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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

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Re: Apple=evil, MS=incompetent

Cant blame them. We've all had our fingers burnt with the heaps of shit Microsoft shovels out it's doors and into our laps.

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Linux cloud world's best kept secret DigitalOcean just bagged $37m

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I've been using them for about 6 months now for some dev work and their accounts are great. I certainly agree on the control panel too - it's simple and clean without all the crap that the others throw in there.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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Re: Condemnation By Extrapolation

In fairness any coder would have laughed at her stupid comments. Her claim started as 'it only takes an hour to learn how to code' to 'it takes 6 months to train a staff member' to 'it takes a year for anyone to learn properly'.

What annoys me more than anything is that they genuinely think teaching basic HTML and/or javascript is 'learning to code'. Stick Python, C, PHP, Ruby or something more useful in front of them. Anyone can pick up HTML in a day, it's mind numbingly simple to learn and is way too simple to stick into a year long school course.

Then they stick Rory on TV to talk about it. The man knows so little about technology, it's embarrassing to watch. He's had too many cockups for it to be simple mistakes, he just has no clue at all.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

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Re: The symbol

Φ woudn't really work and we all know it. Saying "FreeviewFy" out loud sounds pretty stupid. Plus Φ doesn't have any connection to the internet really.

Something like "Connect" or "OnDemand" is way better. "Freeview OnDemand+" would be a freeview recorder with on demand content.

At the end of the day none of these boxes are that smart. All they are doing is serving up webpages and injecting a shitload of JS and CSS into the webpage. Take a look at the Humax set top boxes - once rooted you can browse the source code, it's all javascript based and is pretty crude. They just slap a browser (usually Opera) into the linux system and hey presto its now got OnDemand.

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How many more bloody TV platforms do we need?!

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

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If Bill had his way we'd have Windows XP version 2. The guy never really had dreams to create anything new. It was only once Balmer steppd in that we started seeing floppy fails like the Zune. Whilst I hate Balmer, he at least tried. Gates just iterated version over version to keep the cash flowing.

They need someone who will go in and say 'lets make something new' not 'who can we buy out' or 'who's product should be duplicate and rebrand'.

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Behold the world's first full-colour 3D printer

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Have you looked into a reprap? I've built 2 - printing is pretty affordable now, you can get some pretty decent PLA filament for ~£17 per 100m That lasts a fair amount of time.

If you get a filastruder you can buy the even cheaper pellets and make filament from them, bringing it to below £10 per 100m.

Just like a normal printer, there's no point owning one if you dont make use of it, so price doesn't come into it. Especially when you can build a very good 3D printer for under £350.

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Me thinks this needs to be opensourced back into the community, after all their business wouldn't be anywhere without the opensource reprap.

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Got a TorMail account to avoid Uncle Sam's web snoops? About that...

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Best thing you can do right now if you want total security is to either colocate a raspberry pi (free) or run it all from home and risk the unreliability.

At least you can keep an eye on everything that way.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: Take a look at the Twit feed - @BParkCEO

He doesn't really explain how the BBC 'got it wrong' - just covering his ass.

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What pissed me off more than anything was the arrogant manager who they interviewed who wouldn't apologise for sacking the volunteer. Some snobby little git who knows fuck all about what Bletchly Park is and stands for.

Somewhere like that does not need turning into yet another expensive visitor centre focused more on the gift shop and canteen. The guy was a bit of a tw@

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Icahn slurps another $500m in Apple shares, demands buyback AGAIN

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Re: Good...

If you actually think damaging a company in tech is a good thing you really are dumb.

Look, I dont like Microsoft, but I dont want to see their demise. More companies = more products = more development to 'be the best'.

Apple got their shit in order 10 years ago, and are now very much one of the best run tech companies in the world. Microsoft screwed their shit up 10 years ago and no we're stuck with crap like Metro and the constant bloody XP support moaning.

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Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

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Re: Say what you like about Apple (and I often do!)

Yup, Apple have nailed the UX/UI experience. It's complete suicide trying to merge a desktop OS that's as established as Windows into a touch-screen platform. It's like trying to fit a wooden door onto a 747.

Apple got it right. The biggest Apple 'hater' must see that. Microsoft got it, and is continuing to get it completely wrong. The consumer has confirmed that over and over again, yet it's falling on deaf ears. At this point Microsoft deserve the slow and painful death they're giving themselves. I've lost all sympathy for them, what little I had left.

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(Said in the form of the IT crowd)

Boss man: "So guys, how can we fuck up our already fucked up OS even more? Come on...anyone?"

Guy in cubical: "Err...well we could fix it, you know, make it usable again?"

Boss man: "Yes....yes I like that. UX team, what do you say?"

UX: "Ok Boss Man, we can do that! What do you want, a more XP feel?"

Boss man: "No...I want more squares...and colour. People like colour. I like colour. Colour...that's a funny word..."

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Screw Windows, I give up with it, it's just......shit. In every single possible way, it's just complete crap.

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Lenovo shares in trading halt ahead of 'disclosable transaction'

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It's funny. You never really hear all that much about Lenovo, but they seem to be doing really well, and instead of just following the leaders, like to do their own thing. It's quire refreshing that they dont seem to be just another pc maker like the HP/Dell/Sony/Samsung/Asus clones.

In a way I hope it's Blackberry. Whilst I dont at all like Blackberry devices, or their piss poor management, Lenovo are the kind of company that I'd like to think could reinvent the Blackberry device, and not just keep releasing the same crap with a new UI slapped on top.

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

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TBH they will need to put a cap on each device. Say a 1GB per flight cap, per wireless device. That's ample for a longhaul flight for web browsing. Nobody should be streaming if there's a 50mbps speed restriction., that'd be a piss take.

Cap each device at 1GB download and 5mbps. Issue resolved.

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Lenovo Yoga 10: Mediocre tech, yes, but beautifully fondleable

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Nice to finally see an alternative design.

I still don't get what the big issue is with these damn tablet makers. Do they sit there and think 'hmm, how can we cripple this one?', or are they afraid that version 2 wont sell well if everyone likes version 1?

Stick a decent chip, decent camera, decent screen and decent storage in something like this Lenovo and you get an awesome Android tablet, of which there seem to be few.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

rmwebs

Lets be completely honest here. Windows in general is crap, regardless of version. It gets it's ass handed to it by junk like Ubuntu.

Windows has never been a 'great' OS and likely never will be, its so damn bloated with old code, it's not even funny anymore.

At some point they're going to have to throw it out and start again, it's just been allowed to exist for far too long now. Sticking a new UI op top of it, and incrementing the version number != a new OS.

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I know everyone likes to rag on Apple but...

It can't be denied that Microsoft could learn a thing or two from Apple. They've never really had such a bas OS as Vista or 8, and I'd assume it's down to a couple of things, basic things that MS should know how to do but seemingly find themselves incapable of doing. For example:

1) build a strong internal dev team, not interns or contractors that are only there for a year.

2) have a solid known entity in charge, not hire a random person.

3) iterate, this is one thing people either love or hate about OS X. It rarely if ever gets a massive change, but that's because the base so is extremely stable now and they focus on adding new features whilst keeping things clean. Microsoft only seem to want to constantly change the UI and move stuff around with seemingly little reason to do so.

4) Awesome development APIs. I'm only an iOS developer myself, however from what I've seen it's actually now a lot easier and overall a better experience developing for OS X. Whilst you are stuck using Objective-C, that's not really any worse than one of the handful of

An gauges Microsoft have adopted.

MS need to stabilize their development. Stop messing around with trying to make the OS work on touch screens - give that to another department.

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Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

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If UKGOVT had a brain they'd be dangerous.

Surely it would have been more beneficial to bring in a two-tier system.

For areas with cable in place, use that - it was already capable of 'super fast' speeds, so there's a huge chunk of the conversion cost removed. Then using the ample funds left in the pot, focus on bring FTTC to rural areas that do not have cable, but do have telephone lines.

Once thats done, take the ownership rights of both cable and telephone lines away from BT/Virgin and form a new, non commercial body that control the communications system. Each company then rents the lines, allowing the non profit body to essentially operate in a similar way to how Network Rail is setup where you have 1 group who's funds go directly to line maintenance.

Obviously there'd be a few hurdles to overcome (i.e who owns what) however logically it's the only way you get both decent connection speeds across ALL properties, as well as a fair ground for competition.

Heck it could also be used to fund public hotspots. Every router could operate like the BT ones, and create basically a nation wide wifi system, which allows you to access the internet if you've got an account with one of the providers who use the lines.

It's a win win situation. We all get decent connectivity speeds, BT and Virgin no longer have to piss around with making their network run nicely, and still get to rake in the cash.

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Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'

rmwebs

Re: Apple's first tablets...

All tablets were pretty much flops, or very niche focused before the iPad came around.

Can you imagine what we'd have right now, if things like the iPhone and iPad never existed? It's easy to say 'android would have existed, and someone else like Samsung would have made tablets' but the fact is, they wouldn't.

People can say what they like about Apple's pricing and 'closed doors' approach to everything, but without them we'd likely all still be sitting in front of a beige box with a Pentium 4 running XP service pack 50.

Apple managed to create a huge amount of competition in the area, to the point that you can now walk into your local supermarket and grab a computer in the form of a tablet for under £100. That's a massive achievement.

In comparison all Microsoft has so far managed to boast is that they made the most cash. Like anyone gives a shit.

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Three offers free US roaming, confirms stealth 4G rollout

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Re: 3 are great...

Fine around here.

The only place I've ever experienced any noticable signal issue is in Hatfield, Hertfordshire - where its near impossible to get a 3, EE (inc Orange / T-Mobile) or O2 signal, despite it being home to the head office of EE. Despite there being antennas very visible all over the crappy town, you cant get a signal.

Go down the road to St Albans and you get a full 5 bars throughout the town.

It's down to where you live. You cant outright declare that a network gives crap reception as its never a nation-wide thing.

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

rmwebs

If they're going through the effort of changing USB all over again, why not adopt a better sized port? One universal port across mobiles, desktops, laptops, etc.

I'm not talking about the current (flimsy as hell) MicroUSB, however it would be possible to get something the same size a lot more stable if its double sided (i.e like the lightning connector).

The USB standard is becoming a joke, whats the point in a standard if you cant stick to something? Change it this one last time, and change it for something that'll actually last. Not a flimsy, big, low power port that'll be useless in 5 years time.

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In defence of defenestration: Microsoft MUST hurl Gates from the Windows

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Re: To paraphrase The Matrix

The problem they have is this:

Start again, or die.

It's that simple. The current management doesnt work - its well known that departments in MS flat out refuse to cooperate on anything. The only way things like this will change is to start a fresh.

Getting rid of Ballmer is a start, but not the 'fix'. They need to get rid of Gates, most if not all of the companies management, reshuffle the departments and get fresh blood into all the major areas.

Then create new departments focused on their own thing:

- Core OS department to maintain the NT based OS. This is then handed off to;

-- Windows Desktop Department who handle the traditional Windows OS, built on top of the Core OS

-- Server/Ent Department who handle the server versions and any other enterprise versions of Windows

-- Moble/NextGen department who work solely on the mobile OS - not Windows. A mobile OS.

So they end up with a very similar structure to Apple, which is proven and seems to work very well. The Core OS gets expanded upon by teams focusing on different areas.

At no point do the desktop and mobile teams collaborate - thats where you end up with shit like Windows 8 / Windows 8 RT.

It'll cost billions, but I dont see any other way the company can be fixed.

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Disney shutters Star Wars game unit with 200 layoffs

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Re: Let's be honest here....

The plan was to reduce costs, and revive the star wars franchise. The reducing costs part is outsourcing game development. Its a smart move really, outsourced games generally tend to be better historically speaking (force unleashed series, internal, crap. Battlefront, external, decent).

Disney did a brilliant job with Marvell, there's no reason they wont with Lucas.

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Re: Fucking Disney

Not so sure this one can be blamed on them. As someone already said, LucasArts had a round of layoffs recently before Disney purchased them. Plus you've got the fact that they havent made any real great games in years, with profitable titles few and far between. Having a whole studio just for a star wars game every 2-3 years isnt viable. It's way better to outsource it, and results in a better game due to the outsourced partner wanting to get repeat work.

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Amazon cuts S3 storage prices AGAIN

rmwebs

Are they even making any money?

Or running the entire AWS business as a loss leader for something bigger down the line? Seems like a bloody long game they are playing if its the latter.

Not that I'm complaining. My entire 6 hourly server backups for last month only cost me $4.56.

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Ex-Doctor Who babe Karen Gillan touts dodgy diet pills in twit gaffe

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Really? Is this the Daily Mail?

Seriously. This shit happens every day on twitter - do we really need to read about it here?!

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'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

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Re: A success in the long run?

The reason 99% of the innovation is linked with Win 8 is because nobody has a choice. Nobody wants to be that one manufacturer using the older Windows 7 instead of the new 'hip' Windows 8.

Until someone big and important jumps to a custom platform, not a lot will change.

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Re: As an MBP owner...

I own a rMBP but for 1 simple reason:

The MacPro didnt get a good update, I still needed to power 2 external displays. So the rMBP was my best option.

It's a decent machine. I wouldnt buy it just for the retina display however. It's nice...but not worth of its price tag.

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rmwebs

I'd take the Apple hardware over Windows hardware any day.

Bought a 11" Air in 2011 for ~£800 (yay for student discount still working 5 years after I left uni!), got free 3 years applecare on it.

Sold it 4 months ago for £730.

If that had been a Dell/HP/whatever it'd be worth fuck all.

Plus you can stroll into an Applestore and get it fixed/replaced on the spot if something ever does go wrong.

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Goodridens

The sooner Windows dies the better off we'll all be.

If you need this comment explaining, you really dont understand a lot about the future of tech.

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

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Re: I'm sold

Add Helvetica and Comic Sans to that list.

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Granny upstages Microsoft, storms stage at Surface launch

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Vista 2.0 then

Funny, the only success MS has had since Ballmer came to power was the XBox 360, and even then it wasnt him working on it. and was an evolution of the Xbox (which started development back in 1998).

So as it stands Balmer has:

- Released Win Vista - A flop

- Released Win 7 - Which is basically Vista, but fixed (Call it Vista 1.1.0)

- Released Win 8 - Which seems to be sexually confused...is it for Tablets or PC's, it seems they focused on tablets, then slapped pc support back into it at the last minute.

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Adele's Skyfall poised to fall from sky

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IT Angle

I'm guessing the only reason ElReg posted this is because of that handy iTunes affiliate link...please dont turn into The Sun!

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Governments block YouTube over that video

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FAIL

Re: Jesus-H-Christ

"Yeah, like most recently and massively WW1 and WW2, right?"

Um...last I checked a certain german chap was found to be killing Jews during WW2...or was that all made up?

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Win8 tablets may cost MORE than iPads – AND LAPTOPS

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FAIL

Why are people surprised?

We all know that Microsoft are wank when it comes to...well...ANYTHING.

"Here's our iPad killer....its just Windows on a tablet...that'll be $799 please"

Morons.

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Google to axe IE 8 support, cuts off Windows XP lifeline

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Re: Oh no

Go down to your IT dept's office, and tell the 60 year old Windows network admin to take a lunch break. Whilst he's away, slap chrome on all the machines.

Failing that, report him to your boss for not doing his job.

ANY network admin that refuses to allow a modern browser deserves to be shot.

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Stop

Re: Misleading as ever

Well in Google's own words to those 'corporates who stick with XP': Screw em'

Sorry but if large companies are too lazy and cheap to upgrade then screw them. Get with the program. If they dont like paying license fees to MS use a modified Linux distro with chrome on it.

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iPhone 5: UK pay-monthly tariffs compared

rmwebs

Re: Just amazing

Re: buying a computer for £1k+ that wont be out of date in 2 years:

Pretty much any Apple Mac.

I'm deadly serious.

Buy a iMac or Mac Pro and in 3-4 years time it'll still run the latest OS just as fast. Plus you can sell it for around 70% of what you paid to get it new.

An example:

I bought a 24" White Intel iMac in 2007. I used it for iOS development right up to last year.

It cost me £1299 to buy new (+ applecare)

I sold it for £950 on eBay.

In the time I owned it it had a USB power hub failure and a hard drive failure - the USB power hub failure was replaced in 2009 with a brand spanking new logic board, free of charge.

The hard drive failure was 4 months after Applecare expired. They still fixed it for free, and actually put a 1tb drive in insead of the 500gb one it had before.

I'm not one to follow this 'fanboy' bullshit, but I cant deny that that machine was amazing, and the resale value was great - theres no way in hell I'd have got that much had it been a shitty Dell.

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'Nutjob' serves half-baked Raspberry PI scam

rmwebs

When the damn thing only costs $35 the cheap gits can take a walk. Buy one or piss off would be my response to "Steve"

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Gamers bereft as Xbox Live takes a dive

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Paris Hilton

In fairness...

thats got to be the first Xbox live outage in a very long time. Still doesn't compare to the security shit storm on the PSN!

(Paris knows how to play fair)

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US secret spaceplane will come back to Earth sometime soon

rmwebs

Re: Purpose

Surely you mean tinfoil...

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Google Drive Issues on Mac

rmwebs

Works fine on my mac...

No issues at all.

Lion 10.7.3 on a Mac Pro (single-quad core) & 8GB RAM.

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Apple to Google Maps: ‘Get lost’

rmwebs

Re: Google is special

Small world. I'm 2 minutes from Welwyn Garden City.

Other than the minor labeling issue, the Google ones are much better than OSM around here. Seems stupid to change to some crappy crowdsourced maps IMO.

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Android Market morphs into 'Google Play'

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Re: does not matter what you call it

As opposed to the iPhone that doesn't even tell you what the app is getting access to...

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FAIL

Why with all google's money and staff...

...can they not design a site to save their lives? The Android Market and Google Music have god awful layouts.

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Blighty's Post Office computer system goes titsup

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Megaphone

No...still

The post office online postage calculator never actually came back online, its been offline since September 2011 with a fault.

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Pirate Bay AND its users violate labels' copyright - judge

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Re: Re: Re: I don't think there's any "inciting and inducing" involved

I have to agree.

It's stupid. I 'know people' who go there to download american TV shows, those 'people' are going to buy the boxset, and watch it on UK tv but have to wait a year because of some stupid political crap.

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Re: No...

So? The tracker contains no copyright info. In any case, they only use magnet links now.

TPB is legally doing nothing wrong. If I linked to 1000 movie downloads hosted elsewhere, I am doing nothing wrong. People are stupid and seem to think that torrent sites actually host the illegal content.

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