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* Posts by LarsG

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Keep calm and carry on spying on Americans, US politicos tell NSA

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China

China owns most of the American debt, by default they own America so it is really a moot point about them spying.

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The dirt

The NSA had too much dirt on those that were going to vote against them. 24 hours before the vote a number of brown envelopes were delivered to these Politicians with a note that said,

'Do you really want this to become public?'

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Dead STEVE JOBS 'touts rival Lenovo gear' FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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When

When the film is released America will once again believe the Great Jobs was a great charitable man who looked after his staff, was the nicest person you could hope to meet and who listened to others and took advice.

What a nice man they will say when they leave the cinema, what a shame his life was cut short, I never knew he invented the Internet, mobile phone, computer, keyboard....... Shoes, God....... What an amazing guy!

I mean, the US film industry distorts pretty much every historical fact there is.

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Senator: Surveillance state based on secret law 'has no place in America'

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Re: sigh

They will shut him up when they find the dirt on him after a bit of secret surveillance.

He will tow the party line then.

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Texas man charged in multimillion-dollar Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

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Re: yep

Cash in my pocket is much better than 'fairyland' currency in the cloud.

Caveat emptor, quia ignorare non debuit quod jus alienum emit.

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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And no one filmed the incident?

What is the world coming to?

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US Marine Corps misses target, finds and bombs Nemo

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The Harrier

An aircraft designed by the UK, built under licence by the US. UK aircraft then scrapped and sold off to the US by our Government as a cost cutting exercise. The tragedy is not the bombs but the tech we give away for others to exploit.

Just like the jet engine the UK gave to USSR which found its way into the MIG15.

Politicians have a lot to answer for and they never learn because they seem to do a lot of it.

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Middle America pulls up sagging pants menace, belts repeat offenders

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Re: Bieber?

This is a new 'low' even for El Reg, where's the tech story?

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US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

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If you don't happen to be white

I'd stear clear if your ethnicity is anything but white, you regularly wrap a towel on your head after a shower, wear a long dressing gown, are in a same sex relationship, vote liberal, wear sandals, have a beard, read the Guardian, drive a foreign car.....

There is probably a 'symbolic' ordinance for that but you are as likely to get shot for it as you would knocking on a door and asking for directions in the dark.

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

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Realistically, making apologies for what had been done in the distant past, years ago is symptomatic of the age we live in.

Let's apologise for........

Let's apologise for slavery

Let's apologise for crimes in the past that are no longer crimes

Let's apologise for Nagasaki and Hiroshima

Let's apologise for the British Empire

Let's apologise for the Aboriginies

Let's apologise for the American Indians

Let's Apologise for the bombing of Dresden

Let's, let's, let's.......

Instead of this faux apology thing how about we look back on History discuss what was done, understand why these things happened and that they were 'incidents, acts and products of their time' then celebrate that we have come a long way since. Apologising for the distant past serves no purpose.

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UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

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Lets hope

That when one crashes a survivor will be able to use his mobile phone to call the emergency services!

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Beijing fanboi in coma after iPhone 4 shock treatment

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Re: Electrocuted? I'm taking no chances

Now this could be a 'jump on the band wagon to get compensation' ploy....

BUT

I am taking no chances and have put a rubber case on my phone, just in case!

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Russian mobile operators say 'nyet!' to Apple, 'da!' to Samsung

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Malware of course

Not fashion, it's just that they can't get their malware on Apple phones, so it makes sense to change to Android, the malware writers dream.

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Finally, someone's fixed THAT Android hole. Was it your mobe network? No

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One door closes

One door closes and another door opens.

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PRISM scandal: Brit spooks operated within the law, say politicos

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Of course they will say this

Who would be able to prove that they didn't?

As it is covered by the official secrets act we will just have to believe them...............

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Ground control? My space helmet is FILLING WITH WATER!

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At least

It was only water in his helmet and not a weeping rash!

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D'OH! Use Tumblr on iPhone or iPad, give your password to the WORLD

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Since I don't use Tumblr I don't really care, I care even less about other people's Tumblrs and have no urge to go sniffing them out.

I have better things to do, beer please.

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Researchers seek Internet's choke points

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So here in the UK we are not alone in the phenomenon of getting less broadband speed than we promise or pay for. 'Up to' is just an advertising fantasy figure.

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

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Re: Makes no difference

From a personal point of view, I have a MacBook Pro and Dell XPS, while I have USB 3 on the Mac and USB 2 on the Dell. I've never had an issue with waiting a couple of minutes longer and it gives me time to put the kettle on.

The average user doesn't move hundreds of Gb of data, maybe a few photos, video, music here and there perhaps but that's about all. I wouldn't buy a new computer, spend £500 just to have a couple of USB 3 sockets and then have to upgrade my USB 2 memory sticks or back up hard drives or buy new caddies for my old hard drives.

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Makes no difference

The average man in the street is quite happy with his 3 year old PC that does everything that is needed. Few people need such high speed transfer rates, are happy with USB 2 and there is nothing innovative enough or must have to upgrade.

The consumer is much wiser to the fact that new and 'upgraded' PCs are just smoke and mirrors.

I have a first generation retina screen iPad, I see no reason to upgrade until it stops working. I mean why upgrade for a new socket, slightly faster processor and fractionally less heavy new one when it does everything I want of it.

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Apple needs help: iWatch, 'Retina' iPad mini delayed until 2014?

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Re: First mover advantage??

The report is just a way to garner interest, the leaks are the kind that tries to make Apple show its hand.

The media hate the fact that Apple can play its cards so close to its chest and they are never able to truly break through all the secrecy. Instead a story about delays and problems is put out in the hope that it will damage the share price so much that Apple will have to announce something to refute the allegations.

Come the Autumn, there will be iOS 7, probably a new iPad, probably a new iPhone, probably an iPad mini with retina and probably an announcement that the iWatch will be released in March 2014.

Going on past reports no ne in the media has ever got it right unless Apple instigated the 'leak' for their own advantage.

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Is your Apple gadget made of human misery and eco-ruin?

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How many people really care about this?

Are they just playing to a non existant audience?

Does anyone really buy a mobile/gadget by first researching if it is Eco OK?

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Cubesats to go interplanetary with tiny plasma drives

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Could it carry anything useful and if so how would it phone home with the results or information?

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Boeing batteries back under spotlight as 787 burns at Heathrow

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A known problem

"The revised operating procedure calls for the APU selector switch to be put in the “on” position during a shutdown, which will allow the inlet door to open and the the unit to cool down. The door must remain open for 40 min. before being closed, to enable the APU to be restarted. The notice indicates that the APU could be restarted without causing damage if reactivated within 20 min. of shutdown, or after 120 min. have elapsed.

The revised procedure also has connections with the operation of one of the 787's two lithium-ion batteries. The notice includes a precautionary note that advises against using the APU battery power to keep the door open as this will “only have about 15 minutes before being discharged.” It adds that ground power must be used to keep the APU door open for 40 min. and warns that, if this is disconnected, the door will close even with the APU switch on the flight deck remaining in the “open” position. Boeing declines to specify the design changes that will be made to improve cooling and ventilation of the APU compartment."

The APU is in fact located in the tail section?

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Gadgets are NOT the perfect gift for REAL men

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A real Gift

I'd just like a weekend on my own, just me, no children, no wife, just a beer and a take away.

That would be the perfect present to me.

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Screw it, says NSA leaker Snowden: I'm applying for asylum in Russia

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Re: I wonder

I'd like to see Tony Blair indicted for war crimes.

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China slips behind US in technology innovation stakes

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Re: um

No, they just borrow ideas...........

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Snowden leak: Microsoft added Outlook.com backdoor for Feds

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Sneaky sneaky sneaky, but we should not be surprised.

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China prepares to lift 13-year game console ban – report

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Space

Once they get their teeth into gaming there won't be enough space on the servers for the rest of the world.

Population 1,354,040,001 as of the 27 December 2012

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Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site

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@Chris N

Never a truer word said.

Why do these people think that anyone working on a building site will need a bash resistant smart phone with less functions?

Stick with whatever phone you want and buy a decent case for it, Lifeproof, Otterbox or Gumdrop etc.

I work outdoors, go on site and have dropped my phone on a number of occasions, it survived.

This CAT phone is trying to solve a problem that doesn't actually exist.

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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Mushroom

If they give these people what they want it will see the demise of the Xbox quicker than an ice cream on Brighton beach in a heat wave.

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BlackBerry gives Indian spooks BBM and BIS access

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Re: Aaannd...

Would not be surprised to see sales slump.

Still, the US has had access to the system for years, it's just that they don't talk about it.

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Are driverless cars the death knell of the motor biz?

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Re: So what the author is suggesting is...

Well maybe his vision might work in a city, but elsewhere? I think not.

I have a car because I don't like sitting on bubblegum strewn seats, breathing in other people's bad breath, smelling their sweat, there is no real bus service where I live and no railway station nearby.

Oh, and except for the odd three car traffic jam, it's a pleasure to drive here.

I am not a number.

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Not even Asia can save PC market's slump

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PCs of all shapes and sizes can do most things well enough. PC sales were once driven by the need to update hardware to keep up with complex software.

Except for trying to make a PC more power efficient there is a distinct lull in real innovation.

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Oi, jobless yoofs: Upload a witty video bio if you wanna find work

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Re: FAIL noooo this is not a fail

It is the ideal way to recruit eye candy for front of house work. You can sift through and reject the ugly ones.

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BlackBerry's Heins beams: We WILL make some cash, just you see

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Re: improvements ... necessary to build ... a strong company for the long term

Heins reminds me of Major General John Sedgewick at the battle of Battle of Spotsylvania Court House 1864 who said the infamous words:

'I'm ashamed of you dodging that way. They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..........'

I am perplexed that Heins cannot see the wood from the trees.

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Jelly Bean finally overtakes Gingerbread in Android share

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A wonderful world

I'd rather I didn't have a phone, just to have a bit of peice and quiet, like the old days when people phoned back if it was important or left a message on an answer phone.

Imagine a day, no wife moaning and demanding I bring home a bottle of milk, no children demanding a taxi service, no customers demanding instant service, no boss demanding instant demands, no spam, no telesales, no messaging.

That would be a wonderful world, and in 20 years or 40 if the Government keeps messing about when I retire early I will throw my phone into the sea.

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Profits

Profits don't come from upgrading to the latest Android operating system. Profits come from having to buy a new phone and subsidise the handset through a contract.

That's one reason why I decided to end my relationship with Android, that and the fact that the severely delayed ICS update destroyed a good phone.

Now I buy a new phone every year, sell the old one on and spend no more than £12 a month on a sim only contract. The economic benefits are simple when you consider I usually get in excess of 70% of the original value of the phone I sell. A two year old end of contract phone on the other hand has very little value on the second hand market.

The phone in question, well I don't have to explain, but it's the one that has the highest resale value.

It's all economics really.

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Acer Iconia W3: The first 8-inch Windows 8 Pro tablet

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Throw as many designs and sizes against a wall and one might stick. Seems to be a policy of design first and see if anyone wants one then keep bringing out stuff in the hope that they will sell.

I just wonder what the longevity of these other designs are, especially as the iPad has been relatively unchanged since day one and still sells.

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Inventor lobs spherical, throwable camera

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If it can be stabilised in the air then great, but you'd see nothing if a spin bowler were to throw it.

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US, UK watchdogs file legal moves to curb government surveillance

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It's all about control

Why do you think the Labour Party tried to introduce this monitoring and surveillance during the time it was running the country. Why do you think that the Conservatives are now trying to introduce a similar law?

They want to legitimise reading our emails, listening to our phone conversations and knowing who we ring, who we talk to and how we live.

Yet we know they are already doing it anyway and in secret.

It's all about power, they want to know what we think, what we say, what we do because they want to have control over us. Information is power.

Of course, they do excuse themselves by saying they are only doing this to protect us, and if you have nothing to hide...... You have nothing to fear.

If they had the technology they'd enact a law that made mind reading compulsory.

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Singaporean 'net rules rile giants

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The more these kind of authoritarian countries use censorship the more likely they are to promote dissent.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 explodes, turns young woman into 'burnt pig'

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'Fanny Schlatter', you just couldn't make a name like that up could you!

Her boss wasn't by any chance a Brazilian was he?

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Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

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Stuxnet

Everyone knew it was Israel and the US, it was the worst best kept secret in the security services. Though now it has been made 'official' it must hurt.

I wonder how long it will be before Mr Snowden meets with an untimely death in a car crash/aircrash, bee sting, food poisoning, slipped on wet floor getting out of a shower, drowning in the bath, overdose, bumping his head on a window ledge or falling down stairs?

You have got to feel for the guy.

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Run for your (private) lives! Facebook's creepy Graph Search is upon us

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Re: Optional

If you haven't erased your profile then now is the time to do it.

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Investors: Oh Samsung. You need to smash those records HARDER

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Tax, don't make me laugh.

It matters not, the bigger the business the bigger the accountancy department used solely to minimise tax liability. HMRC and the like just don't have the staff or brains to chase the convoluted snake trail of tax avoidance schemes.

Tho Samsung, Apple etc etc, this is money worth spending.

Instead, tax is squeezed out of small businesses because it is easier to chase and collect and bully.

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Patriot hacker 'The Jester' attacks nations offering Snowden help

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Re: Hasn't he been caught yet?

There's not much you can do to prosecute an 10 year old script kiddie who works out of his mum and dads basement. The worst that could happen to him is to take away his milk and biscuits and make him go to bed early.

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Olympus trio escape jail but firm fined £4.6 MEEELION

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The guilty pleas and then the lenient sentences were so that no one dug down deeper into this. Bet there was a lot more that they didn't want to air.

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Government IT contracts to be scrutinised by UK competition watchdog

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Re: only those with billion dollar turnover need apply

As a small business owner that had a number of contracts with Government departments when everything was done at a local level I can tell you this.

The Government brings in facilities management companies to take over from locally led Public sector departments. The facilities management companies then ask for tenders for the same service you had been providing but they want it done on a 'national level' which pretty much excludes any small local business that was able to operate on a local, county or regional level.

The tenders are weighted in such a way that local businesses have no chance whatsoever of being successful.

The resultant winners of the 'tenders' are the always the big companies.

Lip service and bullshit again.

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Google 'disappoints' US congressman over Glass privacy controls

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Re: Surveillance made 'cool'

The courts will be sympathetic to anyone who gives a google glasses wearer a good smack in the chops.

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