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Merger-hungry Comcast and Time Warner withdraw from FCC commissioner's dinner event

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Misunderstanding?

"To avoid any further misunderstanding, we are re-directing our giving from the Kaitz dinner to the Foundation’s unrestricted funds which largely supports their programs."

I'm pretty sure I didn't misunderstand at all. An attempt to bribe an FCC commissioner has been made public, and the corporation involved has had to back off.

Not much to misunderstand there really.

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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

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Re: @luis river I suggest old chap that if you are going to post........

Leave him alone Arctic Fox, he's the new amanfrommars. Best entertainment I've today so far.

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BANGKOK-BLOCKED: Thailand's dictators 'ban dictator sim Tropico 5'

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Thai Problems

There is also the awful corrupt Royal family and their bullying Lèse majesté laws. Outside the scope of this article, but worthy of mention.

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Kiwi Rocket Lab to build SUPER-CHEAP sat launchers (anyone know 30 rocket scientists?)

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Error

It is called The Hauraki Gulf, also New Zealand is not "sparsely populated", there are dozens of us.

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US dairy biz in a churn over TPP

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Efficiency

Both the Japanese and US farmers know that the New Zealand dairy industry would more or less put them out of business if they get rid of tariffs.

The New Zealand farmers know that neither the Japanese nor US Governments are stupid and so the tariffs won't go.

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WWI historical project will catalog eight million life stories

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Re: Al least it doesn't say it was for "Muh Freedums!"

Not entirely Continental, the brave boys of New Zealand were the second to conquer German territory in the Great War: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupation_of_German_Samoa

Not that it did the Samoans much good, but still.

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

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Re: ..I don't need to apply..

Apart from Kupe of course. (If he existed).

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Our MOM's LATEST EGGS: 'Looking GOOD', chuckle Indian space boffins

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Re: Well done India

I'm not going to justify the British conquest of India, but they didn't actually conquer a nation called India. They actually conquered a whole mess of large and small kingdoms and principalities and called it India. If the British, (and the French) hadn't bothered or been able to, India might look more like Europe about now.

This gives something of the flavour of the times:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India#Early_modern_India

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SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and Man ARE from CLAY

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Re: So...

Wow, http://www.missiontoamerica.com is awesome, it has completely changed my World view. As part of the explanation for vegetarian dinosaurs, he says "Big, sharp teeth do not mean an animal is a meat eater." which is correct of course, just think of sharks, no wait, think of tigers, um, no... lions. Well he did mention bears, so I suppose he must be right.

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Snowden's email provider may face court rap after closing service

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Re: The USA is the Nazi Germany of our era

Just by the way, I have a 100,000,000 Mark note from December 1920. An old German bloke lived next door to my Grandma, and when he died, she cleaned out his house, as he had no family. She gave it to me, and no its still pretty much worthless.

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Re: The USA is the Nazi Germany of our era

Several mistakes here, Hitler's best election result was in March 1933 with 44% of the vote: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Party#Federal_election_results

The German economy had been on the road to disaster for several years, this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Mason#The_.22Flight_into_war.22_theory

may or may not be true, but it's more compelling then Hitler's reason's for war.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casus_belli#World_War_II

Not sure what you mean by "their national data". Pretty sure Hitler didn't invent the internet. It was Al Gore as any fule no.

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Mobes, fondleslabs, web sending Brit families back to THE FIFTIES - Ofcom

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Cardigans

I have become quite used to seeing otherwise well dressed young men wearing what looks like their Grandfather's cardigan around the place. I know they think they're being "ironic", but really in a few years time they'll look at all those Facebook pictures and be very embarrassed.

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

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I'm right next door

in the East Islands of Oz where we have "parallel import" rules, meaning other players in the market can buy and sell freely. In reality this does not always mean cheaper goods however.

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New Zealand to bar software patents, again

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Re: Unfortunately...

A bottle of Spitfire cost me $NZ4.95 last week in Auckland, and about the same in pounds last year in London, so you might be better off here after all. A decent pint of proper English ale in a pub is a bit harder to find however, not impossible tho'. Come and have a look, we'd love to see you.

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Re: Naah

I'm not sure that last statement is true, (but it might be). I am reminded however of seeing the current Prime Minister in public a year or so ago, and when a voter called him a series of extremely rude, (and fairly accurate) names, the security detail made no move to prevent access, they just moved a little closer to prevent a physical altercation. I thought that was very well done.

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Judge hands copyright troll an epic smack-down

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Re: The scum fleecing the dumb

You might find the reference here: http://www.popehat.com/

They have covered this saga very well.

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Microsoft CFO quits as quarterly results fail to sparkle

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Enough?

$6 Billion profit in one 3 month period isn't enough?

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

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Re: Mint is great but ...

Good Lord! A polite, well reasoned response in a (potential) flame war.

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Civilization peaks: BEER-dispensing arcade game created

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Re: American beer

Its very cool that there's a Dunedin brewery in Florida. Shame there's no Florida brewery in Dunedin.

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BBC Vision and Audio tossed on bonfire, replaced by 'TV', 'Radio'

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Re: What's a radio?

Funnily enough we had a TV show called Radio with Pictures in the early 1980's.

Have a look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMfOgxLgDiY

This gives a quick potted history: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD-t6j9-yVM

Great memories.

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A year on the run: El Reg tracks 2012’s techno-fugitives

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Dotcom

Not sure I agree that the Dotcom trial has got less visceral, and while I might agree that he's trying to stir controversy, he has had nothing but wins against what might loosely be called the New Zealand Government. It's all rather hilarious for us down under, until we remember that when he wins all those law suits he is bringing, we'll be the ones paying the damages from our taxes.

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Kiwi archaeologists cook up a record of Earth’s magnetism

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Flame

Just a wee tip for Pakeha reading this from outside Aotearoa. It's pronounced "Hungy" rather than "Hangy".

Hope that helps.

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'Mount Doom' rumbling ominously

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Re: A long way to go

You are right about parts of the UK looking a bit like parts of NZ. I was a bit surprised how similar Cornwall is to bits of the North Island when I visited earlier this year. However the thing that really struck me was how old and eroded the UK looks. Probably a result of being occupied by humans for so long as much as anything.

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Golden Leonids shower down as Earth rolls through comet's tail

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Thanks for the videos to illustrate the meteor shower I missed, but the second one has got me really angry. Seriously, "Video's by Jere" makes me want to F***ing shout and F***ing swear. Why does that need an apostrophe?

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Accidental discounts land Apple in NZ's Disputes Tribunal

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Re: He Was Hoping To Get $89 Worth Of Stuff For $0.83 - Really?

It makes no difference whether you're doing business through the internet or a bricks and morter shop in NZ. You must follow the Consumer Guarantees Act, which says (among other things) that you must honour the advertised price. If the advertised price is a mistake, tough. Apple will lose this.

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Asteroid belts could be key to finding intelligent life

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Re: Pay attention to the axis of time...

There's just one small mistake in an otherwise good post. It should read "I dont understand science that good". Thanks.

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Australian volcano starts to blow

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Re: Don't tempt fate

Quite right, don't forget Taupo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatepe_eruption

One of the few events in New Zealand that anyone overseas actually noticed.

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Dreaded redback spider's NEMESIS: Forgotten Captain Cook wasps

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Re: Red back native?

Quite right. I was under theimpression they were interbreeding near Lyttleton the port of Christchurch, but can't find a link. I did find this however: http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/article/?id=20120

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

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Re: Well

I'm not entirely sure that they were not as well handled, Omaha in particular was strongly defended, and the Rangers that scaled the cliffs were IMO very brave and determined men. However, my Dad fought alongside Americans in North Africa in 1943 (I think), and he a quite low opinion of their abilities.

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Barnes & Noble Nooks bound for Blighty

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Re: Nook Color vs Nexus 7

Slightly off topic, but if the Nexus 7 is $199 in US money, why is it $439 in NZ money, when the exchange rate should make it about $246 in our money? I'd buy one, but not at that price.

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US appeal dismissed in Dotcom case

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Re: Good

Nope, we sent artillary to Vietnam, a good friend of my mother in law's fought there. Also some Engineers I think. Anyway, we can't be nuked, we have a nuclear free law. So there.

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Scotland Yard's hacking probe: Cops arrest journalist

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Re: No Daily Mailbags for him

The CPS are bit optimistic really. Surely Andy and Rebecca are far too rich to convicted?

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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Re: British TV drama is NOT crap

Red Dwarf is a documentary, surely?

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Brutal web vice of the People's Republic crushes innovation, growth

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Re: Great Firewall purpose.

Quite right, and from the Chinese Government's point of view, keeping China politically whole is the only goal. China has a long and turbulent history, and during the frequent periods of unrest and weak central control it has tended to break up into warring states run by warlords. The death tolls have been awful at times. Just look at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Lushan_Rebellion#Death_toll

This one is bit more recent: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiping_Rebellion#Death_toll

I think the Chinese have long memories, and don't want to go back to that.

Just saying.

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Finnish PM rules out Nokia rescue package

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Re: "Yet Another" Android Player

I think I meant Korean by the way. LOL.

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Re: "Yet Another" Android Player

Not disagreeing with you, but I can't help wondering what the Koprean for "LOL, thx Nokia" is?

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Missed the Venus solar flyby? It's only 105 years to the next one

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Re: Erm...

Yup, Venus is transparent.

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The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate

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Joke

Re: Another week, another moron uses the phrase "climate change denial".

It's certainly got cooler in the last few months where I am. Of course that might just be weather, rather than climate.

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Man's car warns of AIR RAID OVER LONDON

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Re: Bullfights?

We had something similar in New Zealand in the late 70's. Everyone had a coloured sticker on their windscreen with a day of the week printed on it, on that day you couldn't drive your car at all, they were called "Carless Days". It was part of a weird economic policy thought up by a raving lunatic who was our Prime Minister. He also instituted a price and wage freeze in an attempt to prevent inflation. That didn't work terribly well either.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Titanic

Can I nominate this as the worst movie ever. Its only redeeming factor was that the very annoying main character died at the end, so no sequel. Yay.

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Facebook IPO: Boom or bubble?

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Can you say scam?

I'm sure you're right, but the real tipoff is the $450 million Goldman Sachs invested in FB. I understand that values FB at $50 billion, which on the face of it seems like nonsense.

However, Goldman Sachs would be one of the most efficient vehicles on the planet for seperating fools and money, so who knows how high the price will go?

Yes, I know GS have had some problems with the FB IPO recently, just don't underestimate their ability to hype whatever they are selling.

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Bumblebee boffins rediscover long-vanished species

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Happy

Yay! Bees!

We here in New Zealand got very excited a couple of years ago when some Bumblebee Boffins from Blighty turned up wanting to catch some specimens of our most common Bumblebees. Turns out they were imports from the old country, and thirved here, whilest becoming somewhat rare back home.

If I remember correctly we were quite chuffed and told the Boffins to help themselves.

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Facebook suggests sharing everything all the time

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Devil

Valuation

Facebook is "valued" at $900 Bazillion or something, and they need desperately to justify that, so this is an opportunity to gather more of your data to sell. Just ask yourself who the customer is here? (and what is the product).

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Microsoft dumps Gold partner accused of scamming customers

Youngone

I've had this

These guys, or someone very like them have called me at home dozens of times. They often identify themselves as "from Windows" or "The Computer Security Department". I've sometimes gone along with them for a while to find out just what they are up to, and I once asked the young lady if her Mother knew what she was doing, but they just start to play dumb and then hang up.

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Miranda Kerr suffers digital deletion

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Supermodel?

Not sure of the definition any more. I've never heard of her.

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Britain's iconic red phonebox turns 75

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@ PJI

I'm pretty sure you did see one in NZ, although it may have been built by our Ministry of Works sometime in the last century. I'm not sure of the exact details, and the designs here may not be exactly the same, but red boxes used to be everywhere.

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AFL boss: NBN could let us bypass broadcasters

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Careful what you wish for.

The AFL need to be a bit careful here, as they might wind up in the same boat as the NZ Rugby Union, who have served us more and more All Blacks to the point where the games are not very special any more, and people are starting to turn off to them. If faced with a $5 charge every time a game comes on, the average sports fan might just go outside and kick a ball around. The hard core fan will probably pay, as it's not a huge amount, but that's not exactly growing market share now is it?

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Telecom NZ splits in two

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Monopoly

I am fairly sure that the current Government, headed by the National Party, has some bigtime Telecom shareholders in its ranks.

When they were in power last time, the Telecommunications Minister was a total Muppet who spent several years turning a blind eye to various anti competitive activities.

Lo, when the other mob got into power, the first thing they did was announce regulation of Telecom, and some sort of market started, (in fixed line broadband anyway).

Now we have National back in, Telecom's getting great wodges of my money again.

Blind trust my ar*e.

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Crooks haul Vodafone NZ's ENTIRE Xperia Play stock

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FAIL

Fail again

Seriously. The fault for this will be with Vodafone NZ, they must be the least competent bunch I've ever had the misfortune to do business with.

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Digital Music: a collective failure of imagination

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Caveats

Thanks once again for an article about the music business that makes some good points. Thanks also for giving us the opportunity to comment, very nice.

The title "A collective failure of imagination" seems to me to apply in the first instance to the record companies. They own the rights to recorded music, and mostly have done since music was first recorded. The Internet, and associated technologies have been available for well over 10 years now, and yet the record companies have never provided music online to customers willing to pay. That job has fallen to Apple, mostly. They however are not really allowed to make a profit from the service because those same record companies don't want to lose control, (I suppose).

Just saying.

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