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Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes

O RLY

Re: No Video on LTE, Please

I have an "uncapped" LTE contract and find I don't use web browsing except when I have no other choice due to disruptive ads. If it isn't a video ad, it's an ad with a tiny close button, or the one that opens iOS App Store or GooglePlay to entice me to download some piece-of-shit freemium game. Android has few options for ad-blocking (although I find ABP drains the battery) and iOS has only one I'm aware of without a jailbreak. If I had to pay per $DATAUNIT, invasive ads would bother me more than they already do, but there is no way I'd want a legislative body to ban the ads. I'd rather see users simply stop using the sites with obtrusive ads.

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ODMs a 'threat' to Euro server biz? Well, yes, says HP exec

O RLY

ODM irony

The fact is that many of the major brands, including Dell, use ODMs to build their kit. That some of the punters such as Facebook have cut out the middle man (HP, Dell, etc) and headed straight to the source is amusing.

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

O RLY

Re: What does "impersonation" mean?

When Clapper uses the phrase "least untruthful" to describe his testimony under oath, it destroys all credibility in what his agency releases. Lying under oath is a felony for normal people; in fact, the 42nd President of the United States was impeached for it. The press releases merely illustrate the mendacity of the agency and the contempt the NSA shows to their putative overseers and the people whom they purport to protect.

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Vine's 'educational nudity': 'So if I write 1+1=2 on my boobs we're grand?'

O RLY

Re: World Peace

Or Ukraine...

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

O RLY
Headmaster

Re: not moving

It appears Muphry's Law caught that you were being pedantic about use of homonyms while using less when you should have used fewer.

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Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday

O RLY

Re: Critical Internet Explorer vulnerability ..

Notepad could be uninstalled easily from XP. Internet Explorer, on the other hand...

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

O RLY
Joke

But did you get into Doge (coin) instead?

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MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

O RLY

Re: Doomed

Indeed. Name changes for reputation reasons happen all the time. Blackwater Security are now Xi, PhillipMorris are something vaguely Latin-sounding (I can't be arsed to look it up), and RBS are contemplating trading under Williams and Glyn's for at least part of their business to name just three.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

O RLY

As someone who left his MB Air on Snow Leopard because of the poorly documented "feature" of Mavericks whereby iOS devices cannot sync their contacts or bookmarks directly to a computer but must instead use iCloud, I'm disappointed about the drop of support. This adds to the desire to move away from iOS in search of something better.

That said, comparisons to XP aren't exactly correct. The differences between the first release of XP (of which I still have a legitimate early release disk) and SP2 are substantial, so it's really a 9.5 year old OS vs a 4.5 year old OS. Oh, that's not really a favorable comparison either, is it?

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

O RLY

No, you're not. I agree. The $16 billion price is higher, by 15%, than the market cap of NetApp. That company reported respectable, not inspiring, profits on flat revenues recently. Revenues that are a full order of magnitude larger than those of WhatsApp.

Though I suppose if I understood what value things or ideas actually have, I'd be making something to sell for ludicrous sums of money instead of making comments in disbelief on the internet.

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

O RLY

Re: Carp

I wonder what the ratio of users who use free Google Fiber at 5Mbps is to those who use the $70/month 1Gbps service. That may have something to do with the Netflix results, but I'm entirely speculating.

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Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron

O RLY

Re: Amazing how many leaders...

Technically speaking, it was Congress who had to remove the ANC from the banned list. Since Mr Mandela's inauguration, Mr Mandela and his government were granted waivers by the Secretaries of State under President Clinton and President GW Bush for visits to the United States. Mr Bush signed the law rescinding the ANC's PNG status in 2008. Embarrassingly late for the USA.

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Rogue trader gets 2½ years for BILLION-dollar Apple share plot

O RLY

Go big or go home

If you're going to steal, steal as much as possible. The penalties are less that way.

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/15/jailed_for_life_for_stealing_a

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

O RLY

Re: Ethernet

Completely agreed. Going from a laptop with built-in 1GbE (last pre-Retina MBP for example)to having to use a USB port adapter that only supports 10/100BASE T is truly irritating. The 20 quid is salt in the wound.

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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

O RLY

Re: Dumb Luck

Harvard, not Stanford

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Dell crams baby small-biz data center into a tower chassis

O RLY

Re: How realistic is the pricing though

Dell won't provide technical support for 3rd party drives you add, but they don't prohibit non-Dell drives anymore.

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HP knew Autonomy was a duff buy, claim HP shareholders in $1bn suit

O RLY

Re: No Shit Sherlock

Google/Instagram? Facebook/Instagram you mean? Or did you mean Google/YouTube?

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Want to know what CIA spooks really think of spy movies and books?

O RLY

At least one Jane Austen fan in the CIA

Granted, Jane didn't write about espionage, but "Elizabeth Darcy" as a nom de plume gets a smile.

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Feds want to fine companies that refuse wiretap requests

O RLY

Re: Paranoia

Who is being paranoid, exactly?

And just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not after you.

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How much will Google pay to bring fiber to Provo, Utah? Try $1

O RLY

Re: Wow, screw Google

Huh? Unless you can prove that Google manipulated the bond process years ago to set this purchase up now, or that they acted illicitly to secure the deal now, it's hard to see what's unfair about the business buying a money-losing project. The public should be concerned about how the project got funded in the first place and whether the city's forecasts for breaking even or making money had any basis in reality. They should avail themselves of the opportunity to make sure Provo did its due diligence in the sale as well.

Regarding private companies making profit off of the public teat, you might be appalled to learn how basically every professional athletic team in the US builds a stadium. They claim that they can't be "competitive" with their inferior facilities and extort taxpayer funds under threat of relocation. The NFL, a tax-exempt organization, made ~$1 Billion in profit in 2012 while playing every game in stadiums at least partially financed by the taxpayers.

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

O RLY

Re: err..

American technology companies doing business outside of the USA cannot undermine US government embargoes; they cannot knowingly sell to entities or individuals who intend to use it in embargoed states, or resell or export to those who will. That is a case of American law applying outside America, albeit to an American company. Apple, Dell, Citrix, etc., can suffer sanction from the US government (http://www.bis.doc.gov/complianceandenforcement/dont_let_this_happen_to_you_2005.pdf ).

UK companies don't have to follow the US laws and certainly the Iranians don't either, but the American ones do.

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

O RLY

Re: Tiny?

Central America isn't a continent. North America's southern demarcation is the Panama-Columbia border.

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Life after Cisco: I've got 99 problems but a switch ain't one

O RLY

Re: A stupid question regarding SFP+ modules...

Cisco switches, at least those that I've used, were particular about the SFP/SFP+ modules.

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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

O RLY

Why are there quotations marks around iPad 4

and not iPad 3 as well? Neither the third or fourth iPads were designated "iPad 3" or "iPad 4", so why single one out?

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Samsung spaffs $3.9bn on chip factory in TEXAS

O RLY
Trollface

Re: Samsung... I see what you did there.

Really long since Samsung has had a manufacturing facility in Austin since 1996, back when Apple were making Newtons and nearly out of business. You'd think that if Samsung were prescient enough to prepare a patent fight over phones then, they would have just patented rounded corners then :)

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

O RLY

Re: Puzzled

The churches or other venues themselves are private and the WBC cunts don't enter. However, the streets outside the churches or cemeteries are public and the US Supreme Court ruled they have the right to spew their bile from those streets.

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Tor node admin raided by cops appeals for help with legal bills

O RLY
Headmaster

Re: Tax Law

They are "safe deposit boxes".

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Elon Musk jumps overboard from Paul Allen's GIANT MOTHERSHIP

O RLY
Pint

I wish I were super rich

Then my lofty dreams and hobbies would only limited by government-scale funding. And hopefully, like Musk, I'd be able to show potential for improving science and the world while still have obscene amounts of fun :)

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

O RLY

Of course Apple refer to this version as the "best iTunes ever". Microsoft refer to Windows 8 as the "best Windows ever", Oracle refer to 11g as the best, etc.

Has there ever been a major company release a new version and say something like "iTunes 11, the second-best iTunes ever"?

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Badges for Commentards

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Pint

four pages of comments

and most commentards have badges. Impressive.

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Bah humbug! Google cancels Christmas

O RLY

Re: Calendar.DECEMBER

Wouldn't it drop January of the current year? 1-11 being Feb-December of the current year, with 12 being Jan of next year?

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Office for Android, Apple iOS: 'REALLY REAL this time' - report

O RLY

Re: @M Gale

I got two for showing where to set up local users during first set up. I wasn't trying to be sarcastic; I thought my tone was polite.

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O RLY

It isn't the most obvious option, but it is right there on the front of the setup page.

http://www.walkernews.net/2012/08/20/how-to-setup-windows-8-to-use-local-account-and-not-microsoft-account/

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Apple rejects NAKED HIPPIE ebook, despite apple coverup

O RLY
Headmaster

Re: @ Robert Long 1

And while pubic hair may appear at puberty (hence the name pubic hair)

Pubic hair is named for the pubic bones, not its appearance during puberty.

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Forgetting Microsoft: How Steve Ballmer's Surface could win

O RLY
Headmaster

Re: Confused

It's written by someone who doesn't get upset if they're not spoon-fed 'facts', but likes think for themself and try to foresee where the future is going.

The author's name and sex are clear. There is no reason, at all, to use the emetic and appalling construct "themself" to attempt gender-neutrality. Ever.

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Facebook's stock rally may be shortlived: Small advertisers enraged

O RLY

But who will fire them? The Zuck owns more than 50% of the voting stock, so normal investors have functionally no say in the management of the company. He and his executives serve at his pleasure.

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HP detunes Violin, tunes up 3PAR

O RLY
Headmaster

I twitch when I see plurals such as "Proof of Concepts" or Attorney Generals".

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Amazon accused of remotely wiping punter's Kindle

O RLY
Big Brother

I can't help but wonder about these services and how much easier it will be to enact the dystopian futures that Bradbury, Orwell, etc. wrote about. I think of Winston Smith's job going back and "correcting" old newspapers so that the Party's predictions verified or the war was always against Eurasia. Amazing how simple that task becomes with ebooks and online subscriptions. I know I'm paranoid, but does it bother anyone else?

There is precedent for editing media, even retroactively: after the World Trade Center was destroyed, several films and TV shows removed images of the towers.

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Bloomberg's bomb: How SEC shredded Facebook's pre-IPO claims

O RLY

Re: But, at the end of the day,

Here's a great definition of prospectus, courtesy of a Machiavellian little dog :)

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1996-03-15/

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Zynga cracks open can-o-gloom all over 2012 outlook

O RLY
Trollface

You're right. Milton Bradley is where gaming is at. And should be.

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Google spikes old MS file formats

O RLY
Trollface

Re: Download =/= upload @AC14:27

It's hard to know whom to send it to with you being an AC and all. :)

That said, it's unfathomable to think that a PDF is some sort of immutable file. Why I use PDF is because the formatting tends to stay as I intended it and is far less prone to the whims of the word processor.

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40 Foxconn staff hospitalised after CAMPUS RIOT

O RLY

Re: you want it cheap someones going to pay?

Agreed. It would elucidating to see a list of computer/electronics brands* that DON'T use Foxconn. I imagine it will be short.

*I almost wrote "manufacturers" there, but corrected myself.

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Apple weekend iPhone 5 sales miss forecasts

O RLY

Re: Better title

The horse-racing oddsmakers have a direct correlation between their predictions and their income (and do make a fortune); tech analyst projections don't have to have a basis in reality.

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Net neuters seek FCC relief from AT&T's FaceTime fees

O RLY

I used to use Facetime over 3G on a jailbroken iPhone 4 thanks to some nice tools from the Cydia store. The article didn't say how AT&T will be identifying FT traffic. Does anyone know? A cursory Google search wasn't clear.

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Laugh all you want at 'the cloud' - it'll be worth '$100bn by 2016'

O RLY

Facebook was also worth $100B

Not so much now...

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Tape makers strap on skis, glide down slope to oblivion

O RLY

Re: Tape hasn't kept up with capacity

Completely agreed; tape has no financial advantage for personal use. Accordingly, the personal market for tape is basically non-existent. Businesses, on the other hand, comprise nearly 100% of the tape market and there remain great benefit for tape for business. Archive is still less expensive on tape than disk in many cases, even when you add the thousands of pounds/dollars the tape drives cost.

Back to your question about average systems, there are many small and medium businesses that have less than 5TB of data that need archived or backed up. There are others that have PBs of data to protect. There's no useful definition of "average".

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