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Google's tax returns are trop petite says Hollande

Phil 54

Re: Pardon my French

Look in the address bar of your browser for an even better title.

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

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I'm looking forward to the second Reg article tagged with "cavalier king charles spaniel"!

Am I the only one who clicked the tag just to see?

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Google+ architect: What was so great about Reader anyway?

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Re: Here is why

"Of course, for google, seeing what everyones reading is an absolute goldmine for ad metrics so im not suprised they pulled this."

You think they don't see what everyone's reading on Reader?

All they've done is lost contact with those who like unadulterated RSS. We might be slightly fringe compared to most but that just means that we're more devoted to what we like. Reader users will move to another, non-Google, service, taking their data out of Google's ecosystem. They've shot themselves in the foot, methinks.

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Phil 54

Re: Asking Too Late

Exactly!

I stay signed in to Google for one reason and one reason only: so that I can quickly go to Reader and read any new articles I'm interested in.

I get my emails on my phone and I don't give a rat's arse about personalized search, Google+, or any of the other "benefits" of staying signed in to Google. The end result to Google is that I will now sign out, clear cookies and stop feeding them data (or at least stop feeding them as much data).

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SHIELD Act proposed to make patent trolls pay

Phil 54

Re: Trivial, watson, trivial

Still slightly better than the US situation as it is...

Now I'd like to see them extend the principle to ALL civil lawsuits!

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EU-wide mega-Leveson 'needed' to silence Press, bloggers

Phil 54

Re: Regulate the media...

So The Guardian would be fined -£54,750,000?

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Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

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Re: Who the fuck ...

"Who the fuck ...

... is daft enough to purchase anything online in the first place? Can't you find it within 20 miles of where you live? If not, why the hell do you think you need it?[1]"

Perhaps those who like to pay significantly less for things?

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Phil 54

Same here...

I use exactly the same system. I get almost no spam on my professional or personal addresses and I check on the other ones once a week(ish) unless I've bought something. Forums are all set up to not contact me unless someone PMs me or if I've subscribed to a particular thread. My worst spam problems are mass reply-to-alls from friends, family or acquaintances.

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Apple stops Caring in Italy, probably all Europe soon

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Re: Screw the EU

Dell Mini 10v, bought in Victoria, B.C., replaced free of charge in France two months after the warranty expired after one phone call and an email. Oh, and it was DHLed to my front door.

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US county named 'area of outstanding natural stupidity'

Phil 54

Re: The last tale...

"..is yet another reason why firearms safety lessons should be compulsory in US schools"

Agreed, but wouldn't stricter gun control work better?

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Phil 54

Re: Agreed

Link? Please? Link?

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FolderSync

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Tasker integration!

You missed the best thing.... Tasker integration, at least with the pro version.

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Look back in Ascii: Computing in the 1980s

Phil 54

Re: Commodore PET

I was only 4 or 5 when my dad brought one home. It was brilliant.

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Jedi light-sabre beats Taser in Oregon parking-lot fracas

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Haha! I read the last line as ... interfering with a police officer's rap

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Siri gets over her huff, returns useful as ever

Phil 54
Terminator

Eliza

on a Commodore PET

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Google feeds patents to HTC for assault on Apple

Phil 54

Apology accepted

Although I doubt that patent reform will ever become an election issue

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iOS, Mac, Android users still vulnerable to bogus certs

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WTF?

Strange..

I wrote my two comments within a minute of each other but they showed up as having been posted more than 8 hours apart, and with the first comment last.

To reiterate: for android users use the CACertMan app available at guardianproject.info

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Phil 54
Happy

For Android owners

There's an app to manage and delete certificates available at the guardianproject.info site. Obviously you have to be rooted to use it.

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Phil 54
Meh

CACertMan

is what it's called

Sorry, I forgot to give the name...

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Deezer launches stunningly original music idea in the UK

Phil 54

True,

I overly generalized. I should have said "Pretty much everyone I know uses it"

Not to replace every other option but certainly on a regular basis.

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Premium

Here in France pretty much everyone uses Deezer at home. It has a relatively good selection of artists and it's easier to let people use it at a party than to let them touch your vinyl, cds and/or mess about with your mp3s.

I have a Deezer Premium account that came free with my Orange mobile account. It allows offline listening, although you have to synchronize first and the files are encrypted on the hard drive. It wasn't at all a factor in the contract I chose but I have to admit that the android app gets used a lot; with a premium account you get unlimited mobile streaming.

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US judge tells Levi's to take its Euro problems to Europe

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FAIL

Nonsensical

"Do you have a simple Nokia brick phone that has great phone quality, but just has the basic features and isn't a smart phone?

Buy a 'white box' pc or off brand pc that nobody has heard about from Taiwan? What type of car do you drive? "

Your comment doesn't make any sense. You should have compared IDENTICAL items of IDENTICAL quality from different brands instead of comparing, say, a Nokia brick phone(just makes calls) and a smart phone(does a whole lot of other stuff AND makes calls).

* the comment about the car doesn't make much sense either

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Q: Why do defenders keep losing to smaller cyberwarriors?

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Good point, wrong example...

Total Coalition deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 : 2583

Total Taliban deaths in Afghanistan in 2010 : 5225

Total Taliban deaths in Afghanistan in 2009 : 4610

Total Taliban deaths in Afghanistan in 2008 : 3800 - 5000

etc etc

Source Wikipedia

Now if you start to include civilian deaths it changes a bit, but you still can't say that the Taliban is causing "mayhem at relatively low cost to a much bigger force of heavily armed soldiers. " unless you have a very broad definition of "low cost".

Based on the number of fatalities from both sides I would say they're pesky or maybe irritating, but I agree with your point, if not the example you used.

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eBay shopping lands wild colonial in lock-up

Phil 54
Flame

Not just the 70s

We used to nick everything we needed to make black powder from school, although I seen to remember buying the ingredients from the pharmacy as well. My favorite was sugar and potassium nitrate mixed up and rolled in newspaper, made a wicked smoke bomb. Powdered magnesium and homemade thermite were fun too. That was in the 80s and early 90s, when it was considered more nerdy than terroristy. Oh look, a new word!

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New Yorkers battle giant blindness-causing plants

Phil 54
Facepalm

Thank you very much...

now I've got the fricken theme song stuck in my head!

Aaataaack of the killer tomAAAtoes!!

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Refusal to unveil scuppers French refusal-to-unveil trial

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There has never been ...

a case where a woman wearing a burka refused to show her face when asked.

This NOT about hiding your identity, it IS about thinly veiled anti-Muslim sentiment in France.

It is also about the current government playing to the extreme right in a bid to stay in power next year.

****We need a Rumpole icon, I'd LOVE to see him defend someone accused of "unlawfully wearing an item of clothing".

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Canada's internet future at stake in Monday election

Phil 54

Well at least...

..the Bloc got trounced.

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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

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Baroque Cycle

I really really loved it, but I really, really can't see it being a good movie

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Communicate

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Pint

What's the point?

Raising my voice more and more seems to work perfectly fine! Besides, we all know that everyone understands English, they're just taking the piss.

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Japanese gov makes Fukushima evac zone compulsory

Phil 54

Dowsing?

Company witch?

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No, iPhone location tracking isn't harmless and here's why

Phil 54
FAIL

Las Vegas

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, as you can clearly see from the Iphone log, the accused WAS indeed present in Las Vegas the night of the murder, despite his farcical protestations that he has never been to Las Vegas.

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AdBlock Plus man disputes Mozilla add-on tests

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Preloader

I only shutdown my FF notebook once or twice a week, if that, but I close Firefox numerous times per day. I've been using Firefox Preloader for years now and it really makes a difference in FF start-up time. After updating to FF4 I had to play around with it a bit, because they seem to have changed where sessions are held. When I restarted FF it came up with the last pages viewed instead of my start page. I solved it by adding the "Exit" button from the Toolbar Buttons extensions(identical to the File>Exit menu) and the Hide Captions Titlebar Plus extension to hide the normal windows close button. The only problem is that I don't have a minimize button anymore, although I can just click on the taskbar button.

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Vote compass unmasks Canadian political opinion

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Hmmm

Economic Left/Right: -5.50

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.08

Didn't think I was as left as that, but the libertarian part doesn't surprise me

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Firefox 4 for Android shuns ARMv6 phones

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Still keeping it

if only because I know it will get better, and also because I'm sick of apps that install to the SD card of my Desire but still use loads of internal memory. Firefox (13.84MB) takes up only 164KB.

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Data-mining technique outs authors of anonymous email

Phil 54

Easy to fool

I'd imagine that it would be pretty easy to protect yourself from this technique by using a web translation service to translate your email to another language, and then back to the original. That would probably give enough of a difference in writing style to screw up the results while keeping a relatively legible email that stays true to the original.

I imagine it would be fairly easy to protect yourself against this technique using a translation service for websites to translate your e-mail to another language, then back to the original. That would probably give enough of a difference in writing style screw results while maintaining a relatively readable e-mail that remains faithful to the original.

Google translate English to French and then back again

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Yanks outweigh Canucks: Official

Phil 54

"fried" doUGHnuts

seems to be kinda redundant, bit like "baked" bread

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Ten... fantasy swords you wish you owned

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Paris Hilton

Since there are already non-swords in the list...

I vote for the chainsaw attached to the stump of a hand from "Evil Dead"

**'cause she'll swallow (but not your soul)

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Apple to Microsoft: 'App Store name is not generic'

Phil 54

Not a bad idea

Bu I'm going for "Thank you" and any derivations thereof. Just a tiny 0.001p usage.

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Conviction overturned for abuse images bought from bookshop

Phil 54

"Proceeding" judge?

Just had an image of a judge leading the jury around the court like the Pied Piper of Hamelin

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Boffins devise 'cyberweapon' to take down internet

Phil 54

Whew, good thing

I backed it up

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Middlesbrough cabbie relieves lad of iPhone

Phil 54
Stop

Nope

The HTCsense site doesn't work for the Desire, only the Deisre HD and Desire Z

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FAA to pilots: Expect 'unreliable or unavailable' GPS signals

Phil 54

I would imagine

that the US military has taken into account "...that any jamming system would be airborne flying above the ships, therefore drastically increasing its effective range both to airborne and ground receivers." when giving the range. After all, they designed the GPS system and the (presumed) jamming technique.

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Lawyers fear Assange faces death penalty in US

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Rosenbergs

Most sources, including ex-Soviets from the period, agree that the Rosenbergs gave no useful information about the atomic bomb. They were definitely spies but they didn't give the Soviets the bomb.

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Phil 54
Stop

Oh come on...

I'm not a huge fan of the States either, but they still have as good if not better protection of free speech than pretty much every country. The difference is that they're, for better or for worse, the most powerful (and loudest) country around and so make a big, easy-to-hit target.

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Gov gone wild: Mad new pub glasses, bread freedom introduced

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Pint

I'm sick and

tired of being forced to drink metric beer here in France. It's depressing to count the shrapnel left in my pocket and automatically calculate that I drank 3.5 l of beer last night. I'd much rather leave it to a vague, foggy "few pints".

n.b. although I also miss good old canadian pitchers (60 uk oz, or three pints)

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How I used Space Shuttle tech to insulate the living room

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Hot or cold

Having a well insulated house is a plus in either hot or cold weather. My last house in Toronto, insulated to the most recent standards at the time, with a vapour barrier on all outside walls, stayed nice and warm all winter (-15C) with very little heating, and nice and cool in the summer (very humid +30 to 35C). You don't get the same extremes in the UK or France but the vapour barrier helps enormously with the dampness.

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HTC forgets Norwegian alphabet

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Megaphone

Sorry, pedant alert

False step, not false move

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Iron-on armpit BO stench-filters 'ideal for modern lifestyle'

Phil 54
Flame

Desperately needed!!!!

I've lived in France for the last 4 years...

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PA school district avoids charges over webcam spy scandal

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Stop

yes but

the owner of the computer is the school board, not the student.

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