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No takers on digital Olympic radio station

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"means we have not been able to gauge fully how attractive a proposition this is ..."

No doubt reflects this interest of the citizenry in this Blair/Brown extravaganza.

Britain will be hard pressed to equal the BeiJing games and let's hope the Olympics will be paid off more quickly than the 1976 Montreal Olympics which took TWENTY YEARS TO PAY OFF!|

"The Montreal Olympics can no more have a deficit, than a man can have a baby," said then Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau - a politician well know for extorting money from senior levels of government.

Wonder where Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci is these days?

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AT&T to lead Windows Phone 7's US touchdown

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Does Win 7 have that delightful shade of ...

blue that users of PC Windows have come to see so often?

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Mozilla upsets net world order with Bing on Firefox

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"Bing...offers a user experience that we think users will find ..."

as useful as < www.Cuil.com >.

Guess Mozilla sold out and is getting cash donations from Richmond. Makes you doubt their bona fides.

As long as Bing can be deleted.

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Apple pays off pension fund

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"Apple also promised to improve its corporate governance practises and compliance checks."

How will Apple achieve this when Jobs treats Apple like a personal fiefdom and a private company? Hard to achieve when the fox has keys to to hen house.

And whose money will be used to pay off all the administrative fines - no doubt the shareholders will cover Jobs malfeasance?

Can 2010 get any worse for Jobs? (And Android sales are now ahead of iSO!)

iPhans click he red box below.

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Motorola sues Apple over - what else? - patents

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I wondered what would happen to Motorola patents when it splits apart

My moneys on Motorola winning this one as they have been in the game so long having, over the decades, knocked down most of it's competitors. Way back in the 1940's Motorola developed a backpack two-way radio, the 'Walkie-Talkie' concept and large hand-held two-way radios for the US military.

Bell (System) Labs actually conceived the cellular concept for radio systems.

Compared to Motorola Apple is a nothing in radio communications, given that Motorola's patent portfolio is numbered in the thousands.

We're standing by to watch Motorola to bitch-slap Jobs who is already a little unhappy with a court decision that found Apple had stolen IP, again.

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Android phone auto reverts jailbreaks

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One or two weeks until they break the restore?

It's a pity that HTC is pulling a iCrap because it will cost them some sales and make people think twice before buying HTC devices.

What's the betting Apple will add this 'feature' to their phone next?

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20% of TVs to ship in 2015 will be 3D, says analyst

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In my mini-hotel we have no TV's not even a B&W

We have 31 rooms for rent and no one has complained about the lack of a TV - but we do provide InterNet connected computers in each room. If guests want to see a movie we have a large collection of DVD's (all copies) for them to view.

I guess the endless repeat cycles of limited choices on movie satellite channels loses their attraction, too. As for TV programming, it's hardly worth buying TV set for.

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Navy Carriers: We want two or no votes for you, Tories

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Maybe the Irish Channel but nothing larger

Rule Britannia!

Britannia rule (the) some waves.

Brittons never, never, never shall be slaves (except to limitations of liberty imposed by UK pols)

The Pirates of Penzance are equally applicable.

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Hitachi shows 1600 x 1200 panel for 7in tablets

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I thought Apple had all the screen touchy/feely patents in the world?

It comes to mind that Apple is suing someone for using their touchy/feely screen technology.

The only thing that appears to be a little odd are the thick trim edging that surround the screen, unless this is because it is early in development.

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ICO wants clearer definition of 'personal' data

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How about ...

"any and all data of whatever description, pertaining to any individual person, whether or not it includes or touches upon another individual person, shall be held secure and only accessible to a extent needed by any viewer; in a lawful manner, sufficient only to complete the viewers duty. The data shall not be copied, by any means, or otherwise stored or disclosed to other persons contrary to law

The subject person of the data shall be free, upon written request, be able to inspect the data and offered the opportunity to correct any errors, other than such data in current use for ongoing criminal or security investigation."

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Youth jailed for not handing over encryption password

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@ Same crime twice

Sure he can as he continuing to commit the alleged crime or disobey a court.

Sounds like Russian justice.

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So much for British Freedom of Speech and a Man's Home is his Castle

Another Blair/Brown/Blunkett version of 'justice' British style.

Hope the guy has the wherewithal to last out his sentence. Maybe by then he could plead amnesia.

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Man enraged by sagging pants pops cap in teen's ass

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In the country of 'The Free' some towns/cities have dress codes

There are actually some towns and cities in the States that have 'ordinances' (bye-laws) that prohibit the exposure of the physical meeting of anal cheeks (the crack).

Some freedom of expression.

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UK energy industry mugs customers

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Ever heard of borrowing money from banks?

Why should subscribers pay anything, other than proper user fees, for infrastructure?

Canada has recently invested huge fortunes in upgrading the electrical systems to introduce Time Of Use metering. They didn't get an award from the customer base to finance this, they got the money from their business resources.

When British Gas had an interest in Consumers Gas in Ontario, Canada they even charged householders for having a gas pipe running into a house EVEN is the meter was disconnected. Real bunch of corporate crooks.

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Google sticks goggles on the iPhone

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And what happens when Apples 'me, too' software arrives?

Apple has also acquired a company with similar technology, so what happens when Apple decides to pull rank and decide whether Apple or Google software prevails?

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Google spits back at Oracle's Android suit

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Ellison shooting his mouth off once again: how many times now?

Over the years Ellison has always picked on some target, in a manner that akin to O'Leary of Ryanair, not only to feed his ego but also to keep the company name in the press.

The REAL problem lies in the US Patent Office's enabling legislation.

The energy expended on reaching near agreement on the international agreement with respect to copyright - to protect Hollywood moguls - would have been better spent on equalising patent legislation worldwide.

Of course it never happened as more money is involved in Hollywood than patenting mice and software.

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Cryptome vows to pursue those who breached site

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Go for it, after you have secured your e-mail (use Hushmail)!

The information Cryptome has provided access to is very useful to see what governments are actually up to.

The measure of their success is the proportional inverse dislike displayed against Cryptome by the US Government and it's agencies.

It might be an idea to sign up for secure Hushmail.com, based in Vancouver, Canada where the government has to get a warrant before they access users e-mail - unlike the US where an investigative agency can simply issue a letter.

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Apple's iPad is the hotcake of the 21st century

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Recession? What recession?

Hard to believe that the US is in such a financial mess.

Every pad sold is more US money heading for China.

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iPhone makes many Aussies late/early for work

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Newfoundland beats the lot

Newfy time is 30 minutes ahead on Eastern (coast) standard time.

When people spread words of doom they say "The world ends at midnight, 12.30 in Newfoundland".

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Man ordered to pay Facebook $1bn

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Yet another ludicrous decision from a US court makes them a laughing stock

Seems that the stupidity of the US Courts in awarding unenforceable sentences, obviously has spread to France, such as the 150 years for Madoff or this Quebecker has no limit.

The reason the award was simply confirmed is because Canadian law allows awards made by other countries courts, where a semblance of justice exists, is permitted without further trial and is a 'rubber stamp' process.

No doubt some of the Facebook dweebs could usefully use the information, so there was some utility to it AS WELL as proving that Facebook and security are two words that should never appear in the same sentence.

I guess Adam Guerbuez' real penalty is that he is banned from Facebook.

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Symantec pushes mobile security onto Android and iOS

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Encryption by Symantec? What a joke, a bloody great back door for the Government!

Symantec is too close to governments to entrust with encrypting your secrets.

Another "me, too" company we can do without on the smarter side of telephony.

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£1bn+ Royal Navy destroyer finally fires 'disgraceful' weapon

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Nelson's rolling: He beat the sh*t out of the French & Spanish we now depend on French ammo?

How far Britain has fallen. How do we know there isn't some circuitry or software that allows the Frog's to disable the munitions if the UK fires it at someone the French like?

Have people forgotten the French missiles fired in the Falklands?

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Sir Norman Wisdom dies at 95

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Norman's death closes a chapter of entertainment history

Norman Wisdom's death extinguishes the galaxy of British stars with whom he performed, many now sadly departed, which included Hattie Jacques, Margaret Rutherford, Michael Caine, Oliver Reed, Alfred Marks, Susannah York, Fenella Fielding, Honor Blackman, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims, Diana Dors, Gilbert Harding, Terry-Thomas, Millicent Martin, Richard Briers, Bernard Cribbins, Michael Bentine, Harry H. Corbett, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White and even Britt Ekland.

What set Norman's humour apart from that of today - he never resorted to smut.

It's hard to believe he was born during World War 1 and was still acting, in 2007.

BTW, this is the second time Norman has died for on 28 December 2008 Sky News announced that Wisdom had died!

R.I.P. Norman, you left people with happy memories and a smile in their hearts.

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Software dev turned rogue trader gets jail and €4.9bn fine

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Jerome Kerviel is the fall guy for Société Générale

Seems that Société Générale was happy to pocket the profits when things were going well for Jerome Kerviel, even though his outgoing costs of business were beyond his limits.

When the tides changed all of a sudden the bank took notice of his short-circuiting the few safety measures there were in place.

The hypocrisy is that the bank itself was criticised for it's lack of control - but that is forgotten in the criminal justice system of France.

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Apple wants halt to $600m patent case

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'Ello, 'Ello: Wot do we have here?

It always warms my heart when I hear some indignant, self-righteous immodest character gets a dose of what he accuses others of doing.

(Job worshippers please click the red box below, right, now)

Apple's Mac was built on IP theft because Xerox PARC was too slow in filing patents. They have pinched other's ideas over the years. Then Apple files a patent application for having sub-assemblies in an integrated circuit - obviously stolen from analogue.digital converters of old - a process also referred to as 'system-in-a-package'.

2010 is really a bitch of a year for Jobs ... bet he's looking forward to 2011 and an iPhone 5 that works.

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Iran nuclear plant shutdown due to 'leak'

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Russia and America still lead the way in the ...

'leaks' league: Chernobyl and Three Mile Island!

No doubt the Israeli's are planning a much larger leak, as soon as the USA gives them enough bunker-busting bombs, courtesy of the American tax payer.

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Tony Curtis goes to grave with iPhone

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Worry not, burial regulations are extensive ...

in North America.

Into the empty grave is placed a large cast metal container, sans top. Into this is placed the coffin, Following the rituals, and after the guests have gone, the graveyard workers place the top on the base.

The joint has a watertight seal, and clamps/screws, that keeps water out and the embalming fluids in.

The the whole lot is covered by dirt.

This means even an iPhone 3 couldn't make the calls, nor the Army's old C11 set. < http://freespace.virgin.net/mark.roper/wsr210c11.jpg >

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He'll never make using an Lemon 4! Talk about a REAL Grip of Death

Kind of sad people have to take so much worldly junk with them, but since it is America, death is a special event and worth billions annually to the burial biz. You can even find funeral directors / parlours on Twitter and Facebook.

Just as well burial plots (holes) have to be lined with a special leak proof container so the poisonous materials in his Lemon don't pollute the ground.

Boing-Boing has an interesting article on an usual aspect of American burials: < http://boingboing.net/2010/07/02/new-york-times-and-o.html >.

Still Tony Curtis had a good run with many memorable credits to his name, he really outlived (longevity) many of his well known co-stars. who included Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood and Jack Lemon, Marilyn Monroe and Janet Leigh - who Register uses as an headline icon.

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Hull man guilty of snooping on hundreds of medical records

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Another reason why ...

centralised health records are dangerous. Centralised anything in fact, and amalgamated multiple databases are even worse.

Patients can easily be given a memory fob on which all their medical data is stored and handed over for perusal or updating by a doctor. Prescriptions could also be entered and the chemist/pharmacist would have limited read/write rights so no no duplicate prescriptions can be issued without authority.

It will stop double-doctoring, too, no dongle - no service except in emergency.

I attended a hospital in Toronto for around 7 months and my electronic record, including X-rays was around 5 megabytes - which was copied, at my request, to my dongle.

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UK head of online child protection resigns

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Hairy palms are better than ...

damaged kids. < http://www.healthyplace.com/sex/men/masturbation-q-and-a/menu-id-66/ >

Where is the irrefutable proof that people who download dubious images actually go on to assault children?

This guy obviously was upset at not being able to build yet another government-funded empire. Tough, the UK has no money, so everyone has to chip in and help the national economy.

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Opting out of behavioural ads to get easier for US users

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The benefit of using the InterNet in ...

China and VietNam is that many of the ad servers are blocked so we have large areas of white space.

It was until Facebook got blocked did I realise just how many adverts they foist on us.

Thank you censors, keep up the good work!

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iPhone app tagged as terror tool

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Poliicians are a trusted ...

technical resource with knowledge as deep as the dust on my motorcycle.

Blunkett is another example.

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iPhone apps put user privacy at risk

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Information is power AND money

Cookies are invasive enough but the data they provide is far from complete.

On a smartphone the data that is accessible is far greater, more accurate and more current. Your addresses, your numbers dialled, etc. are all available to the deviant App writer, as well as the contents of certain documents.

All these snippets can add up to a treasure trove which can be used for reasons you know nothing of and without your approval.

One of the most revealing sets of data is your GPS location, far more useful than the cell you are connected to or the WiFi signals that are within range. Using cell identities for location is very inaccurate give the varying cell sizes and vagaries f radio transmission.

If you are happy walking around like Lady Godiva < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Godiva > with all your secrets open to view by persons unknown, relax and ignore concerns many other people have.

Meanwhile, I will happily continue to use my 7 year-old Mitsubishi cell phone, which makes great calls and e-mails, but can't detect where it is but provides great privacy.

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Comcast to notify subscribers with infected PCs

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What detection techniques do they use?

It is important that Comcast, et al, tell people what they do to discover the infections.

A few years ago the Nanny sate of Singapore used their state-supplied InterNet network to inspect all connected connected computers and resulted in information that included information about copy software, etc.

Even the tame citizens of the near authoritarian regime of Singapore were outraged enough to protest and most became familiar with firewalls, etc. to ensure their privacy.

So it is critical that full disclosure be made to ensure whatever trust between ISPs and customers that exists is not reduced. After all Comcast has lied before, when it involved traffic shaping.

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Flakey scales brand Commonwealth boxers bunch of blobs

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Beware of the "Made in China" label

Sounds like these scales were made by the same outfit that made my wife's cookery scales which we purchased on a visit to China.

My wife, an experienced careful cook, weighed out the ingredients and the fruits of her work were frequently disappointing. One day the low battery indicator light flashed so she resorted to her older scales and the results were perfect.

The the penny/cent/dong dropped and on changing the batteries we found that several different readings could be achieved even when weihhing the same item!

Made in China should serve as a warning.

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London Transport plans Oyster bypass

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Imagine the confusion if you protest a credit card charge - through the card issuer!

Simple credit card complaints take months to sort out - for travel agents this is usually around - 4 months.

The utter confusion that will arise if you direct your complaints about misreads and penalties if you protest a charge to your bank! They will be swamped.

There is no need for TfL to re-invent anything, all they need do is to send some minion out to visit all the public transit systems in the Far East and they will soon discover the best, tried and tested with no development costs involved.

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US navy to battle Iranian mini-ekranoplan swarms with rayguns

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The US shoots enough of it's allies now, next they will zapping their own

Most of the US allies have suffered 'friendly fire', where carefree US soldiers and airmen casually fire off a few rounds that result in, usually, the deaths of UK, Canadian or some other alleged allied military force.

Of course, I exclude this as a description of the out and out premeditated murder of they Reuters reporters depicted in the leaked video last year.

With the ability to 'squirt' off bolts of laser it is likely the US will kill and maim as many friends as foe.

I guess the only limiting factor in this is the availability of electrical energy: with lasers averaging 50-60% and the need for high volume water cooling, it is likely ships equipped with this latest military dream will require nuclear generated electricity.

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UK to make FoI data machine readable

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FOI Action is only possible early in a governments life

Blair stated recently that he regretted some aspects of FOI legislation. He is not alone in feeling this way as the longer a government is in power the more angst it develops against letting the 'shareholders' know what is going on.

So it is fortunate that this new amalgamated UK government has done something early in it's term to improve Blairs idea of FOI.

In any event, the present UK government structure is unlikely to produce as many missteps as would a government formed from a single party.

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India claims access to BlackBerry comms

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Not too practical: "Set the bomb off in 2 minutes" and India finds out 13 minutes after the bang!

Sounds like RIM's solution isn't too efficacious as the time delay might be sufficient to let the bomb off and escape detection.

RIM could solve the solution by having two (three including the Obama version) levels of encryption - low grade for India and other developing countries and high grade for the less nosy governments.

Again, you can't beat software encryption contained wholly within a handset. RIM has proved that money (sales) comes before customer privacy.

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Reseller touts cheap-as-chips 7in Android tablet

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Morgan setting market balance - prices should moderate

Whilst the features of this Morgan pad might be modest, it will fill a void - particularly in the Christmas season - which will allow parents to satisfy a child's dream at reasonable cost - so they can evaluate the recipients use of the pad before moving on to a more advanced version whose prices should have moderated by then.

They will provide today's children with their grandparents experience of reading a book under the bedsheets using a torch/flash-light.

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Ministry of Sound floored by Anonymous

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These solicitors/lawyers are slow learners

These solicitors/lawyers really are deserving of the indignities they suffer for if their intelligence matched the usurious fees they gather for using legal assistants to harass InterNet users based upon the flimsiest of 'evidence' they would use better judgement.

It is really amusing to see how these self-praising societal leaches react to receiving modern retribution from friends of these lawyers victims.

P.S. I am sill waiting for my 'letter'.

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Brazil welcomes Street View with open coffins

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You might laugh at Googles pictures, but this is one hell of a public service

The few errant pictures that Google publishes hardly detracts from the fact that they are doing humanity a great service that will live as an historical pictorial record that few others even come near to matching.

I look forward to seeing cities as complex as Ho Chi Minh or Bangkok being included for their streets layouts can mystify even locals.

Carry on the good work, Google!

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Met chief fears Brit cybercrime gangs

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This is a Plod (implied) code message: We need more money

How come Plod, and other 'services' that have a high, often inflated, opinion of themselves want to exclude themselves from the national budget trimming exercise that is currently under way in the UK.

For far too long the outstretched hand of the Plod, often in the disguise of ACPO, has been filed with gold from the immediate pas Labour governments. Under Plunkett, Plod could ask for nothing that wouldn't be answered with yet more funding.

ACPO is also deserving of inquiry, it seems to act like a private fund allocation service with, naturally, the funds coming from the public purse.

The Plod 'thought process' is actually more of a creative process based on the premise of how they can scare the public into pressuring the powers that be in to releasing yet more funds for some adventure in 'empire building'.

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Official: Windows Phone 7 to launch next week

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Register headline "Microsoft caps Ballmer bonus over mobile phone" says it all

Early market pioneers often serve as market guinea-pigs by providing marketing intelligence for subsequent competitors.

But there is a point where latecomers to market suffer ignominy in 'me too' features and low sales.

Of course Microsoft has another persuader, if you make a handset with our OS we won't sue you, too much.

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Qualcomm's ultralow power tech targets body area networks

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IBM's Almaden Research Center (San Jose, CA) was at this in 1996

The credits for this should properly go to IBM's Almaden Research Center (San Jose, CA) as it was developing PAN's (Personal Area Networks) way back in 1996, See: < http://www.almaden.ibm.com/cs/user/pan/pan.html >.

The proposed uses at that time included automating, securely, the transmission of passwords and PINs.

May be there is an opening for yet more patent litigation!

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Buyer's Guide: Budget Mono Laser Printers

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It's not the initial buy cost that matters - it's the running costs (and refillability)

People tend to get trapped into buying products only to find their running costs outweigh the perceived savings of the purchase.

An important feature is after-market supplies, i.e. the ability to refill.

This is why you will no HP products in my house or my employers offices but you will find a predomination of Brother products - built like the proverbial sh*t house, refillable and great after-market resources.

On the other hand, HP notoriously is continually engineering upgrades to make it impossible/very difficult to do this which makes them very wealthy in supplying refills, etc. This is not an honest policy, but the 'new' HP has long abandoned the scruples of it's founders, so anything goes. They are even suing some after market refillers who dare to refill HP cartridges.

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RIM opens its PlayBook – tablets clearly set for dominance

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Pad radio and wire interconnectivity really needed to better a notepad

Not fitting a cell radio option to North American units, to my mind, is a poor decision. Relying on an associated RIM cell phone is not a good option makes the two units inter-dependent - the absence or failure of one lessens the use of the other.

If a pad seeks to displace a notebook it is essential that this independent connectivity be provided and the best design would be a standard alone, self-sufficient pad with RIM-cell features. The ability to connect a pad with peripherals, be they memory, keyboard, mouse or printer through generous USB and other connectors with added value beyond the petty cost of providing them.

The other element that seems weak in pads is the ability to create data equally as well as they consume it. E-mail is a read AND write operation as are most applications.

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Man vindicated for videotaping his own traffic stop

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It's not the gun, it's the camera that got him upset ...

Police, patrolling on their own, frequently draw their weapons when it comes to stopping people, often at the end of a loudspeaker and locking their fingers behind their heads, lying on the ground, etc. in the US of A. The police often handcuff a topped person 'for their own safety' (the civilian's and not the Plod's).

I took up using a motorcycle in a very, very busy city of 12,000,000 people where the driving is simply atrocious about 5 years ago. When foreigners are involved in collisions they are invariably expected to pay irrespective of guilt, made more difficult as numerous 'witnesses' come forward to testify against the foreigner.

I fitted an Oregon Scientific waterproof minicam to my helmet, concealed in a moulded fibre glass 'lump' on my helmet; I have never been held responsible for payment of any damages by the police since using it. The traffic police love seeing my accident videos. On a few occasions I have been stopped for bribery collection, by police, for driving in a car lane as opposed to a motorcycle lane and on every occasion when the police became aware of the camera they have simply returned my money and said Go!

Seems that the Plod, in the West, think they have more rights and privileges than the public and whilst they can video anything with impunity, the Plod get very uptight when the public pulls a 'Rodney King' clip of taping the Plod doing illegal things.

I hope this motorcyclist does the 'American thing' and sues for wrongful arrest.

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Microsoft sends in the tanks against Motorola, Android

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Microsoft - the thieving troll

Microsoft has, over the years, stolen so much IP from others it's like the pot calling the kettle black. They even stole the name Internet Explorer from another company/

I seem to remember that some other outfit is calling the whole bunch on e-mail. As for signal and voltage detection, there are many circuits that can achieve this without nearing a patent.

Your article suggested a reason why HTC is making Win7 - a quid pro quo deal between HTC and MS that gives HTC a break on patents if they bang out a losing WinPhone.

At the base of this whole mess is the US Patent Office as it has such a poor set of criteria to meet in order to gain a patent.

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Canada prostitution laws pulverised: politicians apoplectic

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Unlike some countries, Canada has a written Constitution that works

Even though Canada only got it's Constitution in 1962, it has very few opt outs that might make politicians happy.

The hardest hitting part of The Constitution is the incorporated Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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