* Posts by JaitcH

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Apple cops $AU2.5m fine for misleading consumers

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Petty Cash box, we have a small bill to settle.

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Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers

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John Belushi, sadly missed, but what a memory

My favourite scene was the Mother Superior at the top of the stairs.

The mall demolition scene was filmed in 1979 at the Dixie Square Mall located in Harvey, Illinois which was essentially abandoned until it's official demolition began in February 2012!

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Amount of meat we eat will barely affect future climate change

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TThis is good news for McBarfs ...

now they can cut down the rest of the Amazon Forest.

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Tech fault at RBS and Natwest freezes millions of UK bank balances

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HSBC has these ...

they call them unscheduled maintenance periods then they refer you to a dead-brained call centre operator in Mumbai.

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Major London problem hits BT broadband across southeast

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BT is like a Vera Lynn song that came to mind ...

with changed words. We'll muddle through .. why can't BT do anything right?

... don't know where,don't know when ...

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Assange's Ecuador asylum bid has violated £200k UK bail, say cops

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Since when has Plod assumed the duties of the courts?

The British police are something else. Ignoring the fact that almost everything they have/know is for sale, it is only because a series of lazy governments have assigned powers to Plod that they now think they also handle the Crown's and quite likely, the judges functions.

Assange hasn't gone anywhere. most likely parking is at a premium what with Plod and American security agents keeping the front and the back under surveillance.

The two Swedish women with loose morals are most likely wishing the whole thing will go away, except that they likely received bulging brown envelopes for their part in the frame up. The whole process, for those that remember, had frame-up written all over it.

The US is the world's largest rogue nation (think drones and lack of permission) and it wouldn't bother them one bit to break all sorts of protocols to wreak their vengeance upon Assange.

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Kodak says Apple patent moves prevent any end to its misery

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Jobs was an a*sehole, seems that little has changed now his ghost is running the show.

Apple, according to a piece in Forbes, has around 840 patent claims in which it is the Defendant, way, way higher than those actions in which it is a Plaintiff.

That Apple let is claims rest for years until Kodak hit the rocks, simply demonstrates they didn't act in good faith.

I would imagine that even if the bankruptcy court awarded damages in the amount of $1,000,000 per calendar day per patent where it's patent claims are unsuccessful, Apple would give a damn. All is fair in American business but just maybe a judge will call their bluff,

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British Waterways charity mapping data handed to Google for free

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Better that Google has it than stuffed away in filing cabinets.

This is a good decision, as a boater I know how difficult is to keep charts up to date.

Francesco Shattino, late captain of the soon to be late Costa Concordia knows the value of frequently used charts - any errors get reported by masses of people quickly. So in letting Google have the data the British Waterways are ensuring it will be a living entity rather than a drain on a charities coffers.

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Surface: Because Microsoft does so well making hardware?

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Having spent hours looking at StartUp Repair ...

Balmer can stuff his Win 8. Almost after every patch bundle we get to look at StartUp Repair strutting it's stiuff and rolling back the OS to the last restore point pre-upgrades.

StartUp Repair even makes the XP's Blue Screen look good.

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Brussels could 'clash' with London over UK snooper's charter

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The only thing I have to say to May is: Phil Zimmerman

Little has changed with Phil Zimmerman since he spent a weekend uploading PGP on to every BBS he could other than the size of his waist and bank account and the colour of his hair.

As soon as Silent Circle releases their smartphone security software they'll be getting my orders.

And when the Border idiots ask for a password you will truthfully be able to say you don't know what it is!

May, the poster woman for a dumb broad.

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Unilever cutting tech bods, moving jobs to Bangalore: 800 face axe

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Unilever no better than HSBC

HSBC moved it's customer support lines to India and the service went down, unbelievably. These intelligence challenged types haven't a clue suggesting that I go to my London branch which happened to be a few thousand miles away. On one occasion I ended up in the Philippines and it turned out the woman lived in the same city as our Phils office.

I learned a few choice words of Hindi and now they re-connect me to London as if they are handling a hot coal.

American help lines rarely get fobbed off to some distant land where the human scree readers sit. Jails, may be in the case of some airlines, but not some remote country.

It seems to be a uniquely British industry habit.

So, when you get through to Bangalore practice your dock worker Hindi and demand you get put through to a British-based person who has some concept of your problems.

Or you can trying Hello, Hello repeatedly, as if the circuit is bad.

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British LulzSec suspect charged in US over hacking

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Re: Why, Oh Why, can't ... we try our own

I never suggested borders would afford an escape, just that British citizens should be tried, in Britain, for offences committed on British soil.

If Gary Glad can be prosecuted, in Britain, for sex crimes committed overseas why can't this guy be prosecuted for crimes he committed in Britain?

Talk about perversion.

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British courts try Britons charged with crimes committed on British soil?

The French don't hand French citizens over to the States, and it is very hard to get people from the States, so why are the British bending over and saying do it again?

US justice is not justice, it is revenge.

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Oracle staffer accused of sex-for-favours in Singapore

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The facade of LEE Kwan-Yews perfect Singapore cracks again

Singapore likes to think of itself as the perfect little country that could.

Scrape the thin veneer and it is as 'bent' as HongKong or China.

BICC and six other companies were banned for five years for bribing the deputy of the Public Utilities Board who got 14 years in Changi Jail for his troubles. Singapore is as corrupt as anywhere else in the Far East except they bury their heads in the sand.

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Intel to target TV viewers with facial recognition ad tech

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Simple Fix!

Either stick a piece of tape over Cyclops eye, or put a doll in front of it, or point it sideways.

Might be interesting to see what it makes of that.

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Apple-Moto patent gripe almost thrown out the door

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US Judges Getting Smart

What with a judge actually learning to write JavaScript and this judge getting steamed, things could be looking up.

Can you imagine some old legal fart in the Old Bailey learning programming?

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Samsung's projector phone beamed up to Blighty

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Ghost of Jobs / Apple will cry prior art

Remember when you used to use a torch (flashlight) to project shapes made by your fingers on to bedroom walls?

Watch Apple undoubtedly claim prior art, so they can copy it.

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US Navy buys Linux to guide drone fleet

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We need new OperSource software conditions

This software cannot be used for any military purposes.

The only trouble is the US government regards international treaties as well as it's very own Constitution with utter contempt.

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Rats with GPS backpacks prepare to sniff out landmines

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Send them over! Cambodia, Laos and VietNam need them, NOW.

THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS after the Americans left VietNam following their loss of the America War in VietNam, people and animals are STILL being killed and wounded by munitions dropped by the Americans.

Remember, Laos was not active in that war. The US just dropped their bombs all over the Plain of Jars. Even today thousands of hectares remain unsafe.

It is heart wrenching to see pre-school aged children missing parts of their bodies that are happening as a result of explosions TODAY.

American bombing often wasn't targetted, either.

Their bombers used to fly in from the Philippines, drop bombs on Hai Phong -- a major generating areas - then overfly Ha Noi dropping a few more mementos on the way.

They then flew towards Thailand crossing over Son La Province and Laos. If the American bombers had any bombs left, they would dump them over Son La Province in VietNam and Laos.

For readers who haven't had the privilege of visiting VietNam, Son La Province is farming country with magnificent mountains. All those hundreds of small 'ponds' you see are actually bomb craters. There are also many unexploded bombs.

The worst bomb these days is the cluster bomb whch scatter small bomblets, some as small as a large golf-ball, that sit there waiting for a foot, or a child, to disturb them. Many are plastic-encased and have extended lives measured in decades.

That's why I say bring the rats over.

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EU gives Google till July to offer fix for search dominance

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So a company offers a freebie and promotes it's ow stuff first ...

seems a perfectly logical and fair way of doing business, unless you are in a different political environment where all your in-area people can't offer a free service that competes.

For example, I was a long time member/user of a number of web sites that decided to use Zuckerburg's crappy web site to login in. Since I have never and will never, ever use FB I decided to take my interest elsewhere.

Same applies to Google, I am no supporter of their offerings other than search and maps so I simply don't use their services. At the office all our searches are caught on our network and redirected through a computer that really anonymises our IP, etc.'

Just because MS and others can't better Google that is not a governance problem.

If Google allows it's search to acquire serial numbers for it's very own charged software, it seems to me they are handling things petty fairly. Cheeking the Google take down requests recently it appears tat MS is the largest reqester yet Google still services it's requests.

If someone is so upset with Google search, let them go use Bing and see gow long they stay there.

FU EU.

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We'll pull the plug on info-leak smart meters, warns UK.gov

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"unnecessary energy use, reduce emissions and cut consumers' energy bills"

Dream on, the main thing is it will save electricity companies money, big time. Mo more flat-footed meter readers traipsing from house to house, instant suspension i=of service, etc.

What concerns me more is the physical meter reading displayed by means other than electronics. So often a meter fails and if an electronic version without mechanical displays the data is lost at the point of measurement.

Yes, I know some computer under the control of the supply authority will have data but where is the security i that, for the consumer? There has to be a totally secure method for the subscriber to know their consumption.

The statement "it is also potentially valuable to a whole host of other organisations too" include many elements of government particularly the police and security forces. If the police are building a blimp to spy on UK residents, and GCHQ is monitoring your communications, obviously ACPO would simply love a data feed to enable them to monitor other datasets.

Question: What ensures consumer privacy?

I would never had thought the British would be so compliant in letting government monitor their every act. What happened to the Bulldog?

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UK music-rights collection: Where does all the money go?

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What Does ASHCROFT Do That Is Woirth ~2,500 Pounds Each Working Day?

Whenever I hear of a bloated friend of Cameron, a 'captain' of industry, getting outrageous remuneration, I roughly calculate is hourly rate.

This freeloader, assuming he gets [paid for Stat Vac(ations) works 52 weeks of 5 days which totals 260 days annually. Guessing this wonderkind puts in a full 7 hour day, this amounts to 080 hours annually, That means this robber scores 275.84 PER HOUR.

Me thinks he is grossly overpaid.

I'll stick to PirateBay.

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Google files EU complaint over Nokia/Microsoft patent trolling

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One day, hopefully soon ...

the governmental authorities will get together and write a unitary patent policy under the auspices of the WTO.

They should limit certain patents to 5 years, which is a lifetime in electronics, a from being protected.nd stop idiotic filings such as pixels in the corner of screens, etc.

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The Great Border Agency IT Crash: Just who was responsible?

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"Not fit for purpose"?

Starts at the top with the minister ... May.

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Terror cops hunt laptop snatched from retired MI5 spookmistress

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Where was her Kingston security cord?

Whenever I travel I always leave my Kingston security tether in place so when i have to wait around transportation terminals I can thread the cord through suitcase handles and still know all is safe (except at Heathrow where a Plod told me to carry them)..

At check in counters, I treat it like a dog leash - around my wrist.

Going through the X-ray machine I thread the tether through my jacket / coat sleeves to stop things disappearing.

When riding the Chiltern Line (great service) I place my laptop on the rack and keep the Kingston around my wrist. I can even snooze knowing all is safe.

Never lost a computer (or anything) in many decades of travel except when travelling with Air Canada when they managed to lose my checked baggage.

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Google's 7in Jelly Bean Android tablet spied in benchmark

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SEVEN INCHERS - Win, Win, Win, Win!

Not to big for the male pocket; or the female purse; right-sized for car/truck dashboards or sun-visors and motorcycle mounting. Not too small to view a movie.

Plain Android without icing making it eligible for fast upgrades from Google. Freedom to run any App you choose to.

Manufactured by ASUS who have proven adept at making netbooks that can withstand the rough and tumble of school-aged children (and my wife) backed by a world-wide support network.

Finally the price - on a par with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.

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BSkyB blocks The Pirate Bay for millions of Brits

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Murdoch, Fox, BSkyB have more worries than PirateBay

This crowd claim they have "billions of pounds in high-quality entertainment for our customers because we know how much our customers value it. It’s therefore important that companies like ours do what they can, alongside the government and the rest of the media and technology industries, to help protect their copyright."

One of the theirs are the Fox Studios in Hollywood, so the statement is somewhat self-serving.

What Murdoch should be concentrating on is the Chinese-sourced satellite encryption-cracking activity.

Whilst satellite receivers have to be licenced with the government in VietNam and the Peoples Police are quite proficient in spotting misdirected antennae - the licences only permit reception of Vietnamese owned satellites - there are substantial proliferation of cracked decoder cards all over the region - many viewers see forbidden / censored channels which must be costing the old man millions.

In some countries such as Cambodia or Laos they even have illicit signals hived into special channels so only favoured locals can see the channels.

Mind you, IMO, a lot of Murdoch programming is trash and not even worth the cost of a hot card.

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UK.gov beats down Microsoft software price hike to 1pc

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How many users really use all the features?

If government is like many commercial organizations, many features of MS software are never used.and older versions are quite adequate.

Even more to the point, Open Source software is more than adequate but Cameron wants to travel the high cost route. It's what Posh Boys do.

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Draft law lets council bods snoop your tax records

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Codes instead of detailed numbers

THE tax department has no need to release numbers; they could simply assign a code that would signify what a persons status is.

Too much information is filtering down to councils, who are the east trustworthy level of government.

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Super-powerful Flame worm could take YEARS to dissect

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Windows ...

the best advertisement for Linux.

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Megaupload founder gets uncuffed

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Perhaps the XZ Crown has been ...

reading the tea-leaves and realises the USA is pulling yet another fast one.

Lucky Dotcom wasn't fitted up with a terrorist conspiracy charge, currently the flavour of the month with the FBI.

At least the NZ authorities are more reasonable than the UK types, they swallow FBI lies hook, line and sinker.

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Lenovo plans clip-on physical keyboard for tablets

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abtuse as some of Apples patent filings.

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China claims piracy at new low

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BSA numbers pure guesswork; Chinese numbers pipe dreams

I was in NanNing, GuangXi Province, China over the weekend and was, as usual, shopping in the electronics marts downtown (4-million population).

Copy CD/DVD were openly on sale; from all parts of the spectrum, movies and software. Some good looking Apple knock-offs, too, at a fraction of list prices.

I window shop Friday nights, place my orders on Saturday and all the stuff is ready to go first thing Sunday. (Deep stocks of copy software is stored way off site) No fuss, no muss. 555 timers were 2.7 cents each, genuine PIC and Altmel microcontrollers available at low prices, too, for a dollar or two.

As for BSA, they never visit some of the countries whose names they blacken. Laos and Cambodia have few computers and most of the copy ware is removed from VietNam government computers as they switched to Linux!

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for vibrating Apple tool

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I was wondering ...

if they still put Jobs name on every patent application they file, even though he''s pushing daisy's?

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Microsoft corrects itself: 'We expect fewer people to use Windows 8'

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I'm waiting until it's available at my Copy Shop

... in the meantime friendly, reliable XE suffices and away with those upgrades that cause StartUp Repair that plague my wife's machine.

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Toshiba America says no to new netbooks

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I say no to TODH and TOSHiba

TOSHiba's on-line warranty support is TOSH.

I religiously registered the ownership of a TOSHiba laptop, bought an extended warranty.

Travel to Toronto and the thing quits. Call their automated telephone system, push an amazing amount of buttons and squat. Doesn't recognize my registration.

TOSHiba is rental car distance outside Toronto - no time.

End up having to call the Far East to get help, along with a big telco bill.

To hell with TOSH, of any kind.

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Report: SAP exec charged with $1,000 LEGO bar-code caper

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Re: SAP ... name rings a bell

BIG companies have BIG NAME positions, no pun intended.

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SAP ... name rings a bell

Ah, just came back to me. The Senior VP of Talent Acquisition at SAP is Susan Bor, formerly an executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland who was allegedly very close to the Chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland .

Small world.

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Backdoor sniffed in ZTE's US Android smartphones

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So American software doesn't have backdoors?

With the penchant for government to get in to your pants and your brain, particularly the US Government, do you actually believe there are no backdoors around?

Maybe ZTE was stupid enough to leave an engineering access, but there again, they are not the first.

If you want security, go use your own devices to get it.

Or use two handsets, one for receiving a conversation and another for transmitting a conversation - using different networks for each really upsets Plod as they can't figure it. Better still, use a pager to set up calls.

Or,stretched on the ground, facing your talking partner, with hands covering the sides of your faces, you can really have a private conversation. (from an Al Qaida manual not allowed in the UK).

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Met cops' CSI mobe-snoop tech sparks privacy fears

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US Customs: No cell phone? That's evidence you are inbolved in crime!

I recently flew in to the USA, for which I have a passport, and the ever friendly ICE agent asks what I have on me. I said shaving kit and a set of clothes.

He asked about 'personal electronics'. I replied I have an MP3 player and a set of Sony noise cancelling headphones.

He starts tapping away on his computer - I already knew what my previous ICE interviews said through an access demand - and he said "Are toy aware you will be a "subject on interest" if you don;t have a cell phone? I said I stopped carrying data across borders when they started stealing laptops and phones.

I said last time his friend said I would be a subject of interest because I had no SIM. His friend also said I had to keep my cell charged so they could check it.

Looks line you're a "subject of interest" either way. Next time I'll carry my Mitsubishi - it only makes calks. Or my pager.

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UK man to spend year in the clink for Facebook account hack

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Why hack Facebook?

Wit a little patience FBs security will fail again and display all the goodies OR they will be sold off to advertisers.

FB and security / privacy should not be used in the same sentence.

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Samsung buys US Spotify clone, hopes to bruise Apple's eco-system

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Patents - Apple needs the attribures of a centipede

There are well over 800 patent claims against Apple at this time.

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Megacorps accuse Chinese fab workers of pilfering designs

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Day Shift for Them; Night Shift for Us.

A few years ago I was deployed to China to assist a Canadian company set up a manufacturing line in China.

One night I had to work late, and the plant manager said No Problem, we work 24/7. I said why had he always insisted on working days only to which he replied that the Day Shift is for Customers and the Night Shift was for themselves.

Further discrete inquiries revealed that the production moulds used for for a Western customer had their identification / serialising modules replaced with blanks and the night production was used as knock-offs to compete with their Western customer.

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North Korean GPS blocking sparks cyber war fears

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Relief is spelt SEXTANT

The US Naval Academy announced that it was discontinuing its course on celestial navigation, considered to be one of its more demanding courses, from the formal curriculum in the spring of 1998 stating that a sextant is accurate to a three-mile (5 km) radius, So I guess only old sea dogs will be able to navigate around South Korea.

Or they could dig up an old Decca Navigator system, which woks in the VLF band and is more difficult to jam - good enough to be picked up by BOAC aircraft in the Cold War when they flew to Moscow.

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Microsoft makes good with a 23-fix Patch Tuesday

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Another Big Patch Day, and a Week of Start Up Repair Routines

I bought my wife an ASUS bouncy-bouncy (because it has now survived 19 counter-to-floor drops without damage) Eee PC which she uses for browsing for recipes and e-mail in the kitchen. Only a couple of programs loaded - Firefox and Irfan.

Then along comes Wednesday (we are one day ahead of Redmond), up pops the Update flag and once again the StartUp Repair kicks in.

Such fun. Normal service might be restored by Friday. It's enough to drive you to Linux.

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Scotland Yard officers cuff ex-cop in latest police bung probe

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What's the difference between LAPD or the Chicago Police and UK Plod?

Unfortunately, very little, it seems. In my distant childhood we were taught to trust the police, they could be relied upon. Our local Bobby had a bicycle, a ground floor office in his Police House and he welcomed visitors 24 hours a day.

Now the local Bobby has been replaced with anonymous people who are regarded as enemy and seem to be as crooked as many of their clients.

The 24-hour news cycle doesn't help, a few tenners or twenties here and there. gets the breaking news.

Even worse are the instances of disclosures of files or data, this requires a concious breach of the system.

You can't trust many priests who might involve a child in a sexual abuse situation. One priest I knew of left his car outside his church supplied vicarage. The church bookkeeper was always suspicious of mileage claims and he would take a stroll past the vicarage and, using a torch, would carefully note the speedo readings. Sure enough, even this preacher was ripping off the church.

Yes, parents are faced with many imponderables these days and they are a sad commentary on today's society.

I don't blame the newspaper industry, they are not paid to be honest. The whole matter centre on problems with police, who enjoy privileges under law that few others have.

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Facebook unfriends 19-inch data center racks

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If not the 19 inch standard, then why not the 23 inch standard?

The 19-inch (482.6 mm) rack claims their origin as mounting systems for rail-road (railway) signalling relays, It has served many industries well. It's even used in ships.

If this minor league server centre player is unhappy about 19 inches, why not switch to the 23-inch (580 mm) standard which even the EU recognises as the ETSI rack, relating to the European Telecoms Standards Institute.

The vertical spacing is identical and the 19 inch adapter pates are commonly available.

It appears that Facebook's Frank Frankovsky doesn't know his rack hardware too well.

Finally, if the 19 inch isn't satisfactory because it gets overfilled, why does Frankovsky the larger standard won't suffer a similar fate? Don't believe me, just go check-out an airport baggage carousel.

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Redmond man unmasked: UK.gov open standards stalled

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Given all the conflict of interests between ministers and suppliers, this is nothing

This latest MS slight of hand is but a blip on the radar screen given the weeks news about Murdoch's pipeline in to the minister's office concerning satellite broadcasting rights.

When VietNam closed down a couple of software copy shops in Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi, MS set up office in Ha Noi to advise the national government on things computerised.

The government also undertook to eliminate hot MS software from it;s computers. Being honourable people, it did just that.

Then iIt promptly opted for Open Source software. Score for Linux!

Smart people.

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Patriotic hackers face off in South China Sea

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China unites former enemies

The USA, Philippines and VIETNAM have just completed naval exercises near the Spratly Islands - VietNam's name for the islands it claims - although China thinks it owns the whole bloody South China Sea including the parts within VN's 200 mile zone.

There's oil out there and now VN has found gas in it's area. Little wonder the USA is around.

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Tim Cook rejects Apple's old business model of suing everyone

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With over 800 patent claims against Apple ...

the Jobs copy has more to gain by seeking a quieting of the legal action.

BTW, what's in a few black pixels that they are making so much noise about?

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