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858 posts • joined 28 Jul 2011

Icahn and Southeastern try to hamstring Mike Dell's buyout bid

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Confused

In what way can it be claimed that Dell is buying Dell from Shareholders "with their own money?"

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M&S shoppers make quarter of a million NFC payments a WEEK

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Re: M & S considered "posh" and "high end"?

"That doesn't make any sense at all. I purchase quality goods, not brand names."

So do I. My point is, high prices = high end, regardless of brand name.

"Higher quality than WHAT, exactly?"

Than other UK supermarkets selling similar goods.

""*Whether or not that the quality increase is worth the price jump is subject to opinion"

And yet you shop there anyway? Why?"

I never said I did. My opinion is that most of their ranges are overpriced, but I go in now and again for a look. I do occasionally buy jackets or shoes there because I find their kit highly durable.

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Re: M & S considered "posh" and "high end"?

That's because they can't charge a premium while they are trying to break into a new market.

Over here, M&S ARE high end because they are an established name that can charge a bloody fortune. Their goods are undeniably higher quality as well*, it's not just a marketing thing.

*Whether or not that the quality increase is worth the price jump is subject to opinion

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P2P badboy The Pirate Bay sets sail for the Caribbean

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FAIL

Misclick FAIL

That was meant to be a comment for the AC who mentioned Assange.

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Trollface

That's an interesting point - if he genuinely believes that the US is out to get him, what better opportunity would they have to snatch him than when he is in self-imposed hiding? If the Yanks really wanted to rendition him they could cut a deal with (Ecuador?) Smuggle him out of the Embassy somehow and fly him out on a military plane from one of the bases they rent. The Embassy staff pretend for as long as they can that JA is still with them, until years later when they claim he left in the middle of the night trying to flee the country.

He could be in gitmo now!

No tinfoil hat icon?

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UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now

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Ominous...

...but from the article it does look like there are a number of options to resist this and try and get it repealed. Here's an angle that occurred to me - if works with no metadata have lesser legal rights now, could the big organisations such as the BBC who routinely strip metadata before using works be reasonably accused of fraud?

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Hey, monkey: Just 'cos your mates eat FOUL corn, YOU have to eat it too?

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Re: Bananas and Monkeys

This is also why I am banned from Edinburgh Zoo.

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Reg hack to starve on £1 a day for science

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Re: Soup.

Leaving you with no money for breakfast... all week...

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EE: Of course we're going to get 1m 4G users by the end of the year!

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"new, cheaper contracts (of course, leaving the 318k mugs on whatever daft tarrif they've committed to)"

I would dearly love to see them try to do this - not because I want those 318k to suffer, but because the inevitable backlash from the public and the various fair trade bodies would be a thing of beauty to behold. The telcos are already under scrutiny for the lockin contracts that allow them to jack up the prices - if they actually lowered prices but stiffed anyone already committed to a contract the consumer rights organisations would tear them a new one.

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SPIT TAKE

>£30/Month for a capped connection SIM ONLY with 2 years lock-in? I'm surprised punters haven't been beating the doors down on their shops to get to this deal. </Sarcasm>

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App reads The Indie's dead-tree pages - so you don't have to

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WTF?

Playing with new toys...

Seems to be a convoluted solution. Could they not have done more or less the same thing with QR codes linking to their articles?

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YouTube beats off $1bn Viacom copyright case once AGAIN

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Holmes

MegaUpload is probably half the reason this is still going on. Hollywood won't want a ruling in favour of safe harbour to get legal precedent.

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US Justice Department pushes for fairer spectrum auctions

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Don't sell the spectrum

Rent it out on a use it or lose it basis.

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Malware and domain-squatters target Boston Marathon bombing

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Westboro

As the only scum to actually appear glad that these bombs were 'sent', perhaps the police or FBI would like to detain some members of the church for questioning? Catch them at the memorial service and cart them off.

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Logitech launches MEGA-PRICEY 15-in-1 remote

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They'll need to crack on with making more products like the hub that can be controlled through your smartphone before smartphones finish the job of making remotes (near) obsolete. Get a look at this £200 remote if you can, because it and it's ilk are poised to be a thing of the past.

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Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office

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Re: real savings?

Yes, because all that refining is actually just a job creating exercise. We just slip someone a bribe to look the other way, tap the pipeline for a couple of barrels of crude which goes straight into the heating tank. Job's a good 'un.

Back in the real world, the further North you get in Scotland the more expensive the fuel gets as it has to be driven further from the refineries.

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Smart metering update

This is an automated SMS from Smart Metering Central. Based on our usage statistics and tracking of your mobile it appears you left your home more than 1 hour ago but left some devices on. To improve your efficiency and save YOU money, your smart meters have automatically powered down the following devices:

LOBBY LIGHTS has been powered down

TV has been powered down

FRIDGE FREEZER has been powered down

CRITICAL SERVER 24/7 has been powered down

Thank you for allowing Smart Metering to assist you in being more efficient.

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Will Google's rivals swallow the 'labelling remedy' pill?

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Re: Can we all stop pretending

"...can probably be tricked into doing my dirty work for me."

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Sonic the Hedgehog

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Re: Not enough Tails love

Miles "Tails" Prower, as the Title Screen called him. I didn't get that until YEARS later. He was at least as cool as Sonic.

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Re: Water levels...

Sudden flashback to desperately trying to scale the blocks that shifted under your feet and got in your way in Chemical Plant Zone as a 2 floating above my head becomes a 1...

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Up Down Left Right A+Start. Remember that off by heart to this day. I miss the good old 16 bit Sonic games. Might have to dig out my old emulators.

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Mali to give away .ML domains for free

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Won't this just land .ml on blacklists across the Globe?

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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

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Re: Here's a thought...

SSHHH! It's Friday and I'm trying to raise a pitchfork wielding mob to alleviate the boredom. You and your rational explanations are not helping.

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Here's a thought...

Slightly worrying bit that no-one seems to have picked up on - if Yahoo are retrieving age old discarded messages from years gone by, are Google retaining your 'deleted' messages?

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Australia to reveal tech giants' tax tricks

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Transfer tax

It appears to me that the multiple transfers from jurisdiction to jurisdiction are the key element behind the avoidance loopholes. Perhaps the key would be to apply a tax to corporate revenue whenever it leaves a jurisdiction? It could scale up based on the number of transfers, so the first time a company moves revenue in a year it is either free or 0%, but to move the same money again would incur a 2% charge, then 4% to move it again etc. Companies bouncing money around Ireland/Holland/Bermuda would stop getting to do this for free.

Another option would be to allow money to leave the country tax free on the condition the company declares that this is the final destination for the funds in this financial year, however if it's going to be bounced around at least one more haven, then there is a charge.

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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Number by Year

They should have kept numbering by year. If XP had been called Windows 2001 those of us still using it would get a daily reminder it's more than a decade old (And still quite stable and fit for purpose, but it might nudge some folk into upgrading)

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

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Re: This Drone

I think the legality of civilian aerial surveillance has yet to be tested, and I'm just guessing but I doubt it would stop a number of farmers anyway.

Being observed on private land by specialist equipment will piss them off whether it is declared lawful or not. Unless the drone has multiple cameras it can't see everywhere - the smart farmers will just down it from behind.

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This Drone

If it's really as hard to see/hear as they suggest, they will probably be banned or restricted as stealthy surveillance equipment. If it's covert capabilities were exaggerated and it's actually fairly visible then we're back to the farmers shotgunning them down.

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Tim Cook eats necessary crow, apologizes to China

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That's an interesting one - If Jobs had still been around and in charge does anyone think he would have made a grovelling apology?

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: offensive

Work

Sober

Monday

Deadline

Feedback

Review

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I have a new favourite phrase nowadays...

..."Oh it's an [iPad/iPhone/Mac] is it? I'm really sorry, I don't know anything about them. They're a lot different to most computers."

Shuts down a fair number of requests these days.

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Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

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Re: Do not want, and in fact this kind of thing is a fucking 'orrible idea.

On a slight tangent, as a frequent pedestrian I bloody hate it when you're trying to cross a road and THE ONLY CAR ON THE ROAD stops to let you cross; thanks for slowing both of us down instead of just getting out of my way by continuing your journey. I love crossing in front of a multi-ton death machine driven by someone who has just demonstrated a lack of situational awareness.

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Voda: Brit kids will drown in TIDAL WAVE of FILTH - it's all Ofcom's fault

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Re: buying phones offline

Pretty sure you can just buy handset only in most of the non-network shops. My last 2 phones were SIM only unlocked to any network, brand new. Admittedly this was from Play.com so not much use if you're committed to an in store buy - I presume you want to have a tester model in your hand before buying?

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Go

While I'm glad that Ofcom are looking into contracts where the payment can be varied, I think we have to admit that some of the blame lies with the lazy public accepting these 'deals'. Nowadays it's fairly easy to buy a sim free handset and get a rolling contract that leaves you free to walk away on short notice.

The networks will grumble for a bit because they don't want to go to the effort of changing their ways, but eventually one of them will do their legwork and offer a tarriff that is 'guaranteed for the life of the contract' (with some legalese caveats protecting their backs) and the rest will follow like an avalanche.

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South Korea data-wipe malware spread by patching system

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Somewhere in the West, in a dimly lit government bunker...

"Shit! Guys, the orders were to launch cyberattacks on NORTH Korea!"

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Japan's rare earth discovery bad news for China's monopoly plans

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Having a Flashback...

This story reminded me of one of the random events in Masters of Orion 2, when the Galactic News Network reported that one of the Empires had suddenly found a rich Mineral seam. Fingers crossed the Japanese find enough (relatively) easily mined elements, they could use a break.

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Maybe don't install that groovy pirated Android keyboard

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Did this guy ask SwiftKey's permission to fiddle with their product? The last thing a decent company needs is a keylogger out there with their brand all over it.

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

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Re: Recycling of ideas

That's what's confusing me: exactly what is new here? I'm all for nuke power from safe reactors and would love for this to take off, but I'm not seeing what the magic is in this new announcement. I thought our current nuclear 'waste' was only wasted because political constraints prevented it from being reprocessed?

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Boeing outlines fix for 787 batteries

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Re: I put my money on...

I don't think Boeing would point the finger at anyone else whether or not they can. Right now they will be mega focussed on trying to twist the facts to their world-view where "no fire occurred" and the 'smoke' was a planned safety release. They need everyone to believe this message so they can recertify the planes and get them back in the air before the airlines start cancelling orders/demanding refunds/suing.

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AdBlock Plus BLOCKED from Google Play

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Re: Dammit

It is a big deal, because it means the slumbering giant has finally woken up and noticed AdBlock. Ergo there is a good chance that there will be further moves to make it more and more of a faff to find and install in the pipeline.

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Dammit

With any luck they will rebrand AdBlock as a firewall/NetNanny style extension (that just so happens to blacklist ad sites by default). I hope they don't go after the PC version as well.

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HEAVILY ARMED SEX CRAZED DOLPHINS on RAMPAGE in Black Sea

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Re: Novel Base Information Operations Scenarios ..... with Mega MetaDataBase Staged Plays

I have a theory that Mars is either a spook delivering coded messages via el Reg or a program that's been coded to fool the Turing Test by spouting so much random stuff that no-one engages with it at the level of detail that catches out the subroutines.

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Oops, they did it again? Britney Spears, Paris Hilton 'LAID BARE ALL OVER THE WEB'

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Re: Not cool

A nasty part of me is kind of intrigued about what would happen to a guy who tries to send unwanted taxis and pizzas to the Vice President's door though...

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Tech fest 'net activists offer free 'Super Wi-Fi': Now go tell the FCC

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Taking spectrum back...

...public resources should only ever have been sold off on a use it or lose it contract, with purchasers being obliged to resell spectrum unused after X years. If they can't sell it within Y years of that then it returns to the regulator automatically. Another option could have been a rental model - ongoing payments would certainly have focused profit making companies onto only paying for what they needed and sorted out unwanted spectrum returning to the regulator.

Still, 20/20 hindsight and all that.

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Throttled customers rage over Virgin Mobile UK's tight cap

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Re: About now

I'm in the Orange boat too, and I've been promising myself I'd jump ship for months. Unfortunately I want to get an itemised bill before I go so I can stick them for overcharging, so I keep putting off cutting the cord.

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Carrie Fisher dusts off THAT bikini for Star Wars VII

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But you won't see them for Lens Flare.

</bandwagon>

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Google in the dock over elephant ivory ads

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Anti hunting hypothesis

What would happen if someone could flood the market with cheap imitation ivory? Would it be possible to devalue ivory to the point that it wouldn't be worth the hunter's time?

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Groupon CEO Mason sent packing as shares continue to plummet

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Re: I have to admire his honesty

We were talking about this the other day at work - what incentive is there in today's era of golden parachutes for CxO's to give a toss whether they succeed or fail? Paid if they do well, paid off with enough money to retire on if they don't, and no-one dare say a word against them in case it reflects badly on share prices. I'm honestly starting to suspect the likes of Gates and Ballmer know that they don't have a clue how to revitalise their cash cow businesses and don't care because they already have more money than they know what to do with.

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Nominet tosses plan for shorter .uk domains in the bin (for now)

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Domain levels

The only modern purpose I can see in domain levels would be for legal jusrisdiction e.g. purchases agreed to on a .uk site would be subject to UK law and taxes etc. Beyond that nowadays they are just that bit at the end you always forget and Google / your browser fills in for you.

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MasterCard tries to zap PayPal with own-brand mobe wallet

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Re: Flat broke

I'd be more interested in knowing how Apple plan to differentiate between punters with a genuine receipt and fraudsters trying to walk out with an iMac and a doctored photo of proof of purchase showing on their screen?

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