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Amazon plots Android store

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I thought the ability to make voice calls was ...

the criteria for having access to Google Apps.

The choice of alternative App stores will only enhance Android as speciality stores devoting themselves to certain areas of application use will make choice easier.

As for any membership fee, count me out. I don't pay to go shopping in a bricks and mortar shop and I won't pay to shop on-line, either.

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Car wrecks rise after texting bans imposed

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The jammer stops them from ...

answering and they never know their texts don't arrive.

Besides I have a large pointy bumper of the from of my motor-scooter and a wide hitch draw-bar across the rear!

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At least Pedetrian texters usually only suffer embarassment

It.s bad enough having pedestrians walking around, texting, and crashing into sign and lamp posts, other sidewalk users and occasionally into the roadway but in the city in which I often find myself we have a motorcycle population of 4,000,000 (yes 4 million) and around 390,000 cars.

Notwithstanding the fact that if caught the fine can represent about one-fifth of a minimum monthly wage, everyone seems to answer their hand-phones within two rings and happily drive along testing with the left-hands (rear brakes) whilst steering with their right hand (accelerator and front brake).

Even though my set of wheels has a cell jammer, it is ineffective in stopping message entering, of course. I have seen all manner of collisions yet the plague of distracted drivers continue, in addition to the fact that most Vietnamese drive as they did when they only rode a bicycle.

The good thing is these idiots often get seriously hurt but at 13,000 countrywide deaths annually, it will take a lot of time to eliminate these cell users!

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Whitman accused of hypocrisy over servants

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Meg Whitman and many, already elected politicians

You may recall about three or four years ago all manner of US politicians discovered members of their staffs were illegal so this ugly tight-wad is following in a long line of slave labour employers.

The least Whitman could have done would be to help the woman regularise her status.

Whitman should know that 14 million Latinos reside in California; they account for 37% of the state's population; Latinos have the highest percentage of likely voters under age 35. That's a lot of people to upset.

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Samsung backs Windows Phone 7 for the duration

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The question that begs an answer is: "Why?"

Samsung has pre-existing successful OS so why are they, and HTC, going to make handphones using that must be at least lower than the 5th slot on the OS popularity pole.

Could it be they all signed confidential contracts to bang out these losers or is the OS free or are they being paid by MS to make them?

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Youth of today demand mobile payments

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With China, Malaysia, Singapore and VietNam having the death penalty ...

you can be assured that I buy (or use) no recreational drugs.

Besides, VietNam has it's very own poppy fields along it's borders with Cambodia and Laos and the evil weed is openly smoked in the north-west of the country - even by old ladies whose 'joints' resemble large cigars.

P.S. China no longer bill victims families for the bullet (but they harvest the bodies for spare parts) and VietNam uses a single bullet. Malaysia and Singapore use the rope.

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Cash is King (Queen)

Nothing beats cash.

No little receipts following you around, no exposure to potential on-line fraud, no explaining to yor spouse what the charges were for.

And BEST OF ALL, it frustrates the hell out of the American Government who can't file your personal information away in their files!

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Acer Aspire 5940G 15.6in notebook

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ACER - forget them - warranty not honoured

ACER cannot be trusted to honour it's warranty, by personal experience, and even for a commercial customer. And we were dealing with a countries corporate office not through a dealer.

Their 'extended' warranty - something most laptop users should have - has so many exclusions to make it nigh on worthless.

A rubber foot fell off, my country typically has summer days reaching 35-40C. Do they have spares? NO! You have to buy a whole new base cover - hardly a reasonable thing to do. (Rubber feet are excluded from any warranty coverage).

Given that they glue aircraft together you would have thought ACER could make feet permanent attachments.

ASUS, however, do replace feet which is why the corporate office now has 163 ASUS computers.

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Miliband retains Labour line on DNA and CCTV

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"support for DNA in policing and the role of CCTV ... 'casual' attitude towards civil liberties"

There is nothing so personal as DNA and Labour abused the process by retaining the data of people not charged / not convicted which highlights Labours attitude towards privacy.

CCTV is another abuse of privacy: the public is entitled to go about it's business without being spied on by faceless government people. I read a few months ago that few actual crimes were solved by the deployment of cameras.

Even the police are blasé about cameras, witness the assault on the woman in a Wiltshire police station by a Plod who obviously knew he was on camera. If it didn't prevent that crime (he was convicted) why would the Home Office think that the public be deterred?

Britain is a shadow of it's former self with government treating the population like children who are incapable of living their own lives without Big Brother (and Plod) telling them what and where they can do it, searching them contrary to law.

Labour, in 10 years of authoritarian rule, did more than any government to diminish liberty in Britain.

I live, voluntarily, in an 'authoritarian' country and I enjoy more freedom than any British resident. The British government has it's fingers and eyes in many more aspects of an individuals life than does the government under which I choose to live.

I can take pictures of almost anything other than pure military; I have never, ever, in 19 years been asked to identify myself; I have never, ever been searched (except by Customs and airport security) and the CCTV cameras than are present are used for traffic control (except in senior governmental areas of Ha Noi).

Labour also further diminished privacy by inter-linking databases so even very low levels of governments could access excessive personal data. Canada, on the other hand, has compartmentalised data so that only data needed for a government department's function is available and all other data is unlinked and held separate in other databases.

So Labour cannot claim anything other than the abuse of the British citizens privacy.

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2 out of 3 Android apps use private data 'suspiciously'

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It's bad enough having the OS supplier having unlimited access ...

but having Apps access things for which there is no legitimate need for should be a no-no.

There is a secondary concern: the use (theft) of user paid communications. This could mean that a device left plugged in, powered up and not used still incurs communication use fees.

Whilst there is nothing the user can do about the OS/manufacturer data use, all systems should be equipped with OS features that allow users to determine EXACTLY which App has access to what data. None need access to cell phone identification.

Until this happens I will happily use my 'dumb' phone knowing exactly who knows what about me.

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Judge orders turnover of woman's deleted Facebook posts

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Another person discovers the ethereal world created by the InterNet is more permanent ...

than she realised.

Nothing, but nothing, can be released conditionally on the InterNet. A copy exists somewhere, particularly with e-mail, and so many people have been burned when they didn't realise that the Delete key is not what they think it is.

Just type all the variants of your name, including surname first, followed by initials, into Google - you may be surprised what shows up.

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Apple jumps the pond in Nokia fight

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What's so attravtive to Apple in UK jurisprudence?

May be the Learned Beak should postpone all proceedings in this matter until the US trade and court system has ruled on the matter.

I can understand people choosing the UK for libel cases, although this legal tourist activity is about to be curtailed, but why the UK for technology cases?

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Nigerian perv scanners lay Lagos ladies bare

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Time for that underwear embroidered with metallic thread

Metallic thread embroidered strategically on to under wear prevents governments checking out your assets. I use the Canadian Maple-leaf as there are many high coverage areas. The Union Jack has more see-through areas.

When the skin-radar first came out I bought a jock strap and lined the outside of the 'cup' with thin lead film. It caused a few extra questions but I was never required to remove them for inspection. The metallic thread works just as well and is more comfortable to wear.

You could even post appropriate messages to the perverts made from this thread on the wider parts of the underwear.

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Time for that embroidered underwear

Metallic thread embroidered strategically on to under wear prevents governments checking out your assets. I use the Canadian Maple-leaf as there are many high coverage areas. The Union Jack has more see-through areas.

When the skin-radar first came out I bought a jock strap and lined the outside of the 'cup' with thin lead film. It caused a few extra questions but I was never required to remove them for inspection. The metallic thread works just as well and is more comfortable to wear.

You could even post appropriate messages to the perverts made from this thread on the wider parts of the underwear.

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Tech firms promise EU they might cut electricity use

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One thing is guranteed to get results

Higher electricity rates.

Works every time.

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US consumers don't want web-enabled toasters

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My toaster downloaded those Bitorremts

Actually web connected appliances, especially the high-consumption units, are likely to increase as the new Time-Of-Use electricity meters will want to have discrete little chats to dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, clothes dryers, water heaters, etc.

Toasters, however, usually controlled by human demand, are unlikely to get connected to the web. But if you did have one you could always say it downloaded all those music and movie files.

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New regulator takes over video-on-demand content supervision

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More Bloody Nanny State

Surely if what passes for programming on TV these days is good enough for the airwaves, why does yet another bunch of government clowns have to be involved?

It'a time that people were allowed to set their own criteria not some faceless twit trying to justify his bloated salary.

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Jailbreak hole found in Apple TV firmware

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Give up Jobs, they've got your software guys beaten! Yet again.

Seems like all the hard work that Apples software monkeys do can't beat these reverse engineering specialists.

The lesson they should take from this is that almost whatever Apple, or other companies, do the determination of talented people will break the software open. Far better that Apple applied their engineering talent to solving the defects that are still unresolved in Lemon 4.

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Google Voice embraced by Apple?

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Jobs mellowing? Or just recognising reality?

It seems that Jobs does have an Achilles heel, government intervention.

First Japan pointed out what the world knew, his batteries were no good.

Then the Europeans explained their interpretation of 'union' and caused warranty repairs to be EU wide.

Now, Jobs is letting Google's voice application on to his Lemon! Could THIS be the answer to Antennagate - skip the GSM bit and make calls over WiFi etc?

And for an encore, how about the Wall of Job collapsing or, maybe even Flash!

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NetApp and TMS involved in Virgin Blue outage

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Navitaire has a solid reputation ...

in the smaller airline business and it's popularity is born out by the number of carriers using it,

Surprisingly some of the larger res systems use banks of relatively small computers to deliver what they call service. Mind you, travel agents still have to wait wait weeks for some back office services. One of the three larger res systems still diddles carrier charges and forgets to credit agencies with their full commissions.

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Copper prices push cable thefts to new high

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It's happening in VietNam, too

The Vietnamese, being very clever with their hands and minds, have taken this theft even further.

Our many islands are connected to the mainland by numerous under water cables. The fishermen simply go bottom trawling, snagging cables as they go.

Unfortunately being technically illiterate, they also scoop up fibre-optic InterNet cables.

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Larry wants triple money back from Micron

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How come Larry is getting so horny?

Seems like Oracle is trying to improve it's bottom line by getting additional cash-flow through the courts.

Kind of late to look for a refund/price reduction.

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Sony Ericsson confirms Symbian spurning

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One more OS fading, and another thumbs up for Android

I guess Symbian will slowly fade away until even Nokia can read the writing on the wall.

It makes one wonder why why HTC is even bothering to make a Win 7 handset. Not many other takers for this MS OS, which was late to market.

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ICO lets police maintain ANPR location secrecy

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One branch of government covering another's a*se

This sort of activity causes the government to be held in contempt, as well as the police and the ICO.

It simply highlights that the police think they are above the law and the ICO is confirming it.

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Nortel flogs switch biz to Ericsson

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Nortel has sold its multi-service switching business to Ericsson for $65m.

This is less than one of their big switches in downtown Toronto.

Another page of history in the garbage.

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Sony Ericsson screens wireless display for phones

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Dick Tracy, James Bond and Maxwell Smart all had ...

self-contained wrist communicators. This device is more like an earpiece - needs the telephone.

I wonder what joker dreamt up the idea of clipping one to a web strap - snatch thieves dream come true. Even this wrist version is at risk of theft.

Samsung has better dreams - see: < http://www.walyou.com/blog/2010/04/19/samsung-oled-wrist-communicator-concept/ >.

Maybe this would be the answer to Jobs Grip of Death?

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Feds want backdoors built into VoIP and email

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Obama/Binen worse than Cheney/Bush for privacy invasion

This was the administration had the temerity to condemn the UAE's ban on Blackberries on the ground that it impedes "the free flow of information."

Have a read of both < http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/us/27wiretap.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp > and < http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/26/AR2010092603941.html?hpid=topnews >.

As well the Obama administration wants to require U.S. banks to report ALL electronic money transfers into and out of the country, a dramatic expansion in efforts to counter 'terrorist' financing and money laundering." Whereas banks are now required to report all such transactions over $10,000 or which are otherwise suspicious.

The new rule would require banks to disclose even the smallest transfers.

I believe government's need to show some evidence of criminality before they are granted unfettered access to the private affairs of every individual or entity that dares to conduct financial transactions.

And don't feel too smug in the UK, governments think alike.

It's time to take pro-active steps to make these characters work harder.

The ONLY good thing is that increasing government surveillance is actually counter-productive, as it swamps the governments with more data than it can possibly process and manage. Which is why the Detroit would-be bomber from Nigeria actually entered the US WITH A BLOODY VISA.

The true value of requiring back-door access for all InterNet communications is if you want to sift through communications in bulk, it's only going to be feasible with a backdoors.

Remeber Francis Bacon's observation that "knowledge is power"

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French cops take down mobile phone hacking ring

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10 years! Mon Dieu!

Obviously someone's audit systems are very lax.

No wonder cell co's charge so much, they have to, with this sort of uncontrolled fraud - or could it be they make so much money they didn't notice thee losses?

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Keene USB FM Transmitter

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Would-be private broadcasters station in a package

All those would-be pirate broadcasters could hang a suitably sized wire on this device and have themselves a low power station! Ofcom's nightmares realised!

More seriously these would be handy for playing language courses or other computer-bound sound files to play through a sound systems without all those interconnecting wires.

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OpenOffice files Oracle divorce papers

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Oracle policies like Apples, demented CEO's rule

This decision is a wise one given that Oracles policies seem to change on the whim of one man, much as Apples do.

With this instability it is hard to do business with these types of personality without catering to the personalities various mindsets.

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Nuclear merchant ships could open up Arctic routes for real

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Ahem: Before building a ship you better have a word with ...

Canada, since the navigable, although iced in sea routes, traverse Canada's territorial water.

Some countries have restrictions on the introduction of nuclear material into their territories.

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Windows Phone 7 launch dates leak

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Too little, too late

Sorry MS, why not get Windows working properly first?

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ZeuS attacks mobiles in bank SMS bypass scam

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"liable to be in for all sorts of trouble"

Please explain what bank doesn't question the honesty / veracity / sanity of ANYONE questioning a banks security.

The banks programmers and web sites are invincible. Or hadn't you heard?

So says the HSBC who has has web site defamation before.

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Google ordered to pay out for automated defamation

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Mange le merde**, Frog

Just another troll trying to make money.

** Phrase used by Pierre Trudeau to striking postmen in 1984.

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Welsh hospitals to allow mobile use

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A pox on PatientLine

When my Mother was dying I tried calling the Patientline number at the hospital but could not get connected.

Eventually, I reached the nurses station for her ward only to be told she had died ... minutes earlier.

All incoming hospital calls should be free of charge and be sufficient to handle calls.

Patientline is yet another leach on society.

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US Navy says electric jet-flinger tech looking good

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Maglev: Devised by Americans; implimented by Germany and perfected by China

The Maglev principle was devised in the early 1900's by two Americans, Emile Bachelet and Robert Goddard. By the 1930's the challenge was being tackled by Hermann Kemper who demonstrated the use of magnetic fields to produce the advantages of trains with aircraft features.

For some odd reason, in 1968, Americans James R. Powell and Gordon T. Danby were granted a patent for a magnetic levitation train but I guess Kemper was history by then.

Research and development programs have been conducted by Great Britain, Canada, Germany and Japan into Maglev technology.

German Maglev technology is now speeding passengers between ShangHai Airport and downtown and further installations are planned by China.

The US might realise huge savings by having China do the development of this launch device since it is, essentially, just a short run, high energy Maglev system.

The US Military/Industrial complex only knows how to build things at monstrous cost with not always successful conclusions.

Perhaps they could develope a gun using the same principle so the RN could shoot anything to hand as long as it fit a barrel. A very Green solution.

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HP purges Cisco gear from data centers

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Seems kind of petty ...

but given the way HP is being run these days, I guess anything is unlikely to cause surprise.

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Customers paying more and putting up with mobes for longer

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The American market is unlike others

This survey is applicable to a single market, may be even Canada but it/they are distinctly different to markets in other parts of the world.

In my country of residence we can buy a promo SIM. Every month I buy a promo SIM for £1.62, get £5.19 total credit, and then I add £5 onto it, and I can use unlimited InterNet on a USB GSM modem. Great deal!

I dupe the SIM and can use multiple devices although only one at a time (no concurrency). All our cell devices are unlocked at sale - it's the law!

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Apple escapes competition charges

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At least Jobs knows when to bend over

Slowly American business is learning the meaning of 'union' as interpreted in Europe.

It's good that the EU is making people play by it's rules and will no doubt be used as aa precedent in other 'unions' around the world.

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Anti-piracy lawyers' email database leaked after hack

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Maybe the big-mouthed lawyers partners will ...

convene a meeting to develope a new communications policy that circumvents provocative statements.

Guess this loser-lawyer failed the court hearing part of his course on how to induce juries and judges to buy his theory.

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Sharp outs little'n'large e-mag tablets

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Memory, interconnection & OS will determine the winner

Given that pads are minimalist computers the add-on memory capability, connectors and interconnection become increasingly important. Sound is a good accessory.

The OS will also be a determinant due to the App availability.

Don't buy yet, many more about to flood the market!

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Coders tip Google Android for eclipse of the Steve

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Apps will be the determinant

The company I work for has now been working on pad replacements for some existing Human Interface applications and iOS and Android pads were purchased.

Without a doubt the ability to create our own applications, and retain control of them, has persuaded us to follow the Android course.

Apples decision to govern what their pads can run means we cannot use our application unless: (a) it becomes public or (b) we jail-break Apple products.

Since we want to use standard off-the-shelf products our choices are being determined by manufacturer policies.

I believe, eventually, this and App availability will determine the dominating OS and, at present, that appears to favour Android.

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Sex Party proposes new classification system for Oz

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This interesting proposal deserves serious consideration

I always considered the connection between nakedness and sex crimes somewhat tenuous and that Blair and Browns criminalisation of viewing, storage, whatever was a step too far.

If viewing/ownership of pictures of naked bodies was illegal years ago most of those in private, fee-paying schools ('public' in British parlance) would be in jail. I remember dog-eared books of naked bodies doing the rounds in the dormitories when I was at Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire and most of the students turned out to be a fairly decent cross-section of society.

Pictures od child abuse in any form should, naturally fall outside the protection of the law but should NOT be linked to a sex offender claim.

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Moms stand firm against antenna madness

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This reminds me of the old Amateur Radio antenna arguement ...

in the States.

Since transmitters are licenced by the Federal government they are pretty tough to change as the senior government prevails over junior state and town legislation.. I think similar situations can be found in many countries.

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419ers take council for £100k

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I stopped believing in Scot's canniness with money when ...

Gordon Brown dumped British gold at a low market point. If he had waited a few months ... with gold at $1,300+ these days!

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Twitter joke appeal adjourned

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"Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough"

What a great idea! Ground zero should be that miserable bus station I used en route to/from Heathrow when I used it years ago.

Can I push the bomb release?

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Apple now world's second-largest company

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The pod connector ia NOT an international standard

Just because Apple makes a lot of pod connectors which are of relative poor quality does not make it a 'standard'.

A 'standard' connector, such as Molex type, D-connectors, the North American 25-pair telephone connector, etc. are royalty free. Apple milks anyone who uses their connectors.

Apple had a magnetic 'safety' connector which they copied from Japanese rice cooker manufacturers. The difference? The Japanese version worked for hundreds of millions of cookers whilst the Apple version had problems.

The 3-pin connector commonly found on the PSU's of PC power supplies was designed by HP who donated it's exclusivity to make a real standard connector found throughout the world.

'Standard' connectors have to meet stiff criteria which Apple products can't always meet. Witness their burned connectors.

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Facebook blames outage on internal config flaw

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A lot of people are happy not to have Facebook ...

in China,

Mongolia,

Tibet and VietNam!

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Apple in 873-page legal claim to word 'Pod'

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Where's the problem?

Any word in any dictionary on the date of a claim should fail automatically.

This would protect words like Exxon, Taligent, Enron easily whilst Jobs can have his iPod but not prevent anyone else incorporating the word 'pod' into their products.

The problem is unique to the American legal system and obviously requires updating.

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School caretaker jailed for fitting up colleague

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Guess the Plod doesn't like the competition

This guy was in the wrong business, he should have joined the Plod.

The problem with British justice is the 'justice' part - too many nobodies on the lowest echelons making appeal business for the higher courts. Too many judges accept evidence from the Plod without questioning it's validity.

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