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* Posts by LarsG

2102 posts • joined 4 Oct 2011

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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Brits' phone tracking, web history touted to cops: The TRUTH

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If

They want to use my data I have no problem, so long as they pay me £100 each time for the privilege.

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Your Flying Car? Delayed again, but you WILL get it, says Terrafugia

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Niche

It's been tried so many times and it has failed so many times.

The biggest problem is that it is such a niche and expensive product not enough people will want to buy it to make it profitable.

A car can be efficient, an aircraft can be efficient but a car/aircraft is a compromise. Another dead end.

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UK superfast broadband crew: EC competition bods are holding us up

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Find an excuse, shout loudly enough and someone might believe you.

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China: Online predator or hapless host?

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Re: Oh yes?

Without the authority and the go ahead of those in charge this wouldn't happen. Someone allows it to happen, whether directly or in turning a blind eye...

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AT&T drops Facebook phone to 99 cents

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With all the revenue

It gets by selling my details on to all and sundry, it should offer me a free phone for just being on Facebook. In fact what about an annual return?

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Watchdog: Y'know what Bitcoin really needs? A REGULATOR!

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Re: Because ...

Regulation defeats the object of what it was set up for.

Regulation=Demise of bitcoin

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Judge hands copyright troll an epic smack-down

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Blackmail

Pure and simple coercion.

Jail time perhaps?

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Kiwis consider new spy laws in wake of Dotcom debacle

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Re: Wow, what an ingenious fix!

I thought there was a law against changing or making a law to victimise someone who has not done anything wrong but in the eyes of the Government needs to be subdued and punished.

I also thought this only happened in the old corrupt banana republic counties which are still dotted here and there.

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VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

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Re: No Good Can Come From This

You might be able to afford one, but then you need to keep it maintained, this in turn will generate a mass of paperwork that no normal householder will want to deal with.

A minimum 53 hours of flying tuition, a number of exams to pass, including a radio licence, meteorology etc, then further training and exams for an IMC or IR to fly in cloud and regular checks. Renewal of licence every two years, medicals, and more frequent medicals as you get older.... Checks that make the annual MOT for your car look petty...

Heard it all before, it becomes a rich mans toy, a few are made and then the manufacturer goes bust.

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EC: Motorola abused its patents in Apple iPhone spat

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Re: Good

Agreed, anything standard essential should be taken out of the patent equation. It is after all a combined effort of manufacturers and other agencies that set the standard, therefore if it becomes the norm it should be available to the public for a peppercorn fee or for free..

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10-day stubble: Men's 'socio-sexual attributes' at their best

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Re: Perhaps this explains

And then you woke up and found it was all a dream!

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Japan's XP migration solution: Remove network cable

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Re: No network = No Work

So how did people do their work before the advent of a network?

There were a lot less excuses such as 'I can't do that, the computer is down' and less use of social media during the working daymso maybe they will get more productivity out of the work force.

An example is here on El Reg, most posts occur during the working day.

Also, it is safe to say that if you post an insult to the least productive of the working population, namely Government employees and Civil Servants, you can say what you want about them after 1:30pm on a Friday without fear of being downvotes. They're all on their way home by then.

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37,000-machine study finds most reliable Windows PC is a Mac

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Re: More Suggestion than Paul McKenna

There is always someone who wants to knock the facts when Apple turns up trumps.

It's not difficult to install Windows on a Mac with bootcamp and also run Parallels in parallel. The instructions are simple and advice is all over the Internet.

Question why people do this, well you get the best of both worlds, with a Win7 install you don't have to lose all your existing software if you buy an Apple computer.

The difference is also probably due to the fact that Windows computers are made by so many manufacturers, if you look at the reviews comparing them, some are good and some not so good, some are high end and some are low end, some have quality components some have generic parts.

So it is not a surprise.

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'Chinese' attack sucks secrets from US defence contractor

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Re: What do you expect

I agree, and the only way to recent the hacking..... Get rid of the computers and go back to pen and paper.

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Picture this: Kodak could get out of bankruptcy as early as July

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It's Kodak Jim, but not as we knew it!

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Barnes & Noble bungs Raspberry Pi-priced Nook on shelves

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Methinks

They are in the sh*t.

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Plusnet's 'Everyone's a winner' claim is a plus-sized whopper

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Unlimited

As with the term 'unlimited' to the average man in the street it means exactly that. Un known to everyone else the ISP's have many definitions of unlimited broadband....

Unlimited (but only for a short period)

Unlimited (but only if you don't go over your limit)

Unlimited (fair usage, but we don't define what fair usage is)

Unlimited (until we change our minds)

Unlimited (is really a finite number but we will let you know)

Unlimited (do you honestly believe there is such a thing)

Unlimited (we tied you into a contract so fcuk you when we change the rules)

Unlimited ( it was in the small print, page 1323, section 895 subsection 55, para 69, appendix 3 and if you failed to read it, well it's tough cheese)

So the moral of this is ISP's lie through their teeth, and will say anything to entice you in because that is the way they do business.

Oh have you heard the one about their promised 8GB broadband speed?

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CLIMATE CHANGE forces women into PROSTITUTION - US politicians

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The USA was responsible

For forcing women into prostitution, courtesy of all the secret wars, support of dictators, overt wars and other back door shenanigans that they were involved in over the years.

Their administration has a lot to answer for.

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