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Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

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Re: Fly east?

> attracting attention, which may be the point of all this stupidity.

Quite. Whilst a cat and mouse game is fun and all, fewer people are taking notice of the import of what he leaked. How's Bradley getting, anyhows?

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Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

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Re: These Things

If it doesn't feature a bezel spinning at high speed to cut ropes and chains, and a magnet to deflect bullets and unzip Miss Caruso's dress, I'm not interested!

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/2011/10/13/james-bonds-rolex-5513-for-sale-complete-with-hyper-intensif.html

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Re: I sort of agree.

>I've got no idea what that killer app might be, sadly.

How 'killer' that application needs to be (the benefit) depends upon the cost (retail price, appearance, battery life etc) of implementing it.

There are quite a few very useful things a 'connected' watch can do, without even having to boast a pixel-based display. Examples are 'Find my phone', 'warn me when my phone loses contact', 'mute my phone/reject call', ''pause music / skip track'.

Information that can be communicated to the user by means of just a watch hand include: direction of travel, speed, various notifications, minutes to next train etc.

My preference would be for simple 'connected' features included in a conventional, good looking watch.

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Re: Work in progress

>I have no problem with the concept of wearable tech and I'm sure in time it will get to the point where it's actually stylish and functional, at which point it will become ubiquitous.

Terry - take a look at the Citizen Bluetooth watch. It resembles many other 'chronometer' watches.

It doesn't have a alpha-numeric display, but uses vibration and then the second-hand to indicate what message has come to the phone. One could imagine a more advanced version that uses the second-hand to guide the wearer towards GPS waypoints, for example.

http://www.wired.com/reviews/2013/02/citizen-eco-drive-proximity/

Apparently it has similar disconnection issues to the first Sony smartwatch, though.

The latest Android update bought in Bluetooth Low Energy support - though only a handful of Android handsets have the hardware at the moment - bringing it in line with iOS and Win Pho 8.

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HGST: Enough of those MUTANT HYBRIDS. We'll do an Apple, thanks

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Re: I just choked on my morning coffee

I haven't read any horror stories about OSX's Logical Volume Manager since it came out nine months ago...

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/10/more-on-fusion-drive-how-it-works-and-how-to-roll-your-own/

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Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo: The big three slug it out at E3

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Re: Welcome to our world...

http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/21/4452488/amd-sparks-x86-transition-for-next-gen-game-consoles

" EA Sports boss Andrew Wilson says that one reason none of its next-gen sports games are coming to PC is because Microsoft and Sony's new game consoles are actually more powerful than many PCs in a very specific, subtle way: "How the CPU, GPU, and RAM work together in concert,"

"That might sound suspiciously vague, but we spoke to AMD and it's actually true. The AMD chips inside the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One take advantage of something called Heterogeneous Unified Memory Access (HUMA), GOOD FOR GAMING, GOOD FOR AMDwhich allows both the CPU and GPU to share the same memory pool instead of having to copy data from one before the other can use it."

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Re: Will the 'Xbox 180' and 'PS4' be the greatest gaming experience ever?

>For starters I can't understand why the GTA team didn't try a new theatre i.e. an Italian, French or Asian inspired open world, instead its west coast CA yet again!

I for one always wanted a sci-fi style GTA... stealing futuristic vehicles like the racing craft found in WipeOut, or some Mechs.

>Unfortunately a lot of Indie developers are being forced to go small screen to stay in business, helped by the crushing Hollywood system.

Many developers - including people like John D. Carmack of iD Software - are welcoming the ability of indie developers to create games without having a budget of $millions. There seem to be plenty of 'AAA' titles available for consoles, despite a rise in 'casual gaming' - be it tablets or Nintendos.

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>" But then I ask myself whether your average PS4 or Xbox One gamer – those brought up on a diet of Call of Duty and Fifa – would readily lap up the likes of Mario, et al?"

Some of us like some variety in our gaming diet... and households with several consoles in them are far from rare, especially in shared flats. Many PS gamers will have fond memories of GoldenEye 64, Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, Mario 64 or Wario Stadium Soccer.

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Sci-fi and horror scribe Richard Matheson: He is Legend

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It should go without saying...

... that the film I Am Legend (with Will Smith) is to the book what the film I, Robot (with, er, Will Smith) is to Isaac Asimov's novella.

Fercrysaaeks, the whole part of the book in which the phrase 'I Am Legend' is uttered is absent from the movie.

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

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Re: How does this translate in usage terms?

Depends on which i7 and i5 you have... the media transcoding part of Ivy Bridge's HD4000 component is fairly respectable.

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@Peter Johnston 1

Apologies: judging from article text quoted in another comment, it would appear that the article was corrected in between your comment and my reading it.

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>The Nexus 4 is much cheaper - not dearer - than the Sony

Forgive me if a correction has been made to the article since your comment, but I read " but the former [The Xperia Z] is more than ₤200 ($US308, $AU334) more expensive than Google's offering." to mean the Sony was more expensive than the Google Nexus 4.

The article was just reporting tests made by Which? magazine using a certain benchmark... as people have observed, there are other factors that affect how the phone performs in the real world. Which normally do recommend Apple products over competitors, mainly because their readership is looking for tech reviews in a monthly magazine and not on a tech website. Anandtech would tell you that the iPhone5 rules 'Sunspider' tests (something to do with its cache, apparently), but I don't know how that affects real-world use.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

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Re: You don't have to use simple frame discarding

>But then, Joe Public never sees the original studio quality, so he doesn't know what the compressor has decided he doesn't need to see; he doesn't know what he's missing.

C'mon, give Joe Public a break - he will have often have seen the same film by broadcast, video-on-demand, DVD and BluRay - and probably does notice the difference.

My favourite test? Watching a BBC Nature documentary on iPlayer- every time a flock of birds takes off from some exotic estuary, the screen becomes a mosaic of squares.

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I haven't seen The Hobbit at 48 fps, but I have noticed strobing in the cinema in most of the big action 'event' movies of the last ten years... especially in big action tracking shots, such as in Star Wars III.

Ridley Scott seemed to have embraced the strobing in the opening battle scene of Gladiator, to give the viewer an impression of how the participants in the battle might feel disorientated.

Good article.

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Not work! - Firmware hacks

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Another idea, potentially daft:

Might it possible to shoe-horn the internals of another phone (with a nicer OS) into the case of your RAZR V3, and hook em up the the V3's battery? Just a lateral thought!

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Sony set to launch smartwatch in Shanghai next week

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Re: Please

This Bluetooth watch looks like many normal analogue watches:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/6/4402344/citizen-eco-drive-proximity-review-a-different-kind-of-smartwatch

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Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

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Re: Last great game of the generation?

Wasn't the first Dark Souls the game that allowed human players to control monsters during their online peer's solo campaigns?

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Why has Scott Green been downvoted for merely pointing out that this game is not a First-Person Shooter but a Third Person title that doesn't reward out-and-out gun-play in all situations?

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PC makers REALLY need Windows 8.1 to walk on water - but guess what?

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Re: My thoughts...

>4) Last year’s hardware is still easily good enough to run just about anything you’d care to throw at it. Hardware upgrades are now either on lease expiry or damage, not “we don’t have the processing power, and that “Turbo” button is fooling nobody”.

Hence the 'new' Macbook Air, and other laptops built on Intel's new chips; it's being promoted as lasting longer on battery than last year's already-fast-enough model.

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'Smart ring' revealed by upstart Chinese mobe-maker

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Re: pulse "AND" heartbeat monitoring

For gym-bunnies, and for people with medical conditions that require monitoring. Many of the less-serious heart conditions could be more easily diagnosed if you could present a consultant with a fortnight's log of heart data.

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Re: RFID?

RFID-tag under the skin (like my dog). There's a YouTube video of someone who has done this, and built a lock-box for their handgun... the idea is that they have instant access to a weapon, but their kids don't.

I rather like the idea of a ring or watch with RFID- any handset or tablet you pick up becomes 'yours', with your contacts, mail, documents etc. (obviously the security aspect needs further thought...)

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First look: iOS 7 for iPad

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Re: I like clean and minimalistic but..

Though I've heard good things of 'stock' Android, I like the dark skin Sony use on their handsets.

Surely bright white wallpapers cause more battery drain?

And who was it who recommended Dolphin browser? Damned thing shows a white page whilst its loading... how was that ever a great idea?

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Re: Phone, Face Time and Message blocking.

That's fine, but in the UK unsolicited sales calls are more often than not made from different numbers.

(though I have created a contact called 'Z Spam' of previous junk numbers and instructed my Android handset to send them straight to voicemail... Hmmm, must look into finding a compiled blacklist of numbers on-line, and adding that, too).

I iliked this, from Private Eye:

Last week Independent hack Tom Peck struck a blow for over-informed journalists everywhere when he finally snapped and sent a reply to the 9994th email from a PR pushing a product and claiming “I hope this news story brightens up your Wednesday!”

“Well it doesn’t brighten up my fucking day does it, because it’s fucking bollocks, and I will get a million more like it within the next ten minutes, making it near on impossible not to miss the important stuff I do need to read, because you pricks insist on sending me cosmic fucking wank like this,” ran his unimprovable riposte.

Was he congratulated by grateful colleagues for this constructive feedback? Was he heck. When the PR company in question complained to Indy editor Chris Blackhurst, Peck was hauled into the editor’s office, bollocked, and ordered to write an apology.

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NSA whistleblower to tech firms, Obama: 'Grow a pair!'

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Re: I'd like to hear more about endpoint security from this guy.

>So Mr. Snowden, what exactly *are* we doing wrong with endpoint security that's making our encryption easy to work around, anyway? Are we talking about people's PCs, or servers here?

If the person you are communicating with (or their machine) is compromised, so are your communications with that person.

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Re: A modern hero

Yet in other posts, Eadon has attacked the funding model upon which the BBC is built, when the alternative often leads to entities such as Fox News- or else to a situation such as Italy when the president owns much of the broadcast media.

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Surprise! Intel smartphone trounces ARM in power trials

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It says a lot that Johnparchem has been heavily downvoted, when what he says is supported by Tomshardware:

"In general, our analysis suggests that the ARM-based CPU core is excellent at doing nothing, but starts to require considerably more power during computationally-intensive workloads... In this scenario, the CPU cores aren't cranking away, but the graphics core is still refreshing the screen and reading from memory. This constant reading taxes the memory controller, and is one reason why the Atom maintains low power consumption. Under heavier loads, we saw the Tegra 3 take a double hit as CPU power use ramped up quickly, along with the memory controller's draw.

Even though manufacturing technology is one of Intel's obvious strengths, the efficiency of its memory controller also becomes quite apparent in the company's power measurements. Intel and AMD have both pointed out the challenges facing ARM as it moves to 64-bit out-of-order execution, since both companies took years to refine and perfect their own implementations. Memory control is just another one of those areas Intel and AMD dedicate a lot of R&D to optimizing."

-http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/atom-z2760-power-consumption-arm,3387-5.html

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Re: No surprise there

>Sure these facts need to be confirmed by other testers but it's not like it's a real surprise.

>Anandtech came to basically the same conclusions a few monthes ago.

Thank you Sil, I'm glad someone has been paying attention to recent developments. "ARM is more power efficient" has become near dogma, when the reality is actually more interesting. Another bench-mark heavy site, Tomshardware, has been looking at this too.

I don't care what my next phone is built around, and I'm not saying Go Intel: I'm saying lets have more data.

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Re: Intel sponsored "research"?

>Total energy to complete a given task is what matters.

That is the methodology that Intel have been pushing:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/atom-z2760-power-consumption-arm,3387-5.html

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Re: What about standby power consumption?

> If you're gaming all day or playing video it's going to be important but the screen is still likely to top power use.

This Atom uses Power VR-designed graphics like many of its ARM competitors, so playing video might not be the area the biggest differences are seen.

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Re: first AMD now Intel

>How did they measure the results? Internal phone "power draw" measurement as used in Android for the "what is using my battery" stats? That is waaaaaaay buggy and off.

>I will believe this once I see the battery taken out, current meter inserted, the current measured and recorded.

You want multimeter readings? From six months ago:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/atom-z2760-power-consumption-arm,3387-5.html

"...tore down tablets and identified critical points where microsoldering leads to a fancy version of a Fluke multimeter yields power consumption data for specific SoC and platform subsystems.

"Our own benchmark data, extrapolated, is consistent with Intel's. At idle, Nvidia's Tegra 3 imposes similar draw as the Atom. But as workloads become more demanding, Intel's lead increases.

"I encourage you to do to the same arithmetic we just did when it comes time to comparing platforms. In the meantime, seeing how Intel does its power consumption measurements by soldering wires under a stereo microscope has given me an idea."

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I told you I'd be back: Arnie set for another career revival

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Re: Well..

Use it or lose it!

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Re: I thought his first film was "Hercules in New York"

That was the first film I ever fell asleep during - and I was about 12 years old at the time. I think it had been voted to be broadcast by a phone-in, on some Friday night television fund raising effort in the UK.

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Re: To be fair,

As far as I know, during his stint as the Governator, he only appeared in two films: Round the World in Eighty Days (with Steve Coogan and Jackie Chan) and the Expendables.

Your point stands, though- since leaving office, he's been in Expendables 2, The Last Stand, and an upcoming Stallone movie, in which Sly and Arnie must team up to escape from a futuristic prison.

2003: The Rundown as Cameo

2004: Around the World in 80 Days as Prince Hapi

2010: The Expendables as Trench

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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

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Re: Knocked together too fast

Yeah, the individual app screens (the Calender, for example) look good, simple, clean, very Braun... but that home-screen looked a mess.

Someone dropped the ball.

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Re: User choice

>can't you change icons/colour scheme on an iphone?

I understand you have to 'jailbreak' it first.

My Android phone gives me a breakdown of what uses up the battery - the screen is normally responsible for most of it. Without knowing any better, I assume that a white/bright theme would use more battery than a dark theme. Can anyone here confirm or refute this?

I tend to use the Dolphin browser, but it has an unfortunate habit of displaying a blank white screen whilst it is waiting for a page to load.

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Re: pre-release software may not be final version

Apple normally pay great heed to the old adage "Never explain, never apologise".

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Oversimplification:

Man: "Oohh, what does it do?"

Woman: "Yeah yeah, what does it do for me?"

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Apple said to be 'exploring' 5.7-inch iPhone

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I was talking to a retired doctor in the pub the other day- he doesn't have a smartphone (said he was waiting for one clear winner to emerge, 'like Betamax or VHS'... no matter), but cited a 91 year old gentleman who has always had an iPhone, until he got a Galaxy S IV- he thought the bigger screen would suit him better. However, the old boy didn't get on with it to well, probably because he was used to how his iPhones did things.

A larger screened iPhone would have his custom.

The cheaper model of iPhone rumour... Apple's entrance to the low-end could explain why Tim Cook was being derogatory about Android at WWDC.

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Re: There's nothing wrong with copying

Here's a lovely email exchange between Penguin Books Ltd and David Thorne, discussing David's use of a stylised penguin on his second book- and how removed from Penguin Book's logo they would like it to be:

http://www.27bslash6.com/covers.html

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Who's to be the next Dr Who? Sherlock beats Maurice - says you

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David Oyelowo

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Scientists investigate 'dark lightning' threat to aircraft passengers

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Re: Specially sheilded?

A Whole Lotta...

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Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

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Re: Does anyone make a bluetooth handset?

Take one Bluetooth headset, one chunky pen and some superglue- sorted!

Actually, a pen-sized Bluetooth handset (that lives in one's breast pocket, for example) would be a more useful device for many people than a 'smart watch'... it could do simple notification alerts too, maybe a simple LCD screen for dispaying th name of incoming calls / SMS.

One could hold it to ones ear like a normal phone, or perhaps perch it behind the ear like a builder does a pencil.

Advanced gyro-equiped models could act as a paperless pen - sending handwriting to the connected phone/tablet. And let's go wild, and stick a roller-ball cartridge in there!

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MacBook Air now uses PCIe flash... but who'd Apple buy it from?

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Re: it's a chimney

>I'm assuming you mean local raid i.e. G-RAID rather than networked servers?

Yeah, a Thunderbolt RAID setup, as made by G-Technology and others, not a NAS!

>Check out Chase Jarvis' site

Cheers, a good video. Good to see they are taking no chances with their data!

They have one RED camera, which the output of which they merely back-up in the field, waiting until they get back to the studio for the processing. The HD footage they back up, and start to process in the field. People are starting to use the RED transcoder card in Thunderbolt enclosures when on site.

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Re: Looks like an ash tray

I don't think a large enough percentage of Apple's profits came from the Mac Pro line for it to bother Wall Street very much.

http://www.wired.com/business/2013/06/apples-flat-design-falls-flat-on-wall-street/

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Re: This is a ridiculously self-indulgent design

>This design smacks of engineers trying to do "we're Apple and we're so cutting edge cool and over the top

At first glance, maybe.

They could have retained the triangular thermal chimney concept and yet made it Tolberone-shaped... but then people would be tempted to place it on its side which would prevent the convection from working.

On a second look, it appears that they have actually put some thought into it.

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Re: A true Apple design

That one one of the issues with the G4 Cube, though 3rd parties tried to remedy it.

Another issue with the Cube was that being flat and fanless, its top made an inviting surface on which to place pieces of paper, with less than ideal thermal consequences.

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Re: And if you bored with it...

I feel ashamed that my Futurama knowledge has been exposed as deficient. I shall have to rectify that soon! Cheers!

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Ex-Palm CEO Rubinstein wishes HP sale never happened

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Re: webOS had the wrong name

> although a Chromebook is as much as silly.

I was thinking that... until remembering numerous reports of massive fines handed down to public organisations in the U.K for losing laptops and memory sticks containing data of private citizens. Larger organisations can put together a VPN and a customised Linux distro for laptops, but small/medium business don't have the resources to do the same, and are increasingly being targeted by criminals on-line whose MO is to encrypt business-critical machines and then hold the business to ransom.

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Interwebs taunt Sir Jony over Apple eye candy makeover

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Yeah.

http://www.core77.com/blog/ux/ios_7_preview_leaves_no_doubt_whether_hardware_or_software_ives_got_the_juice_25031.asp#more

Looking at the screenshots here, most things look clean and simple - it is only that Home Screen with its dodgy icons and unhelpful wallpaper - that look bad. The 'control centre' doesn't look too bad, but since it is translucent it is showing the garish faults of the homescreen that sit 'behind' it. I like the way it has four shortcuts to applications other than those that sit at the bottom of the homescreen.

However, there's nothing there to make me switch from Android (though 3rd party hardware accessories and apps might tempt me)

The screenshots of many of the applications remind me, aesthetically, of the UI on the iRiver Spinn: http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/4/2008/09/iriver-spinn-official.jpg

(the irony is, the Spinn UI looks 'Flat', yet is skeumorphic in that it resembles the dial of an FM radio)

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Microsoft in sexism strife again over XBOX rape joke

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Re: @h3

>Blimey - so forcing a woman to have sex was fine as long as she was your wife?

h3 didn't say that. h3 was just talking about the old definition of the word in a legal context, and made no mention of whether or not it was correct. The fact that they mentioned it - thus drawing attention to how 'law' doesn't always mean 'justice' - suggests that h3 doesn't think it is fine to force your wife to have sex with you.

It used to be the case that a widow could not marry her dead husband's brother. Why? Because the bit about 'being one in the flesh' in Genesis was taken as meaning that husband and wife became just that- a widow would be committing incest by consummating her marriage with her dead husband's brother.

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