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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

Bugs R Us

Not disagreeing with your comment, which is valid in itself. However, the telephones are very important piece of the puzzle. The telephone numbers will enable Facebook to connect more people, people who at present may not be using any social network. And those connections can yield other useful info when you factor in details from call logs.

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Re: Colour me dumb, but ...

I agree. I don't see what the big fuss is. I also screen calls. I pretty much just ignore or filter out any comms I can't be bothered with. It's no hardship, the tech makes it easy. So okay, Facebook will now be able to join some dots between contacts, but so what?

I think we take privacy too far these days. It's like every tiny bit of personal data needs to be controlled. That's not how the modern world works, people just need to adapt.

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Re: they're not the biggest mugs. We are

"Scary"? What's so scary? Serious question. Why do people fear everyone knowing everything about everyone? People can still have privacy at home, behind closed curtains and locked doors. But everywhere else is now open. Welcome to the new world.

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Re: Communication, Communication, Communication

WiFi at home - included in broadband subscription

WiFI at work - free

WiFi in shopping malls - free

WiFI in bars and restaurants - free

WiFi hotspot access - many telcos include them in the bundle

The only time these days I have needed to pay for WiFi is on board a flight or a rail service.

Cheap/free WiFi more available than you might think. I think telcos will be keeping an eye on such developments.

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Want access to mobe users' location, camera, phone ID? EXPLAIN YOURSELVES - ICO

Bugs R Us

When will this whinging end....

The price is "your data and privacy". Don't like it, don't use the tech or develop your own (good luck with that).

Society would vastly improve if all members knew everything about each other. Privacy is an old fashioned notion no longer relevant in modern times. Looking forward to the passing away of the older generations and welcoming the younger generations that will be born into a more open society and will know of privacy only in history books.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Re: Angry Much

it's not hard....if you have an aptitude for it and not everyone child does. I've mentored people in their 20s and 30s with no prior programming experience and some people take to it like duck to water while others struggle.

Learning to code is easy. Designing and writing really good code takes experience. Applying programming skills to solve a problem takes further skill and experience.

The problem is we're not even giving our kids a good start at the moment. If anything, we're starting them off down the wrong path to become good programmers all in the name of "inclusiveness" because every child needs to be rewarded "for trying" rather than actually completing a learning task.

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You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

Bugs R Us

No big deal

Anything that helps lower future cost of consumer electronics is fine by me. If the resulting targeted advertising means I get more of what I already like to view, great. There could be lots of content I'd like but I'm not aware of. Do you really think advertisers care what we view? Of course not, they are just interested in the trends, to match consumer to producer, regardless of the product.

There are no usernames or passwords involved so no need to worry about encrypting data of real importance. As for embarrassing content being served up, well what do you expect? Don't do embarrassing stuff while connected online.

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Google: Cloud users have 'no legitimate expectation of privacy'

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Calm down privacy lovers

Yes Google reads your emails. Google's machines to be specific. Not their employees - they have better things to do. What does it matter if a machine is reading your emails.

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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

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Re: Training your replacement.

NSA doesn't use just keywords. And they don't count on exact spelling either. It's a immensely more sophisticated.

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NSA chief leaks info on data sharing tech: It's SharePoint

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We need better vetting

People like Snowden should not have been involved in the first place. The root cause for me is involving too many outsiders. The intelligence network should be tightly controlled like in the old days.

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You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms

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Re: Government Has No Reason To Complain

Absolutely. Tax planning to avoid tax is not illegal (evansion is). Tax avoidance is a perfectly normal thing to do, not just for large multi-nationals, but for individuals too. I'm an IT contractor and I see it my duty to myself to minimize my tax hit. I pay as much tax as the rules require me to pay. If you want more tax, vote into power a party that will raise tax rates. Otherwise people should just live with it.

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Google formally recognises Palestine: Puts it on the virtual map

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About time

Well done Google.

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Sprint, Softbank to swear off Huawei kit as condition of merger

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China is likely to ban Windows

It would be quite easy for China to ban Windows in favor of a homegrown OS, oh wait that's exactly the (long term) path they've started on already... Two can play at this game, USA.

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Rotund Mega baron Dotcom offers bounty for breaking his crypto

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Re: Mega Hurts

What makes you think it won't be the same. Users will still upload pirated content. The difference is now the secret keys will be passed around only to those who are in the right circles. And without the keys, no one can prove what is being hosted by a user.

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Samsung mocks Apple lawsuit in SuperBowl teaser ad

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Re: Ask Galaxy owners...

Except that Samsung is a major global component supplier. The LGs, the Asuses, the ZTEs, the Oppos, the HTCs, use Samsung's components. Losing Apple as a component customer is not that big a deal. Apple will just go to another component supplier and that supplier is probably using Samsung's components.

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YouTube and Netflix take on AirPlay, DIAL up the big-screen goodness

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Almost zero cost to TV manufacturers

This is good news for display manufacturers. They can ask Netflix to pay them small fee to implement support for DIAL. If the leading names (Samsung, LG, etc) don't buy into it, then no reason for the smaller players to buy in and DIAL is dead before it gets started.

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Apple loses 'Most Valuable Company' honor to ExxonMobil

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So I can buy Apple stock today and in 20 years time get myself an Audi? I can think of several stocks that would allow me to do the same, doesn't have to be Apple.

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Re: ExxonMobile?

Antenna

Maps

Dodgy Wi-Fi

Purple tinted photos

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Re: ExxonMobile?

Even with an oil spill, Exxon could spank Apple longer term. Exxon could weather two oil spills.

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Meet قلب, the programming language that uses Arabic script

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Terrorists?

@AC Do you think the compiled byte code is Arabic too? Dumb ass.

Show some respect, Arabic has given more to computing than most cultures.

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China wants eight new Lenovos by 2015

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It's a good idea, one western economies should follow

If the ultra paranoid USA won't allow Chinese sons to come and marry their darling NASDAQ daughters, then this is a great way for China to force western economies to give consent to future marriage proposals, if not, hen China and rest of Asia can pretty much set the pace of technological development for the rest of the world and eventually the US and EU will have to play ball or be left out of next generation tech developments. Silicon Valley is not the hotbed of innovation it once was. Cambridge and MIT still do great work but it's he Asian tech giants that are taking new developments from R&D into the market.

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Microsoft to stream blue movies

Bugs R Us

It's called monetizing. It's what businesses do. It's what makes money that pays employee salaries. It's how we get money from people that have nothing better to do with their money than sit around watching TV.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Re: Stupid, Complex, Over-Theoretic

If a country wants to raise tax revenue it should develop an industry. If organizations are to be taxed for simply holding data, then the government should give individuals tax discounts for the data governments hold about the citizens they govern. Then what next? Do we tax wealthier people more because they have more assets and therefore more data needs to be stored about them? Do we at some point tax by the megabyte or even byte?

France is will end up being cut off from the digital revolution taking place around the globe. Corporations should take a stand against France. France has more to lose than the corporations.

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FAIL

Solution: facebook.org

Facebook.org is a non profit organization that does not store any data (except logon and password) and is funded by charitable donations from wealthy private individuals. Instead it uses open APIs provided by Facebook.com (a US company) to "only show data from Facebook.com".

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‘Anonymous’ hacks Oz Uni’s email to protest bulk iPad buy

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Best alternative is a Chromebook

Cheaper, great battery life and actually more usable in classes in that you can type much faster than tap.

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Ten stars of CES 2013: Who made the biggest splash?

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Samsung Youm was the most impressive tech of CES 2013

The possibilities that bendy OLED opens up makes this the coolest and most amazing tech of CES 2013. Samsung are so close to something truly groundbreaking here. If the prototypes are anything to go by, Samsung is not far off from a consumer product. A GS4 with double the battery hours thanks to a thinner screen and larger battery would be most welcome.

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Re: Eh?

Project Shield will be DOA. What exactly is the point of it? They should pack all that power into a tablet or smartphone. Most people are happy to carry a smartphone and a tablet, but not a third device.

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Bite us, Apple: Samsung hauled in $8.3bn in Q4

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Re: "jack of all trades, master of none"

Jack of all trades = diversification, something that usually saves a business from going under when consumers eventually tire of the "master" product because something shinier comes along.

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Re: Is it time for Apple...

@AC 18:40

You seem to be under the impression Samsung does only consumer electronics. Apple does ONLY consumer electronics. Samsung produces things that are even more tangible, like heavy industry machinery and plant. You know, stuff that really keeps the economy moving.

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If Xmas needs to be puton plastic then those families should be re-prioritizing Xmas, as in skip it until they can afford to celebrate it.

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Panasonic pitches Ultra HD 4K x 2K monster tablet

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Who gives a crap anymore about the iPad's 264ppi?

The Nexus 10 has the iPad's low PPI beat by a mile.

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Don't shoot the Windows Live Messenger, cry IM users

Bugs R Us

IM side of Skype sucks

The IM half of Skype is fine if you only use it once or twice a week for short chats. For frequent use it is AWFUL!

MSN/Window Live Messenger is/was great at IM because it started life as an IM client and so IM was the thing it did best. Custom fonts and custom font colors were features that I personally find very useful as it made the chat stream easier to read. The Skype IM chat window is an ugly mess. Microsoft says you can use your Windows Live ID. Yes you can, but it's an extra mouse click away and if you log out the damn Skype client does not remember it.

You'd have thought MS would have enhanced the Skype IM features before forcing people to switch. With the number of people now using Facebook's instant messaging I think fewer people with switch to Skype for IM than were using Live Messenger. I think MS will lose more users this way than it thought it would gain as Skype users.

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USB 3.0 speed to DOUBLE in 2013

Bugs R Us

Drop the names and version numbers

Follow the old CD and DVD idea, go back to using x2, x8, etc measured against USB 1.0. Consumers are used to this and know that the higher the xN number, the better the performance.

Or even simpler and a much better way to explain the benefits to the consumer: USB 5G, USB 10G, etc.

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'SHUT THE F**K UP!' The moment Linus Torvalds ruined a dev's year

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Re: Err...

"Picking on someone in front of their co-workers, or worse on a public forum, is just bullying.."

Oh really? Then I was bullied to hell and back by all of my school teachers. I agree with all the comments that sometimes you have to call people out in public to get a point across. IT IS NOT BULLYING. Attacks on personality is bullying, attacks on shoddy work is not. If someone f&*ks up, a manager should have to right to point it out, even in front of their peers.

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US military nails 'best ever' Microsoft deal, brags size does matter

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Re: Size isn't everything, but...

Googel Now came up with:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_employers

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Reality check

DoD: Largest employer on the planet

Microsoft: Largest software company on the planet

United States economy: WIN WIN

DoD IT jobs: WIN WIN

No one cares about the headline deal value. You have to be pretty naive to believe this is just another standard enterprise deal. The finer details will never become public. DoD will get special treatment.

As for the "my OS is better than your OS" crap; only geeks could give a crap. Get 90% of the business world onto a Linux and malware developers will shift focus. They are a tenacious lot, they will rapidly find security holes in Linux apps too.

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Microsoft snaps up Slingbox mastermind's home control biz for Xbox

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Re: I/O Concerns

Fact of life: there will always be something better.

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Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

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Re: Public sector

@AC 2055

You seem to be implying free trade is a bad thing. Free trade is a good thing and is one of the ways that humans who are better off are able to help those that are worse off. We could give money to poorer nations or we can kick-start their self-sufficiency. Only a greedy non-capitalist would think of only themselves.

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Re: Starting figures are well out

Upper 1%? Pony poop. You do realize that most of the workforce IS in the top 15%. The bottom 50% is made up of the MINORITY of lower paid workforce, not the MAJORITY who are well paid.

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Is this the sleek new BlackBerry mobe that will save RIM jobs?

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Looks familiar

Tedious, maybe. But his thing looks more like the iPhone 5 than anything Samsung could do.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

Just because *you* say HTC and Samsung can't do nice designs doesn't make it so for everybody else. Your world view is not shared by all.

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Apple shares take biggest one-day hammering in 4 years

Bugs R Us

"The threat from windows/nokia was cited as a threat? Really?"

Yes really. Market analysts and pundits try to take a long term view. While Windows 8 is not a threat today, it could well be a big threat in 2 or 3 years time. Anyone with a large position in AAPL might be thinking AAPL won't be worth as much in 2 or 3 years time and are cashing in now. Didn't Jony Ive sell most of his shares recently?

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Re: Whoodathunkdit??

Sorry, but the "world" does not like Apple. Some parts of the world do. In Spain Apple's market share is less than 5%. In India it's less than 1%.

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WTF?

Re: Simples

It's not a $34bn "loss". This is funny money reduction in Apple's market cap. Is Apple really worth $700bn?

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The Times offers subsidised Nexus 7s to get subscribers

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Re: Better bargain still...

Why would anyone or any organization pay more tax than they legally need to?

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

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iTunes Store look

For a second there I thought it was Google Play.

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VPN ban makes for nervy times behind Great Firewall

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Re: ?

Not needed if rhetorical.

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"Not that our government is any better"

Really? Really??? Just stop and think for a minute. Christ on a stick, UK citizens have more freedoms than they know what to do with.

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Re: SSL VPN through Port 443

Do you really think the Chinese politicians go about blocking the internet without consulting their own expertise, i.e. the likes of Huwei?

Trust me, they know what they are doing. If the attempts to block seem lame it's because the intention to instill fear rather than actual blocks that would hurt the Chinese economy.

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Android users: More of them than fanbois, but they don't use the web

Bugs R Us

Even simpler

I reckon Android smartphone users use the dedicated apps over the web sites for common activities like Facebook, eBay, Amazon.

I use Facebook, eBay, Amazon and The Register, of course, but I access these through their dedicated apps, it's a better experience than a browser on a small screen. Not that Chrome is a poor experience on a smartphone, it's just that it is a lot easier to use the apps.

If there is no app, I use a desktop or laptop.

As folks have mentioned, it is worth remembering that this data is US centric. Would be interesting to see the same graphs for China, India and Europe (especially Spain where Android has over 95% share).

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