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Google's Pankhurst doodle doo-doo shows the perils of using Google to find stuff out

Joe 35

By getting the spelling different to how your parents wanted it, that became the right (aka "official") spelling of your middle name. Like it or lump it.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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Re: @Steve Evans

If a UAV takes a hit from a firework and goes down, odds are it crashes harmlessly, but those odds are far from 100%

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It could crash anyway, irrespective of fireworks.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?

LOL. "draw their request". Hilarious.

"what were you doing at the office today dear"?

"I was playing bloody Pictionary with the computer again"

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

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Re: @Terry

"Unless I'm about to set off on a long journey, I don't generally fill the tank until the fuel warning comes on. Why would you? But I suppose battery power might lead you to want to 'top up' more frequently."

Not only that, unlike with petrol, you can top your car up every night at home so in the morning its *always* got a "full tank". If that was the situation now with petrol cars, how many petrol stations would you need? 5 or 10% of what we currently have?

Once electric cars get to say 200-250 miles on a full charge (about double what it is now?), what percentage of cars would need to recharge mid day / journey ? And if the ones generally being driven on those long journeys had standby petrol generation, like the BMW i3, even that need goes away.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: Electric cars work fine for me

"There's no additional battery lease cost."

There is with a Renault Zoe, which is the post i was responding to.

Good for you with the Leaf, sounds like you have hit a sweet spot there, though to be fair a 70 mile round trip is in fact two, 35 mile drives, which I think most would classify as "a short trip". DO you top up at work?

Whilst my "normal" commute is only about 15 miles each way, once or twice a week I need to do anywhere from 50 to 100 mile drives. Each way :-( An electric car (unfortunately) cant match this kind of useage and owning two cars makes no sense at all.

Once they have around double the range we see now, lets say 250 being easily attainable, I think the use will really take off

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Joe 35

Re: Electric cars work fine for me

"but the £25/month 'fuel' cost (used to be £180) "

I think you forgot the **at least** £70 a month battery lease cost ?

So you are saving £90 a month at best, and since the car, from what I recall is about double the cost of a petrol equivalent, the time to pay back is far longer than you'd keep the car.

There are other reasons to get an electric car but money saving isn't one. Yet. Unfortunately.

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Oracle rewrites 'the brain' of its database to take on SAP

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Re: it must be good, its been in development for twenty years

So what have they done for all those "legacy" oracle apps that rely on ROWID?

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its not addressing that.

I bet you'd complain that a cure for cancer doesnt fix malaria.

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watch the videos or read the writeups, its completely different.

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New software nasty encrypts Android PHONE files and demands a ransom

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Re: Why?

"I don't actually know anybody who lost their phone, broke it, or had it stolen…"

You definitely need to get out more !

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Joe 35

RIght, because everyone makes backups.....

The 0.0000023% of Android users who take regular backups wont be in the population of clueless morons who download this trojan.

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Joe 35

Re: Hmm, coicidence?

"Anyone would think Apple cooked this one up.."

Only for values of "anyone" = clueless tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy nut.

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New iOS 8 SDK: Come in, apps. Get cozy, sip wine, swap numbers

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Re: Android Intents?

Maybe it is. And if its a good idea, which it seems to be, there's no reason that Apple shouldn't also do it.

Apple dont have a monopoly on good ideas, it seems with this release they've realized that and are taking some good stuff from other sources, for example the spellchecker with multiple suggestions, the like of which is on my wife's Sammy and is much better than Apple's fascistic one.

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

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Re: Website policy stupidity

You can never be too careful. A password is obviously needed in case someone was to maliciously pay your bill for you.

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

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So by slamming electrons into a block of gold ...

... they can create electrons ?

They could remove the block of gold, give it to me as payment for saving them the trouble, and get several orders of magnitude more of electrons.

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Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

Joe 35

"Having said that, Apple stupidly removed iTunes sync for contacts and calendar "

- agreed, but they are sensibly reinstating it in the next point release.

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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

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Re: TBL is MS!

Copied fine on Firefox.

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John Lewis to respray with coat of Oracle ERP: Don't worry, we won't be 'wall to wall' Larry

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Re: So...

<<They took on someone from a company that spent 9 years on an ERP rollout and then decided to abandon it to conserve money. To run the ERP introduction.>>

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FWIW the ERP at BA was SAP. Which I presume didn't put SAP in a good place when the guy in charge of deciding which to buy at JL was the guy previously in charge at BA :-)

And, presumably having 9 years experience of how not to do it, he must have a "dont do that" list.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: Sloppy research??

ll you need to do is set up the iPad as a new device and it's fully usable, but whatever was on before, is lost.

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As per another post, that is just plain wrong if "Find my iPad" is activated.

Once that is done its not useable without the original account and password.

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Crap hospital databases next goldmine for cyber-crooks, say Microsoft's botnet slayers

Joe 35

Its not just Microsoft at least that has some security

NHS are currently rewriting Spine using Riak as the underlying database. The section on security in the Riak manual can be paraphrased as "there isn't any, write it yourself".

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SpaceX set to try HOVER LANDING for re-usable rockets on March ISS mission

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"We believe we have all the pieces to achieve a full recovery of the boost stage"

Ones *here", the other seventeen are between 250 to 500 metres over *there*, and *this* ones at the bottom of that smoking crater.

I wish them all the best.

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Re: iPhone 4S

The argument was regards the statement it was "impossible to replace" not quibbling over the price.

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NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP

Joe 35

Anyone else find the word "collapse" at the bottom of that twitter post amusing?

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

Joe 35

Re: Improved password change security!

I didn't have that problem, but it only asks you to type the new one in once. Insane.

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Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

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Re: Public Records?

Being arrested does not mean the person is guilty, just that they have been arrested.

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Yes but the point is, the hashtag wasnt "driversarrested" or "driversaccused" it was "drinkdrivers" which implies guilt. Thats the point of the case.

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Target's database raided, 70 MILLION US shoppers at risk of ID theft

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WTF?

Seriously ???

Staff at the US chain will now >>>>>call<<<< and email customers whose contact information was illegally harvested.

Whats that ,a quarter of the US population. I dont think they'll be calling.

In any case, doing so or even announcing they will be doing so, has created a new phishing threat.

"Hi I'm Joe Phisher from Target, I have your details here so you can verify its me, we just need to get your bank PIN so we can update our records..."

"oh yes I recall reading Target were phoning their customers phoning, so it must be you".

"and if you can give me your full bank details I'll be sure you get your $100 as compensation. We just need your banking passcode."

Dumb and dumber.

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BlackBerry sues American Idol host's company for 'blatant' patent infringement

Joe 35

Is this a cunning way of getting lots of publicity?

Change the keys angled appearance on the production models so its no longer an obvious copy, and in the meantime the association between blackberry and this keyboard has been nicely entrenched, since "it must be good if bb are suing" ?

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'Shared databases are crap' Oracle reveals shared database management suite

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Re: I dont get it...

I suspect Oracle would prefer you didnt because you would only be paying for one oracle instance, rather than a number of them, but its perfectly ok to do it..

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Oracle dont care how many instances you run, they charge on total cores or users.

EDIT: And I see I'm a bit late saying that as soemone else said it a week or more ago. Oh well.

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'Planned maintenance' CRIPPLES nearly HALF of all Salesforce instances in Europe, US

Joe 35

Presumably the outrage is because companies that host their own systems never have outages ?

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

Joe 35

Re: But slowly – over time

.... but they do gradually become vulnerable due to new bugs being discovered, which now wont be patched.

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

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Re: LOHAN contamination.

<<In fact a concentration in the upper atmosphere that is high enough to detect in a single sample drawer implies a concentration in space that satellite dust collection experiments would have found by now.>>

I suspect it implies a concentration thick enough you wouldn't be able to see the planets let alone the stars.

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Couchbase relaxes NoSQL derrière into mobile seats

Joe 35

oh dear ......

"A doctor can have entire day or entire weeks of data right on the device," Yaseen says."

"and lose it, to be found in a wide variety of locations" I say.

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Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?

Joe 35

"Or have all of your phone activity analyzed and data-mined."

So your contention is, that's not already happening anyway ?

:-)

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

Joe 35

NOot true that only Apple asks for this

You wrote "and was told by her bank that they had never heard of private companies asking for this information."

This is not at all unusual for many third party online travel companies. (Usually, the ones with the worst reputations.)

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Trust the cloud with my PRECIOUS? You gotta be joking

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Re: Access speed has only been mentioned once so far.

Haha, Someone asked me if I could help them upload their music and photo collection to a cloudy service recently. We decided not to bother when it transpired it would take over a week of non-stop data transfer to upload it all.

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Whats the issue? Its not necessary to wait and watch whilst it uploads!

And once its up there, incremental updates will take minutes to hours, but again that requires no watching

I think my photo/music took 2 weeks to upload. I guess it would take a few days to get it all back from the cloud, should I need to (its also stored on a connected hourly backup disk, plus a "disconnected" local USB drive (connected and backed up to every few weeks, but disconnected when not in use in case of malware or idiot user error) but that would be acceptable for what would be some kind of significant disaster like fire or flood.

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Twenty years of text messages: We've reached Peak SMS

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Re: Pseudo-SMS

Fraid not, this happened to a friend of mine recently, got rid of his iPhone but messages sent by colleagues still went to a non existent iMessage account.

I dont know how you tell Apple you are no longer using your iPhone and get them to stop? Perhaps after a few days when they stop being received they do it automagically?

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Surface more profitable than iPad

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Re: Same as Apple

If there is ZERO profitability, which is what you seem to be asking for, the company selling the product wont be around very long, wont be able to provide updates, support, enhancements, new products, etc etc. How is it working out getting updates and add ons and bug fixes and new apps for those who bought WebOS tablets?

Now, this is not to say a product can't be overpriced, of course it can (though that's mostly a subjective assessment), but to assert as you do that "products with low or zero profit" are what is required, is ludicrous. If a company is selling products at "low or zero profit" its failed for that product and whats more, will fail as a company if it keeps on doing that.

I also see no evidence that Apple fans are praising the company for having high profits, unless by that you mean, people who are fans of the company from a stock price POV, eg Apple Investors. Thats entirely separate to fans of the products.

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Apple scrambled to hire iOS 6 maps engineers DAYS before launch

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Re: Tim Cook fail

but no way he releases a half baked maps service before its ready.

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hah !!! Steve's companies had multiple half baked products, people only remember the ones that worked. Newton, Lisa, neXt, Mobile Me etc. No one who recalls Newton's handwriting recognition (or more accurately, non-recognition) would ever start a comment with " no way he releases a half baked .."

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Windows Phone 8 stands a chance as Apple, Android dither

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Stop

"unexpectedly competitive"

How would you know this, since there is no pricing announced by any UK or US network (AFAIK) ?

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Samsung to offer Apple Dock style Start Button in Windows? Really?

Joe 35

Re: Eh?

Indeed, it would seem the dock was appropriated from Acorn or ARM in any case.

Good outline here http://www.dailytech.com/Analysis+Samsung+Copies+Apples+Launcher+A+Dubious+Claim+at+Best/article25544.htm

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Microsoft to announce new Office version on Monday

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Re: Near-beer. "Small gains in productivity in the office"

On the basis of your examples,presumably all Word users should migrate to Vi as that would tremendously increase their productivity?

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CANNIBAL! Apple's 7.85in iPad will EAT 9.7in iPad sales

Joe 35
WTF?

" thing that Apple don't make,"

"Hey, you know that thing that Apple don't make, yeah, well I want sales predictions for it."

So you don't think that before a company makes a new product they get sales predictions for it then?

Your position would be, presumably, they make stuff at random, then see how its selling?

I know Clive SInclair and Amstrad and lets face it even Apple (remember Lisa?) tried that in the early days, but they just don't do that kind of stuff any more as it didnt work (just like those products in fact )

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Big layoff (singular) at Oracle on Thursday

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WTF?

How on earth ..

... did stored comments between two execs at Oracle, get into HP's documents?

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Megaupload case near collapse: report

Joe 35
WTF?

the games for Windows were far better than those for the Mac

iOS != Mac

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G-Cloud boss begs UK.gov wonks: 'Speak out against s**t IT'

Joe 35

"I find it difficult to imagine how anybody came to that decision"

"Over the years some departments have outsourced their IT strategy. I find it difficult to imagine how anybody came to that decision"

Ooh, they want to have their cake AND eat it too ?

Once they outsource, either traditionally or especially to "the cloud" then IMO they lose the right to set IT strategy, thats for the sourcer to decide, they have to be able to decide the best way to fulfill governments requirements without interference, or they just get teh worst of all worlds.

Whats the point in outsourcing, if you want to decide how its all done in detail ? Do it yourself in that case.

If you lease a car for 5 years (outsource) or rent one for a week (cloud) in neither case do you direct how the manufacturer builds it, or what components it uses. You may choose or reject a renter if you dont like the cars they have, but you don't rent from hertz but insist they have to supply a Ford but with Honda brakes.

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Death Star dinosaur aliens could rule galaxy

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Re: Why somewhere else?

"The Earth is about 4.5 billion years old and the Universe is nearly 14 billion years old. This means that there was up to 9 billion years for life to evolve elsewhere before the Earth even existed."

sorry, your maths is wrong because in this case 9 is not the answer, it took billions of years for the elements upon which "life as we know it (Jim)" to be created in early generation stars, and then spread around the universe and then conglomerated to form planets.

So probably much closer to 3 or 4 billion at most.

And at fairly low speeds, that material then needs to get to another planet, and then fluke into some situation where the DNA could actually do something - odds for example of a bit of chicken aka dinosaur DNA doing anything are roughly zero. Maybe a bacteria but then, you have to give it another 3 billion years to evolve to dinosaur alien overlord type of life (it took several billion years for life here to spew enough waste product (oxygen) for large life forms to be able to exist.)

So all in all, not much time at all and certainly not 9 billion years.

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Mobile operators mourn death of embedded 4G

Joe 35

Presumably the the two paragraphs were thought to be so so good, it was felt necessary to repeat them?

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Writers' alliance throws the book at Apple 'piracy'

Joe 35

Re: In other trades...

"In other trades where you receive goods that turn out to be stolen and then make money selling them on, isn't that being called a "fence?""

Not where you unknowingly did that, no it's not.

Did you have any other questions?

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Microsoft accused of leaking RDP attack code

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Re: "Confidential Inform,ation is to be protected"

"It is used in hospitals. And airports."

Look up "irony"

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Four Romanians charged with hacking 150 Subway shops

Joe 35

Sounds just like something out of "Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground" by Kevin Poulsen - companies using cheap SIs to install systems with no thought to security.

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Judge kneecaps Oracle's $1.3bn triumph over SAP

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Talking of stupidity ...

what do you mean by ."..especially with their attitude toward Open Office" - thats nothing to do with Oracle any more !

Re moving everything to SAP, have you ever heard the expression "cutting off your nose to spite your face" ?

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