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Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

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Re: Let me get this straight ...

Javascript isn't inherently insecure.

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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Confusing name

So people are expected to choose between a 5S and an S5 now, and both have fingerprint scanners?

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Re: Anyone know what it is using for water resistance?

As Dr. Who discovered on Mars.

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Re: Anyone know what it is using for water resistance?

Watertight seals are hardly new technology. A humble cork is removable but watertight. Or look at a tupperware box which is basically a seal of rubber/cork/whatever under compression.

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Cheap'n'cheerful Chinese mobesters ZTE launch Firefox phones

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Re: while Nokia punts Android as 'entry level'

Like a modern day 8310?

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Telefonica’s strategy

"It’s Telefonica’s strategy to sell Firefox phones to users in markets where digital watches are still seen as being a pretty neat idea"

So basically target people who don't know what a decent smartphone is supposed to look like.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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>>>treat everyone like we would like to be treated

Sounds a bit like the bible, that.

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Re: There's no pope in Islam.

Where were religious fanatics mentioned?

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All nonsense aside

Weren't Islamic nations involved in much early exploration of our planet, which was certainly dangerous?

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Groupon plans MORE losses next quarter: Will lob wads of cash down marketing's maw

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Re: Losses why?

Non of that answers the question of how they are haemorrhaging so much cash. Their business model brings in LOTS of money and at this point, surely most target businesses are aware of Groupon in the same way most takeaway owners are aware of JustEat.

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Losses why?

Groupon seems to offer a service, certainly loads of businesses still use it and seem to sell lots of deals through it. Even if sales are declining, their model - a cut off the top - means they are bringing in substantial money worldwide. That they are making losses means they are spending too much, not that they need more revenue and fancy features. Surely Groupon is a perfect example of an online business which should not cost that much to run?

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

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Why?

Isn't the 510 doing really well in such markets? Or is this a drop-in direct replacement for the Asha range rather than any besmirchment on WP?

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Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

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Because people are choosing between touch-based form factor devices. W8 tablets do far more than an iPad, but iPad is much smaller. These are valid comparisons because people are buying them for similar purposes.

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Re: "to use the Encore as PC you really need a good Bluetooth keyboard "

If you want to use a proper keyboard, the extra bulk of a mini-hub doesn't seem a big deal. You could presumably even get a keyboard with microUSB, which has its own USB hub built in?

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Re: A word of advice to tablet makers

"Local storage, how very noughties. You'll be talking about SD cards next.

How quaint. Puts me in mind of a VCR."

Joe Public hasn't caught up with cloud storage yet, and most tablets don't have 3G. Good luck listening to music and watching video on the bus without local storage.

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"to use the Encore as PC you really need a good Bluetooth keyboard "

Why? What's wrong with USB... you can plug in a regular £5 keyboard and mouse, right?

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Re: A word of advice to tablet makers

Yeah, that's why Apple are selling untold millions of tablets with the same screen size as their competitors, but anything from 30% to 300% more expensive.

Storage and 3G are major factors even for Joe Public.

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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LoveFilm supports lots of devices. Clearly just not yours. Maybe they've done analysis and found that while Android has the biggest market share, console & iOS owners are the ones who represent the bulk of the people willing to pay for their services.

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Re: Prime one-day delivery? Ha!

We had it for a year and a bit and ordered dozens (literally) of things. When we ordered before mid-afternoon, I'd say about 3-5 items didn't arrive the next day, and 1 item took longer than two days.

I have also NEVER heard of Amazon ignoring complaints. I've had them phone me back within two minutes of lodging a complaint on their website to sort it out.

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Elon Musk ADMITS he met Apple: iCar 'great idea', keeps schtum on Tesla hookup

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If the fruity lot do get involved with Tesla, then that's a dream car off my list :(

Why? Are you picturing it as a normal model which only plays music through your iPhone?

Far more likely you'd see an "i" version of existing Teslas, they need to keep their customer base wide.

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Partnership rather than buy-out seems far more likely unless they want to ape Google and develop self-driving cars.

You'd think it'd be better for Apple to partner with multiple firms though so you can buy an iFiesta, iTesla, etc according to budget.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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If my phonebook is worth £25 and my medical data £100s...

... why don't you just offer me the money directly? I bet loads of people would voluntarily sell their information and would at least know they ARE selling it.

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

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Re: What is that?

It is very popular but it's not quite an "everyone has it" app along the lines of FaceBook or Twitter. Unless your friends use it, you might not have heard about it.

Isn't $16bn twice what Skype sold for?

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

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"the new product is closely related to the Potato Waffles"

Or Alphabites, shirley?

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

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"While a financial success for the box shifter in Nintendo, the console itself was an epic fail"

Being a financial success is the only thing that really matters.

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Re: Wii failed

The Wii was a massive success. It's the Wii U we're talking about.

Randomly, I just started playing on the Wii again recently. I wanted a tennis game utilising motion sensing technology and went for EA's Grand Slam Tennis. The graphics are not good but the gameplay is excellent - it's the first game I've played where it actually feels like I'm involved rather than pressing buttons.

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Re: As an optional extra, fine

There is no way there would be a whole Apple-specific model. Developing the core model is a massive undertaking, to the extend the same base model is sometimes used by more than one manufacturer, so there is no way an "iCar" wouldn't be a rebadged version of something else.

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I know an iCar gets a lot of stick...

... mainly along the lines "why tie a car to a specific company".

But as an optional add-on/customisation, it seems like it could sell to me. Car displays/navigation "powered by Apple", well why not? (jokes about Apple maps aside of course).

I wouldn't want one because I'm not too into tech in cars, but it seems at least sellable and that's the thing which matters.

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Korean boffins launch K-Glass for hands-free Google Glass-ery

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Re: Well at least it doesn't make you look stupid!

You'd hardly know he was wearing it!

Also, "AR" clearly is a real term. It means "reality with extra stuff that isn't really there".

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

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"JDX once again show how many Americans think only their laws apply"

I do no such thing. If you read my post you'll see I asked a simple, unbiased question which also failed to even hint at my nationality (hint: not American).

Also, I didn't ask about laws regarding data protection, or internet privacy. I asked about privacy in the wider sense; is privacy a right which can therefore be extended to the internet, or is all this clamour about privacy being a "human right" actually based on a falsehood?

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Re: Popcorn

You'd probably be better staying off the internet Gale, people might be watching you.

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Re: Choices, choices... Music

>>Who plays music on other than Phone or Media Streaming box (often mis-advertised as "Radios" but they need the Internet if not using your own.)?

Um, nearly everyone older than 30 and a large proportion of those under? Storing your MP3s on your PC/whatever and playing them back through a HiFi is hardly unusual.

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"I have a RIGHT TO PRIVACY."

Do you? Under which laws?

Serious question... you hear people bang on about privacy as being a first-class human right like the right not to be a slave, but is this set in law or just a modern idea that we should have a right to privacy?

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Re: They're both disappointing.

>>It'd be nice if the xbone could manage 1080 and 60fps

it can

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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"to me that seems to be a matter of M, F or Other"

But that system puts everything other than M/F as a 2nd tier. It would be like saying to a bisexual person "you must identify as Gay, straight or other (please specify)".

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Shock horror, old fans like old version!

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I like it

I'm primarily a Windows user and am more likely to buy a Mac Mini than an iMac for my iOS development work, but if I was in the position to need/afford a stupidly overspecced PC I'd be on this like a shot.

It's a niche product like a Ferrari. You can go as fast as a Ferrari for far less but it's still not the same... most of us will never be in the position to have the choice anyway though!

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

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Re: If you got a computer you don't buy Windows 8.

>>If you get a pad you don't get one with Windows 8. Why would you?

Because you use it for work, not just for Netflix, email and web-browsing. Just make sure it's not the RT version!

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Re: What the hell did they expect?

With 8.1 you barely have to use the "touch interface" if you don't want to. Laying out the start-menu as a tiled full-screen affair may not be to everyone's taste, but it IS a totally valid non-touch mechanism for the desktop - fiddling around inside nested menus in a quarter of your screen when you can see everything spread out using your whole screen. If anything, it's more like OSX and I don't remember people rampaging about how that is stupid without a touch-screen.

How do the more popular Linux setups approach this? I didn't think they aped the start-menu, or do they? Don't they mostly let you view your programs in lists or tiled pages?

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Google hefts MySQL service into cloud

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Re: Well it is now the most commonly used database server....

Amazon offer MSSQL, Oracle, etc as well as MySQL (or Maria). I wonder if they release stats on number of nodes using each?

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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Decent idea

Maybe it'll be useful, maybe it won't, but this is one totally valid use case for Glass or similar tech and trying it out is a sensible idea.

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Re: Of course NYPD cops wearing Glass...

Like how they're allowed to exceed the speed limit and run red lights, you mean? The whole point is they are trained how to drive fast / use tech while driving, while concentrating properly.

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RISE of the MACHINES and Bitcoin: Bill Gates' Reddit tech predictions

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Very interesting reddit.

Recommend taking 5-10min to read through it yourselves. Lots of nice things there.

Also Meredith (though I don't know the reddit culture enough to know if that was real or a joke).

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Re: He taking his cues from Andrew Carnegie

Check your facts, douche.

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

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Which Nokia?

Is this the Nokia that MS are buying, or the Nokia which is remaining afterwards?

Considering WP8 gets reviewed as consistently better than the bottom-end Android phones in bang for cycle, these must be really low-end. Basically replacing the Asha range?

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Rise of the (tiny) machines: US boffins make nanomotor breakthrough

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My hope is that nanotech is the game-changer for medicine within my lifetime, the biggest thing since antibiotics.

My fear is it is the medical equivalent of sustainable fusion power. Always just around the corner.

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Apple investor Icahn backs down on share buyback plan

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Re: Maybe there is hope for Wall St. yet?

Beating Icahn might push up stock prices meaning he still wins though.

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

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Re: Gamer's rights

So you reckon he should've changed it to cost $5?

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Re: "an open source remake"

>>Is it OK to rip off Nintendo's art assets though?

Now what was that saying you were taught about two wrongs?

>>Also, if he's not selling it anymore, how is he being ripped off?

Indie game developers run into this all the time, wanting to use assets from old games. "EA doesn't sell this game anymore and I don't want to make money off it, so that's OK, right?" Nope.

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

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I think the parents are supposed to set an example of the value of hard work by doing some themselves, not sit about on their arses and make the kids do all the chores ;)

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