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Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

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Re: I'm sure that will be very comfortable to wear

Be glad you can see that they _might_ be taking your picture, allowing you to dodge it.

It's actually more convenient to take a picture with a concealed camera than it is with google glass. Unless you can think of a way to stop that, moaning about Glass is pointless.

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ACLU launches user-friendly database of every Snowden doc

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Re: Better host it somewhere safe

You haven't heard of Technology Transfer then ?

US government agencies are REQUIRED to allow their work (already paid for by the US taxpayer) to be made available for public use. No DMCA possible.

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

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Facepalm

But why ?

But what's the point of it ?

It makes someone some money, sure. Presumably it costs someone else that money. There's no value added, is there ?

And ultimately that means the users (not the traders, the people who rely on the stock exchange for financing their businesses etc.) have to pay for those pointless communications systems and valueless traders. Just for passing-the-parcel with ownership of the shares.

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'Dads from the Midwest' pull down their email-spaffing LinkedIn plugin

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Re: LinkedIn are dangerous amateurs

Better solution : delete your profile, spam-block their email.

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

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Re: Mass market?

How is that a different problem from any other game ?

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

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Re: How much of a challenge is re-installing XP?

Why would you install XP on PCs to be shipped to Africa ?

Isn't that a bit like Nestle giving out free baby milk as a sales tactic ?

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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

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Snowden has repeatedly said he's not controlling the news releases, the journalists are. And they know how to play the system : if everything had been released on day 1, it would all be forgotten by now. Adding new details avery few weeks keeps the story alive and has a decent chance of getting proper attention to the abuse of law.

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Re: @John Smith

But haven't more americans been killed by americans then by muslims ? From the unabomber to the gun lobby ?

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Adrian 4

Re: Simple, logical and exactly what any computer criminal would do.

We already knew that about russia, china etc.

Snowden is attacking the hypocrisy of the NSA in painting america as being different. They're not - they just pretend to be.

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AT&T and Netflix get into very public spat over net neutrality

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Re: No, No, not Nationalisation !

Do you support the privatisation of roads, too ?

We don't have many toll roads. I hope we don't get a lot more.

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Re: Pass the cost on?

Are you suggesting Netflix don't pay for their multigigabyte connection to the net ? I don't think you'll find that's the case. But the ISPs sold bandwidth to their customers : they did expect them to use that to connect somewhere, right ?

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Re: Cable/Fixed line telcos are all trying it on

It was bad.

But is the current situation truly better ?

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

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Re: Where did all the money come from?

The money's come from the hotel trade, which has far higher margins, because of staff costs and investment in unoccupied rooms. It's a drop in the ocean of that market. AirBnB can make a profit and still leave both landlords and tenants better off.

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Microsoft exec: I don't know HOW our market share sunk

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Re: MS was a Cult...

But 'normal' people don't use the OS. They use the applications. Many don't even realise there's anything except their favourite applications, and use Word to copy files etc.

It really doesn't matter to most people what's underneath. If they have a familiar interface they feel comfortable. Put anyone used to Firefox or Chrome on Windows in front of the Linux version and they won't even blink. Even the browser can be changed, because there's not a great deal of communication with the browser : it's mostly with the web pages. Only when you start to get into bookmarks or other settings does the browser UI start to be noticeable to joe public.

Microsoft know this. That's why they protect their office apps : sell those to the end users who are locked in by familiarity, and you can force the OS on manufacturers. But change something as commonly encountered as launching the application and it seems even those users will moan.

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Adrian 4

Re: Let me explain...

I puzzled for years over why customers bought windows a second or third time. Didn't they ever learn that every update created as many problems as it solved ? I decided it was like the adage about re-marrying : "a triumph of hope over experience".

Apparently Microsoft never realised the resentment they were building. Now, whatever was keeping their customers (lock-in, perhaps) is weakening. And, as you'd expect, they're going.

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Re: Integent ... Running Windows

You need insights into how people think because the reasonable human approach isn't 'search the whole space', it's a number of learned shortcuts. So determining how your opponent is shortcutting and using a strategy they won't detect can win.

That doesn't work if your opponent has the ability to search _all_ strategies, even he's rubbish at evaluating yours.

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Barclays' DOUBLE DIGIT contractor rate cut? Not for us, say PPI bods

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"only for contractors deemed critical to delivery of some key projects"

So, they're paying contractor rates for jobs that aren't critical, and projects that aren't key. Wouldn't it be cheaper to use in-house staff for that ?

More short-term thinking from the banking 'industry' ? Quelle surprise.

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

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Re: CSI

Sure. We just need some of that hollywood photo enhancement tech.

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Mushroom

I wonder how far Wine is from implementing a complete XP API. You know FreeDOS? The same thing could happen with XP. Wine has it's limitations but I suspect they're more to do with producing a windows-like environment than with the quality of the code. Removing the need to run on top of another OS might make it a fully working replacement.

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Re: this sounds like a deal

You're wrong about the $ to £ conversion.

I'm pretty sure the $699 will translate to £699, but the $100 discount won't translate to £100.

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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Facepalm

Kept sectret from the public, or from the target government ?

It's not clear from that article whether the calls were tapped with or without the target country's support.

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

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Re: You will pay to get your code back...

You don't know how Git works, do you ?

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

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Re: Quelle surprise! - Why is Echalon upgrade such big news now?

We''re not surprised so much, more glorying in the ability to put the spooks on the defensive instead of being able to keep their heads down.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: Well done

Maybe the physical device is part of the estate, but what if it contains things that the owner didnt wish to be passed on to the heirs ? Why should Apple assume that it's OK to do that ?

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft

"No one seems to expect to be able to buy a phone with Cupcake on it, why on earth are they so attached to XP? I liked XP in the day but Windows 7 is far better."

Because it works, and their experience of upgrades is finally sinking in : upgrades are OK if you're starting afresh with a new machine but the cause of inevitable problems for your older software.

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Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

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Send reg reporters on an engineering refresher

I think you'll find that's a mill, not a lathe.

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Child sex abuse image peddlers dodge UK smut filters and demand Bitcoin payments

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Re: Daily Mail headlines write themselves

Can't be right. The Daily Wail doesn't believe in climate change does it ?

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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

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Re: Productivity... or not

Yes, I have random anecdotes about long-obsolete versions of software, too.

What's your point ?

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Re: Trending graphs

That's because they sell to managers, not users.

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Reg reader rattles tin for GoPro camera 'Stubilizer'

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Re: QUOTE: "The Stubilizers all attach using a standard Go-Pro compatible mount. "

A cage is reasonable, a stronger mount not so much. Do you really want that motorcycle rider to grab your camera and then discover it's more firmly attached than he suspected ? A weak link will save your neck, literally.

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Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

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Re: Daily Mail

If the Daily Mail's reporters are following their own advice and giving up bacon, booze and tobacco, it's hardly surprising the paper's going (even more) downhill.

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Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

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Re: Not in the UK.....

Are you 'in control of the speed and direction' while stopped in a traffic jam ? You can't change direction without moving and your speed is forced to be zero.

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

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Holmes

the esteemed Daily Mail.

fsvo 'esteemed'

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Adrian 4

You do know that they can do things other than record, right ?

And that if secret filming is your thing, you can do it far better without ?

If you're concerned about being filmed, a google glass wearer is one of the LEAST likely suspects.

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Hey 4G bods: We need to make 'phonecalls' with our 'voices', too

Adrian 4

Re: Really ?

I'm not talking about number portability. I'm talking about dropping in a local SIM and using the local data rates instead of roaming. The only barrier to that is that you lose your contact number - but if your contact point is a cloud voip, you don't care.

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Adrian 4

Really ?

Voice means carrier-controlled numbers, lockin, roaming charges. Data means your contact is not your phone, but your cloud address. Let direct voice die, and carrier power dies with it.

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Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

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Re: [W]

Hens (or at least, some variety of pigeons : they don't specify the sex) have been used by google since the early days.

http://www.google.co.uk/technology/pigeonrank.html

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MtGox MELTDOWN: Quits Bitcoin Foundation board, deletes Twitter

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Re: Looks like a black hole

A thief doesn't benefit from a theft that results in a drop in the value of the asset.

Other vested interests - banks, governments - do.

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Ghostwriter: Assange™ is NARCISSISTIC and UNTRUTHFUL

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Don't be distracted

Never mind Assange. He's not important.

What about the snivelling excuses for government that murdered people and tried to cover it up ?

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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Not even in the free-market capitalism world, since the use of an open standard allows more competition.

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New Flash vuln exploited (again). Adobe posts emergency fix (again)

Adrian 4

Re: Chinese State espionage + Flash = Fail

I took it to mean the NSA.

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Nasty holes found in Belkin's home automation kit

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Re: Don't buy security from box shifters

What makes you think open source software isn't professionally written ?

The stuff I've encountered is far better written than many commercial products. Possibly because the authors care about more than the next pay check.

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Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

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Headmaster

When was a toaster not

"a thing made or adapted for a particular purpose, especially a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment." ?

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Flappy Bird crosses over into cryptocurrency, big data

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Facepalm

People watch East Enders and Neighbours. They 'read' the Daily Wail. I am beyond surprise.

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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

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WTF?

What leaflet ?

I haven't seen any leaflet from the NHS.

I have, however, had a leaflet from the local practice asking me if I want to opt in or out of a data sharing arrangement with 'any other NHS service that uses the same computer system'.

It's not clear if this is the same thing, but as far as I can tell it's opt-in (there's no mention of a default).

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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Re: Not to be picky, but... @Matt 52

It could do, then, with statistics on the use of desktops vs. other systems. Otherwise it risks choosing the dataset to provide the answer it wants.

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University boffins build snoop-spotting snitch app

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Re: This is why....

You get locations from cell tower data and wifi APs too.

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The other end of the telescope: Intel’s Galileo developer board

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Re: Lost the plot

I can't see why anyone would want to use x86. It's been strangled by backwards compatibility. the sooner it dies, the better.

But if you must have a small x86 board, could you use PC104 ?

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Google helps out utterly underexposed Lego brand with Chrome toy

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Trollface

No playmobil, then ?

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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

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So, the graphics card industry is going to collapse because of a temporary surge in demand ..

Chicken Licken, the sky is falling !

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