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China's answer to AIRPOCALYPSE: Fire up the supercomputer

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"The hope is that it will be able to accurately forecast well in advance the conditions which create that perfect smoggy storm."

Well, I'm no supercomputer, but I'd said this is due to billions of people all using crappy emission spouting cars/scooters, in a high-rise city.

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PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

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Re: HDMI Compatibility

If it don't work with a TV, then it becomes Sony's problem when the console is returned to the shop.

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If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

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It's incredibly important they find out how it's doing it.

Exhibit A: https://neil.fraser.name/writing/tank/

An attempt at getting neural networks to spot tanks hidden behind trees. Which seemed to work perfectly!

... Except that actually the neural network was just spotting if the day was sunny or cloudy - the pictures with tanks in just happened to be taken on cloudy days.

We don't want Google's computers mis-detecting people for 3D buildings.

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Google's JavaScript-slaying-improving Dart lets fly with version 1.0

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"Microsoft and others have criticized Google for attempting to fragment the web development community by introducing a new client-side language that competes with JavaScript, rather than improving it."

Cheeky sods. Pot. Kettle. Black.

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Samsung prepping smartphone with curvy three-sided display

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Contract runs out in April. Still not seen any technology which makes me want to upgrade my S3.

Bought my S3 for the NFC capabilities, but nothing happened there :(

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Apple patents technology to STALK YOU in your own HOME

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Re: Patenting...

Er... this is just taking existing technologies and software and applying them for a purpose.

This means that CSC, IBM, and every other integrator can patent every project they sell?

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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My phone contract is up for renewal in April.

At the moment, I'm not hearing of any phone that's going to be a particular upgrade to my S3 (unless 4G is important to me.) This Nexus included.

Feeling like I need a hug :(

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Google Helpout live vids: Helping you help us help ourselves, says web giant

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So you'll be offered help and advice which you'll need to pay for. Where will free help and advice appear in search results?

If pushed down too far, does everyone need to rely on paid-for help?

What happens if you copy that paid-for help somewhere else? Is it protected?

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

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Interesting... perhaps the use of LG is a way to avoid the Rockstar patent spat against Motorola, halting production.

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Snowden: Oh, PLEASE let me come to Germany and help Merkel with her phone

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Have you forgotten? Germany's real pissed with the US atm.

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IT'S patent WAR: Apple, Microsoft vs Google, Samsung, Huawei

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Re: WTF?

Wasn't this the GIF patent? Hence PNG being created.

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

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I don't understand. If her Google Glasses were prescription glasses, and she needed them for driving - then surely she can only be fined if the Glasses were in their HUD mode.

If I have a mobile phone in my car but I don't use it - I can still be fined?

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Is it barge? Is it a data center? Mystery FLOATING 'Google thing'

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I wonder if there's any tax benefits?

Or jurisdiction matters over the data held...

And if they used water-based WiFi, they could be tied to no landmass.

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Facebook TEENS EXPOSED to entire WORLD

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I was thinking the same thing. I wonder if advertising companies can only access public posts, and so can't tailor adds properly without it.

<cynic>First it'll be opt-in, then it'll be... well, to keep up to date with OneDirection you'll need to opt-in...</cynic>

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Icahn to Cook: 'Buy back $150bn of Apple's stock, or tell me why you won't'

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I'm guessing Icahn is pretty rich.

He must pay a lot of taxes.

Well... I assume so....

The US government is a bit short of cash at the moment...

... perhaps they should have a look at Icahn and make sure he's being a good boy.

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Disk-pushers, get reel: Even GOOGLE relies on tape

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I have photos I want to keep safe.

I could back them up to my external hard drive - but there is a definite possibility this drive could fail and I lose my photos.

I could back them up to the cloud - but a few cloud providers have crashed and lost data.

I want backup storage that won't degrade over time, and can't be affected by random phenomina.

Tape, if kept relatively safe, seems to be more resilient than hard disks. I would be interested in a cheap tape storage system.

But to be honest, I'd prefer something hardier to keep my data "crown jewels" in. Perhaps something akin to scraping holes in records or somesuch.

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HTC staring down the barrel of a US sales ban after Nokia's patent coup

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Um.... *yawn*?

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Google tries putting an NFC ring on it: Bonking will keep you SAFE

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At last! A nice secure way to access online banking without, hopefully, having to remember a long random number.

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Outlook.com adds IMAP, OAuth

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At last!

Now I can configure my wife's Android phone to use a decent email client, rather than be forced to use the Outlook crap!

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Holiday HELL: Pourquoi, monsieur, why is there no merdique Wi-Fi here?

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Re: Sad

I remember having a job interview on the phone while on holiday. Needed to happen, how else was I going to pay for the holiday? ;)

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Microsoft announces execution date for failed QR code-killer

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What's puzzled me, is if they are as popular and useful as everyone suggests, why isn't it standard functionality in every mobile's camera app?

Why do people have to download an app to read them?

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Sony to pop 'top Viacom channels' in PlayStations, smart tellies, mobes

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... all of which's content won't be available to watch in the UK....

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'Database failure ate my data' – Salesforce customer

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WTF!?

Hourly backups is pretty good... but actual corrupted data? If a disk goes down, I'm expecting another disk in the array to carry on.

If a stock exchange trading firm was using Salesforce to hold data, 1 hour could cost millions - and if it held trading data from customers, it could cost even more.

Salesforce's prime functionality is for CRM. If they've binned a few customers, or even a large customer order....

Not very reassuring if even a company this large can screw it up :(

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Lawsuit claims Microsoft misled investors in Surface RT fiasco

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I thought this was part of the gamble?

You can hardly expect Micro$oft to tell the world the sales are awful - they are trying to market that it's going well, and why haven't you bought one yet?

It does seem a bit silly to sue for something like this, but trading in shares is a funny ol' game.

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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Earthquakes

Love the idea, probably will never happen, but it sounds so cool.

One question? You want to send thousands of people back and forth inside a piece of rock that is destined to fall into the ocean at some point in the future, thereby creating Arizona Bay?

Even a small shift of underlying rock is going to be messy surely?

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

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Phew!

I didn't realise by preferring Samsung and Google products, I was also stating that I hate Republicans. He's right, and this saves a lot of time and effort - thanks Limbaugh!

As for Republicans being from Mars and racists... well... this guy seems to keep talking sense...

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Two more counties to get gov-funded bumpkin broadband from... guess?

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Hang on, isn't 24 Mbps viable using ADSL2+?

I'd be expecting a lot more from FTTC, surely?!

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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

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Is it that surprising?

How often do people change operating systems these days?

In the past decades, it was a joy to upgrade because each new release brought an improvement over what was there before. But, now, perhaps the OSes have achieved a maturity.

There's no longer a need to upgrade, because actually, it's now pretty good.

Micro$oft needs to make their money from their other software(/hardware?), and perhaps slow down the releases of operating systems.

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The hammer falls: Feds propose drastic controls on Apple's iTunes Store

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Considering the huge favour the US Government just did for Apple, I think they should drink their cup of STFU and get on with it.

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Apple files patent for iPhone enabled auto-adjustable auto interior

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Nice idea, but with Android the most popular OS in the world at the moment, why would a car manufacturer tie themselves to Apple? An idea this obvious is bound to be applicable for all mobile phones/devices. Perhaps Apple is thinking it's cool if you're wearing an Apple watch, and your car settings are included in that too.

Could be interesting when most of the car manufacturers starts incorporating Android support instead iPhone support, and then Apple sues Google because they won.

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

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WTF?

Re: 1st world problem

> Wish I could sue my employer for everytime that i'm _just_ about to leave my desk and go home and the phone rings and i'm stuck here for the next 40 minutes!

Hey @jai, if you don't like the working environment, why don't you get a job elsewhere?

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T-Mobile US: Go ahead, PAY NOTHING up front for any device

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Re: So...?

In the UK, and for at least the last 5 years, I pay a monthly fee which covers the cost of my contract and my phone. There's no up-front payment.

My wife looked at the figures recently, and yep, you do up end up paying more overall over a two year contract.

But, what can I say? I'm addicted to new phones :(

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You've got 600k+ customers on 4G... but look behind you, EE

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As a "power user", the chance for an even faster internet experience is certainly very appealing.

But with a miniscule data allowance, I'd get to experience that speed for approx 5 minutes :(

If it had been unlimited 4G, who wouldn't sign up for that?

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

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I remember another company taking a high moral stand, against something they thought would gain them support.

Didn't see many BetaMax VCRs after the great VCR battle.

Looks like people really DID want porn.

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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

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> May I suggest all BMW's be fitted with this first, as 50-60% of near misses i've had have been with BMW drivers

Or at the very least, have the computer in charge of the indicator lights... coz no-one else is.

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Google loses Latitude in Maps app shake-up

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

The one thing my less technically minded wife really really uses is Latitude!! :( For where I am, where our friends and family are. I can understand Google Reader going, but Latitude?!!???!??

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France's 'three strikes' anti-piracy law shot down

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So if you pay the tax, you can then commit piracy with no fear of repercussions? Cool!

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UK Post Office admits false accusations after computer system cockup

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I wonder how many of the jailed post office owners were from a racial minority, and perhaps presumed less trustworthy than their majority colleagues (I assume there are still some around?)

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Leaked docs: GCHQ spooks secretly haul in more data than NSA

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WTF?

Or another way to interpret this...

...The GCHQ are BETTER than the US.

And they probably have access to any European intelligence too.

They are involved in intelligence gathering. If they didn't do the things they did, where would they get all their intelligence? A man in the pub? The police? (ho ho - my little joke).

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NSA whistleblower to tech firms, Obama: 'Grow a pair!'

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WTF?

Don't be so naive guys. If you had to protect your country, and you needed information about potential terrorists, you would use all resources at your disposal.

Google holds a stupendously large amount of data about you - your location, your emails, phone calls, credit cards, etc, etc. It would be laughable if the US Gov wasn't taking advantage of that large amount of information.

Maybe I've dropped my guard with 24, Enemy of the State, etc, etc, but I hope they are using that information.

There is a special relationship between the US, the UK, Germany, and I think another country - where they share information they have. France are annoyed because the other guys won't let them join the party.

We criticize police forces for not sharing the details of suspects in-between counties, and if there was a major terrorist issue - the papers would be blaming the US Gov for not predicting it or dealing with leads.

I'm more worried about the more boring departments than the NSA & CIA - tax, insurance, police. That's when the information they can use becomes very personal.

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Who's to be the next Dr Who? Sherlock beats Maurice - says you

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Re: Bring back Tom Baker!

Obscure, but funny reference. Impressed ;)

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US spyboss: Yes, we ARE snooping on you, but think of the TERRORISTS

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Maybe I've watched too many films, but in a way, if our countries aren't spying on us and every communication, I'd be a bit worried. What the hell are GCHQ, MI5, and MI6 for, if not!?

Let them spy, but ensure there's a oversight committee or a defense for citizens who are wrongly accused due to bad/insufficient evidence. There may be false positives, but ensure there's sufficient way for innocents to be reviewed and excused.

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BSkyB-owned BE slams into traffic pile-up over 'unlimited' broadband lie

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Go

BE has always been a fair company to me, and of all the providers that say Unlimited, they are the most justified in being wrong about it ;)

It's a shame that BE has now got fingered, now that the ASA has finally got their finger out.

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Qualcomm app 'extends battery life' by analysing fandroids' privates

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Unhappy

Am I going mad? I thought my S3 was a Snapdragon, but it's saying it's not compatible

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Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market

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Re: @Aoyagi Aichou

I'm a good earner, but I have bills to pay, etc, etc. I love playing games, but I can't justify the full £35-£50 for a new one - when there's food to buy, a holiday to save for, debts to pay, etc. However, I can justify £20 for a second hand game.

If I couldn't buy cheap second hand games, then I probably wouldn't buy any games.

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Google cyber-knight lances Microsoft for bug-hunter 'hostilities'

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... treating security bug hunters with “great hostility”...

Whereas Google treats everyone with "great hostility".

I love Google, but jeez - they making me love them with a little 'L'.

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EU boffins in plan for 'more nutritious' horsemeat ice cream

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WTF?

WTF!? What part of ice cream is currently lacking, without the addition of mechanically recovered meat?

And... gelatine in ice cream?...

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German publisher accuses Microsoft of URL sniffing

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What's the problem!?

If it's a publicly accessible webpage, there is every chance another person is going to access it at some point. And whether they're using GET or HEAD, it's nothing more than any search engines do.

And as someone else said, if you are really that bothered about it, don't share it over a public network.

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You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms

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FAIL

What annoys me is that Jimmy Carr was made an example of for legally avoiding taxes in the UK.

Whereas Lewis Hamilton actually changed nationality to being Swiss to avoid paying taxes, and nothing was said.

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'WikiLeaks of financial data' prompts worldwide hunt for tax evaders

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Stop

Regardless of the tax issues here.... three Governments have taken leaked files from Wikileaks, and are using them in investigations in people evading tax?

Umm... does that mean they're in favour of WikiLeaks or still against it?

Is it legal to use that evidence in court?

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