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Mexico to Apple: You WILL NOT use the name 'iPhone' here

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I can only hope

That Apple continues to launch frivolous and arrogant lawsuits - I love reading these stories...

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British judge: Say you're sorry Apple... this time like you MEAN it

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Re: "Journalist does job shocker"

The problem with article rating system was that people seemed confused as to its usage - articles that featured news that people didn't like got downvoted, and articles that had "good" news got upvotes - regardless of the quality of the reporting. If this was the original purpose, then it worked. The fact that it was removed indicated to my mind that people were voting for the wrong reasons.

I'm all for a journalist "saying something", as long as it's made known that the work is being editorialised, or is a comment.

As for regurgitating stories; many news comes from one source in tech (eg. profit/loss statements and R&D spending statements originate at a single point issued by the company - inevitably lots of outlets cover the same ground) and in tech, a lot of news tends to come from press releases because otherwise we simply wouldn't know about it - tech journo's can't exactly set up a hidden camera in the plains of the savannah to get a glimpse of the next ARM processors.

Ultimately, as long as the information in the article is accurate, and both sides of a story are given voice (or at least an attempt has been made to give both sides voice) then the story is at the very least worthy of being published.

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Re: shocker!!

"Happens all the time anytime that Andrew or Lewis post a story."

Many stories from Lewis and Andrew are comment pieces, or editorialised, only showing one side of the story, thus people tend to give their own comments in return in the "comments" section (when a comments section is avaliable). And, to be fair, Lewis and Andrew's stories deal with a single side of a select number of issues - global warming, nukes, copyright theft, weapons. A quick look at other stories by Anna Leach shows a large variety of issues and topics (many, such as the multicoloured tarantula story from about a day ago, don't mention apple at all - so I'm not quite sure what you were hoping to achieve with this comparison?!).

As you can see in the article, Anna contacted Apple for their side of the story, and they chose not to make a comment. Anna didn't decide what the courts should do, she reported what happened - which is what reporters are supposed to do. Just because Engadget never report on negtive Apple stories doesn't mean someone else has it in for Apple because they *do* report on the negative.

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iPhone 5 imperilled by Sharp's 'huge' problems with tellies

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Re: Apple anyone?

Given the losses that Sharp are recording, it may be too heavy a burden even for Apple. $5.6bn losses are enough to burn through apple's reserves of cash at a fairly rapid rate - and enough to put them in the red and do a lot of damage to stocks.

Crawling back to Samsung will require a painful amount of pride swallowing, but it'll be the smarter choice from an economic point of view.

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Apple puts less of its takings into R&D, hires more sales cultists

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hmmm...

I think I've read something similar to this before

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Facebook’s “anti-bullying pledge” lands in Oz

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"pledges" != success

If clicking on a "pledge" is as easy as clicking on a "like", why would this be any different to the "KONY2012" campaign, or any other flash-in-the-pan click-button activision attempts? It seems almost insulting that facebook would use the same method of activism that a 12 year old would use on Facebook, despite having the power to do so much more.

Having said that, I fully expect facebook to claim success when people click on it, despite the inevitable streisand effect as people ramp up their trolling in response to it.

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US court dumps on “browserwrap” T&Cs

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“highly inconspicuous hyperlink buried among a sea of links”

Describes pretty much every T&C page on every site I've ever visited. Glad to hear common sense prevailed.

Sadly, I fear every site will continue to use browertraps, as the majority of users don't know where they stand.

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Underdone iTunes put back in oven for another month

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^This is exactly what needs to happen

but unfortunately, it won't.

Having the whole iTunes store in your face when you want to listen to music is more or less how they want it, I believe - sadly I don't think it'll change without user backlash (and since everyone *has* to use iTunes for absolutely everything, backlash can't happen in any meaningful way).

It's completely daft (like having to go down to the supermarket and having your dinner in the meat section so they can sell you crap while you're enjoying the stuff you've already bought).

Personally VLC has been the best thing I've encountered when it comes to ease of playing pretty much anything. I honestly think that if archaeologists discovered some unidentified language written on 10,000 year old stone slabs, they could digitise it and VLC player would find a way of making sense of it.

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Nice that they're finishing it -

But without the maps fiasco, would they still care? Or would this be getting shovelled out the door in the knowledge that iFans will say how magical it is anyway?

Considering what a massive part of the "walled garden" iTunes constitutes, it's amazing that it remains one of the worst things they're produced.

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Hurricane Sandy: Where are all the cynical online scams?

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Re: wtf

Having a stock exchange in the middle of a hurricane affected city in a capitalist nation goes a long way towards making sure things get fixed quick. For all the environmental factors that contributed to the devastation of Katrina, I can't help but feel that the lack of influential affected people contributed to the completely half-arsed clean up attempt.

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Re: Quite

"but she's got no power and no water, and is online at a Starbucks."

If someone has to go to Starbucks for anything, the situation should automatically be upgraded to "pretty fucking bad".

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Curiosity probe tastes Mars soil: Dude, this reminds me of Hawaii

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"Curiosity has tasted its first Martian soil and decided it's a bit like a piece of Hawaii."

So it's full of guns, golf resorts and fat people?

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Dark matter pioneer scoops Oz science prize

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Well earned

Another great discovery, borne of the human need to ask questions.

Fuck I love science.

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Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

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Re: Maybe...

I was thinking perhaps something that resembled the end of a bell. Steve Ballmer's forehead, perhaps?

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Japanese toilet can save penalty kicks

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Could be useful

I've seen a few pub loo's where this sort of "catching" tech could be useful...

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned

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How long before

Disney decides a "reboot" is needed- featuring a younger, more sensitive Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca is now a "werewolf" with a six pack and Han Solo is (still) played by a geriatric Harrison Ford with a carefully camouflaged zimmerframe.

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Geneva devastated by monster tsunami, millions at risk

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"Out of its banks it devastated villages with very old men and herds, it even destroyed many holy places with their priests"

The tsunami managed to destroy a village using only old men and herds? And it convinced priests to destroy their own holy places?! Must've been some sort of brain wave.

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Apple turns off Siri’s potty mouth

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Let's be honest -

If Siri was giving directions via Apple Maps, the authorities had little to worry about...

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Google Nexus 4 flips finger at Sandy, appears on YouTube

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One day old, a generation ahead...

I can't help but feel the iPhone 5 has aged massively in the past 24 hours, particularly in the area that it used to hold most dear - user interface. Where android was only just keeping up with iPhone a few years ago, it feels almost an entire release ahead now.

Jelly Bean has really made big advances in UI, and Google Now seems like a lot of great ideas brought together in one area - plus widgets have reached a point where they feel like an important part of the interface, rather than an add-on. Android finally integrates all of Google's services in a smooth way.

Windows Phone 8, for all its flaws, has a UI that brings a lot of information to the front page, without clutter - live tiles make getting information easy, is very customisable, and feels intuitive (based on experiences with WP7.5, from all reports, things are even better with WP8).

iPhone5 has..... an extra row of icons. The UI hasn't really changed for generations, and simply can't convey information in the same way that the competition does.

Ironically, a lot of the new UI features that WP8 and JB4.2 have were probably a side-effect of Apple's litigious nature - they've searched for vastly different approaches to UI, and both come up with something better than what Apple has so vicously protected for the last 6 years.

I'll be getting a 16GB Nexus 4 on release (upgrading from an old Dual core LG 3D phone, can't remember what its called), the lack of an SD card slot irks me, but for $400 I'm willing to deal with it.

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iPhone owners sue Apple for locking Jesus mobe to AT&T

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Re: I always

And if you drive to another country and need to fill up over there, you'll be charged an exorbitant amount per mL of fuel.

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Light ties itself in knots - spontaneously

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But...

What's a whelk got to do with a supernova?

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Vodafone Oz slims down as customers flee

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Vodaphone Deckchair Rearranging Co.

“We need to prioritise every dollar and internal action to count toward an improved customer experience and these changes are designed to deliver just this,” Morrow said.

translation:

We're bleeding money, so we have to start firing people to make up for the fact that we can no longer treat our customers like shit."

178000 customers in 6 months... considering what lengths companies usually go to in order to hold onto a customer for another 24 months, I'm guessing it'll be many, many years before they even get back to where they were.

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NSW drops NBN access bombshell

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How nice of them

To treat us like pawns in their massive dummy spit.

It's ironic that part of NSW Liberal party's election campaign was telling the electorate that having a different government at both state and federal level would be *better* for the people, and that having the same party at both levels would give them too much power to do things - now we're left in a situation where things take longer, and cost more to do due to political point scoring and fear mongering. Was there actually a time when politicians actually did anything useful? or am I just being naiive?

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ITU signs off on modular power supply proposal

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Re: Wonderful news!

True, the micro USB direction gets me sometimes too - if I'm in a hurry I'd like to be able to jam it in whichever way and be done with it (a la the apple lightning connector). However the small size more than makes up for it (despite the small size being part of the issue for being hard to work out which way is up, being able to "fit more in" the phone is apparently a big reason for apple going to the new connector) and having a directional plug isn't really the *worst* thing that could happen.

Apple's consistency compared to other manufacturers was admirable in the past, but their insistence on retaining the 13 pin connector when the rest of the industry went to a USB standard - and then replacing it with another proprietary connectory just a few years later seems to be predominantly profit-related rather than due to any massive issues with the USB standard.

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Re: Any electricians reading this?

I think the issue has been raised (not 100% sure, but it might have been in the article talking about the USB wattage increases, can't find the article atm) but brighter minds than I made a point regarding inefficiencies, or the amount of voltage/power that would be needed to push the required constant voltage throughout an entire house from a single converter...Don't quote me on it though.

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"and six interchangeable AC adapter plugs for use with iPod, iPhone, and iPad"

It seems ironic that a company so obsessed with design could create something that clumsy.

I could get something similar for my Android phone - a micro USB wall charger (can pick one up for a fiver) and a universal wall plug (half as much again off ebay).

Much more convenient than "six interchangeable AC adapter plugs for use with iPod, iPhone, and iPad". Also that product (for 31 quid!!!) claims to be compatible with iPhone 5 and most of the previous ones - unless there's a bunch of different cables in there (which, according to the description, there isn't) I fail to see how that's possible - unless Apple has taken out a patent on "claiming something is perfectly compatible, when in fact it requires yet *another* fucking adapter".

Even better - I went on holiday in Europe recently and managed to keep phone and mp3 player charged with just a USB cable courtesy of Hotel TVs and communal PCs in the lobby. If every hotel room featured mandatory USB sockets, the world would be a much better place for everyone.

Unless you bought a phone that required an adaptor.

from A Particular Publicly Listed Entity.

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Wonderful news!

It's also great to see that manufacturers have shown a desire to make life easier for people, first by adopting micro USB for phones, maintaining existing SIM form-factors for phones to make life easier for consumers , not updating proprietary connectors with *more* proprietary connectors, borking all the previous ones in the process, supporting updates to USB, whilst retaining backwards compatibility, and not requiring consumers to fork out more money for overpriced adaptors, thus eventually creating more crap that ends up in landfill.

I'm sure this trend of adopting universal connectors will continue with modular, universal PSU's being provided by all electronics manufacturers.

Happily, I can't think of a *single* electronics company that might even *consider* coming up with it's own proprietary connector in the face of the adoption of new modular PSU's, because *EVERY* major player in the laptop/mobile device arena has *ALWAYS* put the customer first.

And I definately don't think

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will even *try* to find a way of screwing even more money out of its customers.

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Chrome extension blocks political speech on Facebook

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Re: I've got a bad feeling about this

To be fair, most of the political guff that gets shovelled onto the front page of facebook by "ppl who r rly inurestted in politiks coz I watched teh news tday" can hardly be described as policy, or ideas.

As far as I can tell if the people posting most of the rants were capable of digesting differences in policy or ideas, they wouldn't be projectile vomiting illiterate crap onto the screen in the first place.

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Samsung posts record profits as Galaxy sales crush Apple

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@ dx

"Tried Googling for it but couldn't find any, but it sounds like you have a very solid idea... so let's have them."

Funny, I tried googling it (took about 10 secs) and on Samsung's US page it details that each year Samsung Electronics invests ~9% of revenue back into R&D

http://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/ourbusinesses/researchdevelopment.html

Samsung have also invested 822 million USD in a new R&D centre in Seoul (that's the site development cost, not even including the actual "research").

And apple's R&D investment as percentage of sales is hitting new lows. (Just over 2% in 2011).

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20121322-37/apple-r-d-as-percent-of-revenue-hits-a-low/

This appears to coincide with Apple's penchant for litigation against pretty much everyone.

So although we don't have figures, we can see who's more comitted to R&D - it's ironic that the company that puts the least percentage of sales back into R&D is the one trying to get away with suing everyone else.

Also, considering Samsung Electronics have (up until recently) made a large portion of the electronics that go into Apple's gadgets, I'd say trying to rubbish Sammy's R&D is a fairly good example of cutting off your nose to spite your face.

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iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: inch makes all the difference, says Apple CEO

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Dear Tim Cook,

Please do fuck off.

"7" = crap, 8" with lower res screen = best idea ever"? After the massive wank-fest over "retina" screens and how nothing is as good as a high pixel density screen, to try and dismiss the competition due to a 1" difference (despite a higher pixel density) comes off as desperate and complacent.

I have a feeling that very soon people are going to start wondering why the emperor isn't wearing any clothes after all...

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Mysterious galactic glow caused by Hitchhikers' Krikkit style stars

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I could be wrong...

But I believe that was Hotblack Desiato's stuntship - the one where everything was black, and the (not-fully-functioning) teleporter appeared on the final invoice as "Sund. explns." at five times the price.

"It's the wild colour scheme that freaks me," said Zaphod whose

love affair with this ship had lasted almost three minutes into

the flight, "Every time you try to operate on of these weird

black controls that are labelled in black on a black background,

a little black light lights up black to let you know you've done

it. What is this? Some kind of galactic hyperhearse?"

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Just send out a message

I'm sure Hactar will get back to us shortly.

< Beer is for washing down the peanuts - have to keep those sodium levels up.

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Hero police robot back on duty after 'unstable man' blasts it with shotgun

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I feel sorry for the operator

The first SWAT robot operator with a negative K/D ratio...

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Consumer group urges Aussies to spoof IP addresses

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Digital downloads are even worse

I've had instances on Steam where the US price of a game is almost half that of the Australian store - absolutely ridiculous mark-ups that have put me off purchasing many games. I remember when Borderlands came out a few years ago the Australian price was about $89.99 USD - in the US store it was $49.99 USD. There are no distribution channels to blame, to shipping, and tax is a fraction of the markup. Absolute BS.

More recently I considered purchasing Cyberlink PowerDirector - unfortunately navigating to the US site game me a price some 30-40 dollars lower than the Australian site (but I couldn't buy from there, I'd keep getting redirected - even using hotspot). Again, no explanation, no justification, just "This is what we can get away with charging Aussies now".

Ultimately, if IP spoofing/use of VPNs and other workarounds are made "illegal" I foresee people turning to bittorrent to fulfil their needs - afterall, in the eyes of the consumer, if both methods are illegal, but one of them is free, many will see that as reason enough to choose the free option.

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Windows RT still haunted by the ghost of Microsoft's 2001 tablet fiasco

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Two sides to every surface...

Quite a few people have mentioned that Microsoft couldn't build a touchscreen interface. Part of the issue is that back in 2001 - they didn't have to. If you wanted a computer, you bought windows. Mac's were still like a special child - you didn't really say bad things about them, but you didn't really want one either. So Microsoft could make a half-arsed attempt at a touch interface, safe in the knowledge that no-one else had the market share to be able to pull customers if they did it better.

Now, Microsoft *has* to build a decent touch interface - apple are clawing back market share hand over fist, and the portable computing, storefront fashion is a "tablet" that co-workers and clients can see and use.

Microsoft made a big deal about that hinge on the back - and it's ridiculous that a little piece of plastic is given so much time - but in a way, it's that hinge that determines a lot of the success or failure. Part of the reason previous tablets failed was because they had the physical clumsiness of a laptop and the difficulty of manipulating a half-arsed touch interface. The simple stand puts the surface safely in the "it really is a tablet" camp, the keyboard skin reinforces that fact. It no longer looks like a tablet with a laptop hanging off it, which goes along way to eliminating the form-factor issues of older tablet PC's.

Having said that.... Every time I look at it I alternate between "those are some good new ideas, I can see it working" and "why bother? any compromise will still be seen as a compromise, it won't work".

At the very least they seem to show a better understanding of the market than they have previously, but ironically the Apple iPad is now commonly perceived to be the "safe" option (your company will either be perceived as "cool" or "keeping up with everyone else" - but there probably won't be much negative reaction*), whereas the (usually tried and trusted) Microsoft product is more of an alternative risk-taker in the segment...

*At the moment - the problem with being the flavour of the month is that eventually the month ends...

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Apple CEO: Microsoft Surface 'compromised, confusing'

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WTF?

I'm curious

He neglects to mention *how* it's confusing, or what's been compromised, or even what it's trying to do...

Sounds like FUD 101 from the chapter "How to diss your opponents product when you don't even know what it is".

As for flying and floating - I believe seaplanes manage that pretty well (although the "car" bit is obviously lacking).

Also, how many more quotes are we going to have to put up with from CEO's and product leads about how "fabulous", "groundbreaking" and "amazing" their own products are?! They're hardly going to come out and say "I wish we'd made the surface tablet, they've done a much better job at rounding off the corners than we have".

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Chinese boffins discover bizarro fish-oid creature with FOUR LIMBS

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"narrowed the gap from 16 million to 6 million years"

I'm sure some creationist zealot will come out and tell us that this disproves evolution because where there was previously only one gap in the fossil record, there now exists two...

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Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

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Obviously insignificant

Why is this even an issue?! I mean a bespoke piece of machinery, developed over 15 years after 100 million is invested into it is hardly a cause for a patent dispute.

If, on the other hand, we were dealing with a slide-to-unlock hose unplugging mechanism "on a mobile device"(cos it's got wheels, natch), then I'd fully understand vast amounts of money being spent to ban everyone else who used anything that seemed even remotely similar, despite how brain-numbingly obvious such a system is.

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Fujitsu assigns team of women to design PC for women

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Didn't Volvo try this on a few years ago?

And Fiat? If I recall, every "designed by females, for females" publicity stunt invariably comes off as a patronising, money grabbing demonstration of just how out-of-touch the company in question is.

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All of its drivers crash constantly...

But you should see it multitask!

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"floral Kiss"

I gave my girlfriend one of those on her birthday...

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Facebook donates cash seized from spammers to cyber CSI lab

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Giving away seized money-

That'll help the share price!

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Noisy whales made FAR MORE oceanic racket than humans do

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In other news

A stereo system plays louder than a jackhammer; Reg Hack says "quieter is better... right?"

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Australian volcano starts to blow

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"Australian" volcano

Seemingly in the same was that Russell Crowe is "Australian"... I'm sure we would have been happy for Africa to have it right up until it started doing something interesting, then it's "Aussie".

Although the eruption seems somewhat less violent than one of Russell's.

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LG Vu 5in Android phone-tablet review

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Re: 5 inches...

*girl - although a Korean grill would be lovely to have around for those Sunday arvo bbq's.

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Re: 5 inches...

I'm dating a Korean gril at the moment - her phone of choice is a Galaxy Note. I've come to realise that *any* photo of her where she's holding the phone in shot has the effect of making her look like a midget holding a normal sized phone - amusing, but kind of wierd. Particularly when the parents ask "have you got a photo of her?"

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Mayer wants Yahoo! to be the world's mobile portal of habit

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"...something about a clever strong AND attractive woman!"

Yes, but this *is* Yahoo! we're talking about - Even if she had three tits on her chest and Stephen Hawking surgically grafted onto her side, I doubt it would help.

It would look interesting though...

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"we’ll have to see if she can deliver"

But she doesn't want to deliver - she wants to "execute".

Management-speak for "attempting to do something without the consequences of fscking it up". If she claims she's going to "deliver", people will blame her when it all turns to shit. By promising to "execute", she can lay the blame on "unforseen external pressures" and "negative-growth incitement factors".

Presumably this will be followed by a "re-evaluation" of management, in order to create a "stronger internal focus".

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Facebook won't pull unmarked police plates page

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@ David .W

"For what? Taking a picture of a car? Or do the police now have the right to a complete information blackout around themselves and their cars?"

I never said they'd be charged for taking a photo - I said they'd get the book thrown at them during an RBT. You even quoted me in your post, so I'm unsure how you jumped to that conclusion.

From what I've seen, many contributors to those pages have what could be considered "questionable" tastes in car mods. Taking photos of a car isn't illegal, but issuing a defect for a modification is fairly discretionary - there are huge numbers of issues that an officer could pull someone up on if they could be bothered, such as having a wider offset on a wheel that results in the rubber protruding from the arch, a wheel size greater than 2 inches bigger than what was fitted at the factory, ride height below 100mm, headlight colour temperature above 4800K, oiled gauze filter under the bonnet without an appropriate enclosure, emissions - the number of things that people *don't* get pulled up on is much greater than those that they do.

Running a check on a plate against contributors whilst doing a licence background check wouldn't take too much longer I would imagine.

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Reverse tactics

Shirley it wouldn't be too hard to compile a list of "contributors" to the page? not necessarily to track them down, but if their name comes during an RBT check I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to throw the book at them.

Not all criminals are morons, but many contributors to these pages are - I've looked at a couple of the NSW equivalents, and the number of people who slag off cops whilst leaving their personal accounts on "public" is alarming - particuarly when their profiles show pictures of burnouts, boasts of what top speed they've hit, etc.

The page itself I don't have an issue with (despite being kind of useless - unless you memorise every plate on the site, you're still not going to know every undercover car on the roads) but the people using it don't seem to be the most clued-in types.

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