* Posts by Vector

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In your face, US citizens! Govt can’t save you from corporate eyes

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USA!

Championing Democracy (as run by economists)

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Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

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“We are keen to continue talking to the French government about the regulatory framework for services like Uber"

Meanwhile, we'll just do whatever we damn well please regardless of the framework currently in place.

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'This ruling does nothing to change the facts' thunders Apple in latest price-fix appeal blow

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"Apple told The Reg in an emailed statement..."

Who are you people!? This can't be El Reg!

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

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RGB?

I don't understand why most of these color e-paper technologies are described as using RGB elements. Since they are, by and large, intended to be lit reflectively, I would think CMY(K) would be a better choice for the same reasons that CMYK is the palette used for printing.

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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Re: Its a small change!

You get to wait until Monday?

Lucky Bastard!

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Humongous headsets and virtual insanity

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Re: Best group VR experience?

So what you'd really like to have is a Holodeck. And there are some experiments going on with that kind of notion (projection-wise, at least), but the experience is limited to a single person because the system has to map all the projections to a single point of view.

Disney has taken advantage of one of the limitations of projected 3D in a couple of their theme park attractions. Basically, one of the characters pokes their head way out of the screen and says something to the effect of "I just talking to you!" Because there is only one viewpoint in projected 3D, it appears to every member of the audience that they are being singled out. Kids love it, but it doesn't truly make for a shared VR experience (unless you consider occupying the same body a shared experience).

In order to have the freedom of a true VR experience, you have to have your own headset. Ignoring expense, this doesn't preclude a shared experience. You can still interact with the others people in the room virtually in VR and visually in AR. You can still all be in the same environment.

That all being said, it is still very early days for this technology. We've really only cracked one or two of the five senses, so there's still much to do. Will we have VR or AR headsets in every home in ten years? Probably. That's a long time to drive the price of the technology down, possibly to the point where you can stop in at the local drug store and get a throwaway if you left you're really nice headset at home.

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BlackBerry boss vows to keep making phones

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"this horse isn't dead yet"

Yes, it is. Chen's just kicking it.

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

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Re: More proof, as if it were needed, that politicians are idiots.

What? To prove politicians are idiots?

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Verizon promised to wire up NYC with fiber... and failed miserably – audit

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Re: Blame the Unions

Yeah! And how dare they delay the completion by a year+ as a negotiating tactic!!!

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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Re: How does it affect exisiting software?

"I'm wondering what this new walled garden approach means to applications which have been under development for years..."

I suspect very little. Mainly, that they won't get listed on Oculus's store. That's not the death knell that being shut out of the Apple Store would be for iOS developers.

The Rift is a peripheral. The computer to which it's connected is the arbiter of what software is allowed. Unless Oculus has gone to some extreme lengths to limit what it will display (which I think they would regret in the long term), you'll still be able to buy (or sell, as the case may be) whatever you like for it. You just may not be able to do it through Facebook. And that might just be a good thing.

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Google – you DO control your search results, thunders Canadian court

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Re: No sovereignty here

"... and there is no matter here."

Aside from a bit of hardware whose design was purloined from a competitor which is being flogged from a moving truck throwing websites out left and right.

By that theory, all marketing should be exempt from law. Sure, cyberspace was once a lovely place. Then the rest of the real world moved in. Now, it's just another place.

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Top Eurocop: People are OK with us snooping on their phone calls

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Re: At what point will the public feel safe?

"So what's a civilization to do when people demand the impossible from its government and will accept no less?"

You could start by implementing sane and reasonable policies that might actually accomplish the task.

Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that he's granted his wish and they get access to all telecommunications, phone and internet. What would the result be? Could it possibly be that the criminals and terrorists they are seeking would evolve other ways to communicate, including the open air encryption of code words and such? The end result would be no better policing and far worse privacy.

I always assume that if a system can be abused, it eventually will be. In this case, that means a whole lot of innocent people being swept up because their views don't comport with some megalomaniac's version of society. The best way to avoid this is to keep a lid on how much of our personal communications get out there in the first place.

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The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

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Re: Version for Android coming up?

Why, yes. It'll integrate very nicely with the "Move to iOS" app they'll be releasing soon.

"Are you sure you wouldn't rather have an iPhone...Dave?"

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New US bill aims to zap patent trolls with transparency demands

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Re: Or...

" It's in their best interest to consider and award as many patents as possible."

Try again. Having been through the patent process, I can assure you that there is a strong incentive in the patent office to deny patent applications (and, yes, the fees for application are non-refundable, so they get paid whether they grant or not).

The real problem is the rules the office operates under. The system has gone downhill ever since the idea that "business processes" could be patented was adopted.

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We stand on the brink of global cyber war, warns encryption guru

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Tag line (and possibly understatement of the year):

"...things will get out of hand"

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T-Mobile has a network, Dish has spectrum it can't use. Oh, HELLO

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Not much of a quad-play...

...when you consider that neither company has a wired internet offering.

Going forward, quad-play is pointless anyway. Television and Telephone services are already in migration to the internet, so it's really about becoming a viable network services company since that's all that's going to be left for all the cable/satellite/telecom companies in 10 years.

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Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise

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Re: Same old Apple

Personally, I find stories like this yet another incentive to stay away from the fruity walled garden. If you create something that hits with success, there's always the chance that Apple will decide it's so neat, they should incorporate it into the core of their system and then dismiss your "competing" app. IP rights might mitigate things somewhat, but there are often ways to work around those that big companies have the deep pockets to pursue.

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IT-savvy US congressmen to Feds: End your crypto-backdoor crusade

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Re: There's a simple way to explain it to them... @ Charles 9

"ALL Politicians are by definition, uneducated fools and idiots."

And that's why I'm shocked that these two congressmen made such a logical, sensible argument.

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

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"if your developer can't set up a simple redirect..."

One of my first thoughts is: How many redirects on sites run by less sophisticated folk are going to be co-opted by less savory crew?

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

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Re: Evidence.

"Genesis has an account of the creation of the universe as given to Moses..."

Actually, Genesis has 2 creation stories: The seven days story in chapter 1 and the story of the Garden of Eden that carries forward from chapter 2.

The discerning mind will note that the sequence of events in these two stories are in direct conflict.

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

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@jnemesh Re: too late, I'm already gone...

"The difference is, I actually trust Google not to abuse my data that they collect, I dont trust MS."

I think both your distrust of MS and your trust in Google are a bit overblown.

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CBS boss says he'll show off his crown jewels on Apple TV – for a large enough check

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Keep Dreaming Les

This may explain why CBS has been such a prig on the internet. They were late to join the Hulu fray and it appears, even now, that the crown jewels are reserved for their own overpriced digital service.

He can continue to think this way and drive his network slowly into the dust as TV moves onto the internet and content competition starts coming out of the woodwork.

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Zuck can EFF off: Internet.org is SO NOT the INTERNET

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Beware of geeks bearing gifts.

"I still struggle to see what facebook get out of this..."

It's very much akin to Apple's early strategy of lowball targeting to the educational market. Basically: "If they learn about it through our stuff, they'll want to use more of our stuff because it's familiar."

In Apple's case, it was hardware. In Farcebook's case, it's services.

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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Re: What he meant to say ...

Yes, but without Obamacare (or something like it), soon only those who can afford the stupidly expensive a-Watch will be able to afford healthcare.

We should have a single-payer system like the rest of the civilized world, but the insurance lobby around here is far too strong. The ACA, for all it's flaws (and they are legion), is at least a step in the right direction.

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Jamie Oliver's ministry of malware served slops AGAIN

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"Chef cooks up evil code for the third time this year"

He didn't really cook it up, more like he reheated it.

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Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

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Re: The thing is

As I've said before, this thing is not a flying car. It's a drivable airplane.

In my mind, in order to qualify as a flying car it would have to:

A) be authorized to take off and land almost any place an automobile can be driven (there are exceptions: one probably wouldn't want to take off or land in a tunnel, for example).

B) be safely operable with the same qualifications currently required to obtain a driver's license.

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Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd

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"The interesting bit will be whether he can get beyond the Gates era"

He, and Microsoft, don't have any choice. It's fast becoming sink or swim time.

As you can see reading up this thread, people are starting to realize that their mobile device could become their only computing device. More properly, folks in first world countries are coming to this conclusion since it's been the primary choice in emerging markets for a while now.

Since Microsoft doesn't have a strong presence in this new market, they can no longer expect the industry to camp out on their doorstep. They still have a bit of time since they haven't been dislodged from the enterprise yet, but I believe Nadella can see the writing on the wall.

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WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

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Re: What about current crypto?

"And even if they do find this Holey Grail (misspelling intentional), what are they going to do about all the current crypto systems that they can't crack? Make them illegal?"

Sadly, with the government mindset outlined in the article, here's how it may well play out:

1) TLA's continue their search for this "Holey Grail"

2) Some charlatan comes along with a system that appears to fit the bill and works passably well without close scrutiny.

3) TLA's lobby congress to make this the only legal encryption system or, barring that, the system required for any government contractor.

4) Hacker's get their hands on the keys.

5) We're all pwned.

I guess the silver lining in this thundercloud is that those politicians and TLA's would be among the first to get their boxers aired.

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Money-for-mods-gate: Valve gives masterclass in how to lose gamers and alienate people

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Re: why

"Valve and Bethesda getting 75% of sales, with Valve taking the lion's share"

Hmm. Maybe they should try getting into the music business.

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Looking for laxatives, miss? Shoppers stalked via smartphone Wi-Fi

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Re: Opt Opt Opt

Two differences with this Nomi thing:

1) Hiring enough "researchers" to track people across security feeds would be prohibitively expensive and hugely error prone, possibly to the point of making the data useless in addition to the expense.

2) Such a program would only provide a profile from your company's stores not the multi-client profile I suspect Nomi is providing.

Funny thing about all this: The FTC didn't do a damn thing about the privacy invasion. They just made Nomi stop claiming that an opt-out was available. whee. Way to have our backs, guys!

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Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

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Re: Clevo laptops

I just recently picked up a Clevo w230ss and, so far, it's been quite nice. It's little (13.3 inch, I'd been looking for a small gaming rig) yet still packs gaming laptop specs (core i7, Geforce 860, FHD screen, couple of mSata slots) all for about US$1000. It runs a little hot (not much space in the case for airflow) but not unbearable.

I certainly won't own another ASUS rig for the forseeable future. Nice specs, nice price, horrible quality control. I had a G53sx that I had to crack open and re-paste the entire GPU board. Then the center pin of the power port broke off (had that happen on 2 different ASUS machines). Finally gave up when the GPU shot craps.

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Mega fatcat Kim Dotcom in deportation drama over SPEEDING ticket

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Re: What are the odds

Damn! Beat me to it!

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: "We used to dream of a mac"

"You 'ad GOLD screens? In our day oll we 'ad wus green.

An' macs wus fer th' ritch kids."

Luxury!

We had 3 keypunch machines at the back of the class that we took turns using to punch cards that went into a batch box that got run that night at the administrative offices.

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@Justin Pasher

"So given that rationale and returning to my previous scenario of a neighbor borrowing something, you'd be perfectly content if the neighbor never returned said item or conveniently lost it since you never had a legal contract between the two of you explaining the terms of the loan?"

The difference here is that the school district is mandating these devices for students in the pilot program. How happy would your "neighbor" be if you forced him to borrow some expensive item to be used by his elementary or middle-school aged child and then told him he'd be on the hook for loss/damage?

The really funny thing in all this is that we, the taxpaying public, were assured repeatedly (and I mean at every opportunity) that the loss of these iPads was not possible because they had tracking hardware and software built right in. As to the hacking, well, big shock there...

I've thought this whole program was a boondoogle from the start. The district paid practically full price for these things. It's like saying we have to get BMWs for all the drivers education programs or students won't be able learn to drive properly.

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

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Re: RIGHT!

"Is it possible that there is some form of naturally occurring anti-gravity that pushes the fabric of space apart..."

Or, to broaden that comment: Is it possible that something besides "dark matter" and "dark energy" are behind these anomalies that have been observed?

I am no expert in physics or cosmology, I just have an amateur's fascination with the subject, but every time I hear those terms, I am reminded of Isaac Asimov's essay "The Planet That Wasn't" in which he describes the search by early 20th century astronomers for the planet Vulcan which, based on observed perturbations, they were sure existed inside Mercury's orbit. I don't remember the details, but it turns out something in Einstein's theories explained the anomalies perfectly and eliminated the need for a planet.

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Bell Canada pulls U-turn on super-invasive web-stalking operation

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Re: Customers

They remember who their important customers are: The Advertisers. The people using their service are just fodder.

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Re: Boycott BELL and send a clear message

That would be easy if there were just one naughty company. What to do when they're all naughty!?

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Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

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Re: OMG .... It's ridesharing?

No, that app allows Uber to run an unsantioned commercial taxi service. It might be contrued as "ride-sharing" if it were used by people to find others who happened to be going the same way so they could share the costs of the trip.

Much as the current licensing regimes for most industries being invaded by the "sharing economy" need to be reformed, they exist (or, at least, existed at one time) for good reasons, in many cases related to health and safety. It should not be up to the likes of Uber and Airbnb to just rip up the rulebooks because they're not convenient to the "sharing" business model.

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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Self Contained Package vs Loose Files or MSI

I remember when the "Loose Files" first started appearing and why. It was to limit code redundancy since many applications could use the same libraries. Of course, the flaw was that your application needed a particular version of that library and, as time went on, was less and less likely to find it already on the system (or you were less and less likely to trust the versioning), so you had to bring it along yourself.

Of course, now that memory and storage are no longer an issue, make 'em all self-contained! (ahem)

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Facebook's phone KILLER: Messenger will replace TALKING, says Zuck

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"...it definitely doesn't feel like the future."

I dread a version of the future where I have to be on Facebook in order to conduct business.

Nothing in this article feels particularly compelling. "Interactive Receipts?" You mean like making them clickable on a webpage? Keeping contacts from a business grouped together? Kinda like making a folder and a rule in email.

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Google Glass NOT DEAD. We're just making it 'ready' says chief

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Re: Glass is dead

"Why do people insist on comparing Glass to VR and AR headsets?"

I, myself, have been quite adamant that Glass is not AR every time I've seen it reported as such here on the Reg. That is part of the point. It may not be the same but the functionality it tries to provide can be better achieved with a true AR system and those systems appear to be coming down to the consumer level. At that point, Glass becomes less (probably fatally less) relevant in the same way that teletype machines quickly headed down the road to obsolescence when the terminal became commercially viable.

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Glass is dead

It was a vaguely interesting idea but, at this point, with Microsoft's announcement of Hololens and Google's own significant investment in Magic Leap, it's very unlikely that Glass will ever see light again, even if it's in Schimdt's present gameplan. That's especially true if the price point remains anywhere near the $1500 they wanted for the explorer program.

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Facebook unveils P2P moola-to-mates payment feature

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Joke

Holy f*ck! Do you trust Zuck with your bucks?

Might as well.

You given him virtually everything else...

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Wanna stream live TV to your Playstation? Get a Vue of Sony's new stuff

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Really?

"This latest addition to PlayStation Network lets you experience TV the way you have always wanted it"

You mean Ad free and on any device I wish to use to watch?

Thought not...

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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Re: Crash

It's because the terminology is wrong. This, like every other concept I've seen, is not a flying car. It's a drivable airplane.

...and it looks really cramped too!

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China's make-your-own DRAM ambitions growing all the time

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Day late...

Cool! They'll be just in time for MR-RAM and other solid-state memory technologies to start to take over.

Way to stay ahead of the power curve China!

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Google adds evil-code scanning to Play Store

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Huh?

"Google has made efforts in the past to limit malware - with some success - but third-party Android marketplaces still contains huge amounts of dodgy code. The new malware scanning should help that, and better protect customers who spend billions of dollars each year in the Play Store."

How, precisely, is Google scanning the Play Store going to affect the third party marketplaces?

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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@DougS Re: Seems odd to limit access to HBO Now.

My problem with it is the potential for a ballooned version of the console wars where I have to have many different devices just to get the content I want. The different services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, et al.) is a little annoying but palatable as long as I can access them all from one device.

Imagine if you had to buy a different tuner for every TV channel you wanted to watch. That's the road exclusives like this lead us down. This one will expire in 3 months. What about the next one?

Hopefully, the market will prevent this from happening in the extreme, but I think that depends on how willing we are to swallow our displeasure and just be sheep.

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Re: Seems odd to limit access to HBO Now.

I hope so. I'm truly getting sick of content exclusives! I don't have any Apple kit, and I don't intend to get any. Deals of this sort don't entice me, they just make me angry.

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What a hang-up: AT&T dumped from Dow index, Apple installed

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Visa?

...as a Tech company?

I know they use a lot of technology, but so do most other companies in the finance industry. Or any industry for that matter.

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