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126 posts • joined 10 Feb 2010

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Are we there yet, are we there yet? Ballmer 'like a small child' upon buying basketball club

jaduncan

Re: But LA to Redmond?

It doesn't work like that, there's no promotion or demotion. You have to apply to run a franchise.

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Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

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Re: NHS air ambulances

The coastguards are a government body. You're thinking of the RNLI lifeboats.

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Surprise! Google chairman blasts EU's privacy ruling

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Re: So the attack has started

"Qui bono is a reasonable way of deciding probabilities."

When you say it that way it sounds much better than 'intellectually lazy ad hom'.

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Google's Drive SLASH, secret 'big upgrade': Coincidence? HARDLY

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Re: I don't understand!

"I had an IMAP server pointing at my home directory instead of just my email directory - everything over email, for free."

Everything about that sentence says end user ready!

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

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Now he's decided to ship a Linux distro after all. Good MS times!

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Re: Looks really impressive

"Look up the General Belgrano."

Presenting a very small engagement from two decades ago may not be helping your argument.

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Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

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Attacking the methodology of a paper is very far away indeed from an ad hom.

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ICO to focus only on 'serious, repeat' data-protection offenders

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Great!

What the ICO needed was a more hands off approach and an increased unwillingness to follow up on complaints. Thanks government, I'm sure no industry lobbying took place there.

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Ross Ulbricht: 'Oi! Give me back my $34m in Silk Road Bitcoin booty'

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No. They are likely to say that they are investment notes, as indeed the SEC have already said in several cases. A court is unlikely to argue with the SEC regarding this matter.

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

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Re: Speechless

Blocking gay and lesbian material but not heterosexual sites is also arguably a breach of the Equalities Act.

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Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

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Yes, most companies just lie about their practices or aren't aware of just how casual marketing are with the databases.

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

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Re: Warranties....

The manufacturer of the charger, assuming the power output is out of spec. I'm glad I could clear that up for you.

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Google WILL wriggle away from Euro probe... but THEN what?

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Interesting

If Google Maps is not best in class, what is? OSM is the only thing I can think of that comes close.

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

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Re: Undecided as yet

If you actually care then install a custom rom without gapps.

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Google's secret search offer to EU antitrust chief LEAKED by rivals

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So to be clear, the complainants broke their own legal commitments and were presented without any criticism of that or their views? Good to know where you stand.

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Another 5 years on Nokia's patent CHAIN GANG for Samsung

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Actively managing their patent portfolio.

How the mighty are fallen.

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'It seems that the OSes and devices are based on the Devil'

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Re: change the world and toss off the devil.

"Now, you've had a lot of offers of souls. Just wait a moment and listen to this option..."

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Murdoch: I'm a Jawbone fanboi - and it's going to help me live to 100!

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"Murdoch admits snooping on OWN FAMILY in spy shock" ...*blinks*...Sorry, I thought I was a Sun sub for a second.

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Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

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Re: Hey Microsoft - here's an idea

There is no commercial use (or, indeed, any form of use) restriction in GPL at all.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

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Re: KitKat, grey areas and clear English

On existing devices? Well, I'm glad that won't result in an extremely predictable class action lawsuit.

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Re: Thanks El Reg

Sony, oddly enough, are now becoming one of the most FOSS friendly phone manufacturers.

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F-16 fighter converted to drone

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Re: And the first step towards Skynet has been taken...

Why involve a pilot at all?

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Re: By the time kids today are old enough to be pilots

> Situational awareness can never be inputted in code.

...you're already implementing the logic routines in neurons, there's no inherent barrier to doing it in silicon.

Never is a long time.

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Tokyo Apple Store staff rescue iPhone-queueing fanbois from typhoon

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They've got something rotten in their very core.

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Ofcom's head Ed may yet run the Beeb: UK gov 'mulls axing BBC Trust'

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Re: Do I hear the sound...

No, by this point there's merely a suspiciously large pile of hot metal filings on the workshop floor.

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Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?

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Re: Seems pretty hard to make back the price of a $100 phone

How stupid of them to value a stock that increases in value instead. Idiots!

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Wrist SLAP: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch hands-on

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Re: Is it water proof?

I'd like to think they are smart enough to have a membrane (waterproof) speaker. They aren't expensive these days.

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Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

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It was very, very good for video processing. I'm actually surprised that people aren't doing bitcoins on them, but I guess Moore's law comes to us all.

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Qualcomm reveals 'Toq' smartwatch

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Re: Great display tech, not so sure about the watch.

It's pretty clear that this is a proof of concept product; Qualcomm don't do channel conflict so they'll be trying to licence it out.

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Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

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Re: All your phone are belong to us

Or just a sandboxed VM.

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Re: All your phone are belong to us

I downloaded the apk out of curiosity. Requested permissions include network and GPS location, identifying other running apps, changing connectivity, connecting and disconnecting WiFi, changing WiFi settings, full network access and sticky broadcasts.

Good thing there's no attack surface for 0-days.

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Bradley Manning is no more. 'Call me Chelsea,' she says

jaduncan

She.

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Probation officer gets TINY fine for spilling domestic violence victim's ADDRESS

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Re: No perp???

"a nice bit of double jeopardy"

That is not what double jeopardy is.

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Open Rights Group revives 'unavailable for legal reasons' HTTP error code plan

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Yes, of course. Stating the reason for blocking is not a moral commentary on the reson for the block.

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Doom guy teleports into VR startup Oculus Rift

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Wow

Serious technical chops. Serious weight with the OEMs and publishers, too.

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Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015

jaduncan

Re: Seems Irrelevant

I believe Google Fiber is a gigabit. Other ISPs will also be that fast before 4K gets big.

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Ubuntu 13.10 to ship with Mir instead of X

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"I don't think my Chrome book uses X11 (though I don't actually know)."

It does.

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Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

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"heavy-handed hints"

In the very best tradition of Reg puns, I thought.

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Wake up, Uncle Fester! Huawei’s nattering about BUYING Nokia

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Re: "the Winfanboi niche"?

There are also wide-eyed idiots with MSCEs who incorrectly think they know everything and MS is best.

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Freed LulzSec hacker banned from contacting Anons, wiping data

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Re: New Job

Sure. Lulzsec demonstrated an unusual amount of skill at penetration. I'm sure he'd be popular as a pen tester.

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

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Re: iSheeple are easily fooled.

In fairness to Apple, the non-VM iOS does seem a bit less cycle-happy than Android.

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Tech giants' offshore cash-stashing is only ever a delaying tactic

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You don't need to bring the capital in; the company can just borrow inside the US whilst securing the loan on the capital that never entered the country you are borrowing in.

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Tim Cook: Wearable tech's nice, but Google Glass will NEVER BE COOL

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Re: I can't imagine Steve Jobs

No, of course...unless a competitor had launched it.

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Nvidia opens pre-orders for handheld Shield console three days early

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TF2 port

Although I think it's unlikely, the chances of it got a lot better after Valve ported the Source engine to SDL and OpenGL (with better performance even on Windows).

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Google not sabotaging YouTube on Windows Phone after all

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Re: Kind of an odd stance from MS

I won't hold my breath for the apology over the original statements (or indeed the complaint to the EU) before they bothered to actually write an app.

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PEAK iPHONE? Apple mobe growth slumps to ‘lowest in its history’

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Re: Neil Mawston is clearly a pillock

They are making a WATCH. What do you people want, blood?

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Google asks Blighty to slave over its Maps for FREE

jaduncan

Re: UK already has an open map

Apple's OSM data was another licence change before this one. It's *really* old; so much so it was obsolete even before the Apple Maps launch.

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

jaduncan

Re: NZ Has No TV Tax

"Even the cry of "BBC does the best costume dramas" has been lacking of late seeing as ITV has Downton Abbey."

*sighs*

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Osborne slashes growth forecast by half in bleak economy statement

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Re: To fix the problem

You almost certainly don't have her kind of expenses either, and I'd hope that you wouldn't think that her children should be paying for the (I would argue) foolishness/possible mental illness of the mother.

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