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60-inch Apple iTV to be controlled by iRing remote?

Peter R. 1

How will Apple position these ?

I doubt very much they wil be trying to get a slice of the Samsung/LG/Panasonic cake. If they take the same approach to their TV's as they do to their computers and pads I would sooner think they would be positioning them for the B$O buying audiences, in which case a 60" may very well set you back around 10K.

But that's just a stabin the dark.

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

Peter R. 1

Did Intel just make a Mini ?

It is smallish, oblong and has something remotely resembling rounded corners.

Litigation is in the air !

On a slightly more serious note, I've built two systems with HD4000 graphics, notably a 3570 mini and a 3225 HTPC, and on plasma and led big screens the picture quality is really bad (the color and contrast/sharpness make everyone look like zombies) and quite impossible (at least for me) to tweak into something remotely acceptable.

The old Brazos and even the old nVidia 9400 HTPC (which I reinstated after being unable to improve the 3225) I have deliver a much better picture quality.

YMMV.

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Swedish judge explains big obstacles to US Assange extradition

Peter R. 1

If I were in Assanges position I'd start tallying my options. The web that has been woven around him has become increasingly convoluted with the US, the UK, the Swedes, the Australians and the Ecuadorians involved.

Since the US wants to prosecute him under the Espionage Act, I'd take my chances with the Swedes if I were him.

If I were the US, I'd have him leave for Ecuador where I could then proceed to extract him without too much fuss. It wouldn't be a nice thing to do, but the US don't generally bother too much with foreign sovereignty. And as he is completely harmless at this time, they will just wait untill everyone forgets about him (which will be the whole of two weeks) and have him gently tapped on the shoulder and asked to come with or else...

So, Mr. Assange, call the Swedish Embassy and ask politely to be transported to Sweden in a bloody hurry. I'm afraid you wouldn't like the other outcomes very much.

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Major blow for Apple: 'Bounce back' patent bounced back by USPTO

Peter R. 1
Joke

By the time Apple win this (IF they ever win it) it'll be 2015 and they will be petitioning the courts to have Samsung take 2012 phones off the shelves immidiately !

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

Peter R. 1

Re: 8.1?

The Return of the Son of Windows Crap.

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Tim Cook eats necessary crow, apologizes to China

Peter R. 1

Let's get something straight

Apple does NOT have two 'standards'by which they treat their customers, i.e. the US or China. Apple has as many standards as it needs to have to get away with as much as they can.

In Europe (or most of it) the warranty is different afain, as it is in Russia or wherever else.

Why ? Because companies ONLY supply their customers with the warranty they're legally required to.

They only reason companies (e.g. KIA or Toyota over here) go above and beyond is because they think their target customer base will find it an important reason to prefer their product over someone elses.

But never out of the kindness of their hearts.

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US bill prohibits state use of tech linked to Chinese government

Peter R. 1

Re: Protectionism or xenophobia?

You, sir, owe me a new keyboard. Good one !

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Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables

Peter R. 1

How bizarre...

Is it usual for Egyptian divers to go diving in their daily clogs ? Looking at the picture, I see a leather vest, a hoodie, and other 'casual attire'. Is this a regular outfit in those waters ? Or does the Egyptian PADI equivalent require a diver to carry an emergency suitcase with overnight necessities at all times ?

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Oz shop slaps browsers with $5 just looking fee

Peter R. 1

Weird as it sounds...I understand.

It may not be the most effective form of customer service, but I imagine it was born more out of frustration than economics.

I used to build computers and sell parts. I don't anymore.

People call me up on the phone or ask me questions about all manner of hardware and ssoftware issues. Sometimes I spend hours listening to them and advising them on a suitable system. They then proceed with buying parts online for prices I can't even touch, start botching their systems together, and then call me again for free advice because they run into a brick wall. There are even many people asking me for cheap (read illegally copied) software becaus 'I MUST have this because I'm a merchant' for systems they bought parts for online.

What made me close the book on this part of my business was a 'customer' who got angry because I refused to explain to him how to build and configure a Server 2008 system...over the phone.

And all the time you are spending with these freetards you are NOT attending to the wishes of paying customers.

The Currys/PC World approach may sound interesting, but it simply isn't for local businesses who don't have the large company buying power. And people just were NOT prepared to pay for service.

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Dell buy: Icahn puts more cash on table than Blackstone or Mike D

Peter R. 1

Possibly...

Something that rhymes with Truckin'Tanker ?

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

Peter R. 1

Oh bollocks !

Everyone knows that TV is actually operated by imps, who receive the information by clacks and paint it lightning-fast on the inside of the screen. I know this for a fact, because every now end then an imp crawls out to complain one of the colours is nearly finished and I have to run out to the arts supply store for refills for fear of my screen colour turning funny. (*)

Idiots.

(*) Thanks very much Mr. Pratchett !

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Apple share-price-off-a-cliff: Told you that would happen

Peter R. 1

Yes, the shares lost significant value...

But does it matter ? Or does it matter at this time ?

Share price is only significant in a specific case : if you -as a company - need dosh to either keep your company afloat or wish to attract capital for product developement : in both cases if you wish to bring new funds into the company. it does not matter if a share bought foor 700$ by a private investor is now being sold for 400$. This money was not in the company's coffers to start with, and is not returning to roost now.

As far as I can determine Apple is still sitting on a very large pile of filthy lurce : they are able to fullfill their business commitments AND have sufficient funds to develop products with which they can increase their value once more.

This does not have any bearing on the fact that these new products will be succesful : we will have to see what they come up with. A number of investors may be very unhappy at this point, but to Apple themselves it does not matter an iota. They'll only start worrying if they have to go looking for money outside the company.

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Ubuntu support periods slashed

Peter R. 1

Re: Could be too short

Yes, there IS a reason Mint is out there...and about 2 million other distros : the 'freedom of choice' has everyone that's unhappy with any detail setting up their own distro.

Shuttleworth has cleverly deduced that there actually is something as 'too much choice' and is frantically pedalling under the surface to keep the duck afloat. I do not know if he will succeed, but I think he has decided to actually try and take Ubuntu mainstream. This could mean the 6 month cycle disappearing altogether.

There will always be people 'rolling their own', but I don't think such an effort can be sustained over time on a voluntary basis while creating a stable environment.

Still, good luck to them all the same.

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Celebrity conspiracy as Apple attacked over customer service

Peter R. 1

I think they get great service.

They get their stuff fixed. Here you're told you are responsible for the defect (i.e. you dropped-held-fondled-charged it wrong) and you're sent packing.

Case in point :

Me : My display is kaputt

Them : (look at perfectly unscathed phone - not a scratch on it) You dropped it

Me : No I didn't.

They. Yes you did. Goodbye.

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Trip the fight fantastic

Peter R. 1

Re: Crysis 3 : I'm stumped

Thanks ! Maybe I can have a go now when my head stops spinning.

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Peter R. 1

Crysis 3 : I'm stumped

Admittedly I haven't played 3 yet, but IIRC Prophet was found dead at the start of Crysis 2 and donated his suit to a passer by, stating 'it was all he could do' or something to that effect. I can't actually remember how said tourist came to his end, but where did Prophet come from all of a sudden? Or is this explained somehow in the game ?

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France demands Skype register as telco

Peter R. 1
Black Helicopters

Wrong end of stick lads.

The possiblity of collecting some tax Euro's from Skype will of course be welcomed by the struggling French economy, but I imagine this has a lot more to do with French internal security.

France has long been a home for north African immigrants, not in the least a large contingent from former colony Algeria.

The troubles in the French banlieus were all over the news a few years back, and it is suspected by French intelligence that in a number of these suburbs foreign insurgents are gaining influence and in fact are responsible for running cells of troublemakers. Some of these banlieus haf effectively become a no go zone for law enforcement.

So I suspect that they suspect Skype is being used to facilitate communications between these groups and between the groups and their handlers. So French law enforcement and intelligence would like to have the possibility the use the rather large operating freedoms French law when monitoring telco's to extend to Skype. Skype would have to register as a French telco, and subsequently be required to operate under French telco rules.

Black Choppers, obviously.

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Carl Icahn may be planning to block Dell buyout

Peter R. 1

Re: Southeastern Asset Management

Never underestimate the power of the Schwartz !

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Carrie Fisher dusts off THAT bikini for Star Wars VII

Peter R. 1

Geriatrics in SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE !

Well, with JJ at the helm lots of things will go BOOM, that's for sure.

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Pop's Chubby Checker condemns use of Palm to check pocket-chubby

Peter R. 1

Dear Mr. Checker,

1. Buy shares in the app company.

2. Start a website listing shoe sizes of all celebs.

3. Watch the money roll in from everyone who thinks they can find out what size To Cruise, Ahnuld, Stallone etc. have.

4. Invest 5$ in a similar app guesstimating lady celebs original boob sizes.

Sit back and get very rich.

Enjoy,

Pete

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Linux Foundation ships UEFI Secure Boot workaround

Peter R. 1

Re: From recent experience...

Indeed, Ubuntu and Kubuntu had no issues. Mint, OTOH, refused to install. It fell down.

Strange days indeed.

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Eric Schmidt to unload 42% of his Google stake

Peter R. 1

Divorce can be a bitch...

Wifeperson wants half the dosh.

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Bioshock Infinite, Devil May Cry, SimCity

Peter R. 1

I'm off this online lark.

I bought a physical copy of Mass Effect 3 last month. It was cheaper than the download version, and I figured it would be standalone. I was wrong. When I got home and tried installing it, the first thing it tried when I plugged in the serial was ónline activation'. Unfortunately for me, the EA/Origin servers were out, and the game install would not complete.

At this point I had two options : either keep trying untill EA got their ass in gear, or download an illegal exe replacement allowing me to play without registering.

Why doe these companies insist on alienating their paying audience ?

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'Disturbed' Dell investors could tank private buyout

Peter R. 1

Not exactly.

No one can force them to sell at any price. Even if the bid succeeds and M. Dell pulls the company off the exchange, they will still own whatever percentage they own now.

Can Dell acquire the majority he needs without the sale from these investors ?

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Facebook burnout: 61% of users have needed a break

Peter R. 1

Pew ?

As in Pepe Le Pew ? I thought their research smelled funny...

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Schmidt slams China as world's most prolific hacker

Peter R. 1

In Other News

Mr. Adolf H. calls Mr. Schmidt 'a bit too right winged to my taste'.

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Apple to stop European shipments of Mac Pro on March 1?

Peter R. 1

This is something I consistently fail to understand.

A long long time ago, Apple built a reputation of being THE choice for professional graphics and later audio processing. That reputation trickled down to the regular consumer who would be convinced by such arguments a 'professionals won't use anything else'.

It's akin to Land Rover are selling loads of upmarket wimpmobiles on the reputation they built crossing the Darien Gap and things like the Camel Trophy.

But now Apple (AND land Rover) are neglecting the products that made their reputation and seem only interested in selling as many silly consumer products as they can.and are neglecting the people that built their image.

I cannot see anything good coming from this attitude. But I have no multinational corp to run either.

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Hey Lenovo, want to kill Apple? Look to Samsung hitman for tips

Peter R. 1

Quite possibly. But you have an excellent choice in computer stuff.

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Peter R. 1

AFAIK, Lenovo was never a low end consumer product. The only places I have ever seen them (either desktop or their laptop brethren) were corporate environments with long term maintenance and replacement contracts.

I can't remember ever seeing a Lenovo in the hands of either a consumer (private) user, or even in small businesses.

In the last 5-7 years, Dell has however made serious inroads in these large corporate environments primarily on price, but reliablility has (at least with my client base) never even been close to Lenovo's.

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Sir James Dyson slams gov's 'obsession' with Silicon Roundabout

Peter R. 1

I think the man means to say that engineers create employment for the great unwashed masses.

This held true in the past : innovation reated by engineers and the people investing in their ideas led to the development of an industrial base that supplied jobs for the lower educated bulk of the population.

And this is exatly where a country's wealth originates : it's ability to supply a consistent income to the great majority of it's workforce.

Today, however, the cost of unskilled and lower skilled labor is considered to be too high and putting to heavy a burden on the profit margins. So this level of employment is outsourced.

This unfortunately leads to a general degradation of living standards : the local unskilled workforce does no longer have the disposable income to buy the products made in their country and is relegated to buying low cost imported goods, leading to more loss of employment in their own country, and the offshore workforce does not make enough money to buy the products they make, thus currency is extracted from the home country already under pressure, but not returned to said country by means of consumer purchases. Result : the economy fails.

So, I'm all for more engineers, more innovation and more highly skilled labour. But only if it results in a growth of living standards for everyone so people can actually spend money on it.

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Eric Schmidt's Norks outing poorly timed, tuts US govt

Peter R. 1

There's only ONE reason Herr Schmidt is going to NK : he thinks he can make a buck there. And if he an do that, he's not to bothered about other things. He won't even have to explain privacy infringement there. Easy peasy !

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

Peter R. 1

I never could really get into the swing of things. The 'suspension of disbelief' never worked for me. I could sort of go for the 'we have a big fleet of spaceships but we're going to build one that's apable of going a bit farther out' premise of the regular Start Trek series (although some of the plotlines did contribute to a possible receding hairline and some grey hairs), but oh well, it kinda worked.

But anyone who has an inkling on what happens if the military take over a former enemy base couldn't buy this one.

There would've envoys, negotiators, a general officer trying to placate the civilians, a couple of hard-ass colonels, at least one company of nail-hard ODST's or Rangers (or SAS), a couple of companies of something like marines, battle hardened non-coms and a steady trickle of new recruites.

There would've been the ripping out of anything that smelt remotely like enemy hardware, the reinforcement of perimeters, patrols, heavy hardware coming in, and so on.

It was all just a bit softly softly for me. After a few seasons of enemy incursions they got 1 (ONE!) battle capable vessel.

Nope, I just never bought into this one.

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

Peter R. 1

Other Great Classics :

I'm Shaving off my muff for you (Houston)

Excuse me while I kiss this guy (Hendrix)

We built this city on the wrong damn road (Jefferson Starship ? Airplane ? Spruce Goose ?)

Here we are now, in containers (Nirvana, or was it Chinese immigrants ?)

And one of my favourite :

My anus is the center hole (J. Geils Band)

I'm sure there's a website somewhere.

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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

Peter R. 1

Might one inquire

If the nice folks at Microsoft will complain to themselves about the reduced functionality of Windows 8 ? And possibly take the matter to court ?

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2012 in tech: Apple up the Cook without a paddle, ARM, slab wars... and MORE

Peter R. 1

One tends to wonder...

Oh yes, the Apple critics had a jolly good chuckle at the maps screw-up, the not so critical had a good yell at the perceived haters, and for a while the situation garnered a lot of interweb traffic.

But was it really worth more than a footnote in the 2012 Tech overview ? Really ?

I would suggest it was no more than a stumble, and it has very little bearing on the evolution of technologie and how it impacts our work and lives.

So let it go. It was just a shrimp fart in the tech ocean.

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Drobo B1200i: The heavy-duty array even your mum could use

Peter R. 1

How will it perform over time in the noise department ?

I'm spotting some of those very small fans in there. I've noticed my Synology getting a lot nosier over a year of operation, especially coming from the 40mm cooler that's used to regulate the temperature of the CPU. Also the 80 mm fans in the back seem to pe picking up decibels.

It can get really annoying if it's in the office or living room.

I'm looking to trade in for a quieter operating unit, but this seems to be using the same thermal solution.

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Google to scan Chrome extensions, bans auto-install

Peter R. 1

Google Chrome and Toolbar must be the most prolific spamware out there (apart maybe from Ask). I have it trying to weasel itself onto one of my computers at least once a week as a payload of something else (from google earf to a simple editor).

Most of the time it tries to install itself in the 'default install' of whatever you're trying to access an you have to do a custom install to get shot of it.

I don't care how good it is, it annoys me no end and I will not use it !

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Dead Steve Jobs' mega yacht seized by testy Philippe Starck

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In this area of the globe it is not unusual - nay standing practice - for an architect to be paid a percentage of the ultimate bill for putting up a building.

Now, Mr. S+arck (not to be confused with Philippe de Staercke, a Belgian gangster of some disrepute) fancies himself a bit of a devil-designs-all, and has some buildings to his name, so I'm guessing he figured the tub was so ugly it couldn't be confused with a ship so it must've been a building.

Now, apparently the 6% is not in question, only whether the amount upon which this is calculated should be 100 or 150 million AM$.

Since he is convinced he is owed money, he proceeded to have a claim put on a property belonging to the party owing him the dosh. The fact that in this case it is the offending article (I choose my words carefully) itself is merely a coincidence. He probably estimated his chances of putting the chain on the US estate (or parts of it) to have a very slim chance of success. I wonder where he got that idea.

Nevertheless, someone will have to have the whole kaboodle surveyed and subsequently have to convince a court.

If Flippo thinks he was shortchanged I wish him the best of luck.

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North Korean rocket works, puts something into orbit

Peter R. 1

Whatever it is up there, it's a lump...

What on earth (excusez le pun) did they put up there ? Because unfortunately, we can not depend upon the NK great leader for it to be something scientific or sensible.

Pretty much everything NK has announced in the last few decades has been stuff geared towards giving them leverage in negotiations for aid of sorts. Their whole economy seems to be based on extortion.

So I wouldn't put it past them to put up a small and extremely dirty nuke (can such weights be lifted into space by this missile ?) or a chemical or bio payload.

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After 50 years, Europe gets one patent to rule them all

Peter R. 1

But for one reason or another...

The Spanish and the Italians refuse to play ball. Now what's that all about ?

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

Peter R. 1
Pint

It's funny...

Not being of the British persuasion, the first time I saw Moore on 'the sky at night' many moons ago, I was just zapping along at some unholy hour and I came aross this funny talking bloke with a monocle and eyebrows that were clearly following their own script.

Initially I thought I'd come across some Monty Python episode I hadn't seen up to then, half expecting four blokes in a dress jumping into view yelling 'no one expects the Spanish inquisition !'.

Over the years I kept watching his contributions, however, and he always had interesting stuff to share, and somehow he always managed to go about it in a way that made you want to watch it and learn a bit. He never lost the mad professor look though. I expect he cultivated it to some extent.

I always found it a shame they didn't put him on at a more sensible hour.

May he roam the great expanse forever. If he so believed.

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

Peter R. 1

I would be very interested so see what graphics solution they propose. Building a mini-ITX form factor with significant graphics muscle is a real pain, as I have discovered trying to build a smallish gaming machine.

Half height graphics boards based on the 675M or 680MX are not available at this time, and the GT640 and ATi 7750 performance is woeful when used at hi-res with all sorts of filtering and texture mapping.

It would be possible to build custom boards with a powerful CPU and on-board graphics solution (call it an iMac Mini for the sake of argument) but this would require a power supply in the region of 250W, which would leave you with either a bigger case or a huge power brick, and the custom board would make it propriety (and locked in) not to mention bloody expensive.

I'm really curious to see what they come up with.

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Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012

Peter R. 1

No problem here.

I've got a 3570K-HD4000 running 10.8.2 over HDMI and have NO screen issues whatsoever. So either Apple's already patched it or it's not 'driver' but CPU related.

Agree though that Apple should've fixed it. Maybe the could fire someone.

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Australian Prime Minister: Mayan calendar 'true'

Peter R. 1
Happy

Re: Excoriation of Tony Abbott (video link)

Hacker: I'm appalled.

Sir Humphrey: You're appalled? I'm appalled.

Hacker: I just can't believe it I'm ... I'm appalled. What do you make of it Bernard?

Bernard: I'm appalled.

Hacker: So am I, appalled.

Sir Humphrey: (after a pause) It's appalling.

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2012: an epoch-defining year for home entertainment

Peter R. 1

Next year, however...

We'll find out what's here to stay and what's not.

3D TV has apparently been consigned to the annals of history, and rightfully so. It was just a gimmick.

Blue Ray ? Is anyone buying the discs ? I was at an electronics megastore last week and found recent blockbuster releases like the last Batman movie in the bargain bin. I purchased a BR Drive for one of my HTPC's for 50 quid. There can't be any money left in it for the big players that invested heavily in it, especially during the HD-DVD war years. I imagine all the money Sony et all poured in it to win the standards war is just a write off.

4K ? Possibly only for direct satellite reception and places with the newest generation broadband internet connections. But for the masses I don't think it will happen in the next 10 years. TV sets yes, but actual TV show production in 4K ? Don't think so. look at how long it took for 720K to become prevalent. Must be around 15 years.

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US and UK spooks alerted over massive Swiss data leak

Peter R. 1

Re: In other news...

It doesn't work that way, unfortunately. Swizerland has come under a great deal of pressure lately (including from the US) to do away with their banking confidentiality. deals have been struck, agreements have been signed, nudges have been nudged and winks have been winked.

In this case, the German taxman would simply ask the Swiss bank if a German national named X has a bank account with them. If the answer is yes, they would verify (which of course they have done up front) if X has declared said account on his/her tax form. If this would not seem to be the case, they would wave the official inquiry, not the illicitly obtained CD.

To add insult to injury, tax law over here works on the principle of 'guilty until proven innocent' (yes, this has been confirmed by the courts).

And we do NOT have jury trials for anything but capital offence cases. Which, of course tax evasion is not. Although I would probably piss myself laughing if a multi billionair tax-evader (Taxi Vader ?) would insist on being tried by a jury of his peers !

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Peter R. 1

In other news...

One of the German Bundersländer has bought a CD for the princely sum of 2.5 million Euro from an undisclosed source, containing account details of some 1500 swiss accounts. The data was stolen from UBS. Our German friends have allegedly already recuperated some 200.000.000 Euro's in backtaxes as a result of acquiring these stolen goods.

AFAIK this is the second time something like this has happened.

I don't know what's worse at this point : the tax evaders or governments using tax payer's money to purchase stolen information.

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Motörheadphönes Overkill earphones review

Peter R. 1

I'll try and phrase the question carefully, but....

Do these rubbers squeak ? I own a pair of similar earphones, but I find that when moving the rubber sleeve squeaks quite loudly, making playing music at low volumes really annoying.

Any info ?

Pete

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