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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Churnalism

What of the media outlets that carelessly spread the fraudulent information? Are they also being held to account for their negligence in the matter?

Anyone who knows anything about verifying sources, knows that you don't use contact information provided by the source you're trying to verify. If "the police" call you, you get a name and call the police station yourself, using a number from the phone book (or equivalent). If "the bank" (or any business) contacts you about something - especially by email - you go to their website (no, not the one linked in the email) and use the contact information there.

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

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Re: ...

> But the Internet provider charges a flat rate whether you push 500 KB a month or 500 GB, simply because it's always been that way. The "solution" to this problem, unfortunately, may turn out to be metered pricing (and no, I'm not looking forward to it either.)

Except "bits" aren't in limited supply, nor are the accumulated use of such what is causing congestion on the tubes. The problem is concurrent bandwidth use exceeding the ISP's capacity, which metered-by-the-bit internet caps do not remedy. For example, if everyone burns through their allotment of bits in the first week, when that new Netflix show comes on, there's still going to be congestion, even though all the customers are well within their limit of bits.

Hence the only logical method of such tiered pricing is using bandwidth bands (10Mb/s, 30Mb/s, etc.) as is currently done by most ISPs already.

The fundamental issue is that ISPs - all of them - grossly oversell their available bandwidth/throughput. It's the reason ISPs sell "up to xMb/s broadband", and historically this was generally good enough for most people. Then internet video streaming came along, and customers started demanding ISPs make good on the inflated numbers they've been spouting for years.

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ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

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> If information is out of date, then it is the out of date information that should be removed, not the links to it. The links will disappear if the information is removed.

That's the ideal, but good luck getting any information removed from some anonymous website based out of Kerplakistan.

It seems to me that this is a taste of the problems the copyright lobby have been complaining about and fighting for years.

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Re: Why the UN?

> The analogy doesn't work because, on Earth, someone will own or live in the forest. There is no analogy for what we're seeing here.

People are only capable of "owning" a forest due to the laws of man. Beside the relative difficulty in access, the only reason asteroids are treated differently are because of the laws of man (the outer space treaty).

> And if you can't get in to space, why should you have ANY say in what US companies under US jurisdiction do with resources they exploit out there?

Just because you can't go somewhere, does not mean that activities in that place do not affect you. I personally can't fly up into LEO, but I'm certainly affected by what might go on up there (hello, GPS).

What about someone going out into the middle of the Atlantic (international waters), and dumping a thousand tonnes of highly radioactive waste? Should Switzerland, a land-locked nation, not have a right to complain about such activity? They may not have an Atlantic coastline, but I'm sure they have dealings involving the Atlantic (importing fish, for example).

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Google spares founders from TERMINATORS, but not Eric Schmidt

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Re: Um...

> Notably they don't mind a visit from the T-X.

I don't know what you're talking about. There was never a T-X in either of the two Terminator movies.

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Dell exec: HP's 'Machine OS' is a 'laughable' idea

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Re: IBM'ness

Exactly this.

AIUI these nay-saying companies seem to be saying "we'll just stuff our existing software products on top of these new kinds of hardware", without realising that introducing something like memristors could transform the computer architecture in a way which defies the fundamental assumptions on which current-day operating systems are built.

If HP do their Machine OS properly (rather than proprietarily), then it shouldn't matter so much whether it's memristors; battery-backed-up conventional RAM, crystal-lattice quantum dots; inverse-tachyon ion fields; or anything else that "wins" the hardware battle, so long as the basic assumptions of the OS hold true.

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Zuckerberg and other directors sued over GIGANTIC PACKAGES

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Re: @Don Jefe

> The loneliest person in the world is a Board member who had his seat purchased as a shareholder tactic. Everybody hates that guy because he's not there for the company, or even himself, he's there for someone else.

Unless I misunderstand; by "someone else" you mean "shareholders with voting rights"? Also known as owners of the company? Whom the board is meant to represent the interests of?

Besides which, ol' Zucky-boy personally holds a majority stake in the company IIRC, so the point is moot in this case. Without Zuckerberg's ear, the only way any other shareholder could get such a change enforced would be via the courts.

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Doubletalk: Geeksphone Revolution dual-OS smartphone

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The Revolution will be Firefoxed

I used to use a ZTE Open. It was my first smartphone, and it was okay.

I now use a Revolution with Firefox OS (technically Boot2Gecko/B2G, likely for some licensing reason). Compared to the ZTE Open it's dreamy-smooth (which is not saying much, admittedly), and certainly a better platform for seeing what Firefox OS is capable of (or not).

Hardware-wise, I'd say it was... quirky. The power button is on the top, but on the left side - which is the opposite to what I remember from all other phones I've seen. Having the microUSB slot on the left side (about 1/4 of the way down) is just weird. And, on my unit at least, the volume-down button seems somewhat mis-aligned, in that it is difficult to activate and has no "clunk". However, the volume-up part is fine.

And in case anyone is wondering; it uses a micro-SIM, not a nano-SIM as some early (p)reviews reported.

OS-wise, it shows that Firefox OS, while very functional for the basics, is still a WIP - in terms of both feature-set and the presence of minor bugs and irritations. The new wallpapers in 1.3, featuring the fire-fox itself, are great though.

So the Revolution is certainly not a bad phone, but personally, if I were looking to get a new Firefox OS phone and didn't absolutely need one this week, I'd wait and see how the Flame (the upcoming official developer phone) stacks up.

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'Hello? Hello? Yes, I'm calling you on my WEB BROWSER'

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Re: it sux if...

> I can't see why you'd need any additional "services" to implement that, any more than you'd need an additional service to use IRC or FTP.

Indeed, it's likely similarly analogous, in that neither IRC nor FTP are peer-to-peer protocols, and so require a (usually third-party) server(/"service") to mediate at least the initial connection (and more if you want group communication). Have you ever heard of firewalls and NAT?

From what I can tell, TokBox is a provider of such intermediate servers, so I assume Mozilla will be using their service as a back-end. Unless Mozilla have some sort of agreement that they host their own back-end infrastructure for it (and even then), this move concerns me with regard to long-term sustainability.

Not to mention that I'd much rather Mozilla concentrate on implementing the standards required to do this, and leave such applications to third parties. I have been very impressed by Jitsi Meet recently, but unfortunately it doesn't work on Firefox, due to Mozilla having not yet implemented everything it needs.

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

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Re: Get your tin-foil hats here -- at these prices I'm cutting my own throat

AIUI:

Trawling = using a big net

Trolling = using a baited line

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Our Reg reader 'mutt's nuts' dictionary is le chien's biens

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Norwegian?

"Hundens balla" looks more like Swedish to me.

Granted, I'm no expert at Norwegian idioms or the intricacies of the language, but in Norwegian it could be "Hundens baller/boller". "Baller" means balls, as in sport, and "boller" can mean anything round-ish. That phrase could also be used to refer to tennis balls or such which belongs to the dog, and which dogs often love, so could be appropriate in meaning too.

Or you could use "Hundens egg" (egg is the same in singular or plural).

Although for some reason I quite prefer "Hundens plommer" (the dog's plums).

But knowing Norwegians' tendencies with English idioms, they'd probably just use the phrase in English.

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Dogevault praying backups work after confirming attack

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Re: Cryptocurrency: How does it even work?

Indeed, as the TopOnePercent says; essentially, what would be stored in the backups are the keys used to authorize transactions on behalf of users. If the dogecoin has already been transferred away from the ownership of Dogevault's users, then all they'll regain is the ability to transfer a zero balance.

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Oracle vs Google redux: Appeals court says APIs CAN TOO be copyrighted

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Re: W. T. F.

> Not only is Google completely wrong on this, I would say even presenting the argument is evil. Copyright is and always has been the proper method of protection for code, and patents are the wrong standard.

I was surprised at that comment in the article too, since I don't remember hearing that come up in previous coverage of this case (not that my memory of such matters is to be particularly relied upon). However, I can see an argument that the assertion in question could be appropriately applied to software APIs, which makes me wonder whether someone hasn't got their technical details in a twist.

Then again, lawyers gonna lawyer.

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Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

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Re: Good riddance

> If the video showed is innocence he would probably allowed it to be used as evidence.

In that case, the prosecution would likely have moved to have it deemed inadmissable for the same reason he did. If the video was truly acquired by the police against law and due process, then it is right and just that it was not used in the trial.

I would rather not live in a society where evidence is implicitly trusted merely because it was offered up by someone in a police uniform.

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Teen student texter busts 20-second tongue-twisty SMS barrier

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Optimise for awards

This strikes me as possibly leading to a similar thing to computer performance benchmarks, whereby manufacturers tweak their product specifically to get a better score on the benchmarks, but with little or no practical real-world improvement. If I create a phone keyboard which lets you "type" that piranha thing in a single press, could I claim that as a new world record?

Is this supposed to be a world record for the physical act (an athletic achievement), or for technological progress (like "fastest electric land vehicle")? AFAICT it seems to be a fairly meaningless munging of the two.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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I still have an old 2006-era "high-end" Inspiron, which I keep around in case of emergency. Had to fire it up just last year, in fact, when my primary machine died. Still worked just fine with an old Kubuntu installed on it.

Wesnoth kept me sane in those dark days waiting for the new machine to be delivered.

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

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FAIL

Top stories

As a regular Reg reader, what I want to see are the latest stories since I last visited. Unfortunately, it seems I can't get to the chronological list, without first having to scroll past all the "top stories" which either I've inevitably already read, or didn't care about in the first place. Add another tab or something, so it goes: "latest", "top stories", "most read". Bonus points if it remembers which section you were last on.

And since I'm here, where the FUCK is HTTPS support? Asking people to log in to your website over an insecure connection! You are everything that is wrong with security on the Internet.

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NBN Co to government: 'unchain us'

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Re: Eh?

My sentiments exactly. It wasn't until the very last paragraph where the region being discussed was revealed, and only then indirectly; by mentioning the "Australian Competition and Consumer Commission".

Okay, an informed reader might have worked it out from the mention of Telstra, but even that only came up in the fifth paragraph.

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Amazon buys Comixology for content crossover capers

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Render unto Apple what is Apple's

Perhaps the fact that Comixology bills through the iTunes and Play app stores is worth noting. Amazon seems unperturbed by the fact Apple won 't let users of the Kindle app make in-app purchases.

I thought the issue was that Amazon didn't want to switch to billing through iTunes, and so pay Apple a 30% cut of all sales through the Kindle app (not to mention the price-fixing clauses in-app purchases must obey). I'm sure Apple would be happy to allow them to have in-app purchases, if only Amazon added/switched to using iTunes for processing the payments.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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Re: Agenda here?

> Just like if you announce you are a vegetarian, meat eaters immediately launch into attacking you, "well you eat fish don't you?", "and eggs, and milk, they are from animals". They feel threatened and have to justify their meat eating.

I suspect in most cases they're not attacking you, or trying to justify their meat eating; they're likely just trying to work out what *kind* of vegetarian you are. The term "vegetarian" is used by a huge variety of people to mean a huge variety of things, from "I don't like the taste of some meat products" to "practically vegan".

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

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Walk on, bye

The actual sign is already pretty cool:

https://secure.flickr.com/photos/ianstacey/375977327/?rb=1

Alas, this version appears to be in the process of being phased out for a more... neutral (read: generic, inoffensive, boring) sign:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Norwegian-road-sign-516.H.svg

Though judging by the occasional story in the local rag, I'm not alone in being dismayed with the new sign.

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Microsoft frisks yet another Android gear maker for patent dosh

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Re: Microsoft's influence within a private Dell?

> It would be nice to see one of these agreements challenged in the courts.

Didn't Barnes & Noble do just that, some time back? Then they took a big wodge of cash/investment from Microsoft, when it was eventually settled out of court.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

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> Just don't visit any dangerous websites

So any website which hosts third-party advertisements is out, then?

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Re: Open your fucking eyes.

> Did you actually look, or did you assume that because you don't see such campaigns on a tech blog, they don't exist?

He didn't say they didn't exist, he said he didn't see the campaigns. And frankly, neither have I. Meanwhile, the "we need more women in x" campaigns are getting plastered across the (inter-)national media practically every week.

So if the "we need more men in x" campaigns exist, why aren't they getting as widely publicised as the female equivalents?

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Newsweek knocks on door of dad-of-six, tells him he invented Bitcoin

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Re: The American press strikes again

> And yet here we are, the public, commenting on the story.

There's a difference between "in the public interest" and "interesting to the public".

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

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Re: Congratulations

> Seriously, how does one manage to say for sure either way when it's only just been opened for beta?

How much do you seriously expect to change with just two months before release? The answer is usually none at all, unless the game is so horrendous that it would be reputation-ruining for the publisher to push it out the door.

MMO betas aren't usually betas in the traditional sense. If there is already a release date set, then it is absolutely not a beta in the traditional sense. It's a free(?) preview; a taster; a demo. AFAICT what you see in a "beta" is more than likely what you're going to get at release.

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Re: One big database

> just how much IT do you think a surgery has to do this

Don't most local surgeries outsource their IT already?

> You would need some kind of AI to work it out, or someone in the surgery who would spend their time reviewing and releasing data requests.

I'm not so sure pre-reviewing every request is entirely necessary. Decent security, restricted authentication tokens, comprehensive logging of every request, a clear audit trail, and stiff penalties for misuse, should be enough to deter most ne'er-do-wells from mucking about.

How often would such requests be done, anyway? Surely only when a patent's status changes - they move home, visit a doctor on holiday, require emergency treatment, etc. We're surely not talking 1,000 requests per second which need reviewing.

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Silk Road admins: Sorry for the hack, we're sorting out refunds

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Re: Ponzi scheme tactics

Nothing Ponzi about it.

It's a business pledging to refund customers for a loss of company assets due to theft. AFAICT they're acting just like any regular small business startup would do if they lost assets in this manner - either make good as best they can, as soon as they can; or go bust.

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

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Damn americans, staying over there, working their own jobs

While hiring US workers may slightly increase costs for the business, it also means that more US workers will have more money to spend, and so expand the market for goods pretty much across the board. Unless your business is entirely export, it surely makes long-term sense to hire locally.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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This, exactly this.

It seems to me that there could be quite a lot about writing contracts and laws that is similar to writing software. Definitions, symbols, conditionals, GOTOs, etc.. I've thought for a while that it would be a good thing for a country or organisation to hire/contract a group of security professionals to parse, deconstruct, and analyse new laws or contracts *before* they go into force.

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Incantations used to summon Magic Quadrants revealed

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Alpha Quadrant

I have no idea what this article is about.

Yet I somehow feel that knowing this would not actually enrich my life in any way.

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Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

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Re: "none of them have had any security problems"

Or possibly "none of them have noticed their security problems yet"?

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Tell us we're all doomed, MPs beg climate scientists

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Re: Thing is, we *are* all doomed.

> Do you really think you will live forever?

This isn't about you and me living forever, this is trying to reduce the chances of our proceeding generations dying en-masse from famine and disease.

> Getting all paranoid about the inevitable is counter-productive.

Yet if the changing climate is due to human activity, it is not necessarily "inevitable". Just as it is not "inevitable" that you'll go out for beers tonight.

> How about instead trying to figure out how to survive?

When you're captaining a cruise liner, it's generally a better idea to steer away from the rocks in the first place, than to be the first one in the lifeboats. No matter how impressed your mates might be by you sailing so close to the shore.

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UK internet filtering shouldn't rely on knee tappers, says Tory MP

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Rats in a sack

> The worst thing politicians can do in this space is fight amongst ourselves...

I believe that, in the normal course of parliamentary activities, the usual term is "debate".

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Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Re: Best. Game. Ever.

I always used to farm Revolver matches. Score a goal or two, then just grab the ball with your fastest player, and run round collecting any cash that shows up. If you're practised/cocky enough, you could do the same with the second-worst team, but I forget what they were called.

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Cryptocurrencies now being pooped out by cartoon cat

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Re: Many coin, very whimsy

So a few people get rich; those who had the best idea (created the most popular/valuable option), and those who supported it the earliest; and most people just get a modicum of value from its existence. That's pretty much the way capitalism seems to work AFAICT.

Don't let jealousy or envy of the fortunate cloud your judgement of what could be a good thing for human society as a whole.

And by that I mean Dogecoin.

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Many coin, very whimsy

I still hope that it's Dogecoin which wins out overall, and becomes the global standard transaction/exchange currency.

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Chrome lets websites secretly record you?! Google says no, but...

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Re: Dodgy?

I'm guessing this was changed to allow the use case of; people continuing to use mic input (having a conversation, etc.) while browsing other web pages. Like how you can talk to someone on Skype without having to have the Skype window visible and in-focus all the time.

Perhaps browsers should prevent cam/mic input starting on non-focussed pages and, once active, ask the user if they want to continue sending if the input-receiving page is de-focused.

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Nokia's Android? It's not for the likes of us…

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Windows everywhere, and not a fire escape in sight

> It's the lack of a Plan B, C or D that resulted in the two-year vacuum - and this was the consequence of complacency during the OPK* era.

Really? It was my understanding that the problem during the OPK era was that they had *too many* plans, all fighting for resources and supremacy - Maemo/Meego/Symbian/Meltemi/etc.?

Was it not during Elop's tenure that all the existing plan B, C, D, etc.operating systems were scrrapped, and in an entirely unexpected bout of nepotism, the "all or nothing, bet the farm on a three-legged foal" plan A of Windows Phone was initiated?

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

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Re: highly dubious

> Except when you have it in your jacket pocket or shirt pocket or strapped to your arm when jogging or in a rear pocket when riding a bike, it is the wrong way up.

Who gives a monkeys which way up it is, when it's in your pocket and nobody can see the screen anyway?

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

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Re: Also, that Alienware console is gorgeous.

Really?

To me it looks like the whole console industry's industrial design departments have been calling it in for this most recent generation.

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One-minute Koch-blocking earns attacker two years, massive fine

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Re: Here come da' Judge;

> So, you won't call the authorities if I screw all of the doors and windows of your house shut in the middle of the night?

He probably would, and he might also push to have you pay to replace the doors and windows, but I don't think he'd also push for you to pay for a professional structural survey, a new all-encompassing 6' wall topped with razor-wire, 4" thick steel security doors, and a 12-month contract with a local security agency to patrol his property 24/7.

And what if you only tightened one screw, and two dozen others were also involved? Should you be expected to pay the entirety of the redress, just because you were the only person to be caught?

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'I WAS AN ADMIN FOR SILK ROAD': Alleged hit-man target tells all

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Dread Libel Ulbricht

> In his affidavit, he said that while at Silk Road he "could also view administrative Bitcoin accounts controlled by Ulbricht" – which, if true, might provide a source of potentially damning evidence.

Except:

> he claims he never knew Ulbricht's true identity. To Green, Ulbricht was "Dread Pirate Roberts,""

So how could his affidavit truthfully claim he could view Ulbricht's accounts, rather than DPR's accounts?

Since Ulbricht outright denies that he is the DPR in question, and AFAIK the only information we have are accusations/hearsay from the FBI, etc., surely it behooves people, and news outlets especially, not to so casually conflate the two identities at this stage.

I believe that it is only after either a confession, or having the evidence produced and an affirmative judgement made in court, that it stops being libel.

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Apple handed Samsung-busting nuke after Steve Jobs patent U-turn

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Re: Hang on a minute ....

One shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and nor should one judge a patent by its summary.

If you want to know what actually has been patented, read carefully all the claims in the patent (particularly the independent claims). More than likely the implementation actually patented is far more specific than any news article is likely to take the time to explain.

Then again, this is the US patent system we're talking about.

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Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

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Re: Past lives

Clearly, if you don't remember a past life, it just means it wasn't very memorable.

If you previously spent hundreds of hours in the air, shooting down the Hun for King and country; don't you think that those events might be *sightly* more memorable than shovelling shit in a stable 364 days a year?

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Gates, Zuckerberg to deliver free coding lesson

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Headmaster

Re: They should focus on two things ...

"in the math world, dividing by zero yields infinity, which is a perfectly acceptable result. When you're programming, dividing by zero yields a crash. Or an exception. If you don't know what's going on in the hardware, you probably don't even know what an exception is."

$ node

> 1 / 0

Infinity

> "blah" / 0

NaN

> ^D

With modern programming languages, especially interpreted ones, for 99% of programming tasks the hardware is irrelevant - you program to the virtual machine, not the electronic one.

That's not to say that knowing how the hardware works and performs is never helpful, but the number of real-world projects where that need even be a consideration is comparatively minute.

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Ex-Valve engineers raise begging bowl for 3D holographic-like goggles

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Release valve

> Valve can't have been that impressed with the technology, as though it was developed at the company, an "opportunity presented itself" in early 2013 to let the two inventors acquire the tech and strike out on their own.

From what I can tell, this kind of thing just wasn't something Valve wanted to focus on. It seemed they were casting around for a while for really workable "next gen" ideas to drive them forward, hiring all sorts of people from all over the place. Then I guess they found the most appropriate avenue for the company, and decided to focus on a more traditional evolution of their current platform: Steam machines, etc.

So I don't think Valve's "rejection" of the idea implies that they didn't think it worthy enough, just that they didn't think it "Valve" enough.

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Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING

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Black Helicopters

Re: Facebook and I have a special privacy agreement

> They never use my PI.

Do you have any friends on Facebook? Are you sure they've never mentioned you, or uploaded a picture including you?

Or have you ever visited a website with a facebook "like" button?

Your naivety is showing. Facebook probably already have a "shadow" profile for you.

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Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

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Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls

> Atheism is a religion thats core tenet is that "There is no God" this is a belief as it cannot be scientifically proved.

No, I'd argue that "Atheism" is no more a religion than "Theism" or "Deism" are. It is certainly a belief, but "religion" implies a level of organisation, custom and dogma.

> The scouts are allowing all religious beliefs, the Guides have come down on the side of one religion that cannot tolerate any other belief but their own (Atheism).

What? You mean Guides swear an oath that there is no God or gods? I suspect not. I was under the impression that they just didn't mention religion - just as the Scouts are planning to do.

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