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5441 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Zuckerberg: I want the WHOLE WORLD in my hands

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Re: NFC == No Frigging Chance

Well done for proving how little you actually know about what these websites DO.

Liking is as important a part of FB as the post voting is on these forums.... not very.

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Re: Water

Who exactly is this "we"? What exactly are you doing about it?

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Re: Why bring poor people online?

The same way everyone got bored with mobile phones and email and went back to landlines and fountain pens?

FB may go but social networking is clearly here to stay until something else replaces it - it is a natural idea that once the infrastructure supports it, the way people communicate will change.

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I don't agree. Google, yes... but I get the impression Zuck genuinely believes in this guff. He sounds like a typical nerd talking about how great the internet is, etc etc. If a nerd makes something cool and suddenly people are throwing $billions at them, what exactly do you think is going to happen?

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

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Were you never taught that two wrongs don't make a right? Committing a crime in response to another crime is still a crime, e.g. vigilante mobs. Robin Hood may be a popular hero figure but he was still a criminal.

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Harsh but...

If you are prepared to release classified documents as a matter of principle/ideals, to try and genuinely change the world, you need to be aware that you will likely suffer for it even if you are later revered. that's part of the deal, and something you consider an acceptable risk - so many others have been imprisoned or died over history, from Mandela to St. Paul!

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Nokia's PHAB-ULOUS comeback attempt: Huge WinPho 8 mobe rumoured

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Nokia Tablet

Wouldn't they be better putting WP8 on it? Or does MS stipulate they cannot?

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100 MEEELION self-driving cars will be sold globally in 2035 – report

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Re: Flying cars?

Seems eminently plausible.

The biggest issue is trying to fit self-driving cars into roads alongside old fashioned manual-driven cars, rather than having a proper self-driving infrastructure which would require individual cars be far less smart.

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Re: More surveillance

>>I think as soon as insurance companies get a whiff of this fashion

Um, I think something which is an internet phenomenon is probably going to have attracted their attention already, and that the revolutionary idea of a camera on your dashboard probably wasn't hard to come with in the first place.

It doesn't really gain the insurers much anyway. On average each insurer will still have to pay out as often so while this might make the system more accurate, most of the errors in the current setup probably balance out :)

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CLIMATE CHANGE made sea levels FALL in 2010 and 2011

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"It's a beautiful illustration of how complicated our climate system is,"

Or a beautiful example how you can twist a theory to fit any observed data?

Less cynically, 7mm over the oceans' surface comes to 2.386×10^12 m^3 (cubic meters)... is that a reasonable amount of water to be flooding Oz?

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iWatch rumours grow as Apple hires Nike fitness guru Jay Blahnik

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Can we come up with something better than "idiot tax"? It's even less funny than the round corners meme.

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Just add creepiness: Google Search gets even more personal

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Re: "one could simply refrain from logging into a Google account

If you use gmail then you're automatically logged into google. So the answer to "What's Google got that anyone needs to log in for?" could simply be "gmail"

And Drive (Docs) of course, which is a decent tool. And Picassa (if it's still around).

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Re: Privacy? Oh that was something they had in olden times

I find that the more someone whinges about privacy, the less there is about them anyone would want to know about.

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What's the big deal?

Other than the fact I'm doing it through the Google home-page, what's the story here? I'm not giving Google more info than they already have, and this isn't letting other people search my stuff. It's just a convenient way to let me search across data with multiple Google products, which Google already knows about me.

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Re: One must be a complete idiot

A bit like how you're an idiot if you have to check your own diary, because you put the things there in the first place?

Some people really should think a bit more before trying to make others look stupid.

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Samsung faces Brazilian rap: Factory bods work '15hrs without break'

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You've got to be doing pretty badly...

...to get in trouble breaking South American employment laws.

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Make or break: Microsoft sets date for CRUCIAL Win 8.1 launch

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Re: It's a bit of a shame.

It works pretty OK without touch really. For me anyway... I very rarely click the Start button on W7. All the Metro stuff is wasted on me, but it doesn't really get in my way either. I wouldn't buy a new PC to get W8 but I wouldn't not buy a new PC because it had W8.

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Re: Question

Since W8 is massively different to its predecessor, your statement doesn't even make sense let alone seem funny.

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Leaked photos of iPhone 5C parts portend ugly Google legal battle

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Luckily I noted this was filed under Bootnotes before commenting

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Facebook reassures adland: We've got s**tloads of users

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Re: Ahhh But

Given that the vast majority of web users will never explicitly log out I think you get an idea.

Also: "daily mobile active users in the UK stood at 20 million" seems to pretty clearly state 20 million users. If I login to my bank 3 times a day I'm still one user.

Telling you how many logins is not useful at all, I haven't logged in for weeks but I load the page most days.

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Top execs off as Zynga's new CEO shaves 'layer' off senior ranks

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Chief People Officer

Huh?

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Foxconn mulls solar panels, sticking Apple where sun doesn't shine

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Cupertino idiot-tax operation

Maybe El Reg should commission a report into the phone choices of Fortune 500 CEOs, or entrepreneurs who have started up successful profitable companies, etc.

An average Joe spending £500 on a mobile phone is idiotic, regardless of brand.

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Re: If...

It's easy to just make these statements. The sad fact that is if you say it in an authoritative manner, some people will take what you say as established fact.

That goes for pro/anti arguments against green energy I should add, just as for pro/anti arguments about any emotive argument ("the bible actually says ..." being another prime example where people just say things demonstrably not true.

The people arguing a Range Rover is less harmful to the environment never seem to be people who actually care about the environment, and it's surely a bit of an anomaly how many of them own Range Rovers and could perhaps be motivated by self interest.

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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

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Does anyone actually use these new tabs?

I saw them and thought "great another dumb feature" and immediately disabled it. Are they actually worthwhile?

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone

If a 6" phone won't fit in your jacket pocket, your jacket is crap. Suit jackets are often traditionally used for carrying your diary, wallet, etc. Hell, may suit jackets I can (just) get my Kindle into.

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There she blows! Mid-October release date for Windows 8.1 sighted

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Re: No early copies

Anyone who cares already has the preview though.

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WinRT

If they hadn't done a Pro version, maybe this would have had a chance. Hell, releasing Windows PHONE 8 for tablets might have had a better chance and would be a bit less confusing.

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No distro diva drama here: Penguinista favourite Debian turns 20

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Re: It's a slippery slope down that rabbithole

And then when you eventually get to that point, you can actually do some work on your PC.

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REVEALED: Simple 'open sesame' to unlock your HOME by radiowave

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Re: Not fair

And yet camouflage is still used even on armoured vehicles.

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Re: Who..?

Many businesses use such locks, this isn't just about homes.

As for why... the humble key was not originally chosen because it's the best possible way of securing a lock. It was chosen because at the time, it was the best solution afforded by modern technology. Assuming an old solution must be better than a new one is as bad as assuming a modern solution is better than a old one.

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Magnets too slow for disk writes? Use lasers

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Re: LASER not laser

>>It really should be L.A.S.E.R. though

As long as you're going to do it that way when you speak as well (El. Eh. Ess. Ee. Ar)...

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Torvalds frustrated at missing simultaneous release

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Re: Ironically

Typical Linuxtard. UI is not considered functionality.

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A Raspberry Pi is about 10X more powerful than the PCs Win3.11 used to run on. Perhaps troll-hunters might take on some trivial computer knowledge.

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Mobe-slurping Wi-Fi SPY BINS banned from London's streets

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Forget the privacy implications

It would just be hilarious watching people getting freaked out when a bin shouts "Hi Dave, bored of your iPhone?"

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Facebook's No 2 banks $91m after BIG shares sale

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She sold 5% of her holding. How is that news?

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: fingerprint scanner?

Seems a bit pointless. Remembering a password/pin is something people are used to doing.

For business users I can see it has uses, even banking, but to get their support would involve a lot of work (I assume).

So it sounds like rather a gimmick to me.

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100,000+ Earthlings star in 'reality TV contest' for ONE-WAY ticket to MARS

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Re: Reality show producers wet dream

>>Why would anyone even consider being sent to a barren planet.....

I don't know. Maybe you could ask one of the people who dedicated their lives to visiting the moon. Or those people who settled in the USA a few centuries back.

I think it's called having a pioneer spirit...

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>>Just make sure non of them are religious. Last thing we need to export to Mars is religious ignorance.

Or intolerant douchebags...

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@Pete 2

No you moron, they are people who are so keen to visit Mars that they are willing to be TV 'celebrities'.

Someone I live with is applying so I actually know a little about it - typical BB contestants would not get through as they all have to pass scrutiny as suitable for the trip before they can be voted for inclusion.

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Google Glass: Would you pay a mere $299 to plop one on your brow?

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>>Most people who wear glasses would pay NOT to wear them.

Clearly they wouldn't, otherwise LASIK would be far more common. Any professional working person can afford laser treatment if they really want to... I did because I really was prepared to pay not to wear glasses, but most people are not.

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Re: @Don Jefe - Sounds Reasonable

Because obviously people on an IT forum are the ones we'd ask what constitutes fashion.

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Re: no way

How interesting. I'm sure some people baulked at the idea of carrying a phone with them all the time too.

The whole "it looks dorky" argument is really pretty dumb. In large metropolitan centres like London/New York/LA/Tokyo, people wear far weirder things every day. It looks dumb people walking around with masks on their faces but they still do it. Half the T-shirts with slogans on look dumb. Punk haircuts, tattoos on faces and most body piercings strike me as idiotic but people don't really care what I think.

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Web ad giant (Google) pops Adwords into Maps for iOS and Android

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Giving a free trial of software to get people using it is hardly a new idea.

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Re: I remember when

I'm so,so tired of people trying to manipulate me into their tech eco-system or trying to monetize my every waking fucking move.

Diddums. They're not trying to manipulate you. They're of the opinion that if they put thousands of man-days into a project, they should be able to recoup that money.

It's terrible how you're being manipulated into using it for free while someone else foots the bill.

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Facebook to get IN YOUR FACE with video ads

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Not TOO bothered

If it's once a day I guess that's OK although it will presumably suck for anyone who blocks cookies? I have ad-blocker on my main PC but on the iPad the existing ads are only moderately irritating.

More worrying is the data usage for mobile users, surely.

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Re: too lazy

It does seem a bit contrary to their normal focus but maybe it's a new area so they're starting as low-tech as possible?

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'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

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Re: Problem with this idea...

Your typical Linux user is probably wise to this. But what about all the Linux users who like to boast about how they installed Linux for their mum/gran, and how they were able to use it despite being a computer ignoramus?

And what about businesses who decide they will make all the receptionists and so on use Linux to save on costs?

Such people are just as clueless whichever OS they run.

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I would suggest Linux probably has a smaller percentage of stupid users...

But by far the largest proportion of overly arrogant users

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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Re: When you're dying ...

If I run a company and I have products to sell. If someone else makes a free alternative, giving my product away is not a sensible business practice. LibreOffice isn't paying the salaries of tens of thousands of people.

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

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You misunderstand the term trolling then. Unless you think it should be illegal for me to pretend to hold a view I don't, or to an express a view I do just to spark controversy.

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