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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled

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Re: upcoming Blackberry classic

I've got enough free upgrade credit for a Classic (given that it's been accumulating since I got the 4S) but I guess I could give the Q10 a try given the price and use it as my backup if I get a Classic. Good call, AC; I sense a pleasant evening of comparing specs coming up!

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I got a Note 8 this year to use as a notebook for work but also to see what life might be like outside the Apple garden. Apart from a battery life that means it needs charging 2 or 3 times a day in normal use, the fact that I can't use it and charge it at the same time, a constant connection to Google and Samsung accounts which do nothing for me other than track me and deplete the battery, masses of undeleteable bloatware (it's not on a contract - this is Google and Samsung sh*ite), no apps that I can find which don't require access to my contacts, emails, phone, camera, internet history, etc. and no simple way to synch with tasks, notes, calendar or music it's a fantastic piece of kit. I can't remember where I left it and I've gone back to paper and pen for taking notes at work.

It's a shame because I love the stylus and the fact that the handwriting recognition is a standard keyboard and can be used across all apps. The multi-tasking was occasionally useful. The screen was great and as a way of managing client meetings and notes it was almost useful. If I can find it I guess I could look at rooting it since if I f**k it up it won't matter - but I honestly can't be bothered.

I am not an Apple fanboi and the size of the new iPhones means I'm looking at a new battery for my 4S rather than upgrading - but Samsung and Android are going to have to up their game significantly and give me back some semblance of control over my phone if they want my money. I know this will drop my credibility even further, but I'm looking at the upcoming Blackberry classic as a way to try something new (the Passport doesn't fit in my pockets).

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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Re: Daily charging...?

My 5S also lasts a couple of days if I just use it as a phone and bugger-all else, but if I just wanted a phone I'd have kept my Nokia 6310 and gone for a couple of weeks before stomping around the house searching for the charger that hardly gets used.

Let's pick a real-life example: I want to do a pub crawl in town. I do my research plan the route - upload the maps to Google maps, upload the interesting information and the quiz to DropBox - then head off with me mates. Problem is that if the pub crawl lasts for more than 6 hours then the phone won't make the distance - really - it won't - trust me.

What's the point of selling me a tool with maps, documents, journal, compass, comms, camera,voice recorder, train and tube times, etc if the whole package only lasts half a day in real use. It's exactly the same at work when I survey a site, use GPS to mark pics, record client discussions, etc - I wouldn't start a day like that without a full phone and a notebook and pen.

If they'd kept the 6 as thick as the 4 - or even thicker - and made the battery last 24 hours in real use with poor GSM and non-existent 3G signal and a standby of a few days then I'd have been the twat at the front of the queue in Covent Garden. It's not just Apple - Samsung are worse; I need a charger on each step of the stairs just to get a Note 8 from the living room to the "office" upstairs. On a pub-crawl the Note 8 lasted less than 4 hours before it was useless - well not completely useless because it gave my mates loads of entertainment taking the piss out of it. It's amazing how many times a drunk can find it funny calling a beer mat a tablet.

So this weekend I'll be heading off to town with me mates and a sheaf of maps printed off Google (and isn't that a pain), written directions, tour notes and a notebook and pen. The phone will be carefully conserved for emergencies and booking a cab for when I stumble off the train (although I'll make sure I've got some change for the payphone).

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It's a great idea but clashes with Apple's number one requirement that all its products must be as thin as possible and this requirement overrides any utility or user needs.

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Re: Is a broken watch is right twice a day?

You're right, JDX, if you're assuming that time comes in 1 second quanta, but it doesn't - time is continuous (for the moment*).

Assume my watch is stopped at three o' clock (exactly). When a real 3PM comes around how long does it stay 3PM for? It's not 3PM for a whole second. When the real time is 3PM plus 0.264443 seconds the stopped watch is slow. Ditto for when it's 3PM + 6E-24 secs*. It's only telling the right time when the real time is 3 PM ± 0 secs. The stopped watch is only correct for an infinitesimally short amount of time - no time at all really, so I don't think it ever tells the right time.

*There are theories about quantized time, but the quanta are much smaller than 1 sec - GIYF.

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Is a broken watch is right twice a day?

For how long is a broken watch right? I think that the actual period for which it tells the right time is vanishingly small - so it's never right in fact.

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MasterCard adds fingerprint scanner to credit cards for spending sans the PIN

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Re: Compromised? - good point!

And not just the FBI. I go for a meal, I give the restaurant my card details (i.e. when i put it in the reader) and I leave my "PIN" on the cutlery, the wine glass, the card reader, ...etc.

I assume that my contract with Mastercard will replace "You agree never to write down your PIN" with "You agree never to leave your fingerprints on anything".

Of course, Mastercard don't care. They will play the "it was validated with your fingerprint therefore you must have been present" game.

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What happens when....

.....the fingerprint is compromised? When my password is leaked then I change it. When my fingerprint data are leaked then do I need plastic surgery.

Biometrics seem like a daft idea to me. If your BM data get stolen, or even just end up fat-fingerdly on a do-not-fly list then you're buggered - it's hard to change them and just as hard to get the erroneous data deleted from a foreign database. If I've just spent the week building a house or climbing millstone grit then my fingerprints will be virtually worn away. A serious onion-slicing incident could leave me cashless for weeks.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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"Everything between sample points is lost"

Mmmm. Messrs Nyquist and Shannon might have a bit to say about this.

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Mac security packages range from peachy to rancid – antivirus tests

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Re: Sophos not good with Mavericks in my experience

Paul - I didn't have any trouble with scanning. `If it's finding stuff it can't delete it might be because it's scanning your backups (e.g. Time Machine). If Sophos is scanning your backups then that might be why it's taking a long time - or not finishing. If it does find bad files on your Time Machine then Sophos doesn't have the privileges to delete them and you have to do it manually.

My problem was that occasionally it would look like my wireless link was down cos I couldn't see the web from browsers. After lots of messing about I discovered that it was Sophos and the only way to fix was to uninstall it.

I've run without AV for a couple of months. I read all the stuff about Macs' inherent protection and the fact that there aren't many virus attacks for Macs, but I don't like not having AV. I've just installed a trial of Bitdefender, so I'll see how it goes.

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Sophos not good with Mavericks in my experience

On my 2013 MBA Sophos and Mavericks don't play nicely together. Sophos randomly prevented browsers (FF, Chrome, Safari) from accessing the internet connection. I fixed it by uninstalling Sophos.

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Amazon smacks back at Hachette in e-book pricing battle: We're doing it for the readers

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Re: We all moved to sharepoint.

Rowling was turned down by half a dozen or so publishers and her agent thought the book was dead in the water. She only got a deal because the guy at Bloomsbury did her agent a favour, then couldn't be bothered to read it and gave the m/s to his kid. I wonder how many of those J.K. Nothings might be as bankable as Potter.

Remember - these poor publishers who think they, authors and readers need defending from Amazon are the same publishers who implemented the Net Book Agreement which fixed the price of books across the UK and prevented bookshops from discounting. Now they are trying to do the same with eBooks, but the problem is that instead of having a few relatively small book shops to bully they've come up against Amazon. Some might see Amazon as just a bigger bully (although as a reader I don't - yet.).

VAT apart - I don't understand why an eBook should be more expensive than a paper book. Even ignoring the savings in manufacture, storage, distribution, over-production, pulping, etc., readers only pay to rent these books. There's no second-hand market, it's very difficult to lend them to friends and family and they can't be left as an inheritance. So the market is automatically larger for an e-book than for a paper book because of the limitations of use*. Hachette and Amazon appear to have very different approaches to making money. Hachette want a protected market where they can charge what they want and make loads of money on each sale whereas Amazon are happy to make fractions of a penny profit on massive throughput. As a reader I prefer the Amazon approach cos I can get more books for the same money. For me the jury's still out on whether or not this will result in an Amazonopoly which acts to the detriment of authors - and thereby readers.

*I've heard that Calibre might help!

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Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more

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Memories of the way publishers like Hachette used to fix book prices (Net Book Agreement) mean that I have little sympathy for them. They don't give a toss about their authors; all they care about is that they missed a trick somewhere and someone else is making the money.

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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Vouchers

I remember when the catalogue was a flimsy green affair with about 40 pages and you got vouchers for every £1 you spent. The first time I went to Southend with a girlfriend in the early 80s she couldn't understand why I dragged her off to visit the Maplin shop!

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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

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And they say that Americans don't do irony.

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'We don't use UPS. If we did we'd have huge UPSs and tiny computers'

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Re: Argument seems illogical

If they have no standby generator the UPS would have to run the cooling system to keep the system at temperature while it was doing the backups.

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

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Re: I think not ...

Unless otherwise marked the national speed limit on single carriageway roads in the UK for cars and vans up to 2 tonnes is 60 mph. It's 50 if you're towing or a goods vehicle <= 7 tonnes.

https://www.gov.uk/speed-limits

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Re: Caveat Emptor

You're right - you have no idea what I'm on about. There's no USB Mini B connector on my TomTom Go 540 Live. The connector is proprietary.

Whether you're correct or not about China being able to provide a screen mount, it's still the case that TomTom has effectively discontinued hardware support for my TomTom only 4 years after I bought it. My experience with their "support" staff is all the evidence I need that they don't give a toss about customers once they have spent their money. However, should I require more evidence then my 3 hour trip yesterday when the device was unable to access the traffic service for the whole journey would help.

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Re: Caveat Emptor

Oh - I forgot to mention the fact that they stop supporting stuff after 4 years. When I tried to buy a spare lead for my Tomtom they no longer make them. If my dock or car mount breaks then I have to bin the device and buy a new one. It's a proprietary connector - not USB. They clearly hate customers.

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Caveat Emptor

My TomTom is great except...

It takes it so long to connect to the traffic server that any time it might save me by avoiding traffic would be used up by my sitting in the car for 15 minutes waiting for it to connect.

I can save you time contacting the help desk; the answer will be to reformat the device. No matter what the problem is the first remedy will be "Go to this web page and follow the instructions to re-format the disk". I think that even if I told them that I'd scratched the screen the fix would be to re-format the disk,.

The device re-sets itself randomly - usually when I'm in the middle of a complicated one-way system.

The speed read-out freezes when I enter an average speed camera zone.

If the current location is not a road on its map (e.g .a car park in a new industrial area) then it cannot create a route.

BTW - when I said "great" above, I meant crap.

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Look at how many ways we ruin your life, Redmond boasts

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Re: There are so many things you can do in a bathroom

Just as "toilet" is a euphemism for "water closet" adopted, initially, as the French "toilette" and anglicized over time.

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Wozniak: Please, whatever you do, DON'T buy me an iPad Air

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Re: "Premium Enhancements"

"Making the full size ipad thinner and roughly a third lighter is a premium enhancement"

Other opinions are available. Making it 2 mm thicker to accommodate a bigger battery so I can go a weekend without charging and adding a memory card slot would, for me, have been premium enhancements and would have tempted me to buy one. Adding handwriting recognition in the OS (so all apps could use it) would have been a premium enhancement and I would have bought one instantly (even in its thin and virtually memory-less state). Making it thinner and lighter make no difference to me and I'm still managing to live without an iPad.

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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

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No video for me - has it been stolen?

i've tried Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Firefox in safe mode.

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Whodathunkit? Media barons slit own throats in anti-freetard crackdowns

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Home Taping Killed Music

Didn't it?

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BlackBerry will 'under-perform' beneath the sheets, says Wall St bod

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Re: Maybe they've found out they can't synch calendars with BB Q10

Seven - I was quoting directly from BB Support. I want to do calendar, task and contact synch via USB. BB Support said it could only be done via cloud. Are you saying that BB Support are misleading me.

I use Outlook 2011 on a Mac.

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Re: Maybe they've found out they can't synch calendars with BB Q10

Levente -

My company does not allow use of cloud for company info.

I asked BB support if I could synch Mac Outlook 11 Calendars with BB Q10 using wire or local wireless. They said no - that the only way to synch would be by using a cloud service - I quoted their response in my post.

Are you saying that you managed to synch Outlook 11 on a Mac (calendar, contacts, tasks) with a BBQ10 without using a cloud service - i.e. over USB or local wireless?

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Maybe they've found out they can't synch calendars with BB Q10

I really like the BB Q10 but it's no good for me because it only supports Mac calendar synch via cloud, which is not allowed in my company.

""You can do wired but limited to Contacts. You are able to setup through synchronizing with the Cloud for both calendar and contacts.""

How could they fuck it up so badly for business users?

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Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'

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Re: Lazy

"And your laziness will mean you will have always have a feature set from the past. Enjoy 2007!"

I use my iPhone to make calls, read emails, manage my calendar and to-dos and listen to music - in that order. I've got a couple of apps that synch files with my Mac and I use Tripit and a map app that lets me store maps on the phone instead of relying on having a data link. I don't use the cloud, I don't Tweet, Facebook or anything else social. I buy music on vinyl and CDs and record them on my Mac; I've never bought music or films online. I don't play games.

I sometimes use the web on it, but even assuming there's a data signal (there usually isn't) it takes so long to do anything that it's mostly a waste of time and it's a last resort - usually to resolve pub arguments like when did Kraftwerk released "The Model". The only feature I'd add is a ten-day battery life - but I don't think that Android offers this. I miss my E52 and realistically the iPhone doesn't do anything practical/useful for me that the Nokia didn't - although the iTunes interface is a bit better than Nokia's music manager.

I'd be interested (seriously) in the 2013 features that an Android or other phone has that would make my life better.

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Lazy

I've got an iPhone (my 2nd) and my next phone will probably be an iPhone because I'm too lazy to change. I've paid for apps, spent time configuring them and, after much effort, the phone syncs reliably with my Mac's calendar, notes, contacts and useful files. My email accounts are all set up and when I buy a new iPhone it will look (functionally) like the old one within 30 minutes of plugging it into my Mac.

I'm sure Android phones are fine, but unless Apple messes up the next phone (e.g. makes it harder not to use cloud, reduces memory or makes it less useful as a telephone) then I just can't be bothered to start again with a new phone.

If Android want my business then the thing I'd value most would be to be able to plug the new Android phone into my Mac and have it auto-configure itself like my iPhone as much as possible (e.g. set up the synchs to Outlook, iTunes and wireless file sync so they just work, set up all my email accounts, etc) and automatically suggest equivalent or similar Android apps to the iPhone ones I've downloaded.

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El Reg drills into Google's search biz offer to Europe

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Re: This is akin to

"To make it work CocaCola would need to control 90% of the vending machine market:"

But in a particular shop they do. If a shop has a Coke branded fridge then they specify that the shop is not allowed a Pepsi branded fridge and only Coke products are allowed in the fridge and they do deals to persuade the shop to to have their fridge instead of a Pepsi fridge. Many of the drinks in a Coke fridge are not branded Coca Cola but they are Coke products. Coke provide the fridge free of charge and maintain it. If you go into a particular shop and want a cold drink then you have no choice other than a Coke product.

Of course, you could go to another shop, if you don't like it, but your local shop sells stuff you like, at good prices, is environmentally aware, sells fair trade items, gives you coupons for stuff, has free parking and that nice young man once carried your stuff to the car. Given this, and the fact that some Coke products are OK, then you live with it instead of having the inconvenience of driving further, paying to park and going to a shop that sells your favourite Koker Kola but doesn't have that nice fairtrade tea you like.

I think that the analogy is good. Forcing Coke to allow Pepsi and Koker Kola in their fridge might be better for the consumer - but then again, Coke might decide it's not worth supplying a free fridge and it won't give the shopkeeper discount for Coke, so the thirsty punter might have to pay more for his/her drink or might find that there are no cold drinks at all.

BTW - Pepsi have the same arrangements with outlets, and I'm sure others do. The local newsagent was reported for having Pepsi in his Coke fridge and Coke came and took it away.

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Eric Schmidt defends Google's teeny UK tax payouts - again

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Re: Hmm...

If you want to pay more tax than you are legally obliged to then you are free to do so.

I, however, am an avid tax avoider - I've got Premium Bonds, a bunch of ISAs, a pension fund, my charity donations take advantage of gift aid and and I take advantage of duty free shopping whenever the opportunity is presented.

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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

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It'll get worse

Yahoo! provide BT.com mail in the UK. If the service is as bad for Sky as with BT then users will have to get used to a few other problems:

- IMAP doesn't work very well,

- deleted mails reappear in the Inbox after a while (I think this is an IMAP implementation problem);

- continual reporting of password problems or access problems,

- you can't control the spam filters. Even with the BT spam filters turned off on my BT account stuff is still sent to my spam folders, but what's worse is that the Yahoo! servers filter out mails that Yahoo! considers to be spam before it even gets to the BT spam filters. The problem is that Yahoo! filters out real messages -- e.g. from the Whois service warning you of domain expiry.

To be fair BT don't offer an IMAP facility but you can download the settings from the BT forums and it sort of works.

At the risk of this post becoming unbelievable, BT have been very helpful over the last couple of months and tried very hard to fix it - including putting me in touch directly with Yahoo!. However, it's still not fixed and I'm in the process of moving all my important registration contacts away from BT internet (i.e. Yahoo!) mail to something more reliable.

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Is social networking good for anything more than cat pics?

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Fed up of spam and pop ups

I've just deleted my Linkedin profile because of spam and the annoying popups asking me to endorse, download contacts, update profile, tidy my room, wipe my feet, etc etc. Linkedin's gone from being interesting and mildly useful to f*****g annoying.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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You could browse, but they made paying difficult.

I love browsing and used to buy a lot of CDs from HMV - the only record shop left in my town. A couple of years ago my local shop got rid of the information desk and made each till an information point - and the tellers were all groomed to ask "did you find everything you were looking for?". The result was that each till could be, and often was, taken up with someone "....looking for a DVD for my husband's birthday. It's got John Wayne in it and I think it's a western".

After about the fifth time of standing in a long, stationary queue with a fistful of CDs while three tills were held up by people making queries I gave up with HMV. I mostly buy my CDs, DVDs (and vinyl!) online now and Amazon are happy to let me pay at any time night or day. I won't even go back to HMV for the fire sale because I know that woman will still be looking for the John Wayne film. Once you lose customers you lose them for good.

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Thunderbolt interface strikes YOUR PC: What's the damage?

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Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter - be careful

There are reports that the latest Macbook Airs can't drive some some Firewire devices via the Thunderbolt adapter because the thunderbolt port doesn't deliver enough DC power.

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When your squash partner 'endorses' your coding skills on LinkedIn...

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AAAAAAAAAA++++++++++ Article

Fast delivery, just as described, no problems.

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Mark Zuckerberg doesn't know how to use HTML5

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Re: Maybe ElReg could hire these guys to make the videos work on The Register's site

I wrongly (lazily?) assumed it was El Reg - but a bit of research and practical experimentation reveals it to be a Firefox bug with Vimeo.

My apologies to the Vulture.

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Maybe ElReg could hire these guys to make the videos work on The Register's site

Instead of having to pop out to Vimeo to watch them.

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Google given a month to wriggle out of Euro antitrust smackdown

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Agreed

Google seem to be suffering because they're good. Windows created a bad browser and then tried to kill the good ones with its dominant position. I don't see Google in the same position. I switched to Bing a few weeks ago and I'm about to switch back to Google - tho' I might give the duck one a try first. I used to use Multimap and it had some good features that Google hasn't (e.g. post code at centre of map) but when Bing took Multimap much of the good stuff disappeared; they've still got OS maps, but I expect that to disappear.

People use Google because their services and apps are pretty good and they either accept or are ignorant of the way Google works. I don't see why I should suffer because of the ignorant ones.

BTW - I also agree on the SEO stuff and Google need to up their game. It is getting difficult to find stuff. Google need a "only one instance of a site" button so that the first 30 results aren't all variations of the same hit.

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I don't understand this

If Google isn't allowed to prefer its products when presenting search results then I assume that when I search for mince pies on tesco.com the site will have to tell me about Aldi's cheaper option and also not prefer its own products when it returns the search results.

I'm not stupid. In google I get a search engine, a portfolio tracker, maps, directions, an (if I wanted) a whole suite of apps -- and all for "nothing". It costs me £50 a year for just the maps element of this with TomTom, and that's for the UK only. If I had to pay the costs for everything Google lets me use for "free" it would be £££ per year - so I accept that Google are getting my data and selling it to pay for these services and to make a tidy profit. I don't begrudge them this and if I have to put up with some bias in the search results then so be it. If people do mind then they can choose not to use Google, or any other search engine -- or maybe the ECHR is about to decide that free internet search is a human right.

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I've got the 'fastest growing THINGY ever', boasts Google+ chief

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Re: Ads?

I've never paid a penny to Google, so I don't see how they are "making money off me". If you are correct that they get paid by their customers based on the number of ads they send out, rather than evidenced increase in revenue due to the ads then their customers are fools, and we all know what happens to fools' money.

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Re: Ads?

HT for Ghostery. Thanks.

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Ads?

Google's collection and analysis of my web habits might be a bit sinister, but there are add-ons which make sure that I don't see any of the advertising they push my way. They'll also block the G+ icon from websites - although it takes a bit of effort.

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Google avoids tax with ‘Double Irish Dutch Sandwich’

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Re: It's the wrong discussion

Exactly my point. Google would miss out the Ireland step and pay the tax they currently pay in Ireland to the Aussies. The Australian tax take would increase.

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It's the wrong discussion

Governments love this because it distracts us from what we should really be discussing; why is corporation tax in Aus (and UK) so bloody high? If Aus corporation taxes were as low as Ireland's then Google (and all the other companies) wouldn't have to bother with all this tax avoidance and the net cash tax take would be higher.

I assume that all those who criticize Google and the other companies who avoid tax in this manner are squeaky clean in terms of tax avoidance; no ISAs, no Premium Bonds, no shopping in duty free on the way out of the country.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in Retina display review

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Firewire Power

Did you try any firewire kit via the thunderbolt adapter? The port on the MBA hasn't got enough poke to drive many peripherals.

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Copper-obsessed BT means UK misses out on ultrafast fibre gold

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Faster Infrastrtucture is Pointless for two reasons

Faster infrastructure is pointless (1) because the capacity will just be used up until it's as slow as it is today and was 10 years ago. It's just the same as widening the M25 - it's all good for a few months then more cars use it and pretty soon it's as clogged as it was.

Faster infrastructure is pointless (2) because the ISP's throttle capacity based on some random process designed to annoy me. I was getting about 150 kbps so complained to my ISP. ISP blamed BT. BT came and measured the line. BT said 4 Mbps - computer said 150 kbps. ISP said Oh! then admitted that at peak times they restricted throughput but they were sure I'd get the full 4 Mbps after 2AM. BT technician said that he gets this all the time.

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