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2070 posts • joined 4 Oct 2011

Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

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Re: A test case perhaps?

Maybe the law should say 'using a device while being held in your hand'.

Firstly it would encompass a fair amount of deviant behaviour and secondly it would be less than distracting to remove it from your trousers, or pockets.

Why would you drive somewhere using a satnav, leaving the said device in you pocket?

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Pakistan's YouTube ban may end after Google removes anti-Muslim vid

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Re: Setting precedence

'Life of Brian' anyone?

Oh how these double standards offend me...

Seriously though, are we going to enter an era where it becomes a criminal offence to offend?

Too late perhaps?

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Japanese boffins build 'earring PC' for hands-free computing

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Re: Battery?

23.3 sec

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Jobless mum claims Spanish councillor told her to 'go on the game'

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Tech?

I'd expect to see this kind of thing in the Mail.

Did she try to apply online?

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Microsoft may slash price of Windows 8.1 on cheap 'slabs

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Re: They might reduce the cost of the OS

They have to differentiate between a low cost and a high cost device, the only way they can do this is screen size and quality. While low cost hardware such as drives, processors, memory do pretty much everything you want, the difference between a poor screen and a good screen is not the cost the manufacturer buys it for but the mark up they can make from it.

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Re: When are they going to get it in their thick skulls...

They can give it away for free, but that doesn't mean people will want it.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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I thought the Dark Ages and the Inquisition ended years ago.

Still it's not a surprise is it when it comes from people who believe women are worth less than men, where honour murders prevail and where education for women is frowned upon.

Thank goodness not all Muslims are the same and that many are more enlightened than this, but it will take a million years to change the mindset of the most hardened.

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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Re: Congratulations

'So it's suddeny fun to gratuitously mock...'

Sort of personifies what is wrong with political correctness.

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Re: Congratulations

'Why?'

No sense of humour that one.

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How many mobile apps collect data on users? Oh ... nearly all of them

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Re: Wrong expectations

Not about enforcement.

It's all about everyone involved in apps, from the developers through to the store that sells them working together to gradually erode our perception of privacy.

Little by little they push the boundaries of what is right and proper, hoping that the public either won't notice or will 'get used' to the little tweaks they make. Facebook is a prime example. There is a big difference in perspective of a radical overhaul where a company states 'we will harvest and then we will sell all of the data we hold on you' to inch by inch movements over a period of years like the erosion on a granite rock.

It is in all their interests not to make a fuss because it is all to their benefit. Don't look the gift horse in the mouth is the motto.

They give the perception of enforcement, but they don't actually enforce as it is not in their interest to do so.

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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Confused

I have a Tom Tom Go 600, it is seated and held in place on its car mount by a magnet. This allows the unit to be removed without having to remove the sucker pad off the windscreen, or in my case where it is attached to a Brodit mount.

Oh DID I say it was held in place by a strong magnet? I did.

So how can Apple patent this?

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India launches its very own VIKASPEDIA

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It will

It will of course be heavily censored.

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Still better

Than Apple Maps!

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Google's App Engine architect defects to Snapchat

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He will be a Mole in the organisation and best placed to undermine the reluctance to accept Googles offer of a buy out.

Within two years, share prices will skyrocket and Google will buy them for 6 billion, Magnusson will them of course be offered a role on the board of Google.

Buy those shares now.

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

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'Healthy and Educational'

Another 'Healthy Processed Food' that can be fed to the younger generations and along with a plate of Alphabetti Spagetti, can be educational.

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FIGHT! BlackBerry,T-Mobile US CEOs clash in 'inappropriate' ad spat

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A dying breed, needs to be placed in a breeding program and mated with fresh DNA for it to survive.

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Nasty holes found in Belkin's home automation kit

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Anyone actually got a Belkin home automation kit?

If so, why?

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Actor who played Rogue Two in Star Wars dies aged 67

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Only Fools and Horses, the mad axe man in the cottage with Del!

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

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Re: Hmmm..

Surprisingly, all those people in the ads for Google Glass are good looking models, when we all know that wearers will be geeky or creepy looking, buck teeth, spotty, greasy haired, pale through lack of exposure to the sun and generally socially inept.

So, no matter what etiquette you might follow, you will still look like a Glasshole wearing them.

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SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth

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It's the one you don't see that gets you.

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US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

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Re: The other shoe drops...

They will just criminalise the use of the megaphone.

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Control

Nothing to do with crime, it's a Government initiative on Control.

I bet there is real excitement in some governmental services lots of smiling and hand rubbing if they could get their hands on this.

Call me cynical but I don't think I am.

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Apple prevails in Siri marketing lawsuit

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Usefulness?

We have Siri because we have Apple Phones and iPads but I don't remember the last time anyone in the family used it?

In fact when I first got the phone I thought 'ooh listen to this, it's great, watch what it can do!' of course everyone wanted to have a go. It soon revealed its limitations.....

Novelty factor has now worn off and the only time it starts is when the button is accidentally pressed and it reminds me it is still there.

I worked out how to disable it pretty quickly.

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Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms

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Something we can look forward to

Something we can look forward to here in the UK in say 200 years from now.

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Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

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Re: I struggle to see how Office could be useful on a tablet

I agree, I have Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

When I first transferred my allegiance to the Dark Side I was worried that I would miss all my Windows productivity stuff. I don't.

Why would I want Office?

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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Litigation

It won't be long before he starts litigating on the grounds on 'unusual and in humane treatment'.

I can understand that he is not allowed games with guns and bullets, but it would be so much cheaper to let him starve to death and use his body to fuel a furnace.

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Samsung Gear splurge skews smartwatch market Google’s way

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Re: y'know ...

It's a really ugly design of a 1970's early 1980's digital watch. Not only that but the plasticky retrograde case and strap just ooze 'cheap' even though it isn't.

The most likely senario, it will go the way of ra-ra skirts and shell suits, 3D TV's, here today gone tomorrow and resurrected every 15 or so years in the hope they might catch on.

If they really want them to be 'must have' they need to last a year without having to recharge and look good. At the moment they do neither.

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Your personal data is worth a measly eight bucks a month

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Over priced

If they paid that much for my personal data they would feel ripped off.

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Flappy Bird becomes massively multiplayer PHOENIX

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This is the technology version of

Cabbage Patch Dolls, Barney, Furby, Tickle Me Elmo, Pound Puppies, Slinky, Furbies.....

Just a clever marketing craze....

This is just the new Tamagochi for grown ups that yearn for the old days

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

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Figure fiddlers

Statisticians can do anything with numbers.

They keep on harping on about Chromebooks increasing sales by huge percentages, yet the over all figures show they only have a small single figure market share.

It's great that a company could claim a 50% increase in market share in the last half of the financial year, but if they had only sold 2 items in the first half, a 50% increase is neither here nor there.

No matter what they say about it, Win 8 is not as popular as they might like to think.

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China's smartphone market slows down

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Slowing down?

Actually it sounds more like there is a pause because rumours are now being circulated that an iPhone 6 is in the pipeline and slated for release in the summer.

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China shutters Windows ‘rival’ Red Flag Linux

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Re: China actually paying for software?!

Well, I wonder if there is a correlation with this news article and the problems they are having with the Jade Rabbit? The moon vehicle not the battery powered vibrator I mean.

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No, pesky lawyers, particle colliders WON'T destroy the Earth

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Re: Aren't these couple of loons...

Loons?

Until the day we see the world begin to disintegrate around us while the scientific community shrugs it's shoulders and says "Oops, I think we got it wrong! Err any ideas on this guys?"

Not only do we have to contend with meteor strikes, super volcanos, war, perceived global warming, disease, man made virus and the sun going out creating a mass extinction, we have scientists messing with stuff like this and theories that are pretty much guess work.

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The perfect fantasy flick for the online Valentine you've never met: Her

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Might do well in Japan

I do remember 'Simone' and thought it was an OK comedy, one of those non-descript films that you only remember when someone brings out a film as bad as this one.

The problem with this one is that it actually takes itself seriously, a sci-fi drama. It's really not good. Not only does the guy fall in love with the OS but it cheats on him. It struggles even as a chick flick for geeky girls.

However it may have some appeal in Japan were apparently virtual girlfriends are the in thing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24614830.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Re: Just a News Operation

Actually no, the BBC has become an increasingly leftwing socialist mouthpiece for the Guardian reading chattering classes, the news is barely balanced most of the time but always tilted against anything middle of the road or even slightly right of the middle.

Proof; did anyone see that weak piece of work by Nick Robinson, touted as the definative 'the truth about immigration'?

It was weak, wet and an apology of a program. Typical BBC politics.

Having to fund themselves rather than be given tax payer money may well see a change of attitude.

They cruise along happily filling their pockets with bonus and perks, privatisation might just get them to work for a living like the rest of us.

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IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

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Re: Good news

Yes but who did they steal the technology from?

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Facebook KICKS OUT ad stalkers for BREACHING data rules

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Smoke and mirrors and a quick company name change, probably in cahoots with Facebook.

To be seen to be doing something is not always actually doing something.

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HP's hiring: UK jobs for, er, UK workers.... maybe

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Re: Everybody or Nobody

If any of these big businesses cut jobs here and then replace them with jobs abroad they should be completely cut out of all Government contracts.

No business that does this should be allowed to profit from public contracts.

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Sony set to axe 5,000 workers worldwide as it flings PC biz overboard

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Re: Not surprising

No more Vaio's?

No real loss.

Sony must be in serious disarray .

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New Delhi accuses Huawei of nobbling ZTE kit at state-owned telco

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They are in the news so much that I'm beginning to think there is no smoke without fire.

Am I right that the UK Gov endorses them?

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fWHoaR! Trick-cyclists crack eternal mystery of WHAT WOMEN WANT in a man

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So that's why ugly or fat politicians always get the attractive girls, Mr Holland, John Major, Robin Cook and Lembit Opik I am looking at you.

So it's all about head size and nothing at all to do with power.

Actually maybe Cook and Majors conquests shouldn't count.

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How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

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And

And when they go into production...

Adobe will add another 30 short cut and function keys.......

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First man/machine nerve grafts restore amputee's sense of touch

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Re: glad to see those minds put to good use

This is something useful and pretty amazing.

Does this mean that this guy is now one of the worlds first true cyborgs?

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

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iPhone 4

Wasn't that the one that you had to hold in a certain way?

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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Panic Panic Panic Panic

Actually, panic is good.

They will discuss and legislate this behind closed doors at the end of a corridor in the room next to the room that houses the cellar boiler, having removed the stairs, all signs and light bulbs.

The paperwork will then materialise as if by magic and our Government, whichever it may be at the time will enforce it with true enthusiasm and real vigor. They will then claim that they cannot but follow the rules because the EU treaty is binding.

Of course, the French will riot against it, the Germans will find it unconstitutional,the East Europeans will love it as it harks back to the days of old and state control, the Italians will ignore it, the Greeks will ask Germany for permission to avoid it and the Dutch will be too stoned to bother. Oh, not forgetting the Spanish, they will use it to stop traffic coming out of Gibraltar.

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Bad enough that our every move is monitored with our mobile phones, now they want every car to be at their whim?

Who will be to blame if it kills someone, or is that considered acceptable collateral damage?

I bet there will be mission creep in this one, a few years down the line bailiffs and the councils will get access to using it.

WiFi jammer anyone?

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Tell us we're all doomed, MPs beg climate scientists

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Tell us we are doomed..... So we can have an excuse to raise spurious taxes.

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Bye-Zynga: online games maker laying off 314 staff

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NaturalMotion

NaturalMotion, if you work for them start looking for alternative employment.

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

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Didn't ask me

Didn't ask anyone I know either.

So what evidence did he base this theory on?

Simple, the members of the Conservative Party, average age 67, who don't really know the implications because they don't live their lives online.

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Apple declares war on PAYPAL: Pay-by-bonk + iTunes = profit, right?

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After

The Lloyd's Bank fiasco this weekend I will always remember to carry enough cash to make the purchase.

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