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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

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Perhaps, one day

When the Film Libraries start accepting pictures with the same qualitiy of the first generatino of DSLR.

Magazines and books need top quality images. This may no longer been the case in an all digital world.

Until then my D800 (true 36Mp) and my 200-400mm F4 Lens will do me just fine for bird photography.

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Apple fanbois eat static as Beeb, Sky web stream vids go titsup on iOS

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At the risk of being downvoted

No everyone who uses a device sold by Apple is a Fanboi. Just as every Android user is not a Fandroid.

IMHO,

Fanboi's are those who queue up on release day to get their hands on a new device.

The rest of the work are users, who just get on with life without being concerned about who made their bit of kit just as long as it works for them.

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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Joke

first there was 'Peak Beard' now...

it is peak smartphone screen size.

soon it will be sooooooo uncool to be seen with a Phablet or anything larger than 5in (no not that 5in size!!!!!).

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You use Office 365, SQL Server or Azure, right? Great, you're invited to Microsoft's data insights

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Re: "You use Office 365, SQL Server or Azure, right?"

The thing that gets most people is just that, 'A Subscription Model'.

Stop paying and bang goes access to your documents. S*D that for a game of soldiers.

Mind you MS is not the only ones. Adobe can rot in hell before I'll take out a subscription to Photoshop. I'd rather spend my money on Lenses etc.

So for everything that requires a subscription or else it stops working ---> Eat this me hearties.

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Does ANYBODY still believe this tripe?

And then do it all over again as the different incantations (deliberate pun) of .Net get updated.

Not everyone has the luxury of WSUS you know.

What a load of old cock.

MS couldn't organise a ... you know the rest.

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HP: Lenovo's buy of IBM x86 biz is bad, bad, bad...

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Re: Oh Please !

Don't you mean

Brown Sauce all over HP's walls....

mines the one with a Sausage Sandwich with added 'brown sauce' in the pocket.

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Puff on a hybrid – next thing you know, you're hooked on a public cloud

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FAIL

"As an enterprise’s IT estate is gradually lifted into the public cloud"

Staff at GCHQ/NSA/FSB/etc give themselves a high-five and configure their data slurping botnets to download it all before the anyone realises it.

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T-Mobile US increases pressure on rivals with fondleslab freebie

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FAIL

1.2Gb free data for a year WTF

They really must think that people are idiots.

At 4G/LTE speeds this will be gone in minutes.

As usual for US Carriers, they totally miss the point of mobile data. They are more like Ostriches with their famed head in the sand attitude than Carriers.

mind you EE on this side of the Pond is not that much better.

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Murdoch says Microsoft needs 'big clean out'

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Re: Meh

To use the name of a TV show where RM gets lampooned regularly

"Have I got OLD News for You".

Once upon a time newspapers were as close to the boundary of NEW and OLD as you could get.

Now unless you are showing the event live (no 3hr delays for the US West cost please) in the background then it is already OLD NEWS.

A tweet posted 2 minutes ago about something happening? Old news.

There is a still a place for dead tree news distribution.

Anyway, Rupert (Bear) Murdock is hardly speaking something we here don't already know.

Namely that MS is a management cesspit and needs urgent action before it overflows and comtaminates the rest of the company. It may alredy be too late.

The sad fact is that Google/Apple/etc need MS to be around. Those who wish for its demise are really short term thinkers (IMHO)

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IBM Hursley Park: Where Big Blue buries the past, polishes family jewels

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Re: Other IT companies' country house offices

Plessey had a nice country house just a few miles from Hursley called Roke Park. Now used by Siemens.

Armdahl used a country house near Fleet that is now the Four Seasons Hotel, Fleet.

DEC did a lot of training at a place called Highfield house south of Reading on the road to Hook.

I am sure there are more.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: oh I'm passionate allright

How passionate will you be when MS make you upgrade to 9.0.0.0 from 8.0 with 8.1 , 8.1.1 and 8.1.2 as mandatory upgrades in the middle?

Think I'm joking? Well maybe but just don't hold out thinking that 9.0 will be the panacea you might hope it to be.

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Sadly...

There will a load of his golfing/country club buddies on Wall St who will accept this BS without question.

Then when Apple don't follow is advice they will mark the stock down.

As has been said, those who don't have a clue become Wall St Crystal Ball gazers.

before any fandroid down votes this post just think for a second that his next pronouncement may be directed towards Google or Samsung. These Jerks don't care who they shaft as long as their name in in print.

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Speaking in Tech: Red Hat, Cisco sitting in a tree, m-e-r-g-i-n-g?

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Cisco to buy RedHat?

I really hope not. Everything Cicso touch turns to dog-poo.

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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Re: Shame

Please let us know who should in PM then?

just don't let it be Milli-bland with what bandwagon can I jump on today and the 'live on the never-never (wonga.com)' policies.

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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

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Re: English Electric Lightning

you can see one outside the Farnborough Aerospace Museum (FAST).

http://www.airsciences.org.uk/

Reputed to be able to break the sound barrier in a vertical climb. Sadly it had a very limited range/endurance.

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Them were the days....

PM Harold Wilson in his Gannex Raincoat, smoking his pipe waffling about the white heat of technology.

That same PM (along with Dennis Healy) also put us in hock to the IMF, the 6quid a week pay rise and cancelled my Graduation ceremony. Yes it still pisses me off almost 40 years later.

My first program was written in SOFOR (Southampton University Fortran) running on an ICL 1901-A. Punched cards naturally... September 1972.

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Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network

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FAIL

In other news

Comcast was voted the WORST company in the USA

http://news.slashdot.org/story/14/04/08/2047253/comcast-takes-2014-prize-for-worst-company-in-america

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Apple to protect your gently roasting rear with 'iTanning' system

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Joke

Meanwhile at Samsung R&D HQ

teams of developers are frantically working on copying the same functionality for the forthcoming S6.

Joking apart, sometimes I do wonder if sometimes some leaks (not only from Apple) are deliberately put out there to mislead the competition. Will there even be an iWatch? It would be ironic if there wasn't one in the pipeline.

Before you downvote this see the icon.

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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

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FAIL

You know the trouble with clouds?

They evaporate or drop their contents on us poor sods.

They are not permanent.

IMHO, if you put anything in the cloud the you can't afford to lose then you deserve every bit of badness that comes your way.

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HP exec: 'CYOD' will TEAR APART the IT dept as we know it

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End of the one size fits all approach

A developer has different requirements from that of a sales droid.

ergo, one standard totally locked down pc/laptop might work for the sales depts but for the developers? Are you kidding....

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Avere SPEC benchmark shows cloud's just as fast as on-premise

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Fine but whathappens when...

1) Some idiot with a JCB (backhoe) digs up your business critical network link and it is down for several days?

2) When the cloud hosting company has a snafu in their billing system and cuts you off from your business IT systems?

IMHO, these alone makes using something like Azure or S3 incredibly dangerous to a business if you don't have a 'plan b'.

The same goes for using server hosting companies for this stuff as well.

IMHO, put your web frontend out there in the cloud but do you really want all your critical systems exposed like this? After all, if these are down/unreadable your business could go down the tubes.

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Re: Good on the kid for figuring this out, but

The XP Desktop theme?

Nah, that's for two year old Telly-tubby fans.

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One Win 8 to rule them all: Microsoft talks up 'universal apps' for PCs, slabs and mobes

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Re: One friggin small universe I'm sure.

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Worst of all, (and I've said this before) Joe Bloggs can't develop free applications using free compliers for a free market and not get away with paying Microsoft (or Apple for that matter) fees for the "priveledge" of doing so.

Citation Please?

If I start selling an application from my web-site how do I end up paying Microsoft or Apple for the sale?

Plese enlighten me because I have obviously been doing something wrong for the past 10years.

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Re: Universal?

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Here I thought "Universal" might mean "runs on all versions of Microsoft OS". But of course that would be as silly as expecting "cross platform" to mean more than "runs on Windows 8 And 8.1".

For 99% of the people who line in Microsoft La-la land Universal applies ONLY to Windows. For them there is no life, the universe or anything outside of 'Windows'. Rather sad really.

The 1% who don't are those who develop Office for iOS and OSX.

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SQL giant Oracle plans NoSQL standards body – top Reg sources

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Holmes

Oracle taking a lesson from Microsoft

They clearly see the various NoSql startups a threat to their main earner.

So...

They are trying to Embrace the other NoSql vendors. Then they will add bits to this standard that only they can implement (just like MS did with the ISO Office doc standard).

Then as the various NoSql vendors start to struggle, they will pick them off for a pittance.

Embrace

Extend

Extingish.

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NASA's LADEE: A Great Gig in the Sky, now on a death dive to the Dark Side of the Moon

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Oblig

"There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark."

Sad to see al those taxpayers $$$$ going up in a puff of moon dust though.

Been listening to DSOTM since 20-Jan-1972, @ Brighton Dome....

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The cloud awaits... but is your enterprise ready for the jump?

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Re: Danger Will Robinson

shouldn't that be...

If you really, really, really must have a cloud then create one of your own.

Having recently had the experience of waiting for 2 days while the so called fibre link to the cloud provider was repaired. If it was fibre, it was more like a length of wet sisal if you ask me. No there was no backup link... This was some 5500 miles east of silicon roundabout.

{for those who don't know} Sisal is a coarse string/rope made out of the fibres of the 'Agave sisalana' plant.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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so NOT putting lots of chemicals in your body is NOT ok then?

What load of old cock as a certain presenter on Top Gear is fond of saying.

My homegrown organic veggies and fruit taste a lot better than what you can buy in the supermarkets. It is also fresher (in season). It can be picked and eaten in minutes not days. Sure sometimes there are a few insects picked along with the veggie but that really does not matter in the long run.

To me, what matters is not eating food laced with god knows what man made chemicals (often derived from oil) into my body. The fallout from using DDT in the 1950's/60's is still a problem in many parts of the world. Have we learned nothing from our past mistakes?

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Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel

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Re: Intel

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Seems like we have had generations of gear designed to not run anything but Windows.

Meanwhile in Redmond, it is strangely quiet as there are no chairs flying around but behind the scenes further work on UEFI Protected Boot is continuing rapidly. From Microsoft's POV, the sooner they can get UEFI Signed Boting made mandatory and they become the only signer in town the better. Apple? Irrelevant. Linux? Well those pesky penguins need culling before they get out of control.

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Soz, BT: All EE's 4G goodies still won't give you 'seamless voice'

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Then again....

There is speculation (BBC - Radio 5 Wakeup to Money today) that Vodafone will buy BT or possibly B-SkyB. They have £32B sitting in the bank so they could afford it. How would that go down with the deal with EE? <no_carrier>

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Three daddy Hutch has no interest in O2

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I like their US Roaming deal

pretty close to zero charges.

But yes, generally roaming charges suck no matter what network you are on.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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Re: Hmm on the Alfa analogy

More SAAB than Alfa?

Having owned a HTC Desire and drive a 10yr old Saab 95 I have to take issue with your analogy. The Saab just keeps on going. You can't say that for the Desire. I threw it in the recycling bin a few days after the warranty ran out. It kept going wrong. first the screen than the touch. Even a replacement phone failed to solve it. Then the security update to Android 2.3 arrived and wiped my apps.

Finally, when the warranty expired I tried yo load Cyanogen into it. Result was a totally bricked phone.

The Saab on the other hand has done 175K miles and never broker down. The only time it has been off the road was when I put it in a ditch after hitting some black ice in 2009. Saab cars a dull and boring. Alfas are broooom brooom go-go machines between their increasingly frequent visits to dealers.

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US Supreme Court Justices hear arguments in game-changing software IP case

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Similar programs

But how do you decide how close to your code the opposition can be before it breaks your copyright?

This has been a dilema that I have been trying to get to grips with for sometime.

Until I do, I am very reluctant to release any of my software under a GPL License.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Full screen windows

In one part of the world I know, they look at you with eyes of [redacted] if you dare resize the multitude of full screen windows they have open on their 27in Screens running Windows 7. Everything is opened full screen and that is it. I really have no idea why they do this and when I ask them they just look blankly back at me. I guess that is the way they were taught. IMHO, it kinda defeats the purpose ofwindows does it not?

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Microsoft's ALREADY telling of bugs in Fondle-Office for iPad

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FAIL

Nothing new here then, move along inside...

Microsoft release a product that is clearly unfinished and bug ridden... Now there's a surprise.

If Microsoft made cars they would have been sued out of existence before Windows 95 saw the light of day.

Ok so all software contains bugs but for these problems to come to light so soon after the launch is really crap. Seems (IMHO) to indicate another case of the marketing people getting their way over the more cautious engineers.

Never mind the quality, feel the width!

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Microsoft frisks yet another Android gear maker for patent dosh

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Re: Accomplishments?

SCO Never got anywhere near Heaven. They are in Limbo land just outside Hell. The devil is trying to negociate a deal so that SCO does not try to sue him for impersonating IBM in their law suit.

ICON shows the current state of the Devil when it comes to SCO

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Perhaps...

A good few piraters have actually downloaded everything they need? As other posters have said, most modern stuff is total shite besides, most of the bands I listen to are pushing up the daisies or well past pension age so their music output is limited. For those that put out new stuff, CD's from Amazon fit the bill nicely.

Record companies are hardly interested in putting out a complete Dave Brubeck back catalogue now are they? A few Boy bands a year plus the odd one hit wonder will keep the execs in white powder a lot longer.

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

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Version 2 will no doubt include

a large borer with an expanding bit so that they can anchor themselves a bit more firmly to the ground.

V1 will be a write off as it will probably take to the skies along with everything else in the path of the Tornado. my guestimation from having seen a Tornado lift a fully laden tanker (carry water) and toss it around as if it was a fly.

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Will Yelp help 'Yahoo!' compete with Google? Search us...

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Re: Tinplate toy search engine second!!!!

Hey,

Leave those wonderfully engineered toys out of this. some rare items are probably worth as much as the entire Yelp business.

Having a small collection of 1930's Bing 'O' gauge railway part, I never mix the two up because I always call the shoddy MS offering Bling instead.

Mint condition pre war (WW2) Bing and Bassett-Lowke (especially Gauge '1') are real collectors items these days. I sold a B-L Tinplate Midland Railway Carriage(thus making it pre 1922 vintage) for a very nice sum a few years ago.

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Microsoft exec: I don't know HOW our market share sunk

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But...

Microsoft DID invent the internet. Well, at least that is how the head honcho's in Redmond think.

Because they invented it they just go all out to make it harder for everyone to use.

May I humbly suggest (get those downvotes ready fandroids) that you look at how easy it is to tether an iPhone to a Macbook. Ok, it is the Apple walled garden at its best but wtf... it is really stupidly easy to setup and use. So unlike anything to come out of Redmond where their modus operandii seems to be to make everything as hard and unintuituve as possible.

We should be making things easier to use not harder. With TIFKAM/Metro/Modern wtf are those charms and what is it with finding s few small pixels in an unmarked par of the screen to get access to things that just needed a right click before?

It all boils down to the simple fact that Microsoft have lost 'IT' big time.

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

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Re: If it flew with the pilots disabled

For quite a while as it flew down the malacca straights and over part of Indonesia it would have been within range of a few towers.

now if all the passengers were knocked out then yes it might have been impossible to make a call.

The Swedish/Danish TV series 'The Bridge 2' contained an episode where a virus was to be distributed over the A/C to the passengers on a plane. You could substitute a knockout/killer gas for the virus and then you have a plane that will fly on autopilot until the fuel runs out.

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If it flew with the pilots disabled

why did none of the passengers try to call for help with their mobile phones?

Is hard enough as it is to get passengers to stop making calls as the plane accelerates down the runway for takeoff, is the plane was clearly unpiloted then surely the airwaves would have been alive with panic calls to loved one etc just like those aboard one of the planes that crashed on 11-Sept-2001.

Just asking you know.

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

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NFC?

That's one feature I'd disable in a flash it appeared on any of my phones now and in the future.

Just like all this advertising depending upon where you are in the store and your customer demographic.

So effiing what If a man is looking at nappies, do you really think they want to see adverts for Tampax etc?

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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Mushroom

I got one of these yesterday

They couldn't spell 'White' as in White Cells.

As someone who has Blood Cancer (Hairy Cell , nearly 5 yrs in remission) I find this scam just about a low as it is possible to go.

Can someone please find the lot responsible for this and exterminate them from the face of the planet?

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Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

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Will all condifuration be done

by firing up a terminal window and typing

'sudo blah-blah'

That all my Ubuntu loving friends seem to do all day long. I really hope not.

Being realistic, a Phone OS needs real stability. IMHO this is something that recent Ubuntu releases don't have. Hence the move to alternatives like Mint and Debian. Unless their phone offering is rock solid then I really can't see this having much market penetration above the 1% mark.

Before anyone downvotes me for being anti Canonical, I adopted Ubuntu very early on as my desktop of choice. I got fed up with the instability around the 10.4 release and moved to CentOS. sure is not bleeding edge but it is rock solid.

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Academic blames US for tech titans' tax dodge

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Re: It looks Apple in Italy collects VAT it shouldn't... and nobody knows where the money goes.

any company selling anything in the EU and is VAT registered has to send the money to the relevant tax authorities.

Business done with entities outside that country are reported separately.

If Apple (or any company for that matter) is not paying VAT then they should be hauled up in court and made to pay.

I has to pay it when I ran my own company so why should apple get away with it.

That said, if I buy something from Adobe that is an electronic download then I pay Irish VAT. If it comes in a Box, I pay UK VAT because the order is fulfilled from Scotland.

There might be some confusion here. I would imagine that all iTunes sales attract Irish VAT and not that of the country where the end user resides.

Apple (Eire) is duty bound to pay the Irish Gov all the VAT it has received where it has levied Irish VAT rates.

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Let us all be clear about this

Apple is far from the only US company to use Eire as a tax haven.

Google - All EU Business in 'done' in Eire and not in the country where they employ sales droids thus legally they have no presense in said country despite their being a google.plc/gmbh/etc registered in that country

Adobe

Microsoft - same modus operandii as Google

IBM

etc

etc

etc

As has been stated, it is beholden ON ALL Corporations to mimimise their tax bill using whatever LEGAL means possible.

It is no use complaining to your Congress critter/MEP/MP/etc. They rely too heavily on donations from business when it comes to election time.

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Protect data by deleting it: Ground Labs

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Happy

They already do

It is called 'dumpster diving'. Soon to be an Olympic sport.

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Finally! Some actual, novel tech: Apple patent to revive geriatric gear

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Back in the day....

We used to undo two Dzus fasteners, remove the 'handbag amplifier', lick fingers and remove a valve(potentially hot) or two, replace with new stock and replace.

Add a tag to handbag showing date the valves were replaced.

Rinse and repeat in 'n' months.

No need for a stinking patent.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Meanwhile in Redmondland...

The Microsofties are going around with their fingers in their ears shouting...

la-la-la-la I can't hear you.

They won't change anything with respect to TIFKAM/Metro/Modern this side of an A-Bomb going off in Seattle. We should just get used to this fact and stop bitching.

you could move to other Desktop Operating Systems. One poster has seemingly already called time on windows and gone to OSX. I am sure they won't be alone.

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