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Bank of Thailand bans Bitcoin

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How can banks have a monopoly? A monopoly means one company/organisation, and there are thousands of banks who are independent of each other.

Saying banks have a monopoly on money is like saying shops have a monopoly on selling things.

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When exactly did you (or anyone) look at what powers the Bank of Thailand has?

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Microsoft offers IE 11 preview for Windows 7 ... but not Windows 8

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Re: Cool

Because it's better than IE10?

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Cool

I was suspecting we wouldn't even get IE11 on W7, which would be a shame since they finally added WebGL support - meaning developers can finally start to use it as a serious option.

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Apple: 'Average' iPad toiler does a mere 46-hour week

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@dougal83

"That somehow alleviates ANY responsibility from Apple?"

Why is it Apple's responsibility in the first place? They have a business relationship with another business. It's in that company's hands to meet their laws and the terms of the contract signed with Apple. Even for Apple to stipulate the working hours for that company's employees is a little over the line, but if it's in the contract fine. Claiming Apple are responsible for it though, that's just hippy BS.

If you hire a company to clean your house and find they are using illegal workers, should you be punished for that?

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Microsoft introduces warning on child abuse image searches

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Re: Any idea how I access the CEOP blacklist

No point, you won't be able to find it or any sites which talk about what's on it.

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Spanish mobile startup offers Firefox OS phones to world+dog

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Will anyone get on board?

Aside from personal feelings about the idea of FF and Linux phones, I'd query that the big manufacturers will want to be producing handsets on such a wide range of OS. You want your preferred OS on a decent, competitive handset and surely you're not going to get Samsung releasing the same handset with a choice of OS?

Hell, manufacturers aren't even that interested in WindowsPhone - so are we going to rely on some dedicated company making phones for these bit player OS?

How is it planned to play out? Not an attack on FFOS I'll save that for another thread!) but a genuine question.

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Wow! British Gas bungs a million remote-controlled sales-droids in UK homes

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Re: Not cynical, just blind

Although not having to let some guy inspect my meter reading every now and then is a blessing. And not having to keep track of my own meter readings so I can figure out exactly who would be the best provider based on real usage would be nice - sheer laziness but if someone else will record this so I don't have to, that's kind of the point of computers!

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Not cynical, just blind

This has become an article of faith in the industry, and perhaps we're too cynical, but from Vulture Towers it seems the electricity bill has been fulfilling that role some years

There are already devices you can buy which you attach to your main power line, and have a little display unit in your living room which tells you of your usage. These DO get people interested in seeing how much energy is used, and tracking down what is using power, because the immediate feedback of seeing the numbers spike when you run the kettle makes it more 'real'

However, these are given out for free by some companies and they seem to work just as well as replacing the whole meter at a fraction of the cost. So while I totally reject El Reg's rejection of the suggestion a smart meter will save you money, I still agree with you that the whole scheme seems a bit daft.

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Microsoft pledges Linux boost for Windows Server and Center R2 duo

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Re: Microsoft FAIL

Absolutely no one? So you are staking your reputation on there not being one single customer doing this?

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Re: Oh really?

Some people don't object to paying for software...

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Azure inhales open source Java implementation

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Re: OpenJDK is more detailed

Why do I want to look at JDK source code?

And there's the Reg community in a nutshell - ask a totally legitimate question and get one answer and 4 downvotes.

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Somehow despite being a part-time Java developer, I never heard of OpenJDK. How does it compare to the Oracle implementation (and any others still floating around)?

Is it possible, since Oracle are being so slow with Java, that OpenJDK could actually implement a new version before Oracle do?

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Zuck on THIS: Mobile users propel Facebook to RECORD earnings

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Credit where it's due, they were struggling for ages to get mobile use up and find a way to generate revenue from mobile users.

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Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette

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Re: Note to laptop manufacturers...

The only reason tablets have such high DPI is because the manufacturers have decided this is an area they want to compete on. And then more pixels needs a better CPU to drive it and a better GPU for games.

Laptops haven't yet succumbed to this, they fight on other factors.

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Re: Love to, but...

>>...it doesn't exist.

Android tablets with SD slots don't exist? Or one specific tablet doesn't support it... if only there were a multitude of Android products available.

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Re: Nice but...

So buy one with an SD slot.

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Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

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the chap who smashed his while using it as a sex toy

He must have been going some

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Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

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Re: @Dave 126

I'd say Nokia have the best mobile apps right now. Probably including paid map apps.

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Re: @ _RCH_ -

5Gb is probably enough for most of the full applications I have on Windows 7! When you take video out of the picture, a gigabyte is a lot of data!

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Re: I like the very careful wording

It's probably going to be another quarter of sales figueres decline for nokia.

It's probably going to be another quarter of year-on-year decline for their smartphones.

But if we make this just about Lumias then by golly we might have found something we can spin as a positive!

Considering Android and Apple don't have a preceding OS to decline in the first place, hardly a fair point.

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Apache OpenOffice 4.0 debuts with IBM code side and centre

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Re: I'm on it!

Does this mean we could end up with LO & OO being even slightly incompatible with each other's documents?

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Boffins, Tunnel Tigers and Scotland's world-first power mountain

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Re: Wind

There is now, because of all the coal stations. If they are turned off or our usage increases this wouldn't be the case.

Regardless the point is they have a way of storing energy so why not use it? Pump water up during the day when it's windy and gain another 10%.

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Wind

Since they have all that water hanging about, why not cover the surrounding hills with windmills in a sub-grid used solely to provide power to pump the water uphill.

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Dead STEVE JOBS 'touts rival Lenovo gear' FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Dimitri Martin

Would have been a better fit looks-wise!

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Apple earnings slip, but numbers beat Wall Street estimates

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iPhones and iPads with truly revolutionary features and capabilities.

I don't think we need or want that, any more than I want my PC to be revolutionised - they already do what is needed of them.

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Re: In other news ..

And nerds would rather whinge about it on an internet forum than actually get off their arses and do something about it.

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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Jeez

All you bike riders (what a surprise, cyclists being jerks) - just walk into the bloody shop. If you have a horse, tie it up outside.

If your local store only serves drive-thru at certain times, get there when it's open.

And stop expecting a burger-flipper to disregard the training they've been given and the rules they have to follow, to risk losing their job just so you can eat a crap burger.

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

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Re: Slight confusion here

"...another persons right to believe in god..."

There is no such right.

How very liberal of you, to say people must believe the same as you. It sounds very similar to how England forcibly "Christianised" much of the Empire... "you will convert". Also communist Russia & China.

This is progress into a better world is it, where we're still told what we're allowed to believe but it's a different thing?

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@Obviously!

I just can't understand people. The clue is in the fucking name "faith"! It's not FACT.

The two are not mutually exclusive. A fact is true whether or not you believe it and whether or not you have evidence to prove it... if I have faith in something without scientific evidence I may or may not be right, not having evidence doesn't automatically mean I am wrong!

Those who are not religious seem to be better, more decent folk.

That's the exact opposite of what I see in my day to day life. It's a totally subjective position to take and entirely biased by the position you take on religion affecting how you perceive people. Plus of course which religious people you encounter... or rather people who you even realise are religious.

If religion is supposed to be the moral pinnacle, why do the religious nuts all want to kill?

What? None of the religious people I know want to kill anyone, even (especially) the creationist fundamentalists.

The reason "religious nuts" want to kill people is because they're nuts, not because they're religious... the answer is in the question.

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mickey mouse the fith

"There is no evidence for the creationism theory whatsoever, its all easily dispproved bollocks"

It's not disprovable, it merely seems hugely unlikely. A creator god could quite easily have created the universe 4 minutes ago and made it impossible to tell this wasn't the case... the whole "The Matrix" thing.

Anyway, using the silliness of creationism to attack all religion is pretty daft. It's like saying all Muslims are evil because some are terrorists.

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for '13-inch' JUMBO iPAD HYPEGASM

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True, an A4 tablet probably has a lot of potential uses. As did the KindleDX... a niche market found it invaluable but that sadly wasn't enough.

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The don't sell many Mac Pros but that doesn't mean it's not a line worth keeping... if there is a market for a larger tablet then it's worth pursuing, even if it's not the mass market, to stop someone else doing it.

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Re: Innovation?

Innovation should be done in conjunction with incremental improvements, they are not exclusive. It's pretty clear Android manufacturers aren't innovating either - like TV manufacturers they are just coming up with new things and throwing them on in the hope they are popular, rather than coming up with something genuinely useful.

A slick touch-screen tablet that can run for days without charging doesn't, maybe, support much innovation, certainly it doesn't require it because whatever OS is used it is basically solving the problem very well.

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Yes but all those other screen configurations can only run Android....

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Ubuntu boss: I want to make a Linux hybrid mobe SO GIVE ME $32m

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Crowd sourcing...

Isn't that for individuals who have no way of bringing something to market without funding, rather than for companies to avoid paying their own R&D?

Not a great trend we want to see starting IMO.

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Re: PC

When they're making a Linux phone, why not just get a phone that IS a Linux PC?

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How do you drive a supercomputer round a Formula 1 track?

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Re: 15 to 16 Mb per lap

I guess 15Mb is quite a lot of data when you think about it, it's just these days you kind of expect everything to be in gigabytes as a matter of course :)

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Re: Oooh, you lucky bugger

Virgin were shouting about how they were the first team to do ALL their modelling using CFD (computers) rather than using a wind tunnel and so on. But I think they gave up on it as it wasn't as good?

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15 to 16 Mb per lap

Are you sure that is supposed to be an M, not a G?

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Re: Some form of Child Monitoring Adult Required?

Clearly these adults should also be responsible for their designated childrens' education as well - it's crazy how children have to be sent to special institutions to learn things.

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Mobile

How does this affect mobile internet? One argument against letting everyone set their own filters on the home PC is that kids all have mobile phones... so what happens here? Are mobiles covered by an ISP in the same sense, who has to obey the same rules, meaning parents can actually control content on their kids' phones?

If so, that might be <u>one</u> good thing because to my knowledge, you can't do that already... can you?

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Re: Pointless

You do realise YM wasn't a documentary, right?

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Re: All censorship is political

In the sense that censorship is about laws, and laws are (indirectly at least) put in place by the goverment, then yes it's political.

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Who will Dr Who chew in 50th TV do before Matt Smith bids adieu?

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SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER!

It will also feature the Tardis.

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Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

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Re: They scoffed when Bob called 2013 Microsofts year of hell

Hmm, their mobile OS is continuing to gain market share and compelling hardware. And lots of people do seem interested in the Pro tablet, in the business world anyway - which is quite a big market.

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Tablets? Check. Mobes? Check. What's next, Apple? Fondlable CARS

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Tactile

Reconfigurable tactile touch-screens sound pretty damn cool to me.

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Russian mobile operators say 'nyet!' to Apple, 'da!' to Samsung

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Bizarre how much things change from country to country

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Now you can be the NSA: Snoop on a Google Glass hipster with a QR code

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Only in photos?

So not automatically as you walk along and catch a QR code in your field of vision... THAT would be proper sci-fi!

Probably coming soon along with automatically labeling people it recognises in your HUD.

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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Re: Indulgences ?! wft ?

Indulgences and Purgatory are just unbiblical Catholic mythology. Whether you put much weight in the bible, or any religion's "flawless holy book", a religious sect which doesn't even base their teachings on their own holy book has to be treated with suspicion!

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