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Firefox web 3D engine fosters image theft bug

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Useful for Ads!

You can see my Apple may want this feature to be avaiable for serving ads, they can do a quick screen grab, run it through ocr and find out what you might be interested in based on what you are doing :-(

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Iranian pimp plates arse up Afghan car sales

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@Mister_C Reminders

It's a good job, they'd have to charge more to license the patent to send email reminders

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The New C++: Lay down your guns, knives, and clubs

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Copyright violation?

Eh, is the ISO standard not subject to copyright protection? Has however is hosting that pdf got permission to distribute it for free? I had to fork out about $30 for my copy many years ago.

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Hannspree Hannspad 10.1in Android tablet

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Linux

It already has linux

presumably, you mean a linux of your choosing.

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iTunes Match is iPiracy, claims loopy Oz industry troll

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Becuase

thats how itunes works

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Cable thieves cost UK rail £15m a year

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Cable theft is nothing new

I remember when I was young, a few blokes from the town I come from tried stealing some power lines from a pylon, one threw a chain up with the intention of tying it to the back of a car. Not surprising he was electrocuted and died (and causing a power cut).

Not a Darwin award as he had children. I went to school with his son, who was pretty traumatised his friends carried his dead body home and "rigged" his body to the tv in front of his family to pass it off as a accident!

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Slack bank practice creates opportunity for phone phishing scams

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Calling their published number

Wouldn't be too bad if it wasn't a 0845 number. Surprised the banks to try to encourage this as they'll make some money back on a call they initiate.

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

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Also

Can we have them arranged differently, preferable in rows of 4 so those with an iPhone or recent Samsung device feel more comfortable

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Rounded edges

are needed, no icon as there are none suitable

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The best sci-fi film never made: Also-rans take a bow

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Just had deja vu there

DO NOT MAKE JUDGE DREDD INTO A FILM

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Apple smears Web2.0rhea across online support

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Bit like stackoverflow then?

and not censored by anything apple don't approve of.

Seriously, this is very poor, why can they not invest some effort to improve their support/documentation properly without trying to get some half baked comments added for free. MSDN do this, as do others such as MySQL and the user contributed comments are simply not worth reading, fortunately the official the mysql docs are quite good but Apples's/Microsoft's are a joke and only any use if you know exactly what you are looking for and use google to search for it.

From a company that has so much loose change knocking about surely they can make life a bit easier for their users/developers who help keep them in business themselves without resorting to these kind of 'improvements'.

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BBC 'would not kill off the internet even if it could'

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never mind that

When did using this twitter thing become geeky

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Natty Narwhal with Unity: Worst Ubuntu beta ever

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Why not all three on one machine?

Why not have gnome, kde and xfce on one machine/one installation and simply choose which one you want for your session when you login?

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Facebook HipHop serves 70% more traffic on same hardware

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All that effort

And for what? I just don't understand why anyone would ever want to use facebook or it's ilk. But good for them and I hope some puts this code to something that provides a real benefit to people.

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Google open source guru: 'Why we ban the AGPL'

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65 lines ...

Is a lot for some projects, I wish sourceforge would prune the projects people start with good intentions one rainy afternoon and then leave untouched forever more.

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UK is a closed source 'stronghold'

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We can afford it?

You sure about that, last time I watched the news the country is in an economical plight, companies closing down everywhere, redundancies, rising unemployment, high inflation etc...

Just think how much a small business would have saved if they didn't fork out for say windows, MS-office and say SQL server. In quite a few bankrupt cases the difference would have kept the wolves away for a bit longer giving them a fighting chance. Now multiply that to the level of a local authority or government department and you've saved a new hospital build form been cancelled or knocked a penny of employee paid NI.

And before people mention support, who do you know actually gets support from MS, and of those who gets anything useful, if you want support for OS software buy it!

And as for familiarity, people on here would probably be surprised to know not everyone knows how to use Word/Access etc... And most people learn anything more than the very basics on the job, and of course relearn it with every new release.

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Steve Jobs vindicated: Google Android is not open

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Open Source Community

Why do people still think there are legions of developers out there who work for nothing, sure there is the odd person who contribute to large projects for the hell of but they are few and far between. (I'm ignoring the plethora of small projects that people knock up to scratch an itch).

While I'm not defending Google and do think it is a poor choice to not open source it immediately I doubt doing so would make any noticeable improvements over developing under a closed source until they think it's ready.

I've open source various apps, libraries and snippets over the years and I've never done so until I'm happy with the code.

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Flame Off

I think you have hit the nail on the head. The current honeycomb is merely a stop gap to ensure android tablets don't get left behind, it is a long way off what they are aiming for, guess they don't think it's worth releasing a target that is moving considerably.

I'd personally like to see it opened though/

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Ex-Sun man hails Java renaissance under Ellison

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static

You might want it to be static, me I'd rather something is continuously improved. Also, most additions are in the API(s), not at the language level.

I can't ever remember not having to learn some new library/API/technology nor would I ever not want to.

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Jon Bon Jovi accuses Steve Jobs of murdering music biz

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"not knowing what the record sounded like"

So that's why people actually bought their albums, they didn't know how cr*p it was! I used to ask to listen to it first and/or take it back and exchange it if I didn't like it after a few listens.

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Ruskie Java coder lifts inaugural Facebook Hacker Cup

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Arithmetic != Maths

Being able to do arithmetic in your head or not does not imply someone is good at maths or not, true a good head for figures probably leans in favour of good maths skills. I'm not saying this applies to the op, but equation of arithmetic and maths by the average person is itself a good indication of general poor maths knowledge.

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Another year, another iPhone time slip

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Not just Apple/iPhone

Dilbert.com is looking confused too, it defaults to 1989

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Average Brit has three mysterious keys

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That explains it

We've noticed a few times that very heavy items in the front garden have moved, I've always put it down to people thinking about nicking them and then releasing they've got no chance without some lifting equipment (and given the access/width of the street they would be noticed). Guess they were looking for keys.

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Apple frees iOS 4.3 two days before iPad 2 Arrival™

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You are right, I'm wrong

You are right! When I first looked at getting into iphone development I could not find anywhere on apples sight to get xcode+ios sdk without joining the programme, should have looked harder :-(

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XCode and iOS

Even though you could get xcode 3X for free, you still need to hand over $99 for the iOS sdk to develop for iWhatever(tm) devices.

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HP lays cuckoo egg in Microsoft nest

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Additional OS?

Why not give the customer the choice? It would be great to buy PCs with the OS I choose or just without. I know I can buy them from various places but they tend to cost more, and I've rather have a guarantee from a large company than some back street shop or someone on ebay.

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Oracle: 'Eight Android files are decompiled Oracle code'

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ahh No.

Why would Google have had to license ME (apart from the nexus)?

They built Dalvik because ME is, quite frankly rubbish and only fit for purpose in a few small niches (relatively speaking). Trying to write fully featured and portable in ME is in most case not worth the effort.

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Openistas question UK.gov's £300k crime-mapping website

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Not all removed

> This is awful. But I note that the RKH banners have been removed from the source of the "website is borked" page...

It's still in a few pages, from that I'd guess the code is copied and pasted

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Microsoft lands big handbag on Google's copy kisser

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bing has been made better?

I tied searching on MSDN this afternoon, couldn't find what I wanted, one google site specific search found it. Maybe bing was improved after me leaving work today.

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Google wants Android developers

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way foward

That certainly makes sense, wonder why everyone else hasn't moved in that direction instead of using so called best practices. Hope you are targeting assembler rather than low level C, a new standard may come along. Just hope everyone sticks to releasing on the same hardware/OS underneath the hood.

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Coder Android love (nearly) matches iPhone lust

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XCode by itself != an iOS development platform

I said you have to pay and sign up to download the iOS SDK, which XCode uses to do iOS based development, show me where you can download it without handing over you money for the developer program. Even if you could (which you can't), all you would not be able to do anything but run the code under a simulator.

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better dev tools!

You have to be absolutely kidding right, are you seriously suggesting the tool support for Google's platform (I'm assuming you mean android, but the same applies to their other offerings), i.e. eclipse and the google plugins are below that provided by apple and microsoft.

Absolute nonsense. I work all day in a microsoft focused development company, in my own time I write for platforms including android and iwhatever. XCode and related development tools are abysmal, and visual studio is a bit better than that, and of course the useful/practical version of visual studio costs and you have to pay apple to be able to download the iOS development platform. In all seriousness and honesty I can develop stuff for android at least twice as quick with the tools google provide than those from either apple or ms.

True integrating the android simulator into eclipse takes an initial manual step, but that takes 2 mins. I'd much rather do that 2 mins to get the "tight" integration apple's. Or yeah, you also have to tell eclipse to look on googles web site for the plugin, another two minute one off job.

"Not having ownership of the entire suite of dev tools is a big problem for Google going forward." Balderdash again, they are building on the back of proven and extensible tools, google can concentrate on features need for android development, and it's available on most peoples preferred development platform, have you any idea how much of a pain it is having to develop on a windows box, then jump onto a mac and when not restrained jump onto a linux box.

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Google and Apple locked horns over iPhone location data

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eh?

> If Android is so open why can't you create an application in any language you wish?

Write one if you want, nothing stopping you like there is on iOS

> it's not as open as a Linux machine should be.

In what ways do you want it more open, or in what ways is it not open?

> Everything has to run on the Dalvik VM.

You sure about that or is this a comment not based on an understanding of what you are talking about?

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Bot attacks Linux and Mac but can't lock down its booty

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or update the kernel or ...

maybe just finished using the computer and don't like wasting money on electricity or using the worlds resource needlessly.

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Google gins search formula to favor its own services

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Not necessarily better but easier for them to generate

When you search for a share price or a map, google is determine the physical thing you are looking for and as their services are well known to then it is trivial to create a link to the info.

On the other hand how can they practically create a link for every online service that say gives share prices without dumping them at a root page where you have to navigate from or link them to a page they came across in their web crawling which is likely to be potential less accurate as a first search result link.

Maybe goole could define some api for third parties to implement/register it order to be linked to reliably by google and other search engines?

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Not wanting to defend them but

If I search map <place i live> the first link is a google map for the place I live. If i search for mapquest map <place i live> I get a whole bunch of other links way before the link to google maps.

I don't see why google should have to provide a link to each provider of maps unless that was what I searched for, In my case I want to get a map of a specific place, would you want to maintain how to create a map link for each provider to produce a map for a particular place? Fair enough if they come across relevant link in web page somewhere, but why should they bother

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Motorola uncloaks 10.1-inch Xoom fondleslab

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DOA, seems pretty good to me

Certainly beats the ipad

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Blu-ray barely better than DVD

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If the movie is any good

five minutes into it you shouldn't even notice the picture quality (unless is one one those knock offs someone recorded on their mobile in the cinema )

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ZeuS variant only infects super-fast PCs

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A Dead loss?

> Variants of ZeuS are much commonly used to capture online banking credentials before sending them off to cybercrooks, however, and from this perspective the sample is a dead loss

Maybe it is intentional, I'd speculate there is a reasonable correlation between the amount of cash people have to spend on new high spec computer and the amount in there bank accounts. Filtering out old pcs could be way of filtering out people with no cash to steal.

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Jumpin' Meerkats! Ubuntu moving to daily downloads?

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Uninstall them

in exactly the same way remove any other software on your machine

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Google charges feds $25 a head for user surveillance

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Should charge more!

Might make the government only do this where it really is warranted

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Google: Oracle doctored that 'copied Java code'

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GPL copyright notice

The android version has a Apache license on it

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Android Version

http://android.git.kernel.org/?p=platform/libcore.git;a=blob;f=support/src/test/java/org/apache/harmony/security/tests/support/cert/PolicyNodeImpl.java

Interestingly it only seems to be used by tests, so I would not expect it to ever be deployed on any android device. Also the code has the following comment, if this is wrong one whoever added it is to blame. The original file is GPL'd, so there is a violation if the code really wasn't licensed, however it is ONE file, as supporting evidence to Oracles claim it's hardly even considering.

"Licensed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under one or more contributor license agreements. See the NOTICE file distributed with this work for additional information regarding copyright ownership."

Notice file is at http://android.git.kernel.org/?p=platform/libcore.git;a=blob_plain;f=NOTICE;hb=HEAD

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And it is a used as a test class

By the looks of it, so is never deployed so there should not be any android phones out there with a derivative of the GPL'd code on them.

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Oracle 'friend' fails crucial Java leadership test

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Or abstained?

Maybe 72% of people are so disgusted/or believe Oracle are going to ignore the JCP if they don't get their way hey did not see the point.

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Google's 'copied Java code' disowned by Apache

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Not quite 100%

Probably 99%. Ever had to make changes to a class you wrote yourself and only had the class file handy? Possibly deleted it by mistake or or 500 miles away without remote access to your code?

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Microsoft holds Androids hostage in open source wars

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blah blah

"Yeah microsoft trying to get money for patents that they hold that is outrageous."

I doubt this is their sole aim at all, the most likely reason is to scare smaller companies away from android for fear of being sued. I've not looked too deeply into the patents, but they seem your bog standard blindingly obvious with years of prior examples.

It's a legal protection racket, simple as that, pay us for the patents/use our OS or we sue as we are bigger and can afford more/better lawyers.

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iOS Price

"No, that is not a seperate matter, it's the whole point. Who's to say how much of the price of your stonkingly expensive iOS device is the software license / upgrade assurance and how much is the hardware"

I had to pay for iOS 3 for my ipod touch. I'm genuinely impressed apple are giving the away upgrades for free and not trying to get a few extra quid of us. (Of course that is the only thing Apple have done for ages that has impressed me, plenty to p*ss me off though).

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Microsoft vision chief sees world without Microsoft PCs

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Linux users paying for software

Ok, I'd guess an average linux user is going to be less likely to pay for software as they are already aware that there is a lot of free (in both senses) software that does the job as good as or better than commercial software.

However, if some commercial software is better value for money (people's time is often the a much more expensive overhead then a few copies of some software) you would be foolish to stick with a poor free alternative, regardless of what operating system you like.

Of course you could also invest some money to the developers of some free software to improve it and save some future licenses.

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