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Apple 'hasn't really run out of iPhone 5s AT ALL'

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Team Register?

No-one willing to put their name to this pile of shite?

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Apple admits iCloud 'unacceptable', vows to not go titsup again

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Stats fail

You are assuming that the alleged 1.1% of users affected are distributed evenly throughout the world. If the fault affected users in specific geographical locations, then the probability that a sample of 4 people from that area would all be affected would actually be more likely.

It's not really a fail though, all journos make the same mistake with statistics.

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Apple threatens to ruin peace worldwide with voice-controlled iMacs

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Re: ARRRRRGH!

The novel part of this patent is having your phone digitize your voice, transmit it to a central server which determines what you said, determines actions, and then sends them to a different device in order to operate it.

That's what the youtube video shows is it?

PS: You're foaming a bit at the mouth.

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The perfect CRIME? New HTTPS web hijack attack explained

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Re: Or...

Are you sure you understand how authentication works? HTTP is stateless, and without presenting authentication tokens on each request, like basic auth, or presenting a client certificate, the browser must be presented with and return an authorization token, usually a session cookie.

(Sidenote, its only authentication if you are presenting your credentials; if it is just allowing you access, it is an authorization token. An 'authentication cookie' would be a cookie with your username and password in it)

I need my bank to be secure, and that uses cookies. Unless service providers start issuing me with client certificates for authentication, that will always be the case - there is no other way for me to authenticate and subsequently be authorized for future requests.

I also think this behaviour could be easily mitigated by browsers inserting a different random arbitrary token into each request. This extra data would make it significantly harder to determine whether compression changes occurred due to the requested filename matching the session key.

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4K LCD TV output to outstrip OLED production

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Id buy a 4k TV set - seems like the best way to do simple polarized 'full def' 1080p 3D content.

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NASA reports first sighting of dry ice Martian snowfalls

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Re: Cool man, real cool

Mars + Ceres != enough gravity to stop the atmosphere boiling away

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Re: [BOO-HISS]

Are Martian snow angles the same as Earth snow angles>?

Don't be obtuse.

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Osborne hands £80m tax break to punters drilling in 'old' oil, gas fields

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Re: Oh dear

It makes fields that were no longer profitable to operate profitably again.

This allows oil to be extracted from those fields.

This increases the amount of oil produced, which increases tax revenue from oil.

This requires more people to be employed to extract that oil, decreasing unemployment and increasing tax revenues.

Having more people in work means that they have more disposable income, which means that more money is spent in the economy, which in turn allows more people to be hired, and again, increases tax revenues.

Not exactly rocket science is it?

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Boffin named Jubb to fire whopping hybrid thruster

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That tache is incredible.

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The iPHONE 5 UNDERMINES western DEMOCRACY: 5 reasons why

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If Apple stopped making phones

What would Obviously! do all day?

This is his "GO TIME". He's been prepping for weeks for the non stop rush of comments he needs to post about iphones, and why no-one cares about them. He really doesn't care about them, which is why he posts every 3rd comment in an iphone discussion.

I've given up worrying about which phone is best, but watching some self destruct in indignation at the launch of a phone he doesn't like is comedy goldmine, if a little callous.

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Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

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Re: Reducing truck mile?

Because you don't understand the system. You don't get one bin per household, you get a communal bin, which probably serves 100-200 households. You put your rubbish in there, how much you put in is calculated, which you are billed for. When any of the bins are close to full, that location is added to the day route of one truck for the next day.

Communal garbage collection is quite common on the continent, because that is the best way to do it.

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Google skids car insurance comparison engine onto rivals' lawn

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Re: Have used...

I still remember going to the local insurance broker, who did all that stuff for you, found the cheapest cover going, and hand filled in your insurance certificate whilst you waited. I don't miss their 15% cut.

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HTC's 4G patent beef could get iPhone 5 BANNED in US

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Everyone give Obviously! a break

The launch of a new iPhone is deeply traumatic time to young Obviously!. He has to endure pages upon pages of iPhone reviews, each one has to be devoured before he can go to the comments section and let his wisdom guide the poor deluded saps who are in need of his teachings.

Sometimes however, the relentless barrage of iPhone stories is too much for young Obviously!. In times like this, a little rage is likely to pop out, which is fair enough really. Without Obviously!, we would all be in thrall to the obscenity that is the iPhone. You malicious down voters need to accept the Word of Obviously! into your hearts, and start anew on the path to Androidiness.

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Implying iPhone owners are sub-human: 1 point

Implying iPhone owners "buy it for the status": 1 point

Keyword bingo: "Slackle", "Fandroid", "iHater", "idiotPhone": 1 point each

Implying iPhone owners are idiots: 1 point

Obviously! rage rating: 7

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Re: You can say Apple doesn't deserve this ..

Steve, you're embarrassing yourself, this isn't about facts. Get with the program, start dishing out some Apple hate, or those downvotes will continue.

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Samsung accused of sex discrimination in China plant

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Re: typical for android

t wasn't that long ago there were threats of mass suicides at Foxconn due to the working conditions.t wasn't that long ago there were threats of mass suicides at Foxconn due to the working conditions.

I remember it well, 4,000 Foxconn workers up on the roof chanting "48 hr weeks or we jump"…

Or was it 2010, when 14 Foxconn employees (out of 930,000) bought the big ticket? For amateur statisticians out there, that is a rate of 1.5 suicides per 100,000 people for Foxconn, against the national average of 20 suicides per 100,000 people in the general population.

But no, you keep on peddling your red top headline history rewriting. All Foxconn workers get beaten with iPhone prototypes and then jump off tall buildings. Much better story.

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Dredd movie review

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Re: This ain't Dredd

Rob fucking Schneider

I quite like the talented Mr Schneider, although not in this film. I think this says more about me than anything else though.

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Re: Optional

Watch it with 2D specs

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WinPhone 8 preview SDK limited to established developers

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Re: Way to go.....

<tinfoilhat>Its hard to prove it when they post AC</tinfoilhat>

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Judge: Apple not liable for dropped, broken iPhone screens

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Re: Frackin MORON JUDGE!

And, in case anyone wants to know, I have in anger at phone wonkiness hurled across the room TWO of my previous SAMSUNG phones, one multimedia flip phone from 2007, and my SAMSUNG Moment, from 2009. In both cases they had minor or non-annoying dents or scratches, and in neither case did the plastic shatter, peel, delaminate, buckle, warp, pop out, or otherwise deform in a way to make me regret hurling them.

You are G.W. Bush and I claim my $100.

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Twitter to world: We have NO rivals, ha ha ha!

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Between 20 and 30 million UK twitter users? Really?

That would be between 33% and 48% of the UK population having a twitter account.

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Titans of tech: Why I'll never trust 'em

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Re: Apple doesnt effect the landscape?

Apple can "have an effect on the landscape", but "they affect the landscape".

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Ballmer predicts 400 MILLION Win 8 Surface and Lumia fumblers

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Re: MS need to shed Ballmer (@Mark)

Verizon thought it was all about apps. The main ad campaign for the Droid (on Verizon) was all about how it too had apps - you didn't need an iPhone for apps.

People aren't locked in to platforms because of x,y,z market share statistics? Buzz, no, wrong. Apple's share is falling, but their numbers are increasing - because the market is growing. Those locked in to one system have to consider their investment in that platform before switching, this aids retention. Changing share is irrelevant, it is how long you keep the same customer.

Google/Apple shouldn't have bothered because other platforms had more software - nope, wrong again. Google and Apple both went for the integrated app store, which had not been done before. This gave their phones a massive usability advantage over other smart phones. "Sure, you can put any Win CE app on your WP5 device, just pug in this cable, fire up …..." zzzzz.

Apple 7th to market with the iphone? Nope, Apple first to market with a usable smart phone - they invented the sector. Other smart phones existed before, but they didn't engage the average user - Apple made a computer on your phone easier to use than a regular phone, whilst other smart phones were crap. Google were second to market, and some of their vendors - HTC in particular at the start, Samsung more so now - picked up good market share from other smart phone - WP in particular.

People will continue to buy normal PCs? Buzz, no, even Gartner predict that people are not going to be buying many PCs over the next year. Besides which, most licenses go to business.

You're right, Zune was not a flop, it just didn't sell anywhere except the US, where it sold for one holiday season, took a 3% share of MP3 players and then tanked, prompting retailers to stop stocking the device.

Xbox is the one piece of consumer electronics that MS has popularly succeeded at, but as a whole, MS's Entertainment & Devices division - Xbox, Zune, WP - consistently loses money.

But no, keep going, its good.

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MS need to shed Ballmer

The guy is an oaf and a buffoon. At least when billg was in charge, MS had direction and a plan. This just seems clueless, the world is in a recession, no-one wants Windows 8 and will stick with 7.

The vast majority of cheap phones are Symbian based, mid range is covered almost exclusively by Android, and high end is all Android or iOS. Tablets and smartphones sell based upon their apps, and Android and iOS have such a head start I can't see MS catching up.

In our business, we wouldn't dream of being the 7th or 8th company to enter a market place, which is exactly what MS are trying to do with Surface. It will flop, just like Zune, not down to any technical detail, it's just too damn late. Anyone who really really wanted a tablet has one, and it isn't an MS one. Those people will be captive to their purchased apps.

None of this sinks through to Ballmer. He'll probably start throwing chairs about 12 months from now..

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Investors toss $5m to UK firm: Just keep making that White Space kit

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Re: Ofcom

Yes, we are about to sell off forever a chunk of shared spectrum to allow 4G operations. We only get one chance to sell this resource, so it must surely be in the best interests to get the best price possible from the operators.

Instead, we allow one company to have a year long monopoly on 4G, in order to diminish the value of the spectrum that will eventually be sold off to this lucky companies competitors.

Operators bleat about the cost of the spectrum auctions, but none of them seem to be doing too badly.

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UK.gov's web filth block plan: Last chance to speak your brains

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An interesting example, because it is up to the parent deciding when the kid can drink alcohol. Between the ages of 5 and 17, it is legal for a child to drink alcohol at a private residence, with the approval of their parent/guardian.

16 and 17 year olds can drink beer, wine or cider along with a meal in a licensed premises, as long as accompanied by an adult - in Scotland, you don't even need the adult.

However, you jus' trollin.

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The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?

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Re: It's not thicker actually as the hands on states.

Also, how is that you glossed over NFC..

no doubt Redmond wants to keep some headline-stealers in reserve. We now know the People hub is one of them. Presumably, bonk-to-pay is another – there was not one mention of NFC for mobile payments.

Comprehension fail.

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Torvalds bellows: 'The GNOME PEOPLE are in TOTAL DENIAL'

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Re: @Tom 38

You aint seen nothin' yet. There are OSS, ALSA, ESD, aRtsd, JACK, NAS, PulseAudio and even one modern low latency JACK replacement which name I've forgotten

I know, but I was at work and had already spent 10 minutes typing a eulogy to linux sound systems. ESD and aRtsd are dead now though, surely?

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Re: 5 reasons

No, OSS was BSD licensed. The main guy writing OSS drivers - drivers that fitted into the OSS system - started selling newer drivers for profit. This didn't make any of the earlier work not be BSD licensed.

The people who eventually wrote ALSA did not like this one bit, so they made sure that their project was GPL tainted so that one of them could not also do the same. There was no reason why they could not have continued to develop OSS, but releasing newer bits under GPL; they preferred to reimplement from scratch, which I don't think has any bearing on the license.

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Re: 5 reasons

Your "fragmentation" complaint (which I agree with BTW) is actually just a prime example of the NIH syndrome that affects Linux.

Sound on UNIX started out with OSS - Open Sound System. This worked, and continues to work on most UNIX variants, and is the basic level of sound support that almost every piece of UNIX software has.

However, this did not suit some Linux users, so they set out to solve some of the issues that OSS had. However, one of those issues was that they guy behind OSS had taken his codebase closed source, and started selling newer drivers for cash.

In order to ensure that didn't happen any more, their new project ALSA - Advanced Linux Sound Architecture was started, which added a new sound interface, just for Linux this time. Their new system supported cool things like virtual channels and hardware mixing, but co-existed with OSS. One program would use ALSA, another may use OSS emulation via ALSA, and there was a wonderful way of producing sink/source graphs linking different audio components just using an obscure text file.

However, this wasn't enough. One of the problems with ALSA was that it didn't provide a simple way to play audio on one box, but have the speakers connected to another box, using a network transport. Or perhaps it was that you couldn't mux in a skype call into a DTS soundtrack over SPDIF. Or perhaps it was that everyone was fed up with low latency audio.

Regardless, the next solution dreamt up by completely different people was moving the whole shebang to user space. Yes, we are now in the realms of PulseAudio. PulseAudio is a sound server and client - you too can shove your desktop audio down a SSH tunnel. The benefit of this system is a detach between physical sound card and application producing sound, so you can funnel that sound data around as you like. A virtual pulse audio device can emulate ALSA, and also OSS. So you can now play through an emulated virtual OSS device that plays through your ALSA sound graph.

In my experience, PulseAudio monopolises your sound card, decreases audio clarity and introduces a lot latency into the system. PulseAudio is now a core part of most desktop distributions, and you must explicitly take off and nuke from orbit to be sure the crap is no longer used.

I don't actually use Linux, I use FreeBSD. On FreeBSD (like the rest of UNIX), ALSA was ignored, and we simply fixed the problems with OSS. I get vchans and hardware mixers with FreeBSD's OSS, and once PulseAudio was killed, I have a simple to use audio interface that is fully documented in man pages.

Linux's problem is that it isn't an OS, it's a kernel, with distributors all making their own decisions about which pieces of software to use. As such, un-related components simply get added over and over again, each time with a slightly different API, solving different issues and presenting different problems.

Every N years someone outside of the existing projects tries to fix those problems, but they fix it with a new solution, rather than fixing the original one. This is particularly prevalent outside of the kernel, which itself is kept in control quite well by Torvalds. It doesn't happen in other projects, eg in FreeBSD the whole OS is managed by the community, which would not stand for multiple competing solutions all being present.

This was just one example using the sound sub-system. You can make identical claims using many other sub systems, eg wifi is/was (I've not looked for a while) a mishmash of binary blob drivers, and various other standalone drivers, where as on BSD each driver builds on common 802.11 layers - so much so that some drivers are in effect quite trivial. Or Xorg, where in the space of about a year dbus, policykit, consolekit and hald all hovered between optional, recommended and mandatory, jumping back and forward as the relevant projects decided where we should be (I think currently policykit is mandatory; dbus and hald are recommended and consolekit is deprecated).

No-one will ever read this sentence, but I also think that you are too down on the RTFM attitude. It exists for a reason, one of the joys of UNIX is that almost everything is documented, where as in Windows all you can find is idiot documentation ("To start a slideshow, click the button that says Start slideshow"). We know it is in the manual because that is where we read it, and RTFM is simply letting you know that you have the information at your fingertips.

If you do actually RTFM and are still confused, any request will/should show you read the manual, and instantly a crowd of people will come help you. 3 of them will probably argue incessantly about what the manual should have said, but still…

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#1 reason why GNOME is not ruling the world

de Icaza and his MS sponsored agendas.

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iPhone 5 wait drives record Samsung smartphone sales

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Re: All this proves is Samsung have more products, its hardly rocket science

Say there are two bakers. One produces patisserie, fine croissants and their ilk, whilst the other does both patisserie and boulangerie - cake and bread.

The patisserie sells 30,000 items of patisserie one quarter. The boulangerie sells 100,000 items of patisserie and bread combined.

The boulanger says "Hah, your croissants are shit, look how many more I've sold". Doesn't quite add up does it?

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Re: "Smart" vs "feature" is just marketing

I've had an iphone since the 3G launched and never cracked the screen. I have seen a lot of smashed iphone screens though (working iphones underneath).

I don't use itunes and synch music just fine to my phone.

Bluetooth file transfer - theres an app for that.

What happens on Android if you swap out an SD card that has your running app on it? IE, how feasible is it actually to swap SD cards, if you install your apps to SD card?

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Re: "Smart" vs "feature" is just marketing

Surely anyone spending $500-$700 on an Android smartphone just to hate Apple regardless of actual product quality must be really gullible

Not really; at the high end there really isn't much difference in quality between the S3 and an iPhone. The iPhone has a more standardised and easy to use UI, but both are excellent. The build quality on both is top notch, the apps are virtually identical across both (but with more quality paid apps in the Apple app store). There are good reasons for buying either.

TBH, anyone paying $500-$700 on any phone upgrade is slightly gullible. Anyone who had an S2 but upgraded to an S3 is just as gullible as someone with a iPhone 4S waiting for an iPhone 5.

(disclaimer: I have iphone (4) and ipad (1). I'll upgrade them when they break)

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Broadband minister Hunt LOSES portfolio, takes on national health

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WTF?

In what scenario is a picture of a tank with a water cannon squirting protesters NSFW?

I demand a refund for the brief moment of titillation heightened by possible dismissal that was promised.

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Topic fail.

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Re: Qualifications?

Ministers do not have to understand their ministry, that is what permanent under secretaries were invented for. Have none of you seen "Yes Minister"?

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Internet Explorer needs fresh dev infusion for a full recovery

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Re: Tired of MS playing politics

This is how the standards game is played. You can't influence standards (or insert your own extensions) if you aren't "big" in the standards committees. MS have long played this game, XSLT for example, which they "broke" by virtually inserting their own XML transform spec into the mix, making XSL 1.0 implementations very different.

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1) It's slow as fuck. The only time I come to use IE is on relatives ageing machines. Opening the browser window is some sort of feat akin to cleaning the Augean stables, given how long it takes. Opening a tab gives you enough time to read a couple of chapters of your new book. Chrome is much faster to launch up, as it doesn't involve 500 different windows subsystems all churning into life.

2) It's insecure by design. The only time I've had to reinstall windows was when I accidentally opened a website in IE from an IRC link (I know, I know - I thought it was going to open in Opera), which in turn redirected to a windows media URL that trashed my registry. It auto opened it because "IE" is simply a rebadged version of the explorer, the windows shell. This, and activex, are the vectors of so many whack-a-mole bugs (they fix one, 2 months later, a virtually identical exploit is found).

3) It's been like this for years. It's no longer "why chrome is better than IE", it is now up to IE to show to that I should be using it

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Patent flame storm: Reg hack biteback in reader-pack sack attack

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Re: Fixing the Patent System - Tricky but possible....

Rounded corners is a 'design patent', which isn't a patent at all, but a registered design. It doesn't have to be innovative, it is simply protecting the ornamental design of the object from being copied.

An example of this would be the Coca Cola 'contour' bottle, and an analogue to the Apple/Samsung case would be Pepsi bottlers using an almost identical contour bottle.

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Re: Come on, Mr. Orlowski, you can surely do better

…Apple latest patents to use against Samsung are slide to unlock (now how many public and private toilet doors are using some sort of a latch that slides horizontally ?)

And yet, before Apple deployed this technique on their very first phone, no other touch screen device was using this "obvious" solution. A few years after, and every single one of them is. Why was it not obvious on WP 5 devices?

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Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find

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Re: Not sure...

As you say, science tends towards the truth. Can you elaborate on the truthiness of this statement:

I [have] been trying old pre-improvement varieties on my land and they produce almost an order of magnitude more crop than modern improved varieties

What kind of order of magnitude are we talking here? The purpose of these improved varieties is to increase yield/hectare or decrease the cost of growing a hectare (eg due to improved disease resistance, less pesticides are required). I'm surprised that you claim an unspecified large increase in yield when using non improved varieties and would like to see numbers to back it up.

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Philips databases pillaged and leaked SECOND time in a month

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I don't get how hacking and exposing peoples user details on Philips is somehow sticking it to the man, or being a 'hacktivist'.

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UK: 'We're legally bound to arrest Mr Assange'

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Re: Sweden can offer assurances

It's just as well Wikileaks didn't have anything on little green men, otherwise he'd also be fearful of alien abduction.

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Re: "Assange supporters just wilfully ignore the facts." (Tom 38)

"Once Assange is done with in Sweden, we should get him back so he can do some porridge here too."

OK, your position is perfectly clear now.

Never mind due process, Assange is a very naughty boy (says you) and he must be punished for something, who cares what the crime was, or what the punishment is to be.

I'm sorry, are you arguing that Assange has not breached his bail? He's legally fought this case as far as he can, and then absconded from bail. That is a criminal offence in the UK, is anyone doubting that he is guilty of that?

I have no clue to the veracity of the Swedish complaints against him, which is why I said "Once Assange is done in Sweden" - charged, not charged, guilty, not guilty - he should come back here to serve a sentence for absconding from bail. Better still would be deporting him to Australia to serve any sentence, I believe we've got form for that.

Well actually lots of folk feel the same way about Blair, and with rather more reason for doing so.

Yes, I'm one of them. I was before I'd even heard of Assange, or been illuminated by the light of his revelation. Believing Blair to be a war criminal and Assange to be a paranoid nut job who shouldn't remain in this country are not mutually opposing viewpoints.

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Re: 4 Options

You do realise that option 1 already exists. Both the UK and Sweden cannot allow him to be extradited to a country where he may stand trial for capital offences.

Option 2 is impossible; Ecuador cannot 'give' people diplomatic status in this country; they can request to the Foreign Office to give Assange diplomatic status, highly unlikely to be granted.

Option 3 is you following Assange on his paranoia trips - Hague is constrained by the actions of the court to pursue this.

Option 4 is you having a little lefty daydream.

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Re: So if some tinpot country decided

Assange supporters just wilfully ignore the facts. The government is constrained to extradite him based upon the court rulings. What the government wants is neither here nor there; the highest courts in the land (and Europe) have ruled that he must be extradited, and in this country we follow the rule of law.

If the courts ruled that Blair must be extradited to your hypothetical country, the government would be similarly obliged.

Assange is a low life who enjoyed all the protections and benefits of our legal system, and then pissed all over it. Once he's done with in Sweden, we should get him back so he can do some porridge here too.

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Re: Once again a government fails it's people.

Would any of this been going on if Assange was a US citizen and he'd leaked Australian secrets?

A map with all the sheep on it?

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Apple and Google in talks to end patent war?

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Re: Funny

iOS is exactly like the UI developed at Xerox PARC, except that it doesn't have Windows, Menus* or Pointers.

* Not in the sense of WIMP menus.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Go - it's better than source, but not as good as 1.6 or CZ.

Still gonna be playing CZ for public, 1.6 for mixes tbh.

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Fired Toyota coder trashes systems, steals data

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Re: Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed

It's an Iranian name rendered into a Kerala dialect rendered into English - Chinese whispers for names :)

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