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Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT

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just unlocked a repressed memory

I just remembered killing 32 people after a playing Tomb Raider:Angel of Darkness.

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Google teases more modular smartphone details in run-up to dev meet-up

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Re: It looks super cool…

Yes, but there really only 2 things you can upgrade on a laptop. HDD and RAM, both of which can only give a small performance increase and requires screw drivers and some knowledge.

If you can swap Graphics, CPU and so on as easily as you would a fridge magnet then its a big difference.

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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Re: it aint hardware, its software

I disagree, there is a lot of hardware. A lot of specialist hardware, it most definitely is not a dumb screen. Yes there is software to make sense of data, but that can be replicated in an open source system.

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Agreed, I wouldn't use a Facebook operated service to talk to my doctor.

But I would use an Oculus Rift, using an independent self-contained service to talk to my doctor.

Though how my doctor is going to examine my swollen knee via VR I'm not sure.

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I've given this some thought.

Zuck is never going to get his 2billion back via Oculus directly. Its only ever going to be indirect, via services thst use VR, any VR.

The Rift is hardware, and while posible (but highly unlikely) to have facebook data slurping firmware that data has to be collected via its driver. The will be open source drivers.

Zuck is not going to be getting much usable data from me playing HL2 with an oculus, or from any of the first or second gen VR software.

Its the generations after that he's got his eyes on. The software that majority of people might use VR for, virtual shoping, movies and events.

If you don't want to feed zuck, then don't use those services.

The money and resources Oculus have just got are good for VR, the unpleasent VR facebook stuff was going to happen anyway. The only real change is the Rift will come sooner and better.

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

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had to check the date

Its not April the 1st.

This is wrong on so many levels.

The idea of a VR Facebook fills me with a re-hydrated sick feeling.

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Box shock stock doc clocks 250 million bucks

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foreseeable future?

[Quote]"We have a history of cumulative losses, and we do not expect to be profitable for the foreseeable future," Box noted in its SEC filing. [/quote]

I admire their candour, but if they succeed in floating it just goes to show how fundimentally screwed up the whole system is.

For a long time Amazon opperated at a loss, but I don't think they thought they wouldn't make profit in the foreseeable future.

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Earth's night-side gets different kinds of neutrinos from day-side

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Coat

Hollywood has got it right

Mutant neutrinos are going to boil the earth and bring about the end of the world.

John cussak is holding my coat.

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Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

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Soon an other SteamOS game....

That i wont be able to play because my son is playing plant vs zombies through VALVes sharing system.

http://www.change.org/petitions/valve-corporation-allow-steam-family-sharing-users-to-access-different-games-at-the-same-time

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Japanese boffins build 'earring PC' for hands-free computing

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voices in my head

I've been using earpieces to help hide the voices in my head for years.

Now I can look even more chiq.

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

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Re: Value, what value?

The laws should not govern the value of the license, more Define that they have value.

A license should be as resellable as any other non-tangable asset.

You buy stocks in a company, that company can not dictate how you resell them (excluding employee stock options).

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Re: Value, what value?

Agreed, there needs to be defined laws giving licenses value post sale. Publishers have far too much influence one what people can do with their legally purchased licenses.

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I'm in: Peter 'Dragons' Den' Jones launches bid to buy out Expansys

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not to be confused with

Peter "The Voice of the Book" Jones, who unfortunately is only Pushing Daisies.

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Valve gives Oculus Rift a whirl with SteamVR mode

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RE: Lee D

Firstly, given the current ruling of EU and US courts regarding the rights of license owners (those that have purchased the games/software) I don't believe VALVe would have had to make any changes to their contracts with publishers.

Secondly, if this is true one publisher has no right to dictate access to other publishers software. If EA don't want their games to be shared, then VALVe can lock those games out of sharing. But EA have can not say while some one plays one of our games, the legally owned license of other publishers are not allowed to be accessed.

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Re: Can you ask VALVe about the State of SFS

If what you said is true, then the offline loophole would have been closed as a matter of urgency, which it has not.

All VALVe need to do is ensure that the original license given to the end user is not violated. They have the power and technology.

What we have a system that neither protects the publishers nor gives families a way to use their purchased licenses.

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Re: Can you ask VALVe about the State of SFS

Well I can't make a small uppercase e that sits above the text line, like VALVe does for its name.

While I'm not an English Literature graduate I'm fairly sure when using multiple "and"s in a sentence there should be a comma to create a list like structure. If I remember correctly it should go between "properly" and "and" .

I'm sure there are better educated grammar Nazis on the board that will correct me if I'm wrong.

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Can you ask VALVe about the State of SFS

There is a State of "VALVe can do no wrong" at the moment on all the Tech news sites.

And to a point this is because they are doing amazing things and really pushing new ideas.

SFS should be one of them....

“Our customers have expressed a desire to share their digital games among friends and family members, just as current retail games, books, DVDs, and other physical media can be shared,” explained Anna Sweet of Valve. “Family Sharing was created in direct response to these user requests.”

So says the press release from VALVe

However their current design for Steam Family Sharing (SFS) is an absolute insult to those that asked for such a function and makes a mockery of the licenses people have brought via steam.

Valve have wisely made a system which requires the lending account to log onto target machine, this is good since it reduces the chance of people setting up SFS with strangers.

However if the owner plays a game, all other games are locked out and can not be played. If someone is playing a shared game and the owner plays and entirely different game the original player gets booted off in 5 minutes.

Like sharing a pizza, eating one slice but not letting anyone else eat the rest.

People want a proper Per Game sharing system.

And to add insult there is the offline mode loophole. In offline mode you can not only play your games, but all other games shared too you. In offline mode you could have 10+ people playing the same game at the same time having only payed for one copy.

Back to the pizza, If I go into a locked room a whole pizza magically get taken from PizzaGut and appears on my lap, and the same for everyone else that does the same.

4 Months ago VALVe was told of this issue, an issue that could be fixed with 4 lines of code. Yet it remains.

User that have been raising voices and trying to unify those that want a fairer and better system are being banned from the Forums. Long running and active threads that discus the issue and have been giving suggestions have been systematically closed.

4 months with out a single response from VALVe.

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Hooters, shooters and looters: Eidos’s Tomb Raider

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TR is firmly engrained into my mind

I used to play TR while listerning to music. When ever i hear certain songs I get a flash back to the Cistern Level. Copper green channels of water, leaps of faith between them.

I've brought and completed every TR game, with the exception of the disaster that was Angel of Darkness (brought but unplayable).

Crystal Dynamics reboot have been perfect.

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Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller

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While it may be written in jest, HL3 would be a good crowbar to get people buying Steamboxes.

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Terror cops swoop on couple who Googled 'backpacks' and 'pressure cooker'

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Re: @Vince Lewis 1

I'm well aware of the ideas of Fear and Control. FUD has been used and continues to be used.

The only reflection of the Effect of FUD with in this story is from the ex-employer that called the cops on a search History of "Pressure Cooker" and Backpack.

Yes its unfortunate their son looked at a "How a Pressure Cooker Bomb Works" online. But the authorities acted with respect and due diligence.

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Re: Backpack? Pressure cooker? I own both!

Only if you cook rice in your back pack

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Vince Lewis 1

Just realised who really doing the down voting

Lizard agents of the shadow government are influencing this board.

They don't want people thinking Agents are going about their jobs with out needless threats and violence, they want people to be in fear of every nature of the Government and Law enforcement.

Any notion of Anti terrorism units calmly talking to people, respecting peoples property and quietly leaving must be quashed. People must be made to fear their government its only through fear can they have control.

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Interesting....

Anyone that has read the article and defends the actions of the authorities is getting down voted.

It is absolutely ridiculous. The Fire Dept gets calls to House Fires that are Bonfires, Police get called to disturbances that are just loud movies and the FBI get called called to potential terrorists that were just a couple doing some personal shopping on work time.

Unfortunately these things happen and when a lot of your leads come from public information there will be more false leads with Anti Terrorist information.

The Agents themselves most likely thought this is going to be dead end but they have to follow up, just as the fireman heading off to a prank call would.

This is not an "Enemy of the State" or "V for Vendetta" paranoid government action, but reasonable suspicion followed up by a non violent visit and conversation.

I'm not saying there isn't an erosion of civil liberties or too much surveillance on law abiding citizens, because there is. But this was a simple case of something looking like something it wasn't.

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Stop

Why all the down votes. It sounds like a reasonable response to a tip off. They didn't drag him off, bash down the doors or go in guns blazing.

Yes disturbing and a little frightening, and I wouldn't like it to happen to me, but the officials involved have a duty to follow leads.

The only unreasonable action was of the ex-employer to leap from two innocent search term to the idea of terrorist and call in the cops.

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

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Personally I'd like a pre-quel

I've long thought the Navi, their biology and their easily interfaced biosphere was so improbable as an evolved system it would have needed to be artificial.

I think a prequel set a thousand years previous would a good idea.

At this point Pandora was at a social/technological similar to modern earth not sci-fi, nor all harmonious. Just bumbling through existence, when all of a sudden a huge meteor smashes into the planet. After reeling from that blast, the joined forces of the planet find the meteor has taken root and an army of bio-technological warriors are starting to fight their way across their planet.

Film ends in a last ditch attack against the invaders HQ/Life tree. The blast is enough to send the invaders into disarray and chaos, but eventually the native populous is wiped out by the rapidly expanding biosphere of the invaders.

Always thought that would be a good wake up call for all those Avatards who think the Navi as something to aspire to.

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Yahoo! announces last hurrah of ancient AltaVista search

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alta-vista for porn

First day in a proper IT job. It was 1997 and been a few years since I had internet access.

Need to look something up on the web.

Alta vista's a good search engine... Whats the url again, oh yes I remember.

I was wrong, very wrong. Porn pop-up flooding my screen and my boss walking in.

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Microsoft gives away Windows 8 to Mac devs

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Re: A Mac at a price I'd pay

True, the last time I used a Mac, before the iLamp I found in a skip, was a Mac II when I was at school.

After playing with the iLamp for a while I was impressed with the OS's speed with low memory, so I put it to use as a video player for the kids.

However the iLamp was running an OSX version which was the contemporary of Win XP so the idea of selecting 2 or more video files and queuing them up should not have been beyond the realms of expectation.

I did find various solutions, most based around scripting Quicktime to creating a single file based on the selected files or an even more complicated script that opened and closed Quicktime for each file, either way useless for what I wanted to do.

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A Mac at a price I'd pay

Funny you should say about getting Mac devs to to use Won 8 by giving it away, because I recent got my first Mac at a price I was willing to pay for one. I found an old G4 iLamp in a skip.

A lovely machine with a pretty OS, though I eventully had to install linux in order to queue and play multiple video files.

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First, servers were DEEP-FRIED... now, boffins bring you WET ones

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need a plumber

Not keen on the idea of needing a plumber to move my TV.

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Euro boffins plan supercomputer to SIMULATE HUMAN BRAIN

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Facepalm

Re: Wrong target?

You're right. It''s much easier to dissect a living human brain, examine small parts of it, change chemical its balance and so on, all while doing zero damage and not affecting it with sedatives and pain killers.

With in a decade we should be able to simulate whole sections of an individual's brain, and help find the best treatment for that person.

In 2 decades a whole brain could be simulated, and yes the question of whether the simulation has its own consciousness and related the moral and legal rights.

In 3 to 4 decades we could be looking at the very real possibility of digital immortality.

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Squillions of bytes in one cup of DNA

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evolution

The bacteria evolved and corrupted my entire porn collection.

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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

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Re: And television sitcoms cause ...

What a wonderful black and white world you live in. Must be a bit cold at night sleeping on a zebra crossing.

A persons personality is affected by more than just their parental guidance. Environment and peers have just as much effect on a person. There is also genetic variables that determine personality.

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Chill out, biz barons... your new IT system might not look like the old one

Vince Lewis 1
FAIL

Re: IT is not the solution.

I worked for a large building company, their software was being moved from terminal to a web based system. The web based system took three to five times the work and time for data entry... but it looked pretty.

All well and good saying businesses are wishing to stick to old business practices but often enough new technologies are implemented due to them being new and fashionable rather than improving the business process.

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Google avoids tax with ‘Double Irish Dutch Sandwich’

Vince Lewis 1
Holmes

two simple laws

law 1:

If a multinational wishes to trade in a country they must create a subsidiary in that country.

Law 2:

All dealings with multinationals contract must be through local subsidiary.

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Industry in 'denial' as demand for pricey PCs plunges

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Automobile industry

In a way we are following the same trend as the automobile industry.

Its early days were full of "muscle machines" and a relatively high turn over as new technology made cars faster and faster. The people that owned cars new how they worked and often repaired and updated then themselves.

Time passed and cars became mainstream, And so we're in the same situation.

Most PC owners, like car owners have little knowledge of what happens under the hood. They don't need super fast cars or super fast computers.

Of course there are those that like fast cars or fast computer and will pay the premium for such items, but they are not the masses. The main difference most performance computer users still know how to and can build thier computers, while performance drivers may know the art of the infernal combustion engine mot will opt for a pre-built machine.

The masses will use their cars and computers until they are unusable, buying a new one when the old one no longer meats their requirements.

Me, i'm planning on buying the parts to make a new performance machine. But I'll be using painter XIII which will use the 8 cores and playing games that will use the AMD 7970.

Maybe the answer is to fit computers more to the person like cars do, though that will be more software than hardware.

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LucasArts' Dark Forces

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There's nothing wrong with the screen shots. I think you are saying there is no volumetric lighting or fog, which wad not technically possible at the time.

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Vince Lewis 1
Mushroom

Anyone else spend FAR too long in the Arc Hammer's toilet looking for a secret room?

Anyone else spend FAR too long in the Arc Hammer's toilet looking for a secret room?

I spent far to long shooting walls and using the urinals to find a secret room.

This was an amazing game, truly joyous to behold.

I had a fortuitous bug on the final boss. I dashed back into the lift to dodge a rocket, just as it was moving up (i assume to stop you from running away from the boss).

So I was trapped in the lift, safe from rocket fire and able to shoot the Dark Trooper.

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Valve taps testers for Linux Steam

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Linux

Re: The one time!

Don't worry about that, there's been a lot of discussion on the steam forum about using other distos. I think the main things are support and debugging. Canonical is working with Valve on this, so they'll get support from that side and systems would be as uniform as a Linux set up could be for debugging side of stuff.

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Vince Lewis 1
Holmes

This could also be a spring board for Valves own hardware

There are also rumours regarding VAlve making their own gaming hardware. This would be a great way of making a cheap platform that can use off the shelf hardware and a stripped down open source OS to get the best bang per buck.

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FTC offers $50,000 bounty for robocall-killing tech

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Re: It's a monumentally stupid contest...

I second the idea of a cheap home pbx, and in the process of setting up a Asterisk based system.

A pin code for friends could be a simple house number plus people that live here. it doesn't need to be complicated.

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The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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Unhappy

I need a scart lead.... two weeks after dumping my tangle of cables, the wife asked me to get out the old vcr...

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UN locks Apple, Google, Microsoft in a room for patent peace summit

Vince Lewis 1
Holmes

Standards should be open and free.

If you develop as system that will be used as an essential part of a larger system then that system should be free and accessable to all that use the larger system.

Development costs should recouped in developing products or propriety systems that use this larger system

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Will you soon be fingering your seven-incher?

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7 inches happy

I'm loving my Nexus 7.

It fits comfortably in my hand and great for most browsing and android games.

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lame attempt to blame video games for ones own actions.

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FAIL

lame attempt to blame video games for ones own actions.

Just seen the below article on the BBC.

Now I've only played the first few games and seen the movies, but I'm sure slow torture was never a theme in the Resident Evil franchise.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-19846989

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Ghostbusters

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I believe Ecto1 was an ambulance not a hearse.

Mind you if Ecto1 was an ambulance, it must have had an umpalumpa crew.

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Boffins pull plug on SETI alien-seeking antenna array

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Stop

As badly put as it was the OP has a point

Humanity has only used radio for 100 years and science already finding alternatives (entangled pairs jump to mind). Many scientists have noted the Limited lifespan of Radio and the statistical improbability of both humanity and Alien society both using radio at the same time.

Thus radio waves are unlikely going to be the primary communication method for an Advanced Space fairing race. In such a society any use of Radio would most likely be highly localised or focused, the only people broadcasting would be hobby user and those with an affinity with arcane tech.

First contact via radio could be with an ET radio HAM operator or Historical buff.

Mind you ET may also have their own SETI project along with a radio beacon

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The best sci-fi film never made: Also-rans take a bow

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I feel a trip to the library comming on...

I feel rather like an unread, uneducated buffoon. From that list I've only read Vurt and Only Forward ... and that was a very long time ago. Though after reading Only Forward a lamppost did give me a compliment on my shoes.

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Adobe Flash: 20m phones flip Steve Jobs the bird

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Dear Mr Jobs...

Please can you ban Adobe Acrobat from your shiney aluminium toys too. I would very much like to see Adobe fix that massively bloated and slow walking corpse that is Adobe Acrobat. While I avoid it like a plague of zombies, I have no choice in a work environment.

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Google is hiring 1,000 in Europe

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London vs Mountain View

I too was approched by Google (ego trip ahoy). At that point the position "was also available in" London and other european locations. So I looked at the posiblity of moving State side. Gun laws and insane politics aside, it was definately looking good for Mountain View.

For my money I could have got a huge woodland cabin with several acres of land 1/2 hour drive from the Googleplex. For London, well I couldn't afford anything family sized with in 1/2 hour travel.

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Scotland bans smut. What smut? Won't say

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is it a case of..

... what you don't know can't hurt you?

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