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* Posts by LarsG

2011 posts • joined 4 Oct 2011

Apple the victim after Chinese scammers exploit returns policy

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Re: Seller beware

I liked the one a few years ago in Canada where a store took in returns of iPads that had been paid for with cash and so long as the package looked unopened they didn't check the contents.

The 'iPad' was then sold on to the next customer who took it home, opened it and found a lump of clay.

Now that was funny.

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Ofcom: Parents, here's how to keep grubby tots from buying Smurfberries

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Re: Symptom or disease?

You are obviously not a parent. Both my son and daughter like playing the odd game, such as Fireman Sam and Angry Birds. 'Symptom or disease' is a sweeping statement, used to describe the use as a pacifier is not correct in the slightest especially when you consider the limited time they may have with the device, such as the time it takes to queue up for a coffee in a shop while they wait at the table.

I always switch to airplane mode before they get the device, yet on occasions I find that the childrens 'game' has tried to access the Internet because somewhere along the line there has been an accidental press of the button.

It is down to parental supervision, but when ad companies target young children in such a way it is wrong. They are taken out of a safe area and an attempt has been made to serve them up ads on a web page and this is embedded in childrens games.

The developers know this without a doubt and could stop it but don't .A simple solution would be to ban in app purchases and diversions to web pages etc on all games and apps targeted at children. The apps could be marked in such a way that they comply with these standards.

The firs developers that do this will make a lot of money.

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Facebook Home gets SMACKDOWN from irate users

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Live in purgatory.......

God no,

A home screen that rolls inane, uninteresting, insignificant and boring updates from uninteresting boring insignificant self important peoples lives who live with this false belief that their egotistical self importantance is in anyway of interest to the rest of us.

This is what happens if you are bad and go to hell when you die......

Purgatory......

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Windows 7 'security' patch knocks out PCs, knackers antivirus tools

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Ouch, ouch, ouch ouch.....

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Brit cops blow £14m on software - then just flush it down the bogs

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Predictable outcome..

Give money to a public service to spend on IT=Fail

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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Re: They bought a stolen laptop.

The more that people are humiliated and caught out then the less chance they will buy the stolen property.

I say spread the news and if it mortified them so much they should return it.

They are probably related to the the person who sent it anyway.

No sympathy....

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Planes in thunderstorms cop gamma ray bursts

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Re: So when.....

You're right, now there is a legal defence for air rage... The new 'Hulk' defence.....

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StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

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Sheep

As you can see this is the favourite Aussie position, honed after years of breeding sheep.......

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The quality of the picture is better here because the Street View driver took his time driving past........

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Another 170,000 Freeview homes to be freed from reality TV - possibly

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First a filter, then it will be a demand that you buy either satellite or a whole new free view box.

I love the bit about, 'if you didn't get a letter it won't be out fault'.....

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Microsoft follows Apple into the dock over warranty terms in China

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A great opportunity

For a country, state, county or even a town to enact a national or local law which states an electrical device such as a laptop, tablet or even phone must come with a three year all parts and labour warranty.

Without of course hiding the cost in the purchase price of the item.

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EE extends network: Soon, 1 million users will pay us for 4G

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Re: Maybe Not, but why do they keep telling me I should switch

As I live in an area where we are barely able to get a 3G signal, why do Orange keep asking me if I was to switch to the 4G tariffs?

I anticipate 4G arriving in this area sometime in 2091.

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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Before anyone moans about her...

The Labour Party first under Blair and then Brown could have, with such a large majority in Parliament over turned everything she and John 'Privatise Everything' Major had done.

They did not and THAT speaks volumes for her policies.

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London Boroughs join forces in mighty £1bn IT procurement framework

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Doomed to fail right from the start.

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USPTO backs down on iPad mini trademark objections

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The judge and family have been given a few 'free' samples to examine.

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

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'Lousy jobs' was this survey run by an American.

I hate these americanisms.

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Canadian gov: Have half a million BlackBerrys now, pay later!

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I suppose it is the only way to keep them in business, through subsidy.

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Leaked memo: Apple's iMessage crypto has DEA outfoxed

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I've said it before and I will say it again, US lawmakers are extremely creative in what they decide is criminal activity and even when the activity takes place outside of their jurisdiction. They just change the rules as and where necessary.

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Gov report: Actually, evil City traders DIDN'T cause the banking crash

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A cover up

Don't be conned by the report, it was the bankers pure and simple, without the bankers, no loans could have been given, no mortgages provided and no PPI sold, and no huge bonuses paid out.

Don't kid yourselves, they'll look for a few scapegoats to pin it on.

They just want to change the lasting image of the bent overpaid bankers, the report not blaming them is the beginning.

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Google cofounder Brin sighted in Tesla batmobile

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It's obviously

A google safety feature.

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Australian Feds charge 17-year-old 'Anon' with four crimes

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At least

At least in OZ they admit to arresting him.

The Americans would deny all knowledge of the arrest as he is spirited away into Oblivion.

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Android's US market share continues to slip

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Like a woman's monthly cycle

There are ups and downs.....

And downs and ups.

Statistics if they are to mean something should not be based on a snap shot.

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Ahoy! Google asks US gov't to help sink patent 'privateers'

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Re: Here Here!

Here Here again, the patent should remain with the one that files the patent, they should not be able to sell it. If a patent infringement occurs, the patent holder who filed the patent can then instruct someone to act for them. There are enough no win no fee sharks out there..

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Swedish judge explains big obstacles to US Assange extradition

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Re: Yeh right.

You'd not trust our legal system here in the UK... Why trust anyone else, and the Americans can be very creative when it comes to breaking the Law.

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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Re: Fixed that for you

The New windows 8.1 is.............

Windows 7.

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

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Re: "Nothing to hide, nothing to fear"

The Oz answer to the Animal Rights surveillance drone....

A rifle....

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Court refuses to block Aereo's personal streaming TV service

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Re: $80/year?

I remember a guy had set up an app for what in effect was a BBC newsfeed on Android when there wasn't one, and another who had a free BBC iPlayer on Android that you could even record program's with. This was before the BBC had even developed one... Needless to say the courts stopped it.

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Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week

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Re: Why would a sane person buy one?

Why? There are enough self-important Facebook users out there who think the unimportant, boring, uninteresting minutiae of their sad lives must be shared with the world. To them the pinnacle of smartphones would be a Facebook phone, in their minds this phone gives them affirmation, that they are important to the rest the Universe. Their circle of friends will of course coo and fawn over them and aspire and covet such a phone, thus increasing their own self-importance.

An Amazon phone on the other hand would probably be cheap to buy, cheap to run, cheap to replace Nd come with free delivery on all purchases. Not something you'd want to get out at the pub though.

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Patent shark‘s copyright claim could bite all Unix

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Re: April Fools!

Tut tut...

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Dell directors foresee unremitting brutality in PC market

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Re: The Tree is Dead

The industry tries to kid us that we need expensive Ultrabooks, then it tries to kid us we need a new operating system, then it tries to kid us that laptops and desktops need touch screens, then it tries to kid us we need to upgrade to ensure we have the fastest experience possible.

The consumer on the other hand has got wise to this crap..........

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Second International Cat Video Festival coming to Oakland CA

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Re: Detest the evil things

You could try orange peel on the garden, failing that, collect the sh*t and then throw it back late at night.

My neighbour who had the cat (they've left now) asked me if I had seen any cats climbing over the fence into his garden. He couldn't understand why he had so much sh*t in his, as his cat never made a mess in the garden!

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Jobs' first boss Nolan Bushnell: 'Steve was difficult but valuable'

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Strange how

The comments about Steve Jobs come into the fore when the book is actually about hiring and firing talent.

Forget about Steve Jobs, he's just an example, a foot note to describe a character in the book. Actually read what he has said an you will see that some of it makes sense.

Not many big businesses will like his ideas, the ones that do tend to do this stuff anyway. Just like in politics, you'll never convert the unconverted.

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Wisconsin man cuffed over Koch-blocking DDoS attack

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Not to worry

This guy had his computer hacked and has been set up as the fall guy.

Luckily the authorities will only sentence him to a maximum of 50 years imprisonment (it is after all the USA) and he will probably win his appeal in 20 years when they discover witheld evidence, he will only be 67 so he can continue with his life.

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Google Shopping Express dips toe in same-day home delivery

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They might be able to do it 20 miles from home on a limited customer base with Google Vans. It's a different matter on a national basis.

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Congress plans to make computer crime law much, much worse

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Three strikes and you are out rule... Life Sentences for downloading Justin Beiber songs....

Still it will help the economy by helping to populate the US prisons, therefore increasing demand for spaces, leading to increases in building new prisons, which will lead directly to more employment in the prison sector..

It's comparable to a Ponzi scheme, when the US runs out of prisoners they can export the laws and make them applicable to other countries and import prisoners to help fill prisons, to increase prison building programs, to employ more people in the prison sector......

Either that or the death penalty, but where the profit in that?

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Living in the middle of a big city? Your broadband may still be crap

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This is a way ISP's encourage you to go on to more expensive tariffs, the promises rarely match reality.

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IT Pro confession: How I helped in the BIGGEST DDoS OF ALL TIME

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Re: You are right.. and wrong

The Biggest DDOS attack...... Until the next time

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BlackBerry results not as bad as they possibly could have been

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not as bad as they could have been

That's like saying the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagazaki was not as bad as it could have been ( because of the hills ).

That doesn't mean that it's not bad!

Statistically, shops in the US have stocks of the Z10 simply because no one wants them. By the way has anyone here actually bought one yet and been too embarrassed to tell anyone about it?

No one I know has them and I know a lot of people.

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ASA says 'unlimited' broadband can have 'moderate' limits on it

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Re: Funny@AC11:21

Totally different context.

If I sell you a car and it has a 12 year paint warranty and after 3 years the paint begins to peel the manufacturer can't say 'ah we cannot fix this under the warranty because you left the car out in the rain'.

There is a reasonable expectation that the car will get wet at some stage. Just as there is an expectation that unlimited broadband does actually mean unlimited. The terms and conditions should reflect this and leave the purchaser in no doubt whatsoever. If I were to buy a car that comes with a disclaimer, 'getting this vehicle wet will invalidate the warranty' I would look elsewhere. The same goes with broadband that says 'unlimited except for...' And lists 20 or so disclaimers. I would go elsewhere.

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Re: Funny

Then the service should be called 'Moderated Unlimited' Broadband and not Unlimited alone.

If you use the legal reasonable man test, a reasonable man would assume that if the word unlimited, in unlimited glasses of cola with your meal, would mean just that. Drink as much as you like.

The same goes wit broadband, but if it is moderated then it should be up front in capital letters and not hidden in section 309/7834/783 of the small print.

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Pyongyang Photoshop tomfoolery shows wet Norks, skirts blown up

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Utterly, totally, absolutely

BONKERS.

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US bill prohibits state use of tech linked to Chinese government

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All of it?

But almost tech has parts made in China, assembled in China supplied by china, raw materials from China!

If this isn't Protectionism then I will eat my sock.

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BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY hammers Spamhaus

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Re: Spamhous must really be hurting those parasites

Parasites hey, and you know this for sure because Spamhous has told you this?

It's raining gold coins outside, you know this for sure because I told you?

Two sides to every story my friend.

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GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

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Re: The sound you hear

Is the smile appearing on my face and the subdued background noise of laughter.

Rodney you......Plonker!

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Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

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Re: Do not want, and in fact this kind of thing is a fucking 'orrible idea.

Where will I get my adrenaline rush from when I look up and realise the traffic has stopped, forcing me into emergency braking manoeuvres?

The relief I feel afterwards, having missed rear ending the car in front by millimetres is such a rush its close to sex.

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India’s outsourcers battle for customers in a cloudy universe

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If only

At least Indian call centre staff remain friendly when under intense pressure from not too happy callers.

They always remain polite even under adverse conditions and abuse.

Unlike one particular Irish lady I spoke to who sounded so despondent (BT call centre I think) and miserable I asked her if she was Ok if she wanted to call me back later.

'What do you mean by that?' She asked.

'Well, you really sound so down and miserable, have you had a bad morning?'. I replied.

'Why don't you go and fcuk yourself!'

She put the phone down.

God, did she have a sexy Irish accent! If only I'd managed to get her name.

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Rubbish IT means DEATH for UK Border Agency, announces May

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Ok here we go again

Not a surprise here, another waste of tax payers money from a poorly thought out and poorly executed idea.

Then again it's not the first time and it won't be the last.

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Foundry Networks CIO charged in $29m insider trading scam

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Shows how bent the whole system is even with the checks and balances those that make lots of money from what is in effect a betting scam are fiddling it every time.

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Mobile location data identifies individuals

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If you don't know this already you must be from another planet.

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