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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

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MS will be quite happy for other people to run MineCraft servers - You will just need buy a CAL for each player

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Weekend reads: Tales of Madchester in Chapter and Verse plus Shark and Ring of Steel

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Same way everyone gets into art college

Failed all my exams and applied

- Lister the Great

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India vs America: Earthling invaders in race to MARS

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Re: Not sure it is that big of an accomblishement

No it's the French building a monoplane and flying across the channel after the Americans built a plane and flew across a field

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Depends how you bill the internal costs.

But if you have government/universities doing all the work and you don't account for them at 200% overhead how much would the actual parts/raw materials cost you ?

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Lumia rebrand begins: Nokia's new UK web home is Microsoft.com

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Finally

Free from the mobile world's terrible associations of the name Nokia the phones will be able to soar with the huge snuggly fluffy love that everyone feels for the Microsoft brand.

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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Re: What are your predictions?

That's why the pols are probably over estimating the Yes.

People tend to say they will vote for the generally popular side when asked by the nice young lady.

So in election polls they say they will vote green/lib/snp but then think of their wallet and vote tory

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Re: No law against asking somone a question is there?

Although presumably no law on posting the results of the polls on your website if the servers are in poland?

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Scotland wins WORLD RECORD as voters head to referendum polls

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Re: Big decision in Scotland tonight...

Such a momentous decision without a referendum ?

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Re: Really?

And you missed a perfect opportunity to suggest a vegetable oil cooled cluster could be used to deep fry Mars bars

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Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks

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Re: Apple update servers now overloaded

> I've just got off the phone with my mum

Your mum have a lot of problems with her nude selfies being released to the tabloids?

Enquiring minds want to know ?

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Erm a little confused

You take a photo of yourself "au natural" presumably for the benefit of your beau

You send that to the lady/gentleman/ovine mammal in question.

Apple uses super ninja infinite factor quantum encryption to secure the image between your phone and its servers.

It then emails the picture to recipient. Who can then do whatever they want with it ?

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Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

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Re: Bah!

Except for Apple - which Tim assures us is safe.

So the peoples central committee for keeping people safe will have to stick to monitoring counter revolutionary threats from the unwashed masses of Android users

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>They are on a serious power trip and believe nobody can stop them or if they do try it will trigger the final >Judgement Day, which is what they really want to do

And I think some muslims are almost as bad - fortunately they don't have nukes or strategic bombers

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Re: Daft

>fact that you *have* communicated with someone of interest is still useful information

Which is why you would hide the message in a bunch of markov chain generated gibberish, add an ad for viagra/pornwangler extenders and email it to 1000s of people who weren't your contacts as well.

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Re: GCHQ Lied?

political opponents = terrorists

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Apple's Cook: We have never allowed g-men access to Apple servers

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Re: Glorious news

>Round of applause to Sir Tim,,,,,,, if any of this is real.

If this is real then all enemy agents/terrorists/drug dealers/child prostitution ring operators and even double-glazing salesmen need to do is buy an iShiny and they will be completely immune from the $Bns spent by the CIA/FBI/NSA/Police ?

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Re: Err, actually, he cannot deliver that promise.

1, He doesn't need to. Apple doesn't own the mobile network his phones are on and the networks have been more than happy to bend over to offer access.

2, He doesn't need to install a backdoor if he hands over copies of the keys as required by the patriot act in the US and RIPA in the UK

3, Add in all the same "truths" we got from other cloud suppliers. Technically they aren't OUR servers, we lease them or they are owned by a subsiduary. We don't allow access to our servers - but they do have a copy of the feed. We don't allow access to the feds, but we do supply them with anything they want through their own web portal

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China hacked US Army transport orgs TWENTY TIMES in ONE YEAR

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Re: Unbelievable

As head of the ARMED services committee I'm shocked to find aggression going on here.

Your tanks monsieur

Thank you ...

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Amazon rekindles e-readers and Fire OS without weeks of whack-a-leak fun

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Children's one available in yellow?

We used to use a HP Windows CE device in construction but it cost > 1000 quid so we gave up and bought job lots of cheap Dell somethings (?).

An android tablet that gets replaced everytime you drop it would be nice

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Huawei: Our sales in Europe and US are TINY, admits red-faced exec

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CISCO's home voip phones are also shit - doesn't mean you shouldn't buy their enterprise grade switches

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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Re: Your app is intriguing to me and I wish to download it...

I'm probably more concerned about a blind date / hookup app called 3 ender

You should be very careful clicking on the access permissions when installing

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Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway

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Re: 1000 years?

Avoiding the need to keep up with technology changes by using an optical disk standard is the reason we backup all our data to Laservision

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: I'm fine with Scottish independence if it's what they want.

I thought he was promising that if people make a sufficiently believable noise about voting yes then they will get more money and concessions from English taxpayers when the eventually vote no.

Seems an eminently plausible and sound strategy.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: safety standards as high as those set for the space shuttle...

But 1 death / 10 launches for a craft that was supposed to launch twice/week and where managers claimed it had a 1:100,000 chance of failure is a bit poor.

Especially because it was only sheer luck that several other flights with damaged tiles didn't go bang (incur prompt unintended aerodynamic disassembly in Nasa speak )

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LOHAN

Was the reg special projects bureau not invited to bid?

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Low expectations

> safety standards as high as those set for the space shuttle,

"set" or "delivered" ?

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OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

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Re: Political garndstanding and fiscal wankerisms

Although IIRC they don't even pay Ireland's 12.5% - they agreed some sort of discount rate deal in return for creating lots of jobs.

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Re: Wot? No (anti) Apple Angle?

The Regent St shop doesn't pay any business rates because, like all Apple stores, it really only exists in a higher plane of existence and can only be perceived by the truly stylish.

- will that do ?

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Re: I'm more interested in the creative accounting.....

That's because none of the 1000s of workers at Google' new HQ do any actual work.

All the sales a re made by a single REALLY productive guy at their office in Ireland.

That's why Ireland's economy did so well - Irish sales guys are 100,000% more effective than those in countries with higher tax rates.

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Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

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Re: America - Home of Free Enterprise?

That's why Tesla can't have its own dealers.

Dealers generally lose money on new car sales. They make money on finance, trade ins and servicing.

Tesla's (almost) don't need servicing - the warranty package is something like $600/year,

there is no $150 oil change every 4000mi, brakes last for a decade, no emmission checks.

And current Tesla buyers are unlikely to need a dealership to loan them the money at 5%

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Re: The question is...

Originally they didn't want to- it wasn't easy for makers in the 1920s to finance and manage dealerships in 10,000s towns and cities across America

The rules Tesla was accused of breaking was to stop a manufacturer letting a local dealer invest and build up a market, get a good reputation for service for the brand and then have the manufacturer move into the town and undercut them.

It would be as if Microsoft was allowed to let small software companies invent new products,wait to see which became popular and then sweep in bundling their own free knock off.

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Weekend reads: A new Poirot, drug-fuelled Champagne Supernovas and The Establishment

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Re: So...

No it will be set on a bus, which is nuclear powered with a deadly virus onboard and will explode if it goes below 55mph and the driver has food poisoning so a passenger with a past has to take over the controls.....

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

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Re: Obligations

They can just re-nationalise it, as they could with the Royal mail

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

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Re: Android One...

Minimum spec.

The trouble with Netbooks was a certain monopolist requiring a maximum spec.

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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Re: "Advanced Light Source Synchrotron."

I think those are Advanced Light Source Syncopation

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Evil mining firms? Please. Obeying profit motive is KINDER to the environment

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Re: People are a Big Problem in Mining

The reason the new Pilbara operation is practical is that they built an almost totally robotic mine, operated form 1500km away, even the trains to haul it to the coast are automated.

Instead of moving the ore to the smelters, the next step is to simply move the smelters to the ore. If the smelter is also automated it makes more sense for it to be in the middle of Australia than in the middle of Sheffield. It's obviously cheaper to move 1ton of finished iron or steel than 5tons of ore or 20tons of rock. Then you move the automated factories to be next to the steel works.

It makes a lot more economic and environmental sense to have a train appearing out of the middle of the outback bearing Holdens than crushed rock.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber Pool is bogus: Ride sharing biz is illegal in the state, says regulator

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Re: It wasn't supposed to be this way

Here is the efficient capital market of the USA we are installing an oyster card type system and security gates to replace the flat rate tickets with no barriers + occasional ticket inspectors (basically honour system)

It will cost $30M/year to operate (it's being sub-contrcted to the local G4 subsidiary so there will be no surpises) but will save an estimate $3M in fare dodging.

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Re: It wasn't supposed to be this way

People still get killed in car/train coliisions, mostly due to the word Stop being so close to a Californian word meaning, "drive straight through if there are no cops around". It was recently proposed that the soln to this was for cars to have the right of way at crossings and have the train stop for them!

The redline was an even murkier story than in who Framed roger Rabbit. A property developer specialised in building quick and cheap on distant agricultural land. He promised a bus/trolley service to get building permits and attract buyers. As soon as the houses were sold the service would be discontinued and moved to the next development. Since the builders wanted to work cheap and they new the lines would be torn up again in a year they had an "interesting" attitude to the engineering aspects of building a rapid transit system.

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Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names

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Re: unfair, hurtful, discriminatory and an invasion of privacy

Not necessarily true in the US of A

If their fake name software rejected a disproportionate number of African-American names or Arabic or Chinese as fake they could be in trouble. Even if it wasn't deliberate.

>If you don't like the policies don't use the service.

Try running a bus company in the USA with a policy of "all black passengers must sit at the back" - and see how far you get,

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

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Re: what's the date today?

>Not 'everybody else on the internet' is making the ludicrous claims that you hold dear to your heart.

Everybody else on the internet does think that knowing someones purchasing patterns in real time is worth money, especially if the persons are young, rich and fashion conscious iPhone owners.

iPhones may have some features better than their competitors and some worse, but they are no longer the only game in town that they were when the iPhone originally launched. They might soon be making more money by being a credit card processor than a phone maker.

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Re: what's the date today?

>there's nothing in it for them to track the kind of purchases that you make.

So everybody else on the internet is wrong?

>That's not their business model.

Their current business model is to sell phones that are 2 years behind Samsung's offerings to people who already have a previous model of the same phone. It's possible that they might want to start looking for a new business model

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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Re: I think the real issue here was the EULA thing

>just complete stupidity by HP?.. You decide.

Tricky, with HP since the level of stupidity and greed are both infinite

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Net neutrality fans' joy as '2.3 million email' flood hits US Congress

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Re: Unfortunately ...

>Capitol Hill ignores the electronic world.

I think they accept campaign contributions by electronic transfer now.

Its very inconvenient for cable companies to stuff millions of $ in brown envelopes

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

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Re: Get out of that ridiculous British welfare state mentality!

Yes an independent Scotland led by arch-thatcherite Alex Salmond will be free of the crypto-communism of David Cameron's tories and more business friendly.

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Re: Sod the IT arguments

So by that logic Germany shouldn't have been allowed a referendum on reunification unless the USSR allowed them to have one?

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Re: @IaS

Except that the sole point of the euro was to allow southern europe to borrow at low interests rates to buy German exports. A southern euro with 20% interests rates and a bunch of northern euros who all already own all the Bosch dishwashers and BMWs they are going to need doesn't really help the Germans.

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Re: Registered office.

If that worked why didn't the government take advantage of it during the crash?

It could have dropped an elite unit of SAS accountant Ninja into Frankfurt by black helicopter, have them nail up a brass plaque with "Northern Rock" written on it and let the Bundesbank pay for everything.

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