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SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google

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Still waiting for mine to get the update :-(

I'm currently wondering if constantly pressing the check for updates button will push me to the back of the queue...

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Holmes

Re: Longer battery life

I would happily have a 100% thicker phone if that space was taken up with battery.

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BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

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Boffin

SpaceX make it look easy!

It, of course, isn't.

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DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

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Joke

"Apple is so good that you paid them twice. "

Well, you've seen how much they charge for an iPhone!

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STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants

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Thumb Up

The episode of Shaun the Sheep they never made!

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Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables

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What else?

I can see that after openssl and now bash, lots of open source tools whose code has not been looked at for decades because they have, up to now, just worked, will come under intense scrutiny.

Expect many more of these issues to surface.

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NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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Thumb Up

Wrong rover, but...

Obligatory XKCD

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Did you swipe your card through one of these UPS Store tills? You may have been pwned

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FAIL

If only they had Chip and Pin! It's security make it hack proo... Oh, wait.

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Qualcomm fires DMCA shotgun at alleged code thieves on GitHub – including itself

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Unhappy

Re: "Presumed innocent until proved guilty"

Sadly this concept fell by the wayside some time ago.

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NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

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Black Helicopters

Does someone not want us to know where all the CO2 is coming from?

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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Facepalm

Re: Practicalities?

Or course the site, if it has received a note from Google that the article has been censored, just needs to regularly change the URL....

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How about the right to be remembered?

What happens if you have an event where two people are are involved, and one is embarrassed, but the other comes out well, and would like people to find it.

Whose rights win there?

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Insurance and busy traffic.

The most obvious question is who pays if there's an accident. I'm sure this will eventually be resolved in favour of the robot, as it was obviously the meat sack that caused the problem.

There is also the problem of making progress. Despite the protestations above of an American claiming that traffic in LA is busy sometimes, I'm fairly certain that some roads around London are just too busy for automated traffic. For example, a typical busy right turn in London generally requires a certain amount of holding up on coming traffic by pulling out in a gap, and hoping the traffic in the other direction lets you out. Our automated car would be waiting there for eternity.

Likewise, on the M25, it is rare that anyone respects stopping distances, as if you do, a couple of cars will squeeze in the gap. Thus, your automated car will constantly be putting on the brakes in an effort to maintain a decent gap to the car in front.

I can't see it working myself, without better road behaviour from others.

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SpaceX: We NAILED the Falcon 9 landing! The video, on the other hand...

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Happy

Re: How hard can it be?

Thank you for that link. It made me chortle!

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Revoke, reissue, invalidate: Stat! Security bods scramble to plug up Heartbleed

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Facepalm

Re: Has it been exploited?

Moved all our websites to Server 2012 Core a while ago....A lot fewer security patches to worry about than our old Linux stack. And not effected by this :-)

Ahh, so you are just affected by the bugs that you can't see, and can't fix even if you did know about them. Smart.

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Ex-Google, Mozilla bods to outwit EVIL BOTS with 'polymorphic' defence

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Re: How does that work then? @Real Ale is Best 12:53

You are missing my point. In any large software project there will always be bugs.

Writing a large quantity of bug free code is nearly impossible, or at best, requires a huge amount of effort.

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Boffin

Re: How does that work then?

Ok, clever clogs. Write me a thousand lines of bug free code.

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Rosetta comet chaser due to wake up for final rendezvous on Monday

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Flame

Nothing yet.

How long is it supposed to take to warm up?

Edit Ahh!:

The spacecraft operations team are now at their stations in the Main Control Room here at the European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt. Even though the signal is not expected until 17:30GMT at the earliest they are taking no chances.

Link to the Guardian live blog.

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Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

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Re: But this is Google....

I am reminded of the guy in Neal Stephenson's book "The Diamond Age" who committed suicide after his nanotech aural and optical interfaces were hacked to run a annoying spam jingle at one edge of his vision for a chain of sleazy motels - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, eyes closed or open...

Banaphone...

*NSFW

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Boffin

Re: Would you put a beta product in your eye?

I suspect there will be a queue if pregnant diabetics for this product.

Diabetes in pregnancy is both harder to control, and much more important if you are not to have an over or underweight child.

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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Unhappy

I miss GrokLaw

As title.

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Everything's going to be all white: Google Nexus 5 mobe expected Friday

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Happy

I saw that ad. It had my wife and I in stitches laughing. :-)

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

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does anyone know of any Adobe Lightroom replacements that worth a darn?

Try Corel AfterShot Pro, formerly Bibble.

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EasyJet website crashes and burns

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Coat

EasyWeb

Maybe they outsourced their webpage to EasyWeb?

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

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Boffin

Re: A can of worms..

his filters clog up badly

You could always wash them more frequently.

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Re: This is still a problem?

I think it's still a problem for Americans who still think the world is written in ASCII on Letter sized paper.

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The target: 25% of UK gov IT from small biz... The reality: Not even close

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FAIL

Considering all the hoops you need to jump through to become an authorised supplier, I can't see small businesses being able to afford the tendering process.

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BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

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If I were Google...

I'd make an offer to Blackberry to licence every patent they possess. They could probably get a pretty good deal, and it would protect them from an ambush without all the anti-trust wrangling.

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Lighting bods blind designophiles with LED-powered lounge lamps

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I'd like some choice!

It's high time we ditched the 'standard bulbs' and created some standard LED alternatives.

Something where the power supply is in the fitting, rather than have to package it with every bulb, thus increasing the cost.

LEDs are small, and we should have some suitable packaging that takes advantage of this. Once the standard is in place, we can then have a nice set of fittings to use them in.

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Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

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Re: RE: If Dyson is so rubbish why do they sell so much ?

Not quite all he did either. He also designed a really powerful, yet very small electric motor, along with a very efficient fan. I suspect the design of his cyclones are also 'not simple'.

Shame he never perfected the washing machine. I really liked mine.

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Happy

Re: I really dislike dyson

My experience is quite the contrary. I find his vacuum cleaners to be far more powerful than the alternatives, able to take a large amounts of abuse - think sucking up large amounts of plaster, brick dust, wood shavings etc, and still keep going. Not only that but they have a service policy that makes financial sense. There's no way I would call a service engineer out for a Hoover, as the cost would be the same as buying a new one, if not more. Dyson will almost completely replace your machine, including new hoses for a fixed fee of £79.

I just wish they made more home appliances. The last time my Bosch dishwasher broke, it cost me a £120 call out fee, and the guy couldn't fix it. We'd have been better off just buying a new one.

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NSA slides reveal: iPhone users are all ZOMBIES

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Android

More likely that the NSA have paid Google to include a back door of some sort, though this would be harder to hide, given that the code is open sourced.

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Jury reckons Motorola wasn't 'fair and reasonable' to Microsoft

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FAIL

Re: ohh come on!

Googorola is not new here.

Google Knows All

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Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

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Linux

Android

I think there's Nokia phones running Android right now in their labs. Microsoft are afraid that if Nokia starts selling Android, it will stop selling WP. It's probably correct. A Nokia modified Android phone to enhance it's low power and hardware would be a top selling point.

The buyout is to prevent this happening. What Microsoft still don't realise is that not many people like WP, whoever makes the hardware. It's an expensive way to do business...

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But it's only wafer thin: Skinniest keyboard EVER is designed by Camby biz

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*yawn*

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Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

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Flame

Have you got your wood burner yet?

Of course, this is something we will have to get used to thanks to successive governments' failure to tackle the problem.

Fire icon, cos that's how we are going to keep warm in the future.

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Quantum crypto nearly ready to go mobile

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Facepalm

Re: Quantum Polarisers

They rotate your Quantums, obviosly!

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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FAIL

Lawsuits

I think this will be opening the ISPs to a large number of lawsuits:

"Argh! My kiddies have seen porn on your filtered Internet! Your advert said it would be on by default!!"

"But we only wrote that because the government told us to, and we told them it wouldn't work anyway..."

"I don't care! You said it would be safe, and it isn't!!!"

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

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Go

Re: Totally useless "technology" "invention".

The other difference is that the lunar lander was human controlled, hence the creation of the flying bedstead so the astronauts could practice flying it.

SpaceX's grasshopper is completely computer controlled. And there's a lot to bed said about only taking small steps to ensure your valuable hardware comes back in one piece so you can have another go!

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Cosmic blast mystery solved in neutron star's intense death throes

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FAIL

Re: Brilliantly apposite sub-heading

You had to *Google it* ?!

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Love in an elevator.... testing mast: The National Lift Tower

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Go

Re: Cenobite...

I've been up there! Amazing place, even though on my visit the fog was so thick you couldn't see the tower from ten metres away.

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Google nuke thyself: Mountain View's H.264 righteous flame-out

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FAIL

Re: Codec patents

Yes, and thus should never have been granted. Codecs especially are just maths! Even more so than something like Word.

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Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride

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Holmes

Re: I know i'll get downvoted...

I don't think you will. It sounds like a dodgy bit of finger waving passed off as research to me.

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Holmes

Re: I stopped reading here...

Google can drop your service anytime? True that Google drops services and adds others. But if you want professional service you can get a Google business account for e-mail, storage etc. with SLA guarantees, which can not be withdrawn just like that.

Orlowski completely contradicts himself here. First he complains about Google providing services for free (despite other successful paid offerings), then when Google drops a free service, he complains again!

Surely Google dropping a free service would provide a space for paid for products to take their place. Or perhaps people aren't prepared to pay for these services after all?

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Mobile tech destroys the case for the HS2 £multi-beellion train set

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FAIL

Re: Past and future

The problem is, of course, that we tore up all that nice track they spent lots of money laying.

For example, if the Central Line was still in place, we wouldn't be discussing this at all. In fact, I'd much rather they upgraded the Chiltern Line and reinstated the track in the existing trackbed of the Central Line.

I've not personally calculated the cost, but since a lot of the cuttings, embankments, drainage, and in some cases, bridges are still there, surely that would be a better way of spending the money.

I also have a problem with the capacity argument. The two tracks are not in the same place, merely have the same end points, e.g. London and Birmingham. I would argue that most of the capacity problems are at either end on the commuter routes, and I'm willing to bet that during the daytime, the trains are at best half full. Are there really that many people in Birmingham wanting to visit London & visa-versa? It's not even going to Heathrow, for goodness sake!

Finally, If you are going to go to all that effort, at least lay four tracks, not two, or at the very least reserve enough land for four tracks, and add a bit of future proofing.

Oh, and I was told that the HS2 would not be suitable for freight at all, as the slow freight trains would get in the way of the high speed trains, and would thus negate their purpose.

Disclaimer: HS2 will pass about 200 metres from my house. This is something I would be perfectly happy with if I thought it could be justified at all.

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White House backs US web sales tax - eBay hits panic alarm

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Boffin

There's sales tax for second hand goods?

Or are they just worried about the new goods they sell.

But, aren't the sales just facilitated by eBay? Surely it's all the individuals and small businesses using eBay as a shop who ought to be collecting the tax?

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Amazon boss salvages Apollo engines from watery grave

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Go

Re: Look...

If they bring up interesting bits of history from the sea bed, or create their own launch system at vastly cheaper cost than existing systems, or indeed do anything that spends their money rather than hording it, they can do all the ego projects they like.

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Review: Sony Xperia Z

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Terminator

"Sony promise to update to 4.2 soon..."

Yes, when pigs fly to their skiing holidays in hell.

I have been burned too many times to believe that rubbish.

A

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Google blats bugs in Chrome - days before $560k hacking contest

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Trollface

Re: Meanwhile...

That's what you get for taking the Apple!

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Samsung under fire over copy-paste bricking

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Boffin

Re: The beauty of open software

Oh and by the way, how do you copy and paste on an Galaxy S3 ? It never crossed my mind I could do it on mine.

Press and hold on any piece of text. Drag the markers to surround the bit of text you want copied. Tap the copy icon.

Simples.

P.S. Can we have a Meerkat icon please?

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