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Apple exec behind Maps and Siri to exit One Infinite Loop

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If they can/fire these two for defective preformance, is it not reasonable to assume ...

that both Siri and Crappy Mappy are equally sub-standard and deserving of a refund?

How much, is the question or will that be vouchers for iTunes?

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Pre-ordered a Microsoft Surface? So SORRY it's late, have a voucher

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Out of curiosity I checked with my local ...

software copy shop, they had Win 8/Metro/whatever on sale for the princely sum of USD$1.

Since I am a happy XP Pro user, available on a compilation DVD also at $1, I demurred purchasing the latest and 'greatest' Windows.

Smart users put off purchases until the first Service Pack.

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Hackers crack Texan bank, Experian credit records come flooding out

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I pull my credit record annually ...

as is permitted under Canadian legislation.

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The most frequent inquirer is Revenue Canada, four times annually for the past 24 years. I guess they are looking for my tax money. I don't use credit, I have no cards and therefore they have no need to have any records reflecting my current location.

I always use credit bureaus when I sue people, it provides such a rich source of embarrassing information on the proposed defendant.

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iPhone owners sue Apple for locking Jesus mobe to AT&T

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What do you call ...

a disillusioned 'fanbois' who are so excised they actually sue the Church of Apple?

Disbelievers?

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Jimmy Savile ringtones still selling like hot cakes on iTunes

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Herd mentality in full flight

I am glad that at least some El Reg posters recognise there has been no convictions registered against the late Jimmy Saville. And never will be. Gary Gladd was convicted of having 4,000 images, not making them. He was also convicted n VietNam of abuse when he spent the night with two girls and their aunt in the same bed.

Given the extreme secrecy surrounding the matter, the closed court hearings, the less than politically isolated courts and the poor general law conditions in VietNam I would even place that in the dubious category. Please note that I am one of many Foreigners who wrote to the Prime Minister of VietNam asking that no sentence reductions be given Glad. These reductions are handed out en masse on vacations and national holidays.

No one has explained why these now 40 and 50 year old alleged victims are only now coming out of the woodwork.

As someone who came up in the Sixties, I remember it was quite common for people to 'put out' by way of appreciation. These were the days of free love, mini-vans with "Don't laugh your daughter may be inside", etc.

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British IT consultant talks of his three years as an Iraqi hostage

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Like Soldiers of Fortune

When the luckless Moore accepted his position in Iraq he was undoubtedly tempted by visions of quick, increased, income. He likely didn't really consider the true risks and why his employer was offering a pot of gold.

Ignoring the premises on which the war was based, let the soldiers fix the violence and THEN go in.

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Another systematic SCADA vuln

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It's often Third Parties

Remember the US contractor who, when vacationing in the USSR, stoked up his laptop and communicated with a SCADA system, I believe in the Chicago area? All sorts of accusations of Russian spies and the like?

This is the sort of thing that should be unnecessary. Then, it is believed, a Russian technician introduced the virus/malware into the Iranian nuclear material refinement program.

It is heartening, to me to least, to hear that a Indochinese country that is purchasing electricity from China and other neighbours refuses to permit automatic interconnected network controls with these external suppliers.

Furthermore, it has established it's very own fibre network that is 100% dedicated command and control + communications network.which is 'sterile'. There are absolutely no external connections and since the SCADA scandals has even prohibited anyone from connecting any device to it other than through a secure access point.

The US, and Canada, are so incestuously interconnected.

The Northeast blackout of 1965 was a significant disruption in the supply of electricity on 1965 November 9 affecting parts of Ontario in Canada and Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, and New Jersey.

It was caused by by an adjustable safety relay being set too low.

The 2003 Northeast blackout widespread power outage that occurred throughout parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Ontario, Canada, on 2003 August 14, which lasted up to five days in some areas, including parts of Toronto.

You have never, ever seen so many official fingers pointing at each other and even across the Canada/US border. One the heat had cooled it was determined the problem lay in Ohio!

Being profit motivated, i.e. 'cheap', these outfits who formerly ran their own communications networks which included extensive microwave strings over hundreds and thousands of miles, regarded the InterNet as the best thing to come along since Edison.

Down came strings of microwave towers and dishes which were replaced with a pair of wire to the local telco.

The other thing with power and utility companies is that they are frequently technically 'conservative' and having adopted SCADA to find that this new, alien, technology is responsible is responsible for system failures is more than a little disturbing.

One benefit the US phantom war on terrorism has done is to sensitise the authorities to the vulnerabilities they face, even though the general public has to suffer harassment and embarrassments whilst travelling.

Systems are even more interconnected today and the elimination of these computer threats are a matter of national security. Canada and the US, along with many other countries, assume, foolishly, their electrical supplies are immune to attack.

Living in a country where power failure is a regular occurrence does persuade people to look to alternate power sources. My office, and home, have standby battery systems - LED lighting works from 12 volts - as well as standby generators with well-filled fuel tanks.

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US Copyright Office approves phone jailbreaking and video remixes

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Why does anyone outside the US care?

The US Copyright decisions affect the US and it's territories.

In many jurisdictions they either don't care or these governments have different priorities. The USA can protest all it wants to BeiJing but Chinese entrepreneurs will carry on business as usual. Likewise in other countries.

As long as trusted authorities such as El Reg, continue it's promotion of this subservience, people will actually believe, and accept, US law is world law.

If this were the case, Apple wouldn't be performing it's pantomime with Samsung all over the world.

Up yours, Uncle Sam.

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Feds arrest Paul Ceglia over Facebook ownership claims

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savage indictment of the American legal system ... based ... past character.

Obviously, correspondent Iain Thomson isn't too legally that aware.

Thousands of 'convicted felons' in the USA commence suits annually. Just because they've been convicted of / framed with a charge doesn't deny them right to see a judge.

It isn't an 'indictment' of the American system, it's system that can be seen to function inasmuch that it this clam was exposed.

Calling in the 'Feds', or cops, is an old trick. Happened to me when a large American travel-related corporation decided that our differences should be settled in court. They sued me for a million dollars. They also called the cops, who swallowed their line hook, line and sinker. Fortunately I had a smart attorney who gave me instructions regarding my property and all the civil Gestapo found in my premises was me and my furniture.

They lost their claim and had to pay my costs.

Unless you know all the details t an be dangerous to 'assume' anything.

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ICO fines council £120,000 for crypto email fail

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The council members are the equivalent of the ...

board of directors in a company and the mayor it's CEO.

If a fine is imposed it should be paid from the pockets of these guys as they failed n their jobs.

Why should taxpayers get stiffed again?

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iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: inch makes all the difference, says Apple CEO

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I always heard it wasn't the ...

length but the technique.

Guess Cooks extra 2..45 centimetres isn't worth much.

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TSA fails again with adjustable boarding passes

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Re: The way IATA will want to fix this...

IATA has nothing to do with standards.

You mean, presumably, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations agency.

IATA is simply a price fixing club that represents rich airlines.

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No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

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The device "guesses" where it is by sniffing for nearby WiFi base stations

I guess this perfectly matches Apple's Crappy Map App and relies on the theory two guesses DO make a right.

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APPLE: SCREW YOU, BRITS, everyone else says Samsung copied us

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"overall design of extreme simplicity".

Isn't this just a long winded way of saying PLAIN?

I wonder if Apple likes eating Humble Pie, UK style?

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Sky staffer plundered database to benefit naughty false firms

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Using 'Murdoch' business morals against a Murdoch company

Poetic justice.

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China's Goophone unveils US$99 Android iPad Mini clone

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Apple products won't sell well in China ...

unless they reduce their profit margins.

Here in VietNam there are some Android 'smartphones' which have resistive displays, games, audio playback and SD storage a.. for under USD$40. Good value for money, although they do look cheap. They are popular with school children.

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Boeing zaps PCs using CHAMP missile microwave attacks

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Time to use 100% foil-backed dry wall and chicken wiire + ferrites

I saw a specification for a high powered pulsed UHF transmitter test 'warehouse'. The main features were that the foil backed dry wall / gypsum panels had to be bonded and areas around the joints and corners covered with 'chicken wire' of certain dimensions. All services, which included water pipes, were also bonded and passed through ferrites.

If these protections can contain a signal, they can equally protect from such signals, IMO.

With respect to American military tests, many in the past have been questioned, especially when the senior officer n charge of projects was, later, hired by the contractor. Boeing has had lots of projects prove unsuccessful after detailed Congressional investigation.

The question what were the attacked buildings constructed from - woos, brick or concrete?

Hell, Boeing couldn't even build a 'high tech' fence designed to stop illegal immigrants from Mexico.

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Judge GIVES APPLE THE FINGER in multitouch iDevice patent case

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Poor old Apple. more prior art discounted

Perhaps the courts would save one hell of a lot of time if they had the USPO to go back and go through Apple Tosh with a fine tooth comb.

Some of them are plainly prior art, like some of the travel reservation screens. Apple is a very late comer to travel, so check Sabre's Planet Sabre UI (discontinued) to see where Apple's 'inspiration' came from..

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Speech systems lawsuit sours Apple's day

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Are theu entitled to royalties ...

if the dumb Siri doesn't work properly?

Google's approach is much more functional, and faster, when two of these devices are held side by side and a simultaneous inquiry made.

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FTC issues guidelines on facial recognition technology

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Which part of 'facial technology' ....

when used in toilets can differentiate between the left and right posterior 'cheeks'?

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US patent office prepares to kill off Apple's bounce-back patent

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Why the pregnant silence from ...

the Cupertinians?

You would have thought the PR department would have been working overtime.

Possibly Judge Koh had a premonition, or a tip, that things might change and she protected proceedings by adjourning until December. Guess Samsung has deservedly been given two big Christmas presents - the delayed trial proceedings allowing them to score the Christmas market and this patent determination.

New trial anyone?

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Re: @Phil This should never have been a problem

Criminal and civil law are hardly comparable, the standard of evidence in the former is far, far higher.

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iPad Mini: Why is Apple SO SCARED of the Kindle?

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Tim Cook can't run a company second-guessing specifications Apple's dead leader might prefer

I thought Cook went down to the bone-yard and held a weekly seance?

As for the education market, it has little spare budget, so cheaper, smaller is only part of the equation. Apples jail environment with a 30% gate fee is simply to restrictive and to expensive for the education app developers and schools to pay,

Which s another reason not to buy this Apple product.

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Prosecutor seeks sports-bodies guidance on troll-hunting rulebook

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Jurisdiction is paramount

Plod, apart from looking for an easy conviction, has to look out for jurisdiction.

What if the unhappy poster is domiciled elsewhere other than the UK or Europe? Ditto for the server.

And if the Troll is using a VPN, what then?

Plod is simply looking to make numbers look good and really it is as meaningless as the comments. Look at that blowing up the lousy airport - total waste of court time.

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Naughty Siri breaks law by listing Chinese escorts

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Why ask Siri?

Most women;s hairdresser staffs have extra curricular work.

I stay in a teacher's apartment on school grounds when in NanNing and I have to run a gauntlet of five hairstylist shops and everyone of them solicits business from men passing by.

A but embarrassing for the female teacher but she is used to it.

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Facebook won't pull unmarked police plates page

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In Newfoundland, Canada, many government owned cars have ...

'G' plates. Regular car owners get a 'A' registration plate and trucks and pickup's get a 'C' lettered plate.

Dumb, simple.

There are a few cop cars that don't comply.

The other way, to spot which are the cop cars, if you know radio antennae sizing, is by their slightly longer antennae lengths. The RCMP don't always play fair, they have concealed antennae under the rear window shelf in the trunk (boot).

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Anonymous cell: Shove off, credit-hoggers, WE took down HSBC

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Only YOU used LIBOR, HSBC was 'allegedly' involved in the European version.

Doesn't make them any more honest ... even a US Congressman described them as a 'criminal enterprise'. Who's going to argue with that?

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WHAT WE NEED IS A GOOD OLD FASHIONED SHOOT OUT ...

between the competing Anonymous groups to see which is the best.

Need a reason?

- Mexican laundry operation

- European laundry operation

- Diddling the Eurobor rate

and, finally, for introducing the SecureKey.

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State of Minnesota bans free online education

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El Reg does it again!

Here's the new statement from Larry Pogemiller, director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education:

Obviously, our office encourages lifelong learning and wants Minnesotans to take advantage of educational materials available on the Internet, particularly if they’re free. No Minnesotan should hesitate to take advantage of free, online offerings from Coursera.

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If the servers are outside Minnesota ...

it likely becomes inter-State commerce and that falls in to Obamarama's bailiwick - under federal law.

Sad commentary on 'free' enterprise, especially onsidering the governor is a Democrat.

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US accused of hypocrisy over cyber warfare

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US accused of hypocrisy? Really?

The US is the biggest hypocrite in the world.

It mounts InterNet attacks yet claims it is being attacked; it attacks other countries and enters their territories without permission - exactly what terrorists do. It decries dictatorships and loss of democracy and yet it copies them with respect to US citizens.

It even objects to countries locking people up without trial and yet it has hundreds of it's own.

Hopefully someone will call the loan notes and then they will be trouble.

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HSBC websites fell in DDoS attack last night, bank admits

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Re: I don't need no bloody DDoS, I've got a SecureKey which ...

@Vince

Why should a Customer have to adapt to a supplier?

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Re: I don't need no bloody DDoS, I've got a SecureKey which ...

I know what HSBC can do, mine was jumping from my home country to HongKong where our satellite service terminates/originates.. Of course their servers can handle more than one connection from customers but the fact is their so called 'security' doesn't, or at least didn't, allow changing IP connections which has annoyed many of their customers which isn't exactly 'service'.

They should accept that they, HSBC, have to adapt to customers not vice versa.

Merilee's quote was truncated.

Various HSBC sites have been hacked over the years, not DDoS, 2012 February; 2011 August; 2009 September.for example. No intelligent computer user would say they are impervious to any attack - ask the US government.

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I don't need no bloody DDoS, I've got a SecureKey which ...

has denied me access to my HSBC accounts for TEN WEEKS.

And to Merrelee D (Quality Assurance). in HSBC Vancouver who said: "Just for your information, our internet banking site has never been hacked or breached. Merrilee " Say again, Merrilee, I can't hear you!

Of course, HSBC boasts of all it's high tech chappies who cut your connection if your IP changes during banking. Unfortunately they haven't heard that Win 7 can handle more than one InterNet connection as can our server.

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Sacked British RIM staffers to get minimum legal payout

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We note that poutine is a Montreal specialty consisting of chips and gravy.

Your note s WRONG!

You forgot the cheese curds - makes a big difference.. And it's a rural Quebec dish.

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At least Canadian severance is ...

one week per year of service and 4% of the last years salary for vacation.

Dirty deal for Brits, especially from a Canadian company.

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Apple ordered to open its books on iPhone, iPad profits

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This Judge is all over the place

She screws both parties by limiting the evidence; she knocks Samsung's exhibits because they are too late.

Then she shafts Apple by delaying the Apple injunction to block Samsung sales until December - likely reducing iThingie sales.

Now she wants Apple to drop their pants and tell all their Fanbois just how much money they make?

Painful medicine.

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Newsweek succumbs to ad slippage, will kill print pub

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Tina Brown is losing it

Tina Brown, the editor, was supposed to rescue it but it has continued it's downward trajectory ever since.

Maybe she is too busy on her other projects like the Daily Beast.

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ZTE execs halve pay until profits return

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Setting an example for Fred the Shred and other Bankers everywhere

That the bankers would follow these examples.

Of course, (Sir) Fred Goodwin needed extra money to keep the bed warmer happy.

How is Susan Bor, still Senior VP of Talent Acquisition at SAP?

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Air China passenger arrested for in-flight phone abuse

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Minor charge and minor penalty

Chin, VietNam and some other countries have 'administrative' punishment and court punishment. They are the equivalent of a summary or minor charge OR a felony or serious charge.

He has the right to appeal the administrative punishment to a court.

In VietNam drug users are subject to 'administrative' punishment which an include confinement for months in former 're-education' camps where they are lectured on the evil of drugs.

Of course, in the US he would get to visit a court and most likely banged up for months, if not years.

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Huawei, ZTE probe showed no evidence of spying

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The US Government protecting CISCO

The US signed the WTO agreement and whenever it found it was incestuously screwing itself, it use Congressional inquiry after Congressional inquiry to delay things.

Canada has fine wood, grown n a cold climate, which makes for the finest products. So the US wood choppers bitch about losing their market to "unfair" competition from Canadian sources who get "Canadian government" subsidies.

The woodlands (forests) are Crown land and a timber company rents/leases a tract and pays the government an amount based upon wood chopped down.

So the American government imposes a temporary penalty tax Even though the US couldn't prove subsidies, repeated the process..

Eventually, after repeated findings of no subsidy, and repeated applications of 'temporary' tax a bilateral side agreement was signed. Now the Canadian government applies the very same tax before export and the Americans are happy.

Even with Canadian wood costing more, the US still bought the wood because it is simply better.

VietNam sells about USD$6,000,000 of our 'tiger' shrimp to the US annually. The sold far less food to VietNam because their food was substandard and they had foot and mouth, etc. The Vietnamese also had problems with ammonia being used during food processing, cows being fed on chicken remains, etc.

In fact the VN government ended up banning 'American beef'. To get the ban lifted the US government started imposing all sorts of restrictions, etc. They also told VN to use GM products (Franken food). Out comes the old bilateral agreement and the WTO gets bypassed again. (If you like US beef don't go reading < http://motherjones.com/ >!

Huawei and ZTE are simply going through the same process so the US can help CISCO. Paying off your Congressman makes for bigger profits.

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Map law could see China confiscate mobes at Customs

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Two children? How about ONE child and all extras USD$40,000 each?

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Re: Bleh.

Obviously you have never been to China.

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EFF warns of ACTA redux

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Where the hells Ottotwa?

We're used to less educated Americans getting it wrong, there's no excuse for the British.

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Study finds file sharers buy more music

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Try It and Buy It

My wife likes Andre Rieu style music, and we always download his latest concert recording to give it a quick listen and to see how many if the pieces are same-same.

If a new recording has 40-50% new material, she will buy the DVD/CD.

The reason we buy is because our home entertainment system (stereo) seems tp highlight the limitations of MP3 format music. If we didn't have the opportunity to 'scan' a performance, we wouldn't even buy a copy.

With pop music it seems that there are one or two good tracks and the rest garbage. I understand why some people might find downloading preferable.

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Leaked AT&T files show planned anti-piracy measures

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The futilty of it all

When did Napster start? June of 1999? PirateBay, et al, still as busy as ever.

Just upgraded the InterNet feed to my SaiGon condominium to a new 35 Megabit fibre optic feed. Fifty dollars installation fee and thirty-seven dollars a month unlimited. They even tossed in IP TV, free. Had to buy a couple of humongous hard dives to handle the loads.

Just like having a pipeline to the Hollywood film vaults! Up yours, Weinstein!

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NURSES' natural DESIRES to be SATISFIED, by technology

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NHS and Technology ... Never Works

You would have thought by now the government would accept that the NHS and technology don't work.

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Protestors target Google over that video

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If visitors or immigrants can't accept the culture and habits of a country ...

they should go home, or at least to another country.

Funny how they exercise the British right to complain - which many can't do in Muslim countries - about another British right.

Many Brits will even let them draw pictures of JC or even tear up the Bible, as long as they clean up the mess. So what's so special about Mo?

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NZ government network leaking data like a sieve

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They must be using the ultra reliable ...

Cisco equipment ... made in China, just like Huawei and ZTE.

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Successful launch readies Galileo satellites for test

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Re: Sub-metre accuracy

You can get sub-metre accuracy using GPS, a reference receiver and a regular GPS receiver.

These additional systems will allow accuracy-cross checking at less cost - no reference receivers.

Garmin will have no excuse to show our main north-south VN highway as being 15 kilometres out to sea.

And UK trains should be operate even more reliably and increase their on-time accuracy.

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