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John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net

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Re: CoS

>>FFS, relax. Take some valium. I don't think we have any wannabee terrorists here

Yes but this kind of "I hope he dies" or "she deserves it for being so stupid" is exactly the kind of stupidity you get when everything is anonymous. You have to wonder if killing the people was somehow as easy and consequence-free as spouting about it on the web, what would happen. Just look how silly indiscriminate hatred turns into real violence at football games.

Maybe the OP was deliberately making that point but I doubt it.

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in a civilised society ... able to speak freely of things you criticise...using my own name

I think that's a very important point.

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Twitter opens ad API... awaits cash TSUNAMI from ad-slingers

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Re: Time to delete that account then...

It seems it's probably the right thing for them to do as a company - sadly. Though I don't have many thoughts I want to share with the world, I think Twitter is a useful and important thing. Before everyone rushes in to deride celebs and idiots filling the service with crud, consider that the internet is similarly full of crap but that doesn't stop it being a Good Thing on balance provided you can filter out the parts you don't care about.

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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Re: Social? .... Where's the SPLIT-SCREEN gameplay?!

>>I lament the loss of SPLIT-SCREEN gameplay

I agree. With the average TV size so much bigger these days it makes SS a better experience. And there's that TV tech which lets two people on different sides of the room see totally different images too.

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Keep your PS3

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Re: It's such a shame it's x86

You do realise AMD own ATI right, how have competed squarely with nVidia since the 90s?

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Re: Sounds good to me

Although they have basically just copied the 360... Kinect + x86. I'm sure developers will be very pleased, it should make porting new code very easy.

Although all that time weeping over how to optimise for PS3 will be wasted ;)

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Re: Price...

Clearly he doesn't The whole point is every console has the same spec, so developers can wring out the last bit of performance and not have to worry about compatibility.

You code to the specs.

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Sounds good to me

Upgrade the specs but otherwise keep the old device and bolt on all the cool new things from their own and competitors' products. Nothing is wrong with the PS3 after all.

Very pleased they haven't messed about with the controller - keep the DualShock but add a couple of tweaks.

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New blow for Microsoft Surface: Touch Chromebooks 'on sale in 2013'

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New blow for Microsoft Surface?

Maybe for Surface, though I doubt it.

But anything which makes PCs with touch screens gain interest is massively GOOD for MS because their main OS is focused on that.

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

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Re: Stupidity

Yes MS should give away two products which each bring in $billions every year. Great business decision :)

I would go with you if you suggested they should give dev tools away - full-price Visual Studio must be out of reach of many developers - but simply saying Windows should be free because Linux is doesn't make sense.

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Re: Even Adobe aren't this stupid!

None of what you described about Photoshop is stupid. Licenses are fine in my view... but per-machine licenses are not.

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That's why they keep releasing fixes for it after you paid.

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Re: Why Buy ANY Office Product?

Wow, you should self-publish that story.

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LO cloud?

Is LO planning to do a 365/g-docs competitor, or do they remain firm that office apps are better as proper applications?

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Re: Anti-cloud?

To get everyone onto cloud Office aka 365, which doesn't have these restrictions. It's like they really don't want to sell Office 13 at all, so are making everyone jump ship to 365. The worry of course is they might jump ship, but elsewhere.

I'm very happy with my Office 2007 installation - I think it's a great set of tools - so maybe I'll have to look at 365 at some point, or a combination of 365/LO.

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Re: @AC 02:46

>>I bet you have only tried it on Windows .... Try it on Linux it is not shit.

What kind of defence is that exactly? If they can't get it to work on the world's main OS then it IS shit. If they want FF to be a mainstream browser than a Linux one, it's kind of important they prioritise the Windows experience.

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Oh MS...

I really dislike all the hate-tards and quite like Windows, Office & your dev tools. So why do you insist on shooting yourself in the foot so badly at such a key time?

Do you really think that as the world is getting used to greater flexibility, going the opposite way is going to sit well? Do you believe people will genuinely buy new copies if they upgrade their PC?

I really want to stay positive but you've making it VERY hard.

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Google stokes hype machine over Project Glass robospecs

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Can smart glasses replace regular ones?

Forget fitting them with regular lenses... can augmented reality specs potentially adapt to your eyes and act as 'perfect' lenses? Even measure your eyes and automate the correction?

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Re: No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times

>>I guarantee you that almost none of us would hesitate if offered natural 20/20 vision again.

That's a very poor argument. Accepting perfect vision for free doesn't mean people have a major hassle with glasses. I'd take a bigger knob if it was on offer but I don't have a problem with the one I've got.

The point is, anyone who wears glasses all the time - which is a huge number - will be pre-primed for 'smart glasses' even if those people with good eyes can't be convinced. And of course most people in sunny countries are used to wearing sunglasses too.

I don't see "having to wear glasses" as a big stumbling block, if they deliver something even slightly useful.

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No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times

Except the billion or so for who it is second nature.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Re: No face blurring ?

Why should they have to?

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Re: Crap weather

I was more saddened by how hazy it is. I wonder what that will look like in 50 years... pin-sharp when we all go electric, maybe?

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Rid yourself of Adobe: New Firefox 19.0 gets JAVASCRIPT PDF viewer

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Re: Mixed blessing

You're a student right? Nobody who has lived in the real world could be so naive surely.

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Re: Am I the only person...

>>Chrome uses the same pdf.js library as Firefox, they just managed to get it out first.

Source? I thought Google just had deals with Adobe to integrate PDF & Flash much more deeply so they can sandbox it and get earlier access to bug-fixes?

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Re: I've been trying it.

Question - how does iOS have built-in PDF functionality? Is it a special Adobe plugin baked into the OS, or Apple's bespoke PDF reader app, or what?

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Re: Am I the only person...

I find more frustrating that some sites automatically trigger PDF loading in the browser, and others force you to download. I use Chrome and the PDF integration is really good since I don't have to both downloading files.

I imagine this being a new project, it will be worse than Adobe's version for now but if they have drawn a line in the sand, it will inevitably improve if people report bugs. Not totally convinced JS is the right tool for the job though personally; on a mobile device CPU is a precious resource.

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Re: But does it work for local PDFs?

Yes but there's a difference viewing a PDF in the browser using a plugin, and opening a PDF file using Reader.

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Ad-titan Google blocks Adblock Plus in Android security tweak

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Re: Do no Evil

>>Hey Google. Remember this? No, did't think so.

For the love of... grow up. Do you even know what the word "evil" means? First World problem...

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

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A billion tins of beans

Not any easier to get one's mind around... a billion is too many to conceptualise.

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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90 staff

Blimey

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Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

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Re: Microsoft are going to upset Mac-using execs here

Terrified of Google Docs? People who find Google Docs an adequate substitute for Word could just as easily use WordPad!

Even Google aren't seemingly putting much effort into web-office, based on using it quite a lot the last few years at least.

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Re: Office For Mac

Why don't you just use Parallels or VirtualBox? The latter is free, but the former would let you launch Word for Windwos et al from your OSX launch-bar (very cool).

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365

Does this work on Mac - is it fully web-based or does it [still?] require a downloaded component?

What about the instant-download feature... Windows only?

I was interested when browsing my local Fapple store, to note that they had MSOffice installed on all the demo machines. I'd never thought it was a big deal to Apple users but maybe it is now Apple has managed to get a half decent slice of market share.

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>>Wonder if Open or Libre Office can be compiled for the Mac?

Hang on, that was a serious question rather than snide sarcasm?!

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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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Extraordinary

Nerds using a phone to communicate with customer service? Don't be daft.

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Review: The ultimate Chromebook challenge

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Re: 12s... enough difference to negate a feature

I still thought Google had designed/stipulated ChromeOS to only run with SSD.

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Re: Multiple accounts?

On Chrome browser you can indeed login to multiple accounts at once... it's a bit flaky but WAY better than it used to be.

But I was wondering more about the machine login... and how tightly integrated your google login id is to the OS. If you can simply do "login to another account" from the browser/gmail that would be fine.

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Multiple accounts?

Does anyone know how ChromeOS handles people who, like me, have multiple google accounts? I have my personal gmail account, but my business stuff is also g-apps powered so I have a jdx@mydomain.com login too... I think these days its the same architecture underneath.

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Re: Why not a tablet?

Has anyone heard of any plans to make a ChromeOS tablet out of interest?

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

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Re: A little bubble of an ‘alternative' universe will appear and then expand out and destroy us

S2E17 "Playing God"

While Dax mentors her first Trill initiate, a proto-universe threatens to destroy the station and Bajor.

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A little bubble of an ‘alternative' universe will appear and then expand out and destroy us

Isn't that at least 2 episodes of StarTrek TNG/DS9?

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Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

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looks like it will have to cough up $100K for the replacements

They don't have insurance in America?

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Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'

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It's still too early to announce WP as a total fail. They're playing the long game so for now it's only a disappointment!

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there is no line of business that was started after he took over that has gone ANYWHERE

Kinect. There's one solitary note of success :)

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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Re: Drones don't take pictures

If I shoot you with a gun, it's pretty obvious it was me. If I shoot you with a remote controlled drone, it's not?

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Re: Tricky one

>>Curtains?

So if I live somewhere not overlooked by any neighbours or roads, I have to make sure to close the curtains in case someone is looking through the window with a drone? Or make sure not to sunbath topless in my private garden which can't be seen any other way?

Considering how frothy-mouthed you lot get about anyone knowing what you're doing on the internet, I'm surprised you're in favour of people spying through your window.

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Re: Dear government...

How's it in reverse when your neighbour uses a drone to watch you getting dressed?

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Tricky one

I think having a drone with camera is an absolutely wonderful toy, if the range and battery life get a bit better than current consumer versions... you'd essentially be able to fly!

But one can definitely imagine a massive use of these for watching people in the nude either for personal use, 'journalism', blackmail, or peep-show porn sites.

Even if it's illegal to peep on people, catching anyone who is using a drone would be a nightmare so banning the sale of such products might, unfortunately, have to be the reasonable solution. Of course people can still built their own but then it goes from a mass-consumer-problem to a minority problem as few people could be bothered.

There's an Arthur C. Clarke story (with Baxter I think) which talks about the death of privacy. In that case it's due to the ability to open mini-wormholes but the principle could be the same.

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Barclays: So sorry about LIBOR... How about some free Wi-Fi?

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Chip on shoulder El Reg?

It reads like this entire article was merely an opportunity to bring up the LIBOR scandal, which is totally unconnected to the actual story.

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