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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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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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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Re: Ah.. a scandel in the finest traditions.

Probably not murder but manslaughter. Unless there's some evidence she doubles as an assassin she was probably trying to make some extra money by rolling drugs in with her service.

That depends on motive. With a story as crazy as this, I wouldn't be shocked to learn someone wanted him out of the way.

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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Big Brother

Clegg has promised a "poison pill" clause that will repeal the legislation at the end of 2016

At which point the infrastructure will already be in place - which is what this bill is all about in the first place.

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But WE want to rule the Internet of STUFF – Intel, Dell, Samsung & chums

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"a solution looking for a problem"

Funny, I was thinking the same thing. Since every IoT "smartwatch' has failed, maybe they should wait and see exactly which IoT devices people actually want, before deciding exactly how to connect them.

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Revealed: SECRET DNA TEST SCANDAL at UN IP agency

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Re: on a technical note...

Attention News Flash;

THE UNITED NATIONS IS CORRUPT!

up next:

THE SKY IS BLUE!

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Atmel buys more IoT capability

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Re: Cornering the unicorn feed market

Atmel is a smart company, should be interesting to see what they do with this acquisition.

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Dating app Tinder faces sexual harassment suit from ex-exec co-founder

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Who Said She Said

You never know who is telling the truth in these things.

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NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

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Re: Might need more of these

I anticipate that once CO2 maps are made, the climate-change deniers

"Climate-change deniers" are called "scientists".

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iFind: Critics slam Kickstarter campaign for miraculous battery-free phone finder

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Kickstarter's actual stance in the real world seems to be "we're quite happy to cash in commissions from any scam no matter how obvious (even to the village idiot) it might be..."

That was pretty much eBay's operational policy early in their history. I recall being ripped off by a seller in Florida, I bought a "new" pasta pot that ended up being rusted and encrusted with old food. She responded to complaints with horrible, bigoted insults. This was back when you could message other buyers, and after a few weeks I had about 15 buyers that had been ripped off furiously messaging eBay and logging complaints. She had about 100 items for sale and over 5,000 feedbacks about half of which were negative. eBay did absolutely nothing. 60 Minutes ended up doing a feature on eBay profiting from dishonest sellers.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Re: You need to carry an Android phone with you in order to use it?

Now do you see the logic?

"Logic" - you kept using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.

Technology during the mobile age has been CONVERGENT. Wearables and this "smart watch" are DIVERGENT.

Do you see the flaw in your logic?

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Wake up, grandad: All the techies use social media

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Re: Since I started using the internet in 1998,

Since I started using the internet, I am now overwhelmed with information. I have a LinkedIn account, a (fake) Facebook account I barely use, and a Twitter account.

In order to receive the emails I want with relevant content, I am forced for receive an avalanche of useless emails generated by these websites.

In the conventional sense, at a social event I can engage in conversations I find interesting and walk away from conversations I find boring. In that sense, these websites are UNsocial.

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Indie labels: 5 reasons why we're hauling YouTube before Euro antitrust watchdog

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Google Mottos

Google's motto in 2004: "Do No Evil"

Google's motto in 2014: "MUAH-HA-HA-HA-HAAAAAA!!!"

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'Our entire corporation cannot send or receive emails from Outlook'

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Re: There are always trade-offs

Office365 is Cloud services are beginning to look like a very poor choice for mission critical services.

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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Re: £480 RRP

They had me at "removable battery". I can't wait until it's rooted.

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US trading, energy watchdogs asked: Does Google's Skybox gobble pass the sniff test?

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Google’s “vast data mining and processing empire”

Best description of Google I've ever read.

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Google Nest slurps your life into the Matrix? The TRUTH

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Re: So if we want to break into your house...

"We’re not becoming part of the greater Google machine,” insisted lied Matt Rogers, co-founder of Nest.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Re: I bet he felt a massive twat

What a big pussy.

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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Re: "inexcusable for an IT business."

Note that in their explanation here: http://pastebin.com/WvtjMe9T

They state: Upon realisation that somebody had access to our control panel we started to investigate how access had been gained

It should, instead, have been: Upon realisation that somebody had access to our control panel we took down the website and disconnected all our systems from the internet..

Although that might be too much work for people working from home.

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Joke

I'd forgotten he even existed.

Julian who?

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

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Be glad they arrive at all. I've had to stop using suppliers who ship by UPS

UPS is not my preferred. I had a package sent on a Monday, for next-day delivery on Tuesday. After a week's worth of a phone calls and comedy of UPS errors, my package finally arrived at my local dispatch on Friday - yes, Friday afternoon. When I asked if the package would be delivered on Saturday I was told "No sir, you did not pay for Saturday delivery". Nothing I said about the UPS foul-ups would cause them to budge.

Compare that to FedEx. After a missed delivery one day, a FedEx supervisor showed up at my house that evening in his own car to deliver my package.

Oh, and FedEx was also nice enough to throw Tom Hanks that great party after he got off the island...

FedEx gets my vote.

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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Isn't Hanks one of the decent ones,

A celebrity's public image can be the opposite of their real persona.

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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Re: As a niche device owner....

What is Juniper Research's history? Have they ever correctly predicted something?

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

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Re: Mathematician vs. a "Real" Scientist...

Climate Science, otherwise known as "popular science" is the stuff of the tabloid press. It is about time real scientists got involved.

There is too much money (read: huge government grants) in "Climate Science" for people to risk getting real scientists involved.

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Google Fit will slurp YOUR heartbeat, weight, blood pressure from gizmos

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Re: Collect First Worrying about selling later

Guess you haven't read Google's privacy policy then

And if Google violates their own privacy policy - assuming they get caught - they will be fined the equivalent of one morning's profits.

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AT&T: We will right many of world's wrongs if allowed to slurp DirecTV

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ROTFL

Let the Layoffs Begin!

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Re: Niven has this one covered

To quote Larry Niven "F × S = k. The product of Freedom and Security is a constant. To gain more freedom of thought and/or action, you must give up some security, and vice versa."

This is somewhat similar to the comparison of Left vs. Right paradox. IN THEORY, the Left wants equality for all, and to do that they are willing to take away people's freedoms. The Right wants Freedom for all, and as a consequence of exercising those freedoms equality falls away.

At least that's in theory. In practice, there is no longer a left & right except for the comedy they play out for the voting public and the partisan suckers that believe the other side is the reason why their side doesn't get what they pretend to want. In reality, only the richest 1% get what they want, while the rest of the voting public get partisan excuses. That's why they lose both freedom and equality.

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EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

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Punishment

What punishment could the EU impose on Google that would be meaningful? Google makes something like $24M a day so even a billion-dollar fine would have little impact.

Unless the EU holds senior Google officials legally accountable the EU is really just pissing in the wind.

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China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'

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Re: China are the biggest source of attempts to get into my home network

I've seen as many as 500 attacks from China in two minutes on one of my high-profile websites.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: TRAITORS

There is real danger in keeping all this secret.

There is power, dangerous power in these wiretapping activities, including the power to rig elections, manipulate public opinion, and suppress political opposition.

Keeping this power secret opens the door wide for abuse. Without public knowledge, this power can quickly be used AGAINST those it is supposed to PROTECT.

Kudos for making this public!

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

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Re: Things I would like to see

They will be impossible to insure, that's for certain. No insurance company in their right mind will insure them. And Google will not be allowed in the U.S. to self-insure unless they offer insurance to the general public at the regulated rates.

I worked in the automotive industry in Detroit in the 90's. Back then the argument against electric cars was insurance. The perfect storm was this: man has his electric Chevy poorly charged sitting in his garage. His pregnant wife goes into labor, he stuffs her into his e-car which runs out of juice after ten minutes. Wife dies, so does the baby. What damages can a court award?

Answer: the man can end up OWNING General Motors (I am not exaggerating).

Think that's silly? True story: drunk kid drives his Pontiac Firebird at 120mph, drives over railroad tracks, gets airborn, rear ends a truck, truck's Mansfield Bar shears off the battery cables causing the airbag to not inflate - not that it would have saved his life - gets himself dead. Family sued and got $150M.

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US DoJ to appeals court: Haha, no, seriously – Apple totally inflated ebook prices

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Re: heh

“If allowed to stand, the ruling will stifle innovation, chill competition, and harm consumers...

...and that's our job", finished Apple.

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Apple plots HOME INVASION at WWDC

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That's very kind of your, Apple, but I am currently able to operate the curtains and the lights without a flipping Jesus phone.

If I ever feel the need to operate my curtains from my phone, please shoot me, I'm too lazy to live.

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Re: Thought I was getting old

I kept seeing articles about home automation and thinking "why? What exactly is the point?" Asking Google "Why should I automate my home" got me a load of crap about showing off to your friends by switching your thermostat on from the pub - sorry, my friends don't impress quite that easily.

But that is Apple's chief value proposition - not that their stuff is better, but that other people think their crap is cool. That's why Apple products are so popular with insecure teenagers.

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Re: I'm still wondering...

Anyone else remember the movie "Colossus: the Forbin Project"?

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Google tells indie labels to take its YouTube deal or face OBLIVION

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Google has threatened to "censor" YouTube music videos from the world's independent labels if the indies don't agree to its terms for the forthcoming YouTube subscription music streaming service.

It seems Google's new motto is "Let's Be Evil!"

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Bah!

Abrams will do for the Star Wars movies what he did for the Star Trek movies. They will be formula movies that, while entertaining to watch will add nothing endearing to the genre and certainly won't be worth seeing a second time.

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AMD unleashes savage bird of prey on Internet of Burly, Brawny Things

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Holmes

The other 17 per cent, Aylor said, are "legacy architectures like PowerPC and MIPS that are on the decline."

Actually, 2013 MIPS sales are up 23% from 2012. It's getting attention from markets where everyone else is using ARM and there is little differentiation in the firmware, so they are going with different hardware. MIPS has better bit manipulation than ARM which gives MIPS an advantage in control oriented code.

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Freescale: Cloudy dumb sensors? Nope, not OUR smart Internet of Things

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Re: Smart Sensors?

Someone please tell me, show me, wearables or IoT thingies that have been recently introduced and that have been a success. And by "recently", I don't mean something that is five years old and recently had a "wearables" label slapped on it.

These two buzzwords generate a lot of interest but as a semiconductor professional I'm not seeing a lot of products.

BTW, the "connected home" where your refrigerator talks to your coffee maker and your supermarket and your cat failed a long time ago.

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Symantec: Antivirus is 'DEAD' – no longer 'a moneymaker'

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Re: It won't be missed

Whatever happened to them? I mean in the mid 90s they were to techos what sysinternals is today.

Speeddisk. Diskdoctor. Awesome batch file extensions. But now the best advice is to avoid their rubbish.

If I had to guess, I'd guess that Sym-Can't-Tec has a corporate structure that is resistant to change. Losing two CEOs in two years, during which no significant changes have happened, means to me that either:

a) The CEOs wanted change and the corporate structure rebelled, or

b) They purposely hired "nice guy" CEOs that they thought could do magic without changing anything.

Sadly, they are also victims of their own poor history so people like me still refuse to buy their products. They did nothing to fix that.

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Obama: I'm the CTRL-ALT-DEL President

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Re: Blue Screen of Death, or...

The BSOD President is Andrew Jackson, the pres that tried to exterminate the Native Americans.

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Boffins tag Android app privacy fails

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Re: Android devices store wifi passwords in the cloud

Thankfully you can turn this off

And, we can trust Google to do that???

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

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Re: Stop this madness now

It's only a matter of time before all controls are replaced with a single big red button which says 'Do stuff'. With beautiful detailed rounded corners, of course

If it has rounded corners, Apple will sue.

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