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Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales

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Re: Amazon seller europe - verification

Why would a government need help to know about your government-issued passport?

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Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

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It's an interesting idea, but I doubt they would want to get back into a business they had to leave because they had no clue how to make money in it.

As for the technical know-how, didn't the people who had the actual know-how transfer to Microsoft? It's a bit more likely if they didn't.

But it wouldn't surprise to see a Nokia phone in the future, just like some companies license the 'Westinghouse" brand for their products.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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Re: One study over a short period may not tell us a whole lot anyway, but

I once told someone how to restart all servers in the company plus server apps using a hands-free kit.

Seriously, I sometimes wonder how come I am still alive.

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EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

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Re: Hardly any different than....

"They don't."

So what? What has that got to do with google setting conditions to use their services and trademarks?

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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Re: A quote from Hawking

If the aliens are so bad at managing natural resources they will never be able to build self sustaining ships.

So, no problem

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So the little detail of travelling faster than light has already been licked?

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Occupy Google: Protesters attack ad giant as I/O gets underway

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Re: @ dan1980

"And be quite sure to ignore the part about Google shyster lawyer Jack Halprin evicting tenants from their homes"

How do you feel about companies monitoring what their employees do in their free time?

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Half a meellion euros stolen in week-long bank smash 'n' grab

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Re: Mule Accounts ???

You have probably received spam with a job offer from a company that needs to move money between countries.

The people that respond are the mule accounts owners and they get arrested all the time, I think it's been three already in my home town.

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DON'T PANIC: Facebook returns after 30-minute outage terror

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Re: World becomes...

No, not really, it more like finger injuries spiking as people keep clicking on the refresh button.

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"causing its stock to fall by nearly 0.8 per cent in pre-market trading"

The stock market did nothing, the "plummets" bit is just our beloved register usual hyperbole.

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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No, it would not work, a crisis would come and suddenly the central bank is charging you to keep the money and the bank would go broke.

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Waiting gamer slams no-show show: E3 – was that it?

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Re: Mostly Harmless

Amazingly it took Joerg 7 minutes to jump in to call Dangerous a fraud, he is getting slow.

He will have to make up for it by posting the same thing a few more times in the thread.

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Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

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Re: Battery swapping

1. It takes one hour, but you may not want to wait, in which case you pay to have the battery swapped.

2. You are supposed to come back and get you battery back.

3. Not really, this is for Teslas.

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VMware hits back at Amazon cloud Trojan Horse with ... a blog post

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"Ask yourself: if you had the cure for cancer, the formula for room temperature superconducters or the plans for a machine that could cancel gravity in a localized field would you store that information with an American cloud provider? "

Would you store it with a non-american cloud provider?

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Myspace: Where are you going? We still have all your HUMILIATING PICS

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Sorry to disappoint you, but I only downvoted you because you begged for it.

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Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

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Re: RE: NoneSuch

Good, that will build little Por's character

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Re: yes. but.

You have to be kidding!

Who could possibly have antipathy to a technology that kills over a million people every year around the world?

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Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'

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I bet they are big enough to set up an ebook shop in their own website.

But it would be easier to send customers from their website to all the other sites you can buy them from.

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Facebook exec: I HATE the INTERNET and I REALLY hate journalism

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Re: Bread! Give us bread!

Don't worry there are enough books and songs to last you several lifetimes.

And that's still true if you limit yourself to the good ones.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Re: Windows 8 is an unfocussed mess

Can't you disable automatic updates?

Really, I don't know.

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Re: the real "future"...

"Click - now it's a deathstar"

Finally, a real killer app.

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Re: Downvotes

How can you be so pathetic as to whine about downvotes.

Dudes, get a life!

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Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

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Re: Offline functionality...

I'm kind of curious, did you get past the second paragraph of the article?

You know, the one that starts with the line: "The Chocolate Factory has put a lot of work into using Maps offline"

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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Re: Publishing the code?

No, the requirement is that source code has to be distributed to the clients that buy the binaries.

Not that the modifications of the kernel will tell much about flying the drone.

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Microsoft beats cloud drum as revenues remain solid but flat

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Re: Nyah Nyah.

"Who'll support your open-source project if you go that route then?"

If you don't know what RHEL6 means you can always bing it before posting.

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Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY

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Re: Here's something to think about when you go to bed

I guess you are talking about the time NORAD systems started running a training program and suddenly people there thought that the Russians had launched an all out attack on the US.

It's not the only time that nuclear war almost started by mistake, but it didn't, the system is not that brittle.

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So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

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Re: Spanish

"Mucho ruido y pocas nueces" is how Shakespeare's play "Much ado about nothing" is called in Spanish.

The expression is not about cojones, not literally anyway

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No, we're not in an IT 'stockapoclyse' – boom (and bust) is exactly what tech world needs

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Re: @Destroy

It's funny that last year the nobel for economics went to Fama, Hansen and Shiller

Fama is the, I think, the founding father of the efficient market theory while Shiller works show that markets are quite irrational.

As an encore, this year they will give the physics prize to Andrei Linde, now that inflation is a proven fact, and a creationist.

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Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

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Indeed, and they say that 2+2=4. After all these millennia they haven't had the innovation to change something that simple.

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Candy Crush King sees IPO go sour as stock price heads south

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Re: I have to wonder about this...

In the IPO they were offering about 7% of the company, since that was priced about 500 million, that means their valuation for the whole of the company was about 7 billion.

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Re: Over 350 years later ...

But don't forget that 350 years later many people in Holland make a lot of money with tulips.

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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

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Oh! I get it now, they made the deal in abril 2012 to stop making the Nook, that's why they still have them for sale.

Really, I don't know why people complain about patent trolls, they can offer me hundreds of millions to stop using their patents anytime they want.

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It doesn't hurt me personally at all, but I have to say that it amuses me that after MS failed to get B&N to pay for their patent racket some people still think that those patents are strong.

By the way, have you read what you wrote? I doubt it, so I will quote it:

"B&N decided to fight the lawsuit in order to keep Nook unit prices down and angle for wealthy partner to subsidize their failing dead-tree+bricks+mortar business."

Well, I thought that the AC was funny, but he can't touch you.

So your point is that B&N was failing, so they decided to spend millions fighting a lawsuit they knew they were going to lose, since the patents are that strong, when the alternative was sending a few dollars per device to MS.

And MS seeing that the were going to win decided that, they were not going to make an example of B&N, in fact they felt so sorry for them that they sent 300 millions dollars to B&N.

And in exchange B&N say they will make a Windows Nook, but they don't and MS say: "Nah, it's just 300 million no reason to make them comply with the agreement"

As "grabs for the ebook market" go, this sounds kind of half-hearted, doesn't it?

And no, none of them are on my side, what has that got to do with laughing at silly ACs?

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It is such a strong hand that when Microsoft sued Barnes & Noble, they ended up giving B&N 300 millions dollars to stop their counter attack.

Come on, I know you are just trolling, but really, can't you do any better?

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: A few simple tests of usefulness

That's easy to measure, you give the kids last years exam and the following day, the exam from ten years ago, then you compare the grades.

Mind you, I have no idea what the result would be.

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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Re: meh

He could care less but he can't be bothered

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White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

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Re: My own view

"You simply cannot work from a phone sized device."

They are pretty good for work related phone calls though.

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Re: deja vu all over again

Yep, I sometimes get the impression that Apple spread the rumour that they where working on a smartwatch so that other people would make them and show Apple how not to do it.

Or maybe, they want their competitor to concentrate on watches while Apple eats their lunch somewhere else.

But I am probably giving them too much credit.

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So. Farewell then Steelie Neelie: You were WORSE than USELESS

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Re: Roaming

Not even close, the quote is:

“I am honestly shocked by these figures," said EC veep and unelected digital czar Neelie Kroes. "It shows we have to finish the job and eliminate roaming charges. Consumers are limiting their phone use in extreme ways and this makes no sense for the companies either.

The register published it only a few days ago

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Huawei: We'll sell a dual-boot Android, Windows 8 smartphone because, well, isn't it obvious?

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Re: Good idea

"It is alleged that a Windows Phone license will cost $20 - $30."

But it may include a free we-won't-sue-you-for-using-linux license, so it may not add anything to the cost of the phone.

This is kind of funny, remember when MS wouldn't let OEMs to add BeOs as a second OS? Pity they aren't treated that way.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: Worse to come...

So they don't need to dispose of all the books and music of the deceased, that's a positive as far as I am concerned.

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Don't be shy, we know you've got .NET code. Why not run it on our Linux cloud – Red Hat

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Re: Why downgrade?

Hey! Why are you all taking a troll's question seriously?

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

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Re: New Shareholder Clause

He isn't that uptight, he couldn't care less about the points he is making, he only raises them to get the stock up and then sell.

And when he does, he will say something like: ok Marc you won, I will console myself counting the couple billions I made trading your stock.

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

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Re: Forking from the inside.

In theory MS could get those APIs and rewrite them from scratch using MS services, so that current apps would still work.

But really, what are the odds of these phones surviving the take over by MS? Minus one billion?

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Re: Utterly desperate move

So, the point is Nokia can only compete with Sansumg where Sansumg can't be bothered to compete?

If that's the case then Nokia migth as well stop making phones....

Which, now that I think of it, they are about to.

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Re: I get it!

But then, we only start bitching after laughing ourselves into unconsciousness.

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Re: Utterly desperate move

"Yeah! Nokia could have been rolling in all that sweet, sweet money everyone makes from Android, just like Motorola and HTC! Right?"

Why do you think that Nokia can compete with Samsung's Windows phones but not with their Android's ones?

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Microsoft courts mobe-makers, tweaks Windows 8 for WIMPs

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Re: Nice bit of ex post facto rationalization

And Nokia made those ad with the "the smartphone beta test is over" slogan.

They were funny though.

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

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Re: Literally

You are complaining about the meaning of words, that has nothing to do with grammar.

And dictionaries now say that "literally" means "figuratively", you have already lost the war, move on.

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