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* Posts by william 10

46 posts • joined 7 Aug 2009

Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

william 10

Also it is heavier and not as opaque gorilla glass (requiring a more powerful back-light).

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: What's in a name?

So if Scotland votes no - would we still have to change our name to DUK Disunited Kingdom :-) as we are clearly not united.

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Re: Registered office.

Not correct:

Reuters: TSB Banking Group (TSB.L), which is part-owned by Lloyds, said it was likely to relocate some operations to England.

One factors, that will effect the number of jobs moved south - will be how effectively the U.K. regulators can regulate banking business in Scotland.

Please note the the North Sea Oil industries rely on Tax subsidies funded by English/Welsh tax pays, Scotland's tax take will be 1 / 10 of the current U.K's so the burden will be 10 times larger for the Scottish Tax payers. This same issue will effect most R & D work carried out in Scotland.

One question never asked - is who is Scottish ? Will my wife born in Glasgow get a U.K. or Scottish passport ? would each person on main land Britain get a choice ? Please note many brit's from the north of England left for Scotland 3 months ago just so that they could vote Yes to independence - so if we can vote do we note get a choice also ?

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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Re: competent IT Staff

Correct

Where's the proper Job development, having worked for many High street Banks/Investment Banks I have yet to see IT taken seriously, rarely do I see a scientific or engineering approach taken.

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

william 10

The same could have been said for BlackBerry users at one time. Your example is not comparable as she is not listed on NASDAQ employing thousands.

Apple has become a fashion brand and in that sense it has no competitors in the IT Fashion space (HTC came close and then fell away). IMHO it will not be about the technology, it will be about the perceptions from it's user base - it's new product need to have that premium look and feel ?

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Apple 'sapphire glass' fronts for iPhone 6? It's NEWS to SUPPLIERS

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Re: Another day

And all you have do is to look at what the competition all ready has - although I think laser aka the LG G3 is way to cool for apple :-)

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Mr Hague is no better. Over a year ago he came out using weasel words in an effort to say that GCHQ where not spying on UK citizen.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Re: Depends what you mean by 'code'

Agree, not everybody can do ART or Music but we all do it at school, coding should be no different.

A few basics (concepts) are already taught successfully to many primary school kids using simple robots that they programme with a few simple set of instructions.

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Top tip, power users – upgrading Ubuntu may knacker your Linux PC

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Re: "Surely you'd use a Windows 7 boot CD to re-install the OS if you're a power user? No?"

Na! you need a hammer & a nail and lots arm muscle

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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Re: Oh please thise same tired old crap...

Apple has not sued Sony or Microsoft or Nokia, ....

It always seems to me, its because they do not look Chinese (=>益<=)

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Google's tax returns are trop petite says Hollande

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Corporation TAX is a TAX on profits not turnover !

If you want to TAX based on turnover then the best one is VAT (with a few fixes). For companies like Google Corporation TAX is not the correct TAX to be looking its VAT. We should be charging VAT on the products & services in the country the products & services are delivered, and if this was done fairly then Google would in the France as it should in England pay 20% of it's turnover in TAX in each of the countries it operates.

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

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What is the point, the security service(with the help from their so called oversea friends) are ensuring that all systems are hackable, providing this information to the Americans who then broadcast this to the world either via virus/worms or making the documentation available via contractors like Snowdon.

May-be help provide some thing secure first before we go down the Eggs & Grandma route.

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'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

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Yep - it does't look cool to take calls, but if it came with a cool stereo Bluetooth headset all with Qi charging and a mat then it would still look cool when your on the phone.

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Apple's legal bill for Samsung patent fight tops $60m

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Can Mr Cook say this in the Europe where he would be in contempt of court:-)

"Given Samsung's blatant disregard of Apple's IP rights," Cook & Co. claim, "Apple should not be forced to bear the full expense of prosecuting its claims."

This as usual, is a bit rich given apple US ban for blatant disregard of Samsung's IP rights, that required Mr Obama to issue an executive order in-order to prevent the US courts enforcement of their order.

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SCRUBBED: Technical oopsies halt SpaceX's bid for the Money Ring

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Re: Another faulty valve? @ian 22

I think you find he's like me, he cannot afford the energy prices to heat these awful UK houses many would say my house gets to −222.65 °C :-)

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What's wrong with Britain's computer scientists?

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I think you miss point, in the real world there is little need for computer scientists, in my whole 34 years I have meet a handful of true computer scientists and only employed two (my wife and another), when recruiting or being recruited personality & business knowledge with a passion for industry sector are the key factors.

On role models what about Natalya Simonova in film or Eric Schmidt in business.

So I would recommend reducing the number pure computer science courses and ensure good computer science eduction is provided as part of the other degree course like art/design/medicine/science/engineering/etc... courses should include modules on software development , development methodologies (like agile), product production management and quality assurance. As these people then go out into industry they will have an appreciation of the issues and this will raise the standards.

I would also include computer science modules as part of politics degrees our politicians often run massive IT projects that fail a little understand of what they are doing would help.

I hope this makes sense, sorry for the English recovering from heavy night.

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Apple Schill-er: 'I was shocked - SHOCKED! They went and copied the iPhone'

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Re: Hmmm....

I would say the first Samsung phone looked like a Sony phone with design influences taken from Braun - just like the first Iphone. In this whole battle people have forgotten that Sony / Nokia / Samsung where already in the the feature(smart) phone business they just lacked a little bit of extra refinement that Steve Jobs managed to bring (there was nothing radical in the first Iphone).

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Gov mulls making it easier for ICO to squash marketing pests

william 10

Exactly - You are correct!

As you say, just make the UK Based legal entity through which the call is first seen responsible for the fines (how that entity back's out the the risk through it's contracts with it's suppliers is it's problem).

Also TPS needs upgrading so you can request that the call meta data is kept for 24 hours only on incoming calls, allowing you identify which calls are an issue and this will provide information needed to identify the source of the problem.

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Berners-Lee: 'Appalling and foolish' NSA spying HELPS CRIMINALS

william 10

I have no issue with the NSA & GCHQ trying to break encryption, my issue is when they endeavour to provided back doors into to security systems (like it seems the NSA did with RSA's BSAFE security product) by doing this it enables Terrorists and unfriendly Governments to access our systems.

I have issues with the deployment of virus like stuxnet that provide the Crim's, Terrorists and unfriendly governments with detailed information on how to break the security of various systems.

Another issue I have is that all spying by UK or Foreign governments(American, German etc...) on U.K. citizens should be done in accordance to UK Law and under UK Government over-site. There should never be the case where Foreign governments have greater access to UK citizens private data than that available to our own security services.

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RSA: That NSA crypto-algorithm we put in our products? Stop using that

william 10

IMHO - he has, his "shoot down" email clearly show his pain at being trapped by US law (The land of the slaves that are forced to say they are free). Have a look at the various commented random.c files out there - make your one changes and compile the kernel with your version. We have all been forced to be on our own here.

The NSA must stop helping non US government sponsored hackers by weakening the security of there own systems. "Come on " do terrorists really use bsafe ?

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DARPA: You didn't think we could make a Mach 6 spaceplane, so let us have this MACH TEN job

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Re: Basic questions for DARPA projects

And I thought those skills where developed on the streets of our big cities, I understand that the US military train a lot of there surgeons by getting them to work in some the Big West cost hospitals (I suppose that is one advantage of america's policies on guns - well trained trauma surgeons).

And here in the UK, a lot of our trauma care practises were developed in Northern Ireland by civilian hospitals.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Re: Anarchist?

So another wannabe John Lydon.

I'm not one for the Potty Mouth. But I'm fully behind where people like Johnny are coming from and in my own way very anti establishment.

God save the queen

It's a fascist regime

They made you a moron

A potential H-bomb

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Level 3 starts round 2 of layoffs: 60 UK workers to lose jobs

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>>that customer satisfaction with Level 3 was at an all-time low.

If this is the case, why don't they do something about it !

May be the strategy should be to increase Staff numbers with higher quality better paid staff ?

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Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic

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Re: Ah...

Or for one betting company let me put the clean mop away - was that the master trip the mop hit.

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iPhone 5S: 64-bit A7, 128GB storage, flashy ƒ/2.0 camera, and...

william 10
Unhappy

Re: 64-bit, why?

Classic mistake, 64-bit's is not always faster depends on what your application does.

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Eric Schmidt: 'Google IS a capitalist country... er, company'

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Re: Champions of privacy

So you would like them to make the data they collect public, so that any company can use it ?

My understanding is that they keep your data private to you, unlike what I understand skype(Microsoft) does. For example they hand your data to third parties, an example of this I understand can be found in skype messaging, just enter a url for a private web site and watch bing try and scan it ?

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william 10

So the cost of developing the software does not have to be factored in ?

Paying a builder dodge some tax some tax is is illegal, what Google and MP Margaret Hodge's family owned steel company does to side step Tax is legal - big difference.

Eric is correct the issue is the law - but MP's like Ms Hodge, or ex PM's like Tony Blair don't want this changed because they will pay more Tax, they just want you to think it's the other guy's that are the problem.

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Ed Miliband brands Google's UK tax avoidance 'WRONG'

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Re: They tried to tax you without paying tax themselves.

Harriet Harman - was revealed to be one of the beneficiaries of a trust set up in her father's will designed to reduce the amount of tax she would eventually pay on his estate.

Lady Margaret Eve Hodge - shareholder in the family business today the world's largest privately owned steel-trading corporation and the sixth largest British company in private hands, with an annual turnover of over £6Bn 2011, this company seems to pay similar levels of tax to Apple & Google.

Tony Blair - another person who seems to dodge tax that Miliband should be complaining about.

The list just keeps growing...........

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Google 'DOES DO EVIL', thunders British politician

william 10

Re: An open letter

So if Google are selling in the U.K. this is illegal, but if they are marketing it's OK.

So when does marketing become sales ?

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Identity cards: How Labour lost power in a case of mistaken ID

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Re: I wonder how much of the opposition matches mine?

And not only that the central storage of personnel information which is irrelevant to primary purpose of the system.

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UK.gov's love affair with ID cards: Curse or farce?

william 10

Re: ID cards - good, database - bad

This is not about travelling with ID cards.

But to answer your question, when we put number plates on cars, when we started using phones/credit card/debit cards to pay for tickets (TFL have a proposal on the table to stop accepting cash).

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william 10

Re: ID cards - good, database - bad

I totally agree on the biometrics, but without a back end database the cards are worthless it would be to easy to forge/clone or steel the cards (we saw how easy it was for the Israeli state to do this to British passports) .

A backend database only needs to contain the cards ID, it status (valid, lost, stolen etc...) and an encrypted hash using a key created from the persons name + date of birth, you can verify the authenticity of the cards but you can-not use the data for any other purpose (as you will not be able to go from the encrypted details to the persons name).

I do accepted that politicians and civil servants are not trustworthy and would include details in plain text that should not be there.

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william 10

Re: I find these whole debate a Joke !

It is a legal requirement for your employer to check that all his workers are entitled to be in the UK and can legally take up the job in question. As the first check they should confirm the identity of the candidate and establish that their identity is genuine. They should not undertake any other checks until they are satisfied that the candidate is who he claims to be.

If your employer only requires suspected emigrants (or people they do not personally know) to show their ID's then this is discrimination and is illegal, your employers policies must not discriminate - they must perform the same set of checks for all employees. So which every way you look at it, your employer should check your ID.

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william 10

I find these whole debate a Joke !

I find these whole debate a Joke:

How does mandating that immigrants must carry ID Cards work ?

Does not have a ID card make you a immigrant or citizen ?

In order to procure work or obtain a bank account we need to provided an identity card usually a driving license or a passport so we all ready have ID Cards, but why must I go to the hassle of either passing my driving test or obtaining a passport if I would like to shown that I a UK citizen – yet as an employer how do I check if they have been stolen it a joke.

The madness of the current situation is caused by our:

security services still living in the last century

some of our politicians being seduced by the ego of big projects

some of our politicians with the false logic that we do not need ID Cards – (how do you get a job without one).

The solution is simple, take the ID portion of driving licenses and make them ID Cards, this part of the driving licenses only costs £20 every 10 years. The only addition needed is that the government should have a paid service (say £5 / enquiry) where you can confirm that the ID Card was issued, has not been lost/stolen and not linked to fraud.

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

william 10

Re: Between The Unions and Thatcher

During 1981 I toured some of our engineering firms and then later toured some in Japan, we were 20-30 years behind our factories still harked back to the 19th century - and this was caused by the complete failure of our managers combined with the Unions. Between the two they killed our manufacturing base, if it was not for Mrs T. are car industry would followed our textile industry into obscurity.

You are wrong to blame Mrs T. for these issues the seeds of our down fall was the set in the 60s & 70s with the Big government the State Owned Industries and the Managers/Unions refusal to move forward - after decades of failure Mrs T. came along and said let failures die and back the successes - the strategy only started to fail when Mr Brown & Mr Blair returned to the failed policies of the 60&70 started trying to prop up failing institution's the big example being those risky banks should have been left to fail (those retail banks Northern Rock, HBOS, RBS, Bradford & Bingle).

The state should never take on failed institution's it just drags the economy down and down. We should put a lot more state funding into new small business, it is these firms that will take over when today's large firms go through their cycle of decline.

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Apple slips bomb into ITC filing: Samsung being PROBED by US gov

william 10

Re: How can you patent something that's "Standards Essential"?

It's not that simple, the traditional Telco supply firms like Qualcomm,Samsung, Nokia, moto, NorTel have spent millions(billions) in research on the radio based technologies these standards are based on - these companies need to obtain a return on investment or they will not sponsor the relevant research in the future.

The RAND/FRAND agreements have worked well for the last 20 years - it has not stopped new players like HTC developing and competing in the mobile phone space.

The issue is that two of the new players (Apple, Microsoft) have refused to negotiate - you can clearly see this from the Moto / Mirco court case in German.

I would not mind if these companies did more primary research, but these companies IMHO have a track record of using other peoples technologies with out fairly rewarding them (may I refer you to BSD Unix, Xerox, DEC (with VMS), Linux etc...).

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Apple demands $707m more from Samsung

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Re: Troll bait

Totally agree, does FOSSpatents discuss the jury member (foreman) that broke his Voir Dire his oath!

The foreman promised to follow the law and not use what he knew from his own cases(where he was sued over software IPR) , but just follow the judge's instructions - clearly from statements made by foreman he broke his oath. This is the smoking gun that should get a re-trail.

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The iPHONE 5 UNDERMINES western DEMOCRACY: 5 reasons why

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Mushroom

Hurry Hurry - get them quick before the possible ban !

At least two companies are already working on court filings to get it banned as they claim apple copied them.

If these companies are successful I wonder what the withdrawal symptoms will be like ?

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Apple hoards LTE patents to deflect Samsung attack

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Re: Sadly

This is often an argument put forward, but in most cases is false. When it comes to software development "Trade Secrets and Copyright" offers very good cheap/straight forward protection - I have yet to see a software patent that cannot be implemented by the smallest company, this may be an issue in other industries but this is not the case for the Software industry.

Please note, the software industry is closer to the publishing industry and the lack of Patents did not prevent a single parent becoming one of the UK's richest people.

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Osborne accused of derailing UK.gov's green dream

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Re: SOMEONE had to derail it...

Correct!

There is a cheaper way to meet our 2030 CO2 targets and grow the economy but this would effect many so called green companies like "TMO Renewables" is Mr Tim Yeo the chairman still ?

Please note we will be going gas for electricity generation (currently there is no other affordable source), and large quantities of this will come from places like Canada where it will come from fracked sources. So the real question is, Do we want as a country to profit from our own Gas, where we control the regulation or do we want to leave this to others.

According to reports on what is contained in the NEW "British Geologic Survey" we have more gas than has been reported in this country so far. If Germany can frack gas safely for many years then we can, it's time for the government to find out and perform the work (and science) necessary to identify what the facts are.

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Apple will only reinstate mute kids' app if makers win patent case

william 10

So if Apples policy is "to remove products that are under patent litigation" why hasn't other patent litigation encumbered products like the Iphone & IPAD been removed also ?

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RBS IT cockup: This sort of thing can destroy a bank, normally

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Re: It's amazing

Again sort off, if you have borrowed loads of money you need to get it to work - due to the volumes you have (only allowed because of the relaxed collateral requirements on Banks) you are forced to relax your lending requirements (i.e. removing the need for deposits etc....).

Then other Banks find it cheaper to borrow short term (six months or less) than long term but they use this money to provide long terms loans (Northern Rock) - this would be fine if you had sufficient collateral but Mr Brown had relaxed the rules on collateral and stopped proper regulation of the banks (See no evil Hear no evil the labour way to regulation).

The Bank Regulations should be there to protect people, the assumption should be that Bankers work for the good of themselves not the country and Mr Goodwin is a classic example of the this (Please note Mr Goodwin is an exception not the rule, most bankers try to be good), we need to find the bad ones before the economy is damaged .

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william 10

Re: It's amazing

Sort of, money deposited in Banks is is one of the forms of collateral used by the banks for their borrow.

The Banks most affected by the current downturn often turn out to be those that took advantage of Mr Browns relaxing of the reserve/capital requirements as his assertion that he had "ended boom and bust" not understanding he had created "boom and depression". This allowed the Banks to borrow more against their Tier 1 Capital, depriving them of the reserves need to survive a downturn.

Please note it's Tax Payers that elect governments and it's governments that create and police the rules. So tax payers made the mistake of electing a government that was clearly losing control of spending and our now paying the price for this. We the voters must take responsibility of our part in this.

The current financial crises was created in Downing Street by Mr Brown.

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Google files EU complaint over Nokia/Microsoft patent trolling

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Pirate

Google's complaint is that they are having to pay for PIRATED goods. Look at the Oracle/Google case only two out of seven Patents where valid and then it did not infringe on the last two.

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Steve Jobs re-invents the portable telly

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It's missing tight phone tether

It would seem that I will need a Voice/Data contract for my phone and another Data contract for my IPAD, what I would like is to be able to connect my phone to my IPAD, the phone then uses the IPAD screen, speaker and mike - the IPAD then uses the phones data connection.

(Also this way I will not need to use bluetooth or WIFI to connect the devices, thereby reducing battery usage).

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Government rubbishes ID card hack report

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Yes agree

Yes agree - and as there is no problem there cannot be any consequences, the government cannot complain.

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