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SAVE THE EARTH: Give all your iThings back to us, pleads Apple

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Aaaaaahhhh

That warm fuzzy feeling that I'll get if I ever buy an iphone ......Gee, I'm starting to feel all tingly right now, just thinking about how good for the environment my new toy will be.

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

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Get your facts sorted!

If you are going to quote a reputable source, which you did, then please use it correctly!

You say this " Although average surface and atmospheric temperatures have stabilized in recent years after peaking in 1998 ...."

Sceptical Science says this "A look at the Earth's total heat content clearly shows global warming has continued past 1998."

Sounds a bit like a couple of bob both ways by El Reg.

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Airbnb might get $10bn price tag ... despite its legal woes

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nice business model though

AirBNB has a very nice business model. Charge the "tenant" to make and pay for the booking, and charge the owner to handle the booking - and then the keep the money until a day after the person moves in. Not that I'm complaining - the system works very well imho. So, I can see that the business is probably worth a lot, even if billions is way too much.

The added advantage of course is that you get to meet lots of very nice people, both as an owner and as a tenant.

I just hope that raising capital doesn't mean that the site will be plastered with ads.

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Is the government's NBN policy changing your vote? Greens Senator Scott Ludlam thinks so

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I've not voted Green ....

and probably never will - at least my primary vote anyway. The coalition NBN is an effing disaster. Yes the alternative was expensive (and as time went on more expensive in the short term) but at least it looked to the future, and not to some half-arsed present dealing with snot boxes and old copper. Welcome to the 20th Century broadband network Australia!

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Apple 'hid AUD$9 BILLION' from Australia alone: Report

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Just goes to show ...

that they may not be profitable just because they make hot shit products - it may be because they are tax cheats just like google et.al.

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Turnbull waters down broadband black spot fix promise

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anyone surprised?

Well you shouldn't be. The original NBN was forward thinking and yes, very expensive. The coalition NBN is a shadow of the original and not so expensive. The problem is that the easiest places for the NBN to get to already have reasonable DSL access (mostly). The black spots were and will continue to be expensive to service - that's why they are black spots. The coalition policy of reigning in the cost of NBN has not affected people like me who already have good access, it has affected those in black spots and "grey" spots.

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Fridge vendor pegged as likely source of Target breach

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Re: POS network

Sorry, didn't quite hear you ....

Did you say "Point of Sale" or "Piece of Shit" ?

I'm sure the latter is probably outside your normal vocab Target ......

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Microsoft to Australian government: our kit has no back doors

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yeah right ....

ms fail ......

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Reg reader crafts 3-axis GoPro 'Stubilizer' for skull-mounted cameras

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Re: Why's it always KickStarter these days?

Many companies are not prepared to spend money on R&D for a product that my or may not be successful. The work that has gone into this project already would have cost a fortune in a development lab. And then there's the marketing distribution to consider. So, kickstarter is a good place to go because each backer pays a small amount to buy in a niche product.

I've purchased a few things from kickstarter, and as long as one realises that it is not a shop, and that delays are almost inevitable, it's a great way to help get projects like this off the ground, and to purchase some pretty nifty stuff.

By the way, in Oz, stubbies are also work shorts .... "I'll wear my stubbies in the garden today"

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

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iTITS

i Toss It To Samsung

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US Department of Justice details Kim Dotcom evidence

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let me be the first to say ...

As I have done before,

.......Fuck You, NSA, US department of Justice, FBI, RIAA, MPAA.

Actually fuck you, USA while I'm at it.

Yes mod me down, I don't give a rats arse.

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Who wants a Xeon-powered, 12-core, RAID 10 … LAPTOP?

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Re: I estimate

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

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I estimate

that the global demand for these will be approximately 4

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Panasonic whips out MONSTER fondleslab for serious S&M sessions

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S&M

You'd have to be an "S" to buy one for someone else and an "M" to buy one for yourself .....

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Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps

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nobody at apple was available to comment

That sums Apple up very well!

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Apple's Siri 'hurls insults' at Google Glass

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"why are you being so petty?"

Because they are apple and the best and fanbois like all the new shiny shit they make - so they have every right to be petty.

Dont they?

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New use for old iPhones: Watch your house get robbed in REAL-TIME

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Wang - reminds me of a limerick

A young fellow dining in Kew

found an elephants whang in his stew

said the waiter "don't shout"

"or wave it about"

"cos the others'll all want one too"

Ok Ok I have probably had a few too many but I couldn't resist........

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Is your Apple gadget made of human misery and eco-ruin?

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Re: ?

Sadly, you are correct. The more common reasons are probably:

- is it new?

- is it shiny?

- have my friends got one?

- am I being told I need one?

- can I show it off at the pub?

- if I don't pay my leccy bill, can I afford one?

- do the kids need to eat next weeK?

and others I'm sure, but eco-friendly? not on your nelly!

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Put up your ... err ... hand for free vasectomy streamed online

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Re: Sadly, a decade to late

mmmm I too am a couple of decades too late but had none of the effects you vividly describe. My sympathies old man!

Would I have it done for free while others watched? Probably not.

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IT design: You're not data, you're a human being

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the sony case is interesting

I don't recall ever owning a Sony device, but the events mentioned came back to mind when I read the article. Yes, I probably have an anti-Sony bias as well, in all likelyhood driven by the backlash that I read on this and other similar sites/forums.

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I'm 'pretty comfy' with PRISM + 'It's Google. What else do you expect'

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FAIL

Re: The forcing down of the Bolivian ministers jet is especially concerning.

Agreed,

I'll wager that the US had a heavy hand in this, and my response is "Fuck You, USA". And for whoever in the various involved countries allowed this to happen, I'd suggest that there may well be an offshore bank account with a few extra dollars in it.

I hope that Bolivia does offer asylum just to shove it up the holier-than-thou fuckers. This stunt may have works decades ago but now the whole world knows within hours (minutes even).

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El Reg casts a weather eye over Bureau of Met's new baby

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I too was underwhelmed ......

.... but hey if the site is ordinary now, it can only get better .... yes? The trouble is I think, that when a website changes we all expect it to be "all singing and all dancing" when in fact weather is just plain boring and something to complain about - largely because it is an inexact science often based on observations that may be several tens (or hundreds) of km from your home.

How exactly do you snazz up a weather site? Don't know, but there has been some debate here in Qld about BOM using data from "hobby" sites, some of which are very sophisticated and lack only doppler radar observations. These people are fanatics who have something useful to say about the weather at their location, and in my opinion should not be dismissed as loonies which BOM appears to do.

Hey, how about the official BOM site and an unofficial "Aussie Weather" site running side by side. I'll wager that just as much useful information comes from the several hundreds of amateurs as from the several dozen "official" data collection sites.

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

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climate an weather

Now we will hear from everyone who confuses climate with weather. " it was cold this winter so climate change is a scam" and other utter bullshit. Is what is happening in Greenland climate or weather? Not having the expertise I have no opinion, but the observations are interesting anyway.

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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IT Angle

slightly off topic

I remember as a senior high school student when my school was given a PDP 8 when the donor - The HydroElectric Commission (Tasmania) if my memory serves me, upgraded to a PDP 11. Ahhhh the heady days of nerds with rolls of paper tape in their pockets so that they could list the first 100 primes, calculate pi to several hundred decimal places and calculate f-stop for other camera parameters. I jest of course but they really were heady days. Scientific calculators cost several fortnights pay, people still knew what a slide rule was and knew how to use one ...........

If the tool still works there is no need to upgrade - just hope there are some ageing programmers from my old school to help out when/if the reactor fails.

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Reg readers tumesce as they get their tongues round 'podule'

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Dear Doc

Dear Doc, please tell at med school

did you learn of a rash of podule?

Or did pustulant pods

affect many bods?

I'm sorry I must seem a fool.

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Court orders Feds to hand evidence over to Kim Dotcom

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good outcome

Whether Dotcom is guilty or innocent is quite irrelevant here. An illegal search was conducted, possessions were illegally taken in that search, and the agents of a foreign power were allowed to at least take part in that raid (or even to direct the raid/search if you believe some reports). In addition some reports have said that at least some of the aforementioned illegally taken possessions have already left NZ for "the land of the free".

It seems that the US government, FBI and other agencies see "land of the free" as meaning "land of the free to fuck over any other country or person in that country however and whenever we feel like it".

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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Alien

darkness

Is it my imagination or are series like this largely shot in darkness or semi-darkness? Actually don't bother to answer because I know they are ............

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The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex

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yes

It's very easy to be critical, even dismissive of these relics and why they exist. Being born in 1957, clearly I will not be able to remember the days that prompted "constructions" such as this. They remain important historical sites and imho should be preserved as such. Hopefully this site and others like it will be preserved for our children and grandchildren to get some perspective on why we are as we are now.

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NASA boffins: Space 'scope JUST missed dead Cold War spy sat

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Good call! Yes, some people have little to no idea of scale.

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Re: OK lets try this

Nice! I was about to get out my calculator (do I use this opportunity to admit that I still own a slide rule) and do the same calcs but you beat me to it.

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Apple loses again in Chinese App Store copyright case

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It's getting to be very apparent that ...

If you are big, powerful and a US company that you can no longer have your own way all the time. Suck it up Apple, China is bigger, stronger and more powerful than you, and they will have their way.

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Hardware hacker unifies 15 retro consoles in format frenzy

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human ingenuity!

This project is a testament to what is possible. Mere mortals like me can only dream of having the balls/inellect to conceive, develop and create something like this. Well done! Mate, I salute you.

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Handwriting beats PowerPoint's teaching power says MIT boffin

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and ...

handwritten stuff requires one to actually concentrate:

1 - stuff appears letter by letter rather than sentence by sentence (or in the worst case scenario of many PP's page by page)

2- the slide (board) is not complete until it's ... well complete

3 - handwriting is much more difficult to interpret than typed text because most of us do not write in Times New Roman or similar

Powerpoints on the other hand are mostly in my opinion and experience a big yawn

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Windows 8 has put the world's PC market to sleep - IDC

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touch

Win 8? Well I have no opinion on that as I havent used it, but one thing I do know is that having touch as a "feature" does not interest me one scrap. I'm so used to using my keyboard and mouse on my PC that even if I purchased a touch compatible screen I very much doubt that I'd use it much. Having said that using touch on a tablet is logical and now, in 2013, somewhat obvious, but would I buy a in win 8 tablet? No, not if past experiences buying win os's is anything to go by - too much extra crap to get rid of before the os is bare enough to be of any use.

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StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

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Style!

Real Aussie style staged or not. Also good for a few free beers at Keith pub (if there is one). Well done shaggers, I say!

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Swedish judge explains big obstacles to US Assange extradition

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Re: Assange.. Who is that again?

Yes it is certainly heading that way - such are the whims of the media and the attention span of most the populace. Perhaps he should shag someone in the embassy to give the story some more oomph.

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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

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Paris Hilton

rogering will be next

Because you breathe harder and faster when rogering (or being rogered), then it stands to reason that that should be taxed also.

Cycling, rogering, rowing, running, playing football (in all it's incarnations), skiing, hockey ........... Let's just tax everything. Oh wait, we already do.

Paris, because from what I've heard .......

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US military advisor calls for McKinnon pardon, recruitment of "master hackers"

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McKinnon .....

Basically the US got what they deserved. If one man searching for evidence of UFO's can infiltrate a "high security" network, then the fault lies with the network administrators. Geez, even I know how to strengthen my passwords and access to my home wifi. McKinnon was not a criminal in any sense of the word. The fault lies with some idiot "administrator" trying to cover their own pathetic arse because he left the default password to "password" or "fido" or some such crap.

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Brisbane online flood maps woefully inadequate

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as a resident of Brisbane ...

in Jindalee that was hit quite hard by the floods a few years ago (although my house is well above any 100+years flood predictions), I think the maps for this years event were bloody hopeless. Is this a fault of the state government or local council? Well maybe but the last state government and local council were no better, admittedly because nothing like the floods then had been seen before - or predicted for that matter.

Seriously, no street search, maps covering huge areas, no mobile access - yes several hundred thousand houses were without power and around 100, 000 are still without power (29/01). In this day and age lots of people rely on mobile access, and several of my friends do not have any "landline" at all.

State governments need to provide information that is accessible to all, not just those like me that did not lose mains power supply.

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Another Apple maps desert death trap down under

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been to outback australia?

Unless you have been to the real outback, you have no effing idea about remoteness. Anyone who relies on a phone/tablet/whatever for directions in such areas needs their head read. Unfortunately a good proportion of the population now believes that a phone is all they need.

A good quality GPS backed up by paper maps - or perhaps the other way around, and a satellite phone are mandatory .....Oh and dont forget your emergency beacon, it may well save your life.

Some guidelines for survival

- dont leave your vehicle

- take plenty of water

- dont leave your vehicle

- take more food than you think you'll need

- dont leave your vehicle

- use your satellite phone

- dont leave your vehicle

- activate your emergency beacon

- dont leave your vehicle

Think I'm joking or over-reacting? Again you have no effing idea.

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Apple's new 'Assembled in USA' iMac a bear to upgrade, repair

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This is why ....

I'll not buy another ipad - I have the initial version which is openable by mere mortals - or one of the new iphones/ipods/ i-what-the-fucks. If I cannot change the battery or change the RAM/HD on a computer, then sorry Apple you've lost a customer and I'll go to Android more than likely. My wife uses an imac and loves it but it will be the last one we own if Apple continue with this crap. I have G5 - thank Christ the bastards did not weld the access panels on. Shit .. What am I doing? Giving them ideas ...... AAARRRRGGGHHHH

I'm probably in the minority of glassy eyed fanbois, but dont expect too much more of my hard earned, Apple.

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Apple's anti-Googorola patent lawsuit tossed by US court

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no sympathy for Apple

Be a bully and eventually you will be royally f*cked over by someone bigger than you.

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iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: inch makes all the difference, says Apple CEO

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apple user replies

Well, I've been an apple use (not fanboi) since the mac plus, and now own a Gen1 ipad, an "old" ipod and a 2.8GHz workhorse - and a very early version of an android tablet. I can tell you the following:

1) I will never buy another ipad because I have a philosophical objection to non-repairable and non-upgradeable hardware (this may well apply to the ipod)

2) the nexus 7 will do all that I need for mini-tablet uses, and the apps that I use are available for both units - so I will be buying one of them in the near future

3) I may consider another mac workhorse (when mine dies) for the shrapnel of life, but this is not a certainty given the increasing lock-in (walled garden) going on with Apple.

By the way for those who wonder if I've ever used Win PC's, yes I have a mini laptop used when we are travelling and a desktop that I use to drive my ham radio equipment. Why? Because the ham radio software for PC is in my opinion, better than that available for mac.

And, my workplace is is a Win7 environment.

Geez! have I committed heresy, admitting to sins against Apple?

All Hail King Jobs!! (or not)

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Final decision by Home Sec on McKinnon extradition due today

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let me be the first to say

F*ck the Yanks!

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'Stuff must be FREE, except when it's MINE! Yarr!' - top German pirate

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is

hypocrite too harsh a term? Live by it and die by it - whatever "it" may be.

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Content convenience squeezes freetards: Swinburne Uni

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at the risk of repeating myself,

and I'm doing just that. I'll wager a pound to a pinch of pigshit that if content is universally available at a reasonable price then piracy will plummet. Take "Game of Thrones" for example, Not available in OZ at any price - except free - when it screens in the US. As a teacher I have heard all the gory details of the series even though I have no interest in it myself. So where are my students getting it from - hey has anybody heard of the internet? Now I ask the idiots who restrict access to this popular series, do you want nothing (money) or do you want something for the downloads? Sure, not everyone will pay, but surely some income is better than none?

Oh sorry I forgot, It's better and more lucrative to sue (fuck you yanks for making that the only way) than to create a better business model.

Hey, I want to watch Game of Thrones - will I download for free or wait a year for the DVD set ....... lemme think about that for a couple of microseconds.

Jeez, its a fucking no brainer !

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News Ltd's Australian chief demands copyright overhaul

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Some thoughts for Mr Williams

1) Give consumers access to the content they want at the time they want it - ie at the same time as our friends in the US and UK get it

2) Give consumers access to old content - ie old TV shows etc - that they still want to watch.

3) Make pricing of aforementioned content realistic

4) Make copies of aforementioned content legally transferrable to DVD so that consumers can look at it several times if they so desire.

5) Read some of the online forums about you and your practices - really, people hold you in contempt. You can change that by the way by actually listening to what people want rather than bitching and complaining that an old business model is not working.

I'll wager that if you and your media mates do this, not only will you sell lots - read here shitloads of money to you - but there will be a massive reduction in illegal downloads.

No, you will never achieve that nirvana that you dream of in which all content is paid for, but that has not existed since reel-to-reel tapes came on the market.

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Kim Dotcom pressing on with Megabox music service plans

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I hope he wins this one

Regardless of what his motives or morality were in Megaupload, the bully boy antics by the NZ police egged on by various US agencies beggars belief. The morons who planned and executed same have been shown to have acted illegally and with force hugely greater than that required.

His business practices may not be all rosy but hell, how about looking at Apple, Microsoft, Google, Shell, Pfizer, GSK etc etc. Why and how do they get away with it? Simple, they have politicians an other powerful people in their pockets.

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Australia 'should not be scared' of NBN cost

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Now there's a thought!

The Coalition - for those who don't know, the conservative party in oz and the usual champions of business - say the NBN is waste of money and now some big businesses are saying oz needs the NBN and that it is money well spent!

OK, so I wonder what will happen to the NBN when the current government loses power in the next election, as they almost certainly will?

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NBNCo shoots down Turnbull's satellite argument

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Turnbull?

Frankly you would expect him to be wrong. Despite that he was in favour of a national high speed network in the past, he is in opposition so "has" to deride, or be seen to deride an apparently viable high speed network already a good way to completion. This is politics. By the way , do I agree with the NBN in it's current form - YES!

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