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Obama says US won't scramble jets or twist arms for Snowden

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Re: Blimey...

And your point is? Mig 31 when it came out needed major overhaul after a tenth of that. Su 27 was not any better either. Series of upgrades and improvements have upped its numbers but not by much. This is the reality of military jet aircraft - the technology is pushed to the limit.

As far as overhaul as a part of strategy - german tanks in WW2 needed normal (even by todays standards) maintenance intervals. Compare that to T34 which needed new tracks after 300 km off-road, 500 km on-road, needed all of its fluids changed atfer 500km as well as a major service to top it up. So who won at the end?

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HGST: Enough of those MUTANT HYBRIDS. We'll do an Apple, thanks

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I just choked on my morning coffee

"and the caching algorithm is being managed by a robust software driver "

That, in an OEM context? If oxymorons gave you wings this would have broken the speed of light barrier and gone to warp 9 on it's own accord. No thanks, no "more "robust drivers" please.

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PlayStation 4 is FreeBSD inside

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Re: FFS - It's a development kit, not a prototype or manufacturing sample

Proof - no. Fits the picture - yes. Sony research has a very long history of building things on FreeBSD and contributing code to it. In fact PS3 was a bit of an oddball chosing linux. Overall - nothing particularly surprising here.

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

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Re: Its "deeply troubling"

MInor problem in UK side - UK does not quite make the laws. It has to comply with EU directives and some of the snooping programme has snooped on internal Eu-Eu links which are subject to Eu regulations.

Eu wheels do not turn fast. However, once they get rolling in a particular direction they are nearly impossible to stop as Microsoft and many others can testify - they bribed their way out of multiple US trials and failed to do that in Europe. I would not expect Germany and other key Eu players to sit a take a slap on the face of that size and smile. There will be paybacks and repercussions and it will get very very ugly for UK business in general as a result.

US business will be on the receiving side too. We can start from the Eu/US customs union currently under negotiations. I suspect that is now totally dead in the water. I just do not see someone like Germany or the Scandinavian countries putting their sig on it under the circumstances. So the snooping program (I am not going to say Snowden as that would have gone out sooner or later) is quite likely the US (and UK as the main treatie driver) north of 10s (if not 100s) of billions annually in lost trade over the next decade.

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FIVE DAY tech job interviews on trial at Oz telco Telstra

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Re: Wow!

It is not just that. Five days of cleaning aegean stables in the field is one thing.

Five days coding, working in R&D or doig architecture is another. There is the obvious question - who owns the IPR from that as you are still contractually bound (with IPR clauses) to your previous job. Personally, if anyone will suggest that process to me I will tell them to f*** off. I have had ideas stolen from me as a part of "elaborate interview process" more than once (so had my SWMBO).

There are whole geographies which have made "IPR theft" from candidates into an art form. Certain swampy area north of London famed for its electronics and biotech comes to mind as a prime candidate. There are others as well.

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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The beauty of PDP-endian

PDP-endian... One "endian" nobody checks for any more and which will break nearly any network to host/host to network (including telemetry networks) conversion. I love the smell of meltdown early in the morning, it smells like radioactivity...

Yum...

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SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix

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Re: Translation...

Looking in the wrong direction. Look in the direction where yachts are wind propelled, not motor propelled.

What did you think that "the interested party" will enjoy the API Cannot Be Copyrighted shafting? It (in one of its prior incarnations) supported SCO before, I am betting a case of bubbly that it did support it this time too.

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Surprise! Intel smartphone trounces ARM in power trials

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Re: first AMD now Intel

How did they measure the results? Internal phone "power draw" measurement as used in Android for the "what is using my battery" stats? That is waaaaaaay buggy and off.

I will believe this once I see the battery taken out, current meter inserted, the current measured and recorded. With pictures demoing how they did it as some of the devices in question have a soldered battery. While at it - all phones running Cyanogen same build to ensure that it is a CPU benchmark and not a "how much bloatware did I stick in the build" benchmark.

In any case, we can expect major suckage in a few years time. Not to worry. This Intel phone has a proper Imagination Tech GPU. Watch the show when it gets an Intel one.

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EU signs off on eCall emergency-phone-in-every-car plan

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Re: It'll end like this ....

Not necessarily. At the very least they can finally implement this one using data instead of circuit switched. So it will eat much less resource than the corresponding 4-5 voice calls.

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HP adds 'Haswell' Xeon E3s to entry ProLiant servers

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Re: Microserver

Sticking a Fusion would have been the right step up.

I was buying the previous ones as a default choice for anything from lab machine, through devel machine, house server and even small desktop.

The 1.3 (earliest) to 2.2 (latest) dual core low power Athlons provided more than enough power while running totally fanless (It was operating at 800 when idle not all the time - article is wrong on that). Decent onboard storage controller and disk cage, decent onboard networking, enough space for 2 more PCI network cards or PCI network and a low power video. The only let-down of the old model was the rather ancient video. A basic E450 or similar low power Fusion part would have solved that. A via Nano 64 bit model would have been interesting too. While its performance leaves a lot to be desired, it still kills everyone else on encryption - line rate crypto for all data on the machine. Rather useful feature for a server you can drop in a bag and walk out with. There would have been a niche for that too (nicely matching current HP thin client lineup which is Nano based).

Moving to a Celeron and corresponding Intel onboard chippery is a total step down compared to the older design on all counts. The video which was a major let down got worse (do we like it or not but the crowd likely to use a microserver is also likely to use a GUI). The performance in 64 bit mode too. Running it with inline crypto for the filesystems on a celery ? You gotta be kidding.

It is not a proper upgrade - it is a pretty badly executed downgrade with marketing fluff on it.

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Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

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If it was just that

Note the other high risers on the list:

The Eye of Moloch: http://www.amazon.com/The-Eye-Moloch-Glenn-Beck/dp/1451635834/ref=zg_bsms_books_17

Kennedy's Last Days: http://www.amazon.com/Kennedys-Last-Days-Assassination-Generation/dp/080509802X/ref=zg_bsms_books_4

and...

Big Data - A revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think: http://www.amazon.com/Big-Data-Revolution-Transform-Think/dp/0544002695/ref=zg_bsms_books_19

Food for thought... And for choking on your morning coffee...

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Re: Orwell vs Huxley

Your picture misses Ira Levin.

While we do not terminate pensioners as per "This Perfect Day" we do add to the Orwellian and Huxleyan society the wonderful "make people happy and compliant" chemical aspect.

Last time I checked 15% or so of the adult population in UK/US was having their "mood" adjusted by antidepressants. The percentage of children glazed with ritaline is lower than that, but not entirely unsignificant either.

Otherwise, well spotted sir - a beer to that (without prozac in it)

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Yes, maybe we should keep hackers in the clink for YEARS, mulls EU

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Re: Why not?

Quote: "So if someone breaks into my house you'll throw me in jail for two years for not putting a better lock on the door? Nice attitude."

Err... Wrong attitude.

Let's say you are the house owner and a trader supplies you a supposedly standards compliant safe door (not just burglary perspective - fire safety, etc). That door can be opened by simply pulling the handle the wrong way and its safety, security and standards compliance is a load of bovine excrement.

So if your house gets burgled as a result of you installing said door, you are just going to tell the vendor who designed it, built it and sold it "hi nice chap, let's go have a beer, no harm done". Right? And your insurance company will reimburse you 100% instead of suing the door vendor out of the face of the earth. Right? Wrong - do not think so.

For some reason the software industry considers it absolutely normal to be exempt to all normal consumer liability clauses. That may have been OK once upon a time when the industry was young. Today software is a commodity so this has to end at some point.

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Hacker who helped find Steubenville rapists threatened with decade in prison

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Re: Cliché, maybe.

Quote: "Arrest the footballers, put them in county for a night and throw a couple of girls into the cell..."

"That depends on the girls ya know...

During my uni days we had one guy caught using a date rape drug (why did he need it considering that the "audience" was "willing and able" is beyond me). He spent 40 days in hospital, 10 of them in intensive care after that. Stiletto heels can do an amazing amount of damage.

Granted, that was in different times and not in USA (somewhere and sometimes more civilized by my reconing).

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Seven all-in-ones that aren't the Apple iMac - and one that is

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Re: Lot of money....

"Gaffer tape and a hammer is all you need. :-D"

"Dohickey" is now a 30£ bluetooth plug plugging into a standard diag port and a matching Android app (funnily enough one of the higest rated and most popular non-game apps on the Android market).

Worth to have if you go somewhere far out. I am definitely going to get one before my next 5k miles around the Europe road trip (I had some scares with both vehicles lighting up diag on previous occasions).

Coming back to the PC topic - I still build my own to this day and I still repair all of the faults on them (even on laptops) so maintainability is fairly high on my list. I will buy a well built machine which is good value for the money like the HP shoebox (Proliant microserver). Something that is maintainable and well designed.

All in one? Forget it. Shite resolution all of them (except Apple and Dell), priced at 40% premium of a monitor + separate box, overheating laptop parts, wrong choice of disk for a desktop (can I have a decent size hybrid drive please), you name it. Most importantly all on the list are not particularly maintainable (if memory serves me right the HP may be an exemption though, I recall it nicely falling appart for maintenance).

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Police 'stumped' by car thefts using electronic skeleton key

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Re: About a billion years ago ...

Depends on the country.

Stalin's 1930-es law code outlawed both lock picking and possession of tools. AFAIK that is still in the law code of Russia and some of the ex-USSR member states till this day. Not that this did any good - all the crooks continued to pick locks with burglary, pickpocketing and other crime staying at the pre-law levels (if not even growing).

Similarly, UK, USA, etc all try to outlaw some aspects of it on a regular basis (mostly the cyberspace, not meatspace part). If my memory serves me right, there have been at least 3 attempts to outlaw the network equivalent of lock picks in the last decade - some of them successful. In fact DMCA is exactly that.

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Re: Old

They have not. The aftermarket ones :)

There are reasons why quite a few built-in alarms do not have an official insurance rating and not having a proper defense against replay attacks is one of the most common ones.

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Forget phones, PRISM plan shows internet firms give NSA everything

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Re: is this why...?

1. That got replaced at some point by a snoop friendly device that looks like a BB. There was a register article about it (too lazy to search at this time in the morning).

2. Even if it was BB guess who runs the servers and has the encryption keys.

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Amazon reaping $600 MEELLLION a year in ad sales

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Re: What Ads?

Amazon ads are usually not blocked by adblock and noscript for their target audience. Remember - they work off amazon browsing and shopping records. So if you are target audience you are likely to have amazon and cloudfront whitelisted. Check, mate.

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Re: Their targeted ads aren't the best

First of all, you are mistaking suggested items for adverts. Amazon supplies ads to 3rd parties like the daily mash.

Their ads are spot on and based on your amazon browsing history as much as shopping history and wish-lists. Definitely way better than Google. I have clicked on an amazon ad more than once in the last year.

As a comparison - last time I have clicked on a google ads was many years ago. It was before the ad scum took over and the old statistic science "dumb ass" engine was replaced by the semi-realtime "smart ass". That was the day when their ads stopped being relevant for anyone but the most "obvious" target demographics.

Amazon ads are where Google used to be. You may get weird results when the dataset is small. Once the dataset grows above a certain size their precision becomes uncanny. As expected - think of Google of old, just working of a much better dataset.

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Big Brother? Social networks are far worse, says Estonian president

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Re: Not wrong

No natural resources? Right... So you are trying to tell me that Google is not investing into power generation?

You are probably right about f***book - it will go the way of the MySpaces and Bebos of yesteryear. Google however... Hm, I am going to disagree with you here:

* They already have a lobbying arm on par with petrol companies and farm unions

* They are not here for a day or two.

* They are so big that they now control how advertisers behave. So the natural "money flow" check is no longer applicable.

Be afraid, be very afraid...

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Intel's plan for Haswell, Silvermont, Bay Trail: WORLD DOMINATION

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Excuse me while I yawn

Battery life on decent portables is already at the point where we do not look for the charger all the time. All of my gear has 5-7 hours "typewriter" use and 2-3h+ use on full blast (none of it is the latest and greatest kit either).

This improvement could be valued by Joe Transatlantic user a few years back. However, in this day and age Joe is likely to have a socket even if he flies economy. Same for "family use". If I have to look for the charger every 20 mins - that's annoyance. If I have to look for it after 3h use full blast - that is acceptable. Difference between looking for it 3h and 3h 30 mins? Yawn...

It's better, it's faster, it's more efficient. None of it is revolutionary in any sense. Nothing to match AMD announcement on making the GPU cache synchronous with the CPU in their APU units from a couple of months back.

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Unemployed? Ugly? Ugh, no thanks, says fitties-only job website

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Excellent

The issue is not of the applicant being "good looking" or not. The issue is the applicant being so narcissistic that he (or she) has decided to leverage Beautiful People membership in a work context. I find it difficult to believe that such a person is likely to put work first, his/her narcissism second after they have been employed.

I think we should thank the owner of the site for providing a valuable public service (as long as it allows ugly employers to access it).

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UN report says killer bots could fight WAR WITHOUT END

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Nor would robots torture, unless programmed to, or rape.

Bollocks. It will be programmed to do so. At least by someone.

That is part of the way war has been waged over the centuries. It has _ALWAYS_ been something willingly and knowingly deployed by the chain of command - either as "recereation" for the troops or as a deliberate policy to instill fear and compliance in the civilian population. The expectation that the chain of command will not program the mechanical soldiers to do it is beyond wishful thinking.

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Peak Facebook: British users lose their Liking for Zuck's ad empire

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Re: If you're not paying for it

The marketeers have overestimated the depth of the sheeple effect gold mine. By far.

If we step back a little and give it a thought - just how many times am I going to be interested in something just because all of my mates are interested in it.

Under "natural disease propagation" conditions - probably a lot. However, that is not necessarily valid under forced propagation conditions when the social graph is being abused to feed crap I do not want down my throat. Same as in real life - we "filter out" particular people's "recommendations" if they constantly recommend us crap.

The correct model for the value of Social is the infectious disease model. In that case, it is likely to follow an "infection curve" where it grows exponential initially leveling and then _DROPPING_ off because the pool of "susceptible" targets has dried out. We are definitely past the exponential curve now so it is only a matter of time until we get into the "drop of the cliff" zone. Pass the popcorn please, it will be lovely to watch.

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AMD's three new low-power chips pose potent challenge to Intel

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AMD already has its groove, though more will be nice too

The first gen notebook fusion is so superior to Atom it is not even funny. It has always been core i3 territory or thereabouts not Atom. I have had 2 1.6 GHz Atom netbooks and a Fusion 11" 1.3GHz subnotebook. The performance difference is ~ 3x on compute, raising to 6x once graphics come to play. This is fair and square core territory, not atom. The new one looks even better. Applause.

AMD biggest problem at the moment is that their best products - the notebook fusion APUs destroy the status Quo in the market same way netbooks did before MSFT and Intel extinguished them. Everyone is trying to stuff down the consumer's throat an overpriced, underpowered piece of crap with stinky low res graphics and a weird shell design - aka Ultrabook. So here comes AMD with a component selection which allows to build a decent ultra-thin laptop for half of the price. Lots of ports? My god, we have been telling the consumer for two years that he needs no stinking ports, but touchscreen, Windows 8 and something that sucks at both being a netbook and a tablet. High res graphics? Where did all the marketing that 1366x768 is enough for everyone go? And so on.

Of course AMD will have problems with design wins around that. If it is successful where would all the OEM/ODM margins from the overpriced crap go? This is besides the fact that I can bet that Intel has not abandoned any of its ways from the 2000-es. A billion fine here and there, a few hundred millions settlement elsewhere. Cost of doing business ya know. Especially when you cannot innovate for sh*** except for silicon process improvements.

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James Bond inspires US bill to require smart guns for all

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Re: One option was suggested...

Not just police and army too.

After that we shall all applaud Lucifer delivering the signed bill on a snowplough for execution.

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Notebook sales to surge, says notebook seller

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Re: We don't need them anymore, but thanks anyway

Interesting idea with one minor problem in it. Some people actually use computers for work. Real work - one that actually makes money.

I will consider using a tablet as a main work device on the day when I can draw a decent network, industrial, flowchart or UML diagram on a tablet (without swearing madly at the lines attaching to the wrong point half the time), add 7-10 transitions to it so it can go into a proper presentation (not one where the audience will die of powerpoint boredom).

That is just in order to consider it which does not mean "believe" by the way. I will believe in that idea on the day when I can write, build, debug and test some code on a tablet.

Until then, they can only pry my notebook (and my desktop actually) out of my cold dead hands across my dead body.

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Move over Radeon, GeForce – Intel has a new graphics brand: Iris

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Re: Wow! 75 times faster than... whaaat?

Seconded.

In any case, AMD check-mated everyone in the GPU integration game by making it cache coherent in their announcement for their next GPU. That is not just "faster", it is differently faster - GPU ops no longer have the latency associated with them and the GPU becomes one enormous co-processor.

Everything else (including what Intel does) is bundling and bill of materials savings. 75 times faster snail is still a snail.

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Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

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Fantastic

We shall all congratulate Apple with innovating this new and wonderful innovation in the world of consumer electronics. This is so exciting and such a good reason to buy this new and innovative gadget. I just cannot wait until the hype wave starts rising and all the usual suspects try to ride it under the rainbow and into the sunset.

They will call fossilized grumpy old men those of us who can remember that Motorola KRZR K1 (2006) shipped with a Al203 glass (and you could use it as a hammer or chisel - best built phone I ever seen, pity the software was major s***age). Actually my Poljot high school watch from 30 years ago used it and so does my current Fossil.

It is the usual Apple - taking an old, tried, tested tech, twisting the arm of a few manufacturers to mass-produce it and doing the mother of all marketing campaigns to pretend to have innovated it.

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'Chinese' attack sucks secrets from US defence contractor

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What do you expect

Nothing in this report surprises me in the slightest. At all.

Welcome to the world of corporate IT in the 21st century. Underresourced, Outsourced, Undecompetent, Outstretched and so on...

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Another negative climate feedback: Warmer plants cool the planet

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Re: Time to troll

I can suggest you another troll option - time to find some hay fever sufferers and asthmatics and talk with them about plant aerosols.

Just make sure you have a Kevlar vest as well as the flame-proof jacket.

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New Google Play terms ban non-store app updates

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Re: Err - I see a flaw

Err... BS.

Just look at how Sygic and other Aura apps are implemented. There is a loader and small core app in the APK, 120Mb or so extra code and resources downloaded after that just to be able to run the app.

Presently that is being updated along with the APK. Nothing prevents them from doing those two out of sync - the APK may stay relatively unchanged for a long time and extra "resources" downloaded regularly to be up to date. So all the developer needs is to structure its app accordingly (it will still be fully compliant to GPlay terms this way).

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jQuery 2.0 kicks old Internet Explorer versions to the curb

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Re: Make jQuery browser specific

And are you volunteering to support all the 10+ branches of that in production by any chance?

Gues you do not (I would not).

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AMD posts mediocre numbers, cites 'difficult market environment'

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Re: Poor AMD

Seconded.

Fusion is way better than anything Intel has on offer. However its supply is abysmal. I had to trawl through 3-4 web shops to get an FM2 Socket CPU yesterday. All had motherboards - none had the CPU. A couple of months back AMD dropped production rates to eliminate glut in the channel. They quite clearly overdid it - instead of glut now there is scarcity.

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Library ebooks must SELF-DESTRUCT if scribes want dosh - review

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Re: Back into medieval times

Close the libraries - not so sure.

It will be a decade or more until ebooks or ebook services on a tablet will get anywhere near acceptable quality levels for children books as well as some types of reference literature (art, travel, etc). So we will need a local library as long as there are kids and as long as kids want to have a bed time story read to them (mine do).

Lump sum - definitely not. This will continue to bring the argument about deterioriation which is bogus. Rent - pay. If the govt cannot process it hire Paypal, google or someone else who can. Micropayments are not that difficult.

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Leaked memo: Apple's iMessage crypto has DEA outfoxed

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Re: Tempus fugit

Just use Russian. Use properly that is (as native, not as a foreigner).

It can have 3-4 or more meanings between the lines which will require someone who actually knows language, culture and context (not someone who has passed the MI5 analist test) to decipher.

Change the position of two words and the whole sentence completley changes its meaning as well as its level 2,3,4 meanings, etc.

While this was a natural property of the language in the first place, 80 years of having to talke double, tripple and quadrupple speak to avoid статья 58 and ГУЛАГ improved it quite considerably. It is now at the point where if two russians want to speak between themselves without anyone "non-native" understanding them they can do it any time any day today. As a side effect makes for great stand-up comedy too :)

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Giant solar-powered aircraft to begin cross-country flight

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Re: I love stuff like this..

"Engineers are confidently predicting that a wind powered vessel 'could sail indefinitely, at 2-3 knots average, depending on weather conditions".

Bollocks.

Last time I remember the "pinnacle of wind" - the steel hull, steel mast windjammers from the end of the 19th century outsailed with ease german cruisers at the start of WW1. Germans could not catch up even with the sorry hulk which was Cutty Sark by that time (it had a mast missing and had 1/4 of the crew it needed).

The speed of these 4-5 mast monsters was ~ 15 knots. That is in fact on par with most cargo fleet till this day (only ferries and some container ships sail faster and only on short haul). It was not speed or carrying capacity that terminated the windjammer fleet - it was a combination of the canals (Panama and Suez) and manpower costs.

The saddest part about attempts to reintroduce windpower in ships is that none of it gets even close to where we were 120 years ago. Parachute sails/kites my a**e. A proper "salty dog" rig of the kind which took the route around cape Horn to California or Cape Good Hope to Australia in the 1890-es can run circles around it any day.

The only reason for wind to be slower in the end-to-end play is that it requires different routes. You usually cannot sail straight from A-Z. That is why the canals decimated it in the first place. From that perspective, considering where the Suez/Middle East situation is going lately we will be considering wind again very soon (same as we did during the previous Suez problems).

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Boffins birth man-sized military ROBOT JELLYFISH

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Re: pop quiz

Used to be sunfish. I thought we transformed most of them into sushi by now so at least as far as Mediterranean is concerned it is "lived in the ocean".

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It is scary week all right

First the "fishnet stealth", now this. The most interesting thing about jellyfish propulsion is that it has the potential of being absolutely silent. If this is built, anything inside an enemy harbor becomes a target that is impossible to defend.

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MasterCard stings PayPal with payment fee hike

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Re: Coming to a wallet near you...

Quote: "The main restriction on a company that wishes to issue such a card is that it must usually have some sort of banking / credit-issuer license, so it's not something you do lightly"

Right... So what was the capitalization of a 3rd rate regional bank headquartered, let's say in Six Mile Bottom, Cambridgeshire vs the Google daily spend on fruit and veg for the umpah-lumpahs... Right...

If Google would want to process money end to end it can do so tomorrow. Same for PayPal which already has bank registration in Eu anyway. IMHO both Mastercard and Visa are having a death wish here. Do not trouble the trouble or the trouble will trouble you.

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

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Re: What is this article supposed to be?

Quote: Sorry, but they are far from alone, I gave up using Word some years ago but its lack of ability to display formatted text correctly as one inputted is legendary.

You forgot to put the correct emphasis on "inputted" - that word has a ligature. Something which Word has failed to render correctly to this day. It is still not even to the level of ~ 1980es typesetting.

Write the following sentence in word (at 44pt to see the difference clearly): "It does not matter if you inputted it or not - it is still utter garbage demonstrating that MSFT cannot render correctly basic English like 'f*** off'". Try the same in LaTeX. Print. Compare. Weep (Hint - look carefully at how ligatures - t followed by low letter, double t, double f, etc are rendered in either case).

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Vietnamese high school kids can pass Google interview

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Re: LOGO

Logo was not the only language in those days. There were others - you could write a decent game in graphfort (in fact some of the commercial games for Apple ][ were written in it).

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Global warming fingered as Superstorm Sandy supersizer

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Re: Why not just....

You do not toss a coin over the idea that most late season hurricanes will turn west and obliterate the Eastern Seaboard on a regular basis. Even 5% (not 50%) would be pretty much a call for action if this research is correct.

Now add to that an eruption on Cumbre Vieja and welcome to the day after tomorrow.

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eBay: Our paid Google advertising was a total waste of money

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Re: Maybe if they bought relevant ads?

Quote; Sure you didn't mean "Whales?"

It has offered to sell me the capitals of two european countries, an island in the Canaries group and a few others like this.

The reason for this is eBay are idiots - they have exported their search term lists which included "location" additions to the search done by people to lazy or clueless to use the eBay distance to seller search facility. That term got dumped into adwords. Of course this will have negative ROI. It would have been surprising if it had given a positive one. Any search for Rome resulted in an eBay ad being displayed (and charged for) "Do you want to buy Rome" (Rome being an example - I had that one with another Eu capital).

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Microsoft backs law banning Google Apps from schools

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Re: So MS lobbying to protect their cash cow and keep Google out

You are correct on the motives.

However, IMHO the bill is good and it does not ban google apps per se. All it means that Google will have to sell them at their real price (not at the advert subsidized one).

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Canuck rumps resist Street View arsebusters

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Not just arses

They have re-shot the pics of my street because it had some prominent photos of locals showing the spymobile the classic "Antonio Banderas" style salute (hand crossed at elbow). It will be interesting to see the algo to pick up that one as it is more difficult to pick up algorithmically compared to a naked a**e.

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Re: Huh.

I have a 4 year old using a Linux desktop for a year now and an 11 year old who has been using his for 6 years. In both cases it is on a networked system with NFS shared $HOMEs so they are dutifully logging with their own accounts. They have been doing their homework with the older one preparing for exams (SATs) doing his school research and playing games (as all 4 and 11 year olds do) on that too.

When I observe them having problems with the system being unfriendly I will sure tell you (from a desktop Linux machine too). Or I can ask their 70 year old grandma to do so (she has been using a Linux desktop since the days of enlightment 16 - 1997) also without problems. When her linux desktop broke 5 years ago she had windows for 3 weeks. At the end she lost it, took the comp to the local repair shop smacked it on the table and said that she is not leaving until they "fix it".

As far as the Mac CoolAid - I have a Mac in the household too - SWMBO got a MacBook Pro. She regularly ends up turning around and using the Linux thin client in her home office instead because that "always works" (TM). While it is a nice machine, Apple software (especially when mixed with MSFT) tends to manifest some temperament when you do not want it to.

Note - I do not use gnome (and never will), neither does anyone in the household.

In any case, as far as Miguel being a troll - nothing new. He has always been. Though he is probably applying for a job @apple now instead of Microsoft so he has changed his naso-rectal orientation.

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