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What happened to the link to the Hardware site?

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FAIL

I defy anyone to find the "Comment" link on the Raspberry Pi article.

Here, try for yourself -

Link to Model A article

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Given that they've reviewed the Surface Pro and a Dell WinRT tablet, it could just be an Eadon-suppresion measure.

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I notice the last Hardware story has no comments. Probably because there's no visible way of adding one.

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Review: Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet and dock

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Is there a reason you've totally hidden the "comments" box?

On topic, I'd quite like one of these. I'd like one even more if MS had been good enough to compile an ARM port of VS2012 I could download, or even buy if necessary.

However, if I have to buy my productivity software or if (as now) it simply doesn't exist, £699 is too much money.

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When open-source eats itself, we win

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Matt,

MySql has less features than a proper database, agreed. Being a proper bloody database, for a start. However, it certainly isn't faster by any measure at all.

Oracle, PostgreSQL and SQL Server all make it look like it's emulating a 286 to run on.

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Microsoft to open 11 new retail stores by summer

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" Microsoft is following Apple's lead"

in opening stores where it's been proven that people want to buy computers?

How underhanded and generally awful of them.

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US military advisor calls for McKinnon pardon, recruitment of "master hackers"

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Re: Master Hacker ?

I was expecting it to be Matt Bryant who called McKinnon a "script kiddie".

This story's going to make poor old Matt's head explode.

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Dell finally takes Dell private - with $24bn and help from Microsoft

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Re: Difference between Partnering and Ownership - DELL FAIL

Dell makes money from Linux servers

Mark Cathcart said above (a Dell employee, no less) that Dell makes money from bare metal. Not linux servers. Not Windows servers. Bare metal.

IOW, your whole premise is just the usual wish-fulfillment bullshit.

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Re: eh?

Yes, but you always predict the death of Microsoft and recommend people to go join your beloved data-stealing Google every time you post anything at all.

Frankly, it's boring.

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Re: Interesting that Dell referred to Silverlake and did not say anything about MS.

You don't need to be a genius to see how any comment from Eadon will pan out. Even if the article is about astronomy.

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Socket to 'em: It's the HomeGrid vs HomePlug powerline prizefight

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Re: Crud generators.

Mountain Rescue != Radio HAMs.

But nice try.

Basically, if you can set up a full HAM kit somewhere then you've got power. If you've got power, a landline isn't surprising. If you can't have a landline you'll probably have a satellite phone.

What you won't do is spend weeks upon weeks listening to static and truckers and growing a beard you could lose a goat in.

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Re: Crud generators.

What, is a 999 call from a landline too easy for you?

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Re: Crud generators.

Well no, but by the same token it won't sit there smelling of unwashed crusty radio HAM and talking about the finer points of Klingon etiquette in the 99.999999999% of time that emergencies aren't happening.

How many lives have you saved?

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US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

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Black Helicopters

Hmm.

Who spends millions upon millions lobbying the US Government?

Who wants ALL the data?

Looks Googly to me.

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NFC SD crew gives up: No one wants our safe bonking tool

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Really. You want to make a nickable item more nickable.

Okay.

If there's an option, I don't want that, please.

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BT to end traffic throttling - claims capacity is FAT

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Re: The only reason

"plus line rental".

So add £15 to whatever the bastards are quoting you.

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BlackBerry: Aaah, Microsoft, we meet again.. for another deathmatch

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Re: The Mother

@Khaptain

I seem to recall you stating that you're a native Francophone, so slack is required on spelling. However..

"definately" is an abomination, one you probably picked up from illiterate Anglophones on the internet.

It's "definitely", root word "finite". Pas difficile, parce que c'est comme "fini".

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Windows Server 2012 kicks ass: discuss

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Re: How does one update a Windows server?

All the MS software gets updated through Windows Update. Some of the rest notifies you, if you're lucky.

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Samsung mocks Apple lawsuit in SuperBowl teaser ad

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@diodesign

Hey Chris,

are all these AC's the same person?

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Microsoft's Dell billions have Windows 8 strings attached

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Re: @dogged

I'm sorry, I don't know what you mean. I'm guessing (on the basis of username alone, I admit) that Greek is your first language? Try answering in that, I can read it.

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Re: @dogged

@eulampios -

Once again, you're making one mistake by implying that Nokia should have necessarily chosen only one OS vendor.

I'm not, you know. Once you decide you're outsourcing the OS requirement, Meego/Maemo is no longer an option. Android is crap on low-power handsets. MS are paying big money for Navteq. The options were -

a) keep Navteq but receive minimal revenue because there's no incentive for MS to buy the service,

b) scrap Navteq and make high-end Android handsets as well as WP which implies patent liability against Apple and total loss of Navteq revenue and investment,

c) keep Navteq, scrap Series 40/Asha and make high end WP phones and low end Android phones (which suck) or

d) Make money from Navteq, make high-end WP phones and low-end Asha/S40 phones. Which is what they went for.

You can't outsource OS development and keep Meego alive. The two are mutually exclusive.

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Re: @dogged: Elop works for Nokia?

I think that's because it's designed to come with the keyboard+touchpad cover. Most tablets aren't.

In any case, I thought we were talking about Nokia and phones?

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Re: @dogged: Elop works for Nokia?

@eulampios - I'll take these in order, shall I?

If you're really objective here, explain us why did Nokia put all of its dwindling eggs in one vendor's basket coincidental with the last Elop's employer?

Because they're Nokia, they were (at the time) the biggest player in the world and they weren't happy to be just another OEM. They had services to sell, such as Navteq mapping (which is undeniably better than any other vendor's mapping solution).

So they talked to Google. Would Google buy and use Navteq mapping? No. Would Google allow Nokia to set boundaries and definitions (important for the low-cost market in which Nokia traditionally shifts vast numbers) on the OS's requirements, capabilities and APIs? No. Would they chuck in a big bucket of cash as an incentive to go with them? No.

Microsoft evidently answered "yes" to all the above because that's what they've done. I'm not saying Elop's employment history wouldn't have made this easier - Elop would know who to approach and how to get the best deal out MS. Short of hiring a CEO out of Google, Nokia couldn't get that kind of insider knowledge on that side of the fence.

Regardless, if Nokia had gone Google, Nokia Maps services would be dead. All that money, thrown away. Their low-cost handsets would give the low-cost Android experience (which, unless carefully managed by a user prepared to tinker with their handset and kill battery+cpu munching background apps) sucks buttock. They would not have the transition cash.

Frankly, if Nokia had gone with Android after the MS offer had been finalized, any shareholder performing a decent due diligence check would have been wholly justified in suing the board for commercial negligence. Not such a great start for the new CEO.

Why killing Meego when it was ready?

What's the thing everyone goes on about regarding WP? No apps. Now, in WP's case, this is partly justified because third-parties have been really slow about building WP apps (especially banks and financial services) which is a problem. Oh, and Instagram, for all your sepia-toned crap photo sharing needs. Apart from that, the OS itself does most things. Meego doesn't. And it practically had zero apps. And yes, you could implement Android apps over it but that leaves you with a cut-price Android handset (which sucks) and wastes the OS. And as for gaining support - nobody else was going to use it. It would have been a Nokia-only thing. And it would have meant retaining the OS teams and all the politics, cost and trouble they brought with them because it wasn't finished. No OS is ever finished. You know that.

And let's talk about apps for a moment - Qt is a great way to write C++ but it's still C++ and as such it has a (partly justified) rep for being hard. To the Objective-C app writer, it would have looked like a scary new language (they'd be wrong but then, you have to be a deeply twisted individual to like Objective-C). The Android app-writer works in Java and Java coders are terrified of C++. MS were offering .NET instead - you can write apps in Visual fucking Basic (coding for retards) if you want to! Hell, you can use Python or C# or C++ or whatever you want to write WP apps. The potential pool of contributors to the WP ecosystem is orders of magnitude greater even than the potential pool of Android devs.

That's why they ditched Meego. It was a dead end OS, doomed from the moment that Java coders started to rule the app world.

I'm not saying it wasn't good - it was. But so was Betamax.

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Re: Elop

@Phil W - the "sudden and total lunge" thing wasn't sudden and wasn't total.

Series 40 and Asha phones are still being made, so scrub "total". As for "sudden", as I recall Nokia were in quite deep talks with both Google and MS before they made a decision. They got better terms from MS because Google didn't need them and weren't shy about saying so.

The thing about Elop is that he may be ex-MS but the emphasis is "ex". He wasn't there very long, he wasn't successful there (although he has been elsewhere), he was an "outsider" and as such, like many other outsiders in MS, never really fitted in and would have been looked at with suspicion by the insiders...

You can love, hate or not care about his decisions but blaming MS for them in the light of his (brief) history there is, I think, bloody stupid.

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Re: Elop

You know, at the risk (well, certainty really) of being called a shill again, I have to disagree.

Aside - Anyone who cares to disagree is quite free to call me wrong, that's fine, but please don't call me paid to be wrong.

On topic. When Nokia's board hired Elop, Symbian wasn't exactly doing well and Meego/Maemo was a money pit that they'd flung hundreds of millions of euros into for basically nothing except politics and a shonky implementation that had no app support. Article after article said that Nokia was floundering, and badly.

Further aside - Jess will be here shortly to tell me that Symbian is awesome and does all her housework as well having variable vibration controls and a "validate my feelings" function which nods sympathetically and provides free chocolate but the fact remains that it was sinking, if not in the market then certainly in the industry press and every single analyst estimate, and that's what the directors care about.

Elop's call was to outsource the OS and thus most of the software engineering outside the "services" area (basically Navteq and Ovi), consolidate software efforts on providing Nokia's (rebranded) Ovi services and stick what Nokia are justly famous for - quality hardware.

If you leave it at that, it's hard to fault as a decent CEO decision.

What upsets most people here is that Nokia went with MS instead of Google but really, that's just religious hatred which feeds this "trojan horse" confirmation bias. Why MS? Because money. Operating funds and (WP8) a working OS with an easy-to-use flavour. Nokia has historically - pre Symbian - favoured easy-to-use. The 3310, possibly the best-selling phone ever, had an OS so amazingly simple that anyone who could read could use it in less than a minute.

Nokia went with MS because MS gave them loads of cash and an OS that worked with their philosophy in the days when they sold billions of phones.

You can hate this. You can scream in unfulfilled fanboy rage about the lack of a Nokia Android handset if you want. But it's just the way it went.

I have a Motorola V3xx RAZR in my pocket so shill that, bitches.

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Was this article ghost-written by Eadon?

It does everything except have "MICROSOFT FAIL" in caps at the end.

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Oh, Sony, you big tease: Mystery PlayStation reveal date set

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Re: Prediction

The issue with PS3 games and not doing 1080p is in the publishers being payed off by microsoft to not allow higher than 720p because you know... xbox360 just doesn't do it.

Mine does 1080i without issue. Anyway, how do you explain PS3 exclusive titles that still don't do 1080p? Is that Microsoft's fault, too?

eeeesh, fanboys.

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Re: Pixel Qi Display

Is there a 12" Pixel Qi screen that would fit my X220? I quite fancy fully-sunlight-readable with a 12 hour battery life.

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Re: I want a new netbook

I wanted a new netbook.

In the end, I got a Thinkpad X220 off ebay for £300, added a RAM upgrade and an SSD. 8.5 hours battery life, 12" screen at 1366x768, slice battery available if I need it... bloody perfect.

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Chinese web company faked Microsoft patch to force download

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Re: A Qihoo spokesperson said ....

Okay. I admit it. I was wrong.

I was expecting Eadon to be the one who blamed this on Microsoft.

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Microsoft: Old Internet Explorer is terrible and 'we want to help'

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Re: Ha Ha Ha... bite me!

To be fair, they're finger-friendly. I tried logging into my bank's website on my phone the other day which (what with endless drop-boxes and links in every form directing away to different forms) could use a tool like this.

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Nokia tries its luck with a sub-£150 Win Phone 8: The Lumia 620

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Re: Sorry - I call bollocks.

AC, you're asking the wrong horse. Nobody said it was a WP feature. Just a Nokia feature, since 7.0.

see for yourself.

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Re: Bargain

Did they mention if it has SD support?

It does, according to o2.

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Re: 7.x?

Oh Jess, I know your torch is burning brightly for Symbian but do read the article before posting.

It runs WP8.

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Re: How much RAM?

512, apparently. The reviews indicate that this is plenty.

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Microsoft dev tools to add Linux-style source code versioning

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Re: explanation for commenter "dgharmon"

I'd fire Case1 and get somebody who can write a Build script (for desktop/server programs) or press the "Publish" button and fill in a form for web apps.

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Re: VS2012

@Eadon - yeah, Microsoft hates linux.

that's why it's done more for linux than you ever will.

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Dell buyout stalled by Microsoft, low takeover price?

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Re: Microsoft mentioned a lot?

@Chris - You have to be able to take it if you're going to dish it out

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Re: Microsoft mentioned a lot?

I've been using debian since 1996, Eadon. Just as Bruce Perens took over as project lead, actually.

I doubt if you were out of nappies back then.

In any case, my question is why you, who trumpets the benefits of "open" at every available opportunity and quite a few that aren't (Astronomy? Really? wtf is wrong with you?) , continually recommend a distro which has more closed and commercial components than any other distro I can think of.

I doubt if you'll answer because I doubt if panicking and typing "help convince Mint open" into Wikipedia will be of much use to you now.

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Re: Microsoft mentioned a lot?

I've just installed linux mint on a test box.

The sheer amount of proprietary closed-source crap in this "open" system is mindboggling, especially on the media side. Exactly why do you keep pimping it?

Troll - unfed.

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Re: Microsoft mentioned a lot?

That's eight mentions of Microsoft on the main page .. and three mentions of Windows ...

And all but one of them deeply negative.

Hard to see, for example, how MS offering $Bn as part of a $22Bn buyout can be seen as "stalling" that buyout as the headline suggests and the article tries really hard to justify.

Oh, look an advert for a Chromebook and a Google Nexus at the top ...

Licking the hand that feeds The Register...

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Big biz, expensive beancounters write UK tax law, says senior MP

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Re: Flat tax

The rich pay more VAT as they consume more.

This is a common misconception. The rich pay less VAT as a proportion of their income.

For example, say you buy a DVD. That has 20% VAT on it and takes you two hours to watch. A rich person might in theory be able to buy 200 DVDs but the 400 hours to watch them all in cannot be bought. Earning 200 times what you earn does not mean spending 200 times what you spend. In the long term, it actually results in spending less.

This is perhaps best explained by Terry Pratchett, although he neglects to mention that the poor man will also pay exponentially more VAT. Here's the quote.

“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”

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Re: Flat tax

@James - downvoted due to your system's reliance on VAT. The would simply mean "more of the same" where we pay VAT on fuel and then we pay excise duty on fuel (including VAT total) and then we pay VAT on fuel (including excise duty and previous VAT total).

Or that situation where 20 B&H will cost over £7 but the shopkeeper makes 50p and the manufacturer makes 75p. All the rest is tax (which, incidentally, puts smokers in credit to the tune of 19-1 on calculated balance of health service income/cost).

The sooner we get away from sales taxes and back to income taxes, the sooner we'll stop subsidising the wealthy.

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Just too damn lazy to reach your phone? Pick up the remote

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Re: Convergence

WTB - ability to post picture of Xzibit.

"yo dawg I heard you like phones so we put a phone in your phone so you can phone while you phone..."

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Cisco unwraps Unified Access boxes in East London

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WTF?

"Now you can get plugged in to the wireless revolution"

I beg your pardon?

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Microsoft builds observatory to spy on Earthlings' spectrum

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Re: Here's an idea...

@Crisp - the data is pretty interesting to look at. A lot of the bands I don't recognize (it's been a while since I was a proper RF engineer) but I can certainly pick out a couple of "reserved" areas which are - by the data - almost unused.

In situations where those bands "belong" to emergency services, that's a good thing. Some form of database is going to help a lot, not simply with determining which space is "white" but also which space is reserved by whom - the last thing you need is some clever piece of white space broadcasting kit deciding that ATC frequencies near a remote Alaskan airstrip can be hijacked at 3am. Because you're always going to find that time when they really, really can't.

So. I'd like a legend on this data please. Other than that, it seems to be extremely useful.

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Re: Puff Piece

The article said the word "Microsoft" so he was contractually obliged to post some angry pro-linux rant on it.

Disclaimer - I am not suggesting that this contractual obligation was to anyone other than the little pixies who whisper in his ear all the time. Anyone who was actually paying him in something other than shiny wurblecoins might notice how damaging he is to their own cause and quickly stop doing so.

Anyway, some of us still think that accusations of "shill" are uncouth.

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

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Re: Hmmmm

WTF would anyone downvote that?

Because it suggests that the build quality and/or software of an Apple product may be less than utter, utter orgasmic perfection?

I can't say for sure but remember that Apple is a cult, not a company.

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Feds slurping your private data? But that's OUR job, says Google

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It's a bit like putting Gary Glitter and Jimmy Savile in charge of the local creche ("shudder").

While I respect the sentiment, both of those two were said to be interested in teenaged girls (in Glitter's case, with evidence beyond "somebody said so"). It's no less repulsive but at least the creche is safe.

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ITU signs off on H.265 video standard

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Re: Free to air TV will suffer the same fate as print media,

I was happy with DVD until I watched Revenge of the Sith on Bluray.

Seriously? Couldn't you find a good film to watch?

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