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5186 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

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Re: Usually 'Joint and Several'

The club accepted the card in good faith, they trusted the American Express and Oracle names on the card.

There is no question that the card was genuine and the holder was entitled to it.

Why is the store liable for Oracle's internal expenses policy?

If I buy a big screen TV and my wife says no - I can't just refuse to pay Best Buy because the expense wasn't authorised.

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RADIATION SNATCHED from leaky microwave ovens to power gadgets

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Re: How about .....

Batteries are large and in a limited range of shapes

They need mechanical contacts cause pollution, are difficult to recycle and mean you get hit with all sorts of extra packaging/labelling/shipping/disposal requirements.

If you wanted to print a disposable sensor with electronic polymers and only need a tiny bit of juice this could be useful

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Circling the RIM: BB10 becomes chamber of horrors for BlackBerry

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Re: Campaign for real English words...

Prosumer for a high valued user who demands highest performance but is paying for the device themselves rather than having it supplied to them seems a perfectly valid, precise and useful term.

If you want to criticize misused words - "Professional" is from to profess or swear to become part of a guild - not something that even the most hardened of developers do. Consumer is from to consume, to eat up or to destroy - which is perhaps more accurate.

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UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

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Re: Let's face it, they're stuffed.

It used to be a lot more common in the 60s/70s when planes landed at Shannon to refuel

Somebody would get off the plane from which ever 3rd world country was currently being fscked, claim asylum and be given an Irish passport and a bus ticket to Dublin ferry terminal pretty much on the spot.

There is a fascinating bio of an irish civil servant where he explains the Father Ted-ness of Irish politics in the era.

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Re: Schengen

I don't think a passport will be required for visiting Birmingham

Of course if they ever build the extension to Leeds then they will need a way to keep people out

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Re: Let's face it, they're stuffed.

You can't "close the border" ...due to the fact that it was originally the same country.

There are probably a few Germans who would disagree

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RSA: That NSA crypto-algorithm we put in our products? Stop using that

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Re: On the bright side...

VmWare is a large US company that relies on lots of government sales and contracts - of course you can trust them ;-)

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Re: So closed source solution * NSA championed algoritm * default option * slow =

If you were a suit would you pick a solution from the world's most trusted supplier of security products. With the initials of the guys that invented public-key encryption (sort of).

Or would you trust your business to some communist free stuff off the internet written by hackers in Russia or Oregon or somewhere?

Which would you choose tomorrow?

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First casualty?

If RSA knowingly published a weakened crypto system for 5 years and are only now admitting it - how many of their other libraries are compromised?

It's not like the NSA ceased being naughty in 2007.

Why would anyone continue to use any RSA product?

I know Microsoft and Goolge also cooperated - but it's impractical for a company to drop them. But the only point of buying security products from a company like RSA is trust - if you can't trust them then why buy it?

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Re: Maybe the clue's in the name?

Yes - you would be much better using a hardware random number generator. Like the one Intel builds into it's chips and which the NSA also "helped design" and which Intel won't let you see the details of ....

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BlackBerry inks deal to go private for $4.7bn

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Re: Nice one, fellas

And they didn't exactly help themselves.

Apple might take 40% of your app sales, but at least they have a way of you getting 60%

Between BB's appalling tools, their flip-flopping on native vs flash and their announcements of a new OS which would make all your existing app development obsolete - just we aren't telling you when or what in advance. And a development sign up process that seemed like something out of an adventure game - they didn't make it easy for people.

If their business model was that BBM was the only app that was really going to be supported on their phones - they should have just said so.

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Steve Jobs' boyhood home may become protected historical shrine

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Re: Museum

The HP founding garage at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto is a historical site .

Given that it's arguably the birth place of silicon valley it seems reasonable - whatever you think of their pricing of printer ink.

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Re: Twaddle

the TL;DR version:-

The American dream

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

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Re: not in scotland

You mean the wee-frees whose website is closed on Sundays?

No, I've never heard of them and certainly wasn't being ironic.

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Re: not in scotland

That's because Scotland doesn't have a bunch of radical Presbyterian fundamentalists - like the CoE

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Re: Childish Names

Tell me about it. We have a new company name from an expensive branding agency which "envisions the qualities of ...." whatever the company is about.

The fact that it's a made up word they could get the .com for is completely coincidental

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Hardbitten NYC cops: Sir, I'm gonna need you to, er, upgrade to iOS 7

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Re: New York must be a Utopia or something

>major property crimes

Steal a wallet with $10 at gun point, nobody cares

Steal an iPhone worth $500.01 and it counts toward the crime statistics.

So the Police cheif gets fired because "major" crime went up.

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Re: NYPD desperate to cut Apple crime

So the police shoudl just shoot fanbois - a win for everyone

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Re: Absolutely Ridiculous

Ok punk hand over your wallet and your phone.

Is it an iPhone?

Now go to system->about->version, Oh I see it's 7.01, well I want be able to use that, here have your phone back sorry to have bothered you.

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Latest Snowden reveal: It was GCHQ that hacked Belgian telco giant

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Re: "trouble spots such as Yemen and Syria"

> I will admit salad cream is still better.

Salad cream was invented as a way of detecting Fench spies:

"Here have some salad"

"Zank you very much Mr Fellow English Person"

"Now put this on it"

"Argghh non - I admit it I'm French, please don't make me eat that...."

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Re: "trouble spots such as Yemen and Syria"

Do you want mayonnaise on your chips?

GCHQ - the thin red line protecting you from the threat of Belgian invasion

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Axe falls: Virgin Media plans to kill 600 management jobs

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Re: Virgin Mobile have staff?

Always seemed a brilliant business proposition.

Hello Mr boring 3rd tier bank/airline/phone company - nobody has ever heard of you on the internet, so buy some of the Virgin brand. All the cool kids will go there and every time beardy does something daft in a balloon you get the publicity.

You understand how to run a bank/airline/phone company -we understand how to keep the brand in the headlines - everybody wins.

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Virgin Mobile have staff?

I though VM, like all beardy's other businesses was just a marketing front end for another major player?

Here VM is just Rogers for the cool kids at a lower price.

Wasn't it the same for Virgin Megastores, Money and airline?

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USB 3.1 demo shows new spec well on its way towards 1.2GB/sec goal

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Re: So what will they call USB 3.1?

After impossible speed ?

You have to go to plaid

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One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

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Re: Gold, Silver, Bronze or ... Silver versus low rent?

Back in the day of real cameras the makers would charge a premium for the black version over the silver.

People thought the black one looked more professional - and people would rather look like a paparazzi than just some rich idiot that bought the latest fashionable shiny toy

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Mini-Me, stop humping the 'L-A-S-E-R': New 3D tech can make a Mini-You

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Just a head

Would mean fewer cameras, quicker rendering and easier automatic reconstruction (most heads are approximately spherical.

You don't need to scan the body in the same detail as the face/head and you could even choose a body from a pre-calculated library of stock bodies of varying "assets"

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Ex-BT boss bags £9 MILLION bye-bye bundle, moves to key gov post

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Re: (Almost) lost for words.

A HUGE national almost monopoly with no real competition with automatic government contracts -

It's not like he turned Apple around is it ?

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Ex-CEO Elop's plunder to total $25m in voyage from Nokia to Microsoft

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Re: "front-runner for the chief executive seat"

I hope they remembered not to discuss this using Outlook.com

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Re: This is illegal isn't it?

Depends - if Elop was working for Microsoft all along rather than in the best interests of Nokia's shareholders then a visit to the naughty step might be in order.

But since they can't give Nokia it's shareprice back then blocking the deal with MSFT isn't going to be in anybody's interest.

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Re: @Goat Jam

There have been a few investigations where a local government suddenly stopped plans to switch away from Windows after a large Gates foundation donation.

And like any large charity it is a hedgefund first, to make the money it spends - some of it's investments have been a little less than ethical.

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>I think I prefer to have no millions but retain my integrity.

It would be nice to try the alternative though....

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

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Re: Come on

This place is crawling with them - national symbol and biggest pest.

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One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

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English Independence

When do we get a chance to vote?

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Study finds fraudsters foist one-third of all Tor traffic

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Re: Well knock me down with a feather.

s / tor / cash /

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NSA spooks tooled up with zero-day PC security exploits from the FRENCH

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Re: Oldest, not closest

But Britain is at least their oldest enemy

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It also has the advantage that when you discover a bunch of dead civillians filled with 7.62 it's rather easier to blame it on the other side.

It's difficult to claim an Al Queda F15 bombed a wedding

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Senator halts Google's taxpayer-subsidized executive jet fuel deal

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Re: Google's Corporate Social Responsibility statement

He said they were addressing climate change - he didn't say they whether they were reducing or increasing it

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Re: Not such a good deal

It pays $1.3M for hangers, it would pay a lot more flying in-out of SFO or SeaTac and they wouldn't have the convenience of having a jumbo sized runway next door.

Private jets don't normally share the same airport as jumbos. Except in this case the "private jets" are jumbos - it's tricky to fly a 767 out of your local GA strip.

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Not such a good deal

Google get a free airport next door to the Googleplex instead of having to drive to the nearest commercial airport where they could land their full size passenger jets and wait in the same queues as everyone else and pay landing fees. they also get discount fuel.

So it's like me being allowed to use Buckingham Palace as a helipad, getting a fuel discount, not paying the congestion charge - and paying only the same for parking as I would anywhere else in London.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

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Re: Frankly I don't see the problem

Suppose you got the job (or several of the jobs) and instead of turning up yourself "sub-contracted" the work out to a cheaper illegal immigrant - keeping the difference.

Especially if you are the same minority group yourself and are relying on "all looking the same" to the managers.

Before the tightening up of security it was pretty much standard for most of the low paid workers at Heathrow.

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Privacy lawsuits: Will sueballs lobbed at US cloud services hit you where it HURTS?

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.... shareholders ....

Nobody really cares if the NSA are slurping your customers data

But if you are an IT manager at a Brazillian oil company and you put all the data in a US cloud to save a few $.

Now mysteriously US Oil companies all seem to underbid you in contracts

Then your shareholders might want a bit of your bonus back

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One day we'll look back and say this was the end of the software platform

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Microsoft is licensing a major hardware brand

> Microsoft is licensing a major hardware brand and buying an expert hardware team

No it isn't - anymore than Google became a HW company when they bought Motorola

It's about your lawyers being able to make money off other people's sales

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

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In checked baggage

You can carry guns/ammunition in checked baggage but not a joke "take a number" sign shaped like a grenade?

In fact it's become standard practice among film-makers and photographers to pack a gun with heir expensive equipment and declare it - so that it gets special treatment, instead of being stolen by the baggage handlers or TSA.

Houston airport has a huge steel bar surrounded special luggage room just for lugagge with guns

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HP dumped from Dow Jones Industrial Average

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Re: Legacy of Carly Fiorina and Mark Hurd

HP did go back to it's roots in measurement and test instruments and is still doing pretty well - only they sold that bit.

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Parallels pledges roll-back fix after silent 'trojan' freebie install triggers punter outrage

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Re: I know this is like kicking a dead horse, but...

It would only be really ironic if the director of the NSA used a Mac, and installed parralels....

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Torvalds shoots down call to yank 'backdoored' Intel RdRand in Linux crypto

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Re: I think Torvalds is losing it

You have to get past his legions of killer penguins (*with laser beams)

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Declassified documents show NSA staff abused tapping, misled courts

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And how many of these traitors

Are are now being brought to trial?

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David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

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There is still a lot of difference in "3" since we started farming !

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We have evolved a bit in the last 8000 years. A lot of us can now drink milk as adults and about half of us can metabolize alcohol and gluten.

Our bodies have evolved since we started doing farming, but not much since we started doing takeaway

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