fanbois back into its golden era... of, er, 2010

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Re: About time!

No its not a fetish, its just inline with Apple dropping support.

As an iphone/pad/pod user didn't you back up your device in itunes before you upgraded.. can't you just restore it?

Take some responsibility for your actions and stop blaming developers who face enough fragmentation already.... we're only trying to make a buck despite everyone wanting apps for free or a couple of $ and Apple taking 30%.

Jeez, some people are never happy.

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China tunes out Soundcloud for a weekend

jeremy 3

middle kingdom nonsense

... its china... whats with the silly (irrelevant) name.

I am all against the level of censorship in China but lets not forget that the UK blocks a few sites with no legal basis atall (piratebay etc), so perhaps el reg journos could be a little less arrogant.... oh wait thats not going to happen.

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New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'

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Home buttons works?

Most people i know with an iPhone have that annoying home button app that gives you a home button on screen all the time. Most say its because after about 10 minutes in a sufficiently humid country (so anywhere in SE asia)... the home button broke.

I wonder if this will be any different.

As ever, if i do buy one, i wont rush ... lets wait and see if they have another "holding it wrong" problem.

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Bristol boffins announce QUANTUM CLOUD

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Sub title

Excellent reference!

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