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Amazon expands cloud services support

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Rackspace USA (73.3.246.59) has terrible service today!

I hope that today is not representative of Rackspace 'performance'.

Even though I have InterNet feeds through HongKong and a direct one terminating in the Seattle area, as well as a selection of VPN's terminating in several diverse locations, Rackspace has problems - today.

Better put more water on the string to improve transmission.

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Motorola uncloaks 10.1-inch Xoom fondleslab

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We know this but it is bad manner to push it in iPhan faces

Apple PR doesn't like comments like yours.

No doubt their PR trolls, and others, will be out hitting that red button, again and again.

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Skype gobbles mobile video startup

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Does Skype really need them - it's video service is tops already!

Skype video has always proved a winner with easy configuration and operating when other systems failed to communicate.

Skype is such an asset - we couldn't do business without it.

I have been using Skype for years in my mini-hotel instead of a telephone system. All our rooms have computers (no TV's) with handsets to communicate with the front desk.

Soon, with some luck, we shall replace this system with a e-pad system.

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Ion readies book scanner for e-book buffs

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Reminds me of "Three Days of the Condor (1975)" (Robert Redford)

In the movie they had a Digital Equipment (RIP) PDP8 scanning books and it had an automatic page turner!

Still, when this manual device hits the market it should do well, so everyone can have their very own :Google" digital library.

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Dell opts for Android for consumer smartphone

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Dell should stick with computers ...

they have plenty enough shortcomings to keep them busy for years.

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South African wireless traffic lights pillaged by SIM-card thieves

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The cellco's have the answer

The Jo'burg traffic guys should have a little chat with their cellco provider.

It is extremely simple to program the Class of Service so that given SIMs can only dial pre-determined numbers. This would eliminate the reason for the thefts - wide open dialling plans.

Another alternative is to use equipment where the SIM data is held within a memory chip - this is used on miniature data collection systems when the luxury of circuit-board real estate is at a premium or where the data capture/transmission systems are encapsulated for weather proofing purposes.

One system in Indochina uses only SMS transmissions - very quick 'burst' data - which can also be controlled by Class of Service eliminating the ability to use voice. Mind you, the Chinese built system has poor reliability, the 'counting' displays often go into reverse - counting up, rather than down, to the next light sequence.

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Google sneak peeks Android for fondleslabs

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What's the problem? Apple copied Xerox in the first place

Many readers are likely too young to remember that Apple knocked off Xerox Parc Research work years ago.

Since when has creating uniformity been an offence?

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Investors fight to buy secret special-offer Facebook equity

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Not all that Goldman Sachs touches ...

turns to gold.

In fact they used to bet it wouldn't.

Some have really short memories.

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NoTW editor suspended as phone-hacking stink persists

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Murdoch must have known: take his knighthood away!

Since Murdoch micromanages his media acquisitions, he likely knew;approved what was going on.

Rupert Murdoch should be stripped of his papal knighthood, received from Pope John Paul II, as he was allegedly of (don't laugh) of "unblemished character". Character yes, unblemished - you have to be joking! He's not even Catholic but it appears he was honoured purely for donating large sums of money to the church.

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SWAT team besieges Illinois school in 'butt dialling' incident

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Is this what they call an Arse (S)Wipe ....

motion on a touch screen?

More importantly, Jobs hasn't patented it (yet).

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Samsung launches 'world's first' Android MP3 player

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What a pity ... no phone or SMS?

Having gone so far it would not have cost that much more to make it a handset.

Good to see Samsung is using a standard audio connector instead of the multi-pin things it used on it'd earlier handsets.

I think Archos will have to take a pencil to it's price list.

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Body of murdered cyberwar expert found in landfill

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John P. Wheeler III: Moving force behind the VietNam Memorial

John P. Wheeler III was a major mover behind the VietNam Memorial, (see: < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Vietnam_Veterans_Memorial >) a memorial that brought out the best and worst of America.

Maya Ying Lin, although Chinese(-American), was the controversial winner of a public design competition for the Memorial, beating out 1,441 other competition submissions. aged 21 and still an undergraduate, not so much because of her design but her ethnicity vis-a-vis VietNam are of the war. See: < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Maya_Lin >. One of her detractors was the Texan Ross Perot who called her an 'egg roll' referring to her Chinese Heritage.

John P. Wheeler, and his supporters stood behind the competition winner, notwithstanding significant veteran opposition, a decision that was later confirmed by visitor counts now around 3 million visitors annually. Up yours Perot!

Wheeler has been trumpeting cyber war for years and was a consultant in the establishment of the Pentagon's cyber war efforts earlier last year.

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Apple patents 'net-booted' OS contraption

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Really, really in the clouds - more Apple Tosh!

This concept is so bloody old it ranks with the Stone Age.

Dumb boxes for loading OS + features pre-dates even Apple's 1999 patent - well before Apple was recognised as a serial IP plagiariser.

Guess Job's wants to get his name in early - maybe there is a competition running somewhere to see who can score the number of patent applications in one year.

Could it be now that Novell has sold off it's IP, Jobs knows the new IP owners won't complain about his tosh, seeing how Apple is one of the new owners?

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Dubai assassins used email trojan to track Hamas victim

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Israel: Serial passport fraudsters sand inveterate agreement breakers

Israel has, repeatedly, and over many years, used forged passports from other countries which places passport holders at risk as well as devaluing the passports worth. Israel has repeatedly undertaken never to repeat these offences, yet it has, to the very same countries, time and time again.

Israel receives generous annual governmental donations, who knows what for, from the U.S.A. AND the U.K. yet passports from both these countries have been exploited. Israel has even attacked U.S. warships and murdered it's citizens. It can do no wrong - no doubt because of guilty consciences dating back 60 years.

Expelling a Israeli diplomat is an affront to both the United Kingdom and it's citizens. Money matters most to Israel, yet the UK continues to fork over millions/billions annually, as does the U.S.A., yet both countries have finances that are proportionately far worse than those of Israel.

Time that the Israeli puppet, the U.S.A. stood up to it's declared values and treated all countries equally.

Don't hold your breath, Cameron hasn't the guts.

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Microsoft's 2009 Uniloc patent victory overturned on appeal

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Microsoft's record as serial plagiariser doesn't count?

Microsoft, et al, have a lengthy record of copying and stealing other peoples IP - the name Internet Explorer for starters - but I guess this U.S. court chose to ignore the fact that a U.S. company is a thief.

Talk about bent justice.

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'Operation eMule' feds bust duo with 500+ eBay, PayPal accounts

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If they had done this at Cambridge U they could have claimed it was for their thesis

Messrs VO and VAN might have been just doing studies for thesis work, just as their counterpart at Cambridge was studying weaknesses in card payment security.

Funny how an affidavit is released - part of a larger investigation, Operation eMule, which is presumably continuing - when ordinarily this sort of publicity occurs AFTER charges are laid.

Something fishy here.

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Opera in touchable tablet browser peep show

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A new target for the litigious minded?

Would the 'touch' movements be those within an Android's OS or has Opera incorporated them within it's software, opening the door for litigation?

I guess Chrome will follow, soon.

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Cell phone search needs no warrant, say Cal Supremes

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Yet another reason for personal encryption products?

Obviously personal encryption products are the only answer to circumvent this CA ruling as well as the CALEA compliance requirements that are mandatory in the U,S. AND several other countries.

'Locking' cell/hand phones is a 'nothing' for The Plod as cell/hand phone manufacturers provide the tools/information to unlock telephones, as well as reading SIM content.

Pagers have certain advantages: location can not be determined by network; many pagers have minimal 'cracking' features and clear messages after reading.

Message vocalisation services, where SMS messages are intercepted and converted to voice messages also make a Plod's life harder

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Who will rid me of these obsolete PCs?

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Small world - thousands of ex-Canadian computers are dotted all over Laos & Cambodia

Some years ago a Toronto friend was a volunteer in a computer recycling program where large corporate entities would recycle hardware and offer thousands of computers to organisations who used the talents or retired techs to restore them to an acceptable working standard.

The intended recipients were the disadvantaged youth and single parent families.

Distribution commenced and follow ups to ascertain program weaknesses and strengths. It was found that many excellent machines had been set aside as the poor deprived kids complained they were no good for gaming!

There were hundreds of machines looking for a home so I said how about Developing Countries? I rented a 40 foot container and when it was filled it was shipped to VietNam and I personally delivered and installed hundreds of them. The trail of containers was financed at special deep discount rates courtesy of a European shipping line by my employers when destined for VietNam.

This is why you will find names of outstanding Canadian companies emblazoned on computers in Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Ede, etc!

Later the Vietnamese owned national telephone company started a similar scheme so we discontinued ours and redirected the containers to Cambodia and Laos where others are continuing the technology transfer.

There are few things so rewarding as watching the response of children when they are set loose on their very own computer!

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Canon Pixma MG-5250 Wi-Fi all-in-one inkjet printer

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How many multi-function machines have you encountered where a function has failed?

My experience is that, like Jack of all trades, multi-functions are as never as accomplished as dedicated, single function, machines. There are always compromises in some function.

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Gov gone wild: Mad new pub glasses, bread freedom introduced

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Uniform packaging helps consumers compare prices

The lowly loaf of bread has significance in comparing costs of living in a diverse number of countries is usually in 400 or 800 gram sizes which has been fine for years, until some twit of a politician wants to make a name for himself.

Standards exist for good reason for decades, whereas a minister of the Crown is a passing fad.

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Garmin tells iPhone users where to go

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Garmin: Great for underwater travel, ahem

Not long ago I used a Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx, loaded with Garmin software, and it faithfully recorded all my activities for some 1,900 kilometres.

After transferring the data to laptop it showed, according to the Garmin software, that I had made the complete journey 10-15 kilometres out to sea. This was unexpected as I made the journey by road.

There are only two major roads of any type running north and south, so it is impossible to take a wrong turn. One, called Highway 13, is a good 6-lane highway, clearly defined on maps. Again using my GPSMAP 60CSx recording my journey. Once again there was great satellite signal strength and once again the recorded track was 10-15 kilometres off compared to several maps.

So I acquired alternative software and it proved the Garmin hardware was good but that the software was crap.

So before you go placing your faith in the Garmin App, read the fine print - especially the part where Garmin denies all responsibility!

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US bumblebees in 'alarming' decline

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Must be that GM food striking back!

Wikileaks US diplo e-mails reviewed on Sunday highlighted the heavy handed techniques of the U.S. in pushing Franken seeds.

In fact a Filipino hustler, sponsored by the U.S.A., has just left the shores of Indochina after singing the (paid) praises of America's attempt to make all rice taste as bad as Texas rice. This guy was used as there is so much resentment of U.S. conglomerates trying to usurp local farming success stories.

Guess bee's don't like the taste of the chemical combinations. China has suffered too, but given the cost of farm labour, people laden with brushes and ladders are making out like bees quite successfully.

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Cellphone snooping now easier and cheaper than ever

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Add-on security only immediate solution

If network operators can't be relied upon to upgrade their systems, users will have to employ 'add-on' security via software or hardware accessories to maintain their privacy - which at least make the ever intrusive governments work for their money.

When the networks do eventually upgrade it will be the end of all the drive-by intelligence gathering activity that presently well-endowed snoopers currently do - with or without court permission.

Of course little of increased security will faze the U.S. NSA or the FBI as all cell systems in the U.S., and elsewhere in some countries, have to be CALEA-compliant so the FBI surveillance system, called DCSNet, for Digital Collection System Network, a suite of software that collects, sifts and stores phone numbers, phone calls and text messages, basically a comprehensive wire-tap system that intercepts wire-line phones, cellular phones, SMS and push-to-talk systems . The system directly connects FBI wire-tapping outposts around the country to a far-reaching private communications network.

Unaffected will also be the DCS-6000, known as Digital Storm, captures and collects the content of phone calls and text messages for full wire-tap orders.

Neither 'do' Skype!

Android users already have software options. It's always good to separate the encoding devices from a handset so you can be assured there are no 'bypass' circuits leaking unencrypted messages.

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Apple patent endangers unbiased product reviews

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Leave Apple alone, it will bring the US Patent Office down unaided

Apple makes a mockery of the purpose behind patent legislation and it, alone, will best serve as an example of why it needs an overhaul.

Let's hope the new UK system doesn't ape that of the States. When China progresses from plagiarism to innovation, the challenges will be significant for existing patent regimes. At least India uses the English language!

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US woman sues again over XP 'downgrade', seeks class action

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Sounds like like a lawyer working on commission!

Oops, I forgot - lawyers don't call it commission they use the fancy term 'contingency', it sounds classier and implies risk - risk of not getting anything!

In the U.S. losing civil litigants don't usually get to pay winners legal fees.

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PlayStation 3 code signing cracked

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First Kinect and now Sony

The enterprising types who do this should be congratulated on their technical prowess.

Pity they can't use it in a CV.

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Feds raid server farms in bid to root out PayPal DDoS perps

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Now the FBI will demand point & click InterNet tapping

Presently the FBI has a very sophisticated, remote, automatic called DCSNet, Digital Collection System Network, a comprehensive 'click and point' wire-tap system capable of intercepts wire-line phones, cellular phones, SMS and push-to-talk systems through CALEA conforming systems anywhere in North America, from any FBI office in America. It doesn't do Skype, or InterNet! :o)

Guess they will now demand ISP's provide uniform interfaces so they can monitor everyone's InterNet activity in the U.S. of A.

People think NSA 'taps' everything when in actual fact the NSA does not engage in 'wire-tapping'; it collects signals intelligence, AKA 'sigint' - rather it intercepts complete streams of communications containing millions of telephone calls and e-mails, etc. Then the NSA runs the intercepts through very bid computers that filter them for particular names, telephone numbers, Internet addresses, and trigger words or phrases.

Undoubtedly the FBI will demand that the whole world conform to CALEA interfaces so the U.S. can listen in to the world. Pity the U.S. doesn't have any money.

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China announces Skype ban to protect telco revenues

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The Chinese Government is likely lying - censorship not cash

The Chinese government is more likely concerned that they, along with the Germans and the FBI, can't monitor what is going on.

Anyone familiar with DNS and port customisation should have little difficulty in circumventing the Chinese - or aircraft WiFi - attempts at throttling the InterNet and Skype.

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British-born NASA astronaut Piers Sellers becomes OBE

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Piers Sellers? Mmmm .... is this the French version of ...

the late lamented famous Goon Show actor?

IMO, people who have deserted the UK and taken another countries citizenship aren't deserving of any British 'gong' or recognition.

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UK.gov relaxes patent application process

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Well done, Gov.UK - smart move

Any red tape reduction allowing people to file their IP and then to get on making use of it is to be welcomed, particularly the EU wide concept.

The only thing we should hope is that EU patents don't become as confused and litigation prone as is the case with the U.S. system.

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In-flight fight for stubborn iPhone-loving teen

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They have the answer in mainland China

I was on a Chinese carrier recently and there were several instructions in English and Chinese that all 'electronics' should be switched off.

The Chinese are worst than most at using cell's everywhere.

The cabin crew simply walked down the aisles starting at the front of economy literally seizing cell phones that were in use from the hands of the offending passengers. They didn't collect too many as other passengers saw what was happening and quickly put their phones away.

After landing further announcements were made advising all passengers who 'lost their hand phones' should wait in their seats and could pick them up when others had disembarked.

In China No! means No!

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Apple slapped with iOS privacy lawsuit

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The Walled Garden: A trap of Jobs own making?

Google's Android is open, too open for some, since Apps aren't pre-approved and some were withdrawn only after they were made available. But Google never promised a 'rose' garden - what you see is what you get.

However, Jobs, by claiming to 'vet' all his Apps, even keeping some locked in approval for months, is different - he has actively, and persistently, blocked all attempts to open up The Garden so obviously any Apps that have been released has been done with Apple's blessing. The conditions imposed by Apple on developers should obviously be tested as part of the approvals process and therefore it is not unreasonable to hold both Apple and the developer culpable.

In fact, Apple's liability is greater, IMO, since it has the ultimate capability of making all data unavailable to any App or, alternatively providing a user controlled function to allow, or deny, App access to ant data. Some Apps remove data that has absolutely no utility in the use of the App.

Most, if not all, Apps do not need a smartphones unique identifier, many do not need to know it's physical location, either.

This is not to say Google is much better; for they, too, collect all sorts of data and not many people know either how much or who else gets to share it.

There is a way to control all this: deny all access by Apps and have it supplied through Apple or Google so they become the gatekeeper to this data. The problem is that neither Apple or Google can be trusted much, if at all, but at least they can be trusted more than App developers.

Does, I wonder, the action seek compensation for the theft of transmission time used by all these back channels?

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Cambridge boffins rebuff banking industry take down request

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Inaction by banks deserves exposure

Whilst Barclays is to be congratulated in closing this particular loophole, the bank cards association had plenty of time to remedy the defect yet all they wanted to do was to shut the info source down.

Lucky he didn't have Plod breathing down his neck, too.

Since the introduction of Pin and Chip the banks have adopted a harder attitude towards complaints of customers accounts being plundered, claiming that their new system prevents fraud when in actual fact it doesn't

This means they are defrauding / misleading / lying to the public whilst some parts of the banks know there are weaknesses. THIS is what is so DESPICABLE about the whole matter.

I never withdraw round amounts from ATM's (490 instead of 500) and I always scan those receipts that fade (so quickly) so in case of dispute I have all the records.

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Amazon slips out Microsoft's Windows 7 Family Pack kill date

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No sweat - a DVD with all versions and a Keygen only costs $4 in NanNing, China

I was in NanNing, GuangXi Province, China over Christmas buying supplies and Win7 was going for $4 which is about the mid-price for copy software.

The Chinese government seems to be 'enforcing' I.P. rights as usual, doing nothing! All the latest movies available, too, for only $2.

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Paul Allen reloads patent attack against tech titans

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If you research 'gesture' technology you will find it predates Apple filings

Just because someone scores a US Patent doesn't mean too much. With all the big money swilling around smartphone technology, the US courts will soon be a spectator sport that will stretch over several years.

And make sure you back up your OS in case some code has to be redacted!

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Apple iPad 2 said to sport über speaker

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Simple, Youfs can't read unless it has pictures

Many people entering university need remedial English courses so they can have some form of communication with their instructors, others who don't make it that far resort to pictures and cartoons.

Likely those with their electronics turned up load have suffered from hearing loss through years of having ear bud volumes turned up full.

I thought Jobs barred displays of prurient material from his iThings?

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Santander mixes up 35,000 bank statements

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Why are we not surprised after the mess at Heathrow?

If these are the same clowns who own BAA, there should be little surprise if they can't even get their banking straight why should passengers expect any better at LHR?

Totally incompetent at running a bank or an airport.

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Mobile operators handed content billing blueprint

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Sounds more like price fixing or conspiracy to price fix

Consumer law is pretty well defined concerning collusion between suppliers.

Could an enthusiastic prosecutor make some charge against these characters. Obviously the defendants wouldn't select a jury trial as most of the jurors would be likely victims.

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Coca-Cola fizzes over pornforacoke.com

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If they hadn't tried to make a buck out of it ...

Coke might stand less of a chance of rescuing it's name. I understand not for money copy sites have a better chance of remaining in the registrant's possession.

I read somewhere that Bank of America had recently bought up every derogatory combination of it's name.

In Canada the automotive retail chain called Canadian Tire, known for selling allegedly dubious tires (tyres), had failed to assert it's ownership of CrappyTire.com - the popular nickname for the chain - as the registrant was neither passing off as Canadian Tire nor was he selling anything. It was, naturally, faithfully reported by The Register <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/07/04/canadian_tire_loses_fight/ >.

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Skype makes wobbly return, offers compo to paying punters

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Given the usual reliability of Skype and it's reasonable cost ...

few people can criticise a failure particularly since it occurred on a major business break. Mind you, if you were travelling and needed to contact your travel agent you might be a little excised.

A tip of the hat for a great service, Skype.

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Google open sources '$5m' in Java Eclipse tools

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Another example of Google generosity to the web community

Google has a history of generosity to the web community that too many critics overlook - which is certainly more than many of Google's can lay claim to.

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Queen set to outlaw ID cards today

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RIP Blunkett, Blair & Brown - Authors of British Excess

At one point in time the British government was covert in it's data collection. Then along come Blunkett, Blair & Brown and force all manner of data collection down British throats with hardly a murmur of complaint from the public.

Finally the public is becoming aware of what it does to it's citizens.

Many countries have ID systems but very, very few fingerprint children, or include them on yet another BBB database.

There is one benefit from ID cards: good forgeries are frequently accepted by systems/people not using electronic verification.

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Skype still staggering after major blackout

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Great service record, especially considering the traffic loads

It's only when you lose something, it's value becomes appreciated.

So it is with Skype, a good reliable service that provides so much for so little.

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Double-clicking patent takes on world

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Is this guys name's name Jobs? If not only prior art filed by him is acceptable

Double clicking in 2002 is new art? Even Jobs was double clicking in the last century.

Perhaps the problem is the U.S. Patent Office has run out of REJECTED slips so they just issue a number as a way around it.

Maybe someone ought to do an article on the Patent Office, so the rest of us can see something so obvious can even be issued a number. Little wonder they can claim more patents are issued there than any where else in the world..

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BA flights website grounded by snow

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@ Nonsense

If we were to extrapolate your concept of 'standby' or emergency' service governments could save a fortune by killing off fire and sea rescue services on the grounds they are only needed every so often.

Perhaps you are unaware that many public works, including roads and the Thames Barrier (another waste of money using your criteria), are designed to survive any historical challengers that have occurred in the previous 50 or 100 years.

Another example of risk input into capital expenditures have occurred into response to recent rail/tube accidents. When 31 people were fried to death at Kings Cross on 1987 November 18 as the result of a fire on a wooden escalator, a subsequent report recommended all wooden escalators be replaced with metal treads. The recommendation was rejected after cost was considered including the cost of compensating for any deaths - figured at around 2-million pounds per body.

The present Heathrow has been at it's present location since New Years Day 1946, it was first Fairey’s Great West Aerodrome then RAF Northolt, and if BAA has it's way it will be there forever.

This means (1) BAA has to take into account historic conditions; (2) The level of service it proposes; (3) Capital investment needed to achieve these goals.

Even if an event occurs every 20 or 30 years BAA has to take it in to consideration. Notwithstanding BA's attempts to increase the accident count (2008 BA flight crash-landed) BAA still maintains a very expensive fire service that spend months, even years, waiting for the next crash.

The provisioning of this fire service, and even snow removal equipment, is based on historical demand, and proposed service levels. BAA claims Heathrow is a 'world class' airport, it doesn't claim any exceptions. Therefore it has failed in it's duty. It matters not an iota whether the interruption is caused by a humans or Nature exercising it's options.

Talking about 'whingers', you might want to canvas the opinion of those people sitting it out in the airport. They might have different opinions to yours.

The cost of capital equipment, amortised over 50 years or more, might look like a real bargain when stacked up against airline costs (including repositioning empty planes), BAA losses and added costs, passenger losses and added costs and losses to the general economy.

Only people with a myopic viewpoint can't see why BAA failed.

P.S. Where I am has a temperature of 35c, the sun is shining and the drinks are long and cool. But the BBC World Service TV makes us appreciate our luck!

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BA and BAA - made for each other

BA is not/never was the world's favourite airline and serial mismanagement have reduced the airline to a shadow of it's former corporate entity. If BA was ordered to bring it's employees pension fund contributions up to date it would have declare bankruptcy.

This, of course, is not the case with Wee Wiily Walshes benefits package, unsurprisingly.

As for BAA Heathrow, allegedly Britain's 'gateway' airport, it is little less than a scandal.

The last weather that equalled this recent weather disturbance was 20 years ago, according to the Met Office, and Heathrow has precious little to show for what some of the highest airport fees in the world.

Photographs of the snow are ample evidence that it has failed. Airports such as Toronto or Montreal are used to dealing with metres of snow. Until recently, Montreal airport had more snow clearing equipment than the City of Montreal.

The government should terminate the BAA Heathrow 'for cause' and re-tender the contract, which should have all weather performance written in to the contract. This is not difficult to accomplish be it with equipment purchases or retainer agreements that guarantee snow clearance equipment is available.

In any event, I hope those stranded at airports make it to a home or hotel for Christmas.

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Nokia sues Apple in European courts

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The side effects might be beneficial: international patent standards?

The disparity between patent legislation world-wide is, IMO, what is driving this mess of litigation.

In the U.S. you can patent a wet dream whereas in other jurisdictions you physically need to demonstrate the patent actually working.

Apple recently patented some real old ideas: hotel and travel reservations screens which clearly have been in the public domain for years, if not decades - so all they can expect is litigation.

Another patent was placing AM, FM and entertainment satellite receiver inside a cell phone. Given that satellite frequencies dictate certain physical parameters and that integrated circuitry has about hit the buffers in size reduction, it will be hard to physically reproduce this without enlarging a cell phone case. Anyone who has a satellite entertainment receiver can attest to this poor reception in diminutive receivers, unless you live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

One 'feature' was mapping the radio stations. Guess what, I have a older cell that does this already although it didn't use an InterNet-based database to obtain it's mapping. Stations can be input manually or automatically.

So what does this Apple patent bring to the table? Litigation, for a start. Almost all prior art.

Patents need a much shorter life span, too.

Then again, there is the disproportionate power exerted by the U.S., whose politics are driven by election funding. To get the votes needed for international agreement encompassing all it's views, as amply demonstrated in the Wikileaks cables, it would simply buy support, as it has in the past, even though it is technically bankrupt.

Perhaps the EU needs to establish a common patent standard with the rules enforced by a EU patent court. Then a single voice, with more bodies behind it, can talk on equal terms with the U.S.

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Euro cops mull crowd-sourced cybercrime data

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The knowledge gap started when the Plods shed bicycles for cars

When young, our local Plod used to lazily cycle around his beat, in Buckinghamshire, carefully making mental notes of what he saw.

These days days Plod has wheels and as they whiz by, they miss so much. Criminal activity nears eyes to be detected.

Sharing information will only act as a guidepost for Plods to alert them to things that might otherwise be missed.

One international credit card scam gang was found only because a detective, on foot, noticed unusual ATM use.

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Ofcom proposes UK phone numbers prefix re-org

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Landlines have geographic rates; mobiles undesignated multi-rates?

It would nice to have a symbol appear when dialling a mobile that is geographically remote from the calling party so people can evaluate costs before the call connection is completed.

Messaging needs regulation given that it costs cellco's minimum amounts in terms of channel use - which is nil given SMS is interleaved in the control channel traffic.

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