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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

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Re: Something missing in this article

I suspect there's a little more to it than that. From the linked article:

"Mr Buckworth said a neighbouring passenger told a flight attendant: "Look what he's writing." "I turned to him and said, 'Yes, look what I'm writing. Read the whole sentence. I'm just writing some notes.' "

What's not explained is the tone of that retort - it may have come across as snappy, or angry - or if there was any further exchange (and there almost certainly will have been) between that point, and the point where he was being escorted off the plane, of which the guy explained:

""My concern is what it looked like to the rest of the people on the plane. I did tell them as I was leaving, 'I'm not a criminal. This man simply took something out of context that I was writing in my book. Just so you know and this whole fear thing isn't instilled even further.'"

So, yeah, I think he was probably removed from the flight for what happened and/or was said after the other passenger remarked to the flight attendant about what he was writing - details of which he has chosen not to share - rather than for what he'd written.

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Your location info is too revealing: data boffins

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Re: Targeted Advertising location info

It's possible that may be triggered not by tracking your location, but your viewing habits. :p

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Re: Really? - @daldred

Indeed. Thanks for seeking out that - more meaninful - information, daldred.

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Re: Samsung's Business model

The $6.1B profit must be after the $14B is accounted for, or it wouldn't be a $6.1B profit - it would be a $7.9B loss.

Though the way Andrew phrased that part of the article didn't quite read correctly to me - it seems to read that a $6.1B profit is only enough to cover a $14B marketing budget, which seems to be suggesting the $14B somehow comes out of the $6.1B.

I don't know - perhaps numbers work in a different, magical way beyond a certain point. Or maybe there's a variation on Hollywood accounting at play. Or copyright maths.

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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Re: Oh, do report back on the experience

"[Only one downvote so far for coming out on el Reg as a day 1 iPhone purchaser? Whatever are things coming to....?]"

You may be a day one iPhone purchaser, and you may have openly admitted to being a sucker for the Apple hype - but in spite of all that, you still took a more reasoned and sensible approach to buying the product, rather than quamp* to get the new shiny. I suspect that may be a big factor in the lack of downvotes.

* Quamp. I just made that up as a portmanteau word to mean to queue and camp, which is what the real suckers do. Quamping for the new iToy.

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Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize

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Re: Well deserving of an Ig Nobel prize!

"nobody has tried lettuce to stop nosebleeds. Or tomatoes."

I am reasonably sure that under some circumstances lettuce can indeed stop tomatoes.

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Ten years on, TEN PER CENT of retailers aren't obeying CAN-SPAM

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Like I said - a malformed hand. Not only does it have fingernails where there should be none (and none where there should be one), the hand also appears to have an extra finger (the thumb would normally be folded in behind the hand), so you'd 'see' three folded fingers, and one extended: it needs to be a 2-1-1 (or 1-1-2) pattern for the folded/extended fingers, depending which hand is being represented.

Mine's the anorak.

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I is clever, I is. ;)

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"I wish I could say that. I was doing OK until I got to "iilii". How do you pronounce that?"

I'd guess it's supposed to be a representation of sticking a middle finger up - on a malformed hand.

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Google Apple grapple brings crypto cop block to Android

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Re: All well and good...

>"So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8."

"Meaning that if the Government have the phone, Apple can't get the data off... But if the phone is still in the possession of the owner, then it is - presumably - completely technically feasible to slurp anything off it by pushing something to the phone and have it run once unlocked."

You're overthinking it. The answer is more likely just as Lost all faith said. In all likelihood the statement specifically refers to devices in their possession because the same data in Apple's iCloud can be provided if a warrant requests it. Which, as you rightly point out, isn't the same as having access to the servers, so they can deny that as well.

Therefore, Apple are saying to fanbois everywhere, "Take off those tinfoil hats. They don't look trendy, hip, cool or, least of all, beautiful, and we'd rather not have our phones seen in public with people wearing such garments." Or something.

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Register journo battles Sydney iPHONE queue, FONDLES BIG 'UN

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Re: >a plot to pull a random citizen from the streets, murder them by beheading

"an android^H^H^H^H^Harrow."

an anarrow ?

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Microsoft's axeman Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

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Re: It took 18,000 employees to remove a start menu

"Poor taste, that's a lot of families going to have a harder Christmas this year."

My heart goes out to anyone who receives a Windows 8 device this Christmas, and finds it hard going due to the lack of a start menu.

Even poorer taste, I know.

But irresistible, nonetheless.

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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Given how bad Apple Maps was, and they released it anyway, I dread to think just how bad this is if they've decided to hold it back.

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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"You can also hide by pressing the screen."

Wait! What?

Apple's justWatch comes with a personal cloaking device? Or is this a feature only brought to the device with this seedy app?

If it's the latter, then perhaps they need to rethink the purpose and selling points of their app!

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Re: Fill up yer memory

> "Fill up yer memory"

"That's hardly a practical idea now is it?"

Okay, try holding it wrong.

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Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter

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Re: He Got Too Much

The problem is that there are people who do actually say "of" instead of "have" or "'ve" - I hear it often. And they are definitely saying "of" - it's not me mishearing them. I suspect the origins lie further up the line where they've heard people saying "should've" etc, and actually thought they were saying "should of" etc, and that then gets repeated and offspring/other family members pick up on it and perpetuate it further.

So when someone writes "should of" instead of "should've" - it might not be that they can't spell, instead it might be that they actually think it should be "should of", and actually say it that way.

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Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

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Re: Predictable authentication codes?

Yes, I think I've noticed that with the devices issued by HSBC. (I have three for three distinct account set ups).

The three devices don't all generate the same code at the same time, though, so there is some other element involved - but I'm pretty sure I've seen the same code repeated on the same one when accessing the accounts at the same time on different days.

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Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS

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+1 for the documentary.

Released on DVD or Blu-Ray, it'd be something else we can purchase to put money in El Reg's piggy bank, so we can watch at our leisure.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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@Vince

"Oh god. Not the start menu back again. I hope I can choose to keep the modern interface."

Comments like yours scare me.

Because I see your name and worry that people will think it's me making the comment.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: I know where there's one you can buy

"Gone in a blitz!"

Nice. It's a shame, though, that you weren't replying to someone called Craig - because then you could have said:

"See? Gone in a blitz, Craig."

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Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen

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Re: When it comes to landing...

Just suggesting the Lunar Lander game as their console display deserves an upvote.

Pointing the way to an online version? I've just upvoted another post from you, because I can't give you two upvotes on this post!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: Rough translation

Close.

What I expect Apple is planning are pretty much TV-sized iPads - essentially TVs, but which run iOS (and can therefore run iOS apps, etc).

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Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach

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Re: Great

No - play cunning, and instead of increasing it by one, go for a half, and make it hunter2.5 - that'll fool 'em.

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Chinese city creates footpath for smartphone addicts

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Re: My Genius solution: You read it here first (Hands off Apple!)

Unfortunately, Apple are already ahead of you on that one - their patent application seems to be for using the forward facing camera (which would only work if the phone is held at a suitable angle), but other than that, they've thought of it.

Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

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Re: Alternative Suggestion

"It's jerks like you who MAKE people want to escape the real world!"

I wonder if there's an app for that?

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Boffins: Searching for ALIENS is like looking for PIZZA among students

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Re: Geological Sources

"No, Sir, given the distance, I'm afraid on this occasion we won't be able to honour the policy of the pizza being free if not delivered in 30 minutes."

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Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way

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Re: Security?

"So the first thing a thief does is find your router and unplug it."

By the time the thief has found my router and unplugged it, images from the cameras of the thief will have already been sent; hopefully they'll include his face unless he's sensible enough to wear a mask.

And if he does wear a mask, all I can say is that no security is perfect. The only way I can improve on that is to replace the cameras with automated sentries that will open fire when they detect a scene change. But I believe that would be slightly illegal.

"Some local recording is surely required as a back up."

And he could unplug that just as easily as he could unplug my router. In both cases, some images will have been captured prior to that - the difference is that with the local storage, those images are stored locally, on a device that the burglar could steal and I might therefore never see and therefore be able to hand over to plod. With the emailed images, they end up where ever I am when I receive those emails - and I do get to see them and hand them over to plod.

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Re: Security?

"Given a lot of, probably the majority of, these cameras have a history of really shit security and unpatched firmware, you might want to consider some 3rd party method of limiting which devices can connect in to your home network via the camera's exposed interface.

Indeed. I have a couple of fairly cheap, crap IP cameras (indoor ones) that feature a simple web-based interface which could be accessed from afar for remote viewing if I set my network up to allow it - but given that they're probably a potential security hole leading straight into my network, I don't.

Instead, I choose to reduce the chance of someone using them to break in electronically, and at the same time solve this problem:

Also important if you are worried about burglary is having a recording of the images on something that won't get nicked by the thief, so it has to be pretty well hidden or to store images off-site, a potentially expensive aspect."

The cameras are set to only take photographs when a scene changes, and those photographs are emailed to me. FTP to a remote server is also an option - and would use less bandwidth - but in the event of a burglary, email means I'll know something has happened much sooner - perhaps even while it's happening*.

* Unless I'm on holiday, when I tend to favour places where I have little or no network access. Or, indeed, just off for a walk somewhere suitably remote. Oh well.

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Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say

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Re: I'm not in opposition to Apple's fee.

Everybody who accepts plastic payment MUST pay a high % of the sale to the processor and the credit company.

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If given the freedom to pay in cash without penalty, I would ditch plastic and go to cash to save a few %...

Don't kid yourself that paying in cash doesn't also involve paying a fee. A lot of the cash a business receives will get banked and, here in the UK at least (and I'd imagine elsewhere), most banks charge a small percentage on business accounts for paying in cash. It may not be as much as the fees charged for handling plastic, but it's still a fee nonetheless.

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Re: Weather balloon from the credit card companies

You seem to have selected the wrong icon - hence the downvotes from those who don't get it. Try this one -->

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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Re: DARPA has a budget problem: How to spend it fast enough

"And when they are not using it, which is the other 99.9% of the time, they will be further bogged down with yet another piece of heavy kit."

Quite.

And, although it's still at an early stage, the time saving versus the extra weight etc is currently not particularly inspiring.

Just concentrate on developing a personal site to site teleport.

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That's not a very nice way to describe his other half!

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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Re: Chuck

I would require an immediate supply of mind bleach.

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

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You didn't need to bother with the quote. This would have sufficed:

"Stealth Books - http://stealthbooks.wordpress.com

Nuf said"

My criticism isn't that they are using WordPress - it's that they're using a subdomain of wordpress.com, which means a free WordPress website. That does not say "professional" to me.

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Re: @Steve Crook - DVD double bill

"It would also give me a chance to upgrade my copy of Battlefield Earth from VHS."

I'd just leave it on VHS, perhaps stored away somewhere safe - for example, in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door that said "Beware of the Leopard" - and pretend it never existed to start with.

Sadly, I will confess that I do own a copy on DVD - and what's worse is that I own it on DVD even having read the book some 25 years ago. But my excuse was that I bought a batch of second hand DVDs off someone, and it was one of them, so I had no choice if I wanted the others.

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Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched

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Re: Morbid.

"The photo is clever but it's a little mean to mock someone for keeping a memento of a late friend and colleague, isn't it?"

Most people would consider a memento to be a small keepsake, perhaps something to put on a desk, a wall, or in a cabinet.

An office, kept as it was, is not a memento. It's a shrine.

I can understand, say, parents keeping a late child's room as it was - but keeping a shrine to a late friend or colleage could be seen as a little weird. Given Jobs' history with the company, though, in this case it's probably less so.

However, it's the move to the new Fruit Loop building that will, IMO, reveal on which side of the line it truly fits - whether it's understandable, or whether it's definitely in the weird camp. It depends whether they recreate the shrine in the new building, describing it as his office, when it quite blatantly wasn't, since it didn't exist when he was alive.

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Not pro Bono: Apple's audio junk mail made spammers' lives easier

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Re: I have 47 "albums" on my device

I applaud your taste in music*.

Though, if Apple has put U2 on your device, I'm considerably less impressed by your taste in technology :p

* However, I do also like - and my collection includes - modern(-ish) stuff as well as classical. I suspect I may be the recipient of some scorn for saying this, but that does include some U2 material.

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Google to startup kids: Pssst, try our CLOUD ... the first $100K is FREE

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"Starting today, startups can take advantage of this offer and begin using the same infrastructure platform we use at Google, and we can take advantage of their customers' data."

There. Fixed.

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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No, no, no.

What you don't do on your CV is draw attention to the fact that you'll be able to read potentially confidential material that the boss may sometimes have on his desk.

Well, not unless you're using psychic paper for the CV and can update it on the fly...

"One of my abilities is to read mirrored, upside down or rotated text. Which is how I know that text message you've just glanced at before leaving your phone on your desk is from your mistress, making interesting suggestions about your rendezvous tonight - but rest assured that your wife will never find out if you give me the job..."

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" I say this because your headline text is not only backwards, it is also upside down."

It was indeed a combination of the two. Which could also be simply referred to as "rotated".

Except the B, as James 51 pointed out. I can usually read mirrored/rotated text without problem (provided my slowly deteriorating eyesight can make it out on someone's desk to start with, which it used to be able to, but not so well these days) - but, while I could read the word "Backwards" with no real difficulty, that B threw me. It didn't look right at all, and I just couldn't see why, until I read James' comment.

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Salesforce plan to rename London skyscraper 'Salesforce Tower' DEMOLISHED

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Re: Just like opinions

"Stupid name for a company, let alone a building."

It always strikes me as stupid when I see a company name and address where the first line of the address after the company name includes the company name. Presumably companies habitually name their buildings after themselves because they think it makes them look bigger, and more flashy than they are.

I just think it makes them look like cocks.

(An exception has to be made for cases where the company has named themselves after where they're based - but even that can be silly if they subsequently move!)

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Intellifridge terror: Internet of Stuff kit must fend off hackers of the FU-TURE-TURE-TURE

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Re: Simple solution

Why?

It can't be because of how difficult it would be to make a device that has been powered up for 'x' amount of time without a connection to automatically connect to an open network within range - because that wouldn't be difficult at all.

A lot of stuff I see as Internet of Pointless Things gadgetry could be a lot less pointless from the point of view of those who could be collecting the data these things would be able to send 'home' - think back to the LG TVs, for example, which IIRC were found to be phoning home to report on customer viewing habits.

If a company is capable of perceiving a use for such data - and aren't above collecting that data without properly informing the end user (let alone seeking their permission) - then it's only a small, and fairly trivial step to go to the above lengths to get it.

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Re: Simple solution

"Don't you have to tell the device to join your WiFi, rather than have the WiFi ask the device to join? Isn't that the whole principle of WiFi... so the fact it is WiFi enabled means as long as you never let it join your network, it's OK?"

I predict that the goal of adding internet connectivity to anything and everything, pointlessly or otherwise, could be so compelling to some manufacturers that they might take it a step too far - and if you don't connect it to your WiFi within a certain amount of time, it'll scan for open networks and, when it finds one, connect. Without asking.

Solutions: chivo243 has one above. Another would be to connect the Internet of Pointless Things device to your existing WiFi, giving it an IP address that is cut off from everything.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Re: NFC woes to come

"You're comparing an always-on tap-to-pay card with no security except physical, to a phone that requires your fingerprint to authorise payment."

Yeah, because the iPhone 5's finger print scanner definitely wasn't defeated within a few days of the phone going on sale, was it?

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Order an iPhone 6 from midnight PT – if Apple's web store holds up better than its livestream

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"if Apple's web store holds up better than its livestream"

I have a simple marketing theory about that:

If Apple deliberately ensures the stream isn't quite good enough, and doesn't quite have enough bandwidth to meet the expected demand, afterwards they can say how they were overwhelmed, they thought it would cope, but more people tried watching it than they expected.

A bit like the old chestnut of not producing enough of something to start with, or simply holding supplies back, making it look like demand is so high it couldn't be met.

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Re: well - I've ordered mine

"I'm not actually a fanboy"

That's because it's spelt "fanboi", you rabid, foamy fanboi! :p

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5 Nigerian gangs dominate Craigslist buyer scams

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The "cheque" is higher than the purchase price and intended marks are asked to send the difference - minus their expenses for shipping the kit - via Western Union.

Ah, that old chestnut. Do you remember the days before the intertubes? It existed then, too.

Meanwhile, at least one such scammer could be taught a lesson he'll never forget - put this laptop up for sale, and only accept a buyer who is obviously trying this scam.

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Google swallows SMARTSPOON manufacturer Lift Labs

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Re: Internet of toilets

Logging on?

I think it's more about logging out.

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Re: Miss the bloke, not the (Bond) films

Clifton James... someone else who's character, while not being (per the article) "Bond, his good-guy team and Ernst Stavro Blofeld" appeared in more than one Bond film. Robbie Coltrane was another who immediately springs to mind. There may be more, but I can't think of any offhand.

The bridge jump.

But whatever, RIP Richard Kiel.

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Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

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A few recommendations in one thread... now added to my Amazon wishlist. (No point buying yet given the number of unread books I have lying around here and in my Kindle app!)

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