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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Re: Unbundling required in the US

I believe this is a misunderstanding of the fine print on the OP's part. Without having read the exact terms he(?) referenced, they are almost certainly referring to the advertised price being valid only with the bundle.

Looking at Comcast's website now (http://www.comcast.com/internet-service.html) they definitely offer stand-alone Internet, at least in my area.

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AMD pays new CEO $150K LESS than her male predecessor

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Re: Base salaries

Yes, she makes a little less than her predecessor, at least at first, which is pretty common in any job.

I think you pretty much nailed the point here... It *is* pretty common for women to make less than men in any job though I can't imagine that this is simply a coincidence across the board. (And yes, I intentionally misconstrued your argument.)

But a lot of execs at this level have all manner of perks that make being shorted a hundred grand or so seem like someone forgetting to kick in a buck for their share of a tip.

So male CEOs don't get any of these perks?

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Gotham gets the Smallville treatment with Jim Gordon in lead role

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The worst part of the show for me is the Bruce Wayne plot line. It's a forgone conclusion that he's going to be Batman so I really could not care less about what he's getting up to at home - is he all moody and brooding and upset that his parents died? Well great, thanks for the foreshadowing I guess.

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El Reg's new ads prevent content from loading

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Re: El Reg's new ads prevent content from loading

I haven't seen this again since the fix, so looks like you nailed it.

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Re: El Reg's new ads prevent content from loading

FWIW, I am also seeing this issue which also creates a weird entry along the lines of "wyciwyg://444/http://normal-url-for-article/" in my browser's back/forward button history (but not in the "History" sidebar oddly.)

Firefox ESR 24.7.0 on OSX 10.9.2

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Yahoo close to investing $20m in disappearing chat app Snapchat

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George Orwell was WRONG

It isn't going to be perpetual war that eats up all the resources that could be put to use bettering society, it's going to be perpetual absurdly over-valued Internet start-ups.

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FLASH drive ... Ah-aaaaaah! BadUSB no saviour to plug and play Universe

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Re: "Are you sure that you want to use this USB Storage device"

However, if something mimics, say, a keyboard, mouse, or other common peripheral these options will be of limited use [...]

A keyboard could be a threat vector, especially coupled with a USB storage device. Just quickly launch a CMD window ([Windows Key] + R -> cmd.exe -> [Enter]) and from there launch a silent payload from the USB disk and exit the shell. OSX could be vulnerable too ([Command Key] + [Space Bar] -> Terminal.app -> [Return].) Obviously some people might notice the CMD/terminal window flash up and disappear, but by then it would be too late.

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

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Re: Remote IMEI check

Ask them to dial *#06# and email you a picture of the resultant screen.

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Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights

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Re: Well we'd need a more refined bill of rights

I agree that the laws are broken, but that is a side issue in the case of DRM, which is simply a technical means to help verify and enforce compliance with a contract. You can only buy a movie copy with DRM because the creator says so; and if you remove the DRM you violate a contract. If you obtain a copy of someone else's legally obtained copy you have acquired something to which you have no legal entitlement, and the person who provided the copy almost surely has violated a contractual obligation.

While there are laws that detail which activities I should not engage in with copyrighted works, this has sweet FA to do with a contract between myself and the copyright holder because no such contract exists. I have bought a number of DVDs and BluRay discs over the years and not once have I ever had to sign a contract with the copyright holder in order to do so.

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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"Triple tap the display to activate Emergency mode," the developers said. "This will let the Police know where you are and will also share the location of your date."

Roxanne is Walking on the Moon on a Secret Journey under the Invisible Sun when her 3ndr date turns and says "Can't Stand Losing You" pulling her towards him.

"Don't Stand so Close to Me!" she cries.

"Every Breath You Take..." he starts to say, but she taps her justWatch three times and in short order she's So Lonely. Meanwhile her date feels like the King of Pain when all he wanted to say to her was "De Do Do Do De Da Da Da" only now he's Driven to Tears. "Everything She Does is Magic!" he sobs.

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Mexicans! accuse! Yahoo! of! using! corrupt! judge! to! dodge! $2.7bn! payout!

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Re: Italic !'s - Why?

Apparently! So! As! The! Register! Kinda! Made! A! Big! Deal! About! It! When! It! First! Happened! Slightly! More! Than! One! Year! Ago!

See! Also! This! Article!: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/06/new_yahoo_logo_shows_marissa_meyers_personal_touch/

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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I disagree

The biggest [problem] is that you repeatedly smash your fragile £500 watch or smartphone against a PoS terminal, and hope it works. Sometimes it does. If you're lucky, you won't have broken your smartphone.

The plastic Point of Sale terminal is far more likely to be damaged by the metal and glass smartphone or watch than the other way around.

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The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

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Re: An interesting interpretation

Claiming the parody exception for Intellectual Property A when it is used to parody Intellectual Property B is a separate issue.

What this ruling is saying, assuming I understood the article correctly, is that you can't parody Intellectual Property A *if* the resulting work is racist or sexist. Eg: If you parodied "Smells like Teen Spirit" as "Smells like [Your Favorite Racist Term Here] Spirit" the racism/sexism voids the exception and you can be sued.

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Snooptastic US CELL TOWERS pose man-in-the-middle THREAT

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Huh?

One (American) expert who works in the field told El Reg: [...] "It is most probable that these sites are to allow coverage to groups of people that are not in a conventional coverage area (such as paying customers in a casino, or military groups).

First one would think that "military groups" (whatever those are) would probably *want* encryption. Further, what cell phone company puts up towers for NON-paying customers regardless of their location? And why would the location of the tower have anything to do with the presence or absence of encryption?

It has been my experience that any time this sort of thing happens, it's probably because they figured it'd save/make them a couple bucks. Is the range and/or capacity of the tower increased when encryption is turned off?

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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Re: "OK. Book the 9pm one and hire a Hertz car at Charles De Gaulle airport for my arrival"

It would essentially require some kind of unified global payments API or protocol which currently does not exist. Right now, 'Siri' or whatever, would need to essentially 'spider' the mentioned website and intelligently work out how to enter your personal/card details, navigate the booking pages, deal with problems (no car available) etc. That or have a custom-written plugin handling every possible such request.

No, no it wouldn't. Computer programs don't have to go to the website, they can just make direct database connections and exchange the requisite data.

An SPA (to use the vernacular of the article) would only search the airlines that used the Apple/Google/Microsoft API for payment and booking. Or, they would partner with (or buy) an existing travel website or two and use those systems.

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Obama's healthcare.gov savior says: 'No suits please, we're techies'

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Re: It matters not

What you wear to work doesn't make you a better coder.

You're right it doesn't, but wearing uncomfortable clothing could make you a worse coder. Or it might encourage you to go write code for a company that lets you wear whatever you fancy.

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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Eh, probably not...

Veritas could be in hot water very soon when the gaze of Chipzilla's lawyers fall on the bogus site.

I don't see how. Even if he used Intel's copyrighted or trademarked intellectual property, it's clearly either parody or commentary/criticism and so fair-use doctrine applies.

They might try suing for libel, but I doubt highly that would get them anywhere in a US court*. And even if it did, they're unlikely to get any real money out of Veritas so why bother? Best just to let it die naturally and move on.

*I suppose they might be able to sue in a jurisdiction that would be more accommodating but that's still likely to be a Pyrrhic victory.

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Re: Insufficient data

Given that the audio sample they were trying to see was "Mary Had a Little Lamb", it would seem to be more the latter length. So not particularly swift.

Still, it's just a matter of a few more iterations of Moore's law and/or better optimization before it becomes reasonably quick.

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CIA super-spy so sorry spies spied on Senate's torture scrutiny PCs

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G-Men

Just FYI, the term "G-Men" (presumed to be derived from "Government Man") refers specifically to FBI agents only.

The slang for a CIA agent would be "spook."

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Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source

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Re: Technically speaking...

Think display driver in kernel.

BTW, this is no longer the case as of Windows Vista (IIRC; might be Win7).

I can personally verify this as I've had my video driver crash hard under Windows 7 a number of times (faulty card.) The screens go all blank then come back up and Windows displays a little pop-up telling you that the video driver crashed but was reloaded.

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YouTube radio stream boss 'quits Google' amid outcry from indie labels

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Want to legally unlock your phone from its network? The US Senate says that's A-OK

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Re: [Obama] promptly passed the buck and said it was up to Congress to get it done.

Yes but considering Obama's predilection for executive actions [...]

Yes, he loves them so much that he's actually only 21st out of 44 for number of executive orders issued (182 as of June 20.) See also: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php

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I've got 99 problems, but a Facebook boycott ain't one

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It's been difficult...

But today makes 3,444 days without using Facebook.

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Dish Network to FCC: Block that Comcast/Time Warner merger

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Holy Crap, I'm about to defend Comcast...

FWIW, I've had good experience with Comcast's support folk; so far each time I've called they took me seriously and nobody forced me to walk through the "unplug everything then connect them in order" script. They listened to my complaints, asked a few technical questions, and then (and this is what surprised me) SOLVED MY ISSUES right then and there. The CSR had direct access to the device logs for my connection and actually understood the issue at hand and had a solution. So far I'm 3 for 3 with support calls being quickly and correctly resolved over the last ~4 years.

YMMV, natch.

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Give an exoplanet a new name: Fill in this form and hope these astro-boffins pick your $input

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Captain Thrace will be upset

there will [...] be no “planet [...] Starbucks”

Well frak me sideways.

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Microsoft confirms Office 365 price rise

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Re: TCO

Doesn't matter what you use, you pay for it.

Of course you do, but I am in the habit of only paying for software just the one time. After that I have it and thus additional payments are not needed until I want another copy/a subsequent version.

Is it a better deal for some people? Maybe? I suppose if you were a large enough company that buying retail copies is too expensive but not quite large enough to get proper volume pricing then maybe SaaS might be a good idea. But I know in my last job the phrase "new reoccurring costs" was something that got you in trouble unless it was preceded by "Let's not generate any more."

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This is what's wrong with SaaS

Once you're in, nothing stops them from jacking up the price eventually.

Don't like it? That's fine, you can cancel at any time. Oh, but we do wish you luck in getting your data out of our proprietary file formats. *Tents fingers*

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'Disruptive innovation' is nonsense? Not ALWAYS, actually

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in 1895 the car was clearly inferior to the train, the dominant transport technology, for actually getting somewhere. But the car offered the opportunity to get anywhere, which is what was so disruptive.

Cars were indeed disruptive, but not to trains. Trains still exist and are widely used to perform the same basic functions (hauling people and/or freight) as they always have despite the many improvements to highway systems and vehicles. They were, however, very disruptive to animal-powered conveyances which are now relegated to novelty status at best.

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British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal

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Schadenfreude

Say what you will, their study was right; I started feeling a lot happier after reading this article.

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Bitcoin was illegal in California? Whoops, governor fixes that 165-year-old money law

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Re: Mark my words...

iIf they don't allow it, they can't tax it.

Not true! The States and the Feds tax all sorts of illegal things.

For example, many states sell marijuana "tax stamps" even though weed is illegal to posses in those states. Furthermore, there's a line item on the IRS 1040 form (line 21, "taxable income not reported elsewhere") where you are expected to report your gains, ill-gotten or otherwise, which were not reported anywhere else. (See also IRS Publication 525, Page 31 - "Illegal Activities".)

Need I remind you that that's how they got Capone?

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Aereo has to pay TV show creators? Yes. This isn't rocket science

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Re: Even without the 1 antenna -> 1 Subscriber model...

So if you rent your house or apartment you can't have a DVR?

TiVo provides TV listings to their DVR users in exchange for a monthly fee. Is that "charging for the ongoing provision of recording as a service"? (The TiVo DVR is completely useless without the TiVo provided listings.)

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Re: Even without the 1 antenna -> 1 Subscriber model...

The difference is that it's all done using your own kit without paying a 3rd party rental and without streaming over a public Internet connection.

So if I rented rack space in an Aereo facility, used a DVR I bought outright (from Aereo), and used a VPN to watch my shows, that would be OK?

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

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Some one is building a Time Machine!

From: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/24/time_travelling_photons_a_reality_not_without_a_black_hole_handy/

[...] one of the suggestions for creating a closed timelike curve would be to get three black holes, line them up, and start them spinning.

Looks like they're about to finish up... Just have to nudge that last one into place.

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

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Re: Bad Decision

but offering to everybody to use your DVR is not.

Maybe, but that isn't what Aereo did. They rented individual DVRs with an antenna to individual users who individually used them to record Over The Air broadcasts. Each person got their own data partition separate from everyone else and each choose the specific shows they wanted their DVR to record.

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Bad Decision

"Aereo does not 'perform' for the sole and simple reason that it does not make the choice of content," the dissenting trio wrote.

The dissenting judges clearly have a better understanding of this case. Aereo just took the DVR out of your house and put it in a datacenter and then replaced the HDMI cable that connected it to your TV with the Internet. If DVRs are legal (and they are), then Aereo's business model is legal.

What scares me most though is that for once I agree with Justice Scalia!!

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AT&T: We will right many of world's wrongs if allowed to slurp DirecTV

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[AT&T claims] that should the deal go through, they would be able to offer wireless local-loop broadband of 15-20Mb/sec for 13 million new customers in rural markets.

What exactly is stopping them from doing this already? Even if they lack the spectrum surely they could lease/buy it from DirecTV at a cost quite a bit lower than buying the whole company!

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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A Fair Trade, Except When It Isn't

Sure, you can track my web visits if doing so means that I get free searches of the accumulated wisdom of mankind.

Fair enough, but suppose Google tracked you and collected data on you and your behaviors without you ever using their service?

Google's ubiquity in the online Advertising market means that even if I intentionally avoid ever going to Google.com directly, my browser and all the web sites I go to happily exchange all sorts of information on me and my habits with Google. And in exchange for this information, they give me what exactly?

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

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Transcripts are NOT Being Released Publicly

Finally tracked down something at least appearing to be an official statement: (from http://turingtestsin2014.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/eugene-goostman-machine-convinced-3333.html)

For people seeking transcripts of the conversations from the Royal Society tests, please note along with the Judges' scores these will be submitted in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences.

Along with this note from Captain Cyborg:

"As you might imagine we are yet to unravel the transcripts but when we do these will become available via the normal academic route through academic papers, with our commentary as support. When the papers appear so others will be able to examine the transcripts and see why 33.3% of the interrogators were convinced. We will most likely present each of the transcripts alongside their corresponding hidden human transcript as this is an important part of the tests."

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Transcripts?

Where can one obtain said transcripts? I would very much like to look at them and I imagine others would as well.

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Japanese finally produce a ROBOT which isn't DEAD INSIDE

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*shakes fist*

Am I the only one that just wants to punch that thing it its stupid smug face? (I'm pretty sure that when I'm an old fart I am going to be spending a lot of time yelling at robots and demanding to speak to a human being.)

Also, that thing looks like the Playskool version of the Cybermen.

Edit: I see that Frankee Llonnygog has already answered my question...

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'Fan docks' are about to become a thing

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What, no photographs allowed?

Not a single picture of this amazing device and its fans?

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Pixar frees its production-grade RenderMan software

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Not a Complete Solution

Before you rush out to download it, remember that RenderMan is just the engine that generates graphics from your input files. You still have to create the scene, characters/objects, textures, and write the scripts that actually animate things which requires a number of other programs (3d modeling programs, photo editing, etc.) which may or may not be free.

PS: Not saying this is bad, just pointing it out.

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VROOM! Intel revs Devil's Canyon monster 4x4 at 4GHz

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Re: 16 lanes doesn't cut it

Ah the old excuse equation: A is plenty enough B for C

Here are some sample values:

640K, RAM, anyone

IPv4, addresses, the Internet

two, political parties, the US

four, examples, this post

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Myspace: Where are you going? We still have all your HUMILIATING PICS

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Re: Even on my own site I get this

While I can take the photos down off my own site, archive.org still has an archive of the previous version.

Well that's easily remedied: https://archive.org/about/exclude.php

And they will exclude content retroactively, which is sometimes a real shame. A number of old sites I used to frequent in the late 90s/early 2000s got their domain names bought by aggregators/resellers who now exclude the archive.org crawler. As a result, the original content is lost to the ages.

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You've got Mail! But someone else is reading it in Outlook for Android

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Not a Permission...

Soto said any third party app with the READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission

The word "permission" implies that it can be revoked. This is not currently the case with Android apps; they have a list of installation requirements which are taken all together or not at all.

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China ponders ban on IBM servers

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Re: How about that p-system stuff that is MADE in China?

Most companies assemble/manufacture their hardware in China on account of the cheapness of the labor, not to be closer to their customers.

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Facebook exec: I HATE the INTERNET and I REALLY hate journalism

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News SPAM

It's economics 101 - the price you pay for something is derived from the supply and demand curve (ideally.) Artificially altering or limiting one of these will disrupt the other values. If you set your price to zero, then demand becomes basically unlimited. So now you have unlimited demand, limited supply (your servers can only handle so much traffic at a time), and no income to pay for it. Imagine if McDonald's announced tomorrow that hamburgers are now free to anyone who asks for one - the lines would be out the door and they'd loose millions of dollars. So Facebook (and others) adopted the broadcast model - provide the service at no charge and instead collect revenue from your *real* customers; advertisers.

But that model is inappropriate; it works for TV and radio because the costs to create and broadcast your content to 10 people is the same as, say, 100,000 people (in the same geographic area natch.) So the more people that tune in, the more money you make by being able to charge advertisers more for more eyeballs. But for Facebook et al., the cost to serve cat photos to 100,000 people is potentially (I have no idea what the real scalability values are) 10,000 times more than just 10 people. So the more people you add, the more money *per person* you have to extract in order to become/stay profitable. People will reject a site if it has too high an ad to content ratio, so an easy way to increase the number of ad views (and therefore revenue) each user generates is to get them to keep loading new pages. And since people seem to dislike the idea that knowledge is being kept from them - especially when the only perceived cost is the click of a mouse button - News SPAM is born. Another way to go is targeted advertising, which also arises from this misapplication of the broadcast model. Unlike News SPAM, targeted advertising requires real additional effort (read: costs) to implement so Click Bait flourishes.

It would be very interesting to see a breakdown of the costs and revenues that each Facebook user represents. I don't think people would like being shown that information, but maybe I'm wrong?

->Click here to find out!! - PLUS THREE other THINGS that will SHOCK you!<-

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Robotics evangelist: 'Personal robots' should be invisible beings

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Re: "Robots are the new black,"

The original "robots" were Czechoslovakian, so not sure what you're getting at there...

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Google: The Internet of Things to become the Internet of ADVERTS ON YOUR THERMOSTAT

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I don't want to live on this planet anymore

Besides Google and ravenous hoards of evil advertisers, who the F would want this?

Aren't TV shows, radio stations, movies, Websites, videogames, billboards, magazines, newspapers, clothing, sporting events, athletes, race cars, and the sides of buses and taxi cabs enough for you bastards?!

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

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I'm so worried

One terrifying fact I heard (and it was on Radio 4 so it must be true), was that a new warship had automated it's munitions transport procedure to slash the number of crew needed "based on the baggage handling systems in Heathrow Terminal 5".

Wow, now I'm *really* worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow...

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