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4979 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Eric Schmidt defends Google's teeny UK tax payouts - again

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Re: You don't

"a UK business tax based purely on transactions in the UK"

What a stupid idea. Any company which imports goods from outside the UK is now not able to offset valid expenses against sales. Kill what remains of manufacturing in one swoop.

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Re: Crap argument

They aren't claiming no profit, they are moving which country it is charged in. Hard to stop this without blocking entirely legitimate cases where Google UK pays Google US for services and so on which reduce Google UK's profits.

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iPhone too heavy? Volkswagen brings out motorised ride-on dock

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In a nod to the iPhone’s color scheme, the new iBeetle can be ordered in...

black or white, surely?

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Dark matter researchers think they've got a signal

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Missing matter

Just because WIMPs are shown to exist, does not imply they make up all the "missing matter", it only means they might make up part of it. There would have to be an awful lot of them after all.

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Kepler continues exoplanet bonanza

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Re: If we can detect these planets...

If they're super-intelligent they wouldn't be setting off H-bombs. We have H-bombs and we're not super-intelligent :)

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If we can detect these planets...

... does that mean we could also detect that they were spewing radio waves like Earth is? Or is that a whole other level of difficult?

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Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks

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Re: Still only 4GB ?!

Maybe because you still only need 4Gb for a well-performing system for most peoples' uses.

I was more surprised none of these are higher than HD-res though, after Apple & Google upped the stakes in that department.

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Re: Too expensive

Then you can continue to buy 4Kg 2" thick laptops that meet your needs.

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Google's Page drops the A-bomb: Google Glass runs Android

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Re: anyone..

Don't worry, pewpie I'm sure everyone will continue to ignore you just as they do now, other than teenagers mocking you on the bus.

In reality we all know you would never punch anyone or even speak up to them for fear of confrontation.

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Re: Worthless

Hitler was evil. Saddam was evil. Leasing a piece of luxury tech kit is not evil - get out of your arse and take a look at the world around you.

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Re: It runs Android?

Of course it was not going to run Linux. There could have been an outside shout for ChromeOS, just maybe.

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

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Re: Overreaction?

I can't see a good reason Google would want to block 2nd-hand sales of the regular retail version. It's surely similar to an iPad or Kindle - it is tied to a personal account BUT you can change which account it is linked to.

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our natural right for free (as in speech) software

Americans haven't even decided healthcare is a natural right, most of the world doesn't consider a roof over your head a natural right, and you think "free software" is a "natural right"?

Maybe those with no healthcare and nowhere to live could do with some of what you're on.

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Re: Bloody Advert!

Have you heard of the idea that adverts make money for sites?

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Re: I'm confused...

So you can get away with selling it despite agreeing not to... and? You can copy DRM-protected files too. All it means is you are agreeing not to re-sell, not that you can't do it.

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Re: Worthless Small Print

They can say the device is registered you your id and therefore deactivate it once it's not used by you. Then they would be pressurised to let you re-activate them against a new account.

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Re: Includes free gift

You can do that but they'll still reserve the right to deactivate it. Maybe each unit is tied to a google id so you'd have to sell the google id as well.

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Re: so if I don't like it

You can return under statutory rights surely?

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Re: What gives ANY company the right...

It's a contract between you and Google. If you don't like the terms, don't enter the contract. Sale with strings attached is not some new thing Google invented, it's pretty common.

Someone will come along and tell us a fancy legal term for this no doubt.

Does this stand up to legal scrutiny though if you buy them outside the US?

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Google tells Microsoft IE shops: We can help you with those 'legacy apps'

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This is a purely technical discussion, nothing about morality in this example. Many businesses have apps which rely on unsupported or crap browsers so it's a valid angle to target them as a way to advertise your brand generally.

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Great

Now if only Google would do a proper enterprise version of Chrome so businesses can adopt it properly... centralised updates, proper support, etc.

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Re: Good news

90% of the world already have.

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Malware and domain-squatters target Boston Marathon bombing

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Re: Westboro = Tax Free

Tax Free or given not-for-profit status?

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Re: something positive?

Who's going to tell him about The Onion?

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Re: God is kind of a dick

"If you have the right to claim God hates $demographic because of $event then I hate the right to say you're a nobend for saying that"

Yes you do, absolutely. But that's not the same as hacking 'my' website to stop me saying it.

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Re: God is kind of a dick

"I don’t think you have to be a liberal to dislike the WBC"

I didn't say anything about liking the WBC. I didn't use liberal as an insult, but to make a point.

I SAID the point of free speech is you're supposed to let people you loathe have it too. Taking down their website or supporting those who do is endorsing the suppression of their free speech, surely? Don't anonymous believe in free speech?

Since I'd be in favour of WBC being banned and censored, I have no problem with their site being taken down, but not in the name of freedom.

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Re: God is kind of a dick

It's a good job WBC are a bunch of loons then!

Hateful as they are, I thought all you internet liberals were in favour of free speech? When a copper gets in trouble for saying something on Twitter, that's wrong because it suppresses his right to say what he wants. But WBC shouldn't have the freedom to say what they want?

Personally people like WBC are why I am not in favour of the kind of unlimited free speech the internet endorses, but it seems a bit two-faced.

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Review: Asus PadFone 2 phone-tablet combo

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Re: Pretty pointless at that price.

Then you have to sync content between the two and carry both around with you separately.

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Now we just need a phone that plugs into a tablet that plugs into a keyboard dock...

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Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

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Re: And the Windows Phone version

If 4OD is crap on WP8 at least it will consistent with other platforms.

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Re: What's the point of DRM?

iOS means iPad too, and they let you download HD video. It's not just crappy 320x240 res stuff. They want stuff you download to only last X days, and only Y days once you start playing it; the functionality is to let you download to view without WiFi access, not to let you build an offline library.

I don't know why that's the functionality but they own the content so it's kind of their choice (no you don't own it just because you pay TV license).

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Re: @Captain Underpants..

iOS has built-in Flash replacement functionality though so there are built-in DRM-friendly ways to do things, surely... does Android?

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Re: And the Windows Phone version

Clearly they do use it or people wouldn't be asking.

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Re: The latter

Different people have different ideas. Downloading always seems pretty secondary to streaming with iPlayer even though the iPad download functionality is very well executed, I don't know if there are any stats to support that feeling though.

Netflix feel streaming is a big enough market, BBC are tasked with getting their content to license players in as many ways as possible (I suppose), not selling it.

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Applicants sought for one-way trip to Martian Big Brother house

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Re: Insurance.

That's the attitude which got man on the moon...

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Re: Reality (show) check

Yes - it's a reality show aimed at geeks and people with a sense of adventure. I'm sure the masses will tune in to begin with but it will lose its attraction for them "day 70... still on the bloody spaceship"

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I think the AC is a better nomination, get rid of all the bitter little idiots.

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Re: history again...

The people need to be physically and mentally sound... BB are out.

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Study: Most projects on GitHub not open source licensed

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Re: Move along, nothing to see here

Not everyone even intends to use GitHub for OS projects - many use it as a great tool for developing proprietary software. Although presumably they would not make their projects public... so maybe making your project public should have some automatic license - GPL or github's own license or something?

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Uhm, don't shoot the messenger ?

Don't the FSF and other bodies attempt to push GPL as the "right license"? Or am I mixing FSF with Torvalds?

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Hardware hacker unifies 15 retro consoles in format frenzy

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Crazy but brilliant.

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Google Apps goes TITSUP for millions - users REJOICE on Twitter

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I had thought about doing the same with DropBox + SkyDrive but wondered if there might be any problems doing so?

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Foxconn must pay Microsoft for EVERY Android thing it makes

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Re: …And we still have no idea what these patents are

It's not really your business what patents they are is it?

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Ten Windows tablets

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Re: Not sure what these are pitched at.

Running netbeans is not a need for a "serious laptop" for 99% of users. Running Word is.

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Re: It's 2013

Yes absolutely. The 1024x768 iPad 2 I own suddenly stopped being usable when they made a version with double the resolution. Oh - wait it's just as nice as it ever was. You sir are the kind of number-driven purchaser the marketing teams are looking for.

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Google erects tech specs tech specs, APIs hit the decks

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More interested in the business angle

There must be opportunities for a smart entrepreneur to sell some pointless gimmicky use-cases to those who insist on having iPad apps developed for no reason.

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Netflix plotting move to HTML5 video - but only if DRM works

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Re: And once this happens, watch the customers leave.

WTF are you on about? Why is Netflix going to lose the majority of its customers for staying with DRM? The facts show that Netflix streaming is growing at a huge rate so you're just letting your idealist rhetoric get in front of the facts, which is that they are coining it and DRM has marginal impact.

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Re: I don't think it's a good idea...

I don't think "our essential freedom to use the web the way it was intended to be" included watching hi-definition streaming video. The very idea would have seemed preposterous.

Have you never considered that allowing you to save offline content skews Netflix's business also? They want to measure when and how things are watched and this affects what they pay for licenses and how much they can dictate to the content providers. If you download everything and watch it at your leisure, they lose this information.

They could change their model but why should they when streaming is the way the world is going this decade?

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So why not just get an overreaching global license directly from the content creators

I'm sure that's want they want, and are trying to do -but the content creators won't play ball. Some content comes to the UK at the same (or very close to) time as in the US, others is years behind.

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Internet Explorer makes modest gains against Google Chrome

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Re: Not surprising

I never claimed to be defending IE7/8 - they were clearly inferior for general consumers to FF/Chrome. In my view IE10 has finally caught up for the typical user while being the only big enterprise player. I run Chrome on one monitor and IE10 on the other (multiple gmail accounts still don't play too well in the same session) and the difference is small these days although I don't really see much change from IE9 in everyday use.

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