* Posts by what's a handle

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Businessman takes Google to High Court to block online abuse from search results

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

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I wish to complain

about the sexist images by the article, which imply that all that light work is done by smiling, middle-to-upper class photoshopped models. Can I have, like, I dunno... an Isis state-thingy bearded warrior or something instead? A slave boy (no, take that back! - this would be understood literally!). Well, a pizza delivery man, with his crash helmet on? Surely this is not racist or sexist? Or a wrinkly off his hospital bed (that's me!!!!), in his immaculately photoshopped gown, no need to bend or stretch, stiff as a stiff, eh? Not to mention a man of colour, to keep the gender/race ratio as advocated by the current double standards. Better still - two men! No, take that back, say, two WOMAN and a man! Sold!

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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for a 140 squid

it can (...) and die. Really

(obviously a fan of a competitive, but good-as-dead brand)

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TalkTalk talks itself into trouble with budget broadband package fibs

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ASA

budget should be fine-based. The more they fine, the more they get. But hey, not in this world, eh?

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

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ALL THE FILMS

not with 400K resolution (up to), I won't.

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

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Sky News producer

+ unspecified damages

And the chance to win "unspecified damages" to Mr Nobody from Nowherebottom are?

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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smoke and mirrors

"Whether hoax, hack or genuine end-of-life for TrueCrypt, it’s clear that no security-conscious users are going to feel comfortable trusting the software after this debacle. It’s time to start looking for an alternative way to encrypt your files and hard drive."

This might prove that the action by we-known-who to discredit truecrypt (if this is their doing) and move people off this software is working. And the only reason to have discredited truecrypt would be that the software was kosher, has NOT been compromised, and this is, naturally, causing problems to the we-known-who. So, to move people move off it to other, potentially compromised software, is definitely beneficial to the we-know-whom.

That said, my voice might be read as a lame attempt by the agents of the we-known-who to discredit the above discreditation if the we-know-who have, indeed, compromised trucrypt, and therefore, do not want anybody migrating away from it, for obvious reasons.

Either way, any FUD created by the we-know-whom, and to fuck with the logic, is clearly a bonus to them, confusing users, can't make any sense of whom to trust, thus, potentially, risking errors of judgement.

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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

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broadband customer growth halved

I always find this panic about "less growth" quite ridiculous. As if the numbers of their (happy ;) customers could grow for ever and ever, i.e. embracing all of us, happy UK residents, and then expanding, forever. How about halving their ACTUAL customer base?

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BT merges iNet and Engage IT divisions under one roof

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obvious cost savings in back office duplication

Read: we will reduce the total headcount by 50% (due to office duplication), and the survivors will be rewarded by not being fired and will face an exciting opportunity to process 200% workload (IT Engage + iNet).

I'm sure the streamlining is due to make EVERYBODY happy: those to be fired are presented with exciting opportunities for career change, those not to be fired, will have retained their job, and as to the BT... well, it will save a couple of quid, but hey, that's not the main point here, is it?

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Bruce Schneier sneers at IBM's NSA denials

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Greed is something I trust.

I strongly disagree: greed will make them sell privacy tool, but the very same greed will make them sell anti-privacy tools, lying through their teeth to their original customer about how much they care for their privacy. The rule is not "thou shall not steal", the rule is "thou shall not get caught", and of course they did get caught, so all they can and try to do is apply "damage limitation" tactics. I don't think it works at all and it's just pathetic to watch this circus of denials, but hey, I don't draw the rules of corporate PR, perhaps somebody in the world is stupid enough to buy this denial shit? Or maybe nobody does, but say well, we have no choice...

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

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Ah, fits perfectly

what once a prosecutor in a Stalinist country said: "bring me the man, and we will find the law to match his case"

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

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Re: Sigh

Dear <every world citizen>,

Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah

Respectfully yours

<government>

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Candy Crush King plans IPO valuing it at $7.6 BEEELLION

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Re: Oh dear ....

"... determined to get as far as she can without paying"!?

Methinks this is a huuuuuuge, untapped market there folks! Let's set up a revolutionary business, total like, free model like. And since it's got this huuuuuge potential, we should value this idea at around... let's say, 150 billion. Nah, scrap that, make it a round figure, say, 1 trillion some something. O Come, All Ye Faithful Investors, huuuuge rewards ahoy!!!

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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I think they need to bring in severe penalties for misuse of powers

tick-tock, tick-tock..

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tick-tock, tick-tock...

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uhm... well, I guess it's not gonna happen in my lifetime. eh?

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Fujitsu testing NFC smart glove and HUD combo

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NFC smart glove and HUD combo

perfect kit to stick your finger where the sun don't shine...

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Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year

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re: folk on ADSL broadband can get cheaper services, uncapped

not so. Consider my case (pretty average):

Plusnet:

7 Mb adsl, 60 GB cap (ok, uncapped midnight - morning), shitty ftp upload speeds, traffic management (aka throttling), but in general, good service.

The cost:

15 quid for the internet

about 15 quid for the bt line (line rental)

about 4 quid per quarter on the phone bill for... not making enough phonecalls (not kidding!)

about 6 quid per quarter to actually PAY them the bill (not kidding!)

That's about 35 squid per month

against Virgin, the cheapest decent phone/cable internet package (no tv, thankyou):

£35.

The difference though: the speed, about 5 x that of plusnet, on top of this, priceless satisfaction, that BT get not a penny from me.

The only thing that worries me is that Virgin is "family oriented", in plain English - (...) rules about throttling, censorship, etc. Plus, I imagine, relentless pressure to take on the subscription of their glorious tv channel shite. But I don't mind telling them, every now and then, where to stick their offer.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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I could withdraw from the online world but retain a lifeline.

I do hope it's tongue-in-cheek...

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UK internet filtering shouldn't rely on knee tappers, says Tory MP

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Re: Ahem!

"You have to opt-in to get porn, rather than opt out of being filtered."

Are you sure? I thought I have to opt in to opt out of opting in out of opting out? See, I'm already confused... wow, this proves that a government plan once in the blue moon has actually... WORKED. I guess there's a silver proxy to every censorship.

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Spam drops as legit biz dumps mass email ads: Only the dodgy remain

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biz dumps mass email ads

took them some time to catch up, eh?

or, perhaps, it took that much time for the idiots who open those emails to become immune. FB infection rulez!

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PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)

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lack of reasons to replace an older system

manufacturers - unite. All you need to do is study many a past case of planned obsolescence. Study and apply :(

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WTF is the Internet of Things and how insurers will use it against you

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fish tank

"I'm wiring up my fish tank to the internet. The newest incarnation will automatically top itself up when the water gets low, feed the fish and other mundane tasks."

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You lost your marbles. And the plot. Why did you bother to buy the fish tank in the first place, if it can run autonomously?

ah, I see, looks pretty! Well, get a large screen and an effing screen saver, much less hassle than the internet of all fish tanks :(

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You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy

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if it

wasn't that expensive... if it run Windows OS, which I have to use as my software is windows-based :(,

and if it didn't have that (...) glowing apple at the back - I would consider, sure ;)

p.s.: even if the battery life were half as decent.

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Loathed wiggly-word CAPTCHAs morph into 'fun' click-'n'-drag games

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Re: I always read it as 'Clit Bang'

As always, great minds think alike!

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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ref. The devil in the detail

Can we see the list please?

The list of sites/content/genre that they've deemed to be Adult and requiring filtered?

Can we know who is on the committee please?

Is advice to curious teenage LGBT on that list?

Is advice for teenage safe sex on that list?

Are historic great works featuring cherubs and teenagers on that list?

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This is for us to know, and for you, not to worry your little head about. Unless... given the depth of questions asked, you don't happen to have any vested interest in the subject, do you? Because, you know, we might want to chat to you about it. Or take a peek at what you store on your hard drive....

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Ecuador: Snowden is Russia's problem

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Re: Equador, the pillar of freedom

Paperwork's never been a bitch for either true and "true" democracies when it suited them to show to the world what a pillar of freedom and democracy they are, against that vile regime of (enter any country name but the True Democracies).

This is my whole point - they don't want to fuck with the US of A - let them say it, instead of coming up with laughable excuses. I want to hear it loud and clear: "We value our trade links and good relationship with USA much, much more, than giving shelter to somebody, who confirmed that USA spy on us".

there's one more aspect: the reaction of the world is a clear go-ahead to the US: we can spy on them and even if we slip, like with this Snowden, they will do fuck about it. Plus a strong message to wanna whistle-blowers: you've got nowhere to hide.

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Hey Britain, want to link your mobile to your BANK ACCOUNT?

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Re: Great! & catching up with Africa

don't lose heart, also catching up with Poland, and Estonia, so EU's not THAT behind :D

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Culture Sec: You - Google. Where's the off switch for all this filth?

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"ongoing battle"

jeez, if I took every politician's blabber half-seriously, I'd shit myself in the pants how scary this monstrous internet is.

but wait, isn't it illegal already to project such perverse images as soiled pants across the internets?!

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Pakistan signs up for China's GPS rival

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Re: Strange...

indeed, given the well-known, unbreakable period of stability and friendship between the great nations (and leaders) of Pakistan and India, this would have been a no-brainer for both parties ;)

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UK.gov's love affair with ID cards: Curse or farce?

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Re: @william 10 ID cards - good, database - bad

Do I need to produce ID to travel in a taxi? No.

Do I have to pay for my train ticket with a card (or produce a card to get permission to buy one)? No.

Do I have to purchase a non-anonymous Oyster Card to travel in London? No.

I *can* do these, if I wish, but that's my *choice*, it's not an obligation.

All the above will become an obligation, and rather sooner than later, believe me. Just watch how they try to put off people using cash to pay for London travel and channel them into using oyster, and then, trackable oyster (registered). Both by inflating the price of cash-funded travel and by making it difficult to use cash (for example on the bus). I have a nasty feeling it's not only because it's cheaper to process card, it's also very easy to track people, and obviously, longer term. For our own good, of course. This won't stop anyone wanting to blow themselves up in a supermarket, or cinema, or a crowded square, say, on New Year's Eve, but hey, we'll worry about this if and when.

Oh yes, the cash is on the way out. Did you see a major uproar when shops, train ticket windows and taxis stopped accepting checks? I still vaguely remember then being used in the shops in 1990s. Then - gone. Cash will go - and then, we will all be SAFE ;)

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Elon Musk: 'Fudged' NYT article cost Tesla $100m

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"In terms of $100m, I'd say that refers more to the valuation of the company," Musk said. "It wasn't as though there were a thousand cancellations just due to the New York Times article. There were probably a few hundred."

This is a 100% bluff. If they had cancelled orders, he would know EXACTLY, to the last one, how many they lost (and he would NOT be shy to scream about it). It's not that they sell millions of their cars, when "a few hundred" would a reasonable margin of error.

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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

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Re: But at what price

reference "pulling IT out", this appears to be a particularly nasty case of a well-sealed box, that hitachi.

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Tablets aren't killing ereaders, it's clog-popping wrinklies - analyst

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Re: Do they honestly think younger people dont read?

dont rite

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Cautious Brits less likely than US firms to puff on clouds - survey

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@ DrWho Re: 'The UK attitude is it is inherently less safe with a third party'

Well-presented! Particularly the "competitive advantage" and "embracing the cloud". You almost got me reaching for my (virtual) wallet, sir. Not.

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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the perfect complement to the Surface Windows RT :)

I think I'll say "pass" and buy one ultrabook instead, to cover both bases

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nah, I'll buy just a cheapo laptop, and a cheapo tablet, that'll save me a couple of hundred quid...

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actually, I already have a cheapo tablet... ok, so just a cheapo laptop!

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and I have a laptop. Granted, it's ancient, like.... 4 years old or something, but it still comes with 4 Gb of RAM, and I changed the hdd to sdd last week, goes like a charm. And since I bought a Windows 7 upgrade disk a few years back (good move!), now I'm running a 64-bit version. Yes, the battery's fucked, despite careful management, so what, I still have my cheapo tablet to take with me. It's a perfect complement to my cheapo laptop, and both cover my bases, entirely, and will do, for the next few years :)))

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Student claims code flaw spotting got him expelled from college

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Re: I would imagine...

so now they have decided that, as the story's spiraling out of control and putting their company in bad light, they should make a strategic move ("how to turn a PR disaster into a success story for the Dummies") and use it to their advantage, by offering scholarship?

no-no-no, you got it all wrong, they meant it to reward him from the start, but of course, it's just those bad, bad, bad mass-media mis-presenting the company's viewpoint.

Whatever, smart move. Unless their stand was, in fact, mis-presented and they were, in effect, forced to reward this guy (who MIGHT not be as innocent as he claims), to avoid this pr hit...

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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what about OEM?

it's 100 bucks for now and 200 for the W8 pro. Will it shoot up to 200 / 300? Oh well, I guess I'll give it a pass and wait for the next one, unless they keel over in the meantime.

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China censors chat users outside China

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they only follow the US

which has more than once decided to apply their own laws abroad, and won (but of course). The latest example being that Swiss bank a few weeks ago. That was only to protect the US tax man, and the Chinese only want to protect the purity of their vision, can't blame either, right? :(

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Review: Vodafone Smart Tab II 7 budget 3G tablet

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Re: Google Play and SD card!

ainol can be bought in Europe, which is that bit of land past the white cliffs of Dover ;)

and no, they don't mind the brand name there, blissfully unaware, lucky bastards.

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Google boss lands in North Korea for humanitarian mission

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there's money to be made

off them labour camp inmates. And don't tell me google wouldn't do it, cause they do no evil.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review

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Re: Shameless Amazon advert?

I don't give a flying monkey what other benefits and / or "benefits" it gives me, bottom line is, if I want to borrow "free" books from them, then I have to dish out 50 quid. Well, they can fuck off and die then.

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Microsoft patents spy-TV to check you've paid for content

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Re: Hmm...

System alert, system alert! Attempted tempering detected! System shutdown! License revoked! Fee automatically deducted from your bank account! Insurers informed and electricity supply cut off, to make it impossible for you to leave the premises before our swat team's landed on your doorstep! Sorry for the inconvenience!

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Files aren’t property, says US government

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If the US Gov files are not the property of the US Gov, then the US Gov, naturally, can not give them to you. Next!

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Sock-wielding movie pirates go to prison

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Re: The punishment is way too light

Avatar was so bad I didn't even have to download a ripped copy to not see it, everyone was talking about it! :)

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

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Re: 14 days?

reps are highly replaceable, they'd fire him for gross misconduct, and let him rot in jail ;)

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Somebody give BT a brolly: National telco blames RAIN for its pain

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Apparently bad weather has meant a lot of expensive repairs (?!)

I thought they would have outsourced repairs to Bangalore, surely?

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Microsoft Surface priced up for Blighty

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Re: Didnt Pre-ordered mine last night

I admire your baiting technique and your sense of humor. Downvoted just the same, in case you're real about the full-blown OS :D

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet review

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500 squid, lol

methinks they forgot it's 2012, end of, rather than 2010. No matter. First cheapo tabs are already available, about 200 quid a pop. Yes, the specs are rather... uninspired, and so is the quality. But that's just the first wave. Second is coming, and the price will be not much higher.

and, then, this 500 quid non-Apple like toy doesn't come with an sd card slot, nosir, which clearly indicates its target audience, the suckers willing to pay 100 quid extra to have 3G (wow, what a margin), and similar bargains are available, when they want more internal memory. Sorry, I'll wait for a cheapo, these precious extras will come at little extra cost.

GPS... wow, look at this on Samsung specs list,

AGPS Glonass Supported, rotfl.

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China Mobile to roll-out 16GB MEGA-cloud platform

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Re: if your data is that important...

he really important ones are on multiple cd's

ROTFL.

and, on a serious note, I would recommend you do give those cds a spin every couple of weeks. Cause, spin or no spin, those I burned a few years back are all f****, and I did store them carefully, as at that point in my life I was still oblivious to the "up to" part of the "up to 500 years storage life" claim.

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Citi rubbishes Nasdaq compensation offer for Facebook IPOcalypse

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"Ta series of hasty, self-interested and high-risk business decisions"

they speak about their own decisions, presumably, when they bought, and swallowed, the tale of fabulous profits to be had on facebook float?

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