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Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

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Survey of 1000 *US* devs

"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." - John Steinbeck

This whole "you'll be rich One Day" spiel is the core reason why Americans put up with their system, why they consistently vote for politicians who promise to help the rich and screw the poor. What this survey tells us is that software developers, as a class, are as gullible as everyone else.

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Re: Gay rage, because of what somebody believes?

I'm not sure if this is a brilliant troll, or just Poe's Law at work.

I am reasonably sure that you can't possibly believe this drivel. Comparing "a couple of people boycotting a product" to "being crucified for your beliefs" is just plain blasphemous, whichever way you cut it.

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How does that make a difference? Are they *not* entitled to call on others to do the same thing, if they choose to?

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The odd thing about your initial post, bigtimehustler, was that until I got two-thirds of the way through it (the sentence beginning "What it seems the developers..."), I genuinely couldn't tell which side you were on. That's how much of a non-sequitur the whole thing is: you could say exactly the same thing if you were advocating for the other team.

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It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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Shirley you mean...

'Microsoft Text Format'?

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Incorrect MIME type

How long (oh Lord) have we been telling Microsoft *not* to couple Word with Outlook? I know I told them, circa 1998, that it was a bad idea.

It still is.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Maybe nobody made the decision, at least not recently enough to remember it.

Think about it. Generic regulation that came down from central gov't decades ago: all official measurements to be designated in metric (with a few specific, itemised exceptions, e.g. miles per hour on roads, but I bet you a thousand groats "allotments" weren't explicitly mentioned. After all, how many senior civil servants have allotments?).

Instruction to town hall lawyer: update all these contracts.

Result: contracts specifying measurement in metres. What could be more natural?

Now, if (as I strongly suspect) that's approximately what happened, who exactly are you expecting to "own up" to "making the decision"?

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Re: Lost Acres@VinceH

Graves died in 1985, and English copyright extends an eye-watering 70 years from the end of the year in which the author died. So yes, he's still very much in copyright until 2056.

After all, it's the only way we can make sure he gets rewarded for his creativity, right? Anyone remember what a cultural wasteland England was before we had these copyright terms?

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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"Smart" TVs

Smart TVs have an excellent implementation: it's called the iPad.

I really don't understand why people have so much trouble seeing this. Apple shipped something over 30 million new iPads last year, and most of those represent a TV that didn't get sold. Tablets are the new TV.

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

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Re: There I was...

You load 16 tons, what do you get?

Another day older, and your share of 86 thousand quid...

Not such a bad deal.

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

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Re: Not surprised, but still skeptical

That's right. Clearly we need to increase, by an order of magnitude or so, the budgets given to spy agencies in our respective countries, to make sure this sort of thing doesn't happen again.

Or we could, y'know, ask why the Malaysian (and Indonesian, if the flight paths speculated so far are anything to go by) militaries weren't doing their jobs and investigating an unexplained radar contact crossing their territories. A couple of scrambled fighters doing a fly-by and looking in through the cockpit and windows (there's always a few portholes left open) - could have answered many of the most perplexing questions we have right now. But it didn't happen, because... why exactly?

If we can't even ask, much less answer, that question, then what good would any amount of extra kit do us?

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Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

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Re: Worn out his welcome in New Zealand, has he?

The last time I recall a country asking America for evidence before extraditing a suspect was a little place called Afghanistan, in 2001, asked to hand over a dude named "Osama bin Laden".

You might remember what followed that episode of standing on legal niceties.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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Re: The politicos said that grumble flick websites should require a credit card

Obviously, that's the point.

Porn web hosts have been lobbying for years to introduce laws to outlaw free porn. This is just the latest idiot to have listened to them. Unless he's taken a backhander, in which case not so much an idiot, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

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Australia's 'repeal day' de-regulated SPOOKS

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Re: AMPS???

No, that's rather the point. No-one gives a toss about AMPS, and hasn't any time this century. But the government is repealing the law anyway, because they want to cite a large number of "regulations" repealed. ("More than 9500". The rider they don't add is, "of which maybe one-tenth might actually have some effect on something somewhere.")

Another thing being abolished is the body that oversees charities and non-profits, and checks that they're spending money on things that are vaguely charitable/non-profit-making. So no prizes for guessing how Tony Abbott plans to finance his next campaign.

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We're being royalty screwed! Pandora blames price rise on musos wanting money

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Defensive much?

"Business raises prices following rise in costs." Film at 11?

Seriously, why are you trying to make this into some kind of moral point about embattled rights-holders vs freetards? Where do you see the word "blame" in Pandora's announcement?

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

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We're listening to a *publisher*?

I bet pounds to peanuts, they were praying this would happen when they chose the cover.

How many of us would ever have heard of this book otherwise?

Remember how Terry Pratchett described "the dream of all those who publish books, which is to have so much money in their pockets they have to employ two people just to hold their trousers up".

Publishers == scum. At best, opportunist - at worst, scheming. There are no exceptions to this rule, including the publishers of certain websites I may or may not be logged into right now.

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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Re: The Most Bonkers Explanation award goes to...

That's not a person. What "person" tweets 20 times a day about the same subject with nothing new to say?

That's a bot if ever I saw one.

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Crap turnover, sucky margins: TV is a 'terrible business' – Steve Jobs

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Depends what you mean by "TV"

The way I see it, one of Jobs's landmark products was a TV.

He called it "the iPad". It's a device that displays video (among other things) and accompanying sound, received over wireless connections.

Oh, of course it can also play games, take notes, access the web etc. Like many other modern TVs.

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Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

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Re: Another triumph of designers vs. common sense

Well, that would be your own fault for not sorting out the email in which you told them that, and clicking "reply all" to send the followup.

Oh, you didn't tell them by email? Honestly, there's no helping some people.

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Re: 10,000 unread messages?

But what if one of them is a crisis that really needs your attention? How is GCHQ supposed to alert you to it, if you're not checking your messages?

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

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Re: Write once, copy many

So you've not heard of "maintenance", then?

Writing code is the easy bit. Reading the code that someone else has written, and getting it to do new things - or do the same things in a slightly changed environment? - That's real software engineering, and that's where the money is.

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Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON

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Re: If this was Wikipedia, that reply would look like this

If you are going to put [citation needed] tags in there, there are at least four unsubstantiated assertions in the post you're responding to:

"Sadly, this discussion is long past the point where rational debate can have much effect [citation needed]. True believers in the thermapocalypse aren't going to pay any attention to a paper, no matter how scientifically sound and well argued [citation needed], issued by the GWPF who are ALL IN THE PAY OF BIG OIL [citation needed]. They tend to foam at the mouth and fall over when anything associated with Lord Lawson comes into view [citation needed]."

Putting in just one of these makes you look like Just Another Partisan.

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Getty offers 35 MILLION images for free – if you jump (em)bed with it

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Re: You don't get nuffin' fer nuffin' dese days...

A 'blackmail notice' that you would consider paying - because why exactly?

You don't like what the embedded link is serving, take it off your damn' page. Nobody put a gun to your head and forced you to use Getty's image. If you decide to do it, you do it on their terms - and if you don't like the free terms, I presume there's still an option to pay.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: A completely fair charge

It's what Dell thinks the market will bear. "The market" being, in this case, users who are so under-confident they don't know how to do this for themselves. Or who are so over-paid that the ten minutes they take to do it would cost them more than 16 quid.

If they could get away with charging 200 quid, they would. But they judge, I'm guessing approximately rightly, that 16 quid is the optimum point at which they'll get a nice little profit from a not insignificant number of punters. At 200 quid no-one would pay it, and at 50p there'd be no profit for them.

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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

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Re: Perplexing

Oh, I get the concept. But I think it's breathtakingly cynical, a level of evil that reminds one of the Microsoft of old.

Sure, if you want to know what someone's been working on, check out their 'wall' equivalent on the company network. If you want to know if anyone's working on 'X', you can search for that. If you want to evaluate someone's productivity for their annual review (for very uninformative values of "productivity"), you've got a record of it right there. Which is all great, except for the last part which sounds horrible to me, but what do I know.

Except that all this is predicated on everyone religiously using Office and, presumably, Sharepoint for all their work. Work done in tools like Notepad++ or Trello or TreePad or, productivity gods forbid, Google Docs will be effectively invisible. So I read it as "MS is trying to trick management into banning the use of non-MS software". Which is an absolutely minging idea, and I speak as one who works in a heavily-MS-invested company, because frankly the above-named tools are several orders of magnitude better than anything MS has produced for what they do.

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Flying fondleslab causes injury after plane hits turbulence

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Re: So can babies

Although I think it's fairly unlikely anyone would put a baby into an overhead locker.

You'd be surprised.

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Jobless mum claims Spanish councillor told her to 'go on the game'

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"Going back with support and witnesses" to confront someone who's insulted her is not /exactly/ my idea of "taking the law into one's own hands". It's not going to make a particularly gripping revenge thriller.

And the problem with "should've recorded it" is - how many conversations did you have last week? And of those, how many of them did you record? Typically, by the time you realise the way things are going, it's too late to start recording - the incriminating stuff has already been said, and good luck pulling out a cellphone (or whatever) then and getting the other party to repeat it.

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

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You seem to be labouring under the delusion that Elder Scrolls games are RPGs. They're not, they are (at best) *C*RPGs.

The C is important. It stands for 'computerised', and it distinguishes them from "real" RPGs, which are played by a group of people getting together and talking to one another. 'Skyrim', for all its best intentions, is not and never will be an RPG - it's a glorified puzzle-solving game, where you jump through preset hoops in a determined order to 'win'.

MMOs are arguably closer to 'real' roleplaying, in that they do at least involve other people as players. However, the DM is still a computer, which is always going to be limiting. (Until the Singularity, I guess. Then they could start running some *really* cool games.)

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Candy Crush King stops trying to trademark CANDY in the US

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Re: What's in a name?

Oh, sure the roots of the word are older, but its modern usage comes to us from America. Like trick-or-treating - an Irish custom that came to the UK via the USA. And it's redundant because Britain has, or at least had, its own words and customs, thank you so much.

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Re: What's in a name?

Trademarks are specific to an industry. 'Windows' in the computing industry is a trademark of Microsoft, but that doesn't mean every glazier in the world is infringing on it, because they're in a different industry, so there's no danger of confusion.

What's irritating about 'Candy Crush' is the insidious infiltration of our beautiful language by yet another hideous and redundant American word, viz. 'Candy'. What's next, 'Mom'?

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Schneier: NSA snooping tactics will be copied by criminals in 3 to 5 years

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I think it's time to update an old fave...

Your post advocates a

(*) technical ( ) legislative ( ) market-based ( ) vigilante

approach to privacy. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws which used to vary from state to state before a bad federal law was passed.)

(*) Any technical solution is only as strong as its weakest point

(*) Regular internet users don't have time for this stuff

(*) It requires finding people you can trust to do the implementation

( ) It is defenseless against brute force attacks

(*) It will slow down the NSA for two weeks and then we'll be stuck with it

( ) Users of email will not put up with it

( ) Microsoft will not put up with it

( ) The police will not put up with it

( ) Requires too much cooperation from the enemy

( ) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once

( ) Many net users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers

(*) The NSA doesn't care how much data it has to crunch

( ) Anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else's career or business

Specifically, your plan fails to account for

( ) Laws expressly prohibiting it

( ) Backdoors intentionally built into commercial equipment

(*) Backdoors intentionally built into commercial software

(*) Known-plaintext attacks on encrypted data

(*) Asshats

( ) Jurisdictional problems

( ) Unpopularity of weird new technologies

( ) Public reluctance to accept weird new forms of communication

( ) Huge existing software investment in HTTP(S)

( ) Susceptibility of protocols other than HTTPS to attack

( ) Infected wireless access points

( ) Armies of worm-riddled broadband-connected Windows boxes

(*) Eternal arms race involved in all cryptographic approaches

( ) Extreme profitability of spying

( ) Identity theft

( ) Technically illiterate politicians

( ) Extreme stupidity on the part of people who use the internet

( ) Dishonesty on the part of spies themselves

and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

(*) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever been shown practical

(*) Any scheme based on opt-out is unacceptable

( ) Cryptography should not be the subject of legislation

( ) We should be able to talk without being censored

( ) Countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or credit card fraud

( ) Countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public networks

( ) Countermeasures must work if phased in gradually

( ) Sending email should be free

( ) Why should we have to trust you and your servers?

( ) Incompatiblity with open source or open source licenses

( ) Feel-good measures do nothing to solve the problem

( ) I don't want the government reading my email

( ) Killing them that way is not slow and painful enough

Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

( ) Sorry dude, but I don't think it would work.

(*) Privacy is dead. Wake up and smell the decay.

( ) Nice try, assh0le! I'm going to find out where you live and burn your house down!

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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Why?

Sounds like the good senator had a few bob in Mt Gox...

I rate this proposed law as 'G' (for 'Grandstanding' - proposals that are pointless and/or blatantly unconstitutional, but can be guaranteed to generate the proposer a fair bit of publicity, not all of it negative).

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MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?

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Re: Were people really stupid enough to use MtGox as a bitcoin wallet

@Dr Dan: Calling 'Magic: The Gathering' a role-playing game is like calling Monopoly a role-playing game. It just isn't.

Thank you for observing correctness in insults.

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

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Damn' straight the punter knows the difference between a "subsidised" phone (i.e. one that comes with a contract to pay monthly for a minimum time) and one that you actually get to buy outright. And if they don't, the sales staff will spend time explaining it to them. Because not doing that would seriously jeopardise their trading license.

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Boffins: You'll see, TWITTERNET! We'll get the TRUTH out of you...

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Four types of information

Speculation, controversy, misinformation and disinformation.

So there's no such thing as "true", then? Maybe we should just give up this internet thingy entirely.

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Office Online rises from ashes of 'confusing' Office Web Apps

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Recommended tool:

Puretext allows you to paste "just the text" from the Windows clipboard. It's described as "equivalent to pasting the content into Notepad, then copying and pasting it again from there".

It's free, easy to use, and works great, I've successfully got it included as part of the base install for all users in my company. The quality of our documents has improved noticeably.

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Big Data is like TEENAGE SEX

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How far does the analogy go?

What's the equivalent of "unwanted pregnancy" here? Or "STD"? Sexting?

And do we elder-generation types risk getting arrested if we take too close an interest?

Actually, that seems disturbingly plausible.

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Appeals court decides Dotcom warrant was legal after all

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Re: When Big Brother Is After You

No, it's not. Dotcom is a confidence trickster, pure and simple, and nothing to do with copyright infringment. Check out his record as a pump-and-dump scammer in Germany before he fled that country.

Then you can consider why, despite loudly talking about all the great things he's going to do for New Zealand, he makes no effort to spend his court-allowed $30,000 per month living allowance on paying off some of his debts to ordinary, hard-working Kiwi businesses and people he owes.

Kim Dotcom is scum. Support him if you like, but be aware that if others don't share your opinion, that's not necessarily because they're shills for Big Copyright.

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Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

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Related thought

"Money" - is a legally defined thing, which ultimately has to belong to people, or to people-made organisations (e.g. companies) that are themselves, ultimately, owned by people.

But "Bitcoin" - is a legally undefined thing that can be stored on just about anything that has an electronic memory.

There's nothing to stop robots "owning" Bitcoin.

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HELL is other people ... Thousands play SAME Pokemon game on TV. Mayhem ensues

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That's not a game...

... that's performance art.

Kudos to the artist, but let's not pretend it's more than a one-shot. Let's see his next work now.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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One slow seller, and it's all over?

I've had a Wii since, I think, 2008, and I still use it and enjoy it. So does my 3-year-old son, although he doesn't get to play 'Resident Evil 4'.

I've never been attracted by the WiiU. It seems like a backward step - back to sitting down and fiddling with your fingers to control the game, rather than the standing-up-and-moving-around model that was so revolutionary with the Wii.

But I assume Nintendo will, sooner or later, come up with another console. The PS3 was also a slow seller at launch, and for some years afterwards (because it was criminally overpriced); and the XBox One, pre-launch, got a lot of bad press for its Orwellian tendencies. Everyone has slips, misjudges the market sometimes. I don't see why one failed launch should be fatal to the company.

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Without a smartphone your reptile brain gets a workout

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Re: Facepalm

Actually it's a "feature phone", which means "neither one thing nor 't'other, but an ungodly hybrid that would make Doctor Moreau blench".

A true dumbphone would give a battery life *way* better than "3 days". (And the games would probably be better, too. Anyone remember 'Snake'?)

But seriously... settling arguments in pubs is a *really* bad reason to have a smartphone. And "giving your own memory something to do" is a good reason not to. I only made the jump to smartphone very recently, and haven't yet got into the habit of dragging it out to settle every piffling question that crosses my mind... and I'm trying to keep it that way.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Re: Just a News Operation

The obsession with "news" - which Grade shares - has done untold damage to the BBC. Its misbegotten "rolling news" channel is a ridiculous cost for the benefit it brings.

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Elitist approach still paying off for Apple in mobile market

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Trends

Seems to me that Android is hovering dangerously close to "monopoly" territory now, and its rivals should be supported just to maintain a semblence of competition.

That'd be easier if iOS7 wasn't such a disaster, of course. But I hear good things about Windows Phone 8. Maybe 2014 will be the year of Nokia's comeback.

Oh, and Linux on the desktop, obviously.

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It's a scientific FACT: Online comment trolls are SADISTS

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Can you say "sample bias"?

So... the research is based on surveying people who self-identify as trolls?

To me it seems at least superficially plausible that people who are willing to cop to that, are also more likely to answer the other survey questions - provocatively.

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CCTV warning notices NOT compliant with data protection laws – ICO

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Bait and switch

The Data Protection Act also says - one of its key rules - is that data should only be used for the purpose for which it is collected ("... and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes").

If it's collected for parking enforcement, then there's a mechanical, presumably 100% automated, process that goes from "car being parked too long/in the wrong place" to "car's registered owner gets a ticket in the mail". Once the ticket is paid (or a court declares that it doesn't have to be, for whatever reason), then the record should be destroyed. Records that aren't relevant to parking tickets - e.g. any footage of pedestrians, or anything showing who was in the car or what they were wearing or what they were doing - should be destroyed immediately. (Again, all this is according to the rules laid down in the DPA itself.)

It's not clear to me where in that process "privacy" becomes an issue.

The very fact that it is an issue, then, suggests that that's not what's going on here. So the data ostensibly collected for "parking enforcement" is, in practice, being mined/repurposed for other things as well. That's the real abuse, that's what needs to be stopped.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Re: I'm tired of reading people who claim the only computers available are Windows 8

That may be true wherever you come from, but where I am - you buy a new PC, you get Windows 8. There is no W7 option.

And even if there were, why is "buying an OS that's already officially obsolescent, and is itself scheduled for 'end of mainstream support' in less than a year" supposed to be an acceptable option?

No, when XP is finally terminated I'll just tell Steam I'm going offline, pull the wireless adaptor out of my old machine, and continue using it for games. We have tablets and phones for web browsing nowadays, so there's no real reason why it needs to be online at all. I'll consider buying a new PC in my own time, thank you so much, not on Microsoft's schedule.

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Bitcoin value plunges as Mt.Gox halts withdrawals and Russia says 'nyet'

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Liquidity?

"had no implications for [,,,] the liquidity of customers' accounts."

Methinks someone needs to look up the word "liquidity".

A liquid asset is one that I can convert to cash, quickly and painlessly, when I need to. If it's subject to this kind of cock-up, it's not liquid.

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Google admits 'garbage in, garbage out' translation problem

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Re: Data retention, it's all the rage

@JaitcH: Who's wound up? I'm quite sincerely wondering why this is an issue, when the solution looks so simple.

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15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad

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Re: Autocorrect?

If I were a plod with an iPad, I wouldn't waste time typing in witness statements.

I hear speech-to-text on the iPad is pretty good nowadays. And presumably, at 13k per device, they come with quite a good selection of relevant software and hardware.

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