* Posts by Steve Davies 3

1897 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

HP's shareholder settlement deal over Autonomy merger DENIED – again

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Oh goody

an early christmas pressie for the phalanxes of Lawyers busy feathering their nests on this case (if there is a case at all)

What I think of those leeches (sorry lawyers) ----> see Icon

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FURY erupts on streets of Brussels over greedy USA's data-slurping appetite

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This could be scuppered

By our awkward friends on the other side of the Channel.

AFAIK, If the EU signs up for this agreement then ALL nations would have to ratify it or it falls. Les Froggies are in the mood to reject just about everything that has the USA as a signatory.

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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Re: Bad Data Input/High System Utilisation.

The problem is the quality of the Flight Plan messages.

Having had to develop software that understands the format of Flight Plan messages

(Think IATA Type B messages on steroids)

there are huge potential problems. My system regularly rejects 40% of FPL messages.

For example, the spec says that there MUST be a SPACE after the Aircraft Reg No. Many FPL's are submitted with this missing. Some messages use the IATA code for an destination when they must use the ICAO code.

eg Heathrow is IATA LHR, ICAO EGLL.

This is all despite most FPL's beging generated by software in the first place.

This is a disaster waiting to happen. It nearly did last week.

These events do not surprise me at all.

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How much for a wrist job? A tenner normally, but for this one, over $30k

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Re: Hmmmm...

Don't forget your white stilettos because you must be from Essex!

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Soon EVERYONE will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

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Everyone?

Really?

Surely you are jesting?

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ASA slaps Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for ignoring regulator

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Re: Woeful customer service

are you sure that they aren't connected to 'dixophone'?

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Dixphone's half-year P&L accounts are in. So much RED INK

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A PITA to deal with

so now I just buy stuff from basically anywhere but this place. so why am not I surprised that there is a lot of Red Ink on their balance sheet?

Staff more concerned with talking amongst themselves than dealing with customers. etc etc etc

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Holmes

You guys have it all wrong.

The next step will be for Deutche Telkom to take over BT. Now that they have a 12% stake, what is to stop them from growing that to more than 29.9%?

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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

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Soon to be redundant?

If BT Buy EE then this box will soon be consigned to landfill because everyone will be upgraded to Infinity.

Or BT might buy O2?

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Are we ready to let software run the data centre?

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The world at large

has millions of Admins who are probably nowhere near as talented as Mr Cartwright.

Some are just hardly worth the title of Admin but they may read this article and they try to implement the sorts of things hes describing.

What he makes seem easy is probably far from it.

IMHO, articles like this should come with BIG warnings. 'Do not try this on your live network'.

Buy hey, times are gonna get interesting with the potential for lots more critical systems and networks to go down when [redacted] try to implement SDN on their own networks.

Perhaps we'll get similar instances of the UK-ATC failure on a wider and more regular basis?

Who's got the popcorn in stock becuse it might get difficult to buy some if a few critical networks & systems go down.

The other thing that worries me and a few other IT Pro's (it was discussed in the pub on Friday night) is the potential damage that could be done by the black hats getting into the controllers of these SDN's and wreaking havoc. Imagine if this was done in a co-ordinated way, you could potentially cripple a whole nation. We are so heavily reliant upon computers that you have to ask yourself what would happen in you could'nt drive you car (traffic signals all showing red), Buy food (no orders placed), Cook that food(leccy & gas out due to computer failure) etc, etc, etc.

These whizzo things are all very well and good but... There has to be a downside to them.

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Cool technology: Submerged blade servers escape the heat

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Ah... The memories

Of having to regularly replace ALL the electronics in a couple of PDP-11/70's. There were used to control a Sulphuric Acid plant. The problem was that the Air filtration wasn't good enough and small particles of H2SO4 would get into the Computer Room (that what we called the Data Centre back then) and literally eat the PCB's etc away.

As you are well up on this tech Mr Pott, has anyone thought of using Ground Source Heat Exchangers for the 'Sheds'?

Drill a borehole, drop some pipes down , fill it up again and away you go (simplisitc view!)

Then in the summer the ground would be heated and then that heat extracted in winter.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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FAIL

No no and Thrice no

Those huse images are the killer. Why? Why? Why?

Didn't you think of all the poor saps who have to view this on their corporate mandated 1366x768 screens?

Then there is the way the posts are now ordered. What on earth is wrong with the old 'newest first' ordering?

At least /. gave people a chance to view their latest changes before they went live via beta.slashdot. Here? Fat chance.

IMHO, it wasn't broke but you somehow had to fix it.

now where's the Total and abject failure Icon when you need it?

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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

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Re: Ongoing revenue stream...

Very well said especially about the way files for products are spread around the disk.

Perhaps someone might like to tell Microsoft about this themselves.

Office for OSX does exactly that very same thing.

Shame really because that version is IMHO far better than the Windows version.

The other downside the OSX product is that it binds itself to the Disk Serial Number. HDD goes bad? Change the HDD for an SSD? Then that TimeMachine backup is useless. Well, everything will work apart from Office. It is a full removal and re-install. Thankfully, there is a document on the MS support site that telly you where all the nooks and crannies the installer has put stuff.

If you think that MS Shot itself in the foot with TIFKAM then moving to a Buy the OS and Subsctibe/Buy Patches Model is a huge cannon ball dropping from a great height.

Again, this is a shame because once you get past those silly tiles (IMHO) and the messed up config panels the underlying OS is pretty good.

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Does not make sense?

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Microsoft won’t give Windows 10 away for free, and plans to charge for new services instead.

Shouldn't that be something like

Microsoft won’t give Windows 10 away for free, and also plans to charge for new services.

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Microsoft says January Windows 10 build will excite sysadmins

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Re: Suggestion even before I see it

Can we add

Windows XP Classic

into the mix while we are about it?

No?

Thought not.

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Re: Surely?

This (and my previos post) was written on a Windows 7 Laptop.

All the software I write for a living runs on Windows.

So far I'm quite impressed by windows 10 but it is still very much a work in progress.

Sure I use a Macbook for my personal computing but I've been in this business long (almost 40 years) enough to be able to at least attepmt to try and see both sides of the argument.

I'd like to know more about the background befind the statement I quoted.

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Surely?

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Hardware tuned to Windows 10 will then emerge around October 2015.

Shouldn't the software be tuned for the hardware?

Hmmmm Unless

There is some fiendish lock in about to surface.

"Sure you can run windows 10 on that Haswell CPU but it will run like a two legged dog unless you upgrade that server/pc/laptop to this [insert new CPU type name here]. By the way, this upgrade will cost you lots and all your old hardware won't work with it".

too far fectched? Only time will tell.

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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Re: And now Spain says 'No'

And India too

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-30390691

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And now Spain says 'No'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30395093

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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

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It has been demonstrated

many times that a magnetic field can stimulate the growth of all sorts of cells.

Switch the field around and it retards them.

I seem to recall that there was even a young Scientist of the Year project along these lines 30+ years ago.

What this article/paper may be showing is the effect that an alternating electro magnetic field may have on cell growth.

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

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The only good thing about BT is....

That I don't get bombarded (well weekly) with junk mail addressed to 'the householder' from VM & Sky trying to persuade me to sign up to their frankly hideously expensive crap. Yeah, I'm a cheapskate but I might be more inclined to part with my cash if they just STOP sending me the crap.

I looked at the latest missive from VM and found it exceedingly hard to actually put a price on any of their offerings. Well Duh! If I can't see the upfront and final costs then sorry no sale.

{The same goes for solar Energy Companies who tell you how much you can save but won't show you on paper the hard costs until you are almost ready to sign up}

Two final words that are strangely appropriate for the season

Bah Humbug!

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Intel: Grab these platform shoes and dance to OUR Internet of Things standard

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Re: Battling standards

At least if you do that then the machine will find it harder to say, 'We can't let you do that Dave'.

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Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

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Re: Here we go again.

If this takes off then MS could provide the exit path that Mr Shuttleworth has been seeking for sometime.

Yay, MS to buy Canonical

Yeah and Steve Jobs has risen from the dead and fired Tim Cook.

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Buy Your Own Device: No more shiny-shiny work mobe for you

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Re: Buy my own device for work...

Exactly my sentiments

The bean counters have been at work again and all our company mobiles are now going to cost US money every month. This is due to some people racking up huge bnills while abroad and using their work phone for personal calls.

I've sent mine back.

now I don't get email on the move.

the thing is, I actually prefer not having email access without my laptop. If people need to get hold of me they can text or (shudder) phone me.

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Portland lobs fair-trade gluten-free artisan SUEBALL at Uber

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Uber : the new 4 letter word

$4B valuation might start to look a bit 'pie in the sky' if more cities follow Portland's example.

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A nation of CODERS? Yes, says UK.gov, and have some cash to do it

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Re: Very poor rhetoric

Class and what 'school' you went to is probably even more important in the US than there.

To succeed there with the 'old boys network' you have to be in the right School, then be accepted into the right Faternitiy/Sorority and thus get that all important ring for your pinkie.

Even after 'School' you get asked which school you went to in many social situations.

Personally, I think that the US is worse than here.

But then I'd say that wouldn't I as I am a mere Polytechnic graduate.

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

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What about Maps?

The Michellein Road Atlas of France that I have has all the fixed camera locations marked.

Perhaps this whole thing is the typical French 'Do as I say and not as I do!'

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

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Availability?

Is this 2mil out of 20Mil for the USA or for the world in general?

if it is for the world the nyou have to ask, is ApplePay available everywhere the iPhone6/6Plus is sold?

If the figures are for the USA then to get 10% adoption so soon might be regards as a success story rather than a failure. If is it is less than say 20% in a years time then I'd be inclined to consider it a failure.

Only time will tell.

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

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Re: Licence required?

do you honestly think that people with their Christmas Toys (aka Drones) care about licenses?

All that want to do is fly the damm thing. So what if they are close to Heathrow/Gatwick/Stanstead/etc?

The average joe does not give a toss!

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Black Helicopters

In other news

Airbus and Boeing are reported to be investigating fitting radar controlled 50MM canon to the front of their Aircraft.

Any Geese, Swans or indeed Drones will be vaporized should they come within 500m of the Aircraft.

Rumours that Gatling Guns were to be fitted have been squashed despite evidence of their effectiveness as an air-brake.

Black Helicopter Pilots are also reported as being concerned about their safety as they normally fly with their IFF responders switched off.

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Guy Kawasaki's guide to social media, Hanif Kureishi's cash crash catharsis and more

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Re: Is this the same Guy Kawasaki...

Then he'd be 'green' with envy.

{Only bikers would get the joke}

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GOOGLE is COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

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Childcatcher

Oh goody

even better targets for the padeo's to aim for.

The security had better be good Mr Google...

On the otherhand, an awful lot of internet users are just big children. Perhaps this is a beta release of the new improved Goodle that we'll all soon have to use.

See Icon...

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Microsoft forks .NET and WHOMP! Here comes .NET Core app dev stack

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Er? Excuse me....

Another problem is how to update .NET libraries if security problems are found.

Another problem is how to update .NET libraries WHEN security problems are found.

There fixed it for you.

I think I might just treat myself to one of these tonight.

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

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Re: you would have got Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, and Office 2013

Ohhhhhhh look shiny-shiny

That's what you seem to be saying about all this wonderful new functionality that MS lets you have AND that you must have to do your job. Sounds like something a drug dealer would do to keep you hooked on Charlie but here you are hooked on Office. Sad... so Sad. Perhaps you should get some help?

As has been said the majority of us have all the functionality we need already. Personally, I can't think of anything since Office 2003 that I have regard as a 'must have in order to do my job'.

It is more than likely that I'll carry on using my old version of Office until I say, 'enough!' and retire.

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VCs say Uber is worth $41bn... but don't worry, we're not in a bubble

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Uber is a Bubble

A 'Bubble Car' (Isetta or similar)

As they have 3 wheels, we all know how easy it is to topple them over.

Seriously, with more and more cities directly outlawing Uber, I fully expect a huge lawsuit against them from Uber. All their value will go in Lawyers fees. By the time it is over Uber won't be worth a plastic penny.

Nothing new there.

Raise dosh

Start lawsuits

Lawyers get their Island in the sun

Investord take a hammering and get $0.00001 back on the dollar

Where is the Scam/South Sea Bubble icon when you most need it eh?

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Apple deliberately wiped rivals' music from iPods – iTunes court claim

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Blame the Record Labels. At the time is was DRM everything or you get No Music from us.

Eventually, even Apple realised that the DRM Model was unsustainable and removed it from iTunes.

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A brief history of BLADE SERVERS: From the Big Bang to the, er, 'unblade'

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Re: Industry Standard Bus?

There was a book released by DEC that told you how to design interfaces to connect to the UniBus in the proper way. Along with the Schematics that cam with the Systems, yes Unibus was propetary but it was darned easy to build an interface for and DEC didn't stop you doing it. We had a dodgy interface that messed up all the DEC disgnostics even if it was placed after a Bus Repeater so we made sure that it was always disconnected when their Field Service came to do a PM on the 11/45 we were using.

Them were the days.

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Microsoft shareholders approve of CEO Satya Nadella's MASSIVE PACKAGE

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Re: Future with Nadella

expanded on his cloud strategy to get Microsoft apps on every internet-equipped device on the planet.

Talk about making pigs fly. Does anyone in their right mind even remotely think that this is doable?

Does you leccy meter that sends your reading to the mothership need a Word Interface? Does it even need to run Windows of any shape or form? Does it need an SQLServer Client or even client access to CRM, BizTalk or any other MS product?

My current smart meter does not. I know that it runs Linux.

Does he think that every Router on the planet is going to have some MS software in it?

The list of area where MS will fail is very long. Perhaps he should become a Politician. They always promise stuff that is clearly impossible to deliver (if you have half a working brain that is) but they make great sound-bites don't they?

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: One way?

If you believe one what I heard today during the Autumn Statement then the age of the Pacer is coming to an end.

I'm sure that Northern Rail would love to keep them because they are cheap to run but if NR wants the next Franchise they have to promise (with fingers crossed behind their backs) to get rid of those '4 wheel not so bendy busses'.

Yeah right, pull the other one. Still EU (so don't vote UKIP or you may have to suffer them for longer) will make them illegal to operate around 2020. No Disabled Toilets etc.

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Microsoft hikes support charges by NINETY TWO PER CENT

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It will be worse

The Reg's exploration of Microsoft's site in other nations and languages – a tricky thing to do given Redmond geo-targets content – doesn't yield conclusive proof the hike is global.

don't forget that the US Charge is without TAX. By the time it gets over there it will be $1 = £1 and 20% VAT to boot.

They have to pay for all those unsold Surface RT's somehow don't they?

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: Win 8.1 and Office

You have perfectly described the 'Lipstick on a Pig' scenario. Underneath it is still a pig.

I'd even prefer to battle with the Ubuntu U/I (I'm a CentOS/Gnome-2 person) than Windows 8.whatever.

So what if if it cheap. 1366x768 screens on cheapo laptops are beyond a joke these days. Dell were selling 1600x1200 laptops in 2003. Where is the progress?

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Chef and HP cook up partnership for infrastructure as code – even on Windows

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Re: Automated config never existed before?

Of course it has existed before.

As a friend of mine if very fond of saying,

The more that you re-invent the wheel, the more square it gets

I'd really like to know what makes Chef so attractive and why it is better than anything else in cluding sliced bread.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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American Pies

(queue the song...)

don't have pastry tops. More like a Flan that a proper pie.

Now if the petition were about suet Puds then I'd sign it in a tick. Even supposedly good chefs can't make suet pastry to save their lives.

Steak & Kidney Pudding with lashings of proper gravy. Yummy.

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APPLE set to Air PLUS-SIZED iPAD – claims mag

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Re: A plate of...

I have a bit of 12in vinyl by a band called 'Humble Pie'

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Dead Steve Jobs to give iPod MP3 evidence from beyond the grave

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You seem to have forgotten

that it was the Fruity company that was the first major player to ditch DRM in the face of fierce opposition from the record labels.

Sure they might have been douchbags (and still are) at times but they made DRM'd music a thing of the past and for that we shoud be thankful.

Unless you are a lawyer you can't really know if their actions are Anti-trust or not. At the time, there were plenty of other players in the MP3 market (eg Creative). Remember that this was all happening 10 years ago.

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Fiat 500X: A fun-loving Goldilocks who'll get down and dirty

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well...

Both the 500X and the Evoque are pug ugly vehicles. That squashed rear of the Evoque? wtf?

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

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How about...

A chamoix leather?

Then she can give it to you and say,

"Clean my car!"

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Yahoo, Bing beg 'right to be forgotten' wipers: Don't FORGET about US

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Re: WOW

They should rename it to Bling.

Then advertise it to 'The Only Way is Essex' crowd and ther use of the site will quadruple.

Cool Innit!

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Ex-GCHQ boss: Hey, UK.gov, have you heard how crap iPhone biometrics are?

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Naturally

What is, however, missing from the debate is what is necessary to provide secure, inclusive technology

If he told you, he'd have to kill you.

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BORGED! Expat moves from New Zealand to Norway to be acquired by Cisco

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If you want to avoid UK Footie then

head to the middle East. It is all Real Madrid and Barcelona.

I was in a 4* hotel in Jordan recently. Getting them to change the channel from a re-run of a re-run of a 4yr old el-Classico game to see a premier league game was an impossibility.

I've encountered the same in Dubai, Doha and Bahrain. The sports bars often have the flags of Real, Barca, Inter, Bayern and sometimes Liverpool up on the walls. The rest? forget it.

Messi is a hero. He is in a lot of TV adverts.

Ironically, it is easier to see the likes of Man U (note to self to wash mouth out with soap), Arsenal (ditto) and Chelsea( ditto twice over) in places like Sao Paulo.

{I support a team in the conference ok!}

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