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Activision banned me from Call of Duty gig, says exotic performer

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It's even better than that

Wing Commander 3 was published by ... Electronic Arts.

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Samsung demands iPhone 4S source code in Aussie row

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"How does Samsung suing make Apple the bully?"

It doesn't, Steve. But then the poster never said that it did. He wants Samsung to win because Apple are bullies.

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@AC 00:02

Because obviously, if someone says they do not wish to own an Apple device it must be because they can't afford one. After all, how could anyone who has sufficient funds not want to show the world they have money by waving a shiny Apple toy around?

I'm not surprised you posted anonymously. You're clearly overcompensating for some kind of personal lack.

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Stallman: Did I say Jobs was evil? I meant really evil

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Health issue?

Perhaps he has a dicky tummy, and doesn't eat breakfast because he doesn't want to bring it up?

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We like zombies… because we are zombies

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One out of three...

... and it isn't "science".

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Amazing research

I mean, it was only 32 years ago that George A Romero stated explicitly that his zombies were meant to reflect traits in various social groups, ranging from mindless consumers in Dawn of the Dead to the homeless in his unmade script for Twilight of the Dead. One character in Dawn of the Dead even lampshades it by saying that the zombies trying to get into the shopping mall are just doing what made them comfortable in life.

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As iPhone 4S battery suckage spreads, fixes appear

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You're right, I'm so jealous...

I'd really love to pay £150 over the odds for a phone with shitty battery life and specs that were outdated at launch.

As has been commented on these illustrious pages before: the reason for the design of the Apple logo is obvious - one bite is enough to tell when an apple is rotten.

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Insulin pump hack delivers fatal dosage over the air

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USB option?

A possible if unlikely circumstance may arise where I might want to get an insulin pump installed in my body, but I'll be shagged up the arse with a splintered broomstick before I get a USB port installed...

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Benefit to life outweighs the risk?

I really don't think so. I'm an insulin-dependent diabetic, and can tell you that there would be absolutely no benefit to my life in having one of these pumps implanted. In fact, given that I'd have to replace a 300-unit cartridge in my body every six days instead of in my pen injector, I'd say it would be a huge detriment to my life.

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Vlingo

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Vlingo

A free app that provides the same function as iOS's new selling point? Expect that to be pulled from the store by Christmas, then.

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McKinnon's mum up for human rights gong

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"Why do GM supporters carry on as if unchallenged?"

That would be because their statements haven't been challenged. To make a challenge would require a contrary statement containing fact or truth.

For what it's worth, I'm also not a McKinnon supporter. I am, however, a supporter of justice, and I know full well that McKinnon will not receive any if he is extradited. He should be tried here, under the law of the country in which he committed his offence, and punished according to that law if punishment is deemed necessary. In no way should we support America in their belief that they rule the whole world and their law applies to everyone everywhere.

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Fairer than the US's system

Let us not forget that the treaty the US government wishes to use to extradite McKinnon is not symmetrical. If a US citizen hacked MI5 in the way McKinnon hacked the Pentagon and we asked for that man to be extradited, the US would simply tell us to get stuffed. They have no obligations under that treaty to allow extradition of their citizens, whereas they can request extradition of foreign nationals to the US for almost any reason.

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Transfer of power

It was on BBC News several months back.

Also, Gaddafi simply leaving the country wouldn't have done anything to resolve the situation as his loyalists would have continued the fight so he could return.

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Or in words that the typical commentard can understand...

... "mentally unbalanced".

It really doesn't matter whether McKinnon is obsessed because he has OCD or Asperger's Syndrome or anything else - he still hacked the Pentagon because he has a brain disorder that influences his choices, not because he sought to cause harm or wanted the challenge. You and I may be aware of the differences between those various disorders, but ultimately they're not important here.

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Given that the US are one of the most egregious violators of human rights in the world, I'd say standing up to them is worth recognition. They're trying to lock away a mentally unbalanced individual for doing something that caused them no harm beyond a little embarrassment - and maybe even helped them, as it's better that someone like McKinnon found and highlighted the flaws in Pentagon security than a real enemy of the state.

(And please, don't make me laugh by suggesting the Libyan NTC are about democracy. Gaddafi offered to set up a peaceful transfer of power and the NTC refused. When they caught him, he was executed without trial. Clearly an organisation deserving of human rights awards.)

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Hack reveals Android tablet within Sony e-reader

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It's even better than that

There's a Kindle store and reader for Android. When rooted, this device will be able to read *and* purchase any e-book format you care to name.

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China punts free condoms at iPhone owners

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Pfft

Why do these companies always give away "exciting free gifts" that you're never going to use?

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Vegas man begs web for $1m to fix gigantic scrotum

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Not quite, Chris P

To quote the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: "socialist" means "un-American".

And if you're a Republican, "liberal" means "socialist".

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Samsung, Google whip out Android 4.0 Nexus

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Froyo

Is the abbreviated name for frozen yoghurt, as made by Ben and Jerry's and sold in a supermarket near you.

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The product name is Android 4.0

But all Android versions have a sweet-based codename - Gingerbread, Froyo and so on. It helps because the layman can identify the most recent version without being tricked with sales gobbeldigook about marks and mods.

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Ballmer disses Android as cheap and complex

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"The pace of Apple's innovatin is slowing."

Run out of ideas to steal, have they?

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Vodafone customers fume over iPhone 4S delays

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It's "calling birds" or "collie birds"

Depending on which version you recall.

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Another World 20th Anniversary Edition

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Hmmm

Looks identical to the 15th Anniversary Edition for PC, which comes with the full soundtrack album and can be picked up for no more than five Yuckian Shekels if you know where to look.

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Sony BDP-SX1 portable Blu-ray player

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What a pointless device

Let's see, what does BD have over DVD as a format. Full HD picture quality? This player isn't even HD-ready. High quality sound at up to 7.1? Nope, you'll be stuck with 2.0. Well, I guess for a few fanatics there's also BD-Live content on the intern... whoops, sorry, you can't have that either.

Still, you'll be able to watch your Blu-rays away from home. This would be a big selling point to someone who had nothing but BDs in his movie collection, if so many big movies weren't released on BD with a DVD or digital copy.

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Samsung demands iPhone 4S ban in Japan and Oz

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Stuff they actually, y'know, invented

Because, y'know, Apple actually invented and designed the rectangle.

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Sixth of Britain's cellphones have traces of poo on them

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The obvious joke

You've got more than traces of poo on your hands if you're using an iPad - you've got the whole turd.

(Yes, yes, I know, but *someone* was going to say it...)

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World+Dog goes bonkers for iPhone 4S

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A red letter day for Apple fans

After all, this is the only time anyone will ever mention their impressive iQueue.

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Valve chief says Apple will own your living room

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@ Techno-whore

Yeah, I do believe Apple products are hugely overpriced just because I read it somewhere. Let me try and remember where it was, would you?

... oh, now I recall. It was on the price tag.

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No mind

If Apple released a product that did exactly what you wanted at a price you were willing to pay, you can be assured that someone else will have released a similar product at a lower price.

As for who has a say in what software is released for their platform: no, Sony et al don't have a say in it. They may not give their approval for everything that is released, but they can't stop you releasing it without going to court. Nintendo, for example, are well-known as a family friendly company, but back in the day there were porn games for the Famicom. The difference is that anyone could buy an EPROM blower or a CD burner and put out their own software. Apple, on the other hand, have complete control over the sole authorised means of distribution for software on their platform.

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Apple wins for now: no Galaxy 10.1 in Oz

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No

Because it's obvious to anyone with half an eye that Apple don't have a valid case. If they did, then they would not have been reduced to faking evidence as they did in Germany.

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Which actor should play Steve in upcoming biopic?

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There can be only one choice

Jobs was a major control freak who dressed in black all the time, took centre stage at huge rallies of rabidly fanatic followers who practically deified him, tried to conquer the world (and failed), and died aged 56. Last time they needed someone to play someone with those characteristics, Bruno Ganz knocked it out of the park.

(NB: all similarities are cosmetic. Jobs didn't improve the world by dying, for starters.)

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iPhone 4S pay-monthly tariffs compared

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A perfect example of the Apple Tax

On launch day, a Galaxy S2 from O2 was £69 for handset on £21.50 a month for 300 minutes and unlimited texts. Bolt on £6 a month for 500MB data, that's a total contract cost of £729. Adding the same data plan to the iPhone 4S tariff, the S2 owner ends up paying £159 less for a phone that is at least equivalent to the 4S in every department, with more texts and minutes and data inclusive.

The Apple logo: now worth 22% of the value of your phone.

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The life and times of Steven Paul Jobs, Part Two

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An interesting statistic

Then again, if you take away all the fart apps you could fit the rest along one wall of the average bedsit.

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Gay-bashing cult plans picket of Steve Jobs funeral

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If you're a Christian...

... then you've read the New Testament at some point. So yeah, I guess they are reading a very different version of the Bible to yours - one published in the last 2000 years, for a start.

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PKB

The fact that Jobs wasn't a Christian is *why* they're picketing his funeral, you dumbass.

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What's the difference?

Motive. If you were to beat up another man because he screwed your wife/kicked your dog/has something in his wallet that you want, then regardless of his race you're getting something out of the act - revenge, expiation of anger, money. If you were to beat up a black guy just because he was black, though, it's worse because he hasn't done anything to even remotely deserve it.

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@ Norfolk

One interesting piece of trivia is that Fred Phelps ran for Congress fifty years or so ago ... as a Democrat.

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When Fred Phelps dies?

"Fred Phelps has been burning in Hell for 2 days. Eternity minus 2 days = eternity."

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@Richard Scratcher

The first of your translations is pretty much the accurate one; I've seen it commented before that the only things referred to as abominations in the Bible are homosexuality and the Anti-Christ. I'm not sure if that's true, but I think it shows that some people take things a teensy bit far.

Personally I think the late author David Eddings had it right when one of his characters commented, "Isn't it convenient that the prejudices of God always so closely match those of His prophets?" And if there's one thing God indubitably does hate, it's people who presume to speak for Him.

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Samsung and Google's next Nexus specs leak

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And by stiff...

... I think he means Steve Jobs. Bad taste, sir, bad taste.

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iPhone 5: Apple 4S, pundits 0

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It's not that simple

Each version of the iPhone has indeed sold more than the last, but the total number of smartphones sold has increased at a faster rate. Despite increased sales the iPhone 4 didn't increase Apple's market share - Antennagate may not have been the reason, but it couldn't have helped - and now Apple are faced with the second problem that they're no longer ahead of the game, so people who want the best phone out there no longer automatically gravitate to them.

When neither side has a significant technological edge, new users are left with a straight choice between iOS's simplicity and Android's freedom of choice. We're going to find out now if that is enough.

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There is a difference, though

The iPad 2 was only really a refinement of the iPad, but it was refining what was already the leading product in the field. The iPhone 4S, on the other hand, is a product no better than - and in some ways, inferior to - top end phones released by other manufacturers months ago.

I wouldn't say the 4S will fail, because it will appeal to the people who want to replace their 3G(S) and keep their apps. However, it remains to be seen if brand loyalty alone can support Apple's business model of releasing a premium phone at a premium price when the phone is only just keeping up with the best competitors on launch day, and will be easily surpassed within six months.

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Amazon to whup Apple rivals when Kindle Fire hits UK

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Learn to read

The survey says Britons who want a tablet are willing to pay a maximum of £250 for one. It did *not* say that Amazon were planning to charge £250 for a Kindle Fire in the UK.

Nor did the survey say that anyone would pay £250 for a Fire. Most people who know enough about tablets to make a judgement will be using the iPad 2 as their idea of what a tablet is, so really the survey is saying that consumers think that £250 is a fair price point for an iPad.

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October 14 declared 'Steve Jobs Day'

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Learn your history

In the quote, the thing the camel is passing through is actually a proper noun. The Eye of the Needle was a very narrow gate into the city, made for people on foot. You could get a camel through it, but it would be very, very difficult. Hence, what Jesus meant was not that it was impossible for the rich to get into heaven, but that they'd have to work extremely hard to do it.

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'iPhone 4 to be free' when new iPhones ship

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No, no, no

Haven't you been keeping up? Samsung copied the next-gen iPhone and got their copy out first.

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HTC Android handsets spew private data to ANY app

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"Apple won't let developers do it"

Had you managed to tear your eyes away from the radiant glory of your iProducts for just long enough to read the article, you would have noticed that the logger was installed by the manufacturer - presumably as part of a firmware rollout. And, had the sight of a sentence not worshipping the Almighty Apple not struck you witless with shock at such a heinous blasphemy, you would also have realised that I was talking about Apple incorporating a similar logger into iOS. At no point did I ever mention a third party developer.

I will, however, gladly accept your invitation to call Apple a bunch of control freaks.

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No

Because this being the highly-customisable and generally open Android platform, all you have to do is delete or block the offending app. If and when Apple think this is a good idea [1], you can be assured that they will put it somewhere that users cannot touch and you will be stuck with it unless you jailbreak.

[1] And patent it, and sue HTC for using it.

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iPhones 'excellent for doing experiments on their owners'

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Uh-huh

And what do they intend to use when they need to test the upper end of the intelligence spectrum?

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Violent videogames reduce crime

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Zombie Mary Whitehouse

Still needs brains.

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You forgot...

... the "rock and roll causes violent behaviour" of the 1950s.

Kids rebel against their parents; the parents believe they've taught their kids the same values that they had, so inevitably blame something that their kids have and they didn't at the same age. There was probably a "ye pryntynge presse causeth violente behaveour" lobby in the 1390s - though we don't hear about their psychological research because of course, they didn't publish.

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