* Posts by The FunkeyGibbon

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

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Re: They've got previous

Indeed:

Moorcock: "Games Workshop couldn't exist without the things they've ripped off from me and Tolkien. If they'd made more of the material, I wouldn't mind. But they've dumbed it down, too. Sometimes I get weary of this crap. Other times, people remind me, that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. A more sincere form of flattery than that, of course, is when they ask you first. As I've often said -- they can say it's flattery, but that's the flattery of the guy you catch in your apartment when you come home at night and he's just heading for the fire escape with your new TV. 'Great taste in TVs, man,' he says...."

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BlackBerry Q10: This quirky QWERTY will keep loyalists perky

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Looks like a good handset

A proper business focused device. Shame it's a Blackberry. Mind you now it uses ActiveSync it might actually work instead of having all the old problems associated with BBs including my favourites, the utter inability to handle hard deletes and the inability to manage e-mails that are filed by a rule.

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LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

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Sometimes it's not an option.

Do you know what would happen if I suggested some of our customers switched to LO from MO? They'd look puzzled and ask why. I'd tell them the cost benefits. They'd say that they have to retrain users. Business fears change and some of them would rather piss away money on Microsoft's evil licencing than make a change for the better...

Nobody ever got fired for buying Microsoft Office... :-(

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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

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Re: Loooooooser

I can't upvote this enough. Given a choice between 4 hours of research and practice in SharePoint Development or running about trying to give myself a heart-attack in the local softplay emporium with my son the latter will always win. I read, I write (a bit) and I play games. I drink and have social interaction. What I don't do is take work home with me. When I leave for the day my work phone goes off.

Home lab? Pffft.

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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

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Poor old Barracuda...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpkitLUbeEg

Desktop HDD is the kind of terribly dull name that gives the world of computers a dull image.

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Could this be Google's slick new touchscreen Chromebook?

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Re: Company behind the video looks unlikely to actually be working with Google

He's bang on. I've not been able to see the video so I can't comment on it but the points yer man makes just add up to a hoax.

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A new Mac Pro coming this spring? 'Mais oui!'

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The lack of a new Mac Pro

Just shows how superficial Apple have got with their product line. It's all glitz and surface. That's not to say that the products are bad just that they are not competing on performance like they used to. The new Macbook Pro? That's sold on it's flashy screen. Why? Because the CPU, RAM and HDDs are all stock components that are found in loads of PCs from any number of manufacturers or system builders.

I agree with the poster above, -tim, that the change from PPC to x86 has cost Apple their 'power' crown.

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Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

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Kid's will watch it.

They'll watch any old crap. My girlfriend's 6 year old is addicted to Inspector Gadget on Netflix and that's an unmitigated pile o'shite.

Personally I think the problem is that nobody is prepared to take a chance on something new. Much easier to resurrect stuff for which there is at least some brand recognition. Inception proved that movies need not be dumb to make money and the same is true of TV, but who is going to be responsible if they take a chance and bomb? The fear of failure is too high, so nobody will risk it.

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BlackBerry 10: Good news, there's still time to fix this disaster

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Obviously this is a first look at the handset

But for me the killer will be this:

BES10 cannot manage old devices. So I will have to maintain a separate BES and BES10 install. Since the BB10 uses ActiveSync, now is the ideal time for me to switch to an alternative. Yes BES10 can apparently manage multiple devices (BB, 'Droid, iPhone) but in the SME environment I've no need to spend that kind of money to get features that I'm largely not using. The whole point of BES has been lost because it now doesn't do anything different other than off expensive management software.

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Japan hides anti-piracy warning on P2P networks

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While I doubt it's effectiveness

I have to say that I rather like the idea. It's not going to stop mass pirates but if it discourages even the casual downloader then that's something. Just because it's not a panacea doesn't mean that it's not worth doing. It's not like it's costing them a lot to do it.

Also this:

That new legislation was enough to earn the ire of Anonymous, which launched its low orbit ION cannons at various government and political party web sites in retaliation.

They are *very* tiresome now aren't they? Like spoilt children who think that it's okay to sulk when somebody has the temerity to tell them it's not okay to steal...

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US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

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Terminator

Re: I suppose we should be happy big corp wants our data

I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle.

My 'laws' say I can have them so please comply.

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Trade War?

This assertion is made but forgive me for being thick, it's not actually explained how this might be the case. Will the US or US companies actually refuse to do business in the EU if they can't have the right to do as they please with your data? Seems far fetched.

Microsoft have already admitted that the Patriot Act can be used to access your data on the 365 platform because they are an American company and the legislation says that it applies to them no matter where they operate. The same applies, presumably, to Amazon and Google too. So how does the right to be forgotten sit with the 'right' to 'do what we want to, where we want to, when we want to' in the Patriot Act?

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GNOME project picks JavaScript as sole app dev language

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How does this affect Unity?

Canonical have bought into the Gnome thing in a large way by using it as the basis for Unity. Does this mean that they are on board with this or are they going to wade in and start throwing their weight around?

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Jammy b*stards: Admen flog chocolate bars with 'Wi-Fi-free' zones

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Re: I just don't get it...

If you look carefully you can see it's for Kit-Kat. Their slogan is "Have a break" so I'm guessing they are suggesting that this spot is one where you can take a break from all the things that use Wi-Fi to interrupt you. Of course it's a massively silly gimmick and I'd be tempted to take a phone call or use my 3G in that area just to piss them off....

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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Re: Prior art ?

Quite apart from the good point you have made, please have an up-vote for the use of the word 'nincompoops'. Bravo sir! :-)

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Coat

So they've not patented...

Windows then? ;-)

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Pub o' clock comes early for C&W biz customers silenced by titsup phones

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Re: Email that I jut got from CW

A spare disk? Are they saying they didn't have a HDD onsite for this (assumed) server?

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Space Shuttle Columbia disaster remembered 10 years on

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Has it really been that long?

Man, I'm getting old. I remember my school writing letters of condolence to Regan when Challenger exploded too.

Brave people pushing the human race forward - their efforts should never be forgotten and their memory should not be disgraced by never trying again.

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Google's Glasses: The tech with specs appeal?

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Do we *need* to be this connected?

I love gadgets and will always be interested in them. But the more I see stuff like this the more I think "Are we not just over-connected?" how much info is *too* much info?

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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They are out there...

It's just the majors have quit the market there are options out there:

H6 10 Inch Notebook Android 4.0.3 4GB Laptop PC Black (http://www.pandawill.com/catalog/product/view/id/45080/s/h6-10-inch-notebook-android-403-1g-ram-4gb-laptop-pc-black-p65515/)

MTL0701W 7 Inch Notebook Android 4.0.3 4GB HDMI Laptop PC White (http://www.pandawill.com/mtl0701w-7-inch-notebook-android-403-4gb-hdmi-laptop-pc-white-p71558.html)

The problem is expectation. Consumers generally want a device that does it all rather than a couple of devices that suit a particular usage. Trying to make the 'does it all' device at £200? No wonder the majors quit.

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Axed staffers hijack HMV Twitter account: 'We're tweeting LIVE from HR'

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Re: selling data retail?

Ever? Yes. Back in the day retail was the only method other than mail order. If you mean was it a good idea since the advent of the internet? Then no, retail was always going to suffer the additional costs and so ultimatly wasn't going to be viable unless they added value in other ways (don't ask me, if I knew I'd be running my own store!).

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Sick software nasty uses child abuse pics to extort infected victims

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Really struggling for words

How do you describe how vile these people are?

The only thing I can think of that would make me smile is if they pulled this shit on Liam Neeson...

"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you stop this shit now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."

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WORLD temporarily FREED from BURDEN of TWITTER!

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Happy

As the Depeche Mode boys would say...

Enjoy the Silence

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSKrC7dGcY

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Nokia tries its luck with a sub-£150 Win Phone 8: The Lumia 620

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Re: A bargain

You're a prick. I've not met you but I've been told...

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I watched Excel meet 1-2-3, and beat it fair and square

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3-2-1.... Eadon.

No? Wow.

I like Excel, the only issue I have is with people using it as a feckin' database instead of using an actual DB. Having said that Access was\is horrible so I can see why this happened.

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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

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Getting away from Office

Does anybody have any stories they'd like to share that cover changing from MS Office to an alternative. Not just individuals but whole companies? I'd be interested to see just how painful it is but also how much can be saved.

I think about where I work and the various Excel add-ins that run their financial systems and can't see them ever changing.

Also the lack of real advertising for alternatives hurts the sector. I bet if I went to each department head and said 'Libre Office' or 'OpenOffice' they'd say "WTF?"

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Re: LibreOffice user here

I get the feeling that you don't like Microsoft very much. I'm not sure where why, it's just something niggling me about your posts that give me that impression...

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Hacker faces 105 years inside after FBI 'sexploitation' arrest

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Paris Hilton

Oh and...

Paris because she knows all about securing her smut. At least she should do by now...

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IT at schools?

My IT lessons at school involved learning:

10 PRINT "Hello World!"

20 GOTO 10

and trying to be first to get there to have a go on the Acorn not the BBC Basics.

I would hope that IT now covers far more, in fact if I were in charge I'd have a technical lesson and then alternate that with one about other aspects of IT and how it affects our lives. Learning how to use a computer isn't just about programming these days or hardware like it was when I was in secondary school in the early 90's but about so much more. Lessons on how to secure your data, including pictures you might not want to get out, should be part of the school curriculum. Like it or not, IT should also be a mandatory lesson up there with Maths, English and Science.

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Wii-U boat torpedoes Nintendo's '¥20bn profit' into ¥20bn loss

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Nintendo's problem has always been poor 3rd party games

The term 'shovelware' might not have been coined for the Wii but it certainly became it's poster boy. Every Nintendo fanboi always buys Mario, Zelda and Metroid. The casual gamer might buy another game on top of Wii Sports. But the shovelware grinds everybody down:

Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked

Gallop & Ride and My Horse & Me

Charm Girls Club: Pajama Party

Imagine: Party Babyz

My Aquarium

If the casual game buys one of these, or more likely gets given one by Grandma at Christmas, they are then jaded for the rest of that ownership.

This is how the Wii U will die too... death by a thousand party games.

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YouTube's hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

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Meh

YouTube would need to offer a better way to find content

YouTube would need to have a much better system of separating the crap from the 'premium'. Vevo only came about after it became obvious that official music videos were being swamped in the searches on YouTube by terrible karaoke covers. I wouldn't pay for YouTube as it is because there is so little content that is of any quality. Plus $1 - $5 PM is way too high, if you wanted 10 top quality channels then it would cost near to or more than a Sky subscription and while I hate Sky their offering is still better than a few video clips...

The free-to-subscription transition would only work if the content was worth paying for. Most of YouTube is not.

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Pop tix touts slung in the cooler for 4 years after £3m web scam

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Just wondering

Wouldn't it have made sense to have a semi-fraudulent business. That way you have some users who will back you up and it makes your excuses seem valid. This would arouse less suspicion. Yes it would take longer to make your big wads of cash but it's better than getting caught... Just sayin'. :-)

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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Re: Ughhh

I rather like the reboot. To be honest the original material left him nowhere to really go, so a reboot was in order. Your complaint ranks right up there with "Nolan didn't include Robin in any of his Batman films and his Bane was nothing like the one in 'Batman and Robin!".

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Dead Steve Jobs tried to KILL Ashton Kutcher from beyond the grave

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Method Acting

When Dustin Hoffman was involved with the movie Marathon Man, his character was depicted as looking like he had stayed awake for three nights. Dustin, being a method actor, decided to stay up for three nights in real life in order for it to look more realistic. When he came to the set, Laurence Olivier (An actor some consider one of the greatest in the world) asked him why he looked so tired and Dustin told him. Then Olivier pauses for a moment, then makes the famous statement, "Try acting, dear boy...it's much easier."

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Brit 2.5-tonne nuke calculator is World's Oldest Working Computer

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Bletchley Park is awesome.

If you've not visited you should! It's a brilliant site with a lot of very interesting history and a total geek-gasam inducing collection of computers. :-)

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Brit mastermind of Anonymous PayPal attack gets 18 months' porridge

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Silly boys

You can't go around attacking people just because you disagree with them! This is not the playground and he who shouts loudest wins isn't how things are decided. But then cowardly attacks using an attempt at anonymity are so much easier than taking a stand in a legal way.

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Kernel hacker Alan Cox quits Linux, Intel

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Re: Wow!

I dunno, I looked at him and thought maybe he could have written Watchmen, Tom Strong and From Hell... :-)

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Greenland ice SIMPLY WOULD NOT MELT in baking +8°C era 120k years ago

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Predicting systems with a massive number of variables...

...is tricky. Who knew?

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Netflix shares jump as outfit adds 10 million subscribers in 2012

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Disappointed with Sky

It doesn't offer much above and beyond Freeview, Sky1 should just be called the Simpsons Channel, and their double dipping approach of adverts *and* a subscription is a piss-take. ITV manage on the former BBC on the latter. Sky don't actually produce much, they are more or less a reseller for HBO these days.

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Netflix still has some way to go.

I like what I can get on there, generally, but in the UK at least there are some massive holes in it's offering.

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Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap

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Yawn. Bored with 'Mega' now.

Not only is it a shit name for a service but frankly if I wanted cloud I'd go with somebody who doesn't have an ego the size of North America. When the guy running the business is bigger news than the products that's a worry.

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EU-wide mega-Leveson 'needed' to silence Press, bloggers

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Thoughtcrime

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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For me the problem is not the spec...

It's just how "Meh" it makes me feel. Good tech should get you excited, this just feels like a poorly packaged laptop with nothing that makes me feel like it's better than buying an iPad and a cheap laptop for about the same price or less.

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Swartz suicide won't change computer crime policy, says prosecutor

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Lack of specialist knowledge?

Isn't part of the problem that the law, the people who make the law and the people enforce the law, somewhat behind the curve when it comes to technology? I think sometimes they fear what they don't understand and therefore do what the fearful normally do, break out the big guns to ward off danger.

There needs to be a group that specialises not only in law but also who have access and understand the world in which they operate. What Swartz did wasn't bright. That data, no matter how he objected to it's use (and there is a strong argument against how it was being used, but that's a septate argument), was not his to take in the way he did. However the 'victim' understood his argument and declined to press charges once the data was returned. That should have been the end of it. However the state fears people with skills they cannot understand, so they feel the need to control them. It's this fear that needs to be conquered. Once it is understood then maybe the over-reactions will stop.

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Megaupload outed file-sharers to Feds months before Dotcom raid

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No honour among thieves...

Who knew?

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Kim Dotcom's locker may be full, but the cupboard is bare

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FAIL

Another vote for the "I just don't get your point" brigade.

A more confused article I've yet to read!

"Everything has value" - Value is a perceptive concept applied by humans. There is nothing inherently more valuable in oil than there is in the same quantity of urine. The application of the resource, it's scarcity and the difficulty in obtaining it and how that benefits humans is what confers the subjective quality of value. Your family pictures have no value to me but they may be beyond price to you - no inherent value only that we confer. How can this apply to data? In the same way. While data describing the profits of Apple might be of interest and have value to the stock markets and traders, to a worker at Foxconn they are essentially valueless. Storage of this data, as has been pointed out, is the same as a byte of data is a byte of data no matter what it represents. The only value that can be added in a service like Mega is a one of tiered levels of security and redundancy. The customer could determine the level of value to them and decide what is required to retrieve that data (two-factor) and if it is held in a manner that meets the requirements (co-location, physical security) of that value judgement. There is no such thing as absolute value.

Paul Sanders' point that you then drag in makes no sense because you are trying to conflate the value of storage with that of the value of the item itself. Nobody is suggesting that the item is flat priced. A better analogy would have been if the storgage of food was flat priced what effect would that have? It would be at this point that you would realise that the comparing digital products to those that have other factors such as shelf-life and fragility as part of their costs, is futile. Cost is determined by the difficulty in maintaining quality and safety of the item. Soft fruit is more expensive because the cost of storage and transport is far higher than that of dry pasta. Digital media has the same cost of storage and transport if the size is like for like, the content makes no difference.

"There are so many dubious, and at times outright bogus arguments here I won't dwell on them." Really? It might have helped make your point clearer....

I can't even comment on what follows because it makes no sense to me at all.

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Polish knights slay Virut, the brazen virus army that has its own EULA

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Devil

It's own EULA?

Cheeky bastards!

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Holy classic car auction, Batman! They sold THE Batmobile!

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Rick Champagne

Now that's a quality name. :-)

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WTF is... Weightless?

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Cart before horse?

It's an interesting idea but - and I may be being thick here - this is still a method for transmission and not a new protocol, right? So until IPv6 is actually used in anger, there are going to be no addresses for the cooker or any other device to use anyway.

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