* Posts by ChrisInAStrangeLand

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Microsoft's naughty Cortana NOT ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN

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COPPA

The reason for this is COPPA. Specifically it requires creating an orwellian audit trail of all personal information, or anything that might be construed as personal, or deemed personal, or contain content that is personal, of a child's activities. Basically Microsoft has to log everything every child on it's service does and email it to parents if at some time in the future they ask for it. Like every other provider they just say it's too hard and demand you tick the 13+ checkbox.

COPPA is the opposite of child protection and should be abolished.

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

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How about building a tablet.

If Microsoft built a Surface Atom with a nice IPS 1080p screen they'd be raking in cash. None of the Windows competition is well made, it's poorly assembled plastic with netbook screens, and the Pro is just too heavy for a tablet.

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

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Stranded offshore income benefits.

The other benefit Google has is that they completed the sale using stranded offshore cash that would have to be repatriated to the US at a 35% tax rate. Asset sales to Arris and Lenovo do not incur a tax liability. That brings down the $12.5B purchase price to $8.1B.

So Google potentially made billions after tax.

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Qualcomm chief: Why is China probing us? We haven't a clue

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What moved Qualcomm to "near monopoly" in the west wasn't "predatory pricing" it was "predatory competence". Everyone else failed to get an LTE chip to market in a timely manner.

Qualcomm has absolutely no leverage to bully other players out of the market. They build on the same foundries as everyone else and there are simply too many ARM licensees and radio manufacturers competing for business.

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ABC finally brings iView to Android

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You want access to my what?

The permissions are a little crazy. They must be running a few little side-apps for the ASD and ASIO.

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Gadget world's metals irreplaceable, say boffins

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Re: Tantalum

Tantalum is used in electrolytic capacitors, which will be very soon replaced with much cheaper and more plentiful laser scribed graphene. If you look at this list there are replacements for most of these elements. Despite being called a "rare earth", neodymium is in very very large supply, potentially millions of years, for permanent magnets.

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Winner of Google's most wired Australian town award is...North Sydney?

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My guess is that they are collapsing the entire North Shore area into North Sydney as shorthand, for the benefit of people who don't live in Sydney and don't know the suburbs. There's a few interesting small companies in Neutral Bay and Cammeray too.

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Mobile price competition stirs in Australia

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Re: Not that impressive

The point of 4G is latency. Vodafail 3G was over 2000 milliseconds when I flicked them.

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Space hotelier Bigelow wants capitalists to FIGHT comm-MOON-ist takeover

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Coat

You and what mass driver?

Kinetic bombardment is 9/10ths of the law. Lets see the loonies hold their title when they're being shotgunned with ball bearings without the protective shield of an atmosphere.

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

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Coroner suggest cars *could* block phones.

"Maybe the Coroner KNOWS the idea is stupid. But by suggesting something totally stupid and unworkable it sparks debate and brings the issue into the public eye for consideration and possible better suggestions."

The Coroner's job is to identify causes of death, and suggest and highlight mechanisms that would prevent or lower the incidence of death. In this case the coroner has identified on the basis of mobile phone records that malfunctioning software (in the drive by wire system) was likely not the cause of death. They have proposed a solution to the actual cause of death that would help prevent future deaths. This is the coroners job.

It is the job of the legislature to weigh the social costs of this recommendation if it is addressed at all.

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Yet another business advisor told Labor NBN was a dud: reports

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I think Google style "active ethernet to the pole", with optional FTTH (with customer paying full on premises cost up front) for those who want it, and picocells for the oldies would solve the problem. Why blow $3,000 + financing costs per premises if fiber is not being used?

Also, could they hurry the frack up and deploy it. 2021 is way too long to rot on DOCSIS 2.0 now that Optus have stopped investing in their network.

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We've invented the FONBLET, says Samsung

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Yes, Invented.

What's a better marketing word for "everyone in management is confused that this utterly ridiculous and moronic market segment exists, but it does so we're shipping product"?

I think Fonblet is fine.

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Intel touts 2-in-1s, the 'new' reincarnation of convertibles

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I had a Toshiba Lifebook P1610 from 2006 for notetaking, it was an awesome 10" convertible with better build quality, processor, battery life and screen than any netbook trash on the market five years later.

If they could make one thinner and lighter, with a bay trail processor, I'd gladly pay Surface Pro money for it.

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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Re: I'm a MSFT Fan But.....

"2010.... lol Try ca~2006/7 whenever it was that the C2D Conroe hit."

Yeah, three years ago I upgraded my desktop 2.4Ghz C2D Conroe to an Overstock.com Yorkfield Q9550 C2Q. Overclocked it to 4Ghz, for a total cost of $45 including a new cooler and shipping.

I'm thinking it'll do fine for another few years.

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Who did Apple LIE TO: Australia or America?

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FAIL

That's great mate, but what happens to your corrupt little banana republic when your trading partners slap retaliatory tariffs on Australian goods?

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ACCC settles backhaul price regulation

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Facepalm

Re: Quills and parchment

That's still faster than Telstra ADSL. I would even suggest stone obelisks as a high speed alternative after heavy rain.

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Nvidia Tesla bigwig: Why you REALLY won't need x86 chips soon

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Re: Negative marketing wont work

"IIRC the Atoms are made with more advanced process (3D FET) than the ARMs."

You do not remember correctly, the Atoms on Intel's 22LP process haven't yet launched. Intel SOCs currently lag the state of the art at 32nm.

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'He's F**KED with the wrong nerd ... I warned I'd go public'

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elreg lost plot as per usual.

Let's put surveillance cameras and drones everywhere just to stick it to this arsehole. That will show these hypocritical google evildoers who's boss.

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Google's 'power to switch off the lights in Europe' has 'chilling effect' - rivals

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Trollface

A better example would be Microsoft's Enterprise, Operating System, Office, and CE business units.

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Australia's coalition launches new broadband policy

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FAIL

If no tax dollars have or will be spent on NBN, and we're ripping up the coax and copper to prevent competition, how is this boondoggle being funded? Reduced service quality and monopoly rents?

Oh that's it isn't it, NBN is the Telstra model. Reduced quality and monopoly rents.

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

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Facepalm

Re: He is almost as stupid as Geoge W

Grenada was a "proxy action" against Reagan's poor polling.

Ronnie saw Maggie strutting around after shelling the Falklands and decided he needed to demonstrate his military might on a barely inhabited island in the middle of nowhere as well.

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Australia to reveal tech giants' tax tricks

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Pint

"I am not evading tax in any way, shape or form. Now of course I am minimizing my tax and if anybody in this country doesn't minimize their tax they want their heads read because as a government I can tell you you're not spending it that well that we should be donating extra. "

-Kerry Packer.

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Competition watchdog seeks NBN forecast data

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FAIL

Re: NBNCo plan to grow ARPU steeply

"Worse than prices rises is the fact that NBNCo are building a fibre network, while at the same time predicting that 50% will connect at 12/1Mbps."

What's worse is that 90% of customers could be immediately (within 2 years) serviced by 100Mbit/100Mbit VDSL2, with fiber hooked up on an at request/need basis, ala Google Fiber.

Instead we have a decade of infrastructure stagnation for the majority of customers who sit on obsolete and abandoned ADSL/Cable and are not connected to NBN fiber. Meanwhile Labor delays the build out as it tries to massage the expenditure numbers in the budget.

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Brussels reviews Google's plan for not being abusive and dominant

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Stop

Re: Maps

"Google sold their stuff in every country except France, in France they gave it away in order to eliminate the French company"

That is not a factually correct statement.

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Meet قلب, the programming language that uses Arabic script

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Happy

I'm going to pronounce it as "squiggle".

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Google v Microsoft mobile war: Who's REALLY to blame?

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FAIL

Re: Perhaps if Microsoft shared a little love around

The reason is that Google pays a per user license. They're not paying Microsoft to make email work on non-standards compliant Microsoft phones.

If Microsoft wanted the could offer Activesync royalty free to Win8 phones. Boom, problem solved. But what they really want a scapegoat in the antitrust trial they just lost.

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FTC clears Google in anticompetitive probe

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Facepalm

Re: Dodgy logic

"So if everyone is doing it, it must be OK?"

If everyone is doing it, it's not a monopoly.

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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

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FAIL

We demand you pay us extortionate fees to make your free mail service work on our shitty non-standards compliant clusterfuck because Antitrust.

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Israel plots gigabit fibre-to-home rollout

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FAIL

Re: I'd be pretty happy with 100 Mb download speeds

"So far it looks like the "third world" is coming in first."

I'd just like to point out that Israel was not "unaligned" during the cold war.

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The 'Digital Economy' in 2012: A big noisy hole where money should be

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Thumb Down

One of the yellowest articles i've seen on this site. I suppose you don't want to make a substantive allegation because of the defamation laws?

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University of Western Sydney hands out 11k iPads

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Thumb Down

The purpose of this "flexible learning environment" plan is to reduce staff (who are contractors, almost no tenure at UWS and UTS) contact hours. You're essentially being enrolled at an "on premises online diploma mill."

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WCIT settles into a long night as deadlocks solidify ... into logjam

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Re: ITU to stay in the first couple of ISO layers

Too bad they planted it on the wrong summit. X.400 and X.500 are never, ever, going to be the dominant standard except in countries where use of SMTP and LDAP carries the death penalty.

H.323 merely demonstrates the simplicity, superiority and ease of use of SIP and IETF engineering standards in general.

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'Kids' apps STILL siphoning too much info from mobes' - FTC boss

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FAIL

No parenting needed.

The solution to this problem is the same as the web.

Are you over 13?

*"Yes, Buy Apps"

*"No, Cancel".

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Netflix names Google Fiber the fastest ISP in the US

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WTF?

I'd just like to point out that 20Mbit (2.55MBps) is where Netflix throttles it's data connections to Google, not what the link is capable of. There's no point buffering half a movie that might not be watched on a well commissioned gigabit link.

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Intel launches Atom S Series at servers

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Paris Hilton

I'd say the Error Correcting Curmudgeon's are working just fine.

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I've got the 'fastest growing THINGY ever', boasts Google+ chief

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FAIL

Re: Google worries me

That's just IP Geolocation. The databases are public knowledge, every time you connect to a web service you're telling the service provider, roughly, where in the world you are.

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Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'

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Re: No, Miss Koh, you are not.

"Both will end up as wasting the time of the general public."

The public are wasting the courts time by granting millions of dubious patents. "The People" are the villains in this case.

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Tim Cook: Apple to manufacture Macs in US in 2013

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Re: Ass hole

"What a load of crap. So I suppose all those television, radio, computer, cell phone, and you name it products that started life here in the good ole USA were NEVER made here?"

Most were made in Mexico, Japan or south east asia. No one has historically manufactured the volumes Apple needs.

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Microsoft's anti-Android Twitter campaign draws ire, irony

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FAIL

Re: Bitter and dangerous people.

"The problem with most of the major companies today, MS, Google, Apple is that they all want a "large" slice of all the pies but when they dont manage they become bitter."

That is a media narrative. It's a problem with hack journalists and the impressionable idiots who read them.

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Clap Google, Amazon in irons to end tax shenanigans - MPs

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FAIL

Re: Taxing rich companies that can afford it?

"Personally I'd deny them access to the vital infrastructure which they aren't contributing to. Roads, rail, electricity grid, gas supplies and so on."

They pay the national grid connection charge at their datacenters. Data also does not use road, rail, gas supplies or "so ons".

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Cloud storage giant Amazon cuts S3 prices, waits for rivals to die

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Re: Consumer vs enterprise?

Google Drive assumes a certain amount of duplication and over subscription.

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GE study pimps ‘industrial Internet’

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FAIL

Re: Broadcast only while in the air

Rolls called one of Qantas's A380s over Jakarta when the compressor on their inboard engine blew up and took most of the wing. From the interview with the pilot, they asked if the engine had blown up and if the wing was damaged.

How about build an engine that doesn't fucking explode next time Rolls.

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Google avoids tax with ‘Double Irish Dutch Sandwich’

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FAIL

Re: Very simple

Violation of recent free trade agreements. Australian produce would be immediately blocked from EU, US, and Japanese markets.As a commodity exporter Australia has everything to lose in this game.

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