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Dr Dre's crew gets Beats-down from Apple: 200 jobs to go – report

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Bah, imagine actually employing HR staff. Should have been outsourced already or used uni placement students for 80% of HR staff. Those strategies have worked so well in firms I've worked for before.

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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I quite like the idea of a 10" tablet with a removable keyboard that can run a full sized operating system. Preferably *inx but Windows would do. A lot of the time though it feels like companies put products out because they think they have to but don't want to compromise another area were they make more money without realising they are probably going to lose the business anyway.

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

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There was a time when AVG was the freebie scanner to have. Unfortunately when I hear non-tech users talk about it now it's because they are confused about popups it is generating.

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

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It would be interesting to see this applied to blackberrys as well. Old Nokias too.

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Microsoft's Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China's is the real cutie

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What will the do when she goes rampent?

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Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more

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Re: and there is no secondary market – e-books cannot be resold as used books,

Microsoft and Oracle already lost the not allowed to sell licensed software on battle too.

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and there is no secondary market – e-books cannot be resold as used books,

I am looking forward to the day the EU decides this is illegal and sues everyone who tried to implement it.

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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Don't those test strips use up a lot of power?

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Re: Ouch...

As you asked so nicely.

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Re: Ouch...

Someday I am going to get round to fixing that autocorrect.

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Here's hoping that it can be modified for mass production and some company doesn't sit on the patient to milk existing factory equipment.

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Apple 'sapphire glass' fronts for iPhone 6? It's NEWS to SUPPLIERS

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I am sure there will be plenty of components about magical air/reality distortion force fields but perhaps all the analysts just got it wrong this time.

Releasing two version of the watch, one with and the other without sapphire glass could backfire. They ones without would be the new 5C telling people you couldn’t quite afford the real thing.

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MoJ IT workers 'n' pals extend strike action over privatisation

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"this change will save over £100m of public money in the next seven years."

Why not strech it out to seventy years, then it would save £1b!

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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1GB of RAM for Windows 8? My phone has more RAM than that. I built a desktop for less than that (didn't have to buy windows for it though).

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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4K is all well and good but will it make Yes Minister any funnier?

(Bootnote, hit the shift key a bit soon and that started as $K)

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I was thinking more of the marketing department's attempts to push more tvs.

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Lower power consumption, built-in fast wi-fi and a good range of ports. These are the sort of things I'd be looking for in a new TV. Would not pay one penny for 4K over HD. (I was going to put something in about the quality of the screens themselves but hope this will improve no matter what)

How long before we see a 4K 3D TV?

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: The chocolate is still shit, though.

When the firm you work for sends you to the middle of nowhere for six weeks on site, not really. If it could have been done remotely they wouldn't have paid for a plane ticket.

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The chocolate is still shit, though.

As are the soft drinks. Bloody corn syriup.

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Beancounters tell NASA it's too poor to fly planned mega-rocket

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Aye, but if you were going to built the electric grid today from scratch with the technology we have now, it would be a very different beast. As for the wheel, don't mind the width, feel the rubber.

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The US Government needed to inadequately fund NASA so they can rebuild the companies that funds election campains. FTFY.

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Reusing shuttle tech, isn't that forty years old?

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Teardown gurus iFixit play with Fire – Amazon's new mobe

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proprietary screw

What's the point of these? Is there some magical improvement in screw design that phone manufactures are keeping to themselves?

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Come close, dear reader. Past those trees you'll see a non-Microsoft Nokia Oyj in the wild

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Isn't that the same R&D division that Elop took a chainsaw to?

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Watching smut at work is bad but emailing it is just fine, says Oz court

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This smacks of an old practice. Let people do something they are not supposed to and when the time comes to down size you can avoid the publicity and finical pain of redundancies.

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The answer to faster wireless is blowing in the wind

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Does scaling it up mean increasing the amount of heat you're dumping into the local environment? At some point that has got to give diminishing returns, if it doesn’t cause you the equipment to combust first.

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SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans

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The rats might still be better for sniffing out landmines.

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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“Nor is the people's judgment always true:

The most may err as grossly as the few.”

―John Dryden

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Re: @bigtimehustler

To make a dent on glass that would need to be a powerful acid. Probably HF and that is stuff you don't want to mess with.

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Ah, that makes alright then?

No, my point is that both cyclists and motorists jump red lights and it is wrong to condemn the entirety of either group for the actions of (hopefully) a few. The police have a duty to stop anyone from doing so but I have never seen that traffic rule enforced on either a cyclist or a motorist the spot.

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It is legal for them to use their judgement and cross when the light is red for them. It is illegal for any road user to do the same (not sure how that would work out if you had a problem with a horse, particular if something spooked it).

I know is the US they'd be charged with jaywalking. I was going to make a flippant comment about crazy laws but I am sure we have a few of those too.

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As do I occasionally but the police don't seem to be doing much about that either. I doubt it is the majority of cyclists doing it though, only the majority of cyclists you notice (or at least you don't notice them till they are going through a red light). I see far more car drivers do it but then there are far few cyclists in the road, you can start on the percentage of the total who do such things etc etc. Lot of kilometrage in that argument.

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I don't have a camera on my helmet (whiich I suppose I could rectify) and licence plates can be dirty (little more difficult). I have enough problems with the ocassional ejit trying to spook me by blasting a horn and shouting at me or waving their arm out of the window as they speed past without putting a big target on my back. Plus I've had things like oil being stolen from the tank in my garden and the police didn't even call out when I reported it. Just because you hand the police a conviction on a plate doesn't mean they'll do anything about it.

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I cycle a lot and the drivers who concern me most aren't always on the phone but there is a lot of dangerous driving done by drivers on the phone. Though maybe they are just careless in general. That's why these kind of studies are so difficult. But still, it's against the law but I still see a lot of people doing it.

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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It does seem fairly reasonable. Only problem is that it invite a huge amount of abuse. 'Oh what's this email to your mistress doing here. Not really relevant to our investigation but we might need to mention it to the missus if you don't starting doing what we want...'

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Hopefully this is a blue harvest effort.

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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

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MS, they rarely seem to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. I have an xbox. I might get a lumia at some point but I'd never buy windows seperate from a new PC and most of the time I build my own to avoid it.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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The podcasts seem to be working okay.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Where does stuff like The Tunnel which is made by Sky/Canal+ which is a remake of The Bridge Scan Noire (I like that new genre term) fit in?

Some of the best TV I've sceen recently is Spirals and The Returned but you find them on BBC 4.

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Party like it's not 1999: Cry FREEDOM for a better web

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Don't use apps to access websites, go to the website.

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Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

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Surely a good if risky goal of another manned mission would be to investigate.

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Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

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Re: But why would they be less cool

Apple's cool has been a hipster slight cooky brand of aspirational kinda cool. This is Apple moving into the kind of territory you'd expect to find IBM in (funny enough IBM just announced they'd be writing some enterprise apps for the platform). It's like trying to be the woman throwing the hammer at the screen and the grey crowd at the same time. A tough act to pull off.

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Amazon's Spotify-for-books: THE TRUTH

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I am surprised they are not bundling it into prime and force the price of it up by a few $$$$

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Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

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Wouldn't this sort of law meant that slave owners could have sued for lost profits on the end of slavery?

If it was worded a certain way... imagine putting vat up causes a drop in sales, sueballs. Goverment announces that a certain dye is found to be harmful and is recalled, sueballs. An announcement about an investigation into tax minimisation and potential fraud commited causes a drop in share price...

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

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Re: Not mourning

Don't tell me we have the dreaded PCPRO double post bug now.

A remake well done is possible but I fear you are right.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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The Q5 has a 5mp camera and 8gb storage built in. Q10 has 8mp and 16gb. Those are the only real differences between the specs (the keyboard on the Q10 is very very good though).

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Re: Avoid these phones

Actually, the Q5 has 2gb of RAM and a micro SD slot.

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I have a Q10 but regret not buying the Q5 when carphone warehouse were selling them for £100 sim free. It has the same internals, it's the case that is different. Still a quality phone though. *sigh*

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Move up, Siri and Cortana: BlackBerry's new... 'Assistant' is here

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There are voice controls built into BB10 handsets but the reason I don't use them is the same reason I suspect I have never seen anyone, not even my most geeky friends and colleagues use one in anger (this includes Siri). The challenge of using it without compromising your privacy and looking/sounding like a complete git.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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Wow. What did they bother paying for all this stuff if all their going to do is throw it straight in the bin without even looking at it? Can't help but see this as managers in MS protecting their turf by ensuring there is as little change as possible coming instead of trying to accomplish something.

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