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Oracle loses (again) in battle to get Google Java case retried (again)

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Re: The UK has it better on this point

Actually, on the first trial Oracle was ordered to pay Google's legal bills, but with all these appeals and retrials I don't know if that still stands.

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What a time to be alive: Nissan reveals self-driving chair

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You wouldn't happen to browse ElReg with a GPS enabled gadget, would you?

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Re: Heart of Gold ? - Pah!

People usually forget that it was the B-Ark passengers that survived while everyone else died.

And they died precisely because the B-Ark people weren't there doing their jobs, phone sanitizing of all things.

I don't know if Adams intended it, but it looks to me that it was a joke on people who think of others as their inferiors.

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Disney rollercoaster helps pop out kidney stones

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Looks like some doctor really wanted to take the Ig noble price home.

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Zuckerberg to spend $3bn+ to rid world of all disease by 2100 (Starting with Facebook, right?)

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Re: Why not cure entropy while we're at it?

My nan went the same way and it is truly painful.

If it's any consolation the average 'healthy' life expectancy keeps improving and they recently announced that a new drug is able to dissolve the protein plaques that destroy the neuron in Alzheimers.

So, medical research does work, even when founded by millionaires, Rockerfeller for example funded the eradication of the hookworm.

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Re: Yet another rich asshole's vanity project

Yes, yes, last year we had the first case of Diphtheria in Spain in thirty years because the parents of the child agreed with you.

The kid died, but I am certain the parents will take a lot consolation in your ADR figures, besides thanks to them the evil companies making the vaccines made less money. If that is not worth seeing your child die I don't know what could.

Meanwhile some of the kids that were with him in summer camp tested positive for the bacteria, but since their parents aren't complete morons and vaccinated them, those kids are alive and well.

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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Re: @fandom

"The typical 386 system did not have enough RAM to properly run Linux."

Not at all since Linux was first developed to run in 386 chips.

Actually the announcement for the first public release said:

"It is NOT portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I have "

Which is kind of funny in hindsight.

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On the other hand, even Linux ended up dropping support for 386 CPUs.

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

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Re: Missing the bigger picture...

That future has been 'not so distant' since the financial crisis started, somehow it hasn't happened.

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The problem is not the coal-powered electricity, the problem only comes when using Spain own coal.

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Waze to go, Google: New dial-a-ride Uber, Lyft rival 'won't vet drivers'... What could go wrong?

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Re: What a shame.

Except that Google already bought Waze about three years ago.

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Oracle campaigns for third Android Java infringement trial

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Re: The never ending Story

If I am not getting the names wrong, it is actually the same main lawyer that worked for SCO, David Boies.

He was also hired by Theranos which makes me wonder if he is ever hired by someone who is in the right.

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

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When it comes to work safety there is no such thing as personal responsibility, it is always a lack of training or supervision.

As far as the law goes if he had been trained to push the button while not being in the way there would have been no accident.

But even if he had been trained, as far as the law goes there should have been a supervisor checking that people didn't push the button without following proper procedures.

And no, I am not kidding.

And they pleaded guilty in case a trial would have been even worse for them.

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Security firms team to take down rudimentary ransomware

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Re: ..resort to rm -rf??

No, but if you have a samba server it will cheerfully encrypt those files from a windows computer.

So, backups, but you knew that already.

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Apple, Facebook and Coinbase coughed data to finger alleged pirate king

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There is also more than one FBI agent.

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Fear not, humanity – Saint Elon has finished part two of his world-saving 'master plan'

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Sweden just got an electric highway

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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"FB's business is the collection and sale of personal data"

He can hardly admit that, they are not in the business of selling personal data, what they do sell is ad placement.

The data they keep to themselves.

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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Re: elReg trolling?

I am afraid they are being realistic.

Seriously, H. Clinton vs. D. Trump, is that the best the US can do?

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Isis crisis: Facebook makes Bristol lass an unperson

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Indeed, why do people waste their time in Facebook when they could be doing something interesting in real life like posting in The Register.

It boggles the mind, it really does.

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VW finds US$15 BEEELION under the couch to pay off US regulators

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Re: This raises the obvious question

So, the "Petrol lobby" created the scandal to make ICE engines look bad and press governments push for stricter controls and emission limits.

Sure, makes sense to me.

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Re: Profit motive.

Not exactly, Mitsibushi falsified the fuel economy data, not emissions.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Re: Good, it was time for LinkedIn to die already

They already have a big chunk of Facebook.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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Re: Don't blame the OEMs

But blame them too.

The Silver program would have required OEMs to release upgrades for their silver phones.

Naturally, they refused.

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Model's horrific rape case may limit crucial online free speech law

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Re: law enforcement?

"If there was an open police case, then why were these guys still going about their business?"

If you had read all the way to the third paragraph you would have seen something like:

"Flanders and Callum are serving life sentences"

Well deserved if you ask me.

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

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Re: Too early to tell.

And Pauli postulated the existence of neutrinos so the equations would fit even though he thought we would never be able to detect them

And yet, we now have neutrino detectors.

So, now they are postulating the existence of something called 'dark matter' and 'dark energy' to make things fit, and, certainly, they may end up going the way of Phlogiston or Aether, but then, we may also end up detecting them.

As Einstein said: If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

As for scientists not explaining clearly, well, I am nothing but a lowly engineer, and yet I am used to getting blank stare from mundanes when I try to explain something technical, so?

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North Korea clones Facebook, forgot to change default creds

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"Stop believing everything you read."

That's easy, after all nobody does

"Stop being a consumer"

Sounds nice, but I Iike eating from time to time.

"Stop arguing for no reason"

Again, nobody does, but then I can see why you would like your word to be taken as gospell.

"Stop pigeon holing yourself."

Whatever that means

"Eat more asparagus."

How can I possibly do that without being a consumer?

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Sorry, I was wrong, you are not funny, you are hilarious.

But, for some reason, people insist on taking you seriously, talk about being gullible.

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Dude, you are funny

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Samsung reveals Batphone!

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Re: Batshit crazy

Children have always been to known to play more with the box than with the toy it contains.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Re: North Sea or Atlantic?

The North Sea has moved to the Pacific?

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Sky! Blue!, Oceans! Wet!, Yahoo! Overvalued!

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Re: Failed to turn around....

I don't know if you are being serious, but anyway, it was Jerry Yang who invested in Alibaba back in 2005.

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

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Re: FIRST OWNER

Yeah, well, except they did emphasised it by putting it in a bootnote

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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And yet another one advocating censorship, with a 'will no one think of the children' rant.

Those self righteous pricks are all the same.

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Re: Can't We All Just Get A Long?

Because the whole point of the internet is to allow people to be a dick in an anonymous way.

To ask people to be nice is, therefore, clearly against progress.

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Bezos defends Amazon culture in letter to shareholders

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Re: It's a Cultural Revolution

Nope, that was both of them.

Not that Mao need a catchy title to kill millions of people.

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Re: It's a Cultural Revolution

Yes, indeed, what's described in the article and killing a few million people, pretty much the same thing.

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Speaking in Tech: Batman vs Superman... absolutely sucked

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Re: Anyone

Indeed, in the comics Batman always wins

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Dead Steve Jobs is still a crook – and Apple must cough up $450m for over-pricing ebooks

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Re: hubris

"Why are they charging MORE for an eBook than a Dead Tree version."

That's easy, they don't.

Well, ok you may be able to find an example where they do, although I haven't seen it in years of buying ebooks on Amazon.

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Humans – 1 Robots – 0: Mercedes deautomates production lines

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Re: What Mercedes were really saying

"when farm workers lost their jobs to mechanization got jobs as doctors, correct?"

No, of course not, they moved to a city got other jobs and, you know what? Some of their children did get jobs as doctors.

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Google? Great firm, lovely people, says Microsoft-backed ICOMP

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Re: Going underground

Microsoft bought a stake in Facebook back in 2007, I don't think they have ever complained about Facebook policies.

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Porsche-gate: Android Auto isn't slurping tons of engine data, claims Google – but questions remain

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If Google, or Apple, want to know anything about Porsches, or any order cars, they don't need to be sneaky about it.

It's easier to buy a couple of them and fill them with sensors.

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"the German automaker wasn't happy handing over these diagnostics to a company that is potentially a rival"

And that's why they went to Apple.

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Man given positive pregnancy test in an Apple Watch box

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Re: I knew I should have

You must be bursting with pride, you daughter is a real BOFH in training.

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Photoshop for 40 quid: Affinity Photo pushes pixels further than most

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Re: Hello AC - Are you mainlining that Kool-Aid ?

" As I said before, you don't realise just how constrained working on Windows has become until you experience a Mac"

I hear that a lot, but I have a Macbook air and using MacOs X reminds me of using a straight jacket.

Then again, after being a KDE fan for years I get the same feeling from KDE 5.

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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Re: All these downvotes?

Downvoted for whining about downvotes.

How pathetic is that?

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BOFH: Why, I LOVE work courses. Please tell me more, o wise one!

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Re: Been there, done that

Way I heard it was Castro trying to convince Khrushchev, what would be the point in convincing Castro who had no nukes?

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Spanish developers strike gold with ‘Mr Mayor’ dodgy dealings gaming app

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Re: Pardon me?

Why would the stukas bomb a city that was already controlled by their allies?

Anyway, many cities for bombed by both sides, Guernica just happened to have a Picasso painting about it.

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Tesla still burning cash: each car loses $4,000

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Re: The Amazon Model

On the other hand, poor little car dealerships, who doesn't enjoy dealing with them?

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You must remember: An archive isn't a thing, it's a strategy

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Re: "Well, I'm a bit old fashioned and I start with requirements"

Nope, they had a policy called "decimatio", "decimation" is a English word that means something else.

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