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2070 posts • joined 4 Oct 2011

Singaporean sites protest 'licence to print news' laws

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Isn't this the kind of thing they wanted to do here after the Leveson report, state and celebrity control of the media.

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Whitehall grants freetards safe haven until 2015

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Re: Nice

The media lobbies didn't fill the brown envelope enough.....

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Obama administration defends mass call-data slurping

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We will find out soon enough that its been going on in the UK for sometime already.

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Raspberry Pi DUMBS DOWN to target world+dog

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Lets not be pedantic, if the Pi is really supposed to be a find it out for yourself kind of thing then you might as well ban any website that promotes a help page.

It's ridiculous to suggest there shouldn't be some kind of 'get you started help'.

When you learned to drive a car did someone hand you a set of keys and say, 'off you go, get on the roads and learn for yourself' or when you were at school did you teacher sit there (well one or two might have but weren't they di***) and say 'find your own learning material and choose a subject, learn it yourself.'

Show someone the way first.

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BlackBerry wants to see rivals' phones with BBM preinstalled

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Would this mean the end of Win 8 phones?

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Never mind WinRT: Tiny Win8 slabs will ship with free Office, too

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Re: Profit?

Plan B, keep throwing out devices until something finally sticks.

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

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Re: Human swarm

With so much data on me being processed by all these businesses, why is it that I have absolutely no interest in the advertising they target me with.

Pretty much says all there is on the matter

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Fairphone hits sales target for 'PC' phone

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Limited market

It will be bought by the same kind of people who drive round in 'look at me, look how good I am' electric and hybrid cars. I'm sure we will see celebs and other pontificators using them as crowd pleases...... Though behind closed doors they couldn't care a s**t.

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Germans purge selves of indigestible 63-letter word

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Let the Welsh put the Germans in their place,

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

1-0 to them I think.

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Facebook's Sean Parker fined $2.5m for tasteless eco-trashing wedding

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Rich

Rich people think that Laws are made to control the little people...

The fine should have been more that just pocket change and a spell in prison might make him realise what an ar*e he is.

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Steelie Neelie: Crack down on wicked ISPs so we can Skype

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This guy is a knight in shining armour

But his enemies have big guns.

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Google seeks to calm facial recognition furor with app block for Glass

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Re: How long...

They'll just claim they need it for anti terrorism measures, though how they will be able to see through a burka confuses me?

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Look out, fanbois! EVIL charger will inject FILTH into your iPHONE

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Re: Yes, but...

Hmm,

Simple solution, only use Apple adapters and don't stick it into an unknown hole without using some form of protection, otherwise expect to catch something,

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Ex-Microsoft man plans brand of consumer marijuana 'fine cigars'

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Was he

Involved in the development of,

Win 8?

Surface?

Win 8 mobile?

Sounds like he has had one smoke toooooooo many.

Accounts for a lot it does.

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Netherlands Supremes squash iPad design patent

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Re: Not sure

Ordinary Man?

The true differentiators between tablets are quality of materials, logo and price. (Without switching it on)

The ordinary man will know that if it feels cheap and plasticky it is not from Apple.

The ordinary man will see the Apple logo and know it is from Apple.

The ordinary man will be told the price of the tablet, choke and realise it must be from Apple.

The ordinary man will by something cheaper ........

So the courts in 'coffee shop capitals of Netherlands' do have a point.

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TSA: Perv scanners now fully banished from US airports

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Re: I'm reassured but

Wouldn't be surprised if second hand machines appear in UK airports.

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Sacred islet Rockall defeats Brit adventurer

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I've been there, in the 1980's and believe me when I say the place is only fit for mad dogs and Englishmen.

A 60 day stay? The man needs to be certified.

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Google gives vendors seven-day bug disclosure deadline

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Absolutely... It might make them try a little harder and work faster.... Those that exploit them rely on the fact that we don't hear about them for months.... When it's too late already.

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Apple reveals bare bones iPod touch

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Re: Excuse me, but...

This is still expensive, especially when you consider the full fat 32GB is only £50 more.

A more realistic price would have been £150.

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Australia's de-facto net filter has ZERO regulation

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I though Senator Conroy

Was an old codger who thought the Internet was used in catching fish, which would account for his idiocy.

Instead, and without surprise, I find he is one of those generic younger politicians we find the world over, in every corner of the globe who have absolutely no idea about anything.

It's very worrying that nations are being run by these people.

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Samsung plans new R&D centre in Finland

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Research or Tax fiddle for big business?

It's also a way to mitigate taxes in Europe, don't be fooled with the altruism, it's all about money and how to avoid giving it to the tax man.

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US Congress excoriates Apple's tax-avoidance shenanigans

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Tax Laws

Are made using advisors from all the large worldwide accountancy firms just like here in the UK.

HMRC/Governments are advised by companies such as KPMG and PwC so it is inevitable that loop holes and clever accounting practices are built in to the rules.

Both KPMG and PwC and others have permanent liaison staff with the Revenue departments.

So basically it is all bent from the begining, built in to the system from the ground up to benefit large corporations.

Tax is not meant to apply to the rich or big business, it's there only for the little people to pay.

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Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market

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Go get a 360 when the price drops.

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STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft

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Sort of defeats

Sort of defeats the idea of using Win8 as a touch screen operating system if they are bringing out a dedicated mouse for it?

Is this a sign that it has been a fail?

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China’s state-run rags brand Mars One mission a scam

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Before Scott set off for the Antartic he had a rented office in London?

Truth be told, this Mars thing is just pie in the sky, next thing we will hear is the recruitment for a Big Brother style program that simulates a trip to Mars in the confines of a cellar somewhere near London. It's all about publicity for the program that will be.

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US Senator introduces 'Patent Abuse Reduction Act'

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Finally the light of common sense has been lit.

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Apple cored: Samsung sells 10 million Galaxy S4 in a month

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Read the story

And just yaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeeeeeedddddd.

The only people who care about this must have sad, insignificant, inconsequential and unimportant lives.

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NASA signs off on sampling mission to Earth-threatening asteroid

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Its

It's not the ones we know about that are dangerous, it's the ones we haven't seen yet that pose the real problem.

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Jailed Romanian hacker repents, invents ATM security scheme

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Re: Well...

And his mates outside already have a device that can replicate this and steal the info....

He's just getting things ready for when he is released..

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Apple chief Cook: You - senators. Get in here and redo this tax law

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He'll wish he had kept his mouth shut!

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Re: Good idea

One technique I use, when asked to press 1 etc I do nothing, just talk to myself then wait for a minute as the phone connects me to a person. Some call centres have caught on to this and disconnect, but many do not and assume you may be disabled and put you through to a person.

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Surface Pro to hit Blighty priced 25% up on top-o-the-range iPad

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Re: Yeah, but ...

Does it come with a built in app tune that rings, mug mug mug mug mug mug mug mug.....

Gosh they are certain to sell them by the million...

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TOO GOOD! Groupon ex-boss to drop, er, 'motivational business album'

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Re: '...releases an album of "motivational business music".'

It leaves me speechless...

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Congress asks Google to explain Glass privacy policies

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Re: Should be simple; or should it?

Yes the new rules state that anyone using Google Glass will be required to paint their skin green, wear a orange pointy hat and yellow fluorescent jacket with the words 'I'm watching you' printed in large letters front and back.

They will also be required to get a signed disclaimer from anyone they tag in the street.

Privacy sorted.

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Pirate Bay cofounder to run for European Parliament

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Mine too, just to stick it to the arseh*les who run the European Union.

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London Olympics site to become digital mega-hub

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Re: Pardon my cynicism but...

This is another case of throwing money at so called IT because it is the only and most important industry in the world.........

This shows up all that is wrong with Government understanding of IT, where they see the panacea for all ills is another technology park and that higher speed Internet will transform our economy and lives.

Great, so we can download a job application or porn film in a couple of seconds, that will make so much difference.

They want to invest in manufacturing a bit more... Lets start making things again.

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Things that cost the same as coffee with Tim Cook - and are WAY more fun

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Re: Quite Cheap

Of course there will be extras involved........

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BlackBerry Messenger unleashed: Look out Twitter and Facebook

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Now that is a good idea, but it is not free is it?

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Senators: You - Cook. Apple guy. Get in here and bring your tax books

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Sadly

They have done nothing wrong and are just following the rules.

Just following the rules got almost all out MP's off the hook over their expenses.

It's a great get out of jail for free card to play.

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Australian Gartner chap slams gov-funded IT education boost

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In the UK the thinking is also that the IT sector is the most important industry in the country, the industry as a whole gets quite a number of benefits.

The Australians have hit the nail on the head, the industry is no more important than any other.

While IT is complimentary to many things, in itself it is useless unless applied to other uses....

It has a symbiotic relationship with the world, if it crashed and died overnight the world will still survive, mostly.

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Android device? Ooohhhh, you mean a Samsung phone

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Two years baby

Samsung will become bigger than Android, two years from now they will ditch it and run their own proprietary software, close the door and put up the walls.

Just you wait and see.

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Apple seeks techies, designers to revive iWork office suite

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Simplicity

I like the simplicity of iWorks, suits me sir.

Office has its plus points but it is so big and bloated, can anyone really say they need so many features?

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Euro PC shipments plummet into bottomless pit of DOOOOM

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It used to be

I'd buy a new computer to play the latest and greatest games. Now even many of the basic computers can play the latest games. Hardware has outpaced software so there is now no need to buy new or upgrade.

The only thing manufacturers are offering is thinner laptops at high prices.

Couple that with a reluctance by the masses of not wanting to relearn windows with win 8....

Why the surprise at the news?

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Judge orders redacted Aaron Swartz prosecution docs to be revealed

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Re: What goes around...

Silly comment from you about the chickens way out, I'm assuming you are trolling to feed your immature self importance. Still you are obviously not a 'chicken ' are you? Hiding behind your @AC. Still there are morons in all walks of life that we have to put up with.

Many people suffer from depression brought on by internal and external factors. When a coping system breaks down it can have significant implications as it did here.

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Re: It's something.

Uncomfortable is it is, I can understand the need to protect witnesses.

However

If redacting the names also means redacting the information then the whole exercise in openess is futile. One other point is that it would not be necessary to redact information corresponding to those who have already been outed in the press.

It's always easy to make the rules when you are in charge.

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Why UK slid £150m to tax-exempt phone-mast master Arqiva

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I wouldn't mind them being exempt from tax if they stopped hiding their profits by using a system of loans.

Obviously this is not illegal, but it is tax avoidance, underwritten by the Government.

It leave a bad taste in the mouth when you consider the hidden profits the company makes.

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Sony investor wants to break up firm, re-invest in hardware biz

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The problem with Sony is that it is a typical Japanese company run by a committee, everything has to be done by consensus, whereas for true innovation you need a dictator at the helm.

I do concede that they came up with a few good world beating ideas in the past, but now they have lost their way.

Apple now appears to be emulating them....

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Video services chug half of US net capacity

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Re: Availability

Couldn't agree more but that's why the service is so cheap.

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Bing uncloaks Klingon translator

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Re: So...

So, pandering to a niche audience of 0.000000000098 of the worlds population will bring immense rewards...

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