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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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A question: are gay web developers now no longer using JavaScript?

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Forkin' 'L! Facebook, Google and friends create WebScaleSQL from MySQL 5.6

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I'd hazard a guess that the tweaks they made to MySQL will also work with MariaDB ...

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Would it be a bad idea to launch a probe at right angles to our solar system, and build up a birds-eye view? Or would that just take too long?

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

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Re: GPS is FAR more accurate at altitude

AFAIK the barometer is used to calculate your height above sea level... from your GPS position, it can request the pressure at a known nearby weather station, and, using that pressure and yours, approximate your height above sea level.

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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Re: Gift cards

We ain't got such Google cards here in Sunny South Africa ... I did actually buy a tablet for my kid. It got stolen out of my vehicle (along with my 2-month-old laptop) ... thieves used a remote-control blocker.... Now I check my door after locking ...

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Re: The App Store Con

I got some Hair Salon thing from Amazon for my kid ... was a Free App of the Day. Recently it refuses to run UNLESS I am logged into Amazon AND HAVE ENABLED one-click purchasing. I hope my instructions to my kid to 'not buy anything' were enough. From my point of view, this policy is Evil.

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

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Mmm

I had exactly the same idea today ... a customer wants to 'negotiate' a 1/3 reduction in my rate because they're struggling. After much thought, I've concluded that he actually wants me to work 1/3 slower. Which is doable, I suppose...

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FCA drafts new rules to protect crowdfunders' lenders

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Re: Inevitable

Actually most currencies in the world are "non-government supported" which I am taking to mean 'not issued and controlled by governments" ... they are in fact issued by private banks, who have said governments by the short and curlies. That is the real problem with money today. The few countries where the money supply is not privately controlled are of course labeled as rogue and marked for regime change (Libya, Syria...)

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50,000 women knocked up by big data, wearable tech, crowds and cloud

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Where's the control group study?

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Nokia to Devs: PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho

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Re: Now if they can get ports the other way

Do devs really need another minor environment to worry about?

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Google picks five teams to share $6 MEEELLION funding in Lunar X Prize

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look Ma no wheels

They don't need to roll around on the moon.. they can fly the required distance after touchdown.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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Re: No Longer necessary!?!

Let's start in the beginning:

1. You wash your clothes with perfumed fabric softener.

2. You wash yourself with perfumed detergent (called soap-free body wash, loaded with nasty chemicals)

3. You put on perfumed deodorant. (more nasty chemicals)

4. You put on perfume / cologne / aftershave (more nasty chemicals)

Which smell exactly is 'you'?

And you wonder why you get sick, since your millions of years of evolution have never met this toxic cocktail before and does not know how to handle it?

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Re: "banning cheese next, followed closely by nuts."

What about the instructions on said packets: 1. Open packet. 2. Eat nuts.

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Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms

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I think this is the media companies answer (well, part of it) to the piracy problem ... give people fat pipes, and let them stream hi-res movies and sports. This costs money from the supplier side, and the download sites will not be able to compete.

Yes I know there are holes in this argument and other ideas are welcome :-)

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10,000 km road trip proves Galileo satnav works, says ESA

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Re: GPS in smartphones

On my S3, yes the battery drains. On my Note 3, I don't even notice that the GPS is permanently on. They fixed it real good :-) Of course, the Samsungs already use the Yank and Russian systems, am wondering when they will add the Chinese one as well ...

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fWHoaR! Trick-cyclists crack eternal mystery of WHAT WOMEN WANT in a man

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Re: what women want

Or as Rider Haggard put it in "She" (IIRC): men want beauty, woman want gold.

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IBM reveals radical email interface rethink

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Re: memo to IBM

Actually PMMail (originally OS/2) still has some tricks that KMail can't do. Moving to Kmail was a bit of a compromise but I still prefer KMail to those nasty HTML interfaces. Used to enjoy Golded on DOS. Used cc:mail at work , it drove me nuts (but not quite as much as Word, which reduced me to a swearing and desk pounding) until we were migrated to Lotus Notes, much to my utter amazement and confusion, since it did NOT play nice with the rest of the email universe and was an exercise in frustration. Here's the graveyard: http://www.pmmail2000.com/

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CERN boffins fire ANTI-HYDROGEN BEAM

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Shaved

I thought Occam said antimatter does not exist?

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Bored with patent trolls? Small fry - prepare for the Design Trolls

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Are round corners on a rectangle Trivial or Substantial?

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WHEW! OpenBSD won't CloseBSD (for now) after $100,000 cash windfall

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Secure?

When did BIND and SendMail become 'incredibly secure'?

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Think your brilliant app idea will earn some big bucks? HAH. You fool

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Call me extravagant but I could probably manage to live on USD 1250 a day ....

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Amazon wants in on single-credit-card biz

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But...

I thought this whole 'everything on one device' was where Google was headed with Android and Google Wallet .. they've already talked about rolling your cards, cash and keys into your phone ...

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US army bites the bullet in $50m software piracy pay-out

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A drone would have been cheaper.

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We're making TOO MUCH CASH, say CryptoLocker scum in ransom price cut

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Microsoft needs to take the blame for these things. Why? Because of the brain-dead default setting in every version of Windows that I've seen, which is to 'hide file extensions of well known file types'. So the mark sees a file that looks like file.pdf when in reality it is file.pdf.exe ...

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Mandatory HTTP 2.0 encryption proposal sparks hot debate

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No one has said anything about the costs for website owners to buy SSL certificates in this scheme.

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Yet ANOTHER IE 0-day hole found: Malware-flingers already using it for drive-by badness

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Re: hmmm, IE, IE, IE???

IE: Internet Exploder.

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Google's latest ad push gives LONE LAWMAKER the creeps

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Apple's iWatch to appear in 2014, will RULE your home – new claim

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Hey iWatch, what do I have in my fridge back home?

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Boffins spot LONE PLANET roaming interstellar void

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Doom is near!

It's Nibiru!

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

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Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

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What about the elephant?

So many people debating atheism, no one sees the elephant: what is the Queen still doing in the oath? What duty does anyone think they have to her?

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Android adware that MUST NOT BE NAMED threatens MILLIONS

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Re: Constant spam from ad companies

After running a rooted S2 and S3 for two years, I've moved onto a Note 3 which is not yet rooted. I am quite shocked at the level of advertising, from things like GoSMS ... those interstituals are really annoying.

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DEATH WATCH counts down seconds to wearer's demise

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Time_%28film%29

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Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

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I wonder if MS is starting to worry about ending up behind Ubuntu / Firefox / Sailfish / Tizen phones? Or if the fact that at some point in the near to medium future (if not already) there will be more personal computing devices based on that upstart Linux than on Windows .... and we all know that developers go where the numbers are....

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Sweet murmuring Siri opens stalker vulnerability hole in iOS 7

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I am Shocked! Shocked! that Siri will take instructions from any voice instead of just the owner .....

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Microsoft botnet smackdown 'caused collateral damage, failed to kill target'

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Re: Trojans

" Windows no longer has the security holes of yesteryear" ... because they've copied more and more of the unix/linux way of doing things, which was properly thought through and designed in the beginning, unlike Windows, which was not. Heck, MS even stole the networking code for Win3 from unix. Then they went on to add multiple users, 'execute' permissions, etc... but being MS, dumbed things down to the point somewhere between annoying and unusable.

I'm fully expecting Windows 10 to be Windows X ... for the same reason Apple used the X: unix.

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Curiosity plunges its drill into Mars AGAIN, seeks life-giving sample

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Fake

That is clearly a fake rock made out of cheap cement.

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Ancient thumb-driven whirly-wheel smartmobe UI ported to Android

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Re: It looks very interesting, I might just try this out...

Never mind the permissions, see what they claim the right to do with all your personal data ... I risked installing it, tried it, hated it, uninstalled it. Nice idea in theory but don't think it will work properly in the real world.

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Google's Schmidt calls for 'DELETE from INTERWEBS' button

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Re: Can't see how it will work.

This resolves to my point ... who owns a particular thing on the net? Things can only be deleted if ownership can be ascribed and proved. That, of course, is a very double-edged sword, assuming it was possible (some sort of meta-tag, perhaps). But what about news reports about Bill doing something naughty? How will Bill ever get that deleted, since he is unlikely to own the news report....

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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

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Mmm a while back Iran brought down a drone remotely .... sounds like they used a similar approach.

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Phone-bonker Bump tells desktop users: We swing both ways now

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Airdroid.

Airdroid. That is all.

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'Red October' has been spying on WORLD LEADERS for 5 years - researchers

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Re: FSB 1, NATO 0

If i read between the lines of the article correctly, then the malware was looking for Crytofiler files and sending them back home, where they can be thrown to the supercomputers for decrypting. Nice.

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Opposable thumbs for FISTS, not finesse, say bioboffins

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Re: Was it just me or

I'm sure it would be possible to write a paper claiming we walk on our hind legs because we can kick much harder than we can punch, and it's much easier to kick from a standing position than from all fours.

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Sorority girls gone WILD: '1 to 3' casual sex 'hookups' every MONTH

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Will someone please think of the poor boys who have to put up with all this sexual abuse?

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Sharp cuts exFAT deal with Microsoft for Android mobes

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Android manufacturers are trying....

Some recent devices have shipped without the ability to take SD cards (HTC One X, IIRC, etc.). Some people complained about this (probably because HTC skimped on the installed memory), but I think this trend, together with the recent change in Android to STOP treating the phone as a USB device but as a camera instead, is part of Google's plan to move manufacturers away from the SD slot, and then the problem should go away. But they'll need to bundle something like AirDroid with the phones to allow easy transfers (and hope people have wifi on their network). My mother would be stumped (but then, she wouldn't know what an SD card is either ...)

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Khronos Group updates OpenGL and OpenCL graphics standards

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30%

Those projections seem to imply that Windows on Mobile will get around 30% of the market.

Is that really possible?

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Facebook joins Google in warning DNSChanger victims

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@Marty: I also used to be very much in favour of an "internet driving licence" ... until Big Brother started talking about it, and I realised that it would also mean the end of anonymity. Not good.

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Google compressed-filth legal battle with smut site ended in US

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Aha!

"The Court said that the creation and display of thumbnail images was not copyright infringement."

Can I argue that an .mp3 is a thumbnail of a .wav?......

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CRACK made by quakes FOUND ON MOON

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scientists?

Some people just can't recognise water erosion when they see it!

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Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo

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Re: “Your name is Windows. Why are you a flag?”

Your name is Windows. Why are you a parcel?

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Samsung: 'We'll nick Nokia's global mobe crown this year'

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Obviously

So Nokia was clearly correct when they concluded that making Android phones was a dumb idea. Maybe it's not too late to jump aboard ....

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