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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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Hmm

Nothing about people who surf Linux sites, use Tor and/or encryption.

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Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook

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A bit unfair

I haven't seen much anything new "gadgets" by anybody else either, perhaps there is a limit to it. Or just tell us what new you where thinking about. Perhaps Apple should do a Google and expand beyond hand held gadgets, cars and stuff like that. All I can think of right now for Apple to "improve" would be glasses and binoculars.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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Re: Comey:

"You sir are either an idiot or a New World Order thug...". Or just marketing Apple and Google. See what happend to me when I read too many conspiracy theories.

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Re: "We need to fix this problem. It is long past time."

!984 was a story not a promise and you are doing quite well.

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This isn't a sci-fi movie: It's a human-made probe snapping a comet selfie

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Please

A video.

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NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

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Competing on taxes

Is a race to the bottom. Already to day, there is this feeling that companies will eventually pay no tax at all. And, that is splendid of course was it not that "we the people" will have to pay it instead. Taxation within the EU should be the same. There are many more intelligent means to compete. And EU what about getting rid of the tax heavens. You have talked about it for years now.

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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Re: Ignore him

"He seems to be trying to tell us what we should think".

What the hell, "seems to be trying to", hove damned difficult is it for you just to understand that he (and I) would like you to take part and stay in the EU. He is not alone. But lets start from some time ago.

Not long ago Cameron had his rumpus about "a bad day for Europe", poor bastard, What was that all about, as far as I know he was not looking to be appointed, nor did he have any own suggestions. Hes problem was that nobody came to ask for his advice (there was somebody from Hungary, a country with a President a disgrace for it's people). Poor bastard, what a life, all those funny countries, all those funny languages, please HM Queen give me a veto, please, please let me deal with the EU as a one to one, (as with India or Australia in the good old days) not as one among 27. Hell.

Cameron also speaks about national interests and that is fine, every country have national interests, but all other EU countries consider EU as “a national interest”. Stronger together, similar regulations, laws the market and so forth.

A work in progress.

But Cameron will not get it. Again he dreams about a one to one power with the EU.

I had a look at comments on the BBC and of course there was those who suggested that GB should return to the old happy Empire and I can well imagine how he infront of Australia and New Zealand starts by saying “Hello chaps, due to my national interests I have decided that...” hehe.

I do understand that the Russians are in the middle of a "Post Empire Psychosis", I understand that Americans are afraid of one, but some of you Brits (and the BBC) just seem to cling to it forever. The sun does set on the empire, but nobody hates you. What the hell is it with you. You seem to find even the closest neighbour odd, Welsh, Scots, French, Americans, Germans, cats and dogs (foreign). Long ago there was a English author who wrote that the Brits have been so involved in studying other people that they have forgotten to study themselves. One of the things that have worried me is that you Brits have no problems with words like "poor schools" and "good schools". There should not, in the vocabulary be any "poor schools" and listening to Cameron I have my doubts about the "good schools".

I do admit that while studying Computer Science in Rugby I loved to walk around the School weekends admiring all the fine cars, RR, Bentley, Austin, Jaguar and a MB600. But what are those kids learning, the history of the Empire, perhaps. Perhaps there are some similarities between Nokia, the GB and Microsoft, living in the past.

Alexander Stubb reminds me of Daniel Ricciardo, all teeeeth, all smiile, good physics, all positive. Daniel is, however, a good F1 driver and Stubb a Prime Minister. I am. to some extent, a bit worried about Stubb as I have this feeling he has no time to look in the rear mirror. Take the trade agreement with the USA, that is all GO for him, but he seems to have no time to sit down and read the small print. On the other hand he will stop. turn around, very quickly without any problems whatsoever, if there is a need for it that he can understand. And I agree, if there is a rock ahead, turn.

This was, however, about "Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND" any Finn will understand that it was about "if falling asleep you will be hit by apples or potatoes or bricks, your sauna will burn or whatever."

How would Cameron express this, would he, could he.

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Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown

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@FF22

I am sure you know very well that Apache has been well ahead during the last 15 years, no matter how you count it. It's all at netcraft.com. And as OSS was mentioned Nginx has a BSD-like license too, and what do you think Google is based on. Not that it matters but why are you getting so upset about it. Are you upset about the top500 computers too.

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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The Lie

A funny one, "it’s not food that’s to blame for the rise in obesity but lack of exercise.".

That is, it's still the food when we do not exercise enough, was it ever differently?. Is this news.

And the "UK government’s “food and family” datasets", nothing to do with statistics there.

I do believe some people get fat more "easily" than others, on the other hand, as a broke and hungry student I knew very well that visiting fat friends was always more revarding.

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Let down by a lousy UberX driver? They probably skipped the 'optional $65 customer service training course'

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Re: Just one question...

"Or am I missing something?" Perhaps not, but I think you are writing about London and I belive there is no similar system anywhere else. Or perhaps I am missing something.

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Re: No thanks

@san1980, I don't know how it works in different countries and having to go to court to find out is not funny. It seems to me that those companies want to take the money but will avoid any responsibility. And what about insurance, any at all. I know there are shit drivers and poor systems as it is, too. But mending shit with more shit might not be the solution. So for me, no thanks, for now.

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No thanks

The Forbes story is worth reading.

"“Uber’s more concerned with flooding a market with a supply of drivers than they are with the quality of the product and the safety of their passengers.”

"Its terms of service, like those of Lyft, Sidecar, and similar sharing-economy startups like Airbnb, make it clear over and over again that they are not liable under any circumstances for bad things that might happen when you use the service."

“YOU EXPRESSLY WAIVE AND RELEASE THE COMPANY FROM ANY AND ALL ANY LIABILITY, CLAIMS OR DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE THIRD PARTY TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER,” Uber’s terms of service say."

No thanks

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Re: The proof is the axing of Maemo/Meego

"Elop axing Maemo/Meego was proof that he didn't intend to save the company. If he wanted to do that he'd have brought out the same handsets for Symbian and Maemo/Meego, perhaps if he really saw Windows Phone as a potential alternative, he could have brought out the same hardware with Windows, too. That would have been possible at next to no cost overhead."

Yes, not sure about "no cost overhead" but perhaps the simple truth is that he knew nothing about running a company and nothing about phones, just totally worthless for the task.

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Re: Um, no...

@ Andrew Orlowski

I suppose you have not read the book, nor have I, but as far as I know the authors do write that there are no evidence of Elop being a mole. The burning platform was a silly thing though. Nokias problems started before Elop, that is why he got the job. Personally I think he overestimated Microsoft also as he left his family in Canada I think he never intended to stay on for any lengh of time at Nokia. I find it very difficult to consider him a good choice for Nokia and I would blame the board for a stupid decision, also McKinsey & Company was an odd choice by the board as it is very close to Microsoft. Also they claim that Nokia got a better offer from Google.

The header at Tietoviikko.com is this “Stephen Elop ei ollut myyrä vaan tunari” which translates to “Stephen Elop was not a mole , but a screw-up”.

http://www.tivi.fi/uutisia/stephen+elop+ei+ollut+myyra+vaan+tunari/a1017750

But as they say there is always several reasons for a catastrophe.

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Official: Turing's Bombe BETTER than a Concorde plane

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Re: Great stuff.

I had to look at the history of the Concorde on the Wiki. Politics and relationships and rather amusing details like this.

"Naming

Reflecting the treaty between the British and French governments which led to Concorde's construction, the name Concorde is from the French word concorde (IPA: [kɔ̃kɔʁd]), which has an English equivalent, concord. Both words mean agreement, harmony or union. The name was officially changed to Concord by Harold Macmillan in response to a perceived slight by Charles de Gaulle. In 1967, at the French roll-out in Toulouse the British Government Minister for Technology, Tony Benn, announced that he would change the spelling back to Concorde.[26] This created a nationalist uproar that died down when Benn stated that the suffixed 'e' represented "Excellence, England, Europe and Entente (Cordiale)." In his memoirs, he recounts a tale of a letter from an irate Scotsman claiming: "[Y]ou talk about 'E' for England, but part of it is made in Scotland." Given Scotland’s contribution of providing the nose cone for the aircraft, Benn replied, "[I]t was also 'E' for 'Écosse' (the French name for Scotland) — and I might have added 'e' for extravagance and 'e' for escalation as well!"

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Steve Jobs makes world a better place FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: Blilliance

"You have to admire the brilliance of a man that while dead can contribute to the design of a phone"

Let me help you with that a bit:

You have to admire the brilliance of a man that while JOBS IS STILL dead can contribute to the HYPE ABOUT THE design of a phone.

Please Mr Cook I know the Soviet Union loved Stalin but are you not going a bit too far for a bit too long or are you keeping him in a freezer or already stuffed up for a mausoleum in the Apple doughnut.

Time to stand on your own legs perhaps. Not since Elvis and Jesus have we in the western world seen anything like this.

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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

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Re: Erm...

I don't know, but if it replaced some story about some marriage/divorce I am all for it

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Re: Your shortcut gems?

@irongut, Thanks.

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Touch typing

Touch typing or eight or ten finger typing or what ever. My advice to anybody, especially yong programmers is to learn if. You will never regret it (nor will the company you work for). It's not only faster but you can keep your eyes on the screen and forget the keyboard and your fingers. In fact I would suggest companies who employ people to demand it. I remember a guy who sat in the same room as I and I was very impressed with the sound of his typing until I found out more or less every second keystroke was a back space. The text progressed like a drunk man, a few steps forward and then some steps back, and there it tried to go forward again. And yes, I did shut up he was quite a good programmer all the same.

And now I suppose you think I am a superb touch typing guy on my high horse, but I am a lousy, about three finger, guy.

At school we where given the opportunity to learn touch typing but then slightly later starting as a programmer there where at first years of numeric machine code and I lost it all.

Even now writing this I am pissed off as I know I could have finished long ago. I can only blame my self, and I do.

As for short keys I would assume people prefer the Ctrl +/- to the mouse.

As a rather Linux user I prefer the mouse to Ctrl C and V, but that is an other story.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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"They are the product of their history". Indeed, it all started when Windows was let loose on the internet.

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Ingredient found in TASTY BEER is GOOD for your BRAIN

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Re: 3,520 pints a day?

How many blueberries a day?.

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You dirty RAT! Hong Kong protesters infected by iOS, Android spyware

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Perhaps

It's smarter to stick to a dumb phone.

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EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else

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Any hope

El Reg will test a Jolla phone soon.

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It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal

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Re: Meh

Why, I pay taxes, you pay taxes, we pat taxes. Why should Apple not pay their fair share.

My solution to this is to never by any Apple gear, never use Starbucks. As far as I am conserned they can just fuck off, or behave.

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'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

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Re: When Nokia Networks shared a bed with Siemens...

I met some of those German Siemens guys and some told me they wanted Nokia to take over completely as they liked the Nokia culture more. One guy told me that in Siemens you had to approach your boss through his secretary while in Nokia you just knocked on the door or sat down beside him at lunch. One guy told me they had some twenty pages of instructions on how to introduce people and how to say "Hello".

I have worked in IT in Germany without any cultural shocks although I did indeed find it difficult to remember every family name as they are used al the time not to mention the correct title, but I learned to throw in a “Doktor” when in doubt and nothing was lost.

Perhaps some German guy with the inside information could write about it.

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Yes he/she is hän. Google translate will suggest he but also she. As a programmer I have played with the idea of writing a program that would run through the text trying to find out if it's he or she. You would try to find the name of the person or something about the hän to help you decide, Quite a task for a computer and no problem for a human being if you know Finnish. When the Finnish woman was able beat the he or she out of the language we don't know. There is a certain democracy in "hän" I think. Not surprisingly the Finnish women where the first to grab a complete right to vote according to the Wikipedia:

"Finland was the first country to have universal suffrage. First country to give the right to vote and right to stand for elections to everyone of age regardless of wealth, race or social class."

To understand the Nordic countries you have to understand that they are four season countries and that you had to provide for the winter during the summer or you had severe problems. Compare that to the southern part of Europe. About 200 years ago 1/3 of the Finnish population died due to a long winter and the short summer. Some of the "social" in Nordic countries I think is due to the four seasons.

And no, my American friends, a social cat is not a socialist.

An Arctic country, the Arctic circle cuts through northern Finland, Sweden and Norway. But i still find it a bit difficult to consider Helsinki or Stockholm arctic towns, not that it matters. Helsinki is at 60N like northern Canada.

Light summers and a dark winter are the same round the globe N and S at that latitude.

Nice article.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Re: Windows Ukulele?

Thanks, the first that made me smile, don't know why though.

Windows RIP?

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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With due respect

I have drowned four phones, one gave up the ghost, one is waiting to be rescued at the bottom of the sea. and two survived. My fault, although I think they could and should be more water resistant.

I have destroyed a number of headphones. How I hate the sound of that. I have sat down on each and every phone too, at numerous times but without breaking any. Why would I buy a phone that will bend when I know that regardless of how much respect I poses I will fail sooner or later.

From "you are holding it wrong" (perhaps we should forget about that by now), to "show some respect", what next, "your voice is too loud" perhaps.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Re: The curse of a slow metabolism and a fast pie-arm

@ CADmonkey, "Stop blaming the world.".

Not sure about that. I had a look at "the most obese countries in the world" and among the first seven you find the USA, New Zealand, Australiia, UK, Canada, and Ireland. As It cannot be the language (joke alert) it has to be the food industry. The Americans but sugar in the milk, Tesco puts sugar in their sausages (as kids love it!!).

You should be concerned, and pulling all restrictions on that industry is hardly the way to go.

It is indeed about the world we live in.

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Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

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The sad truth

I have it from reliable sources that the girls had an ENORMOUS HOOTER too and that the guys hated it and that was the sad end to it. A sad story.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Re: DOA

Perhaps or perhaps not. But not long ago it was (can you remenber) brands like Motorola, Ericsson, Nokia. Things change, imagine if every car manufacturer gave up because of Toyota and VW. It would be better if no company had a market share above 10%. Many companies are far too big to day.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Warranty

What about the warranty if it's bent.

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London slaps down Salesforce's bid to rename Heron Tower

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Ridiculous

What a ridiculous demand by Salesforce. Buid a skyscraper of your own, idiots.

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Huawei's top UK mobile man walks out in shock resignation

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shock resignation

Where is the shock.

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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FAIL

" Which cave did the examiner live in?". Worse than that he is also probably a lawyer. They take your money and then lawyesr again enjoy fighting it out in courts., Job creators.

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High time

High time I patented an app/device that flushed my toilet remotely, and why not for a handheld gadget remotely controlling a small boat, and a large and a small train, and let me think..

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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Re: One more...

Or with pound or euro "bills".

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What TODO with open source: Google, Facebook and Twitter launch collab project

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Re: Strange

Expect Microsoft to join and there is not much to do with TODO.

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PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

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Re: In the USA, quote the Fourth Amendment then DEMAND a warrant first

" if data is legally collected from someone outside the USA". Hmm.

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Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

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Re: Watch that watch!

"It could at least record the time of the wearer's death based on pulse. And perhaps call 9-1-1 for a moderate monthly fee...". It will probably send coffin adverts to the spouse, (more useful too).

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

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Re: Meeeh

"Ugggh. I hope not. I remember all those wibbly-wobbly windows in KDE and rotatable cube desktops. It was fun to see for about five seconds and then you turned it off."

I agree on that, and I turned it off too, but I admit it was fun to show it to Windows users sometimes.

The “problem” is that if you don't have “bling” like that you are considered old-fashioned and it's probably quite fun to program too.

Sun tried something similar, and quite good looking, stuff too, it was called looking glass. We are very easily influenced by what we see, and that includes cars and women and what not. I remember a girl I showed a Linux desktop, she was very appalled by it, but it turned out the reason was the background I used.

Next we will learn on TV how new and fantastic the Windows 9 is.

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

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Hmm

I must admit I rather have the tank than the Apple I.

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Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID

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Re: Just the phone

"Maybe this is the beginning of the disposable mobile phone...." Judging by my kids that started a long time ago.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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@Rampant Spaniel

"it will end the problem of Scottish mp's voting in Westminster on English issues which always seemed odd and unfair".

As an outsider and a bad joker, does English mp's never vote in Westminster on Scottish issues. Are you not revealing that you do not consider Scotland as an equal in GB. Perhaps the whole issue is there.

Having read all these comments, and if there is a YES, I propose plan C. England joins Scotland and there is Great Scottland (and the rest). Westminster is scrapped for Edinburgh and everybody lives happily in the past as before.

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Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign

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I hope

People in the EU will listen to the video and especially listen to the trade agreement part too.

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

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Re: "I literally think about him every day."

The press seems to do it too.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: As an American

As not American but as an outsider too, I would advice Scotland to vote no as the yes is based on feelings rather than realism and as there are too many unknown. I knew a nice Scottish lady years ago who, while in London, asked a Bobby for help. The Bobby asked her if she had lost her compass and she was not amused at all. I have always wondered if there was something in the compass that I did not get..

Any help regarding this.

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

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Romantic boffins

The eels know the trouts are better at spotting pray so they just wait around to have a chance. Been like that for a billion years. Exploiting rather than cooperating. eel better now.

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: "80 million people in Britain"

I suppose you are not deleted as dead, and that is as it should be as parents may tell a lot about whats "wrong" with their children, There where plans for such a database already in 1968.

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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"In fact this is so important to get right, I'm stunned they're not already doing this." In that industry there always has to be a big accident before anything will change.

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