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* Posts by LarsG

2102 posts • joined 4 Oct 2011

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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Samsung and Apple finally divorcing after years of court battles

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The risk is not with Apple

By going to another supplier, especially a smaller one, Apple have more exclusivity and may well be able to demand more and may be more innovative. The risk is not with Apple, it's with the company that makes the components for them, especially if all eggs are in one basket.

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France sets antitrust watchdog loose on Apple, raids premises

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Re: Come hir, you noti, littel Appeul

3 days later...

Sorry Apple we made a mistake, please don't sue us.

(All the paperwork is elsewhere!)

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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

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Re: It's TV

Yes it is just a Game Show with a prize, that anyone takes it seriously is beyond me.

Just sit back, watch it and enjoy the fact that you can watch a bunch of inadequate self publicist idiots humiliate and make fools out of themselves.

It takes over where Big Brother left off, it's fun to watch.

The fact that they all take themselves so seriously is even funnier, I mean, we all know people like this exist but to bring so many together in one place, amazing!

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NASA to flip ion engine's 'OFF' switch after brilliant 5.5 year burn

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Once you get to top speed

Once you get to top speed.... How the hell do you stop?

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Schwarzenegger says 'I'll be back' for Terminator 5 reboot

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Re: I'll be back

For my Zimmer frame.............

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The perfect gift for the pistol-packing 'Merkin: a handgun iPhone case

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UK Police Armed Response Policy

Shoot first,

Ask questions later,

Collude with colleges,

Amend pocket book to suit the situation,

Lie in court.

Might not be a good idea to get this out in public.

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BlackBerry BB10 devices refuse to leap off shelves

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Re: Fascinating

Empires fall, empires decline.

Roman

British

USSR

Nokia

Blackberry

USA

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FCC orders wireless carriers to protect customers' call info

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Privacy?

With all that is being reported, the USA has all but got cameras in every room of every house.

They preach privacy and human rights and at the same time they fcuk from behind.

It's all kept in storage until the day they use it against you....... And they will.

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Ecuador denies granting asylum, safe passage to Snowden

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Bully Boy tactics

I bet what is being reported in the press is nothing compared to the bully boy tactics the US administration is using behind the scenes.

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Re: Pulse dialling?@Kubla Cant

Yes but you could get a lot of sweeties for 1d in old money.please note not p but a d

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Welsh gov beats off Canada to hand £1m to Nintendo dev

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Re: Isn't there a song about this?

They used to give grants in North Wales until the Welsh Assembly came into being and diverted all the cash to Cardiff.

When the grant runs out they will move on.

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

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One dark night

He will be walking from a bar to his apartment in Ecuador, he will hear a brief crunch of gravel.....

He wakes up to find himself in an unfamiliar hotel room, there is a knock on the door.

He opens to do to be confronted by two rather large police officers.

'Good Morning Mr Snowden, welcome to Florida, please come with us, we have a few questions we need to ask you.'

Statement regarding his capture, 'Acting on annoymous information that Mr Snowden had returned to the US we attended.....'

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Windows 8.1: 'It's good for enterprises, too,' says Redmond

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Keep saying it

Keep saying it an someone might believe you.

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Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets

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Bunch of nutters

Only in America.

In the hands of an American nutter with a grevance I doubt that the ammunition can differentiate between children and Muslims, though I'm not a betting man I bet they kill more innocent people than they kill those that they were designed for.

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ASA bans Samsung's 'misleading' free Galaxy Tab 2 ad

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Galaxy Tab?

New Galaxy Tab 2 £241.98

New iPhone 4S £445.00

Prices Courtesy of Amazon.

Great deal is it not?

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Apple said to dump Samsung as chip-baking partner – again

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These

These stories appear about a month or two before Apple announce a new product or update to a product.

It's only done to get publicity.....

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

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Re: Doubling? Did I miss something? Yes you did.

The original card was for 20 journeys, if you worked Mon-Fri and didn't travel at weekends it would last 4 working weeks.

The new card is a 7 day pass so over the same period you would need to buy an extra two passes to get you through 4 working weeks, a total of £48.

Or if you divided it up into single journeys it would be £1.10 against £1.71 per journey.

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If

It is as they claim 'better value' could they please come to a televised forum and explain why?

Obviously it has been introduced to increase revenue at the expense of travellers......

In Brazil the Government quickly changed its mind over the fare increases there, it just depends on how strongly you feel about it and if you want to protest.

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Dropbox flips Snapjoy album shut

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Unfortunately

Some people see the word 'free or cheap storage' and then really abuse the system.

90% of the photographs are just stored snaps that over the course of a year or two are pretty much forgotten and not looked at or ever used.

These storage facilities then become dustbins and filled to over flowing with crap.

In the old days, the crap you'd accumulate, including photos that never developed properly were sorted and thrown out. However now some people think they need to store everything.

The Cloud providers can't keep adding and expanding their storage indefinitely, it's up to people using it to be sensible.

If they had to store it on their own hard drives they might be a bit moe discerning.

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2012: second costliest year for weather and climate-related disasters

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Re: No win

If Americans all changed over to cars that manage a minimum of 33 miles to the gallon, if the Chinese stopped building coal fires power stations, if the Indonesians stopped slash and burn, if wood burning stoves wee banned in India, if Australians stopped digging out minerals, if farmers stopped field run off into rivers, if fracking had not been invented, if the world population was put on birth control, if if if if if if if if if ....

Then we might have a chance.

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

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Re: Encryption?

Simple solution to this has been around for years, just write a letter.

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Tesla unveils battery-swapping tech for fast car charging

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When they

When they develop an electric car that has a range of 500 miles at 80mph and does this on two Duracell AA batteries I will buy one. Until then I will continue polluting the atmosphere.

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Report: Skype set up Project Chess to enable official snooping

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Re: Ironic that

What is really ironic is that the country that is supposed to protect the individual, promote freedom of speech and guarantee their privacy and freedom of expression , namely the USA is a backdoor oppressor of these rights.

The worst part is that it is all underhand and without transparency. They can't very well criticise other regimes now can they because they have become a regime and all with the collusion of big business in the name of security.

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India's outsourcers fume over new US immigration bill

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Just remember

When they outsource and bring in foreign workers, those workers are not paid in the currency and country they are working in.

These workers are paid in their country of origin and in the currency of their origin and at a lower rate hence the 'cheap labour'. Also save an inordinate amount of tax.

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Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

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Disinformation/misinformation just for the sake of a headline?

Come on.

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Kim Dotcom victim of 'largest data MASSACRE in history'

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Re: If you think data on a server you don't own is safe....

You'd have thought that the Dutch company would have got in contact with Dotcom and asked if he wanted his data or not. It is not as if they could not find him to contact him.

I doubt it was US preseure but I find it most odd, unless they are trying to cover up something they have been party to.

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Six nations ask Google for answers on Glass privacy

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Re: Would you allow someone wearing these Video Cameras

Lol, never happen, it is becoming an offence to take photographs at school sports days and Christmas plays. Only official school photographs are allowed in many schools. Even parents are now becoming conditioned by fear of being accused that they no longer take pictures.

What a world we live in.

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Google mounts legal challenge to surveillance gag orders

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Misdirection, misinformation, disinformation

It's a way to take the heat off the NSA and change the headlines in the paper.

The Government will give in

The statistics they produce will be massaged and cleansed

The public will get the figures

The Government will claim transparency

Case closed.

But will we or should we believe them?

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Increased cell phone coverage tied to uptick in African violence

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Re: sigh

No you are wrong.

Look at a map of Africa, then note all the straight lines used to show the borders of each country.

Note that there are an abnormal number of straight borders.

Now blame the colonial powers, France, UK, Belgium, Germany, Holland and Portugal.

They were the ones that arbitrarily drew the straight lines without any regard or consideration the the people of Africa.

Next blame all the despots that rule the African countries.

Don't blame the tribes or the mobile phone.

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Apple's screw-up leaves tethered iPhones easily crackable

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Re: stop reading a bit early, did we?

Actually no, It was a facetious (flippant) comment that crops up from time to time here.

You need to chill and put your less serious head on, and don't forget to watch out for someone sitting behind you with a desktop gaming rig the next time you sip your latte in Starbucks.

I despair I really do, where has the humour gone?

I'm not even going to downvote you because frankly it's not worth the effort.

Gosh I've just realised, you are American are you not, that explains it.

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So other than being hacked without knowing about it by the NSA, you'd need to be in the vicinity of the person and their hotspot, load up your laptop or desktop that has top graphics card and then hang around for around an hour to crack the password having downloaded a dictionary.

However wouldn't using other symbols and numbers or none words make life a lot harder and negate the use of the dictionary?

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Latest NASA ASTRONAUT class is HALF FEMALE

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AC 12:20

Watch your back my friend, never ever joke about equality on here, there are too many wishy washy liberal lefty sandal wearing bearded tree huggers on here.

Rest assured that you will only encounter downvotes between the hours of 10.30am-3.30pm because that's when the Politically Correct Public Servants are at their desks surfing the web.

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Ask Trevor Pott ANYTHING about Office 365

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Stop

Why would you want to ask any questions about it?

It would be like watching England in the World Cup.

You start off full of hope and optimism.

Then you get ground into the dirt and spend the next few years dreaming of what could have been.

I'm off to the pub, there are better things to do with my time.

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Huawei unwraps Ascend P6: World's slimmest smartphone

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Not bad

Not a spectacular looker, but on the face of it, it does look polished. Ok, so there are a few less features that an S4 but who uses them all anyway.

Not a bad effort if the battery stands up to abuse and use. My favourite hardware feature is the built in phone home to China chip. You'll always know where it is, brilliant.

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Internet fraud still stings suckers

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So so we

So do we in the UK, it's called being a captive audience on an island.

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