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Steve Jobs must face the music in court

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Arrogant people can make terrible witnesses and, boy, is Jobs arrogant

Certain types of people and professions are simply not cut out for being good witnesses, Lawyers are terrible as they know the law and try to think their way ahead whilst being examined.

Jobs fit another category of poor witnesses for even if he gets coached to the nth degree, one slip and a chasm can open and a good attorney can march an army through it.

Should be interesting to learn what happens.

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Chinese man jailed for provoking nuke panic

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Re: Paris, because she's fake.

Did you hear the prosecutor that had Paris convicted for heroin was arrested for ... buying heroin!

Case research, I guess. He's 48, out of a job and facing his ex-friends!

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Actually it was a Chinese government chappy who said ....

citizens should take 3 KILOGRAMS (appropriately 6.613867865546327 pounds for fastidious readers, or 6 kati for those many Chinese readers of Reg) to ward off the effects of radiation.

Since this guy has stature in the government, he got away with no punishment.

There were even deals like: “Buy one, get one bag of salt free.” Where salt was unavailable residents resorted to cleaning out stocks of soy sauce.

You should remember that large mass of Chinese, living in the country, are largely uneducated and rely on those who had enough money to get an education, for news.

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NHS to share foreigners' data with border agency

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Why would anyone come to the UK to vacation on the NHS when, just ...

across the channel, is one of the best, most generous health plans around?

I speak of France, of course.

A Vietnamese friend landed a job opening up an office for a Vietnamese company in Paris. She entered France on a work permit. As a resident she is entitled to all manner of health services - far, far, superior than those in VietNam, for which she has to pay!

I am one of "those who are not ordinarily resident" in the UK but the NHS has never queried my status. Many of these 'vacationers' often use siblings identity so it will be hard for the NHS to ever get things right. Unless they use fingerprints!

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Fans face freezing Apple MacBook Pros

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Read the fine print about operating temperatures

maybe these 'defective' units were intended for Alaska, Northern Canada, Arctic or the Antarctic.

Apple doesn't do 'defective' - ask Jobs.

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Microsoft Kinect hacked to control the PS3

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Sony must be very pleased about this development

I hope Shantanu Goel has readied his computers for shipping along with his Paypal account, it will save a loy of time when Sony comes a-knocking.

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Apple sues Amazon over 'App Store' name

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Jobs stealing yet more from others. What a legacy!

Apple/Jobs has no rights that others don't enjoy to use this name as it has been around for decades - even before Apple started using it.

Next Apple will be claiming Apps.

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Microsoft sues trio over Androidian book reader

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Pot to kettle: You stole our IP

Microsoft should be respected in this arena of the law for it, like a certain company in Cupertino, have been serial IP thieves over the years and have developed a depth of knowledge as to how to do it.

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Dutch courts: Wi-Fi 'hacking' is not a crime

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Technically astute Learned Beak ...

made a good decision.

WiFi s inherently weak and breaking any protection is now so easy. Guess he wouldn't convict Google, either.

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Hamburg vice girls to be serviced by cable car

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I hope they remember to build it high enough for ships to pass under unlike ...

a similar scheme in Nha Trang, central VietNam.

The developers kicked back millions of dollars and the planning department approved shorter, cheaper, support masts.

Now cruise ships can no longer use the channel below to sail into the harbour.

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BAA outhouses 200 IT workers over to Capgemini

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So when is Philip Langsdale moving on? To Capgemini to collect his appreciation

Given the mismanagement of BAA airports, this can only improve passenger conditions.

Does Capgemini do snow, too?

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RIM ruffles operator features with NFC play

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Mayhem made in heaven - it's bad enough selecting a smartphone, now there's an added twist

Why RIM would chose to go the solo route, given it's less than dominant position in the market, is not clear. It claims to be the business smartphone and businesses tend to be a little fixed in their ways.

On the other hand Google , in providing SWP access, at least provides a little flexibility.

The part of the NFC equation not addressed are the merchants, most of whom have card swipe terminals, and their relationships with Discovery, Mastercard and Visa cards.

Many people travel, in the past 11 days I have been to 4 countries which would also impinge on any decision as to which technology suits.

It's like the Betamax/VHS battle all over again, except this time there are more choices to be made.

Apple, for once. might have made a smart decision in opting to sit this round out by not incorporating NFC yet.

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IBM accused of bribery in China, South Korea

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IBM never was a white knight, with or without armour

A few years ago IBM Canada had a deal to sell credit card terminals to a Canadian Bank - only the terminals hadn't been delivered because of late changes.

IBM invoiced the bank, certifying the terminals were in their warehouse when in actual fact they were sitting in production waiting. The production company was paid, also before delivery.

I had to work with a crew of 17 completing the order over Christmas, and they were paid very handsomely too. We had hire a non-delivery company who not only back-dated delivery slips but also took cash.

At the IBM warehouse there were casual hires and one manager to stack the terminals and the delivery date on their system was all before Christmas as their computers were closed down for the Christmas-New Years vacation!

The credit card terminal company management were all ex-bankers, now we understand how they operate.

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Pr0n domain approved by ICANN

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Wow, even the frigid prune from Ottawa approved?

The Canadian ICANN representative is a civil servant who totes the Conservative Party flag - it's surprising she would do anything more than abstain.

There is a minority government in Canada so it doesn't really represent 'all Canadians'.

It will make it easier for the nanny states like Australia and the UK to protect their citizens from seeing what comes naturally.

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Programmer gets 8 years for theft of stock trading software

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Beak: “the scope of his theft was audacious.”

The Learned Beak summed up the whole of Goldman Sachs corporate mentality best demonstrated by them selling product and then betting it would decrease in value.

Of course, being bankers they are above the law. Let's hope Sergey Aleynikov made some decent bucks out of the deal.

Even with a record, Sergey Aleynikov will make ideal human resources material to work in the financial industry with his morals.

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US e-book sales double as dead tree demand dips

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Paper books down; e-books up;e -book prices sky high!

The introduction of the 'agency' contract with book stores where they get stock 'on consignment' and it remains the property of and controlled by publishers us bad for everyone.

Equally bad is the 'price fixing' evidenced by narrow price band between publishers,

Limiting libraries to a small number of loans AND killing 'old book sales' is really crippling them. Thank you Murdoch.

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Supercomputer charts killer tsunami's course

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A death toll of over 85,000 is tragic but should be considered that...

over 1,000,000 deaths by road kill occur annually.

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Nature Rules: A little reminder that no matter what Mankind builds, Nature can knock it down

You have to wonder what the devastation have been like if this earthquake had occurred under the YangTze Three Gorges Dam.

The data overlay the Google globe is, to me, a far more dramatic presentation of the two and just shows how much power was discharged.

Makes you feel a little small in the scheme of things.

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Google (finally) releases antidote to Google ad webpage drag

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No problem when running NoScript

Only 12%, they say, sometimes with busy links to AdSense or DoubleClick there seems enough time to pour a coffee.

But NoScript cures the problems on Firefox.

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ChinaNet bestows free Wi-Fi upon lucky Android few

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I'm more interested in the discriminating process ...

is it just a matter of signing up in person and presenting the Android set or is it automatic when someone logs on?

as WiFi has been an anathema with the authoritarian Chinese government because of it's openness and, ergo, it's relative lack of accountability. For example, every InterNet connected hotel room has it's individual web activity logged, no watching girlie movies without BeiJing knowing about it.

ChinaNet, the ISP brand of China Telecom, may have a new way of identifying users and their equipment which would be very interesting

Most Chinese cities are like WiFi frontier country with very few signals compared to VietNam where no one, except in the countryside, needs broadband as the spectrum is filled with WiFi, Wimax and LTE signals most of the WiFi being free as well as unlimited downloads.

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'iPad cads' dash fanboi fondleslab hopes

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Jobs will be jealous - someone making more profit than he does on ...

iThings.

Watch for sneak attack through the T & C's - only original purchasers will be entitled to 'warranty; and support in the first 12 months following sale.

Of course, Apple warranties are like jelly - hard to fix down.

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Jon Bon Jovi accuses Steve Jobs of murdering music biz

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Bon Jovi should be a happy camper for ...

in Montreal, Canada, there is an upstart new company, owned by a laid off financial guy which is banging out 33.3 disks and they are so busy they have to run the presses 24/7.

Now if there more decent record players incorporating the latest techniques that would be near heaven for audiophiles.

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Apple iMovie 1.2

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Imagine if Apple was Chrysler, Ford or GM selling new cars ...

they would try to cripple all the previous years models so every one is forced to buy the latest model.

This is built-in redundancy it's more like bend over and I'll do you again.

Why is Apple trying to promote sales of things they don't even have in stock nor likely to meet existing demand for months?

Corporate crooks.

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More cocaine found at Kennedy Space Center

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Now NASA has no shuttles, no flights, no goals and no budget ...

maybe it's a soon to be made redundant employee or contractor fighting off despondency. At least an under performing employee won't endanger crew lives.

Maybe the should send one of those crew-cut Drug Enforcement Types to the space station - just in case, you know.

R.I.P. Christa McAuliffe

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UK boffins to develop 'Solar Squaddie' electro-uniform

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Is this going to be made in China, too?

The last high-tech uniform the MOD ordered ended up being manufactured in China, will this one as well?

Given the recent kerfuffle over stolen Renault battery plans and research it would appear this Brit technology should be made right in the UK.

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Data-mining technique outs authors of anonymous email

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There was a web site somewhere that would take inputted text ...

process it and then toss it out in whatever language style you wanted.

Some were really, really different. It's a bit like a word processor with a selectable grammar option - business, casual, etc.

Bet that would bugger up even that great university, Concordia. Great for untouched e-mails but undoubtedly beatable if need be.

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TorrentFreak seeking copyright report’s mysterious author

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Sphere Analysis is likely a dummy company, ...

financed by the record and film industries, with a fancy name so people will actually believe they are real. Wouldn't be the first time, either.

Fake companies go with their fake claims about millions of jobs lost.

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London's Olympic clock claps out

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The clock failure could also portend the potential failure of ...

the Blair Olympics.

What a heritage! What a bill!

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Google wires up for wireless payments

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If Google is planning to hand shopkeepers thousands of NFC-capable terminals at no cost ...

merchants are likely to be very receptive because the banks charge a high, for small merchants, monthly fee for the credit card/debit terminals.

Pre-emptive strike to Google.

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Bogus BBC Fukushima radiation texts panic the Philippines

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Funny - the winds coming from the west and later from the south over the ...

site means that the Phils are in the clear. Pity Korea, though.

Ah, the miracles of instant communication!

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Renault security boss arrested as spying claims fall apart

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The carmaker's security boss was arrested as he boarded a plane for West Africa.

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

The worst possible way to disappear without leaving a trail is by air. You have to positively identify yourself and all police forces have access to the major GDS (Global (ticket) Distribution Systems)..

Ask Nick Leeson ( the infamous trader whose unchecked risk-taking caused the collapse of Barings Bank) or Choy, Hon-Tim (former deputy director of Singapore's PUB who took $14-million in bribes) both caught by trying to 'escape' by plane.

Smarter thing to do would be to drive to Italy or Greece and take a ferry or a regional flight on a small airline (with it's own reservation system) across the Mediterranean.

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Engineer killed on Endeavour launch pad

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Maintain your safety vigilance to the end

Reminds me of an old Army rule: Never hang your arms, etc., over the sides of a truck/lorry.

Not so long ago a group of soldiers were returning from a small skirmish in the back of a truck/lorry and some had their arms extended over the side of it to cool off.

A vehicle coming the other way side-swiped the military truck, injuring several soldiers. As a result several soldiers had their arms or hands or fingers amputated - after surviving a shooting battle!

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Iran to attend Olympics, despite 'racist' logo

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Does anyone know what it is supposed to depict other than poorly ...

constructed buildings, or city planning gone nuts.

What a sad example of logo design. Even the Festival of Britain was more memorable. See: < http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a3/Festival_of_Britain.JPG/300px-Festival_of_Britain.JPG >.

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Amazon killer erupts from Icelandic volcanos

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Will they do Wikileaks?

What a coup that would be for both the cloud operator and Wikileaks!

And egg all over Amazon's face.

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Windows 7 customers hit by service pack 1 install 'fatal error' flaws

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XP Rules! Another reason for not changing

Usually I don't even changing OS until well after the first SP.

And no one in their right mind ever adopts a SP until a few weeks after release.

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Group-buying deal for £99 iPhone 4 may have breached consumer laws

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Is this guy related to John Bloom of Rolls Razor fame?

Or possibly a TV sales channel?

It's the sought of tricks they play with visitors.

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Is Apple planning incompatible payments?

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Apple meet the U.S. Federal Trade Commission: Up yours Apple

The mighty, but slow, U.S. Federal Trade Commission will most likely weigh in on this one possibly under restraint of trade.

Of course Mastercard and Visa aren't without their 'resources' unless Jobs wants to start his own plastic business.

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Another year, another iPhone time slip

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Apple not changing for DST?

For 28% of the world it's not a problem as they don't use Daylight Savings Time.

For the rest, Saint Steve is waiting for you to follow him.

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Megaquake cuts Japan phone lines

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I remember, as I was transiting in Tokyo/Narita that day, that Sumitomo Chemical, ...

located at Niihama on Shikoku Island, with about half the world market for semiconductor epoxy resin, was downed around 1993 JUL by explosion that hit up prices for DRAMs. Some attributed the explosion to a concurrent earthquake.

My Lexis-Nexis has a reference to a report on ELECTRONIC NEWS, 1993 JUL 12 edition entitled "Sumitomo epoxy resin plant gutted; IC firms scrambling; supplied 60% of market".

Hope that helps.

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Not only Japan cables out - TATA. too

Last weekend there was a little 'bump' (earthquake) off south VietNam and, concurrently, the TATA cable was damaged. This cable has terminal connections in the USA mainland, Hawaii, Guam, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei and a spur to VietNam.

It is used for traffic pointed eastbound where users in Europe want to avoid the London & Atlantic routings.

They hope to figure out exactly where the damage is and have a cable ship out there next week - if the Japanese damage doesn't take priority.

In VietNam ISP's FPT Telecom, Viettel Telecom and VDC are affected. VNPT, the government telecom's operator, is fine as it uses a high speed link from Ha Noi through HongKong and connects directly with the U.S.A.

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Analyst says white iPhone 4 out next month

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You are referring to iPhans who will ...

buy anything 'new' even if it doesn't work properly.

As for having a word with themselves ...they already do, as they read the messages off their little screens.

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App Store not invited to web's date with destiny

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Average Brit has three mysterious keys

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Only three? I wish

I keep stashes of personal stuff in 6 countries I visit most frequently; plus we company offices and facilities dotted all over.

I counted my keys on my 'local' ring - 10 - and on my travelling key ring - 19. All our stuff is company supplied and our guy in the stores carefully number locks and keys so there is no confusion.

P.S Don't think cylindrical keys are safer an appropriate number of 'rods', equalling the number of 'slots' in them, attached to a vibrator (such as a engraver) can unlock these devices. There were soft drink dispensers in the canteen of the old police headquarters in Toronto and the only way the vendor could stop theft was by fitting large steel bands, with equally large large locks to stop theft.

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Apple patent foresees ultra-svelte iDevices

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"Like iPhone/iPlayer connectors." This is where Apple makes money by ...

using non-industry standard connectors and why they chase down all those nasty little Chinese companies who knock off connectors, with cables, for less than 50 cents each.

At least we can buy them in the Far East - the Home Security gang stop them from being imported to the U.S.A.

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Stunned, Apple that is, yet more prior art tosh

There are many systems where connectors are bigger in one or two dimensions than the unit that houses them. Remember the PC modems that stuck out of laptops and had a flip-up RJ-45 connector?

How dumb can the US Patent Office be. Maybe the new rules will put an end to this stupidity.

I like the Samsung offering on it's upcoming pad - a socket with an 'eyebrow' accommodating the protrusion. Class!

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Dim Brits think TARDIS IS REAL

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Dim Brits think TARDIS IS REAL

You're writing about iPhans, I presume.

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Apple iOS 4.3 cracked

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Another successful Apple software release: What they need for security is fresh thinking

If Jobs is serious about keeping The Walled Garden secure they need to start from a different perspective for at the moment GeoHot and company have the Apple thought process down pat.

All this pretend security is just to satisfy Jobs penchant for locking everything up whilst most other smartphone manufacturers simply go with the flow.

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Lady Gaga puts the squeeze on breast milk ice cream

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"Ga Ga" - babies have a common usage claim to that,, not some tramp.

I distinctly recall babies going "Ga Ga" years before this female trash was even born, so where does she get off claiming she has IP rights.

This stuff is going too far.

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Apple security update leaves iPhone 3G users unprotected

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Bingo! "otherwise security conscious people would have to upgrade."

That's the Jobs way, the annual upgrade cash flow program where prior models are rendered redundant or obsolescent so the dedicated iPhan can renew their pledges and enrich Apple yet again.

Whatever Apple does has money and inaccessibility (except through an Apple accessory) in mind, which is why they protect their not-so-wonderful connectors, etc. from after market developers.

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iPhone and BlackBerry brought down in hacker competition

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How about a real tough one: RSA 4.096 bit with AES 256

Anyone cracking this baby will really be popular with the U.S. Federal Government as they hang a hell of a lot of stuff on this.

Worth a damn sight more than USD$15.000!

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