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Your nicked iPad now likelier than ever to show up in Mongolia

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Re: remote brick option ?

So if your phone/tablet is stolen - remember to call the NSA/CIA/DHS customer service lines and tell them.

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Re: remote brick option ?

Or when you find you can no longer get on a plane because the iPhone that Apple and the NSA know is yours suddenly turned up in Boratistan - so you must be a terrorist

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Hypersonic 'scramjet' aims for Mach 8 test flight

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Why go to Norway ?

If you are from Queensland an want a large desolate area to drop a Mach8 brick onto?

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NAO: UK border bods not up to scratch, despite billion-pound facial recog tech

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Re: Rumoured to take 30mins for Border Force PC's to boot (and it's shared between about 6-8)

Have the police tried booting it harder? Or tazering it?

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Re: My E-gate experience in Heathrow is

And the person in front of the gates telling you which one to use.

... oh the empty one which has just been vacated by the last user ?

.... thank you very much I would never have figured that one at on my own...

Except in Manchester where they stand there to stop you using the gates - just be a minute - just rebooting them - just give it 5 minutes

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Re: I find it odd that it is more difficult ...

That's the difference between being a citizen of a republic and a subject of a monarchy.

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

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Just what I wanted

I use the clock on my phone to tell the time, but my new Nexus is too large to pull out of my pocket when I'm running for the bus.

A remote desktop login for my phone which shows the lock screen with the time would be very useful mounted on my wrist.

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Universal Credit CRUNCHED: Dole handouts IT system to be rebuilt

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A sucess!

So you get to hand out millions to friendly suppliers (don't forgot the donations next election guys) and at the same time you stop poor people getting their money - looks like a win from No10

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Forget Mars: Let's get someone on the Moon – NASA veteran

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There is no dark side of the moon, really...

Matter of fact it's all dark

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Canadian comet impact fingered for triggering prehistoric climate shift

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That's nice then

So it was a total coincidence that soon after nice friendly eco-aware native Americans arrived on the continent all the big slow defenseless meaty animals suddenly disappeared?

Looks like we will have to rename "head smashed in buffalo jump" heritage site to "caring for the poor endangered species impacted by climate change buffalo jump"

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

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Re: Hey, Steve... it's MicroSOFT, not MicroPHONE...

Just like Dec did with minicomputers, Sun did with workstations and IBM didn't do with mainframes ?

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Re: Shame

DOS

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Re: The dancing dad of IT

Suppose somewhere in the Nokia patent portfolio there is one on saying the word "hello" on a mobile phone or something similarly ridiculous - that Microsoft can use to threaten all the other makers.

Remember they already make about 4x as much from patents on Android phones as they do on their own winPho.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Re: Insider trading

So it would only be insider trading if he HAD bought shares in the company he was sent to destroy

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Re: This will stir up the interest in BlackBerry as well, I bet...

So no phones anymore as the patent lawyers clean up ?

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Billionaire Google founder splits with wife, allegedly beds Google Glass minx

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Re: two words for Anne Wojcicki: Community. Property.

Half is tricky when "what you have" is a major interest in a currently operating public company.

If half of his shares in Google and half his votes on the board were suddenly owned by somebody who hated his guts - exactly what would the company be then worth?

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Re: "Real woman"

Unless he did implicit none "Amanda" would be REAL by default

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US gov preps sale of TOP SECRET disease research island

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Obligatory xkcd link http://xkcd.com/966/

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Re: Just remember...

>...home taping is killing music.

Thank god - otherwise we would have had the Spice Girls and TakeTaht

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Redmond's certification chief explains death of MCM and MCA

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Re: Wasn't that the POINT!?

You don't think the point of the certs might have been to drive customers to use MSFT products in the knowledge that they could hire somebody who had proven that they actually knew what they were talking about?

If the point is just to make a profit on the certs - they could just put them all on ebay

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Re: Sadly

I was hoping that whoever wrote the original implementation would be on el'reg

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Scots council cops £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE

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Was the user aware of the file transfer program?

Should they have been?

Should a case worker have done a security audit of a machine supplied by the council?

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Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

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Re: Highly sensitive UK documents? Really?

>And 98% of El Reg is from teenage boys who have grown up

haven't

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Re: moiety Write me down a mule

So if say Canada merely refused permission for any flights to the US to enter it's airspace - leaving Americans only able to fly to S.E. Asia - that would be merely an adminsitrative matter?

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Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

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Re: Thanks, but no thanks.

Trained seals of course!

They might be detained for 9hours by customs but they are unlikely to reveal your secrets - seals don't leak

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Re: Data privacy at last

I'm guessing the PLA don't routinely share info with the INS, DEA, IRS , etc

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re: Store data in a Chinese cloud

Depends on the data.

Plans for your company's new consumer product = no

Videos of you protesting against US policies = yes

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Mother/daughter team jailed for million-dollar internet dating scam

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Re: It shows many things

The banks and money transfer companies who took their fee and didn't ask too many questions

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Met Police spaffs £250m keeping 'ineffective' IT systems running - report

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Re: It is of course all a little more complicated :-)

I wonder if there are any other countries with a police force who might have already built some computer system - that the Met could buy?

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It would explain why so many of the cases in the system get damaged

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Microsoft cedes board seat to activist investor

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Re: @ Hud Dunlap

The board isn't one man - one vote, you might have a seat but you still have only <1% of the votes

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Microsoft and Google unite to sue US gov't for more transparency

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Re: via secret court orders

it's just a question of where the commas go

Monitoring he voters and potential opposition is a narrowly tailored and compelling Government interest.

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Private UK torrent site closes, citing 'hostile climate'

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Well if they say they haven't been told not to say anything - then they must have been. QED

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UK gov dials 999 over Serco prison escort fraud claims

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Re: Competence

>Makes you wonder what the company's core competences are.

Presumably - getting it's fingers in a large number of government pies despite not doing too well in any of them?

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You don't think the private sector can do just as good a job of handing over govt money to BAe for systems that aren't delivered and don't work - as a civil servant ?

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Re: SERCO

Presumably he/she/it is also damn sexy if you were married?

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Re: Rule 1

Rule 1 of contracting - you need the suppliers children held at a secret location by a man with facial tattoos and a knife.

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NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN

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In response

The NSA is removing the 'A' key from keyboards to prevent people logging in as administrator.

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Look out ARM, Intel, here comes MIPS – again

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re: why?

Why does there need to be a groundswell of development for mips?

I don't care what CPU is in my phone so long as the apps work, and they are written in Java

I have a Pi but I really don't ae if it has an ARM or Atom CPU - I couldn't even tell you if it was 32 or 64bit without checking /proc/cpu - I just care that is is a little Linux machine and has python.

What will make this a success is a customer using it rather than an ARM in sufficiently large numbers.

Still it will be nice if ARM had some competition - look at what a monopoly did to Intel

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Dopey dope-growing dope smoked out by own dope dope-growing vid

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Re: Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing

Yes but presumably she was Mrs Lot

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Re: Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing

"God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth,"

Last lot who argued with him got turned into a pillar of salt........

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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

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Re: An obvious choice

The battling business units are MSFTs big problem - and the reason Win8 failed.

When your main app, MS-Office doesn't use any of the features of your new OS because they had their own release schedule and your main dev tool doesn't make it easy (or even possible) to write apps using your new interface because their manager doesn't like the other manager - you are screwed.

You can't picture this happening under Jobs - imagine iPhone not working with iTunes because of a sulking minion !

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Moto X teardown shows US manufacturing adds mere $4 to handset costs

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Re: Supply Chain is the Key

it's not the shipping cost so much as time and predictability.

If a typhoon delays a ship or a longshoreman strike in one of a dozen cities ties up the inventory of a vital component you end up missing a christmas release ...

Corning, makers of Gorilla glass, moved their plant to next door to Foxconn because it takes 6 weeks to ship from New York state, which means they have to over produce to handle any unforseen increase in orders and pay for the 6weeks of inventory sitting in a container. They also have to tell their customer's design guru to lock out any design changes 6 weeks earlier than a local competitor.

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Re: Why not use slave labor?

There is also a little problem with QC and worker motivation - would you trust a parachute made by workers who wanted you dead?

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Re: Interesting

So the complex chips are fabbed in state of the art facilities in Korea by Samsung, the low cost memory chips are made in china and the PCB is assembled by German pick and place robots in a factory in Wales that is presumably only profitable because it's getting a bunch of regeneration grants - but it's a victory for British manufacturing?

Well at the least the CPU's instruction set is made in Britain!

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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

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Re: misreporting?

>to control a whole perfectly good English word?

What about "Apple" ?

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Quarter of a million quid fine for data-wipe gaffe? ICO told: Nae, laddie

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Re: You don't fine the council...

Then 100% of the councils budget goes on compliance.

Imagine your job if you were personally liable for any legal screw ups but could spend an infinite amount of shareholders money avoiding them - what would you do?

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Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again

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Re: Meh

So if Microsoft managed to make a new OS that was such a resource hog that it completely bogged down last years machine - it would revitalise the PC industry?

Why didn't anyone tell them?

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