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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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... and if you have a slow, intermittent or no network connection to that other computer or anything else goes wrong it becomes completely useless functionality.

There are also the problems of spying, wrong consequent action, or deliberately managed consequent action in the interest of some other party!

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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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More prior art patent BS

The US patent system looks rather like a toxic idea waste dump and state mafia protection racket.

How very unoriginal of that worm ridden rotting fruit, and it is a stupid set of ideas idea because

* touch screen side buttons will prevent use of even a clear elastomer "bumper" band

* a case may not be practical, or look ugly, offer far less shock protection on the sides, and be liable to break easily

* side touch screen button are so very stupid, because they will not be tactile /before/ use, to find and press like mechanical buttons, and could be a difficult to press precisely given how small they will have to be; audio feedback and haptics there will be too late, so quite pointless!

Samsung are killing Apple for display tech, ideas, and product, which is why scared Apple were so very nasty in court. e.g. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S models seriously mock the current iPADs, my 10.5" one is wow better at £330!

Android is winning; Apple is hyped, but boring and bla as BMW.

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LG takes on Nokia X, Moto G: These are the cheapie 'droids you've been looking for

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Re: Landfill!!! Fill my pants!!!

Agreed, the Moto G is quality kit.

I looked at all the other cheaper mobiles, and got an 16GB Moto G because it has a near 720p display (320dpi), excellent hardware, Android 4.4.2, a still portable size and excellent value at £130 (fully inc.) from Hong Kong.

HTC so failed here; these are not just mobiles, they are very portable Android tablets, GPS and media devices, and 800x600 and 854x480 are pathetic screen dimensions and DPI.

In my opinion, there is no excuse not to provide at least 300dpi on all new tablet devices, including /all/ GPS map computers.

I'll just be using my Moto G for PAYG phone calls (I'm not a social insecurity zombie), local stored GPS maps, travel, minimal apps and media, so don't need more storage; I have proper 7" and 10.5" Android tablets for more demanding stuff, so I have no interest in pocket busting "fablets".

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Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

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Well, Balmer really did stuff up Microsoft after Gates became too stale and retired

It look like the replacement still has a lot of work to do undoing all the damage Balmer did!

Microsoft maybe in the Stagnation phase of a corporate lifecycle, and if it is, it will probably have to do an IBM like fat burn to survive, which it appears it maybe doing.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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And the backwardness of the BCS was why I never bothered with the hassle of becoming a member even though I could have easily done so.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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HUD better, gestures bad, starting calls or using social media bad.

HUD is a good idea for keep eyes focused ahead, to show carefully designed information relevant to /driving/, like navigation directions, speed, fuel etc., but only minimal notifications for mobile calls or data, because just too much distracting input can escalate into dangerous mental scarcity for the demanding task of driving a potentially deadly, powerful, load of metal and not having an accident. This is no different from Google Glass, both could easily cause accidents.

Bad 1: Gesture control; device control should be by speech or near physical controls, not gesture; gestures are too costly in a car, because you need both your hands to drive.

Bad 2: Allowing use of mobile phones or interactive media; never allow use of mobile phones or interactive media by the driver of a moving car; at most status!

Bad 3: A transparent screen; this may become useless in bright sunlight.

The designers need to read the book "Scarcity" by Sendhil Mullainathan & Eldar Sharif; many people don't realise the stupid side effects of scarcity.

All conversations on mobile phone calls (yes, even hands free) or use of interactive media while driving should be regarded as dangerous driving, no excuses, so be banned for apps for this device, because these can easily cause unexpected mental scarcity; /always park to do these/, I'm fed up seeing negligent asses driving motor vehicles while using mobiles, with obviously compromised driving!

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

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What a vicious women

IP is BS, the arguments for it have been soundly demolished; it's a pity that governments still haven't got the message.

A copyright (BS) ignorer is not a Pirate or a thief; there is never any real loss.

This women would appear to be out of touch, greedy, vicious and a bit mentally lacking.

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65 patches later and Java STILL breaks stuff

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Re: Uh...

A/C "Uh..." is a stupid Troll.

This issue is not Oracles' fault, rather it is cowboy alternative JVM language developers breaking the class constructor rules and temporary getting away with it because the class byte code validator (security code) wasn't as strict as the Java language compiler javac; this check is done by javac because this broken class constructor code could cause race condition bugs and even become a separate security issue, which is also not Oracles' fault now.

What should happen is the offending alternative JVM language providers should be told tough by Oracle and told that it is their responsibility to fix their already broken class constructor code if they want to run their language to run on a JVM. This is also important because their code maybe called by Java code and break it too!

At least Java is not as horrible to fix as dotNet installs, because when they fail, it can get real nasty!

If anything Java can be easier to update than Flash (which I wish would die everywhere), because I've had several occasions when it wouldn't update without a reboot; unacceptable! Browser Javascript is getting nearly as painful as Flash due to the growing bloat of client side Javascript and AJAX which can even make browsers freeze, even on powerful PCs!

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CAPTCHA challenges you to copy pointillist painter Seurat's classic

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This all seems rather pointless (sic)

1. This will really piss off humans more than lame Catchas, so you get less quality traffic too!

2. OCR can already beat Catchas, and a bit of smart image processing code would probably beat this too; anyone with a botnet will probably laugh at this soon.

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Flamewars in SPAAACE: cooler fires hint at energy efficiency

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How useful is this really!?

This data is probably only useful for static flames in low gravity environments, not for a moving flame in low gravity or a flame on Earth, because the more fuel to moves away from the flame before it can burn; I also doubt that a probably highly variable heat output flame would be useful for doing work in a given time period.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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I hope they do leave and learn hard reality.

1. A break will probably significant cut costs to England and the rest of the UK which actually generates net revenue. The break must be conditional on Scotland accepting their share of the national debt, including financial bailouts, and lose access to all shared services of the UK e.g. the Pound, UK Military support, and other UK state services. I don't give a dump about the BBC there because I don't pay for stuff I don't use. It will be good riddance to many Socialist Scottish MPs too!

2. The Scottish will see just how expensive their rampant Socialist decadence is, let alone the planned extras, so eventually understand that Socialism is a destructive addiction when Scotland has to default. I will be amused at the discomfort of the currently parasitic Crown and 'Queen'.

3. When they do ask to rejoin the union, because the EU won't accept them, they will have accept that the current level of significant extra subsidies are completely unacceptable and have to be reasonable.

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You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad

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Dated base with a faster CPU

I can forgive the bottom end 1GB RAM, but it only has a feeble 16GB (actually 12G free) Flash, no support for SDXC (exFAT), so max. 44GB local storage, a dated Android version and only a 1280 x 800 display resolution on a 7" device (215dpi). IMHO it's still landfill tablet junk even with the faster CPU.

I'd like to see a minimum 300dpi pixel density on /all/ handheld pixel display devices displaying text and graphics *; 1920 x 1080 should be the new minimum for 7" tablets and even higher for larger tablets, because tablets are used for more than just video; there is only so much you can do with anti-aliasing, a visual shading trick, of which Clear-Type is a variant.

* GPS and bicycle computers included!

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Please stop publishing this Frankfurt School Political Correctness nonsense already

Not enough quality women like tech jobs, so it doesn't matter how some clueless socialist feminist or excuse for a male wants to change the male/female ratio, and racial diversity without merit is a complete load of cow dung too.

Seriously, this Marxist rubbish is getting so very old, boring and tragic! Marx was mostly wrong, because Socialism always fails eventually, and fails faster in more extreme cases like the USSR and Maoist China. It's a great pity that the USA has got a nasty case of metastasizing Socialism cancer now.

The facts are White Men and Asians are generally more interested in tech and/or smarter than the alternatives, and these businesses select for the best staff! Also a smarter women would have children when she is younger rather than the absurd super career women nonsense, because it gets harder to get pregnant, to have healthy babies and to have the energy to take care of the children when she is much older!

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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I didn't notice

.. but it sounds great; maybe it'll prompt they to also fix the false positives from their mythical TV detector vans so that I stop having to shred their stupid letters for no TV receiver! :-P

The only things I ever remember Stephen Fry being amusing in was Black Adder and V for Vendetta; other than that he seems a bit of a Muppet.

I think the icon is appropriate given well they apparently catered to despicable characters like this when I still watched TV.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?

Open plan offices are the work of the devilishly stupid extroverts who confuse collective rabbiting with results because they need excessive stimulus to feel alive, it's also (bean counter) cheaper, but this is hell for Introverts, and costs a lot more in lost productivity. Luckily I recently got a better arrangement for thinking work, so no longer have to put up with that destructive chaos.

Anyhow, I'll stick with Windows 7 until enough of my favourite software providers see or can be persuaded that Windows is a lost cause, and to migrate to Linux; my Netbook already migrated from XP to Mint.

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

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What a stupid design

1. Mobiles are already far too big now, a /lot/ wider than even the widest old land line phone, so ridiculously bulky and unergonomic!

2. The width of the passport would be unusable for pockets, possibly even suit/coat pockets, so require a bag or case to carry it in.

3. I bet that keyboard is a pig to use.

4. I you want a mobile that wide, you may as well use a 7" tablet as a phone, and get even more screen space.

5. Sharp square corners like that are a liability, seriously WTF was the designer thinking!

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MIT and CERN's secure webmail plan stumped by PayPal freeze

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WTF is anyone still using PayPal for?

I blacklisted PayPal because the disputes procedure was black comedy, so had to do a credit card chargeback; I couldn't even trust them to forward a credit card payment recently, so I'm frankly astonished that they are still in business!

Vendors and people expecting donations please just wake up and dump these scam artists PayPal; there are plenty of better and cheaper competitors, so I will ignore you if the best you can offer is credit card pass through via PayPal now!

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Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware

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Re: Missed some

An Airzound Bicycle Air Horn is much louder than any buzzer; it can be as loud as 120dB at full volume, so I have the pressure regulator reduced to car horn volume. I have to occasionally use a horn with stubborn idiot dog walkers, 'drunk' cyclists, 'deaf' pedestrians, and when I need to warn people many car lengths away.

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Re: Missed a few bits!

Hmm...

No, disc brakes have a separate aerated metal disc attached to one side of disc compatible hubs of a disc brake specific wheel, and needs special frame/fork fittings near the axle mount with a stiffer frame/fork to stop the frame/fork bending from the high braking torque.

Rim brakes are the older kind of brake and press in a flat surface either side of a rim brake compatible wheel rim. I have some of the V-brake kind on an MTB bike, but mine are the expensive Shimano XTR parallel push ones, and used on decent Mavic wheels which don't bend.

Disc brakes tend to be better in dirty or wet conditions, or when you need to really slow down fast, but tend to be a lot more expensive to buy and maintain than any V-brake, and can disable the bike if you bend a disc somehow e.g. too much wear or a crash.

Anyhow, this article is obviously biased to "Summer Cyclists" on big 700c wheel road bikes, which are often stupid expensive for something usable, even without rip-off bicycle electrics/electronics, and often have worse brakes, worse comfort, less stability/agility and less versatile tires than MTBs; just try riding a road bike in heavy rain, mud or sheet ice in winter, not good, but easy on an MTB with the right tires, which I have, including tool metal studded tires.

As for most Hybrids, putting MTB parts on a road bike like frame; just dumb, because 700c wheels are too fracking big!

Lastly if you buy a four figure bike the 10% you should spend on locks and an annual 10% on insurance soon make this look a costly hobby! Frankly I'd rather have savings, and spend more on computer gear and other useful/fun stuff.

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Overclocking to 5GHz? We put Intel Devil’s Canyon CPU to the test

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Why is anyone so stupid as to even think of using air coolers with top end CPUs.

Ready made Corsair water coolers blow away bloated air coolers for cooling, and are not that hard to fit, and can even be cheaper than top end air coolers; they even do them for GPU cards now! I've used an early ready made Corsair water cooler model for years now, with push-pull fans on the radiator.

I'll have to see a lot faster or have my i7 920 24GB machine die before I even consider a new i7, especially at the stupid money for a new Intel CPU, a new mobo, and over 16GB of RAM. AMD are much cheaper, as I know from building beefy FreeNAS boxes.

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USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

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Possibly not a dangerous charger

I am rather surprised that the women had burns on her head; even if the headphone wires became part of a mains circuit, because there should still have been enough plastic to insulate her ears. Maybe water was also involved; with water, even good normally isolated kit could become dangerous!

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Unexpected Termination Error at Year of Code: Chief dumps venture for other UK.gov riches

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Stop

Just call a SpAd

a spad they are completely f'ing useless parasites! Anarchy in the UK OK!

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Web moguls ask YOU to stump up big money to STOP big money from winning in Washington

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Farcical and so /very/ dated!

You don't bribe some bad people, you simply kick out the bad people; you sack the dinosaur Status Quo!

Working inside the system is not the solution, the current parties system is broken; the solution is to trash the current system. The booting out of Cantor and the election of so-called 'extreme' parties in Europe are how justifiable pissed-off people are trying to sack the Status Quo.

Frankly representative politics is obsolete; we have the technology now for the people to choose areas where they want direct democracy, so bypassing corrupt representative middleman! It's about f'ing time politics was upgraded for the 21st century, and using fake proof auditable distributed network technology e.g. like bitcoin blockchains!

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Zombie patents raid TI's wallet for $US3 million

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This is black farce

This is all the fault of governments, giving this BS privilege, and more ridiculously allowing this carp to be sold on; seriously WTF did they expect would happen!

Probably the corporations will eventually get so fed up that they will get some of their bought politicians to reduce the scope of IP, but not abolish it because it would never do for parasitic rentiers to have to face a proper free Capitalist market.

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Good god, where will the new storage experts come from?

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Seriously, this is all due to the financial system being based on fraud.

There are lots of books on this, especially at Mises.org; basically the following is the case:

* we have a debt based currency, the government and economy are in a debt spiral, until loads of people go bankrupt or the currency dies, central bank 'printing' only delays this!

* we have have lenders fraudulently providing compounding interest loans, based on fraction reserve of debt(!) bonds and currency, and mostly nothing, so not an honest value for value exchange.

* all this fake money inflation pushes up the price of goods, so makes stuff less and less affordable for younger generations, because wages tend to lag these price increases, so more people have rent stuff.

* toxic waste like synthetic derivatives is just debt fraud on steroids to the n'th power!

People should also have a look at the book "Scarcity" by Sendhill Mullainathan & Eldar Sharif, to learn that people with scarcity can develop tunnel vision, so miss important stuff outside the tunnel and build an inflating debt spiral of currency, time, or other scare resources, and even come to a grinding halt e.g. bankruptcy or Divorce.

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NHS slammed for MAJOR data blunders as scale of patient info sell-off is revealed

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Government can't even mind its own business let alone yours

I opted out because this was so predictable.

Yes, I know all that universal care stuff, but anything governments does which is not pure administration and law ends up rotting on the branch or poisoning the well, because they don't understand how to run stuff which should be run by business, and I don't mean the FU of medical insurance. I'm not having a go at doctors, nurses, etc. just the socialist disorganisation. The worst absurdity is trying to run any closed system with no creative destruction as a market, it just doesn't work, and leads to colossal waste and disorganisation.

You have to make it peoples _business_ to get this stuff right and to suffer personal consequences when it fails, otherwise they get complacent, or worse become socialist do gooders (do bad)!

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Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

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It won't help Microsoft much because Java has a much bigger ecosystem

Microsoft still don't get it, the libraries and runtime matter loads, and Oracle need to stop being morons with Google about Java (sorry J2ME is obsolete!), just look at what that clever man Elon Musk has done with the Tesla patents; he gets it that monopoly leads to stagnation. Libraries matter and Java has loads more that .Net, and has Maven to make them really easy to use, so you don't need cruft like Assemblies, or have to use those haystacks the Windows folder and the registry to run code.

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Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck

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All Governments are dangerous and can easly end up as criminal gangs

The basic social contract for governments is the sparingly use of the power /borrowed/ from the people to provide more benefits to the majority of the civilisation than costs, and excessive law, regulation, welfare and spying are pretty damned high on the costs side, so most governments are no longer fit to govern and they know it!

Quite simply, career politics must be forbidden, whole governments rebuilt smaller, and taxes and spending drastically shrunk; and if they don't yield, then they must be forcibly removed.

The reason these criminal governments have lasted so long is because they are funded with fake money, known as fiat (debt) currency and have allowed banksters to set-up profitable /private/ central banks to cheat the tax payers, the bond buyers, and savers via profitable interest on state debt and fraudulent currency inflation, and on occasion excessive deflation to force sale of assets at excessively low prices.

It is no concidence that WW1, the Great Depression, and WW2 happened after the Federal Reserve conspiracy was devised and created; this criminal enterprise made them all possible!

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When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

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That's retarded

If they haven't: forewarn customers that IP4 addresses will become scarce and priced much than IP6, started increasing IP4 prices, provided a countdown of addresses for each locale to forewarn people, or shouted where the migration resources are.

I deliberately bought an IP6 compliant SDSL router over a year ago, with a separate IP6 configuration suite including IP6 firewall, because I knew that the countdown to IP4 would become saturated soon. I think I'll get familiar with it, and test enabling IP6 WAN to see if my ISP provides native IP6 access yet, and get security, routing, and other mapping set-up.

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Poison PDF pusher released to public

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Why do many people even use Adobe Reader

Sumatra is so much better for general use and even keeps track of the last page viewed, of many documents, in it's config, so that you can carry on reading where you left off, say after a reboot for Windows cruftdate.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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They are not Hippies they are Blood Water Melons

Green on the outside, red on the inside for the Champagne Communists who hijacked it and the blood of the victims who were/are hurt or die because of these monsters and useful idiots!

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Zuckerberg and other directors sued over GIGANTIC PACKAGES

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Yes, facepalm and other net 'businesses' are Ponzi schemes.

Yes, he is right the Executives are paid massively too much, but why does he even need to care enough to sue?

This twit is either a crazed speculator buying the toxic businesses and doing a greedy bitch session, or is somehow still naive that they are toxic and is bitching because he is clueless.

Just sell them and buy something which isn't Ponzi, ...assuming there is much out there which is not Ponzi!

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Compare Apple's and oranges: LaCie's hi-vis jacket-wearing disk is not for hipsters

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More money than sense

Just get a portable USB3.0 drive and shape some of those packets of Silcone Rubber on it, you could even use a reverse shape made from a model if you are fussy.

Most of the cost is probably due to a stupidly expensive Thunderbolt interface and the brand 'premium'.

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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Re: The question becomes, then...

I will never run windoze not great (8.*) unless required by work, because it is not just a horrible UI; we all know that it is much more insecure to the NSA, by design! So neglecting windoze 7 will cause me to find ways to punish them.

I will only switch from windoze if I run the software I need on the new OS; I currently can't run all of mine in Linux or FreeBSD; I've tried via VirtualBox and Wine, it's not usable despite tweaks,

I've already migrated an old netbook to Mint because of the XP frack up, it works OK, my RAIDs run FreeNAS (FreeBSD based), and if this gets bad enough, my Win 7 PCs will probably migrate to Mint too! Mint is OK, but the VM hosting could be better.

At work we plan to add new Dev servers, and I'll request that the VMs are running Linux to host our servers, except where we need windoze to run microsad servers, because windoze is tired and costs. If this goes well, we may look at selling the idea of customers using Linux servers too, because PostgreSQL could easily replace SQL Server, and Linux would probably be the only workable alternative for windoze XP on old boxes.

microsad are losing it, and will slowly lose it all if they are not careful, because it keeps getting easier to run more stuff not on windows.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Silly person

Maven does process stuff because it's meant to, so if he does like it, either fix his process or see if he can find another build tool which is better.... good luck with that!

Even if some of the comparisons are valid, it isn't smart to say it in public, especially comparing women to automated process, even if it is amusing :)

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Samsung wants to 'thingify' your BODY with Simband

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Enough with the cloud for personal things!

All these cloud centric IoT (Internet of Things) turds need to get real about personal and system security because the cloud will likely never be fully secure. There needs to be one or more dedicated gateway/firewall nodes which a zoned set of IoT must talk through (no, not an internet gateway/router/firewall) which decides what each of these devices can talk to, and provides encrypted connection tunnels or encrypted data wrappers to secure /all/ data transfers.

All IoT should damned well be able to run with only a local computer and not need to send any data to a cloud server, for any functionality, for any data which may compromise security e.g. that includes /all/ exercise and medical devices, including weight, movement, and cycling computers!

I will never buy any device which requires a remote cloud server for configuration or use, because it is a point access or support failure, and an open security sore; designers who do this should be made to suffer! I tolerate ebook and Android devices because I can use these off-line.

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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Ad trolling

FFS I'd find punched cards and core memory boring, because they are tired and obsolete, duh!

Must be a slow news day.

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Asus Z97-A puts Intel's 9 Series chipset through its paces

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Rubbish design cooler if it blocks memory slot + water is better

I only use a heat pipe and fan CPU heatsink when the bundled one for a low power CPU which is hardly stressed e.g. a FreeNAS box, with a much cheaper AMD CPU.

My main PC uses a pre-assembled water cooler with push-pull fans on the radiator and stays much cooler and quieter that the old huge heat pipe cooler I had, and for about the same price!

I won't touch Intel for anything but my main PC, because the CPUs and motherboards are so damned expensive, so it only makes sense for stuff which needs the best processing power.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Morons

You can hardly expect an open water repository to stay clean and a bit of urine in such a large water volume won't be noticed; they should at least pump the water through pre-filters and industrial filter material, like used by the LifeSaver bottles, to get all the debris, bacteria and viruses out of it!

I'd be more worried about all the pharmaceuticals in it if it is 'cleaned' sewage water, and if "Flouride" (mixed industrial waste) is added.

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Brain surgery? Would sir care for a CHOC-ICE with that?

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IT is still hard, all engineering is, some bits just seem easier as you get wisdom; however get tired and you remember not to be complacent!

What are you? A consultant in denial?

I met consultants, heard and saw their tripe, and I'm still replacing the crap they left behind with more powerful software which does the job properly and faster!

No, it's not just gluing components or services together, you need to know about the stuff you are using, how to make infrastructure too, so you know what it can do, know that your glue may actually be an application itself, so that you know when what is being asked for is stupid, so that you can suggest something which is practical and will actually work for years with rare quick maintenance tweaks, and not suddenly blow up and take ages to fix the original crap design!

Agile is a much misused word for computer systems, because most of it is hyped BS and a corruption of the Toyota way Lean system, which is a human robot system, which should only be used in limited situations. Software Development is not an assembly line!

Empires were always a bad and fragile management concept (as the USA is now discovering); bad IT will do it to hide their incompetence or for greed, good IT may do it in self-defence from unreasonable users and other empires.

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OpenBSD founder wants to bin buggy OpenSSL library, launches fork

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Re: More than just Eyes

Sorry, that's fantasy, because a lot of bugs don't get picked up even by static code checkers (I use them); that's what automated unit tests of compiled code are for. I can help if the code is written in a stricter language running in a Virtual Machine e.g. with references rather than pointers and built-in bounds checking.

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Excellent

I've had to try and fix layered cruft (technical debt) code, got fed up, and now spend the time to make readable extensible code; the sooner this is done the better, because old code can be a minefield of nasty subtle bugs, and some major ones too!

It is not just security code which needs to be fixed; I looked at the Sqlite code, in the past, and saw a freaking declare macro mess which would take too long to port to another OS, so a legacy commercial project which I had hoped to patch with it was retired.

I really dislike C code which makes a lot of use of declare macros, when this should be moved behind a *.h interface, with separate *.c or *.cpp files for each OS or other major dependency i.e. factory style code rather than a minefield of switch code!

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

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Re: Calling planet Linux

Mint makes Ubuntu usable, the childish Ubuntu UI is nearly as bad as WIndows 8.*

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CCL Computers probing source of fake virus-riddled dispatch mail

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Are these customers blind, it is a Very Common exploit spam tactic to spoof retailers now!

I have an email rule just to move anything not caught by my Spam filter, and with specific attachment types (especially zip files) to my Trash folder, because 99.9% of them are fakes and exploits, but not to delete them straight away, so that I don't loose a rare valid email.

Just a quick read of the Header details of these emails shows some quite pathetic give-aways, and the email body is often even more obvious!

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Storage boxen-flinger Drobo: Our Q4 numbers were not that NASty

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Too expensive and limited, like most off-the-shelf NAS,

I'll keep building FreeNAS 64-bit ZFS boxes, even if some firmware like 9.2.1 to 9.2.1.3 are borked; in part, because the Samba 4 dev.'s /still/ don't get concurrency, and why dogmatically saying no to Threads is f'ing brain-dead!

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Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

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Hopefully this will end Garmin etc. complacency.

It's about time all portable devices were made at least water resistant as standard, and I don't mean just the PCB, so that they can be used in a downpour or in humid conditions, and I don't want to have to buy Sony or some stupid waterproof bag for something which should be standard for all portable devices with a built-in power source!

If all portable devices were water resistant, Garmin etc. would face some serious competition and have to provide better for cheaper e.g. mapping Bicycle GPS is still stupid expensive for a usable package, buggy, and with only a tiny low resolution screen. The smarter watch people are really missing a trick for this, because they could clean up, by not making the strap the only mounting method, adding other sensor channels, and adding extra button shells or cases.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Just end IP already.

IP is not necessary, business did just fine before it, and will do fine when it is gone.

IP is really just corruption to set up artificial government backed monopolies like guilds, to exclude competition; not to protect innovation, but to stifle it!

The absolute worst hypocrites of all are in Hollywood, who used the lack of Copyright protection there to shamelessly plagiarise others work, but then had copyright brought in even stronger, so that they could not be competed with while casting spells with their Druidic Holly Wood wands; the music corporations are doing much the same corruption, and hear better music from unsigned artists and independent artists, so I have no sympathy or even pity for these parasites.

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EU agrees to make documents available to support anti-cartel suits

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Oh the irony.

I think the EU is a cartel too, so this maybe rather hypocritical!

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Lambdas meh, Java has always had Threads and Java 5 has concurrency classes

The problem with using concurrent Lambdas is lots of people don't know that concurrency has lots of pitfalls if you have any mutable state and don't know how to manage this; so there will be loads more flaky code from concurrency newbies using Lambdas. There can also be Thread pool starvation issues if you don't know how to get the new APIs to use custom Thread pools.

The cool stuff is not the Lambdas, it is the Stream API, and the other Java language and JVM enhancements; Lambdas just make this easier to use.

Ruby and all the other hipster languages,like Scala, are wannabe mainstream languages, but have been discovered to not be usable in anger, so people went back to reliable Java.

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