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BeBook outs Kindle-beating e-book reader

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Re: How many shades of grey?

Fifty.

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Apple 'offered Samsung $30-per-mobe' patent licence truce

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Re: $30, well that's fair and reasonable...

I think you are intentionally missing the point. The patents that Samsung wanted 2.5% per patent for are patents that Samsung must license on fair and reasonable terms, as part of their membership of the 3G patent pool. Apple are contending that these are not FRAND terms, and they won't pay non FRAND terms.

The 'patents' that Apple wanted Samsung to license covered the device and UI. Apple are under no obligation with these patents to offer them on fair and reasonable terms. Samsung cannot content that the terms are not FRAND, so they must contend that the patents aren't valid.

Samsung are on shaky ground here, as not licensing FRAND patents in a FRAND manner is a big no-no. Even if they get all of Apple's design and UI patents thrown out, they still going to get one for pulling that shit.

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Re: $30, well that's fair and reasonable...

He is missing one letter from making that comprehensible. Are you really busting his balls because he missed an 'r' off 'your'?

For example, "fair and reasonable" in this discussion means RAND (aka. FRAND) patents and your reference poorly frames the following text, because it is intentionally unclear to what you are referring.

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Not a Cloud in my holiday sky

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Re: Providers and Manufacturers need to sort it out

Only if you turn on 3G roaming. If you don't turn on 3G roaming, your 3G doesn't roam.

It's tricky, this telecoms lark.

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Cars, lorries stalked via GPS to create live traffic super-map

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Re: From the original article...

Nonsense, there have been many studies to work out the most effective speed limits on a motorway. Above a certain speed, happily around 80 mph, increasing speeds reduces the throughput of the road (the number of cars that can pass a certain point in a single hour).

Also FYI, fuel duty and Road Tax do not cover the spending on roads. You may as well say "Ignoring the fact that we already pay for road usage (tobacco duty)…"

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Re: Ease congestion on the M25?

As an example of the sort of traffic rectification exercises they can under take, imagine (it's not hard) that the M4 into London is backed up to Slough. They can use that information to apply a temporary speed limit east bound into London, so as to reduce the number of cars arriving at the end of the M4.

Now imagine that they can see the gridlock before it happens. With some traffic management, they can try to avoid the gridlock ever happening. And if they can't, the numbers may make some compelling argument for the M4(S) and M4(N) to be built, so that there is no J15 on the M25 anymore.

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BOFH: Our Excel-lent new boss and the diagram plan

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Re: A few invoices later,

I hope you included a few notionally blank sheets of paper ("This page intentionally left blank") so that the number of pages is a power of 2.

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Curiosity's new OS upgrade ready to go live

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Re: New software already?

Can we have one thread on the register that is not prattling on about iPhone and Android, please? There is some real science going on here. Our robot invasion of Mars is proceeding on schedule.

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Privacy snafu as TOPLESS Mark Zuckerberg picture leaks online

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Re: @moiety re. Either is good

Do you not remember the sagas of the exploding bulgarian airbags?

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NASA’s new lander CRASHES AND BURNS

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Re: http://eternian.wordpress.com

Seriously, read this blog. Wow. An excerpt:

51) Can you show, even by the scientific method, what difference it would make if everyone believed evolution?

Whacked out crazy christian fella needs to understand what "the scientific method" means. It's really easy (this is why you should have been taught it when you were 10) and consists of only a few steps.

It starts with a question. The scientist takes that question, and provides a possible outcome - we call this a "hypothesis", it's greek for "to suppose". Now we have a hypothesis, we can make a prediction about what this means. Having predicted something, we now derive a test. The test is formulated so that performing the test will tell us if our hypothesis is correct.

Finally, having derived and tested a hypothesis, we compare the results to our prediction and analyse them.

This entire process is the scientific method. It starts with a question, and a hypothesis that can be tested, testing that hypothesis and analysing the results of the test.

So, now, back to your blog: "what difference it would make if everyone believed evolution". My hypothesis is that the world would be a much more civil place. In order to test this, using the scientific method as you request, I now need you and all your 'christian' friends to start accepting the theory of evolution. Once this is done, I'll start analysing the results and get back to you.

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Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

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Re: The blindness of cat lovers...

The loss of wildlife in areas mainly comes when it goes from fields to 'urban/sub-urban'. Any subsequent feline decimation is minor in comparison.

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Re: The only legal way to kill a cat...

Which site?

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This is only a surprise to subscribers of Cat Fancy and city folk.

I grew up on a farm, at the most we had 8 cats, who all lived outside and spent their time killing anything smaller than a chicken that came within range. Interestingly, lots of them had favoured prey - one of them would go crazy about dinosaursbirds, one would mainly hunt baby rabbits, one mainly rats.

Quite often, they would bring whatever they had caught 'home' to the back door and eat everything except the entrails, leaving them on the step.

Another thing that all cats like to do is play. People go *c*r*a*z*y* when a cat starts playing with a laser pointer, or a ball of yarn. The same people look much less impressed when the cat is playing with a heavily injured mouse, catching it, mouthing it, letting it go, catching it again, until the mouse dies of a heart attack.

Only much much later did we ever have a cat that came inside the house. I stopped that when I woke up one morning to find half a dead rabbit at the foot of my bed.

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Internet Archive serves up 1.4 million BitTorrent downloads

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Re: Sensible decision

BT is a dog on networks though. From a network efficiency point of view, choosing HTTP over BT is a no brainer, but if you don't care about the network outside your DC, choosing BT over HTTP will save you money.

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First full landing site and colour pictures back from Mars

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Re: Hyphenated Americans

Go to Michigan, plenty of Dutch-Americans.

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OMG!

Have they realised what is about to happen? They better get that rover moving PDQ, otherwise it will be sent to the Phantom Zone.

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Re: Bobak Ferdowsi

Nah, you're missing it entirely. In America, as soon as you emigrate, you become '****-American'. Instantly. You are now just as American as the WASP down the street. As as soon as you know the patriotic chants (hint: "USA! USA! USA!" goes down pretty well), that's it, you've made it.

Contrast that to the UK, where even 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants will cling forcibly to their old nationality, and not consider themselves "British" in the slightest (qv the Tebbit test). I think the US does a better job of integrating (legal) immigrants into mainstream society than any other country.

Having said that, it is funny in cities with strong Irish links (Chicago, Boston etc), on St Patricks Day, everyone is Irish. Even the Mexicans!

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Rivals routed by Apple, Google smartphone onslaught

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Re: Why Android and not iPhone for my sister.

I'm real happy that that phone works well for your sister, but I would not describe that phone as "great" - "competent", "good value" maybe.

A "great" Android phone would be the Nexus S or a Galaxy S III, both of which are comparable in spec and price to the iphone. Android phones are not cheaper than the equivalent Apple phone, but Apple does not provide a comparable low end model.

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Android app DRM quietly disabled due to bug

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Entitlement is part of being a fandroid

FTFY

So you get all the choice, and the developer of the app gets none? If your choice is between an app that costs £5 and is protected by the developer against copying by using DRM, and a pirated version from a russian app store that costs nothing, you would choose the pirated version and feel morally justified in your decision?

And they say Apple has the reality distortion field.

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For flock's sake: Scared sheep send SMSes to Swiss shepherds

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Re: be pro-active

In that case it texts "Free ribs"

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France's biggest Apple reseller shuts up shop

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Re: hmm

Apple used to be a niche product, and you would have to travel to get to one of these very swish, very expensive retailers, often paying a lot more than the list price.

Nowadays, Apple has stores in most major cities, and even where they don't, you can go into a PC World and buy an ipad or a macbook. Everyone - well, anyone buying apple kit - also has access to the internet to order these things directly from Apple if they want.

Put simply, these resellers are an anachronism representing such a tiny proportion of Apple's sales that other channels should have priority for new products. Why should Apple have to hold back stock from a major distributor to give to a minor reseller?

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MetroPCS waves wand, turns Samsung Galaxy mobe into a TV

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Extendible antennae?

The 80s called and want their phones back.

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Wikipedia collapses threatening the very fabric of civilisation

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As opposed to plain-clothes garbage?

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UK judges quietly declare text chat can be obscene

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Re: what about coca cola adverts

If they did this, I'd stop leaving the room when the go compare ad comes on.

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In the UK, there is no freedom of speech. You do have freedom of expression, but there is a long list of exclusions, including things like obscenity, indecency, threatening or abusive speech (and a vast array of others, including "imagining the death of the monarch".)

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US will fight ITU members for internet domination

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It sounds great in principle

But do you really want the ITU running the internet? Really? There are plenty of (non US) commentators who think this would be the worst idea ever in the history of the internet.

If we were doing this from scratch, I wouldn't have the US holding so much of the critical infrastructure and control, but, I dunno, it seems to be working pretty well right now. Why fuck with it?

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RBS: June's tech enormo-cock-up cost us £125m

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…RBS missold them insurance (interest rate swaps)

This little shit nugget has been dropped into this news without any explanation of why or how they mis-sold interest rate swaps.

One of the things that Barclay's may have done by conspiring to manipulate LIBOR is that they would have directly affected people who purchased financial instruments linked to LIBOR - in other words, they mis-sold interest rate swaps, which are explicitly linked to LIBOR.

Is this RBS slipping in that they also conspired to manipulate LIBOR, and are now putting away £25m in restitution? What about the companies that went bust because they couldn't access credit because banks were lying about the cost of LIBOR?

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Ice Cream Sandwich still a no-show for most Android users

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Re: It's the carriers, not Google or the handset manufacturers

So no operator branded phones or manufacturer branded phones? Doesn't leave much choice does it?

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

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Windows Vista 2.0

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

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Re: Brown sauce?

Have you heard of this new thing called google, you can find out about all kinds of things. There's even a helpful guided tour.

PS: Merkins call brown sauce "steak sauce".

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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

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This sounds like ringing my local GP for an appointment. Ring, enganged, hang up, press redial. One time I had flu (and was convinced I was about to die), I really wanted to see a doctor. Started at 8:30 in the morning, I got through to the receptionist at 12:30 - 4 straight hours of calling, to be told that there were no appointments available today and that "I should have called earlier".

<<-- Nuke, because that was the moment I achieved supercriticality.

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Storing punters' till receipts? UK.gov wants you to hand it over

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Re: Machine readable format

Some clever twat invented these things called "character encodings", so that we can have binary that is readable by both machines and humans.

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Lords blast UK.gov's fixation on broadband speed over reach

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Re: and nobody's truly on the hook for the first mile

Look, whilst sometimes the quality of BT's cabling leaves something to be desired, most commonly it is the wiring inside your own house that is the biggest issue. If you don't have a replacement NTE5 faceplate on your master socket and plug your router into that socket, then you will be getting a sub-optimal line performance.

This will translate into low line synch speed, intermittent errors and increased susceptibility to atmospheric conditions.

My old boy lives 8km from the exchange and had difficulty maintaining any connection until I fitted one of these. A few calls to BT to get them to reset the line training, and he now gets 3.5 MB.

Incidentally, this is what BT used to install when all installations were an engineer install. These DIY broadband installations work fine when there aren't any problems, but they should really insist on a faceplate installation as soon as there are any complaints.

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@Weeble

> Broadband BEGINS at 2 Meg (and it always has).

I agree with your sentiment but disagree with your conclusion. ADSL works by encapsulating communication voice into 0-4kHz range (or the 'voice band'), and data into the ~26-1100 kHz range (or the 'broad band'). Technically therefore all ADSL, including piffling 256k connections are 'broad band'.

OTOH, if you use the modern meaning of 'broadband' - an internet connection capable of watching streaming video - then clearly it is not.

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Apple's new Safari snubs older Macs, drops Windows version

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Re: Scraping the Windows version is odd

I'm with you here mate, I couldn't get this thing to work in IE 6, so popped round PC World and gave them a right earful! That'll learn the cock munchers.

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No, Apple does not have a monopoly on browsers, anything they choose to do with their browser is entirely fine. MS got fined because they abused their dominant OS monopoly to force their browser on everyone in order to deliberately destroy Netscape (the company).

Apple withdrawing a browser which has a tiny market share from one of its platforms is in no way equivalent.

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Nexus Q preorders halted, price dropped to $0

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"Lets you buy a copy of a film or show and watch it anywhere"

Anywhere they choose, on a device they have approved, assuming I have pre-downloaded the media and my device is still authorized to play the media. If I accidentally lose the downloaded file, and I bought it more than two years ago, then I can't download another copy of it, and it is still "illegal" to rip a copy of the film from a bluray.

I'll start buying movies again when they start selling them in HD in a format I can use. Until then, they can go spin.

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Boy cuffed after Twitter troll's drown threat to Olympic diver Tom Daley

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Re: I'm puzzled

His partner screwed the pooch on the 4th dive, ensuring they finished 4th (instead of gold, which is the position they were in before the 4th dive). It's well documented on any sports site, less so on IT sites...

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Re: 1984 here we come....

No, I just chose to focus on you coming on here and spouting a bunch of misinformed nonsense.

If you had actually read the fucking article, it contains all the information that you "don't have hours of spare time" to find. Plenty enough time to check if someone has responded to some of your inane drivel though, eh?

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Re: 1984 here we come....

So, to your mind, if he had teased him for being ginger, that would have warranted an arrest, but merely threatening to drown someone should be fine?

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Sysadmins! There's no shame in using a mouse to delete files

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Re: Of course you need to use both

If you are suggesting using xbindkeys or .xinitrc as ways to launch xterm without involving the X11 GUI, then I think your cunning plan may have some flaws.

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Of course you need to use both

You to need to use the GUI to launch xterm.

Seriously though, this is all about personal choices. For me, it is easier to tap in "CTRL+SHIFT+T, eog /path/to/pics" than it is to "launch nautilus, browse to a folder, right click a file and choose launch in eye of gnome".

For lots of others, it is different, but for me, almost everything is done in a terminal, but I still use a GUI to manage my terminals - I know refuseniks who simply use no GUIs, just hi res consoles. I suppose you could call the SVGA graphics mode of the browser links as a GUI...

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Court blocks 12 websites for 'misleading' Olympic ticket sales

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Awesome

Banning these websites the day before the Olympics™ starts is the kind of joined up thinking that will make these games such a success. I'm sure that no-one will have bought tickets from these sites prior to today!

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Never mind Azure: They BROKE Twitter!

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I think outage can no longer the appropriate term when a social networking site goes down, such is the fury generated. Perhaps outrage is a better term?

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4G? Pah! Boffins charge up the dial to 5G data EXTREME-band kit

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Re: I sneer at your LHF,...

The problem with SuperUltraViolet is that due to everyone and their dog taking unrelated terms and using them for new products is that it might be confused with an effective version of a digital download plus DRM scheme.

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Nationwide DOUBLES card payments in fresh banking gaffe

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By your logic, if everyone complained we might get a useful downtick in unemployment. So, please, everyone complain!

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Re: The marketing people will be happy.

This is true, but 'British mutual financial institution-bashing' just isn't as catchy.

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Apple CEO: Frothing fanboi iPhone 5 hype screwed our sales

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Re: Apple will allow you to trade in your old one for a new one if unopened

So, as an example, my brother in law bought my sister an engraved iphone 3GS from the Plymouth Apple store for her birthday. In between buying it and her birthday, Apple released the iphone 4, he took it back there, they swapped it no questions, despite the custom engraving.

For a less "it happened to me so therefore it is policy" example here are some examples from around the net you downvoting !$%^.

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Re: we try very hard to keep our product roadmap secret and confidential

I know you've used the troll icon here, but Apple are actually quite good at handling that. Normally Apple will allow you to trade in your old one for a new one if unopened, or give you a hefty itunes voucher. Phone or drop in to an Apple store.

Course, if you bought from O2 or Carphone Warehouse, bad luck chum.

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TMS puts the boot into flash

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Re: Baffled now.

Indeed, if Aggers, Blowers and Sir Viv have rubbished it, it must be useless. Yea flash, talk nah.

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