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Russia's Cold War raygun air fleet back in operation - reports

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"Clearly, all our aircrafts will be shot down.”

that is of these old Ilyushin can actually fly that far without crashing ... there have been a few mysterious accidents.

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Craigslist blocks US escort ads

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Not a problem in Toronto, Eh?

For all those Craigs List deprived viewers in Toronto, Canada they can satisfy their needs through the Toronto Now < http://toronto.nowtoronto.com/gyrobase/classifieds/Disclaimer > and Toronto Eye Weekly < http://www.eyeweekly.com/classifieds > FREE news mags OR the Bell Canada Yellow Pages which are delivered on request and really leave little to your imagination.

And then there's the Canadian InterNet sites!

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Air mouse targets TV - Apple to follow?

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Just hold on a minute ...

Apple will want to patent this, as their own work, to go with Gen 3 Apple TV.

Apple owns all technology ... judging by their patent claims.

Or possibly a karaoke outfit will lay claim to the gestures ... just like those used in karaoke.

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Judge extends Oz PS3 mod dongle ban

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Lucky visitors returning from China

Australian Customs are already a large pain in the a*se to most travellers going into Australia - they even seize electronic bug killers - so with yet another hot item on their list all visitors coming or returning from China will likely get an extra special Australian welcome.

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HP's Hurd set to join Oracle

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A match mde in Heaven!

With Ellison's problem with verbal diarrhea, Hurd will likely be a useful counterbalance.

Wonder if Hurd had to sign a non-compete agreement before departing HP?

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USB stick with anti-terror training found outside police station

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Notice: To all people finding this USB

Please forward to < www.wikileaks.org > or < http://cryptome.org/ >.

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Gordon Brown joins World Wide Web Foundation

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Does he even know wgere a computer on/off switch is?

Who else would employ such a loser?

Brown brings nothing to the table that will contribute to the advancement of the InterNet. If this appointment had been put up for a vote he would have had the world + dog vote him down.

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Google pays $8.5m to settle Buzz privacy invasion suit

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If Google has agreed to pay $8.5 million ...

How much of a bill will Facebook look at for it's serial privacy breaches?

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Google's Schmidt satirised as privacy pervert

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You've got to hand it to Google, they are pretty easy on censorship

If this was Apple, Job's altar iPhans would have smote this video from it's servers.

Google happily indexes competition, critics and things that cost it money.

Pretty even handed.

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German gov pooh-poohs biometric ID card hack

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UN steps into Blackberry debate

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"The problems arise when the government goes beyond this legitimate use"

The U.S. government, through the Patriot Act, as amended, is breaking The Constitution by wholesale monitoring of private communications WITHOUT WARRANTS, i.e. without the oversight of a court.

This service is provided courtesy of the usual suspects - AT&T, Sprint, etc.

They can also access all computers on the issuance of a letter that also makes it illegal to notify the victim.

Another sick joke is "duty to keep it's citizens safe". What did Blair do when America offered to return ALL UK citizens illegally imprisoned in Cuba? He cherry picked, refusing to accept certain citizens. Some safety.

Likewise, I meet many backpackers travelling in my country of residence with backpacks displaying the Canadian flag and on being asked where they are from (I being a Canadian) and getting answers in distinctive American regional accents giving false information.

When challenged most say they are scared about getting attacked as American citizens - particularly when Bush was running the shop.

Governments don't keep their citizens safe and often they do little to help - particularly when drugs are involved.

With respect I think your trust is wholly misplaced and governments have demonstrated why they should be strictly accountable to a public forum - although many UK judges are little better than a rubber stamp.

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You can't trust government!

Government security workers have used security information to enrich themselves in the U.S.A.

Whilst those with intimate familiarity in the telecommunications industry have known what governments routinely do, surreptitiously, the current level of chatter is very healthy for more and more people are becoming sensitive to eavesdropping/monitoring done by governments.

RedPhone 0.1(voice)[uses ZRTP by Phil Zimmermann] and TextSecure 0.3 (text) are amongst several answers for Android users and defy government monitoring.

Secfone (software), Rohde & Swartz (Bluetooth hardware) and SnapCell (hardware) are others.

Using specific cell phones to call specific numbers stops governments building a database of contacts and using a pair of hand-phones as one-way communicators or split communications (A cell used for talk only to cell B; cell C used only to talk to cell D [A & D are one end and B & C are the other end]) is very effective, more so when they are paired using different carriers.

Developing countries, China excluded, definitely don't have the technology to beat these and even the U.S. capabilities are challenged.

Cell hygiene is essential (clearing registers, powering down periodically), Carrying cells across borders allows Plod and company to gather information such as the IMEA which can be used to build contact information.

Using calling cards is ineffective as all numbers are recorded, although dedicating one card to one called number increases difficulty in building contact databases (and not using different cards sequentially from one number).

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Monster Afghan spy airship to feature quad drinking straws

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I thought the U.S. military was segmented.

How come the U.S. Army is flying this thing? Granted they have helicopters, which have a reasonably low ceiling, but this balloon certainly is in the U.S.A.F.'s domain given it's much higher ceiling.

Next we'll be hearing the U.S.A.F. has ordered it's very own version, followed by the Marines who always want special versions of things military.

No wonder the U.S.A. is bankrupt.

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Apple Ping unfriends meanie Facebook

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Apples iPhans Orgy in the middle of the Bible Belt

The verbal masturbation that will be occurring in Apples cloud warehouse, bang in the middle of the Bible Belt will likely defy anyones imagination. The similarities between Apples latest fund raising effort and the evangelical church movement is striking.

Undoubtedly Jobs will be posting his 'treasured' snippets of Apple wisdom to keep the faithful happy.

How many moderators will it need to keep the faithful on the straight and narrow?

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ViewSonic outs Windows/Android 10in tablet

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Can it run Win XP?

THIS is the beginning of the **real** tablet age rather than dumbed down, locked up toys.

If it doesn't have cell voice access, I guess the Google Apps store will be closed to it although now the Google App verification has been broken Apps will be installable along with Apps from non-Google stores.

Only shipping with Android OS V1.6 is a bummer and potentially shows a rush to market or poor support given that V2 is out and running.

Our corporation standard is XP SP3, in the main, so whether or not it would run is an interesting question.

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Apple goes social with musical Ping

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Standard (non-licenceable) and Propietory (patented/used with licence)

A Standard connector is one that is available from multiple sources, without licencing, whereas Apple, or other propitiatory connectors, are those that require a licence. Making millions of proprietary connectors doesn't make it a Standard until it as approved by an internationally recognised authority.

Apple tries to, and gain wealth from, in patenting various connectors. The Magsafe, were first used on Japanese rice cookers and fryers. Unfortunately Apples copied design was flawed as it's insulation failed and metallic bits were attracted to the connector causing shorts. It was never licenced but workarounds were designed to beat it.

Then Patent #D585375 was issued in respect of a cigarette lighter adapter (see: < http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/28/apple_power_connector/>). How stupid can they - the USPTO - get?

The Mac IIX machines had 13 pin D connectors when everything else had EGA or VGA D-sub connectors. Then came a bunch of 7100s and Powerbooks with odd square connectors, etc. whilst the rest of the world managed with VGA D-sub connectors.

The post suggesting different 'standard' connectors were used for different computers still doesn't detract from the fact they used connectors that were not unique to their products but could be purchased from multiple sources.

The Mini DisplayPort, created by Apple, was released to VESA so it could become a 'standard' connector.

iPhans will be happy to learn that Apple is retiring the standard 2.5 and 3.5mm audio connectors for yet another, unique, design. Guess this 'advancement' will preclude the use of hgih-end headphones. This can't be to eliminate dust as the other connectors are available in waterproof versions.

Even Apple is hard-pressed to produce reliable connectors - money doesn't cure everything as is witnessed by hundreds of millions of dollars pf RF anechoic chambers and the failed antenna design - whereas a 'standard' connector is subjected to rigourous testing. Apples power connectors have failed spectacularly, and dangerously, over the years as they lacked the experience of dedicated connector manufacturers.

AMP, Canon, Molex can all give Apple lessons. Billions of 'Molex' type connectors are used world-wide; millions of Amp-designed 25-pair connectors were made for the telephone industry - all released from licencing to become 'Standards'.

Apple clearly wants to control what and how things are connected to their products. Their continued bleating about size constraints is meaningless when you view the reams of connector catalogs and the variety available.

The only standards Apple set are the ability to maintain the wall around their products by using unique connectors whereby they determine who can licence their use, and control the accessory in question, whilst generating money - driving overall costs higher.

This is hardly in the interest of customers.

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Ping can't be copyrighted since it's in common use already

Ping is in the public domain, and used for software so once again Job's and Apple are trying to steal someone else's IP.

Funny how it's OK for Apple to steal things but heaven help you it they think you've knobbled something their lay claim to.

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Apple connector problems

< http://www.google.com.vn/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=burned+apple+connectors >.

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Vapour ware being used against competitors - Lemon 4 defects remain

This is classic. Apple has millions of defective Lemon 4 product in peoples hands and what has Job's done for them. I realise that most are iPhans and have knowingly bought a defective product but I think it is very telling the product appears to have been abandoned. Even iPhans are entitled to their monies worth

As if it had never happened. Vapor - which is how all Apple promises should be regarded.

This should be a lesson to all - iPhans and disbelievers alike - Apple, and Jobs, could care less about customers or the fact that they shipped, and continue to ship, defective product.

Where is the WHITE Lemon 4? It must really be bad for Apple not to ship it, given their demonstrated give a dam attitude.

The HTC, Lenovo's and Samsungs would never ship product in this condition. Motorola deserves a ha tip for manufacturing product that works.

Another aspect that has not been addressed is power. Apple, in it's ignorance, has not made batteries to be user changeable, unlike their competitors, Apple has already changed the Lemon power cycles in order to extend battery life and with additional uses the power consumption will rise - so where/how will this power demand be satisfied?

This highlights another Apple weakness: power connectors. Apple obviously wants to bleed every shekel from iPhan's pockets so it continues to use non-standard connectors and power packs.

Smart manufacturers know to use trusted product - connectors are a case in point. How many Apple competitors make their own connectors? How many standard connectors does Apple use?

Apple chooses to design it's connectors and the result is they have caught fire, endangering users. So Jobs fetish for owning everything is damaging in so many ways and simply demonstrates how the throw away society is very much with us.

There are so many reasons not to own anything Apple only iPhan's egos override everything.

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Wikileaks founder blasts reopening of rape probe

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Females soldiers sacrficed include

Lance Corporal Sarah Holmes, from 29 Postal Courier and Movement Regiment; Second Lieutenant Joanna Yorke Dyer, aged 24; Private Eleanor Dlugosz, Royal Army Medical Corps, aged 19; Flight Lieutenant Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill RAF, aged 32; Staff Sergeant Denise Michelle Rose, Royal Military Police, aged 34.

And many, many more.

Little wonder you hid behind "Anonymous Coward", the last word describes you perfectly.

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I don't think Lincoln helped write The Constitution

If my memory serves me correctly my original quote came from his Gettysburg Address where Abraham Lincoln gave what must be one of the best-known speeches in US history.by Lincoln during the American Civil War, in 1863 November, when he dedicated the Soldiers' National Cemetery located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union (Northern) armies defeated the Confederate (Southern) army at the defining Battle of Gettysburg.

I doubt if much of Bush or Blair rate a quote, although Churchill was as certainly as good as Lincoln.

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Why would Assange do anythimg so stupid? Most likely a setup by the USA

Assange should skip the nicety of redaction and just dump all the embarrassing documents on th InterNet. The USA government has done so many wrongs in the conduct of these wars that there must be few actions that could embarrass them more.

The words of Lincoln, a person so espoused by Barack Obama, that included "government of the people, by the people, for the people" seems to have been forgotten as the US, British and other governments trample roughshod over their citizens be it people being kidnapped and held illegally or Blair twisting 'intelligence' so he could stick his nose up Bush' arse whilst sacrificing young British men and women for his ego.

The truth needs outing. The Second World War might have had it's atrocities but, except for the techniques, the present wars are more dirty and underhanded and rely on secrecy to hide the facts from 'the people'..

We need more people to emulate Assange if only to let governments know they can't hide behind alleged secret ratings.

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Toshiba touts £329 Folio Android tablet

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I wonder if it has rubber feet and whether they remain attached

A company I worked for standardised on Tosh laptops but they all had a problem in common.

Some of the rubber feet would always fall off the computers - usually so that they rocked when the keyboards were used. Getting replacement feet from Toshiba was impossible.

They no longer buy Tosh products of any type.

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Jobs moves to the heavens with Apple TV

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You've got to love ...

those practically pragmatic 'cheap' Chinese drives - freeing the viewing world.

They perfectly match the equally low-priced copied media that is so readily available there.

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Content is King (Queen) - not delivery

Jobs has only managed to sign up two TV networks who are undoubtedly analyzing everything that sells and when they realise that there is a good potential of making money, they are either going to renegotiate their cut or even look ar setting p their own cloud.

No doubt Hollywood, as well as the record industry, is trying to figure out how to increase their cut and when they do, Jobs will find himself in an unusual position of not being in control.

And what of the Jobs morals clause? Is he going to censor all of the content to meet his rules? Can you imagine Sex in the City landing on his servers?

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Punters still puzzled by broadband ads

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'Too far from the exchange'

It's difficult to determine the user termination speed when ADSL is applied only at exchanges leaving the final speed determined by the vagaries of of copper wire interspersed with joints in street connection cabinets with moisture laden spider webs. DSLAMs should be in the cabinets, fed by fibre.

Many cable systems use the equivalent of WANs where the number of users, together with their activities, determine the carrier speed.

The only way, as other countries have proved, is to have fibre optic cable in every house with sufficient backbone capacity capable of carrying the traffic.

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US loses last chance for free wireless

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Governmental and private WiFi fought all the way by carriers

The US carriers ran the telecoms world with impunity until the famous Carterphone case which eventually led to the breakup of the AT&T monopoly.

Like oil, the dissected members of AT&T have come together, joined by even more unprincipled enterprises and once again they are using the old tricks to re-establish their monopoly gaining help from the government by providing surveillance to them.

Load shaping, no matter what form it takes, is only aided by killing free WiFi forcing the public to use far more expensive communications as determined by the carriers.

Where US municipalities provided free access the carriers used the courts to eliminate this service.

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Samsung specs up 7in Android tablet

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According to a German review in the run up to IFA ...

the Samsung 7 will have a capacitive screen and telephone features making it eligible for Google App store.

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This has got the features than iTablet should have had

The crippled tablet from Apple should have had all these features and more, as did the first Android tablets released in China had - many months before Apple tried to persuade everyone they were the first.

The Android OS V3 has features that really will enhance tablet performance.

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D-Link DHP-306AV powerline Ethernet adaptor

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Split phases or transformers can be a hassle

Some (many?) people have split or two phases (two hot wires plus neutral) power line supplies and should these adapters be on different phases loss of signal can affect operation.

I solved this by using 0.1 ceramic capacitors between the phases to improve signal transmission.

Often power suppliers will equip street side transformers with similar devices on request if you want to connect across therm to, say, a neighbour.

If in doubt find an electronics technician - there should be a fuse or breaker protection between where the capacitor is attached and the meter - even it is on a shared circuit (i.e. doesn't have to be dedicated).

Switched power supplies in equipment can play heck with these devices, as can fluorescent lights.

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Apple inks Ping trademark deal with golf gear maker

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Job's can't use iPing (legally)

as it is a company registered in 1998 and is involved in the InterNet Telephony business.

Ping.FM, however, is almost in the social networking business.

But has that ever stopped Jobs before?

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Open source PS3 hack code posted

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What man created will be ruined - Dark Tranquility: Vernal Awakening Lyrics

Guess Sony hasn't learned that when it challenged game players someone will persevere over Sony's dumb headiness. Now this crack is in the open they have lost the battle.

Now Jobs has a bed mate, both having lost the jailbreak fight.

When people buy a product it should be theirs to do with as they wish.

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Texan cooks up deep-fried Guinness

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Liquid in the centre?

Then try Gun Tan Gow - soup that is cooked in a wrapper - wrapper and soup at the same time, nor added/injected later..

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What Zable claims is not quite accurate

Quote: 'Zable explained: "Nobody has been able to fry a liquid before." '

The Chinese cuisine has had "Fried Milk" dishes for a very long time. There are many variations of flavours.

I have eaten it in HongKong and Toronto.

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Archos announces five Android tablets

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Pstient people will ...

wait to learn when Android V3 will be made available for these devices as it will have more pad-type features in it.

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Porn-browsing Oz minister quits

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Do as we say, not as we do!

This is so typical of do gooders who want to force what they consider to be morals down everyone's throats. Out and out hypocrites!.

They are no different than the Florida anti-gay 'expert' who hired a gay prostitute to 'carry his bags' or the Colorado preacher who had sessions with another gay. Let's not forget the pillar of society, Jim Bakker the American televangelist, a former Assemblies of God minister, and a former host of The PTL Club.

Or of the earlier members of the UK Conservative Party who promoted 'family values' whilst cabinet minsters cheated on their wives, fathered out of wedlock children, etc.

Just let the people do what they want, in private, and mind your business!

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Ad watchdog to bite Facebook, Twitter

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Why can't governments/agencies keep their snouts out of our business?

I thought Cameron was trying to slim governments, etc. down?

All an web entity has to do is add "Editorial Opinion", "Political Statement" or "Press Release" and these interfering a*seholes will be out of business.

The provision that "It can ask search engines to remove links to non-compliant pages" is futility itself - ask the Chinese - as all a user has to do is to use Google, for example, with a different suffix.

As for allowing the ASA "place its own paid-for adverts to highlight a company's failure to comply" will either signal to users that a web site owner won't bend over and say "Do it again" making him/her/it a martyr or the owner could use advertising tools to block such adverse ASA adverts appearing on their web pages.

Web sites registered in a U.S. domain are particularly resistant to this sort of interference as speech is protected by The Constitution and is the reason why Al Quaida hangs their hats there, and is the best place for a libel proof forum.

Promulgating such rules simply demonstrate just how technically ignorant the ASA is.

And what gives with Google giving them sees money?

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Scottish iSchool goes 100% iPad

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Unlike other schools they won't view detailed biological information

At least the teachers will appreciate the inability to limit content but what happens when it comes to detailed biological study?

I remember the discussions surrounding calculators and the likelihood of children being able to do maths 'the old way'.

If these children have no paper or pencils how will they practice their writing?

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Mexican telco exec: iPhone 4 antenna fix imminent

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Most likely so Jobs could prevent porn

I guess Jobs wanted to confuse iPhans about the Lemon 4 by claiming all was well, whilst giving away FREE plastic covers to keep hands away from the goods AS WELL as providing a ready identifier for Lemon 4 models.

So what, following Job's bent logic, is there to fix? Did he lie/mislead his legions of iPhans?

Now the antenna 'problem' has been fixed, what about the other numerous defects including the Bluetooth?

Did you hear about the heart-beat App that enables Jobs to determine which rates higher for an iPhan based, on heart rate: holding a Lemon or sex?

(Don't forget, iPhans, another Jobs pronouncement today)

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CarderPlanet founder charged in $9.4m RBS WorldPay hack

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And the banks claim their systems are infallible.

Whenever a card user challenges a banks statements veracity, the banks regard the complainant with utter disdain and as some deranged inmate from the local 'fruit and nut' centre.

Yet we continually read of these technically gifted alleged criminals who bleed the system in a well publicised history of their exploits.

There seems to be a 'disconnect' between the banks and reality and we, the customers, get taken by the banks denial as well as added costs of using cards because of this fraud.

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Judge bashes warrantless cellphone tracking

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How refreshing: A judge that bucks the trend AND understands technology

You often get the feeling that judges, especially those in Britain, live on a different planet and haven't a clue what is going on and simply chant the mantra: 'Government does no wrong'.

Cell site data isn't the greatest for tracking where connected cells are, as the SIGNAL is the determining factor as to which cell site is optimal. As most any RF engineer or communications technician can attest to, RF is not cut and dried. TV viewers, using over the air signals, often have to point their antennas in directions that don't make sense, as in not in the direction of the transmitter.

I use a Yagi antenna to bring my weekend residence to within range of a cell site, not the closest one hidden by a small hill but a far more distant one where my antenna delivers a solid signal. This means that Plod could assume I was nearer the distant cell, rather than the closest one which renders cell site info inaccurate.

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Sony Oz mod chip dongle ban hearing delayed

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Just wait until ...

the new international convention on copyright produces it's work. Then the world will be owned by the corporate world.

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Why not sell them as kits?

These could be sold outright as kits or as 'some construction required' so, as sold, they are fit for no purpose.

Alternatively a kit could contain everything except for a ROM/PROM/whatever which could be shipped separately by another company.

If people buy product they should be free to use it for whatever they want. Of course, I am not an iPhan.

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Little black dress with SIM card slot offered for 2011

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The Pentagon would likely find these very useful ...

for their new 'digital soldiers'. The challenge is making sure they are literate and able to actually read the button markings.

Read: < http://www.caliteracy.org/rates/ >.

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Scotch tape maker buys biometric tech firm

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3m is a glue factory so ...

what is rge connection between glue and the new acquisition?

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OED goes the way of all flesh paper

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The oldest paper document dates from 100 B.C. and ...

is the Nash Papyrus, oldest known biblical fragment, containing the Hebrew text of the ten commandments. It was 'acquired' in Egypt 1902 by W.L.Nash and now in Cambridge University Library.

CD's and DVD's require refresh copies to be made between every 3 and 10 years.

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Viewsonic intros £350 7in Android tablet

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No originality? How about ...

a 7-inch tablet running Android 2.2, phone functionality, front and back-facing 3MP cameras and VGA resolution display, a capacitive multi-touch screen and supports 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and comes with a full size SIM slot. Also good for VoIP or mobile phone calls and it will have an auto G sensor that reorients the screen.

A 10 inch version is also coming:

http://www.reghardware.com/2010/08/23/viewsonic_android_tablets/

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The difference between Chinese e-book tablets and ...

main stream producers is that you can get warranty repairs and get access to the Google App store.

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There is a HUGE difference from the Lemon 4 ...

it will make clear telephone calls unlike Lemon 4 with it's death grip antenna problems.

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Iphans: Eat your hearts out - more features than Job's pad

This is only the first of a raft of pads and tablets coming out of S.E. Asia. I guess since this will have a telephone feature it will also be allowed access to Google's App store, Flash, no censorship, etc.

A word of caution: Don't buy any Android pad until OS 3.0+ is released as it has special pad features included.

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