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Supreme Court silence seals Thomas-Rasset's file sharing fate

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Maybe if she was white and middle class she wouldn't have suffered such a disproportionate punishment.

America land of the free refers to the fact that everyone is supposedly equal infront of the law. Unfortunately in this case they are not.

Judges are political appointees, they tow the line especially when so much lobby group money is involved. She has the human right to expect to be proportionately punished for her 'crime'.

Instead this is a Salem Witch Trial and she is being made an example of to others. How much will the next fine be for a mediocre American country and western song? A billion dollars?

You say she was guilty of sharing 1700 songs yet found guilty of 24, but you still infer she was guilty of 1700?

That comment alone tells me all that I need to know about American justice.

Are you American? Figures.

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Bully Boys will always club together.

The disproportionate punishment is reflected in the fact that the Supreme Court refuses to get involved and actually put right a wrong.

But hey, just goes to show the lobbying power and bribe money thrown at the political masters to pressure the courts to take a back seat so they can get what they want.

America land of the free where nothing is free....... And justice can be bought at a price.

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Review: Sony Xperia Z

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Get back to basics

Actually If I bought it, I'd buy it because its a phone.

Am I the only person here who has noticed how all the phone reviews go on about this feature and that feature yet no longer say how good it is as a phone!

First and foremost it is meant to be a phone so I want to know I'd it holds a signal, how clear the speakers are etc etc.

Maybe the reviewers need to get back to basics?

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FinFisher spyware goes global, mobile and undercover

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Re: "FinFisher spyware has been updated to evade detection"

A double bluff perhaps, these are the ones you are expected to find, the properly updated ones are hidden.

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EA Origin vuln puts players at risk

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Re: Um

If the problems they had with SimCity weren't bad enough, now this!

Pretty much says everything about them.

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Weev gets 41 months in prison for exposing iPad strokers' privates

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The justice system

Needs to be updated from 1.0 to 101.9.

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BlackBerry CEO: iPhone past its prime

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Why did you buy your phone?

You buy your phone because it is the one you want, whether the OS is iOS, Win, BBS or Android.

It really doesn't matter, you chose the phone for YOU and your requirements.

I've had all sorts, Seimens, Nokia, Phillips, Sony, Ericsson, Sony Ericsson, HTC, iPhone, Samsung, Nec, Motorola, not in any particular order dating back to my first in 1994.

The last five were a HTC Hero, Desire, Sensation, iPhone 4S and finally iPhone 5. To be honest I have not looked back. I use my phone for my business the iPhones worked without a hitch unlike the HTC's which required daily attention and tweaking.

On the strength of the iPhone I bought an iPad again for business, they both seamlessly update my files as I need them. Finally this year I ditched my crashing slow to start Dell 1645 XPS and bought a MacBook Pro with a I TB drive, not the retina one I might add. Now when I get home late at night I don't need to imput any documents or updated stats and daily calls from my ipad because it is already updated on my MacBook. My old Windows Software, accountancy stuff, games, Office etc runs on a Windows 7 partition or within OSX using Parallels.

I may well have bought into the Apple Ecosystem, but it saves me time and it works without giving me a headache. I no longer have to work into the small hours inputting data because it is done as I go along.

You may have made other choices, that's your choice, just as your preference in food, beverage and sexuality.

All of that is fine with me.

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SimCity owners get free game, EA will get A NEW CEO

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Re: Not too shabby 'are you kidding?'

I sent my copy back and got the refund today from Amazon. My main reason to get rid of it was that it was almost impossible to log on to the same server and find I had to start again.

As to the Games on offer, most gamers will have a copy of them already and if they didn't its because they didn't want them first time around.

I have my money back, and if everyone who complained did the same thing maybe EA would change their tune.

Still went they turn off or reduce the server count next year or the year after, don't winge when you find your saved cities have disappeared in the ether.

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Huawei USB modems vulnerable

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You get what you pay for

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Freeview suddenly UNWATCHABLE dross? It may just be a 4G test

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With

The amount of crap on repeats on TV I won't be missing much anyway.

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Celebrity conspiracy as Apple attacked over customer service

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Storm

Storm in a tea cup, not really relevant in the real world.

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Windows Phone 8 support to end in 2014

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Given

Their history with mobile phones there will be no upgrade path to the next incarnation. Maybe they will take a page out of the Android book in that if you want to upgrade you have to buy new.

One to avoid or not?

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Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

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Re: Texting whilst driving leads to arrest

Yes but he didn't quite manage to send the last text before he killed the guy. He was still in the process of writing it. Being a Peer has its advantages when claiming 'honesty'.

The interview he made tells a different story.

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Re: Tested a drivers skill...

Texting and driving then killing an innocent motorist is an imprisonable offence, just ask Lord Ahmed the peer who spent '16 days' in prison for that very offence.

Of course had he been drunk at the time he may have got an extra couple of days before his pals in the legal system got his sentence reduced. It should be noted that it appears he claims it was a Jewish conspiracy that put him into jail rather than the fact that he drove texted and killed a person.

We will have to see whether this is true and the statement he made on an Asian television channel actually happened though he has no recollection of the interview.

If one of the little people did this they could expect 3 years in prison, but hey, being a Peer of the Realm has its perks does it not.

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LG: Oi! Samsung's not the only one with eyeball-tracking smartphones

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LG? Didn't know they still made phones, but hey will this set off another round of patent wars now that LG got theirs on the market first?

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Re: whopper

You will need two handed dexterity to use this beastie.

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Blue Coat, Skype and QQ named despots' best friends

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They are all at it, there is no surprise here. The real surprise is that it has taken so long to find out what they are up to.

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US national vulnerability database hacked

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This story just brings a smile to my face, ironic wouldn't you say.

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Fake fingers fool Brazilian biometrics

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As practiced in the UK?

I was amazed when a Spar shop here in the UK introduced a fingerprint and palm reader to be used as a clocking on and clocking off device. Apparently it was common practice to sign friends in if they were late now of course it is no longer possible...... Until now....

As an entrepreneur I will now market my silicon hand modelling kit through crowd sourcing. Investors may now que up and give me their money.

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Oz Bank share price dives after reveal of IBM/Oracle plan

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Re: good thing I don't bank there ...

If it was a Government initiative it would be definately be doomed to fail, however in the private sector it has a better chance of success.

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Groupon deal spam slapped by Australian regulator

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Spamming their customers, now that is a good sign....... Or is it a sign of desperation?

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Take a temp job in Oz and become office pariah

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Re: Much ado about nothing

I considered Oz a beautiful country, it was the uncouth population that spoiled it.

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My favourite part after having spent 2 years in Oz was my arrival and landing back at Manchester.

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Google to pay laughably minuscule fine over Wi-Fi slurp across US

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Re: As much as that!

The legal system must be seen to be doing something!

The punishment is akin to saying 'Well boys will be boys'.

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Japan to trial emergency 'calls' by Twitter in disaster zones

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Yeah, Fake Calls

The 999 system here is abused a lot, if they use Twitter for emergency calls the poor Japanese will be up and down their hillsides like mountain goats.

Or

There is also a chance that the emergency message never gets read having disappeared in a morass of inane boring, insignificant and self important posts from people who have inane, boring and insignificant self important lives.

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Twitter's Chinese foe is home to social media zombies

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Maybe

Maybe it is a sign that people are becoming bored with social media, or they have all been arrested by the Chinese authorities for making the wrong kind of comments?

Though its pretty much the same as Facebook statistics.

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Earthquake killed your network? Satellite-over-balloon to the rescue!

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Fantastic, I can now play SimCity!

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Rise Of The Machines: What will become of box-watchers, delivery drivers?

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But How

But how will a driverless delivery truck knock on your door to tell you the delivery has arrived?

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En Garde! Villagers FIGHT OFF FRENCH INVASION MENACE

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Re: Operators Licence?

You have to remember one thing here, in Britain we tend to follow all the rules sent down to us by the law makers.

Johnny Foreigner on the other side of the channel tends to stick his finger up in the air and shout Je t'encule les rosbifs!

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Blighty's IT support services to decline in 2013, 2014, 2015....

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Re: Could insourcing be the real cause of the decline of IT support services?

Absolutely, the decline is the result of businesses failing to invest in home grown talent because they can get it a few pence cheaper on the other side of the world.

The really sad point behind this is that the university education system here in Britain produces some of the best graduates in the world who are then unable to get a job or have to take on a job that bears no relationship to the studies they have undertaken.

Government policy could change this by insisting Government contracts can only be given to those who keep at least 80% of jobs within these shores. Instead they feed this outsourcing problem by taking the lowest common denominator which never actually fulfils the contract because the services are of such poor quality.

Every Government for the last 50 years has been responsible for selling off or allowing to be sold off our industries. The younger generations, the children of this country are being failed by these politicians and the politicians should be ashamed. Bunch of cretins that they are.

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Cisco opens in Myanmar as US tech firms eye fresh territory

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Wages are so low here I'd not be surprised if the country was being eyed up as an alternative manufacturing and outsourcing zone.

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

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Re: Easy modelling

Yes but if like me you have tried to play the game for three days without success, the sea rise modelling will be too late as it will already have happened.

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Re: Personally,

Granted, but did anyone nip round to the low lying Pacific Islands and ask the inhabitants there if they thought they were losing a bit of beach?

Somehow I don't think that Global communications were of such great quality in that time period that anyone else was asked if they had a problem?

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Microsoft exec selling his Surface tablet

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Re: I'm not a fan of the surface devices

Not upgrading, just realising how limited the RT is and deciding to off load it to some unsuspecting schmuck.

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There's cling-ons on the starboard bow! Trekkies' wallets under attack

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A clip on speaker? Almost like a Bluetooth ear piece? Except that it is bulky, everyone can hear both sides of the conversation and doesn't match the outfit. Hmmm

I really have to think of something bizarre and make money out of fools that believe it possible. I know I'm going to invent an invisibility cloak! Now give me your money.

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Google's Wi-Fi sniffing to result in $7 million fine

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Only

Only $7,000,000?

That's just like a gentle tap on the back of a hand. Small pocket change, the legal system must be seen to be doing something, but really they are being let off.

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Google Glass to recognize you by your FASHION SENSE

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Re: Optional

X-ray specs!

Why not a link to a web data base ((Facebook perhaps) and with facial recognition and tagging that will automatically pull up compromising or naked pictures of who you are looking at. Of course the software will necessitate a male female filter just in case.

Now where can I buy one.

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Study: Megaupload closure boosted Hollywood sales 10%

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Re: I smell fudge!

Not a fudge just a minor manipulation of figures to get the answer they desire

In common parlance it's called 'being fixed'.

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Seattle drinking den bans Google Glass geeks

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Re: Or... more likely ...

This is just the beginning, how long before a public lynching?

Or the first case of a pair of GG having to be removed from someone's throat or rectum?

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Impossible

Delivered today, impossible to play as it continually requests that I install the game. After 4 hours of trying I gave up, went back at midnight, still nothing.

Have decided to return the Game and already printed out the return label to Amazon.

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Safety authorities to hold hearings into Boeing 787's battery woes

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Re: Lithium chemistry is problematical!

Sounds like they got a job lot of used Sony and Dell laptop batteries on the cheap.

At 25,000 feet above the Pacific this would have been a problem....

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OLPC rebuts 'kids with laptops read less' study

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Balance

It all depends on what kind of usage limits the children have. That's down to parental responsibility. If you just leave them to it without supervision don't be surprised if they learn nothing except the lyrics from a Bieber song.

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No M&S vouchers for CSC staff as awards scrapped to save costs

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And they wonder why employees turn up to work armed to the teeth and start shooting?

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Samsung grabs Sharp shard, brings pain to Apple supply chain

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Re: Where to go?

Apple invest in their own screen production plant using some of the small change from their stash of cash and make their own. Sharp and Samsung lose 30% of their screen income.

Not that would be a story.

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Malware-flingers can pwn your mobile with OVER-THE-AIR updates

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They found this 'problem' and then produced a marketable phone/ firewall!

In the real world is this really an issue or is this just scare mongering to help sell a product?

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'Quantum fridge' gets close to absolute zero

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Amazing technology but utterly useless for cooling a beer.

Now if they could invent the portable instant beer chiller........ That would be cool.

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Oz Senator says Google Glass could 'end privacy as we know it'

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He has a point about privacy

You might also find that Google Glasses becomes synonymous with being a pervert.

It probably wont be long before the headlines might read, 'man found filming girls wearing GGlasses' or something far worse.

Laws will be passed banning their use in the workplace, public areas etc.

There will be random mob attacks on people wearing glasses because of the slightest suspicion that they are up to no good.

Finally the Daily Mail,will campaign to ban them completely.

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Gone in 30 minutes: Chinese tweets purged by army of censors

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Governments all over the world would love to do be able to do this. How long before many get their way?

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Europe tickles Microsoft with €561m fine for browser choice gaffe

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Re: Fine, but......

Fine, but......

.... where does the money actually go ?

Goes into paying the expense accounts of all the Eurocrats.

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