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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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@ Nifty

Not really. Does no one here remember that idiotic red dot app that people went nuts over several years ago? I Am Rich was the name.

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White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

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Act Like a President...

Maybe if Obama acted like a world leader instead of "one of the guys" he wouldn't have to deal with this sort of thing?

taking selfies is fine if you are a private individual, but I'm sorry, I expect more mature behavior out of my president. Unfortunately I'm stuck with this idiot for a few more years...

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Apple poking at idea of bayonet phone fittings

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Prior Art?

Looks like the ring adapter for external lens mounts that Canon uses on the PowerShot series...

And don't give me crap about "Break Away" features. That is Apple's fancy way of saying that at some point the plastic will break, just like anything else in the world...

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Pony up: Botnet succesfully targets Bitcoin

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Coat

Trustwave notes that most users, it seems, don't encrypt their wallets, which seems somewhat rash to The Register. ®

No more rash than the entire idea of non-insured digital currency...

@AC. Yes, throwing money into the street probably would have been just as smart with less hand wringing in the end.

Mine's the one with the old fashioned wallet in the pocket, full of insured debit/credit cards and real cash money...

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

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Re: Sad Prius Driver

Lol. You obviously didn't do your research before buying a VW. They have the most dodgy electrical systems out there. Well, maybe next to Mercedes. Can't tell you how many times I've seen new VWs going down the road with shorted tail lights.

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Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question

@404

You might want to watch this video before you continue to extol the virtues of 60s heavy metal...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPF4fBGNK0U

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Opera founder von Tetzchner: It's all gone to crap since I quit

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Wut?

Am I missing something here? I tried Opera a few times and it was rubbish. Slow, awkward, and generally not pleasant to use. Then they started charging for what everyone else was giving away for free. What is the draw then?

And this guy is also out of touch with reality. Mozilla? FF is a POS and is buggy. It stopped being the "good" alternative browser years ago.

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Just how solid is cloud storage in 2014

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Funny

Jassy, criticised private clouds for inadequacy, as a futile attempt by legacy IT vendors to build sand-bagged walls trying to hold back the rising tide of the public cloud.

Says the man offering his own, larger, offering.

JustAGeek said it best. Only YOU care about your data. The big players care about overall reliability, not specific customers. A smaller shop might sell you a private cloud solution and be able to provide you with far superior support in time of crisis. And it is fairly obvious that the big players, while having a variety of offerings, and lots of big infra, are woefully not ready for prime time. If your business, as one of my former employers was, is riding on the AWS and it goes down (like it did last year), your sites are down. Period. That is NOT good for business no matter how you spin it.

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Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

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Cocks

I applaud the effort! This sort of idiotic trademarking shouldn't be allowed. If enough devs do this there is no way their legal dept can keep up with the case load. :)

Mines the one with the Skittles in the pocket...

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Wheee GDUNK! Panasonic's latest Toughpads ready to hit the streets

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Windows Tablet!

Weak.

I was interested after reading the title because I use a Nexus 7 on my fishing boat for GPS chartplotting. It is a cheap way to get nav and while reasonably rugged for a tablet with the Sidio full case on it, it worries me in a salt environment. Something like the Panasonic would be great. Too bad it has Windows RT. I know a Linux distro could be put on it but then I'd be fighting with drivers and the like. No thanks. I'd rather be fishing on my time off than "working" :)

Mine's the one with the 20 pound King Salmon rotting in the pocket...

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'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

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@william 10

if it "came with" ???

Since when does the fruity firm GIVE anything away? If it was indeed an apple i device, and did make it to market as a phab, you can bet your ass that the base unit will allow hand held calls, and an official, white BT adapter will be available for 3 times the market price of other BT headsets...

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Google and Apple in DRAG RACE: It's fanboi Mercs VS fandroid Audis

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"The car is becoming the ultimate mobile device,"

Um. I thought it already WAS the ultimate mobile device. Seriously, who pays these people to say such idiotic things?

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Samsung: Men, our Gear smartwatch will make you a hit with the sexy ladies

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Re: Well when you can't nick others R&D...

Bwahahaha!

They are ALL rubbish, not just Samsung's. As the poster above said, it is a solution looking for a problem.

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

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Re: Such memories.....

I played the full X Y axis cabinet once back in 88. It was awesome. Spent most of the time upside down...

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Re: Memories...

I remember having crowds behind me when I played Darius. For some reason that game clicked and I could make it all the way through on one life. Never got me any chicks though!

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Apple's GOLDEN BLING MOBE still the top selling US handset

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Arguring on the internet! ;)

I find that the large battery is pretty freaking nice. I can go 2 days with light use, 1.5 with heavy. Runs everything I need without lag, great display, good fit for my eyes. What more is there to want? Also, it isn't that heavy. At 4.59oz, it is a mere half an ounce heavier than the iPhone. Not much to complain about there. Oh, and I can put an SD in it and have as much storage as I want without paying a bull shit premium for it thank you very much.

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@AC

Oh I don't think so. I have an S4 that I bought on purpose. Far more powerful than any Apple kit. And a screen that you can actually read without glasses...

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Re: Not quite what you wanted

Oh, I had forgotten about Tente. I also got one of thse one year for Christmas. And yes, grossly incompatible with Lego.

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John 104

Atari 2600

"To a late 1970s kid, those silver switches, the fake wood and the whole design seemed glamorously American"

And indeed it was! Mine had a great glitch that I exploited for amazing high scores in Space Invaders. If the power switch was jiggled during power on, it would allow double shots. You could tell if it worked or not by watching the spalsh screen. Two shots in succession meant that you were ready to smash alien invaders!

What a surprise to see the FX570. I had that calculator and have held on to it for a nubmer of years. Alas, when I pulled it out of a box last year to give to my middle school kid, the unit wouldn't power on any more.

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GitHub code repository rocked by 'very large DDoS' attack

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Safe in the 'Cloud'

Our shop uses git for code repository. Mostly because someone thinks its 'neato' and 'everyone is doing it'.

As a security minded sysadmin I think it is the biggest, most idiotic thing in the world to put your closed source, private business software out in the cloud so that it can be subjected to any number of vulnerability probes, DDoS attacks, or what ever the flavor of the week is. This puts your customers at risk, and puts your company at risk by putting your business critical source code in the hands of those who have nothing to do with your money making and assure you that it is secure.

I'm all for cloud storage of..., no, wait, no I'm not. I'm to paranoid to put ANYTHING out there. Pictures, letters, documents, you name it, I'll keep it close to the chest at all times when it comes to my personal data thank you very much.

Mines the one with the bag of popcorn in it.

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'Abel, you're fired!' Hear AOL supremo axe exec during conference call

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this is BS

OMG! I had totally forgotten about Prodigy and ComuServ. Earthlink, netZero, others?

Here is a good laugh.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericjackson/2012/01/16/the-ten-best-memories-of-the-90s-internet-bubble/

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Leaked photos of iPhone 5C parts portend ugly Google legal battle

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Marketing 101

aren't those purported iPhone 5C colors a wee bit unsophisticated?

Gotta keep it cheap looking so that it doesn't compete with the vaunted iPhone 1 meeelion.

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@AC colors

you are looking at them wrong

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The terrifying tech behind this summer's zombie assault

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@Gavin Park Weir

You are so cute when you are clueless. ;)

At my shop we have a 10gb/sec connection just for our corp traffic. Our dedicated backnet is also 10gb/sec, strictly for our operations traffic. Our front end is 30bg/sec if I am not mistaken. We aren't traders, just a SAaS business with average bandwidth needs. It is pretty common...

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Child porn hidden in legit hacked websites: 100s redirected to sick images

John 104

Solution is Easy

Stay off of porn sites and you won't be subjected to this crap.

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Apple 'iWatch' trademark filing hints Cook's make-or-break moment looms

John 104

Wow. That advert made me throw up a litte.

Wearables. Meh. I'd like to see them pull it off. Then I could watch and laugh at all the drones with their new Dick Tracy watches.

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Galaxy S4 phondleslab selling like lukewarm cakes, analysts reckon

John 104

Surprising, really. I picked up an S4 for the wife when they came out and then one for myself a few weeks later. Fantastic kit. Plenty fast, smooth operation, etc. Easily rooted too. I have no worries about it being powerful in 2 years. It is powerful now, why wouldn't it be powerful later?

And at the time they weren't easy to come by, at least not in black. That would assume either large numbers of phones flying off shelves (as indicated by the 20 million figure) or a lower supply. 20 million is still a huge amount of phones to ship.

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First look: iOS 7 for iPad

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@Jolyon Smith

Ah, I think you are right. Wow. IOS users have been faced with that crap for how long? How embarassing!

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John 104
FAIL

Game Center Looks Childish

The new game center home screen looks like something you would find on any of the numerous flash or java powered game sites my kids play on. In other words, like total crap. Apple seem to have gone from sleek minimalist to throwing a bunch of crap on the screen and hoping the drones will love it because it is "new".

I certaily hope the new iPhone is not just more of the same form factor with the new IOS on it. If it is, then it will probably be the death knell for Apple mobile. Skinny screens and nice build only go so far...

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'Leccy car biz baron Elon Musk: Thanks for the $500m, taxpayers...

John 104

@ecofeco

DARPA is a government entity, not a private business. THAT is the difference there.

Government in the US is supposed to be for the people, not for the government. It is more and more becoming for the government and less for the people. As a tax payer, I'm sick of it. End the entitlements, end the back room deals, end the pork barrel spending which is just payback in a thin disguise. Put the government back to work as intended, a steward of the country.

Go ahead and TD, if you don't live here you don't get it or don't care if you do. Keep looking at shiny things.

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John 104

@Nick Thompson

2. The taxpayers got their money back with interest. Why do you care how the government invests if they are making a profit on it?

The government is not/should not be in the business of investing or making a profit. Period. Tax payers don't benefit from this particular loan because we won't be getting a check back for the money we loaned out (with interest). The powers that be will just spend it on something else. So, no, it isn't a win for us. Also, you can't compare this sort of thing to money for a tank a jet or whatever. Those things are national defence (somewhat...) and are for the greater good.

That being said, good job Tesla for paying back and keep up the good work. The 4 door looks great.

Also, this is a far cry better than Fiskar and the 5 billion that we wasted on that back scratching pay out.

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Apple adds Galaxy S 4 to Samsung patent suit

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Re: "How about you spend that fat cash on making a better product "

Only problem with the Mac PC commercials is that eventually it backfired and people started loving the goofy PC guy more than Justin Longs character. Snarkey cool dude only goes so far before it starts looking like smug cool dude, which no one cares for...

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Peak Apple: First 'profit slip' in a decade - and, boy, it's gonna be BIG

John 104

Wrong and Right

You lot are all wrong on the beer thing. I've had my share of British beers. Boring. Guiness? A stout? Ahahahaha, barely. It's drinkable mind you, but here on the West Coast there are numerous stouts that put it to shame. Its my last ditch go to when nothing else good is on tap. Cascade hops are good and what the brewers are doing with those and other hops is fantastic. Imperial IPAs are some of the most complex tasting beverages you will ever drink. And the 9-11% alcohol doesn't hurt! Best part is, with the revolution in brewing going on in this country, you can find a quality micro brewery easily. My small town of 8k has 3!

And yes, Microsoft is in the toilet. Windows mobile is so so and Windows 8 is a first rate pain in the ass to use. They had better do something very quickly to clean up their mess or their market share is going to take a long dive into oblivion.

Oh, and no one is screaming about it because everyone loves to hate Microsoft and everyone LOVES Apple, right?

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Twenty classic arcade games

John 104

Nice to see R-Type on there - one of my all time favorites and something I still play on MAME from time to time.

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British armed forces get first new pistol since World War II

John 104

wow. A lot of nonsense on this article. Definately a lot of folks who have never used handguns but like to talk the big game. I'm not a soldier, but I do own handguns (for now a privelege of being a US citizen). My fav is the Glock 19. Utterly reliable, simple, and accurate (and as stated, easy to take down). It isn't elegant or fancy, but it gets the job done.

As for rounds carried and stopping power, do some reading on combat engagements, the US Army did after WW2. They found that the caliber of a weapon is far less important than the number of rounds you can throw at the enemy. In engagements with enemy forces, it was multiple shots to connect, not awesome Jon Wu style gunfights with massive editing to make the good guys look good. With that in mind, lighter caliber rounds and more of them are the adopted theory that the US took, hence the AR series of rifle. Light ammunition, more of it, and the ability to saturate a target area. Same goes for a hand gun.

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How an Amazon engineer's slip-up started a 20-hour Netflix cock-up

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Re: Shoulda gone with Akamai

Ya, but Akamai is expensive. :D

We use it here at work and our management keeps coming to me asking if there is a cheaper alternative. I keep saying,yes, but when was the last time we had an outage because of Akamai? The answer is never.

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FAIL

This is why you don't let Devs into production environments - EVER.

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Tim Cook: Apple to manufacture Macs in US in 2013

John 104

Ass hole

"The consumer electronics world was really never here," he said, "and so it's not a matter of bringing it back, it's a matter of starting it here."

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

And I agree with other posters, this isn't about bringing it to the US, its about reducing costs through automation. Notice, however, that it will still be Foxconn doing the work. So while the production may be coming stateside, the cash will still be headed to Cupertino and China.

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Voyager 1 arrives on ‘magnetic highway for charged particles’

John 104

Re: How many of it's designers has it outlived ?

@JimmyPage

They don't build them like they used to... :)

I remember when this thing launched. I'm not much of a space buff, but it is always fascinating to read articles about it and the latest chunk of space it is looking at, and to remeber that I was a child when it went up!

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Girlfriend 'tried to MURDER ME with her AMPLE BREASTS'

John 104

title optional

"This man is about to die...."

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Sam Sung found in Apple Store SHOCKER

John 104

If steve was still alive, this guy would have been fired already.

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Apple's profits fetish could spell its DOOM

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Re: Apple don't have 5 years - @loan 09:52 GMT

Sure they can force apple to do something with it. All they have to do is start selling the shares off....

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Peak Apple: Forstall was 'closest thing to Jobs they had left'

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Trollface

Re: you forget an important thing

"taste & judgement (something that Jobs did have)."

Have you seen his boat?

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'iPhone 5 is so easily scratched we just can't get them out the door'

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Re: eh

@cyke1

Apple innovation? Since when has apple, aw, fuckit. nevermind. :)

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Re: Well

@AC

We have a lot of iPhone fans here in the office. I have yet to see the new 5 in anyones hands though...

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Pristine WWII German Enigma machine could be yours

John 104

Neato!

I now have a new wallpaper on my nexus. :)

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 2

John 104

Re: That old IBM keyboard...

@AC Oh my GOSH those were loud!

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Re: Hmm, iPads?

@AC

Agreed. Surprised not to see it in there. If people could get over their obsession with iProducts, and look back 10 - 15 years, you would see that the Palm Pilot was THE productivity tool for mobile users. They were HUGE in their time.

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Asus pledges Android 4.2 update for Google Nexus 7

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Linux

Re: I'm quite tempted

@AC Quite Tempted - Rooting Nexus 7

The toolkits do root it quickly. However, if you are like me, and waited to root until after the 4.1.2 update, you'll have to load the 4.1.1 bootloaders for it to work. It will be interesting to see what happens when 4.2 comes out. I'll be holding off until the root issues are sorted again. I like my Titanium backup, et. all. :)

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UK iPad Mini FRENZY: Queues stretch SEVERAL FEET from till

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Re: Hmm

@ Lost in Cyberspace

first timers may just be shocked by the price difference between oh, ALL the other 7 inch form factor tablets out there and the iPad mini. Hell, you could just go buy a big fat 10 incher ( in a few weeks) for just a little bit more.

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