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Hey HP: You may not rate Autonomy, EDS, but buyers do

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Wild strategy swings..

Sounds like banking in the 80's/90's/00's. Banks with their core business of lending, savings, mortgages and expensive letters telling you that you are 30p overdrawn, suddenly decided to get into all sorts of stuff they didn't understand.

Abbey National lost £243m on the whole Cornerstone Estate Agency project.

Bradford and Bingley sold it's estate agency arm to Countrywide.

HSBC actually made money on their sale of Eversholt Rail which owned train rolling stock but I've still no idea why they were involved in it...

I'm sure there are plenty of others.

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Zuck on that! Instagram loses HALF its hipsters in a month

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Re: How many of those orphan works will actually be of value?

"Your family photo holidays might end up decorating some travel companies leaflet but, being honest, you weren't going to get any money for them anyway."

I look forward to your outrage when your family photos are used to advertise something you dislike. How about a lovely smiling picture of you and the kids on the front of a EDL poster? Or maybe that would suit you so, what about EasyJet running a campaign with your kids on it that says "Don't end up looking like this, get away somewhere nice for your holidays?".

Still, it's not as if they were going to pay you for them anyway...

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Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker

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Re: Linux / Android in everything that's pricey

Java is in a lot a pricey items. Doesn't mean it's good.

Personally I like Linux but fanbois will be fanbois. Bloody annoying.

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Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE

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Joke

Re: All that technology to get a man into space

Well pointing at a wall wouldn't had achieved much...

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Panasonic pitches Ultra HD 4K x 2K monster tablet

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Re: 200 percent

Macromedia DreamWeaver? *Ring Ring* "Hello? It's for you, 2005 would like it's software back..."

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Standards sultan sanctifies 60GHz wireless LAN tech

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Time to prepare for more cases of electromagnetic hypersensitivity?

How long before some nut crawls out of the woodwork to claim this is giving them bad skin and headaches?

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Hey, tech titans! Those smartmobe sales bans? Give it a rest. NOW

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If the DoJ and USPTO are fed up...

...then maybe they should put their own houses in order and stop allowing stupid patents and allowing the enforcement of stupid patents. This may actually lead to a positive change, but I doubt it.

It's hard to feel sympathy for them when the design for the rod they have made for their own backs is probably patented too...

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BT in ad slapdown after 'misleading' punters on fibre deployment dates

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Joke

I wonder how BT would feel if...

I made an 'estimate' on when they were getting paid and then kept putting that back by 3 months...? :-D

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Razer uncages Core i7, GeForce megaslab for hardcore gamers

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Looks N-Gage-ing...

And by that I mean a shit idea.

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€1.5bn swiped from EU cards: Fraud mainly takes place in the US

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Re: Verified by VISA is horrible

You clearly have no idea how PKI works.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public-key_infrastructure

Chip and Pin is by no means foolproof or perfect (PIN written on post-it™ notes etc) but it's not also as simplistic as you seem to think it is either.

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Hey Lenovo, want to kill Apple? Look to Samsung hitman for tips

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Re: Their Problem is

You have, I think, hit the nail on the head. Innovation in the last few years has meant driving down the cost of components so that CPU speed, RAM and HDD capacity go up. But nothing particularly innovative in as much as it does something the last model didn't.

Windows is a huge anchor. I use it all the time and I'm not suggesting it doesn't have it's uses but even Microsoft are admitting with W8 that a new UI is needed. I find W7 very usable and it's certainly a solid performer at work having replaced XP successfully. But in the concept is it really that different from Windows 3.1? Not really. Same concept of windowing, file management and applications. For the PC market to revive it needs to look at what it's customers are doing and then look to be a part of that. At home I've not had a PC for years now. My Xbox 360 fills the media hub\gaming needs, the iPad the internet browsing. What can a PC do that I, need that I can't do with these devices? This is the question they need to ask and answer.

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Re: thinkpads?

"No option for anything higher than 1920x10280 though."

I dunno that's some way beyond retina, vertically at least. :-p

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Which qualifications are worthwhile?

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Avoid support

Support is the easiest part of IT to get into because the bar to entry is so low. Anybody can start as a call logger and then progress to 1st line and then do some stuff like an A+, N+ or some Microsoft bits. The problem is because anybody can do it and many do there is no progression. The only support people who do well are those who focus on a specific product and in general that's very hard to do at most companies who expect you to be a generalist. Support becomes a grind for the vast majority who are fed up of users making the same mistakes and requests day in, day out. It is one of those areas that challenges rarely come along and doesn't allow for any expression of creativity. Realistically your only way out of support is management or project work\management both of which require retraining later down the line (ITIL, Prince2 etc).

I would consider SQL as a really good skill. It allows you to have flexibility, there will always be people looking for somebody to develop for SQL if that floats your boat and if it doesn't so many applications rely on it that you'll never be short of support options. If you like a particular area of SQL (SharePoint, web back-end to name two) then you can elect to develop along those line when it suits you.

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Intel bets the farm on touch-enabled 'convertible and detachable' Ultrabooks

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Have you ever tried 'alternative' keyboards?

At least for more than a tweet or e-mail? I love my iPad but I wouldn't want to use that touch keyboard as my only way of typing. Laser projected keyboards are even worse, they are so hit and miss and provide no feedback.

Voice recognition has always been 5/10 years away and I'd say on the basis of things like Dragon and Kinect, usable day to day voice is at least 30 years away if not more. Most people underestimate just how complicated it is.

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Chinese man pleads guilty to $100m piracy scam

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Linux isn't the answer to everything....

I know this will be seen as heresy around here but there really is actually some things that are best done by commercial software. I'm pretty sure that even NASA doesn't have the resources to write every line of code needed to keep a satellite in orbit so buying a commercial program to cut development time and costs is logical.

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Mega-res telly demand to boom, say ball-gazers

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Video walls...

Anybody who thinks this will mean TV's the size of walls will do well to consider the predictions made in Fahrenheit 451...

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Re: You will have to wait...

You can't even argue the aluminium unibody really seeing as monocoque design has been around in other industries for decades and only the US patent office would think that taking an existing idea and applying it to a different product is innovation.

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Bendy screens are the future, screams maker of bendy screens

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I'd be interested in the duribility aspect

Bending like that introduces repetitive stresses along common lines so I'd be interested in the long term test data but unlike some of the Luddites here I can see a potential future for this. The problem here is too many people are thinking of offices, homes and so on. This is the kind of tech that will find a home in various aspects of industry and possibly education too. Besides nobody would want to try to use George H. Heilmeier's first LCD but through time it ultimately lead to the LCD screens we all use today. Dismissing a technology in it's relative infancy is a foolish pastime.

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Review: Dell XPS 12 Windows 8 tablet-cum-Ultrabook

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The lack of Ethernet is a killer

I'll accept that from my tablet but not a laptop of any description. It's one of the things that make the Air a bad idea, the only way to connect that by a hard wired connection is via a dongle and with that you get a less-than-stunning 10\100 connection. Whoop.

It's a shame because otherwise this looks like a nice device.

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Anonymous turns private eye in Ohio rape case

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It's not just the crime.

I am sickened like all sane people by what these men did. I call them men because animals work largely on instinct, however sick these men are they are still capable of higher reasoning and therefore it makes their crime worse. I dog kills it may be out of primal fear or instinct, a human does it with the ability not to.

More disturbing is the cover-up. A cover-up requires planning, multiple-parties and many supposedly rational people choosing consciously that the course they wish to take is not the just course but the one that suits them best. Evil on top of evil.

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What's THAT, you say? Apple MIGHT be making a NEW iPHONE, iOS?

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I'm actually interested in the new iPhone

Not because I'll be buying one, I have a 5 that I got as a reasonable cost upgrade on my old 4, but because this will be the first utterly Jobs-Free device Apple have done in years. This will be the one that proves whether the magic was in Apple or Jobs...

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Re: WTF !?!

I'm going to guess you're American as you utterly missed that joke...

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Facebook to debut auto-play video ads in 2013

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FAIL

Whatever next...?

Zuk discovers <Blink> and <Marquee>? :-D

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Siri: Can you make a Raspberry Pi open a garage door?

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Facepalm

Way to celebrate ingenuity...

"Hey Orville, that aeroplane that you and Wilbur invented, it's rubbish because one day gasoline will run out so why bother?"

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GhostShell hackers release 1.6 million NASA, FBI, ESA accounts

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"Oooh, look what we can do!"

I know that security is important and I'm not saying that what they've done here doesn't point out some security flaws, but it really is just willy waving. They aren't doing anything useful here it's just kids running around being douches. Hacktivism is supposed to have a political goal. This clearly doesn't so they aren't Hacktivists they are just vandals.

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Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012

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When Microsoft are doing it better Cook needs to worry

Even the ATI Xenos in my Xbox 360 can do 1080p without stressing...

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That square QR barcode on the poster? Check it's not a sticker

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Meh

QR Codes kinda rubbish, but I like this one

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120918114431/borderlands/images/6/6c/Borderlands2-moxxipizzabox.jpg

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Nokia uncloaks Lumia 620: A 'budget' $249 Windows 8 mobe

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Re: Why one anyone want a shit expensive phone?

I love how you can slam this phone in one breath and praise any phone made by Sony in the next... shocking.

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iPhone4 specs

Basically they've made a new W8 phone with similar specs to an iPhone4 that costs what a second hand iPhone4 will these days? Seems fine to me for a base model.

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Copying Wikipedia's lies is not just for hacks, right Lord Leveson?

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Missing the point much?

If Leveson is asking the press to put it's house in order and stop printing factual inaccuracies by producing a report with factual inaccuracies in it, doesn't that rather undermine the point he is trying to make. It let's journalists say "See, not as easy as you thought is it?".

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Children increasingly named after Apple products

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Re: Could be worse...

Bit dated that...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_name

"First names are chosen by the child's parents. There are no legal a priori constraints on the choice of names nowadays, but this has not always been the case.

The choice of given names, originally limited only by the tradition of naming children after a small number of popular saints, was restricted by law at the end of the 18th century. Officially, only names figuring on a calendar, or names of illustrious Frenchmen/women of the past, could be accepted.[3] Much later, actually in 1966, a new law permitted a limited number of mythological, regional or foreign names, substantives (Olive, Violette), diminutives, and alternative spellings. Only in 1993 were French parents given the freedom to name their child without any constraint whatsoever.[4]

However, if the birth registrar thinks that the chosen names (alone or in association with the last name) may be detrimental to the child's interests, or to the right of other families to protect their own family name, the registrar may refer the matter to the local prosecutor, who may choose to refer the matter to the local court. The court may then refuse the chosen names. Such refusals are rare and mostly concern given names that may expose the child to mockery."

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Re: I feel sorry.....

I know what you mean, imagine being named after an Intel trademark...

Mind you if you found two people called Thunderbolt at least you'd know they were compatible.

That's mine, yep the one at the back with the fluffy collar. Cheers.

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

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Re: Who watches...

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes indeed...

"I consider that the Home Secretary does have a legitimate expectation that the identity of any websites she may have accessed will not be disclosed and that disclosure would be unfair."

Really? That's interesting because I would consider it unfair for the Home Secretary to spy on me too. Actually she won't be doing it herself what will happen is that power will be given to the police. This would be the same police that is outsourcing much of it's back office staff to private companies. So within a very short time the government will be giving G4S the ability to spy on all of us. Just as well they are a competent, well run and not-at-all untrustworthy company, eh?

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NY Museum of Modern Art embraces 14 video games

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Nice to see games finally recognised as art

I understand that art is in the eye of the beholder (see Mark Rothko, something I could never agree as art - but clearly somebody does, the mad fools!) and so any list will be subjective and this isn't the complete list either but I do hope they include Limbo, that was incredibly beautiful given it's limited pallet. It takes artistic ability to achieve what was done with that game.

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Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

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Trollface

Could I patent 'Patent Trolling'?

Or do the actions of every major tech company in the world mean I can't have that due to prior art?

Troll face for my company logo...

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Six of the best Nintendo Wii U games

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Meh

Odd

Nintendo know that their market are fanbois and casual gamers (hence the "We only need to sell one game to be profitable" statement) so releasing an upgrade on the Wii with another gimmick that Microsoft have already managed to clone with Smart Glass seems odd.

Nintendo are always behind the curve technologically, at least since the N64, and this gimmick isn't anything like as ground breaking as the Wii was. Can I see all the casual Wii gamers binning it off for a Wii-U? Nope.

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

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Cake, and grief counselling, will be available at the conclusion of the test.

I know she's (it?) been mentioned before but I think GlaDOS should be on this list. Not only is she utterly ruthless but also is only doing what she's been programmed to...

"There was even going to be a party for you. A big party that all your friends were invited to. I invited your best friend, the Companion Cube. Of course, he couldn't come because you murdered him. All your other friends couldn't come, either, because you don't have any other friends because of how unlikable you are. It says so right here in your personnel file: "Unlikable. Liked by no one. A bitter, unlikable loner, whose passing shall not be mourned. Shall NOT be mourned." That's exactly what it says. Very formal. Very official. It also says you were adopted, so that's funny, too. "

"You look ugly in that jumpsuit. That's not my opinion; it's right here on your fact sheet. They said on everyone else it looked fine, but on you, it looked hideous. But still what does an old engineer know about fashion? Oh, wait, it's a she. Still, what does she know about - oh, wait. She has a medical degree. In fashion. From France."

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Iran's Photoshop FAIL: 'New drone' actually Japanese university bird

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FAIL

Iran aren't the only fail here...

"It's like spot the difference, onky without any difference"

It's like English except not proofread.

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BlackBerry 10: AWESOME. If the hardware matches it, RIM jobs are safe

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Honestly, too little too late

It's not the hardware (fairly unspectacular) or the mobile OS (middling to poor) that has been my biggest problem, it's BES. The whole thing is just awful. The number of tweaks, battery pulls and hacks needed to get the damn thing to remain in sync with Exchange is painful. No OS upgrade is going to change the fact that the underlying tech that makes BB painful for me.

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IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

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OS/2 stole my cash card...

I never got to user OS/2 but I sure as hell remember it booting back up after the ATM swallowed and refused to give me back my card. Grrr.

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Why do Smart TV UIs suck?

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Samsung... grrr

I have a Samsung TV and the volume control for iPlayer is via the app rather than the TV and it goes in huge steps. I find 3 too quiet but the next step up to be far too loud. Also because I have a moderately priced set and not a £2,500 beast I can't get Netflix via my TV, Netflix blame Samsung and vice versa. *sigh*

However there is salvation, my Xbox is a brilliant way to access iPlayer, Netflix et all. With Kinect I get voice and gesture control. I'll admit neither is perfect but it works well enough that I'll never use the 'smart' TV again for anything other than being a TV.

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Judge drops TV ad-block block: So how will anyone pay for TV now?

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Mushroom

I wondered if they have considered....

Screen sizes? Everything could be broadcast in 4:3 and the edges of the screen could be used for honking great big adverts that really don't distract from the content AT ALL. Honestly.

Now where have I seen that before...?

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Adobe spurts spackle* into Flash's gaping holes

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Anybody think Jobs was wrong still?

I know Apple's refusal to allow Flash on iOS was at least as much to do with protecting their walled garden as anything else but their observations that Flash was a security nightmare clearly weren't wide of the mark...

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Microsoft and Skype to axe world's most popular IM client early 2013

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Re: Folk still using IM clients?

MS will try to sell you Lync or Lync365. That's what we use.

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Bird of Prey: 1980s IT on on the small screen

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Joke

Re: Beware: Many different productions using same title

Or worse still "Birds of a Feather".... :-D

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New Mac mini: Business in the front, party at the back

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Trollface

When Apple said so.

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Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

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Re: Niche legacy hardware?

Target Disk Mode anybody? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Target_Disk_Mode

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Red Hat stalks VMware in field sport ambush

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Happy

Re: QR Code?

Could you imagine asking the pilot to swing around for another go at scanning it? :-D

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Better the banners from Microsoft on El Reg

Seriously, those side bars make me thing of Vegas. Vegas = gambling = Windows Server 2012 is a gamble....

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EU green-lights 'copyright land grab' law on orphan work

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Happy

Strangely I can see the logic in this

Normally the idea of more legislation from the EU makes my skin crawl as it almost always codifies something in law that is ill-thought out and perverse. In this case recovering the use of these orphaned works is a good idea. I particularly like the idea of UK to make it so commercial payments are accounted for so that orphaned works are not abused and so that an author who can identify their work can still claim the remuneration for it.

I still think there will be abuse of the system though and I agree with Mr Koch that there will be a "new Lawyer Opportunity Zone" but on the whole I approve. I'm shocked.

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