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Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED

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Yes of course...

... the reason Apple products sell is because anyone who buys them are idiots. That must be the reason, obviously.

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Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?

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Marketing Slurry

My new favourite phrase. Well done.

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Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death

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iI found it useful

When we had our first sprog, she had a number of illnesses and I have to say that NHS was remarkably helpful at 3am giving good pragmatic advice about whether to take her into A&E or wait until morning.

Sad to see it go.

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

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No leaflet here

East London - nothing as far as I know.

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Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

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Re: Hell hath no fury

The issue, as far as I was concerned was that I have 6 days to get an alternative installed on my 90 year old father's Mac. The notice was rather short.

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

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For me, the knowledge-graph snippets marked the point where Google became evil-ish, from a Website owner's point of view.

The social compact between Google and a site had always been simple. "If I set my robots file to let you in, Googe - you can index my content and link to it from your search results. You get to put ads on your Google home page, I get extra traffic to put ads and cross-promote other services on my site".

With the new system, however that compact is broken. The Web site no longer (necessarily) gets extra traffic. Instead Google is effectively screen-scraping content into its own database and presenting the information to its users directly.

While it may be convenient for Google's users, it's not healthy for the Web as a whole. The solution? Robots.txt needs to be extended so that in addition to the allow/don't allow directives Web site owners can state whether they are happy for information on the site to be excerpted.

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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Re: 65 million users, but all of them already have a PC with Steam installed

Some of us have Macs. (ducks)

To be honest, while I enjoy gaming in the office, if I could play TF2 or Left for Dead 2 or whatever on the big screen downstairs, I'd be tempted. Particularly as (for Valve titles at least) I wouldn't need to rebuy the software

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Re: "Tax" - really?

Sounds like you need to tune into Radio 4Extra, you can get all the broadcasts of The Navy Lark, Round The Horn and The Men From The Ministry you desire.,

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GOV.UK swells organ donor signups by 10,000 a month

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Re: trust me, I'm a healthcare professional

Hang on, that says that *your* wishes are pre-eminent, not your next of kin. What's wrong with that?

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Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014

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Re: re:we have devices made of the best

Since the last G3 iMacs were phased out over 10 years ago, that shows some remarkable longevity.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Re: DAB Bashing

The Roberts DAB I have runs very happily for about 4 days of intensive listening on rechargable AAs, Personally I got DAB because I value the wider variety of stations - 6 Music and 4 Extra in particular. I also nipped down to Halfords and got one for the car.

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

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Re: I'm getting uneasy

I left my wife's machine on 10.6.8 but I have to say this is the first upgrade since then that has made me tempted to upgrade it. 10.9 is a really nice OS and there really isn't much convergent UI going on.

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Naughty Flash Player BURIED ALIVE in OS X Mavericks Safari sandbox

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Re: Ummm, this isn't new...

You made me check and yes you're right and I'm wrong.. I made the incorrect assumption that when I saw the Flash plugin running as a separate process in Activity Monitor it was sandboxed.

I'll leave the original post just so this thread makes sense.

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Ummm, this isn't new...

The Flash plugin has indeed been in its own sandbox since Lion... as sort hinted at in the article. I'm confused as to why this is news now.

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Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee: DRMed HTML least of all evils

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Re: He does have a point

"Your arguments, while seductive, are just plain wrong. It does not matter if J.K Rowling had it bad and now is a billionaire with copyright but would have just been sad without it "

Except that your original argument was that it didn't create wealth and only leachers benefited, so it does matter in that it destroys the credibility of your argument.

" It does not make the world a better place and hence it does not serve its function and hence should be withdrawn."

That's a bald assertion you make. For a world where authors and artists and composers are not payed by wealth patrons, but by people buying copies of their work, it clearly serves to help return money to the content creators. Is the system perfect? No. Are the ever-lengthening copyright periods detrimental yes. But you haven't yet proposed an alternative system for funding easily copyable creativity.

"The rent-seekers who profit from it, a handful of superstars and their heirs who profit, plenty of creative dupes who have no reasonable hope of profiting from it *ever*..."

... and of course all the small-time photographers who would see their work used, un-paid by the Daily Mail.

"There are very few 'inventions' that are very inventive and useful in the patent system. If there were, teams of us would be poring through patents looking for neat stuff. "

Which lots of people do. Again, is the patent system perfect? No it's become distorted and the quality of patent examination and awarding appears to be horrible. That doesn't mean that the entire patent system is without merit, just that the award of patents needs to be tightened up.

You might not like copyright and patents, but you've yet to make a sound case for them being abolished.

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Re: He does have a point

> Patents and Copyrights do not create wealth. They destroy it. The only ones saying otherwise are the parasites who leach off the productivity of others.

Actually, there are really quite a lot of content creators rely on copyright to generate wealth for them, so clearly your assertion that "The only ones saying otherwise are the parasites who leach off the productivity of others" is clearly wrong.

Sorry if that spoils your clear and simple worldview.

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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

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Re: asking for trouble

You make an interesting and reasonable point, however one thing Valve has going for it, is a tremendous amount of experience (and real world stats) gathered from serving diverse Mac PC and Linux users via Steam. I would expect to see them handle this in the same was that PC games do, with the machines selecting variable video effects levels to give the best available rendering while maintaining frame rate.

Perhaps we'll see 'suggested' video settings by default, with the ability to tinker with video for the people who really want nice reflections at the expense of some stutter.

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Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller

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Re: Bad. Very bad.

Do you roll the mouse around on your knee and have the keyboard perched on the arm of the sofa?

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'Bet Lynch' types BANNED from zoo for upsetting not-so-wildlife

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Chessington Marketing Dept. Plays a Blinder

From an animal behaviour view this is just poppycock. Confusing an animal by wearing a leopard skin dress is about as likely as you or I mistaking a dog for human because it was wearing a hat.

What's happened here is the Chessington marketing department have opened a new safari adventure type thing and have looked for a way to drum up publicity.

They put this ban in place as a way of developing a novel press release angle and the BBC lapped it up, giving Chessington World of Adventure all the publicity they needed for their new attraction all over the main bulletins.

I would have thought the Reg would have been a bit more savvy. Oh well.

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Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

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Re: Well, I suppose I should be the first fanboi to say...

I don't actually own an iPhone. I might buy one just to annoy you, though.

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Well, I suppose I should be the first fanboi to say...

I downloaded it in about 20 minutes at 6:30pm in the UK. Shoved it on an iPad 2, which seems to be coping fine so far. No audio problems that I can see in either Garageband or music playback.

Not an unalloyed delight; the visual design will take some getting used to, but generally a quite useful update.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

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Re: lolwut?

The thing about biometric data is 'once it's out there, it's out there'. Password database hacked? Change your password. Finger print out there in the wild? what are you going to do?

Biometrics shouldn't be used for trivial matters.

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So WHY does Huawei's enigmatic boss shun the West's spotlight?

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Where "So much" equals about 8%. Not insignificant, but not the total ownership some like to paint.

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That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?

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Re: re: Why would we have known about it?

Let's see.

In the 1979 election the Conservatives won 44% of the popular vote. I'm going to assume that a military coup would have been less popular than voting in a new government democratically.

Therefore, your "reliable" assertion that a coup would have had popular support is poppycock. You don't have to be a liberal-left kiddy to downvote a poor argument.

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

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Re: RIP Nokia

The only thing that has brand awareness in the *consumer* space. Phones account for less than half of Nokia revenue, ISTR

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Big Beardie is watching you: Lord Sugar gets into facial recognition

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Worth watching the video just to see how uncomfortable Simon Sugar is in front of a camera.

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Star bosses name asteroid to honor author Iain Banks

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Did he know?

Thanks for doing this - even if he didn't live to see it become official, do you know if he knew that he had been nominated?

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Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

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Re: Stunt

> The gimmick is that the solar array is supposed to put more into the grid than Apple take out. That way they can claim they are powered by it.

That's not a gimmick. If their solar systems more than offsets the energy requirenments, that's a viable green energy strategy.

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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Not ideal, but: http://www.rcblogic.co.uk/p-2481-sonnet-echo-pro-pcie-thunderbolt-adapter-two-slots-full-length.aspx

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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Fond memories

... but there was one episode that scared the willies out of me - it featured Munch's The Scream - other than that I can remember nothing about it.

Waiting for a Time Slip reboot now.

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Surface Pro to hit Blighty priced 25% up on top-o-the-range iPad

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Re: Yeah, but ...

For what values of "Useful"? iPads are certainly useful for content consumption and small scale content creation. So for Web, E-mail, book reading they are excellent and they are extremely handy for doing edits to documents. I probably wouldn't use them for primary document creation, but at a push you can.

The fact that my *builder* and his team use them to share design and project plans via Dropbox would suggest that its not just fanboys who find them useful.

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Movie review: Star Trek Into Darkness

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Re: Over forties

I'm about to hit my 50s and I thought the Reboot worked excellently. There were a few times where Pine's Kirk directly channelled Shatner's in terms of mannerisms etc. Same with Bones and Spock. Not slavish impersonations, but referencing the core of the performances.

I thought the use of time-travel to switch timelines was a fun conceit to make the reboot universe the-same-but-different.

The best bit was watching all the old trekkers harrumphing about how the new film had forgotten the spirit of the original. Yes it was action-tastic. Yes it was fun. But yes, it was certainly Trek.

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Star Trek: The original computer game

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Re: And the spin-offs ..

XYZZY?

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37,000-machine study finds most reliable Windows PC is a Mac

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Re: More Suggestion than Paul McKenna

As an Apple user, I think that's an entirely fair point. However the discrepancy between the results for the MacBook Pro and the Retina model, suggests that there is more going on here, than simple user selection bias.

Also, I always thought that the Thinkpads tended to be the box of choice for the tech-savvy, so I'm surprised to see it down there.

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Canadian TV station wails: NFC bonking... it's not SAFE

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The acid test

Bill,

Would you be happy to pop up your credit card details on here - card holder's name, number and expiry date? It would certainly act as a powerful demonstration as to how there isn't a problem here.

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Review: Nokia Lumia 520

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You're missing the fact that...

... they sell. There's a big market for cheap n cheerful.

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Who's a Siri boy, then? Apple hoards your voices for TWO years

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Re: Now i hate apple....

Looks to me as if that quote has been mangled by Wired, or there is something missing:

“If a user turns Siri off, both identifiers are deleted immediately along with any associated data. " doesn't make sense in context because only one identifier is ever mentioned in the article.

My guess is that the spokesdroid originally said: “If a user turns Siri off, both identifiers and data are deleted immediately along with any associated data. "

I also guess that he meant that any data associated with the ID is deleted, because - as you point out - you can't delete data no longer associated with it.

I have to say that if the data truly *is* dissociated from the ID after 6 months, but kept for 2 years to improve the service, it seems harmless and reasonable.

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Microsoft CFO quits as quarterly results fail to sparkle

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Yes, came here to say just this. I looked a the headline figures and thought "blimey that growth rate looks pretty healthy". The downgrade is due to struggling Windows 8, tablet and phone strategy however. so I suppose Goldman's point is that this is the high water mark.

I guess the CFO is looking at the current sales figures, and going >gulp<

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Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

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Re: And the Windows Phone version

Oh god, all the comments on the BBC blogs are from the people with WinPho who want support.

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The latter

Downloading was a late addition after streaming on the mobile platforms.

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Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office

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Re: Reality

> THEY will need to fit smart sockets in every part of the home,

... unless they just provide adaptors that you place into the socket used by the washing machine/fridge.

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Re: @JetSetJim Alternative

I think the idea is that the data is also used to feed a swanky digital display that you can pop in your house somewhere - so you instantaneously see the load when you pop a kettle on, or start the tumble drier. It's a fairly well tested theory that if people become aware of their power consumption they tend to reduce it.

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Re: Hmm,

I bet you have unmetered water and leave your taps running all day too - just to show 'em.

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Still pitching to CIOs? You're living in the PAST

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Why on earth is *this* bloke writing an article?

He's a CTO. I want to hear what one of MSs Office Managers has to say on the subject.

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FAA: 'No, you CAN'T hijack a plane with an Android app'

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Basically they want you paying attention during take off and landing

Not playing angry birds while safety announcements are being made or during the most dangerous parts of the flight

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Brit cops blow £14m on software - then just flush it down the bogs

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Bloody tax pays alliance.

Never at a loss for a cheap soundbite.

So the question in my mind is - at the time that the system was originally commissioned (2005) did the systems these other forces use already exist in a workable form. If so, yes Surrey deserves a drubbing. If they didn't exist and if Surrey got reasonable use from its inhouse system (years in development, but how many years? Have they been using it since 2007 and spending on improvements since then?) I have sympathy for them.

Would an FOI request get you that report?

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DropBox adds single sign-on

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Key management?

So when Dropbox first launched, they explained that they would hold all the encryption keys protecting your data to make the service simple. This also gives them the ability to see your data, or course. I'm sure they said they would look into giving users the ability to set up their own keys.

That would be my prerequisite for using Dropbox with company confidential files.

... And no, I don't want to have to bother encrypting files before uploading them.

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Office for Mac 2008 support umbilical chopped off

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Until about a year ago...

I was happily running Office v.X which must have been over 10 years old. It was absolutely fine, apart from the inability to digest docx files. Only upgraded to 2011 because my firm had a deal for buying for home use for minimal cost.

Using an unsupported option should hold few fears.

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HDS CTO: Man, I could just throttle our array... er, in a good way

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"We've reniced the dedupe process"

complicated stuff.

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A lightbulb that does IPv6: You know you want it

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Re: Are we really talking about putting the network gubbins in a bulb...

Probably needs as much processing power as the average novelty birthday card that plays a tune.

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