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

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" 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 the 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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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

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Re: Sanctions

Sanctions will affect both parties, but the sanctions are also a reminder between businessmen in the west and Russia that something has gone very wrong, against their mutual interest. The only force left in Russia is the business. Putin, a former KGB agent, with a heart and a mindset in the old USSR cannot accept reality. With his inflated ego and demand to run Russia for the rest of history he has managed force the Russian people in a state, where on the other hand they have to be very nationalistic while on the other hand they are so damned fed up with all that old shit. To day Putin (like Hitler) meets with kids from the army, rather than with adults. Putin could have become something else too, he could have worked for democracy within Russia, for integration with the rest of the world, for prosperity in Russia, to become a guy, a bit like Gorbachev or Jeltsin, a man with both a hart and intelligence. But that did not happen, instead he turned out a self centered egoistic fart from the past. One of the deepest physiological problems Putin has is how those old puppets of his, those, the great Russia deliberated from the Nazi, show no great love for being occupied by the Russians shortly after. And that is amazing, never in history will you find a people content and happy being run by some other people, and that is very much the history of the USSR and what Putin dreams about.

Those sanctions are like e-mails from business to business asking business if, perhaps, they could do something about the shit happening. Putin is a prick, and only Russian business is strong enough to get rid of him, eventually.

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Re: Morals, ethics, principles

"just do not see why you are singling out Putin here." I would say it's in fact because it's all about Putin.

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

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Re: so many versions

No reason to down-vote you, but I am sure you manage to choose a car, a wife, somebody to vote for too. Part of the fun with Linux distros is that there are always something to try out.

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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

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Re: A touch of clarity...

Well Ted, who do you think pays for your Army.

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Re: Uzbekistan...

We used to call it hitchhiking, done it in many countries. Quite economical, no preorders though, some funny drivers, some drunk.

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Just fuck off

Europe, Uber.

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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Oh dear, how can that cartoon be misunderstood. You are free to say what ever you like but you cannot force anybody to listen or repeat it or publish it.

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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What is ging on

Not once a nice one and then a nice cup of coffee among the comments.

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Euro banks will rip out EVERYTHING and buy proper backend systems ... LOL, fooled ya

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Poor IBM

You have to wait for some time.

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

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I wonder

Are you properly insured as a passenger with Uber / Lyft. I have seen Americans claim you are not. If you cannot get a cab (any cab) on the street, from the nearest cab station on the street, by phone, by sms and as a pre order then the system is no good. And you should always be able to sit at least 4 passengers (damned Paris) and if there are more of you then you should be able to order a bigger cab. I can understand why London is mentioned but if regulations are medieval where is the surprise. As for Italian cab drivers I bet they will give shit about not being allowed to pick passengers on the street.

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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Not new

My wife bought one about six years ago. Swedish, running Linux and probably made in China. Will hoover but as it cannot move anything out of the way or reach those spots you actually want to hoover it's just a stupid gimmick. When it stopped to charge it had to go. If I ever mention the thing my wife turns into something I don't want to live with. I you want to help your wife (your self) install a system where you can push in the pipe in the wall close to the floor in every room and the damned thing is so far away that you cannot see it, smell it and most important hear it.

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Securobods warn of wide open backdoor in Netis/Netcore routers

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Re: @Lars

@vagabondo, Sorry and thanks, a dumb comment by me.

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And I did forget the EPROM: But never mind the article was about hardwired.

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@vagabondo "download the firmware"???

Firmware is programming that's written to the read-only memory (ROM) of a computing device.

ROM is "built-in" computer memory containing data that normally can only be read, not written to.

PROM is read-only memory (ROM) that can be modified once by a user. (not sure about the once anymore)

(whatis.com)

You could download software that could perhaps fix the problem.

Or if that device had the means to "burn" a PROM and it is a PROM then you could do that, but I am sure there is no such possibility.

You could perhaps also pull it/them out and replace with what the factory sends you.

Not an expert, must be some 30 years since I played with stuff like that, very much a part of IT and programming then, and fun.

My point is however this "Short of a fix, Trend recommends replacing vulnerable devices"..

And perhaps it will be like this:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/26/hp_recalls_six_million_laptop_power_cords_over_fire_risk/

If those sold in the USA came from any ISP then I think they should replace the whole damned thing.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: changing bulbs

"All it took was a little mechanical competence". Yes, but the point is really if you would do it in the night on the road in -25C or something similar.

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Re: Daytime running lights

"Now with daytime lamps, the dash lights are always on" Not in the Nordic countries but I don't know how they work elsewhere. It's all about how that is wired in the car.

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Re: Daytime running lights in Canada

Head lights and tail lights, of course for the same reason. But I am not shure if the EU has anything to do with it. There are 28 countries in the EU and I would suppose quite a few are not using daytime lights for some odd reason. I think the Nordic countries started to use them some 30 years ago.

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Lifetime

"performance and last for the lifetime of the vehicle.". It would be interesting if somebody at the Reg would manage to get a straight answear from Ford regarding how long that lifetime is. And yes I am also pissed off with lights that cannot be changed without taking the car to pieces. How damned happy those guys at the garage are when I ask them to change a light. See you tomorrow. Sometimes I wonder if they put in used bulbs for the fun of seeing me again shortly. As far as I remember the EU is trying to stop this noncence, I wish they could as I refuse to believe that all those nice engineers are unable to do it right.

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Re: Daytime running lights

@Jamie Jones

Hard to get it, is it. A car with headlights on is easier to detect. For similar reasons aeroplans, ships, emergency vehiles and similar use lights too in daylight. You did however mention the "morons who don't think to use their lights", also that problem dissapears in Nordic countries as the lights go on when you start the engine. To my surprise even many Russians have adopted. Even if there is no such law.

Trust me James I know more about this than you do, did you have prooblems with the logic behind safety belts too.

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Re: Daytime running lights

They have been required in many countries for many many years. That "invention" originally came from the USA where Greyhound busses started to use them all day. They where able to show that it improved safety for their busses. I am 100% convinced it does that. A car with lights is a moving object and will appear more agressive and closer coming against you also you will notice the car behind you more easily.

A very clever invention used in the more clever countries.

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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Re: Can't help himself

Linus made a Minix free kernel and abandoned the micro kernel and that disturbed Tanenbaum. Tanenbaum was the big guy with a big voice then. They settled years ago.

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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

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C'mon Sokolik, "for nationalist reasons", There are very good capitalist reasons for using Open Source in any country and government including the USA. Grow up.

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"If it is Linux based, then it will never be a homegrown OS". I wonder where that "homegrown" word came from. If it came from China I suppose a new Linux distro could be called homegrown by somebody who does not understand the difference between a OS a kernel or a distro. They can of course use Linux like anybody else. Lots of countries have a "homegrown" Linux distro like Spain. Italy, Turkey, France, Germany and I think Russia. Not Blighty with I find both rather (or not) surprising and disturbing. They will comply with the GPL2 just by telllng the version of the kernel, and if they feel like tweeking the kernel they have to tell where that source is. Using BSD will of course be even easier as they can take it and run like Apple. Assuming they will base it one a Loongson MIPS64 processor and as that was developed using Linux I think Linux is the more obvious choice. But they will have the typical "Linux" problem trying to persuade people that "homegrown" is better or at least as good as MS and Apple.

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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

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Re: Video... not more video....

What video, it was a spoken text with some pics. I liked it.

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Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico

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Yes, yes, but

"provides a valuable insurance system if the US-controlled GPS network ever gets shut down for any reason". Yes, yes, but it is also about having the technology, a industry capable of producing something. We don't produce aeroplanes and cars in Europe because we are affraid the USA would stop exporting them. Rather call it sound competition.

Still it's quite a political soap opera, quoting the Wikipedia.

"Since Galileo was designed to provide the highest possible precision (greater than GPS) to anyone, the US was concerned that an enemy could use Galileo signals in military strikes against the US and its allies (some weapons like missiles use GNSS systems for guidance). The frequency initially chosen for Galileo would have made it impossible for the US to block the Galileo signals without also interfering with their own GPS signals. The US did not want to lose their GNSS capability with GPS while denying enemies the use of GNSS. Some US officials became especially concerned when Chinese interest in Galileo was reported.[46]

An anonymous EU official claimed that the US officials implied that they might consider shooting down Galileo satellites in the event of a major conflict in which Galileo was used in attacks against American forces.[47] The EU's stance is that Galileo is a neutral technology, available to all countries and everyone. At first, EU officials did not want to change their original plans for Galileo, but have since reached a compromise, that Galileo was to use a different frequency. This allowed the blocking or jamming of either GNSS system without affecting the other (jam Galileo without affecting GPS, or jam GPS but not Galileo), giving the US a greater advantage in conflicts in which it has the electronic warfare upper hand.

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ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

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Re: Medieval terror bastards?

Suppose "psychopaths" came later with religion, religious psychopaths that is.

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Claim: Microsoft Alt-F4'd Chilean government open-source install bid

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Big Hammer

I wonder if Bill is involved, did he promise something or perhaps promis not to. That I suppose would not be against the law. Lobbying is a fact but taking bribes, and surprise, surprise giving bribes is against the law. In this case the politicos "gave in" for reasons we don't know. The sad thing is that this happens in poor countries, like in eastern Europe, where open source would fit very well, more often.

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"Compelled to by force of law - e.g. Linux kernel". Not really, it was about "interoperability", Samba for instance. They cannot hide the part allowing interoperability between Windows and other operation systems like they tried to.

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Microsoft ropes in Opera Mini as default Nokia dumbphone browser

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Re: MSN at the Opera

Opera Mini is free fast and very good. Used it on a Nokia for many years. Still available and developed for almost any phone. Norwegian chef not Swedish. Windows phone will loose nothing using it as long as they leave the code alone.

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Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report

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Re: the day after....

On the other hand suppose it had nothing to do with MH370. We don't really know, do we.

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VMware buys CloudVolumes to speed app installations

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Re: Another Ballmer stuffup

What microkernel. Have I missed something here.

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Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group

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Re: ...that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

"I bet we could find someone who denies the climate exists". They call it weather.

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Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies

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Re: must be French

And very early aviators.

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

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Re: Hey Steve--stay classy, dude!!

"I love reading about what is going on at the company". I wonder for how many years he had to do that.

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