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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

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I've not played Minecraft, so don't know what made it so good,

but if the creator is off with his big pile of cash, I doubt it'll stay good for much longer.

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THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug

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Re: Why the Telcos?

Telcos and manufacturers should be required to cooperate, to ensure that users always have access to the most up-to-date OS (that their hardware can support). Still pie in the sky, but at least all the bases are covered!

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

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Re: This is a positive thing.

Much like CarphoneWarehouse, they were OK if you knew what you wanted

Me: "Can I have [handset] on [contract]?"

Them: "No, but you could look on our website."

Never got any pressure off of the salespeople in either CarphoneWarehouse or Phones4U. Stark contrast to the greasy little shits in the network shops (with the exception of the nice boy in one of the O2 stores), who all seemed to want to a) get me to upgrade to 4G, or b) convince me that a crappy handset was a good reason to stay with their network.

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Bloat-free, unlocked Moto X to be dubbed 'Pure Edition', says report

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I hope this sells well,

and that other manufacturers will take note, and reduce the amount of crap that they shovel onto our handsets.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Can't say I was a huge fan of Phones4U,

but I'm less a fan of reduced consumer choice.

It was always clear that the networks resented their existence - the man in the Three shop advised me not to go to Phones4U, as they "wouldn't have tested all of their handsets on our network". Granted, the chap at Phones4U couldn't get me a deal that suited, but he was a lot less pushy than any sales drone from the network-owned shops, and didn't try to blind me with bullshit.

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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How do you pitch a tent on a pavement, anyway?

Maybe a stiff breeze will sort this problem out?

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Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

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Are Norton giving out updates for free, then?

Last time I checked, you needed to pay an annual subscription.

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Gee, everyone who wants a tablet has a tablet. Waiddaminute....

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Not "too complex", just unfamiliar, I expect.

See also: people who still double-click on hyperlinks, because that's how they were taught to use their computer. Change can be hard, for some.

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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As someone who always wears a cycle helmet when out and about on the pushbike,

I have to ask: aren't cycle helmets dorky enough, already?

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Lenovorola TRIPLE-ola: New Moto G, Moto X and 360 wristputer UNZIPPED

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Re: Moto X Expensive!

Are you mixing up the X and G? The X is expensive, but I thought it was their flagship model, with the G as the £150 budget model.

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The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

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Re: But the good news is......

Isn't that the opposite of what this ruling says?

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Re: "It's just a normal human activity"

Really? Not taking pictures of my junk makes me abnormal?

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Re: Journalistic Integruhty

Doesn't "cracker" have a totally different meaning, in the US (other than "biscuit")?

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Quite.

There's no such thing as bad publicity.

I'm sure that, out of all the affected individuals, some are genuinely upset about their private photos getting out, but you'd think that, on the whole, people who make their living from their image, and who are constantly snapped by the press, would take some measures to ensure they could keep the genuinely private private.

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Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen

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@ Mike Flugennock

It did occur to me that what I wrote does sound a little like I'm shilling for the banking industry. I'm not though* - I don't even have a contactless payment card, I just like the idea of them, as I've very much gotten out of the habit of keeping cash about my person (I'd quite happily carry a chequebook, if cheques were still a viable payment method, in preference to cash).

With regards to the havoc that could be wrought by the "Russian mafiosi," that's the reason that I prefer to use my credit, rather than my debit card (particularly online) - as pointed out above, stolen debit card details give them access to all my money, stolen credit card details give them access to someone else's money (I've had my credit card details stolen a couple of times, and never been out of pocket as a consequence, and have enjoyed the protection that using my credit card gave me when a hotel billed me for a room I hadn't used).

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Re: Is it just me…

You still carry cash? How quaint...

Seriously, though, credit/debit cards are incredibly convenient, whereas cash is messy and easily lost. Contactless payment schemes may be riddled with security holes, but the simplicity at POS is undeniable, and attractive to both consumers and retailers.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Re: "my suspension of disbelief finally broke"

...at a lizard lady doing something improbable with her oxygen supply? How do you cope with the frequently killed immortal, who travels around in an extra-dimensional, time-hopping police box from the 1960s? Doctor Who isn't exactly "hard" sci-fi.

Until we all learn to stop viewing homosexuality as a deviant behaviour, any incidence of such behaviour in any TV show is probably going to seem jarring and shoe-horned in*. The Kirk/Uhura kiss probably felt like that to many viewers, way back when, but I doubt anyone would bat an eyelid, now.

*I honestly don't care if the writers included it solely to piss-off the moral outrage brigade - if it helps demystify homosexuality among Who's intended audience, it served a useful purpose (it prompted a brief discussion between my young son and I, about same-sex marriage - of course, he thinks that kissing is icky, regardless of the participants' genders).

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

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Kind of looks like a tiny, bent, iPhone.

Sorry, I mean a tiny, bent, Galaxy S#.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: "That's more what I'd expect from a 12 or 13 year old."

Like the man said: "in the local Weatherspoons".

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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Re: Let's see...

I think there's a fair gap between uploading skills to your brain, and being able to read a wikipedia page about an activity. Still, it's a start.

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Re: "pirate movies and stream them around your home"

So, anyone who uses media streaming is a pirate? I'm ripping all my DVDs to a load of reclaimed hard drives in an old tower case, and using Raspbmc to play them on my TV - should I cower in fear at the thought of the police beating down my door and hauling me up before the beak? My long history of VHS useage would surely count against me.

On a serious note, I did intend to use the Pi for the kids to learn programming on, but it's just too damn handy as a cheap, versatile, media player (and I get to reclaim shelf space from the DVDs, too)!

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

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Quite.

The article could do with the "troll" icon.

The sooner manufacturers get over this whole "your rectangular device looks like my rectangular device" bollocks, the happier we'll all be. Or do they just do it to guarantee column inches on sites like this?

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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"officers employed in the the interest of local people, rather than marketers"

This seems charmingly naive. My experience of local council officers would suggest that they couldn't be less interested in the interests of local people if they tried.

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Wetsuits, sunshine, bikini babes and a competitive streak: Epyx California Games

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I think the comment about the initially baffling controls is spot on.

Mate of mine bought this, and we played it a couple of times, but swiftly got bored of watching our skateboarder fall off, or hacky-sacker drop his sack, and returned to playing Gauntlet.

Sports games peaked with Daley Thompson on the Speccy (was that Hyper Sports?), and went downhill from there (if you couldn't win by hammering the life out of the keyboard/waggling the joystick until it broke, what was the point?) - until Speedball II arrived on the Mega Drive, of course.

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What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?

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So,

1) the ASA decision was wrong (the advert wasn't misleading, as it stated that x% of the emergency services used Vodafone's services, not that x% of emergency services employees used Vodaphone's services in their personal time)

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2) the ASA decision was irrelevant, as this advert has been and gone.

Are they paid to remind us that Vodaphone still exist, or something?

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Chinese cops cuff teen over Heart App Android malware flap

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Re: I see what you did there

Good old sensationalist journalism that explicitly mentions the need for everything to be sideloaded in China?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Re: It's also a phone!

I felt like a total tool using the Nokia 8110, so I doubt I'd feel particularly comfortable holding an 8 inch slab to my ear!

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Beware WarKitteh, the connected cat that sniffs your Wi-Fi privates

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What's the dollar bill for?

Did he tuck it into the cat's collar?

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Wait, an actual QR code use case? TGI Friday's builds techno-restaurant

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TGI's are probably smart enough to realise that a bulk of their customers

are in the "get in, get fed, get out" crowd. Particularly at a train station.

Not having to hang about waiting for the bill sounds ideal for those accompanied by small children, too.

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OK Google: Gobble chat app Emu. OK Google, now shut down Emu

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Was this a free app, or had the users paid for it?

If it's the latter, do they get their money back?

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REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

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So, being a wigger is an accepted norm, now?

Stop the world, I want to get off.

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Sneaker-maker Reebok cooks up performance-enhancing BACON

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Re: Confused "bacon"

Very much this. Curing is preserving.

Pity the USA - all that farmland, and not a clue what to do with the produce.

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

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Re: I've not watched broadcast tv since 2000 when I got my first tivo

Aren't TiVos just PVRs? In which case you were just time-shifting the broadcast TV to suit your schedule.

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Re: Cut or compress

Can't we just cut the dedicated shopping and porn channels? Maybe shunt them over to IPTV, so those who want them can still get them through their smart telly/box.

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Too rich for an iPhone 6? How about a gold-plated Brikk?

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Re: Really...

This piece is anti-Apple? I thought it was anti-slathering-tech-in-gold-and-diamonds.

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Dusty pre-Facebook, pre-Twitter laws will do for social media crimes

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Given that facebook goes into meltdown

if someone posts a picture of a woman breastfeeding her own child, is it really a viable method of distributing revenge porn?

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Re: Common sense prevails

Whilst I'd agree with the sentiment that it's best to not (knowingly) let anyone take compromising photos of you, I don't really hold with condoning bullying or harrasment.

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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We had a smart meter fitted a few months back.

Seemed like a sound idea, as it meant that my supplier could take regular readings, instead of relying on their wildly inaccurate estimates (in spite of my supplying a reading every month). That's never happened (although, I did change suppliers about a month later).

Theres a nice little touch-screen box that came with the smart meters (looks like a monochrome sat-nav), which ought to save me going out to read the gas meter, or crawling around to read the electric. Except it doesn't have an option for actually reading the meter.

Total waste of time. It's actually made reading the meters harder as, rather than just look at the counters, I have to poke some unlabelled buttons and hope that the counter shows up.

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Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg

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Re: Now if they just charged $10 a year

Would be interesting to know how much users would be willing to pay to use Facebook. Given that Google+ exists, I suspect it wouldn't be very much.

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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

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Re: PC? Really?

Your Mrs must be thrilled by this development.

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Re: Profit wouldn't slip if they wrote better games

I remember being promised human-like AI and movie-quality graphics when the PS2 was coming out. Fortunately, I didn't hold my breath.

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Real soccer?

Will you be beheading your enemy to use as a ball, or have you given in to the modern convenience of purchasing a leather/synthetic substitute?

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June Whitfield and EE to old folk: Would you like a nice cup of tea and some internet, dear?

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"the government’s Go ON programme"

Is Spike Milligan's estate getting royalties for this?

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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@Khaptain

Typing out a quick letter to remind the general public of a good, basic, network security, in all likelihood did not take in excess of 30 minutes, and the reprographics/mailing costs were probably minimal.

The force most likely know that they aren't going to be able to arrest anyone for the alleged wifi theft (if it even counts as theft), and the public interest is best served by them making a minimal effort to encourage best practice amongst the populace (which, in turn, reduces the likelihood of them receiving more such complaints).

At what point are you going to berate them for "not being out catching REAL criminals"?

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Re: WTF Do you lot think the police should do?

Easily the sanest comment in this thread.

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@Khaptain

Is the police sending round a polite note reminding everyone to secure their WiFi really comparable with you attempting to grass up your neighbour as a sex offender?

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Turing biopic with Cumberbatch, Knightley to premiere at London Film Festival

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WTF?

"Joan Clarke was rather plain,"

Strip away the makeup and hair spray, and I'd imagine that Keira Knightley looks distinctly ordinary, too.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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@John Brown

I couldn't help but upvote this spectacularly smart-arsed response!

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Re: "stuck in traffic for a week on Interstate 5 one afternoon"

Were you abducted by aliens?

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Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

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Re: @LucreLout

My mistake. It's the Soviets engaging in revolutionary struggle against the capitalist US, so the film should open with an aggressive leafleting campaign against American institutions. I'm sure that'll stir the blood of every red-(no, not in that sense)-blooded American citizen.

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