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Microsoft sues Google directly in German Maps-on-Moto lawsuit

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So, if MS wins, make THE Map App a free downloadable

I think what really lies behind this is market share or, at least, MS lack of share.

Balmer is having a rough of late, what with a pay cut, etc. And his latest idea of an iOS rentable computer might not be the greatest idea, techies like freedom.

I won't authorise the purchase of any equipment, of any type, that ties me to a single source supplier.

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Apple to drop chip-baking partnership with Samsung?

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It always pays ...

to have alternate suppliers / sources around.

Ask the military, it's how they avoid getting their testicles squeezed at quotation time.

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Jimmy Wales: It was Wikipedia that ended the evil of SOPA

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Jimmy Wales, getting it regualrly must be affecting his brain

The guy's full of effluent. It was a multisite team effort.

Back to bed, Wales.

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Take away bad drivers' mobile phones, they still crash their cars

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Living in VietNam I get too see some of the worst, most incompetent drivers anywhere. Lanes, lights and signs mean nothing, just roadside bling.

Where else do drivers take a 'glide path' profile to a turn, winging through opposing traffic. You don't check turn indicators, you check tire direction. When turning right, the VN driver frequently overtakes the vehicle in front and then take a sharp turn across the other vehicles bows.

Taxis are of the opinion that a signal gives them right of way, regardless of the fact another vehicle is within an intersection.

The ultimate indicator of a cultures ability to drive is whether there are any professional race drivers from that culture. The are very few drivers of either hinese or Vietnamese origin.

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'Mapsgate' fails to dislocate iPhone 5 demand

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Why the surprise?

Fanbois bought the Antennagate version of the handset knowing that it was defective.

They are so desperate to fondle the latest offering, with the unique tactile feedback of scratched aluminium. Most manufacturers finish their product to a smooth finish which, I guess, can be boring to some. Could be they are also into S & M or self-abuse. Or ribbed condoms.

Crappy Map App is a nothing, it's the feel that makes their days.

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Samsung shoots Galaxy S III with shrink ray, unveils 4in Mini

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I think prefer the 0.8 inch extra, and my Canadian tailor

The additional goodies found in the SIII (Org) far out way the perceived benefits.

Still, this demonstrates that the Android stable of handsets far outweighs the Cuperino competition, in size, function and even ruggedness.

In fact, it seems that Samsung is stuffing almost everything into it's products whereas Apple users have to pay 30% tithings to by more apps just to make their favourite squeeze functional.

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UK.gov tries to close site giving home addresses of badger cull figures

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Just whi does DEFRA think it is ... the USA?

Only the USA trots all over the place downing web sites in ex parte applications.

Why does DEFRA think that it is has equal powers?

The list distributors should have sent it to Wikileaks or a Bittorrent site and then see what they can do.

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World+Dog hails 50th birthday of the LED

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Every time I switch my Kymco motorsccooters headlight on ...

I marvel at the thought that all this bright white light is from a 60 watt LED.

Now I know who to thank for all mt reduced electricity bills at home, too.

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Foxconn: Worker who lost half his brain in accident must leave hospital

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"... only once their disability is assessed and graded by a panel of medical experts ..."

If the hospital; removed half this poor guys brain, what sort of "medical expert" does it take to figure this guy's quality of life is down the toilet.

THIS is the price that Chinese workers pay so the CrApple owners can masturbate their scratched up phones. Hell of a price to pay. Wouldn't happen at Foxconn plant in TaiWan.

Foxconn and Apple - totally amoral.

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PGP founder's mobile privacy app goes live

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Re: "Lawful" is the keyword here

The USA does not recognise any law, or The Constitution, other than a law written by the current administration.

Perhaps the unemployed SEALS are going to do guard duty on the servers.

At least this project has creds with Zimmerman on board.

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Canada: We'll boot 'security risk' firms from gov network bid race

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Harper - copy of Cameron with strange American-like accent

This Harper panders to Americans which is why Canada is acting like a mouse, again.

What we need is a new Trudeau, he told the Americans where to go. Unfortunately his sole surviving son is too young to repeat the act. Yet.

So Canada buys overpriced Cisco equipment ... made in China.

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Judge goes postal on Kim Dotcom extradition appeal

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Re: If the alleged offences were alleged to have been committed outside the US

Even Britain has extra-territorial laws ... witness the child diddler Gary Glad who was deported from Cambodia AND VietNam and then faced legal action in the UK.

I'm all for knocking these perverts down (ever seen a picture of some old white letch holding the hand of a girl who height barely makes it to his belt level - lives in in the memory) but this fad is spreading.

The US is by far the worst offender.

We need more countries like France, and, now, New Zealand who protect their citizens and their rights. There are too many a*sewipes of countries like Australia, Britain, Canada, et.c, who bend their laws and help the US get the people. Once in the US they are in the Let's Make a Deal system - 100 years if you plead not guilty, 5 for guilty.

The Canadian Supreme Court has slapped down that government on breaches - the US simply declines to hear them.

Of course, Britain doesn't have a tangible Constitution - better for the pols.

We should all be grateful for the stand taken by the Prime Minister of New Zealand in acknowledging the wrongs, and for the courts of that country for denying the enforcement authorities use of illegally obtained warrants. Wouldn't happen in the Us of A with it's nothing of a Constitution which all officials there pledge, hand over heart, to uphold and protect. What a joke.

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Apple Maps too good for Taiwanese military

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Burred satellite pix pointless ...

as high resolution pictures can be bought, as Apple did, from sources on both sides of the former Iron Curtain.

I've seen pix of the armed White House roof floating around, as well as some high res of the UK which were subsequently knocked down in detail.

The Greeks still have laws that make it an offence for Foreigners to possess detailed maps of the country, introduced decades ago, yet there is a Greek publishing house selling pictures of most anything Hellenic. I located it by following the Copyright notice.

If anyone wants a high res picture of the Island of Kithnos, in the Milos island chain ....

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ZTE slams Congress spying claims, doubles down on sales ban

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... truth that most networking equipment is manufactured in China anyway ...

The futility of the U.S.Congress is highlighted again.

This is not about security, it's the U.S.doing an end run around WTO rules and regulations as they have done to other countries. They can't operate on a level playing field.

But they screwed themselves. Companies wanting to up their profits ship their assembly and manufacturing operations to China. The Chinese are no dummies, so they 'borrow' the American technology, and improve it, then sell it back to the US as a competing product. Actually, the Chinese government is now demanding IP transfers / licencing.

Since American imports exceed exports their trade surplus. it drains the treasury. So the Treasury issue bonds, the Chinese fearing a loss of their main market, buy the bonds.

Now the Chinese have US technology, production, and the control of debt. It's called holding all the cards.

And the US thinks it is the greatest? Dumb b*stards. End of the American empire.

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Natwest's Get Cash app pulled, but NOTHING to do with frauds

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The difference bewteen the Natwest CashApp and the HSBC SecureKey

is that with NatWest it works and the SecureKey is just crap that is good for generating random numbers for use in games of chance.

I'll have to take the SecureKey to Grosvenor Victoria Casino or Crockfords and see if works there.

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That horrendous iPhone empurplement - you're holding it wrong

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I didn't find an Apple patent on this unique camera technique?

Apple patents the most inane things around, much of it prior art.

Yet in searching AppPat there is not one thing about eliminating the purple rage by cupping their mobe in their hands or just holding it the wrong way.

Another undocumented feature, perhaps?

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Cisco drops ZTE after claims of sanction-busting Iran sales

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According to an FBI affidavit, ...

Ashley Yablon, general counsel of ZTE USA, said he saw senior ZTE executives ...

Since when do people accept FBI anything on face value other than prosecutors and judges?

No doubt Ashley is line for USA alien status and after 5 years, and manufacturing more tails, he will get a new passport.

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10 million iPad minis to 'outshine' their big brother this quarter

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Always assuming that ...

the Chinese sweat labour doesn't get antsy and strike, revolt or leap out of the windows.

I wonder in the Chinese workers could make by leaking the manufacturing details to the Western press?

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Bing is the most heavily poisoned search engine, study says

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Bing which is letting internet users down

No kidding?

Mind you MS is like a child compared to the wizened, wise Google. And the results show it.

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Crazed Microsoft robot accuses BBC kids' channel of Win8 piracy

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We host copies of MS software ...

on one of our web sites. We keep them ether so employees can re-install software when travelling.

For some reason MS thinks the DCMA applies outside the continental USA.

Love those threatening letters.

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Only buy Huawei or ZTE if you like being SPIED ON - US politicos

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Americans protecting America from American greed

Just the American government fighting off the competition, such a wonderful upholder of the WTO trade agreements. NOT

What are they going to use instead? Made in China Cisco products? They need to get real, the greedy Western companies sold out IP rights and handed them to Chinese manufacturers in return for the opportunity to reap outrageous profits.

Look at Apple. It couldn't get Americans to assemble iCrap, only Asian skills can.

The US government uses commercial blackmail to promote American products. Don't buy GM seeds, or we'll block your food product shipments.

Buy Chinese aircraft and you'll have trouble getting FCC approval.

Look at the rare earth industry. The US had the world's nuts in it's hands and the the automobile company that owned it sold the outfit to China. Now the US has lost control it is using every 'diplomatic' to lever the Chinese into selling it more.

Guess they will have to wait for the Japanese to dig up more in northern VietNam before things improve.

The US doesn't like it when they are on the wrong side of a problem. Too bad, they are so of the asleep at the wheel.

The US has an employment problem. And whose fault is that - the Romney types who sold the American jobs to China so he could make more money.

And on and on.

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IT shops boycott Bangalore strike

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Anyone who has visited India ...

would winder on what basis they call the fluid flowing in river beds 'water'.

They wash in the rivers, defecate in the rivers and, as a parting gift, they throw dead bodies and cremation ashes in the river.

Maybe that is the source of 'India Ink'?

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Last time I heard ...

@Anonymous Coward

Tamils inhabited, or at least used to until they were exterminated, Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon.

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Man charged over alleged April Jones Facebook trolling

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Freedom of speach means the good, the bad and the evil.

Bl oody Plod enforcing the Nanny state, again.

Far better, and cheaper, to request posts in extreme bad taste be discretely removed by the social web site and the Username deleted.

The results are the same but the free publicity for the poster is removed.

Of course this particular dummy should have used his brain and created a new Username at an InterNet cafe and he would have a Sunday at home.

This very much like the blow the airport up incident, he chose the wrong target (Heathrow was better) and all that legal claptrap that followed.

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Don't panic, but UK faces BLACKOUTS BY 2015

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Words of ignorance

@James Pickett

"Energy Secretary Ed Davey said that the Government would "consider carefully the implications" of the report, and publish a formal response before the end of the year."

Last week, Ed Davey was reported as saying that it was nothing to worry about and that there was still a 4% 'cushion' ...".

A very, very, stupid man. I livid through a 5-day North American power outage and it was hell, especially considering Canada's system was and the fault lay in the States!

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Am I serious?

Dead serious.

When I visit countries in the West I practice what I preach and those locals think it is 'excessive'. The first power outage makes people believers.

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In Ho Chi Minh a few thousand ...

small generators are nothing compared to 4,000,000+ motorcycles.

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Power outages have benefits, too

Living in a country where power frequently goes out, there are definite benefits that accrue from them.

Conservation: Everyone thinks about whether they they need the heater / air-con or whether a plain old fan is sufficient. Never filling a kettle beyond the amount you NEED. Using economy lighting (most of mine are LED now) and always switching the lights off; Using refrigerators in moderation, none of that cold as possible stuff.

Consideration: for others knowing that your wastage might cause them to lose power;

Awareness: That power resources are finite and conservation is not just a word;

Choosing the right appliances: Instant on water heaters, mounted adjacent to the point of use save money big time. Cut out the 'Hollywood' showers (Did you see that Angie Dickinson shower scene!!).

Standby Power: Get yourself a small generator and a can or two of petrol / gas. Make wiring arrangements for easy emergency power switch-overs for essential outlets. Install battery powered emergency lights near stairways and other risky areas.

And don't forget the condoms in North America where power stays on, uninterrupted, for years, birth rates always increase nine-months after the power failure as adults reap the benefits of alternative entertainment during outages.

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Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales marries Kate Garvey

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No Wikipedia entry for them.

Besides, who the hell is Kate Garvey?

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Massive strike at Foxconn's iPhone 5 factory

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Mid-Summer Celebrations ...

are a centuries old celebration, along with Chinese New Tears.

Foxconn surprises me as they are Chinese and they celebrate this festival. The workers only get two visits home annually and for the rest of the year they live in basic dormitories.- not too nice for 18 -26 year olds.

And strikes don't happen without the implied blessing of BeiJing, it's how working conditions get improved without the government getting involved.

All this abuse just to keep Fanbois happy.

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Facebook IPOcalypse cases: One lawsuit to end them All

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Some second leve in FB l ...

selected the initial price.

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LASER STRIKES against US planes on the rise

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Re: Bah humbug - simulated picture

Bull! Looks awfully realistic based on my experience.

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In China, amazingly CHEAP!

I bought a bunch of 100mW Green laser modules at USD$10.05 each to make me a private 'ighthouse' so I could find my way home - the low tech way using my eyes.

These units are good for at least five kilometres at ground levels.

A friend who on approach, as a passenger, flying our local airport said he could make out our house with ease - even though they were not pointed at the aircraft. He also said he knows when I am fishing!

Ever taken a blue laser from a CD burner? These, when repackaged, can pop balloons at up to 15-20 feet!

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Steve Jobs is STILL DEAD

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There should be legal protection ...

for stupid people.

And the ecology - the glued together, unrepairable iCrap.

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Why not put the last nail in the box and leave the worms alone?

You are 'celebrating' Jobs the plagiariser.

He stole / copied:

The 'Apple' logo; the name 'Apple'; the Xerox UI, the mouse; etc., etc.

Wire is just following those who celebrate Jesse James, Doc Watson, even Charles Manson.

John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, said it best forty years ago: This Jobs is no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late Jobs. It's a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn't nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies. It's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-Jobs

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Feds charge US firm with smuggling illegal military tech to Russia

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US Security Theatre - a Joke!

The US security theatre is nuts.

A Russian software author can, and has, designed software for US companies and, when this software is installed or sold as packages the software can't be sold back to him!

You must remember the FBI is one of the leading entrapment artists in the US.

Mind you, using clear text messaging is kind of dumb given the numerous encryption packages available.

Remember, a charge is not a conviction, just another round in the US "Let's Make a Deal" legal game.

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4K vs OLED: and the winner is...

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"4K set’s higher pixel density makes it harder for the eye to detect individual pixels"

Either system will highlight a damaged pixel, be it dead or one colour lost - especially for the myopic (short-sighted) viewer.

A dead pixel is preferable to a missing colour version as the latter advertise their presence by being standouts with differing colours.

I use a wide screen on my PCB layout system and I have one pixel dead and damn annoying it is, too! Finally, I gave it to my daughter and I bought myself a new unit!

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Sony suspends slate sales

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Some people think waterproofing is an unnecessary luxury

I have always, wherever possible, bought 'ruggedised' or 'waterproof' versions of portable electronics for in monsoon storms, which I regularly experience, even things in your pockets get soaked, as in dripping wet.

Whenever I see Vietnamese school children calmly walking through shower-like storms, blithely ignoring the rain and wearing nothing but their light school uniforms, I always think they must have fish-like qualities.

Regular losses

Every storm sees people with iThingies and other smartphones who forgot their 'baggies' lose motherboards to rain. They don't even think to switch them off! Of course Apple aficionados are well and truly screwed as their batteries cannot be removed! Another sale for Apple.

One way to recover from a soaking

A wet cell phone, IF promptly switched off, AND THE BATTERY REMOVED can be recovered. With luck.

After shaking all the surplus water from the cell, you wrap the unit in kitchen wipe type paper then place it in a sealed glass jar such as a used instant coffee jar, and left for 24-hours.

Then remove the device, discard the paper. Either dry the rice on a flat plate on a low setting in a microwave oven or use fresh, dry rice.

After thoroughly dried repeat the 24-hour drying cycle AND ONLY THEN try powering the cell up. I have recovered several this way.

I also use silicon grease (from professional electronic suppliers - used in two-way radio antenna work) around ALL opening in a smartphone case. Even around rotating controls.- always preferable to get a little grease on your hands than lose a handset.

Laptops and Netbooks

Thank goodness for turkey sized plastic bags (or small garbage bags) as they are your protection for larger portable devices. Often double-bagging is needed to really get protection.

The HSBC SecureKey is allegedly waterproof - news,it isn't unless thoroughly dried off before using.

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UK.gov to spunk £2m a year policing global cyber-security

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Open Sesame for GCHQ?

Why would anyone trust a UK government agency? This sounds like another backdoor marked GCHQ.

Funny how Cameron has all this money for foreign ventures yet he screams cut, cut, cut at home.

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Apple files 'Shake to Print' iOS patent application

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Imagine all those joggers with iThingies strapped to ...

their arms! What a scream, random prints all along their route.

My new Brother printer latches on to anything WiFi or Bluetooth (as well as Ethernet and USB) so I'll have to protect it from passing iThingies.

I saw an Apple owner shaking his thing, after he had dropped it, to see if there as anything loose inside. Whoops, there goes another print command!.

Just how dumb can these patent apps get?

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New questions raised over Kim Dotcom snooping

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New Zealand needs to check cell systems software

The US NSA claims to be able to tap into any cell system.

The Greek system was compromised a few years back and tracked down to be 'patched' OS software.

There were also three suspicious antennae in the grounds of the US embassy in Athens which could be monitored from a nearby hillside at the time.

At least you can sill whisper to each other, most effective spread-eagled on the ground outside, in the open, directly facing the other party, which renders all forms of monitoring near impossible. Or use Phil Zimmerman's products.

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Global action takes down tech support scam

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Bunch of civil servants with long arms ...

patting themselves on the back.

The Canadian CRTC (Canadian Radio and Television Commission) are totally ineffective and likely only reacted when someone handed the goods to them on a plate.

At least the American government bites ... hard.

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Amway daddy to flog wireless charging pioneer

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There has to be another "standard"

Apple likes it's very own monopolistic standards, can't have any To, Dick or Sammy having charger that threatens to diminish the Apple market.

You can imagine all manner of Apple 'improvements" that effectively make it impossible to use any charger other than theirs. They did it with USB charging and they had only four contacts to exploit.

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Samsung adds iPhone 5 to patent battle v Apple

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I guess Samsung isn't interested in ...

laying claim to the Crappy Map App.

That's Tom Cook's very own baby. And micron-thick anodising on soft aluminium (aluminum, for Americans), because they were too cheap to specify hard aluminium (aluminum), mauve tinted pictures and chipping glass.

Then there's the claim over Passbook, another piece of Apple copyware.

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Better pay your taxes: The world's NOT going to end this year

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I support Romney, so I don't have to pay taxes

I have decided to join Rooney's 47% non-tac paying fraternity, whether he likes it or not. Then I can claim my free telephone.

I'm not alone, over 2000 households earning USD$1,000,000 plus last year in the US also collected unemployment benefits.

Good place America, regardless of what the Mayans say.

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EU, US edge closer to mega-transatlantic patent system

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So that's part of the solution, now what about ...

Asia? China, and other countries, have patents, does this mean they are left out swinging on the end of a rope?

Australia has some very interesting patents, New Zealand a few less.

Now what?

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Hackers break onto White House military network

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So muh for the Pentagon's very expensive Cyberwarfare department

This Pentagon budget-gobbling outfit was set up to protect the US most secret networks.

Let's hope Congress will have some hearings on what they have done with all that money they were given.

P.S. I love the terminology: "exfiltration" not one of my dictionaries has it.

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Microsoft releases JavaScript alternative

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What a laugh if ...

Google developed a new Android OS using MS sponsored software?

At least MS didn't steal it like they did XML/Word from that Canadian company.

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Pirate Bay site sinks, Swedish police raid its ISP

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Luckily, I did my ...

Bittorrent search on the night before, and all selected files seem to be OK.

We'll be waiting for your return PB. And to Biden and his Hollywood sponsors, up yours!

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Apple slapped with patent lawsuit over iOS 6 Passbook app

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Ameranth is Plain Wrong; Apple has ...

every right to copy everyone else's original work. It is their rason d'etre and started with the corporate name and logo. A corporate policy.

They also copied the material used in their travel menu patent but none of the Res systems, or airlines, from whom it was copies, objected.

Only Apple is allowed to sue for triple damages ... it says so.

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