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Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

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Lawyers

And after these lawyers get done with it, Macbook users will end up getting 3% of the settlement.

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

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Happy

Re: New ElReg unit

V'GER REQUIRES THE INFORMATION

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Windows 10 is fugly

This is just Microsoft's history - every other consumer OS intro is a dud.

Witness:

Windows 3.1 dud

Windows 3.11 SUCCESS

Windows 95 dud

Windows 98 SUCCESS

Windows ME dud

Windows XP SUCCESS

Windows Vista dud

Windows 7 SUCCESS

Windows 8 dud

Windows 10 Success?

I left out Windows 2000 & NT variations because they were never marketed as consumer operating systems.

BTW, Windows 2000 may have been the best OS MS ever made. If only it had a firewall it would have been a great consumer OS.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: How would you tell Drive wasn't working?

wtf is Google + ? Isn't it just that annoying login (I refused to use) on YouTube?

Google+ = The social media website no one wants to use.

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

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Re: Who defines terrorist ?

France has effectively declared war on the internet.

France is expected to surrender next week.

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Intel, Asus charge sneak into US mobe market with ATOM-powered PadFone X mini

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Re: Intel is selling tablet SoCs for approximately 7 cents each

That's interesting. I'd assumed Intel managed to strongarm companies like Asus (who are also players in the x86 market) into doing x86-mobile occasionally by applying a little "encouragement" to the x86 desktop and server chunks of the company.

The truth is Intel offered Asus free design engineering services to get them to use their components. I've done it myself when selling a core that my customer doesn't have experience with. It's an effective win-win technique.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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Holmes

Let's see if I understood this: if I want to make Microsoft take a video I don't like from Youtube, I just have to get a hold on a stolen Windows 8 key, create a fake Youtube account, and post the key in the comments?

I suspect it's broader than that. Since MS is only web searching for product keys, you could probably post the key in the comments of ANY YouTube video and get it taken down.

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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Re: Money talks

the judge granted the warrant, explaining: “If the territorial restrictions on conventional warrants applied to warrants issued [in this case], the burden on the Government would be substantial, and law enforcement efforts would be seriously impeded.”

Translation: "It would be too hard to get this data legally so screw it, just hand it over, bitch."

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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Craving Attention

I was never a fan of Neil Tyson. Ever since he decided to take it upon himself to demote Pluto from being a planet, the man is much more interested in drawing attention to himself than pursuing science.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Re: Nope

Operation Elop debunks the weird conspiracy theory that Elop had been brought in to sell the company back to Microsoft cheaply

Actually, I've seen this happen. A CEO is brought in by the board with the (undocumented) understanding that he will make questionable decisions that lead to selling the company to a specific corporation.

Unless you are specifically told what is going on, this is completely impossible to prove as absolutely nothing is documented to prove this. What does happen is that the CEO and certain other complicit managers walk away with millions six months or more after the acquisition, usually covered under money that is kept in escrow for undisclosed purposes.

On the surface it all looks very legal because you can't prosecute intent.

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Chatting to Al Qaeda? Try not to do that – Ex spy chief defends post-Snowden NSA

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WTF?

To shore up his argument, he recapped the US's scuppering of a 2009 terrorist attack on the New York subway and the arrest of lead suspect Najibullah Zazi

Hasn't it been proven that Zazi was captured purely by good police work, without any help from snooping Feds?

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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Holmes

Re: Somebody has gotta simplify that agreement

We need lawyers to get us out of problems that we never would have gotten into in the first place if it wasn't for lawyers.

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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Re: A Night At The Opera

I predict Adobe will say something like:

"This was test code that was only used during testing blah blah blah, none of the transmitted information was stored on our servers blah blah blah blah, the code is not used and no data is collected blah blah, our users are all a bunch of blah. Now shut up and go away."

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Rise of the Machines: FIRST HUMAN VICTIM – 2015

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Re: Really? Worried? You had me for a minute there

Why the f*ck are they still playing the paedo/terror "the world will end" card every time we (the ones who make and design the devices and services) try jack up the security and encryption in them?

The threat is real. Why? Because this is the discussion going on every day:

VP of Engineering: "We can have this IoT Thingie on the market in ten months. The timeline is in front of you."

CEO: "Hey, what's this, six months for development and four months for security features? Skip the security and get it to market in six months."

VP of Engineering: "Um, wait..."

CEO: "I'm cutting the budget for security development. See, we get to market faster and we save money too?"

VP of Engineering: "But what is someone hacks our product?"

CEO: "You're crazy - nobody is going to hack our product! *** "

*** I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard this. It's always yelled with a mixture of laughter and anger.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Mushroom

Jenna-Louise

The Doctor is supposed to be uninterested in her romantically, not a blinkered idiot. Coleman is a beautiful woman and neutering the Doctor to the point where he can’t even objectively see that is just bizarre

Coleman is an outrageously beautiful woman. For crying out loud, for this Doctor to ignore that, he must be dead inside!!

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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Re: Correction...

Whenever a politician says "think of the children", what he's really saying is "think of me".

Eric Holder absolutely has no moral high ground to stand on in this discussion because to him, a warrantless search is no longer the exception, it's the freakin' rule.

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Internet of Stuff: Chip rivals try to stop Cortex-M7 from flexing ARM’s muscle

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Re: 8051

The 8051 is estimated to be a $1.5Billion market annually. Most of the sales are in SE Asia as it's an open-source core perfect for the countless low-end applications out there that don't need more than 4MHz to run.

If I told you how many $$$ Atmel sells in 8051 each year the number is so high you wouldn't believe me. Silicon Labs 8051 sales is even higher.

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Latest Firefox and Thunderbird updates plug CRITICAL SSL vuln

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Settings > Advanced > Update > 'Never check for updates (not recommended: security risk)'.

That prevents it from auto-updating, but there is no setting to prevent the nag popup sceens.

I have an old laptop with Firefox 3.2.28, Outpost firewall, and an antivirus. Last year I ran a contest, if you can infect my machine through that version of Firefox I give you $100, if you can't, you give me $50. I admitted my firewall is Outpost, but my antivirus is undisclosed. There were no takers despite the outcry from Firefox fanbois gleefully insisting my laptop was going to hell.

My main daily laptop has Firefox 27 and has never had a single problem.

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Meh

Firefox has to have the most draconian upgrade policy - constant nag screens to update Firefox so it looks like Chrome.

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Ericsson follows Broadcom to modem Mordor

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Headmaster

Error Error

In February 2009, Ericsson entered into a joint venture with ST-Microelectronics – itself a merger of SGS-Thomson and NXP – in a bid to take on Qualcomm

STMicroelectronics is not spelled with a hypen, and the Company is very vocal about that.

STMicroelectronics is most definitely NOT a merger of SGS Thomson ( no hypen) and NXP, these are two different companies and still are today.

Other errors in this article, but not enough time to detail.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Re: Another one bites the dust...

I don't know the details, but I'm guessing this was a massive management failure at RS. Look, with the electronics revolution of the past 20 years RS was in a perfect position to capture market share. They blew it. Years ago they had trained, experienced salespeople. Now RS stores are staffed by people that can't even insert a battery the right way.

They could have addressed the makers market. More important, they should have FOCUSED on immediate need, get-it-now items that people can't wait until tomorrow to get, like batteries, cables, memory.

Instead they tried to sell broad appeal items (you can't undersell eBay). They tried to sell mobile phones with salespeople that were pathetically inexperienced.

In a nutshell, they didn't know what they should sell. And now, in the final irony the whole company is for sale.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Re: OnePlus One

As a good capitalist, I have to shrug and say the market charges what the market will bear. The purchasers must be getting something for their money that they feel is worthwhile even if that is only cachet of owning one.

True. In this case, the iDamnThings have a high vanity effect. This is why people that can barely afford rent buy iPhones. It's marketing at it's best - or worst.

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Cyber-hoodlum tripped, fell, landed in Obama's Healthcare.gov server

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Re: They've got their heads in the sand..

"Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted," a DHHS spokesman told The Wall Street Journal.

Sorry, I don't believe it. This sounds too much like spin. Given the sorry state of HealthCare.gov (the website contract was awarded to a Canadian company run by a close friend of Michelle O.) I think it's more likely that consumer personal info was compromised.

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

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Re: "a battery life of up to two days"

These first wearables use off the shelf semiconductors that do more than needed and so draw more power. ***IF*** these devices become popular, custom chips designed specifically for wearables will be made with the proper functionality and longer battery life.

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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Holmes

I don't see the problem - my FF v3.6.28 (just checked) works brilliantly. Wake me when there's a good reason to upgrade . . .

I have an older laptop running FF 3.6.28. It's the perfect browser for a slower computer. Fast, reliable, never crashes. I have a firewall and an antivirus and never had a problem. I dare anyone to infect it - go ahead, I dare you.

On my more recent laptops I'm running FF27 and FF28. FF28 constantly shows nag screens to upgrade. I laugh maniacally as I close those nag windows.

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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

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Re: Perhaps this gets sorted when...

China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite...

..."so we can pirate it" said the Chinese regulator.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Holmes

Re: Police would definitely use that information against them if they got the chance

Reminds me of a Monty Python sketch defending police brutality

Police: "The defendant was caught doing something, (mumbles) not normally considered illegal."

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This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup

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Re: Trying to save the UK, whilst the world carries on regardless

Are you actually interested in and engrossed in your idea? It'll feel less like hard work if you are!

That should actually be bullet point #1.

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LG takes on Nokia X, Moto G: These are the cheapie 'droids you've been looking for

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NFC

It’s interesting to note that the new LG phones don’t have NFC

Maybe low end phones tend to be used by less sophisticated users? And NFC is another tech support call to deal with.

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Xen to practice art of motor vehicle embedded development

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Re: And Mr.Pirsig quietly puts the wrench back.

Xen's efforts aim to ease these situations by delivering a regime in which a single system-on-a-chip could run several operating systems. Each OS would take care of a different task: an Android virtual machine could run the entertainment system while a Linux VM takes care of niceties like keepingt the car on the road.

There's a name for this: "Single Point of Failure"!

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Re: my guess is...

Murdoch's not a part of that debate. His preferred Twitter style is to fire off something nasty, then disappear for a few days

... just like 90% of the people that use Twitter.

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Something's phishy: More holiday scam spam flung at real hotel customers

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Alien

In these things, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. Someone working at booking.com is scamming people. The scam they are running is the lowest risk scam.

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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John Kerry - Yawn!

Listening to John Kerry talk has to be more boring than watching grass grow.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: "Soon"

Julian who?

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Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

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Re: No one believes IDC

No one believes IDC's figures. They are guesswork at best which are completely manipulated to ensure the integrity of the headline figures with the current narrative.

True. Remember that IDC is in the business of selling reports. Developers are building apps and GUIs around Android, not iOS. A report that shows Android is popular, helps sell a project to upper management. So those project people better buy that report from IDC, right?

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Re: Orsen...

Oh Captain! My Captain!!!

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Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?

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IoT Hype

I recently read an article on LinkedIn that said the Internet of Things will be a "multi-Trillion dollar market" by 2025. At that point you have to believe people are just making things up to get attention. Smart investors and technologists ignore these numbers because they know they are complete guesses with no basis in fact.

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Israel snooped on John Kerry's phone calls during Middle East peace talks

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Meh

That assumes intelligence and some respect for another countries permanent interests. Kerry displayed no signs of any of that during his trip, so I'll put this one down to stupidity and arrogance too.

I'll have to agree. For years Kerry had the luxury of basking in the shadow of the late great Ted Kennedy. But after Teddy died and his vast accomplishments were proclaimed to the world, everyone looked at Kerry and said "So what have YOU done?" An embarrassed silence followed.

As a Secretary of State, Kerry is a seatwarmer.

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LinkedIn settles missed overtime pay case: Will pay $6m to staffers

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FAIL

Whoever those staffers were working overtime, they sure as hell weren't working to fix all the problems with LinkedIn Groups.

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Your fitness tracker is a SNITCH says Symantec

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Holmes

" lack of privacy" is the new nicotine.

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

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Re: "the latest version of Firefox has some great tools for web developers"

I'm not a web dev. I just don't like being dicked around. UI stupidity is the problem

I agree. If I wanted a Chrome interface I'd use Chrome. Despite Firefox's loathing and disgust for anyone that chooses to not use their most recent version, I'm still using Firefox 28 because I like the File | Edit | View |... UI.

"Provided you can overlook some of the organization's exceedingly poor decisions in the last year"

...like trying to make Firefox look like Chrome!

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Swell. Apple buys 'Pandora-for-talk-radio' app... for $30 meeellion

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Re: Sigh

"you don’t have to make decisions about what to listen to. Swell figures it out for you.”

I need an app to help me figure out what app I need to figure out for me what I should listen to.

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Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app

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Re: I object

But you are forgetting the genius acting technique known as the Shatner......

...pause.

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HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

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Re: Like, WOW, man!

it's clear Apple owes customers some answers.

Apple won't want to say anything, and if they are forced they will say something like it's part of their quality control and information is only used in the aggregate and users are not personally identified etc etc. Same ol' Apple B.S.

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: Why am I not surprised by this?

" But I wonder, if they intercept a 13 year old's sexy pic, will someone charge them with child porn?"

Actually, yes. The NSA is part of the US DoD and hence, has anyone viewing, trading or collecting child porn arrested and charged for the crime.

Actually, no. The NSA is part of the Executive Branch and as such, they are exempt from all workplace harassment laws and it is almost impossible to prosecute them for sexually oriented laws in general. This is why Bill Clinton could not be properly prosecuted for rape.

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Facebook in new 'experiment' drama: Will users buy it?

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Facebook was keen to point that it had built the "Buy" button "with privacy in mind"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Joke

To date, blocking Assange's escape in this way has reportedly cost some £6m ($10.3m) and counting.

But the entertainment value is priceless.

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Fox wants Time to wrap up even more content

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Angel

Re: ...Murdoch...content super-colossus...

At the moment, Fox says, “We are not currently in any discussions with Time Warner”.

"...because Comcast is offering Time Warner executives bigger takeover bonuses"

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Mobile, cloud, social? Data? Nadella strings sexy words together

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Re: Micro-who?

IMO Microsoft is one of those companies that has too many millionaires at the top that are no longer hungry and lack vision. The danger is that it has become a "lifestyle company" - it exists solely to support the financial lifestyles of upper management who have lost interest in making hard decisions that conflict with their tee-off times.

We've seen it before - National Semiconductor, Digital Equipment Corporation, Pan Am... the list goes on...

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Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee

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Just In Case

It’s worth noting that many of these vendors – Samsung in particular – are very happy to sign up to pretty much anything new in case it turns out to be important.

I've sat on these standards committees and pretty much that is how it is.

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