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Bose says today IS F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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"Then, in 2014, it gets bought by a company with very deep pockets, and Bose asserts its patent claims."

For all we know Bose and Beats have been discussing this matter behind closed doors, and it's only now that Bose have given up on negotiating and turned to the courts. (Might as well with that sugar daddy around - so, yeah, you;re right that on the face of it there is an interesting coincidence of timing).

Meanwhile perhaps Beats have been talking to Apple, and Apple thought "Awww, look, how cute, a fledgling IP abuser, a teeny-weeny version of us. Let's take 'em under our wing." (In which case, that timing may not be so coincidental after all).

Stand by for a claim from Apple that Bose is infringing on something non-technical of theirs, but which is worth far more than what Bose is claiming from Beats.

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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

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Someone, somewhere agrees that Overpuddle needs to be shut off from the rest of the world, and this is step one in their (ahem) "nefarious" plan.

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Teardown gurus iFixit play with Fire – Amazon's new mobe

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Re: proprietary screw

" that and the half dozen screws that were left over..."

You're supposed to have screws left over. If you don't have screws left over, you're doing it wrong - and for this very reason, I find that if I need a screw of some sort, I just need to find something that will probably have that sort of screw, take it apart and put it back together again.

That's how screws are manufactured, in fact. In the factories around the world that make screws, they just constantly dismantle/reassemble things, and the resulting left-over screws end up packaged and sold on in DIY stores, or to other companies who need them for things they're making themselves.

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ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

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Re: Why have I vanished?

"So I have nothing to hide, but may well be treated differently by others due to the way Google has handled this."

Not if, as I suspect will happen (if not already), the warning appears for all searches for names. If that happens, Mr HR Bod from the company you had an interview with will either think all of the candidates have something to hide, or he'll put two and two together and realise the warning is effectively meaningless.

FWIW, I've just fired a fictitious name into Google's search box, and it gave me the warning.

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Re: Why have I vanished?

"No, this isn't about blocking search terms, this is about removing links. If you are mentioned on the same page as someone else whose request to remove that page was granted, then that removed page won't show when you are doing a search for yourself.

I didn't suggest it was about blocking search terms. Blocking a search term would result in them saying "There are no results available for [what you searched for]" - and that's not what they do.

They 'forget'/remove/de-index a page for the name of the person requesting it (if they agree it's correct to do so). That means that when you search for that person, the page doesn't show up: it's no longer linked, in their vast amounts of data, to that person's name1 (and by extension, any search term that includes that person's name). The link remains in that same data, though, for every other search term that might lead to it.

That this is what happens was demonstrated only a few weeks ago - where the forgotten link could demonstrably still be found by searching on Google. It was clearly still indexed for the person the article was about, so the only likely explanation was that it was de-linked from the name of an unidentified person in the many comments.

1. In reality, the link is probably still there for the name of whoever asks for it to be forgotten, but with a flag (or some other mechanism) to identify it as a 'forgotten' link - otherwise it risks being picked up again by the Googly spiders.

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Re: Why have I vanished?

"I have quite an uncommon name - there only appears to be 2 of us in Internet land.

Recently, a search on my own name returns a list of results with a message at the bottom saying that some results may have been removed under EU data protection laws."

I have a very uncommon name - I'm 99.9 recurring percent sure that there is only one of 'us' in internet land, and I get the same message.

"I've never requested this, I'm going to check "the other me", but I suspect my name has appeared in articles along with someone else's name, who themselves have asked for the articles to be removed from Google's results."

No, if this someone else asked for something to be removed from the results, it wouldn't affect a search on your name (unless you searched for your name and theirs. I think Google are (or were) gradually adding that message to its search results when they include a name.

I suspect it's so that it becomes a generic warning and can't be used to infer that any given individual has asked for something to be removed. (Although another possibility is that they're doing it to make people wonder, and to try to reinforce the belief that this whole business is breaking the interwebs.)

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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"While we'd imagined we'd give tissue samples here"

They probably did that surreptitiously at some point, and will be dragged through the courts at some point in the future with the defence that it was a rogue engineer that added tissue sampling to that door handle (which, naturally, is a part of the Internet of Pointless Things).

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FRIKKIN' LASERS could REPLACE fibre-optic comms cables

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Re: But sharks can't fly...

"Sharknado!"

I have recorded that documentary, but have yet to watch it. I shall do so very soon, because I am sure there is much to learn from it.

And I'm sure I've seen another in recent years that involved flying sharks. There may or may not have been time travel, as well - but I can't remember.

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: Donelson has a numbers problem.

@flatpackhamster

You're forgetting to account for the Apple RDF when considering Donelson's claims. Thanks to the RDF, all of those contradictory numbers can be true to a true believer.

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REG MAN penetrates GOOGLE'S LAIR

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Re: Daily Show Reviewed the Google Glass

That has set me up for the day's work ahead. Ta.

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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"And I'm not sure if I should be happy or sad that my own entry (in Latin - a subject I never studied at all being just a poor plebian) didn't get a mention or argument either."

In the case of my offerings it should probably be Google Translate that is unsure if it should be happy or sad. :)

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: Bloody hell!

"It's possible, true, but both Davis and Watson seem to be fully paid-up members of the awkward squad, so I wouldn't bet on it."

In that case, it's quite possible that the spooks are doing their best to create dig up some dirt on them to persuade them to be a little less awkward.

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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Re: TalkTalk blocked my site

Okay, in that case I'll make a point of checking again in a week or so (and then perhaps fairly regularly - every month?)

Of the three WP sites, one does have a couple of instances of swearing in it, so depending on the different filtering levels, there may be a small amount of validity in blocking that one.

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Re: TalkTalk blocked my site

"Can every wordpress user check their site"

I've checked my three WordPress sites, and none are blocked.

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Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch

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IMO, a better way to put it would have been: "I think it's iTime the rest of the world got a divorce from the USA"

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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

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"I don't understand the question."

Hey, who the hell has been secretly filming me?

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Kickstarter tin-rattlers offer reboot of '80s Integrated Space Plan megagraphic

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Re: Boots on Mars and break a leg

Or a fantastic new means of propulsion (that doesn't involve lots of mass to weigh the rocket down at launch) so you can accelerate the rocket at 9.8M/s^2 for half the distance and flip it around and decelerate it at the same rate for the other half. (And back again).

Back of the envelope: the rocket will hit somewhere in the region of 730,000M/s by the mid-point. Best be careful not to bump into anything.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Re: Tax????

"They don't pay Corporation tax, as apparently they don't make any profit in the UK."

In that case, they need to increase the prices - they're obviously too low.

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Cyber scum pump ransomware at victims from spambot-stuffed websites

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Torture them first. Easy.

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Re: We've found it ! . . .

"the Earth is scheduled for a climate meltdown to be demolished to make way for a hyperspatial express route."

FTFY!

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Secondhand Point-o-Sale terminal was horrific security midden

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Re: Aloha1

That's just silly. Make it Aloha99 - then it would take at least 99 attempts before they guess it correctly, and new research that I haven't just made up on the spot (honestly) shows your average nefarious person gives up after 43 attempts.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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"But you don't operate a radio while driving. You turn it on when you get into the car and turn if off when you get out."

Sadly, while that should be the way things are (and it certainly works for me), the reality is probably that people don't like this song, so tune to another radio station, or don't want to listen to this CD again, so fumble around ejecting that one and finding another - all while driving.

(Yes, a CD player is not a radio, but Mr Average Joe may very well call that thing in his car a radio even if he doesn't use the radio function - although stereo is more likely).

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Snowden wants YOU – yes, YOU – to build spy-busting tech

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Re: 2nd Level

"Now do you see the light???"

Can I have some of your tablets? Mine are crap compared to yours.

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Google shows off new Chrome OS look

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Re: hmmm

"Fantastic choice for senior citizens who might not be too computer savvy"

Exactly that.

When my step dad needed a new computer, about six or so months back, I pointed him in the direction of Chromebooks. His requirements are very simple so it's ideal for him - and it's meant I have to deal with less problems (so far, none at all).

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Brandon Gray aka Namejuice suspended by ICANN

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"I used to get this sort of junk."

I get them occasionally from Domain Registry of America - one of those listed - and a number of my clients get them as well (thankfully, rather than just fall for it, each who has received one has had the good sense to ask me if it's real).

This sort of business doesn't stop at domain names, though. I'm in the process of registering a trademark, and I've already had a letter (which looks more or less like an invoice for 970euros, but states it isn't in the small print, probably enough to keep it just about legal) from "International Patent and Trademark Service" to register the trademark in their database. Again from the small print: "The registration in our database has not any connection with an official government organization".

Fecking chancers. I'm sure I can look forward to more of these over the life of the trademark.

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Fear a terrifying killer robot revolution? GET A GRIP: Boffins invent cyborg hand for humans

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"At the moment the robot fingers are designed to merely mimic the gripping style of the user with the same force as exerted by fleshy fingers. But in the future the team wants to add variable force to the mechanical digits and shrink the unit into something everyone could wear to make it easier to crush your enemies' skulls on a day-to-day basis."

FTFY!

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Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

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Re: Steve would say...

Not - because he'd probably use 'leverage' rather than 'lever'. (Ugh!)

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Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system

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Re: innocent or guilty

It doesn't matter which one it is, because if too many people say no then at some point it will change from "Cops are allowed to keep photographs for five years before deleting them, as long as the subject agrees" to "Cops keep all photographs, forever" because there will be a new 'emergency' bill passed to protect us from the paedorists.

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OK, EU chiefs, 3 years of copyright wrangling - let's get it sorted. Now this white paper... DOH!

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Re: Hypocrites

On the upside, under the proposed plans the companies will also protect your content with religious zeal - because what's yours is theirs.

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FORGOTTEN Bing responds to search index ECJ ruling: Hello? Remember us?

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"Please, folks, make us feel important: Ask us to forget you..."

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Re: Unique Passwords

"And having got back through the tracks to eBay, it refused to allow my new password on the grounds that certain non-alpha characters, with which it had been perfectly happy before, were no longer allowed..."

But did their system tell you that beforehand and/or behave consistently? I had fun with Ryanair's website on this subject back in January.

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

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Re: Are you sure

Yes, but they said it with their forefingers hooked into the sides of their mouths.

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Re: They were doing that late February.

"I said I preferred NOT to use the machines because not using them would annoy their management."

Last time I went into a bank to pay some cheques in, which happens very rarely, I was pounced on by some staff member to suggest I could use the machine to pay them in.

I said I'd prefer to get the paying in book stamped as evidence that the cheques were paid in (especially since they weren't mine). He pointed out that the machine would print a receipt.

Bastard!

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Re: you mean movie makers still have not realised

" If you think crap movies don't make money, I refer you to the Transformers franchise."

Depressing, isn't it?

I was found the first one disappointing, so I decided against going to see the second. I eventually watched it when it didn't cost me any extra, and found it disappointing. I didn't even consider the third when it came out.

There's a cinema I use most often - I go there because it's reasonably cheap (old-style fleapit) and it's on my route home from work most days, so if there's a film on that I want to see at near enough after the time I'd go past, I'll go then. That usually means a 4:30-5:00pm start - and often has the benefit of not many other people in the screening to spoil it.

This week, the most convenient film for my times? The new Transformers film.

I spotted at the weekend that Netflix had number three, so because I wouldn't be paying any extra to see it (other than giving up my time) I thought I'd give it a chance, and if I enjoyed it I'd consider going to see number four. Either I'd forgotten just how bad the first two were, or number three is even worse than they were, because that was a truly awful experience.

Needless to say, I won't be bothering with the cinema this week.

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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Judging by the results, I clearly answered the questions correctly, and GCHQ will know this, so no black helicopters will be heading my way tonight.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Surge, inquit, et recesserunt a te - Up, up and away!

Id quod factum est, quo nunc ad proximum vectis - That's that done, now where's the nearest bar?

Nunc demum in mare, non quasi ultimum playmonaut! - I hope I don't end up in the sea, like the last playmonaut!

Tutum certo habes? - Are you sure this is safe?

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

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Re: Cheat

"Yeah, please re-invent^H^H^H^H^H^Himplement the start menu, put dialog menus back (you know the things you removed since Vista), and you will be all set."

Yeah, but... "mobile-first" probably means more stupid UI changes that just don't sit right on the desktop.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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Re: Fit inside double glazing windows

"As I walk around where I live there are houses where the TVs are so enormously mahoosive, I don't know if the inhabitants are breaching some kind of pubic broadcast law."

That might depend how old the pr0n is that they are watching.

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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

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"Noone is likely to mistakenly think they are in an apple shop and accidentally pay double what their new ithing is worth, just because the layout is about the same as one."

I dunno, Apple clearly thinks they will... because, well, they do, don't they?

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"Apple is as fiercely protective over its own stores, and those set up by its shrinking legion of Apple Premium resellers everything it thinks it can get away with, as it is the product sold in those retail arenas."

FTFY!

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Report: UK.gov wants to legislate on comms data BEFORE next election

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Re: "Providers have no reason to retain the data"

"So by extension, *we* must bear all the cost of allowing our glorious leaders to poke their noses in where it's not required or warranted."

That's how it'll be anyway if UK Gov gets its way.

If *they* have to pay for it, you and I will actually be paying for it through increased taxation somewhere.

If they don't, and the ISPs have to cover the costs, you and I will actually be paying for it through increased subscriptions.

Heads, they win. Tails, we lose.

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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Re: But, but, but...

"Are you telling me that one of these houses is Tony Blairs?

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.514108,-0.164101,3a,75y,321.39h,89.87t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1skhtQfxZBDilvPVxXIxUJjg!2e0"

Now, if only there was a way to work out exactly which house it is. Hmm... :/

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Re: It's all a plot

"And every bomb will have to have a cell phone glued to it so you can get it through security. Even more sales there."

There's a potential silly OTT comedy sketch, there. Guy going through security, security spot that there's a phone in his hand luggage. They ask him to take it out and switch it on. Out it comes, attached to some sticks of dynamite. He switches it on. Security guy looks at it and says "Okay, go on through."

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Re: New???

"Seems they were doing that at least 5 years ago for domestic flights. I was always asked to turn on the cell phone and laptop to verify they worked. So Stateside, we were doing something that wasn't done outside the States?"

Several years ago I was asked by security (at Bergamo, Italy) to switch my laptop on before I could carry on through to board my flight home to the UK.

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Is there too much sex and violence on TV?

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Ah, okay. I'll take a good long look for it tonight.

I've not long had the TiVo - I had a V+ box until about a year ago when it broke. Rather than get it fixed I just took the TV out of the equation (and my bill), but when I upgraded my broadband they offered me prices that meant I'd be paying less with the TiVo than without.

Until the contract term runs out, at which point the discount will disappear - and I'll probably cancel the TV again.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: @auburnman

Ta very much - though I'll make it a cider. ;)

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Re: @auburnman

...also James and Vincent.

Who's Vincent? :(

A truth, that we might not want to acknowledge, is that it takes less than half the time to teach a pupil to use an iPad compared to an Android tablet.

Well my mum had no real problem learning to use the Samsung - she manages quite well, really, apart from two things. Firstly, the unnecessary powering down I've already mentioned and, secondly, that she doesn't really 'get' the idea of lightly tapping icons, rather than pressing hard with her finger.

Other than that, she's fine with Android.

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"I got my mum a tablet a few months back thinking it'd be pretty foolproof and I'd get some peace from this sort of thing. Within a month she'd lost the wifi login, installed about 50 different copies of Mahjong and put the tablet into Safe Mode - even I don't know how she managed the last one."

You too, huh?

I've since looked it up. With the Samsung Galaxy Tab (which is what my mum has) it's done by holding the volume control while switching on.

I keep telling her there's no need to fully power it down - and if she didn't do that, she wouldn't be accidentally putting it in safe mode when switching on - but she continues to do so.

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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Re: Well...

""but with a blog post or newspaper article, these only ever show the headline and first paragraph. The commenter can't logically have been the complainant."

Not necessarily. If you look at the actual BBC blog post in question, some of the commenters have real names displayed. The top one is Peter Dragomer. A Google search for this guy links to the blog post, shows the blog post's title, but then shows part of his comment in the snippet"

Exactly - one of the comments I was going to make was that the snippet is usually contextual based on the search term.

Another was that the search term suggested by the Guardian bloke demonstrates a lack of understanding of how to search on Google anyway.

His suggested search term: "Dougle McDonald Guardian" - which now shows a number of links on this subject.

A slightly better search term: "Dougie McDonald" +site:guardian.co.uk - which shows the three 'missing' results from his original search term, right there at the top.

I take Andew's point that Google may be re-linking such articles1, but I note their little caveat that some things may have been removed is still present.

This is all getting silly.

1. We won't really know until we hit on a search that definitely has links missing, and not just assumed to be missing, which then magically reappear for the search term later. In the meantime, knickers are not for twisting.

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