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Ballmer intends to remain on Microsoft board after end of CEO gig

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Re: Wall St won't like this...

That is known in Britain as "Bury Bad News".

Use the overall stinky situation at the moment to get as much as you can. Commendable effort on Billy Boy's and ChairThrower's part. I do not think it will fly though. Despite the markets being preoccupied with the banana republic situation and the impending USA bankrupcy, they are not likely to ignore this one. MSFT shareholder's revolt. Sweet... Popcorn please, I would love to watch that...

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Samsung DENIES benchmark CHEATING, despite evidence

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Re: If my car leaned out it's fuel mixture to give me 60mpg ....

Quote: But cars are exactly optimised to do well on 'standard tests'

Indeed. I can think of at least one manufacturer that has been caught more than once doing it. A french one.

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Quote :"What do you mean it's not cheating? If your bank ATM was to tell you that you had £500..."

The bank has more like 250. If it is for all customers. If not less (as per current liquidity rules).

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Probably not

It most likely looks at the actual signed developer info in the apk metadata. So simple renaming will not work here.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra: The quad-core 2.2GHz MEGA SCREEN PHONDLESLAB

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Re: Looks like a nice bit of kit..

Quote "experience I had with the Arc S".

Nothing wrong with the Arc S - Sony has contributed everything you need to run a decent Android on it to Cyanogen and since this summer you have reasonably fresh (4.x - equivalent) nightlies to run on it. They also give you the unlock code straight away.

Caveats:

1. The Cyanogen sony load has some Wifi Problems. If you get them, enable WPA Enterprise on your AP (you need a radius server for that).

2. You need to use fastboot to flash the kernel every time. The normal update does not flush it

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Apple wins patent for entrance to retail store

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Re: Does The Government Shut Down Affect The US PTO?

Unfortunately it does not.

All US govt agencies which are self-supported by fees are fully operational. This includes USPTO, visa issuing (but not immigration checks), etc.

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Steve Jobs AIRBRUSHED from history by APPLE months before his death

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Patent law 101

A patent which does not correctly specify the inventors (regardless of are they live, deceased or ascended) is null and void.

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BlackBerry ripped itself apart wooing CIOs AND iPhone fanbois - insiders

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I am going to answer your question

Quote: Where were those CIO's when iThings were flooding the enterprise?

Reading another clueless Gartner article which proclaimed that we should all do BYOD now. Just the usual stuff CIOs do.

BB was not listening to the techies. It was listening to the techies' managers. That has "Demise", "Doom" and "Destruction" spelled all over it. Just ask a typical techie grunt in a typical non-techie fortune 500 company what does he think about his boss vision and ability to plan and foresee the future.

Now, think... Are you going to base _YOUR_ company's future on that?

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

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Re: Standardised connector

Yeah, right. Just like 30 pin (or 16 pin) monstrosity has any elegance whatsoever.

I would have preferred if they settle on mini-USB as it is generally more sturdy.

In any case, USB can support data at rates necessary for audio, video, storage and networking. So as a last resort, you can implement nearly any "innovation" as network protocol. A good example here would be Mirror Link - something which is years ahead of anything Apple themselves are doing.

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Google's robot army learns Spanish

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Re: One problem with this approach

You will be surprised on the size of the dataset. It is much smaller than you would expect.

Right, where should we start - this method is not original. This is the Schliman Method. Schliman used this method to be a successful translator/trade rep for varuous german traders and manufacturer associations. This allowed him to collect the capital needed to go and play with amateur archeology and discover the lost civilzations of Troy and Mikena.

The reason why the size of the dataset needed is much smaller than you would expect is that most languages belong to a handful of language groups. Example - if you know one language from each indo-european subgroup you start understanding the whole group (even if you cannot speak all of the languages properly). A neural network can pick up the similarities very easily so nothing surprising here.

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Rare gold iPhone 5s goes up against 50 caliber high precision rifle

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Quote: "There has got to be something wrong..."

Nothing wrong with using a phone for target practice. Or furby for that matter. As long as you have the money to do it, this is no different from "Will It Blend?".

The wrong starts when you:

1. Think that this rifle is any good to you to defend against your evil government. Hint - government, has tanks, missiles and drones. Going against that armed with a rifle - give me a break.

2. Think that having that rifle is unalienable right. There is no such thing as unalienable right to wield a deadly weapon. It is a responsibility, so a civilized sosciety is fully entitled to ensure that you know what you are doing and are responsible for your actions before you are allowed to have it. It is also entitled to remove it from your hands if this is needed to ensure the safety of the others.

In any case, effectively removing firearms from the hands of the criminals does very little to reduce headline violent crime. They just switch to knives (as in Nottingham and a few other places in the UK) and if the government manages to remove even knives (Stalin tried that) they switch to sharpened screwdrivers and other "dual use tools".

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Google reveals its Hummingbird: Fly, my little algorithm - FLY!

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Re: "Relevant"

Exactly.

The original map-reduce was delivering relevant results. Ever since "dumb ass" was replaced with "smart ass" (actual internal google code names) the search results have gone down the drain. It is spewing back roughly at the quality of Altavista during the worst of its days at the moment.

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30 years on: The day a computer glitch nearly caused World War III

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Re: Sir

As a matter of fact, he was given some. Not by USA, not by Russia either. By the EU. It is in some of the russian language articles.

USA and Russia have given him some trinkets. USA a statue, Russia - a few medals (I cannot recognise any of them as one of the higher level distinctions that change your military or civilian pension).

I remember those days - it was some seriously trigger happy time. It was reeking of war. In fact, we should probably be thankful that Andropov failed the war on corruption and mafia at the same time. His atempt to use his backing from the KGB apparatchicks misfired pretty badly and failed. Hint - a lot of people who have lived in Moscow during that period have some doubts in his death certificate. Rather unsurprising considering that the "anti-fraud" (quotes intended) squad from the milicia (police) and their counterparts from kgb were having shootouts on the tube and everyone pretended that nothing has happened.

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

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Clueless Analysts

The analysts are clueless. China is and will remain for the time being a severely stratified country. Lots of poor, few new rich. Having a 1000$ phone is a status symbol. There is no way in hell someone with status symbol mentality in mind will show off an inferior status symbol to his peers. This is the same reason why you do not see any new mid-class exec saloons in an "emerging economy". You see either an "enormous shiny boat on the road" with an appropriate badge (Merc or BMW) or something out of Mad Max driven on gutter oil. The boat is driven (or in China chauffer driven) by the new rich while the mad max contraptions imported from the scrapheaps of the richer countries are being driven by the poor.

There is no way someone who wants to be perceived as one of the "successful" will buy the lower spec gadget. In fact, trying to ship a "slightly cheper" option to places like China shows that you have no clue. You either make it as cheap as _THEY_ can make it (rather difficult) or you make it a status symbol. Inbetwen does not sell.

What this data shows is exactly what was expected. iPhone 5C is not made for "emerging markets". It is made to fight Android mid-tier in established markets. Like the UK.

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Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

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This does not surprise me

It is a regular occurance at Oracle World. I guess it comes with the audience.

Not surprising really - it is the only industry junket I can think of where you get stripper discounts. Even Mobile World Congress does not have that privilege.

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UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

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@MrXavia - again, welcome to Shengen

Quote "Seriously though the right to asylum should be on first safe port".

Once again, waddaya think the Shengen regs are? Exactly that - first safe port. If you try to claim anywhere else you are loaded on the first train/ship/plane to your homeland.

This particular part of the Shengen regs does not make the Italians (especially the ones living on Lampedusa) and the Spanish very happy, but that is the way it is. So Britain being part of it would have funnily enough made more difficult to claim assylum, not easier. Yeah, I know, the Daily Beobachter and the other nazi rags do not like this fact.

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Just join Shengen and get over with it

Based on the amount of hassle (or actually lack of) when travelling in Shengenized Europe and the amount of hassle at British borders I can say: "We should just join shengen and get over with it".

This solves it once and for all. I know this will leave a lot of unionised home office parasites out of work so it is rather unsurpsing that anything leading to that has been sabotaged for the last 15 years.

Europe has had that too and had both its customs and border pararistes removed. They had their saboteurs too (removed and overriden).

I know about the ID part. I got one and it is quite handy as well. Makes for a good passport supplement/replacement. It allows you to travel around all of the Eu while one of the wannabie dictatorships that still want visas is molesting your passport @ their embassy pretending to do security "checks".

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Fandroids at pranksters' mercy: Android remote password reset now live

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Provided that it works

I tested the device manager on 5 android test devices floating around my desk as well as my phone.

Guess what - it did not work on _ANY_ of them. Mix of stock firmware and Cyanogen. Does not work on either.

So for the time being I am going to stick to "where is my droid"

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Firms fined $350,000 after yogurt sting uncovers review rigging

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Depends on the industry

Travel and tourism already run into the 50% +. That is definitely the case in Prague, Paris, Budapest and Barcelona. You are better off just walking down the street and picking a place based on looks and who is in it instead.

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Re: Does anyone want to believe (online reviews)

I do. If certain conditions are met:

1. The review has been associated with a purchase. Amazon reviews can be reasonably informative. So are reviews on Google Play. The best example is probably booking.com.

2. There is a statistically signifcant number of verified reviews and/or ratings. Once again - "size matters". It is difficult to compete with Amazon or booking.com here.

3. If there is not enough reviews/ratings to form a statistically significant sample it is still possible to get some information by scraping different models of the same product. Same goes for properly written technical reviews. If the review contains technical info on the product and you happen to know what you are buying you can decide based on a smaller sample.

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LinkedIn fires back against 'hack-and-spam' US class-action sue bomb

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Funnily enough this may have merit

LinkedIn does not explicitly specify that it will send an invite to all of your contacts once it harvests them. If the invite is to be considered an unsolicited marketing communication on behalf of LinkedIn (it walks like one, it talks like one, it is probably one), then this falls foul of a whole raft of existing statutes related to unsolicited marketing (via email or otherwise).

Now how stupid you have to be to give your addressbook to the result of the breeding programme between admen and recruiters... That is an entirely different story...

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Our LOHAN rocket ship team exits Spain with a bang

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Re: Design

Quote: "I must have missed something,"

Not JDAM.

Harop. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IAI_Harop

Lester, mind confessing what is _REALLY_ in the payload?

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Can't fit slab AND mobe in your tight pockets? 10 tablets with built-in 3G/4G

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Nexus - it is not just the dialer

Nexus 3G has been crippled at more than one level. It is not just the dialer which is missing - the relevant bits of the baseband which allow you to make a circuit-switched call are missing too. On top of that tethering (both USB and WiFi hotspot) have been deliberately removed to cripple it even further. Thus spake the Chocolate Factory: "Though shalt consume only on this device and though shalt not share its connection to the cloud".

Switching to cyanogen "fixes" the tethering - you can now get both USB tether and WiFi hotsptot. Unfortunately it cannot do anything about the fact that it has been crippled not to do cellular calls at baseband level. So your choice of "phone services" is inbetween SIP, Skype and of course Google Talk.

This discqualifies it from being mentioned on this list. It cannot replace a phone period.

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Chaos Computer Club: iPhone 5S finger-sniffer COMPROMISED

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Re: Biometrics

What digital?

It has been providing false sense of security and miscarriages of justice ever since Alphonse Bertillon.

That is what? Mid-19ths century if memory serves me rigt.

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TPG flashes cheeky 'down under' CAPTCHA

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Re: Well I wasn't offended

Seconded. This is not offensive. If you want offensive - try to book a ticket with Ryanair.

You have to recite (with vigour and delight) back an advertisement. Just to make sure that you have provided them with the ad euros for "Prepaid American Express Cards" or "Duracell Batteries" in addition to the money you have paid for being abused while transported in a sardine can.

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So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

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If memory serves me right Fins and Bulgarians are the only people wave their head horizontally when saying yes. So that is the harmless explanation. The not so harmless... Well... Linus is renowned for his body language ya know...

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Everyone's waving their 5-inchers: BlackBerry outs new supersized Z30

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There is a better indicator that 5 inchers have come of age

My wife bought me a new pair of jeans off La Redoute last week. The IT angle - the rear pockets on them are now designed to accommodate anything up to a 6 inch phablet. So are most autumn models by other retailers coming out.

IMHO that means that we are now _EXPECTED_ to carry a 4+ inch blower around - clothes are being designed for that. Anything smaller (f.e. your wallet or anold nokia 3xxx ) will slip half the way down your thigh past your bottom and be right pain in the a*** (literally) to carry.

So the fact that BB is shipping one should not come as a surprise to anyone.

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Apple beckons fanbois back into its golden era... of, er, 2010

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Re: Apple support versus an Android

Nexus is not the only one which is updated. However with the other manufacturers you usually have to go to a CM build.

For example, all of my household Xperias once they are past manufacturer updates go onto CM. That means CM-10 at least (4.0), going up to 4.2 for most of them even things as ancient as Xperia Mini Pro (1.6-era phone with a physical slider kbd).

What you really need to do when considering Android is to check if the bootloader is locked and unlockable. If it is locked and the manufacturer does not unlock it turn around and leave. That's all it takes to keep up to date with Android :)

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Bill Gates again world's richest, tops in US for 20th straight year

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Re: It's time

Recession is quite clearly non-event too.

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In MASSIVE surprise, world+dog discovers Nokia checked out Android

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Re: Thank god!

It will run the spyware abomination known as WIndows Mobile.

Not that much difference actually - they are aiming for the same business model. MIcrosoft is simply being less successful in their execution.

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

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Re: So why bother with a 64-bit chip at all?

I have no opinion on Arm. In Intel/AMD land rebuilding for 64 bits gives you 3-7% speed-up for day-to-day network applications. That is not insignificant.

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Re: iOS-based laptops?

Not necessarily.

Now Arm based MacBook air using A7 with OSX rebuilt for Arm... That's a thought... In fact this is my first thought when reading the announcement. Apple is setting up the stage for that.

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Corel re-animates zombie brand for patent case

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Re: See?

That is Corel, not Novel. Different zombie trying to "leverage" its "glory days".

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Intel reveals new Haswell-based Chrome OS kit from old, new partners

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Re: how does battery life compare to windows?

My Samsung based Exynos when running Debian lives to its promise - it delivers ~ 7-8h as a browsing typewriter on wifi. I have not tried 3G. I would expect that to be marginally better.

In any case - a chromebook in developer mode with Debian or Ubuntu installed is presently the best value for the money as far as low end notebooks are concerned. You get a 1360x768 (or better) screen and 7-8h of battery life for ~ 220£. My only concern is the Atom. I have been burned by bad graphics and CPU performance on Intel crippleware more than once. So I'd rather stick with the arm variety for now despite it having a number of minor hardware support niggles.

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

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Re: He's right.

Seconded.

After trying to debug why my arm Exynos notebook wakes up immediately after going to sleep last week I am going wholeheartedly agree with Linus on this one. Every SoC is different, in order to do something as basic as going to sleep the kernel has to write a block of magic numbers into registers the size of average firmware. Basic functions like mmc, usb, ethernet are one-offs imlemented slightly differently by each SoC designer. One architecture my a***

The worst bit - it will only get worse from there on. Arm is there. MIPS has been there for ages (we all know how entertaining development of openwrt and friends gets because of that). Power recently joined the club and Intel joined yesterday by announcing Quark. In a couple of years time everything will be a f*** SoC and every second one of them will have at least one feature added by a person which fits Linuses description.

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Microsoft says axed certificates were FAILING its software biz

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Let me see if I understand this

So a software company is not capable of grading an exam for a certification using software and has to do it pen and paper? That actually says everything that there is to be said about Microsoft and software methinks.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Well, the student has adolescence as an excuse

I really do not see what is the headmaster's excuse. Pink Floyd reenactment perhaps?

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Re: How long til the "deep fried mars bar" build?

It is silicon valley we are talking about here, not Glasgow.

More interesting question - how long until the Candyman starts to hand out candy not just out of the boxes on the counter, but from the rolls on the wall. Oh... sorry... he already does... And the world tastes good...

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Intel readies server-grade Atom for microserver ARM wrestling

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Re: Yeah But...

1. ECC memory is not that expensive nowdays.

2. 32GB ECC DIMMs are commonplace. It is in fact readily available. It is the non-ECC at high capacities which is a problem.

IMHO, here Intel is not gunning for Arm, but for Fusion. Arm is a future threat, while AMD Fusion is clear and present danger. Nearly all Fusion MBs including measly sub-notebooks like my Vaio can address 16G per DIMM slot of non-ECC memory . Unfortunately you can buy only 8G DIMMs for the time being (which limits my subnotebook to measly 16G of RAM). People (including datacenter ones) have started to notice that and have started to look at it in earnest. This is what has made Intel grudgingly release the first Atom to be able to address a decent amount of RAM.

As far as Intel making a "super chip", that should be with quotes, right? To put things into perspective - last week I converted an Arm ChromeBook to Debian. It runs circles around any Atom/Core i3 notebook I know. I already have a decent Fusion notebook. That runs circles too. Based on first hand experience, if I buy something next 2 years I will now chose Arm, followed by Fusion for any of my desktop/laptop/microserver needs. Intel simply does not qualify on all counts - performance, addressable memory size, price, etc. I suspect I am not alone here too. In fact, I am surprised that we do not have an arm based Macbook Air yet. Based on the performance of my Samsung Exynos based machine, I would expect a hypothetical Arm Air to last 24h, not 11 while being ice cold all the time.

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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Re: Scripts

And this is exactly why I use noscript and adblock and will continue to use them.

I am not on f***book and shall never be. Linkedin is not in my noscript whitelist and shall never be for the same reason. Ditto for google. So they can map diddly squat.

F***book is also one of the main reasons why all of my household phones are always bought unlocked and only after a double-check that I can unlock the bootloader. Zap cyanogen, rinse repeat.

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Microsoft cans three 'pinnacle' certifications, sparking user fury

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Re: What the Frack!

Quote: "US seems to lack a clear legal framework on professional titles."

Actually some of the states do. If memory serves me right, you cannot call your self an engineer or architect unless you are "proper old school" engineer or architect in Texas and a few other states. Old school == civil engineering/brick and mortar architecture :)

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Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

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Re: I think the novelty is in the application

Quote "and the application to poll/monitor for presses and register the click pattern."

Application is linux kernel. Headphone presense on Android phones is reported via the /dev/input subsystem same way you would have had a keyboard. It is simply a matter of hijacking the event later on in android.

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China confirms plans for first Moon visit later this year

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Re: I honestly do not care who does it...

That is not the plan.

1. They do not want to go to the moon for fun - they want to use its resources (read their space program roadmap). So I would not expect them to be in a particularly sharing mood with regards to that.

2. They also quite clearly state that they intend to do it alone. So once again, sharing is not to be expected.

So the only thing "sharing" nations can (and should) do about it is to clean the dust off the 35 year old drawings and get something on the assembly line. Stat.

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'Kim Jong-un executes nork-baring ex and pals for love polygon skin flick'

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Re: It's not agressive atheist - it is an agresive theocracy

Quote - "ALL communist regimes have been aggressively anti-religion."

Almost correct. That is because they had an existing religion integrated into the state already so they were aggressively anti-other-religions.

A lot of people in this thread quote the cult of personality as an example of the religion. It is not quite correct - it is the theocratic artefact of religion in the ex-Soviet States. The religion itself was what the Soviet States referred to as "communism". It was a state religion same as in ancient Egypt and other theocracies. Anyone questioning it and not believing it was dealt with swiftly once and for all.

The Manifest is a wonderful piece of Utopia, but fundamentally there is nothing wrong with it. Das Kapital builds on it and while its first part makes sense, towards the 3rd it its total drivel, bollocks and unjustified conjectures. Lenin's scribblings on top of that are complete and utter bollocks (and uncomprehensible towards the end which is normal for someone with 3rd stage syphilis). I am not going to even characterise the "development" of these during the 70 years of soviet rules by paid philosophers. The only way to accept all of these as a fundament to society was to believe (usually in a very simplified "layman" form). Nobody in his sane mind would have accepted these rationally and logically.

So rather unsurprisingly, 90%+ of signage, posters, slogans, etc in the ex-Soviet block were about belief or belief based. We believe in the Bright Future under Communism. We believe in the victory of the people. We believe... believe... believe... period. Whoever does not believe, the holy inquisition will deal with him (insert appropriate local name for it here).

The personality cult was just a topup on that - the pharaon as a manifestation of the single state religion merged into the state in a theocracy. They were not the religion per se. The religion was "communism" (quotes intended as it has nothing to do with what Marx and Engels wrote in the Manifest). This religion treated all other religions the way all state religions usually do.

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It's not agressive atheist - it is an agresive theocracy

Minor correction.

While other communist theocracies were at least trying to pretend that they are not theocracies, Nork does not even do that. One Kim reincarnating as another Kim to lead the nation to the glory of communism. Atheism my a***... This is something from the days of the pharaons waving the atheist banner.

As far as Bible being a heinous crime... Well, what do you expect. "Other" religions are always a heinous crime in a theocracy.

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

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Re: Really

Let me guess - you are on BT.

My BT number used to be ex-dir and on TPS. It was still called on a regular basis - 10-20 calls a month.

Over the years I have switched the house to new numbers on Sipgate (total 3 of them now - generic house number, my home office and junior's personal number). _NONE_ of them ever gets a called call. The BT phone has been kept for DSL backup. As I am moving the DSL backup to mobile on 3 that number will be exterminated with extreme prejudice within the next couple of days.

Correlation does not equal causation... Usually... At least so the phormal saying goes...

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Amazon.com trumps other online retailers' sales by HOW much?!

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Re: Monopoly and an agency model

There is little basis to go after.

1. People keep calling Googlers UmpaLumpas. The real UmpaLumpas are Amazon. It has built its entire business from the ground up so it is viable at a ~ 5% margin. A true case of "Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-da. If you're not greedy, you will go far". The other retailers operate online at their store margin. That is 15% (at least) so rather unsurprisingly the population is voting for Amazon with their wallets.

2. Amazon has voluntarily created a layered infrastructure model and has opened all of their infrastructure to hum and sundry on a wholesale (and retail) basis. That usually takes the regulator goons years to achieve with other monopolies (and they still refuse to play fair). Compare Amazon web services to the wholesale/unbundling of any T(elecom).

And so on. Sure, they are destroying all competition. The only thing which the regulator can do is put some anti-dumping covenants on their behaviour. Anything else? They have already done it themselves so the regulator looks at it and their reaction is "WTF? What do we do here? All the stuff we usually do - business separation, mandated wholesale, etc has already been done".

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Nintendo is FLATLY UNHINGED: New 2DS is a handful of game

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Re: Better than tablet gaming

You are mixing up touchscreen controls and tablet gaming in general. These are not entirely equivalent. You are also assuming equivalence of games on both platforms. That is not entirely true either.

I suggest you pick up a real tablet game (not a lame port of a console oldie) like Sleepy Jack which has been designed from the ground up to use the accelerometer. Try playing it as it should be played (using tilt controls). There are a couple of other games in the same category (mostly racers and flight sims).

Compare to physical controls. You will notice that physical controls actually suck bricks sidewize through a thin straw compared to the real thing when the game is a real tablet game. My only complain against this control method is that you need to find a really good case for the tablet (otherwise junior is bound to break them at a mindboggling rate).

Similarly, try playing a moderately complex RTS or turn based strategy using physical and touchscreen. A good example here will be StrikeFleet Omega or Wesnoth.

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