* Posts by LarsG

2105 posts • joined 4 Oct 2011

Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper

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Did they not?

Did they not consider testing them?

Previous battery snaffu's were relatively easy to rectify, unclip the old one and replace with a new one.

Built in is a little more complicated, replacement please.

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Reprieve for Weev: Court disowns AT&T hacker's conviction

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Re: Finally some sense!

He's been inside long enough to claim remission of sentence.

He may be entitled to a little compensation though.

20 million would be fair I think.

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Re: Could not have timed it better

The point of this will be?

Bragging rights?

Won't make a difference if someone is already living on Mars.

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Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN

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You do realise that he is not dead, he is just in hiding and lives next door to Elvis.

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Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys

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Re: population growth

They breed like rabbits in my house........... No wonder they all have smiley faces.

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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Anyone remember that loss making French Tyre factory that had to close down due to lack of productivity.

Some American was asked to put it right and get the business into profitability.

The French Unions vetoed every idea he put forward.

Slightly longer working week? Non.

Cut back on breaks? Non.

Up productivity? Non.

Weekend working? Non.

Increase in shift hours? Non.

The average worker in the factory attended 5 days a week, 7 hours per day.

During each 7 hour working day he had 2x coffee breaks of 30 mins and a 2 hour lunch break.

Total productive time was less than 4 hours per day because another 20 minutes was wasted getting back from the breaks.

So the average 'working day' at the coal face so to speak was 3 hours 40 minutes or the equivalent to 18 hours and 20 minutes.

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India second only to US in Google user data requests

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It's only because they are so paranoid.

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Smartwatch sales off to a very slow start

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Another wind-up story.

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One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work

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State Sponsored.

Just like the NSA and GCHQ

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

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Hacked?

Rubbish, just poor airmanship and an excuse to mitigate the insurance payout.

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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

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Re: And people complain about the ... @JiatcH

I wouldn't worry about Amazon in the same light as the NSA or GCHQ.

When they send me 'recommendations' or what interests me they never get it right, most of the time they recommend what I have already purchased and at other time they come up with the most bizarre suggestions.

Amazon intel is severely lacking.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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I've heard it all before, 'breakthrough' 'revolutionise' 'wonder product' etc etc

Then in the next breath they will state 'we can see this reaching the market in say 2055, it will be amazing'.

Don't hold your breath.

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Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

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Fantastic new for all 23 owners of the handsets.

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ICANN boss: 'Russia and China will NOT take over interwebs'

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I'm more concerned about how the US has an influence in it, at least China and Russia are more up front about their interest in taking over the world. The US is just more underhand but has the same goals.

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Putin and pals dump Apple's iPads for Samsung slabs... over security concerns

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Probably looking in the wrong direction, am I right in assuming Samsung slabs are made in China?

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Re: Next up..... Increase in big business profit

Increase in big business profit, increase in big business tax avoidance, decrease in the amount of tax big business pays.

I'd have no problem with this if Microsoft, Google, Apple and their ilk actually paid a fair amount of tax. They don't so why should I subsidise them?

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AT&T and Netflix get into very public spat over net neutrality

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Re: "Someone must pay a cost".

We all do, not only the fact that we pay for the service, but we have to put up with terms and conditions that we have no control or say over, we also have to put up with price rises without real consent (it's in the one sided terms and conditions) and to top it all, we never get the speeds or service we are promised.

It wouldn't be so bad, the fact that we pay, we don't mind paying, as customers that's what we are happy to do, but the least the ISPs could do is come good on the promises of speed and when we pay for unlimited it should be a proper definition of unlimited without any caveats.

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Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

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Pressure

I think it looks as if some back handed deals are going on.... Also I always thought that the accused is allowed to see all the evidence against him or how else can he defend himself?

Isn't it funny that the US is screaming out against Putin and the Crimea when they can't even get their own house in order when it comes down to justice.

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India's outsourcers look east with eyes on Asian tigers

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Looking for cheaper labour to maximise the profit, it was only a matter of time.

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

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Watch out if you are a gardener...

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ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

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Re: Iraqi wasn't a threat - wow!

The USA would see a threat in an empty room.

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Re: Stay tuned...

In 10 years time he will be a foot note on Wikipedia.... Died in an unexplained car crash 2014.

Just like politics, people tend to have short memories.

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Crap flap-app flap chap yaps: Yes, FLAPPY BIRD is comin' back

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I knew it, it's all about the money.....

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Say CHEESE: Samsung files patent for transparent camera

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Re: Transparent display?

You mean they have patented a window?

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Monkey steals iPod touch, loses interest in minutes

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Strange, my son used to enjoy chewing the corners...

Humans just have different tastes.

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Bing accused of out-censoring the Great Firewall

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Perhaps not just in China?

Is this why Bing is not the search engine of choice, because it doesn't give any?

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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Re: As much as I loved Star wars

I concur, however now that Disney is in charge expect music and dancing and laughter.....

Star Wars will be happy, clappy and a great musical comedy, perhaps even an 'Annie' in space, especially going on what the young characters are supposed to be.

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

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The limiting factor of all these kind of watches is how long they last between charges. Unless they develop a battery technology that will make it last at least six months between charges I'll stick with my auto winder.

I'd just get annoyed having to charge it every day or every other day, weekly or even monthly.

Still the round one looks a little more stylish though.

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8GB iPhone 5c is real, but no market-maker

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It would have to be £100-150 to qualify for a cheap phone. Less memory coupled with a high price just makes it less desirable.

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

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If the cover had guns, explosions, people being shot and mutilated and blown up there would be no problem, but dare show a sliver of tittie and the American moral police will come after you.

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YOINK! Toyota reveals – then DENIES – Apple CarPlay by 2015

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Toyota Dealership

Was doing some contract work in one last week, lots of people sitting in armchairs waiting for their cars to be serviced, must have been 15-20 people.

Average age 70.

Does this say something about why Toyota are wanting to buy into Apple?

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FANBOIS' EYES ONLY: United Airlines offers FREE MOVIES on iOS kit

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Ryanair

Would charge me for bring my phone with me, charge me to use my phone, charge me to switch off my phone, charge me......

So it's not such a bad deal on United is it?

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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

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Re: 1000 Users!

Prove it!

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iOS 8 screencaps leak: Text editor, dictaphone and 'tips' on the way

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Maybe that's why Apple offer the upgrades for free now?

If it's free, you can't complain you aren't getting your money's worth or you are being ripped off?

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Report: Apple flushes 12.9-inch MaxiPad plan down the drain

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Re: MaxiPad

Do you think Apple leaked a false story about larger tablets just so Samsung would go down this blind alley?

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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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