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Google accused of hard-coding own links in search

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Don't like Google? Go Bing yourself!

Google provides a no charge-service to to most searchers.

I have no problem with Google putting Google things up front. If they charged a search fee, then I would have a problem.

Honesty can be tested. Pick the name of a piece of Google software for which it charges, then go and search for a serial number. You'll find them all, uncensored, and even more than on competitive search engines.

Searchers always have the choice of comparing search results from a number of search engines and picking results on whatever criteria they think best fits their needs.

As for mapping, looking for a test result in a developed country is hardly a test. Try a less populated country. Google has it. Go compare Mongolia map on any source and tell me which one gives the most information!

Too remote, then try China or Ha Noi region in VietNam and then you will see why Google rightly gives itself the pole position.

As I said, still not happy? Go Bing yourself.

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Apple yanks Snow Leopard Server 10.6.5 update

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Apple proves, once again, it has no "quality assurance"

Most companies whose keynote product, AKA Lemon 4, would have been so embarrassed that they would have toughened up testing procedures, even going to the extent of providing sealed systems for 'volunteer' testers of the public do their thing

The problem is Jobs' won't face up to the fact he, and Apple, are fallible and maybe even worse when it comes to testing. It is hard to accept that no one knew of the 'Grip of Death' feature before it hit the market.

Chinese manufacturers aren't so dumb, either, when it comes to export orders. I have visited Chinese manufacturers and they test things to whatever spec is provided.

One factory was producing 'spherical vibrating devices' used by some women, that featured remote control through Bluetooth signals from their cell phones relayed from another cell phone, usually their boyfriend's.

Even this technically advanced sex toy was thoroughly tested for dynamics, including directionality, chemical inertness, battery consumption (imagine using an Apple battery that overheated), and charging ability (through a proximity coil).

So I think it is reasonable to suspect Apple's failure is Apples, rather than some overworked assembly outfit in China.

Chances are that if the Chinese had written this upgrade it would have worked, although the English might have been somewhat off dictionary.

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Don't wait to obey European data laws

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European Data Protection Supervisor: What a misnomer!

Given the way that Euro data is handed over to the USA and Israel, this guy has, IMO, failed miserably.

Neither the USA or Israel can be trusted, the US no longer even honours it's own Constitution so why would it honour anything else? (I hold a US passport and the word 'Constitution', along with the word 'flag', are repeated like a mantra in many levels of government and education;)

Canada, when it designed it's database structures, separated content so that someone with access to one database cannot go poking around another without authorisation. For instance, Plod can't go trolling through medical records or tax data.)

The UK's government database, on the other hand, was designed to centralise data and make much it accessible to people who haven't. or shouldn't, have access to many things as has been seen in the recent past.

And to all those Doubting Thomas', look back in history and see what Hitler did with German and French data - and that was all paper based.

Lexis-Nexis runs a database whose contents would amaze many, perhaps the word should be scare or concern, for an experienced researcher can gather up certain data and draw a pretty accurate picture. A while ago a character I was discussing a matter with suggested that the InterNet provided a lot of 'shielding'.

Within 10 minutes of research I had his name, address and employers name together with remuneration (I had access to Canadian credit bureau records at that time) and I was located ten of thousands of miles away from him.

So take a great deal of interest in your data, and ask why people want something, and make sure you let your elected officials know what concerns you, reminding them their number comes up every 3,4 or 5 years.

P.S. If you make any sort of claim against private paid medical insurance, and some countries public paid medical insurance, you should know that data is stored in a 'credit bureau' type structure and (life) insurers pay to access that data. So don't go 'forgetting' health details on insurance applications!

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Missing piece completes Stuxnet jigsaw

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It's all very well bugging the Iranians, the West won't feel so smug when it happens here!

So often what started out with one, not necessarily good, intent turns out to be an own goal as miscreants will, as sure as Hell, use this type of technology against others.

Bet the Iranians are as happy as can be knowing that they have circumvented yet another US inspired attempt to stop them doing what other sovereign nations have done.

If the US doesn't want to incur the wrath of people, it should keep it's nose out of other people's business.Mind you we all end up paying by way of intrusive security and added expenses.

I guess that Iran will switch to Linux, as many countries are doing, as a national policy, and that North Korea is busy running-anti-virus software.

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No hiding place - facial biometrics will ID you, RSN

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The Chinese have deployed it in BeiJing and also at busy transportation termini

The Chinese obviously have some confidence in it as it has been running since before the Olympics.

Those well groomed young men and women, in Chinese 'hotspots', touting oversized, large screened 2-way radio's are internal security folks. A sister of one of these people said if they are looking for someone in, say, a station they can have the persons picture loaded in to the system and every sighting in the given vicinity is transmitted back to the hand-helds.

I guess the US will equip drones with this stuff, then give them a list of undesirables, then set them loose.

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Gmail creator and FriendFeed co-founder quits Facebook

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Google is the Rock of Gibraltar: Facebook is like Jello

After working for a reasonable facsimile of a corporate structure with Google, no doubt the sheen of the Cult of Zuckerberg has worn very thin.

Obviously Buchheit is a man of great talents and wants challenges in his life. Good luck to him.

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Calls for US nudie perv scanner 'opt-out day'

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Very useful pictures ... if you are looking for weaknesses

These pictures suggest there are still areas that offer secrecy. The feet and the groin.

Of course the body cavities are completely obscured and offer considerable capacity in which to secrete material - after all babies are quite large.

Now we await the determined female bomber to demonstrate the futility of all this 'high tech' rubbish.

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Gov report urges total consumer contract law overhaul

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Good Consumer Law is good for economy

There are plenty of Common Law consumer legislation so it shouldn't take long to plagiarise a decent new law.

The fact that EU proposals don't provide for "did not contain provisions forcing EU member states to pass laws allowing consumers to have the same right to reject goods that UK consumers have." or "it says that once a good is "accepted", the right to remedies is lost" suggests the EU law drafters were knobbled by the Dodgy Dealer Sales Association.

People only discover defects AFTER they have accepted delivery and have had a chance to use it.

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Facebook set to unveil 'Gmail killer'

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At least Google has some integrity; Facebook has none!

Given the history of breached security, pure selling of private data Facebook is a place to avoid. I get really mad when idiots I'm acquainted with gives Facebook one of my e-mail addresses.

As for Zuckerberg, he must be one of the most amoral characters in US business. Hookers usually are honest enough to admit what they are: Zuckerberg can't/doesn't/won't.

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Airport security boss calls time on tech

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By Jove! I think she's got it. Yes she has, she's got it!

This is a brave woman to be standing up for sense.

The words of Hans Christian Andersen come to mind: The Emperor has no clothes!

The US airport security is a pantomime to satisfy the travelling public's perception of security. The US even searches pilots, how crazy is that? After all a pilot doesn't need a nail file or clippers to down an aircraft - switching off the autopilot and pushing the yoke hard forwards should do the trick, as the pilot of a Silk Air flight demonstrated a few years back.

It's the combination of human perception, interaction or psychology that gets the bomber.

What the Americans are doing reminds me of the powdered scrambled eggs we had in the Army. The menu board also called for a dozen eggs with shells to be thrown in to the blender with the egg powder. The sergeant cook explained that when men found the bits of eggshell they would be convinced the eggs were fresh!

The US security apparatus is making scrambled eggs!

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Gov and telcos in Aussie wiretap death match

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Australia is as paranoid as the U.S.A.

Australia is so damn paranoid and as bad as the USA.

If they want to learn something they should rely on the much vaunted ECHELON system.

Besides, what person (terrorist) would want to travel that far, to the bottom of the world. Next they will setting up spy bases on Antarctica!.

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MS hits back in Security Essentials row

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I don't trust MS, or anybody, who wants to scan my system

We never run any scanners at my company when they are on-line as you never know what they are doing or what data they are exporting.

AVG and Spybot are run daily after InterNet service has been disabled to each particular computer being scanned.

Google desktop indexing is another no-no.

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Plods scrap crap stealth spy blimp

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Airborne Plods are vanity air forces for ACPO

I was amazed to read London had 7 helicopters, with air to ground video, flying around.

How can this extravagance be justified?

Why not buy some of those car portable units they use in the USA at far less cost? And I don't mean full size drones, these are more like large model aircraft.

A few years ago I spent a few nights in the area policed by loser Thames Valley Plod and they had deployed their helicopter in a field awaiting some car thieves to do their thing. I was sleeping about a mile away and what awoke me was the incessant radio chatter.

Needless to say, they never caught the car thieves. Perhaps they were awaiting DEAF car thieves,

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Hasty legislation will make a mess of Europe's 'right to be forgotten'

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"information age should make it harder to lose objective records"

Guess this doesn't apply to Wikipedia, given how PR hacks polish their clients records.

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Robot wars break out on poker sites

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The Mafia are virgin angels compared to this mob

I seem to remember reading a story about one of these gambling sites was sold and the former owner had a back door to rip off players.

The guys really do make casinos look like heaven and the Mafia like virgin angels.

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iPhone users are sad and mentally unfocused

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iPhans+wandering mind = sad; sad+Lemon 4 = happy?

Could this research lead to the answer as to why millions of supposedly sane people go out and buy products that even Jobs admits are less than perfect, which to others are simply defective?

Very thought provoking research.

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MoD battles copycat hackers

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What we really need to know is ...

(1) Who authored the web site;

(2) Who was supposed to maintain the web site;

(3) How much were they paid;

(4) When are they being terminated?

Forget about the announced £650m in new funding for cyber security, this is simple incompetence/breach of contract.

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HP pays off investigators

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Motorola lands 16-patent countersuit on Microsoft

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What the US needs is a dedicated Patents Court with judges ...

qualified in the engineering professions.

They could determine the merits of the claim and then hand the natter over to a law judge for the penalty awards.

Good to see Motorola, the U.S. radio industry pioneer, standing up against all the Johnny Come Lately's who think they invented the wheel and the flame.

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Content producers should chip in for mobile internet costs

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Sounds fair but the devil is in the detail.

It's a bit like road taxes, trucks pay more.

But there again, the biggies in the media transmission do pay the freight. Imagine just how much governments load the system with, do they pay the full rate?

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US Marine hover-jeep to get robotic hands-off controls

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What bureaucrat let this slip by?

The US governments, state, local and federal are broke and they still throw money away.

One well placed bullet would likely down this wet dream.

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Google sacks Eric Schmidt memo leaker

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(Now has) "The brightest, most capable group of this size ever assembled." ...

after firing the leaker.

I wonder if he used his Gmail to send the memo?

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Apache threatens Oracle with Java exit

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Living with Larry, the Prima Donna

Prima Donna's such as Ellison require TLC, patience and a lot of ego stroking.

At this moment he is feeling real good what with getting SAP to admit theft and HP's Frog playing hide and seek.

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Government abandons benefit-cheat lie detectors

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Yet another Labour technological failure

There are simply too many signal degradations over any telephone carrier system to make these detectors accurate.

Whether 'landline' or cell all systems introduce phase distortion, flutter, audio frequency changes, etc. which are readily recognisable by telephone users.

Many countries have tossed out lie detector equipment, except for the U.S.A., as most courts recognise they are not accurate and their output requires 'interpretation' which can introduce bias.

These voice stress systems use similar principles. A pathological liar will always show 'true' readings as they believe their lies.

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Microsoft waves Frand at Motorola

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Motorola only mimicking MS - screw the competition!

I guess Motorola is no 'frand' of Microsoft.

Motorola is simply returning the MS' compliment after it was sued. The hypocrisy is amazing to behold.

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iPhones make calls without permission, researcher warns

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Yet another undocumented Lemon 5 feature revealed. I am running out of fingers counting!

Increasingly people must question Apple's poor code verification as well as what they laughingly call :quality control".

Some of the faults should have been caught before Lemon 4 hit the stores. The pressure to deliver must have been great but as Ford proudly boasts: "Quality is Job 1".

Jobs' attitude that he and Apple are better than anyone (sic) invites criticism. If Jobs' spent less time sticking his prowess in the face of others, he might garner some sympathy.

He can spend untold hours fruitlessly (no pun intended) locking up his little toy but what's the point if it's so dysfunctional? The 'free calling' when locked and remote web site calling are major flaws that should have been caught months ago.

Even iPhans patience has limits, it's reaching the point of abuse now.

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Tracking website eyeballs SpyEye

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The UK should hire Hüssy to have street creds for their war on 'cybercrime'

Hüssy sounds just the right guy to hire, for a decent salary, to aid THE UK's 'cybercrime' initiative.

You need the right mindset for this type of work, not some career civil servant or 'establishment' fellah.

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Oracle enlists private dick to sniff out HP boss

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So if Apotheker ran a crooked enterprise, how come the US gave him a visa?

Ellison should acquire a 'friendly' senator to have an inquiry into whether Apotheker is an appropriate person to whom a visa should be issued.

At least they will be able to ascertain if Apotheker is in the US or not.

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Garmin Nüvi 3790T satnav

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Garmin: Accuracy long way to go & Warranty - OK if you like a fight

Sorry, I've a number of different products and Garmin has poor accuracy.

A good GPS needs a good antenna - not something subverted for the primacy of appearance or form. Good GPS have external antennae, power and data connections.

As for Garmin's warranty, it's pathetic. If you travel to different regions of the world you will only get free warranty support from the regional office where you bought the unit.

Maps are so critical to GPS usability. As an earlier poster implied, Android using Google Maps, is a very hard combo to beat for accuracy, completeness - especially in less travelled countries.

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Kingston Technology DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 32GB

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From my experience they seem to have low count read/write lives

Although Kingston is one of the better ones, they all seem to low total read/write totals whereas SD memory is much more long-lived and more reliable overall.

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French go after Google for brand grab

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So much for Entente Cordial

I thought EU countries were supposed to go along with EU decisions.

Now the French have caught the Non! Non! disease again.

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Hacker unshackles Kinect from Xbox

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Don't wind people up: U.S. law only good in the U,S.A.

MS, et al, know hackers are going to nobble their products.

Once again hackers demonstrate how good they are whilst MS loses face that they poor coders.

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Don't let China hold rare-earths to ransom again

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It's called 'Added Value' - done everywhere for everything

Instead of simply digging up the stuff, China opted to Add Value to their RE exports, a process that is done by many countries, as it increases the worth of the export.

If you want to complain to anyone, try the U.S. Government and GM Motors, the sleepy government that let the deal go through and the vendor of the US RE operation the Chinese bought, respectively.

The Chinese plan ahead, the U.S. government clearly doesn't.

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GCHQ goes Google

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Any old software? Any old software?

Why use last years model? I am sure Google would have been happy to sell the UK Government the latest and greatest given the nature of the software usage.

Bet Google could help them design efficient database centres, too.

P.S. Note that Google donated this software which is another example of it's public generosity.

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Cameron promises a 'right to data'

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About bloody time. Done by other governments for years

Apart from the fact the public has a right to see where it's money goes, it also assists in locating where 'bent' RFQ's favour a selected vendor target.

This can result in cost-savings for everyone. It could not have happened under Labour as so much IT work went to favoured supporters.

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Government will shred ID card data

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Blunkett, Blair, Brown dreams all gone: How they wasted money

To think of all the pounds that will end up in the car crushers!

Government destruction means just that. A squaddy of security types accompany the discarded equipment to a favourite metal shredding outfit, featured on Discovery Channel, where their humongous metal shredder does it's evil to millions of pounds of equipment.

Enough to make a technician cry.

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Hacker sinks Royal Navy website

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So when do they propose extraditing the offender and keel-hauling him?

If this had happened to a Pentagon website, again, they would be screaming terrorism, loss of secrets, etc. and demanding the alleged whiz behind this attack be handed over immediately.

Won't happen because Romania has balls and would tell them to get stuffed.< www.sheepscreek.com/recipe.html > unlike a certain island nation we know of..

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UK.gov plans net surveillance by 2015

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Another dumb, easily circumvented scheme

Who dreams up these things?

The e-mail one is easily circumvented (think intelligent mail forwarding).

And I though they were trying to save money!

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Australia claims it invented cutting-edge tech before rest of world

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The Aboriginals may be, but not Australia

Since Australia wasn't around then he means the Aboriginal tribes.

Chances are they were brought in from China by their wandering explorers. And the truly unique item of technology from the other side was the Aboriginal boomerang.

Next they'll be claiming they invented wind instruments starting with the Didgeridoo.

But they did invent Vegemite!

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How to improve productivity in the workplace

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How to improve productivity in the workplace? Monitor InterNet use.

The number of paid hours squandered idling on the InterNet is universal and only limited by access.

My employers instituted announced InterNet usage monitoring about 2 years ago and after 6 months it announced a policy of blocking all non-business URL's during paid work hours and wide open at all other times.

Works well and has improved timekeeping and productivity.

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Harrods blings up Android tablet, quintuples price

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Wrong marketing target: Android users are smart

If Harrods was smart they would have gussied up an Apple tablet.

iPhans have a track record of buying form over functionality.

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Apple’s iPad lead will face pressure from Google and Nokia

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Knock off Apple phones multiplying like rabbits in China

The real Apple products cost way too much for a typical Chinese discretionary spending budget.

APPLE Lemon 4 knock-offs are selling at around $90 a piece and difficult to spot the visual differences. Performance is definitely different - no Grip of Death! Available at any electronics market across the country and HongKong.

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The 99p mobile phone: What's the catch?

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What's with the fake incoming call function?

Could this be for people who are lonely and have no friends or people with an ego problem ans want to sound important by the number of calls they get?

Or is the phone for outgoing calls only?

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Google snips Facebook's Gmail line

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Facebook has what Google wants; shouldn't be a problem given Facebook's 'security'

It's only a matter of time until Facebook's data is outed again.

I guess this means My Space is worth little, too?

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Ex-actress 'accused Hurd of leaking HP's EDS buy'

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Gloria Allred! 'Nuff said

Wherever this aged excuse for a lawyer shows, you know there's going to be a rumble, justified or not.

And what of EDS? Hurd hired a PR person to handle the arrangements. It would be difficult to know just what she should prepare for unless she knew the nature of the business. Where stock prices affected? (No); Was there insider trading? (None reported)

I simply cannot believe how low HP has gone with this. They are not only in the gutter but they are under the slime, they are so low. And this is America's flas ship technology company? No wonder the country's down the drain.

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Researcher outs Android exploit code

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Let's hope Google gets the message and makes Android watertight

These security outings are good - it will either prioritize these shortcomings or shame others into fixing the problems.

Coders shouldn't complain, it's free QC.

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Disguised impostor clears international flight

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Air Canada flights usually make you age

Air Canada, arguably Canada's worst carrier, should make this a feature of their Asian advertising to fill all those empty seats. I wonder why their cabin crew look so old, though?

Unfortunately I fly the carrier with the best service, Eva Air, who don't offer this age shedding service. (But they have more space between seats in economy.)

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Boffins devise early-warning bot spotter

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Very handy research ... for bot network operators

The problem with some scientists is that they just want to publish research papers, no doubt not fully comprehending who the potential audience is or what it can be applied to.

Happened way back when Touchtone was designed as well as when new coin phone boxes were improved against theft. They gave birth to the Blue and Red Boxes that cost Bell systems millions of dollars in losses, as well as BT and Euro telco's!

Let's drink to 2600 Hettz, too!

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Dell dumps RIM, saves fortune

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Re: Have you got some kind of pathological MS hatred complex?

This condition is naturally acquired by using Windows 2000 or Vista - although not necessarily pathological.

BTW, what do we call the Win7 equivalents of iPhans?

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Samsung: we'll sell a million-plus Android tablets this year

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Re: Costs as much as an iPad

Even if it did, discounts haven't been announced yet by retailers, this unit still has more features than Jobs' toy.

You'll have to buy next years Apple offering to get what most other pads are offering this year. That's how Jobs' keeps the money coming in as well as charging for OS upgrades.

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