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* Posts by LarsG

2079 posts • joined 4 Oct 2011

'Tablet' no longer means 'iPad': Apple share PLUMMETS below 30%

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I think you need to see what happens when they release the new products, I think the retina mini will prove popular, this breakdown of Q1 Q2 etc is a red herring. Micro analysis is all well and good but the annual figures are more important.

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

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"The device's public FAQ does make it clear that car and bicycle riders should be careful that they aren't breaking the law."

So is using a mobile phone when driving but having been on the receiving end of someone that did.....

Hope the fine is huge.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Re: Kick it out and start again

If DAB were a Dodo it wouldn't need shooting because it would already be extinct.

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Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last

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Re: Here we go again...

Tooooooo Late to make a difference.

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Ahoy, scalliwags! FBI claims another haul of Silk Road booty - $26m of it

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Seized $26 million dollars in Bitcoins?

Have you got them in your safe? Are you holding them right now?

Ok, now In a puff of smoke I will make a virtual transfer of them......

Gone.

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Is it barge? Is it a data center? Mystery FLOATING 'Google thing'

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Less likely

To be a data centre and more likely to be a floating prison given that the US prison population is a self perpetuating cash cow.

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Study: Arctic warming at 'stunning' rate – highest temps in 44,000 years

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While

While I think there is some substance to global warming, every day we get information, mis-information and down right poorly researched information to the point where the majority of people really don't care anymore.

Everyone and his aunt come up with a theory and if any of it really does have some truth in it, it has already disappeared into a mire of information that is impossible to make head or tail out of.

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Samsung patent points to hi-tech glasses project

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Just like the Watch, a tethered product that has no future.

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Samsung swallows $340k fine for renting trolls to TRASH-TALK HTC phones

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Meh

Wink Wink

The fine is really a tap on the wrist followed by a wink and a smile....

Samsung just pay more in bribes than HTC can afford.

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Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL

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Re: Time I think

Scary when you think most of this new Surface is old stuff repackaged.

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

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Re: Already seen this

I've had the HMRC emails, around 7 of them and it was only because of the spelling mistakes I realised they were dodgy.

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Got a mobile phone? Then you've got a Trojan problem too

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The majority of Android users can only dream of an update, unless of course they buy a new phone!

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Torrent site isoHunt to close

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Re: "Remained faithful"?

I agree, just use Google and the major benefit of this is that they are protected by the US of A.

Of course you will be monitored by the NSA but they have bigger fish to fry.

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MEGA ASTEROID could 'BLOW UP EARTH' - Russian space boss

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Fantastic, no need to save up for a pension, might as well spend it now!

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Slip your SIM into a plastic sheath, WIPE international call charges

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Re: A neat trick but

Buy decent up to date phone £600

300 mins 1000 texts 500 data £12 inc per month on 12 month sim only contract

Total cost over two years £788

Same phone locked on contract £100 handset plus £39 per month over two years £1,036

Additional benefit is that I can change my phone every year, sell the old one and get up to 50-60% value back.

In fact this year sold an old 2 year old but immaculate iPhone 4S for £190 so that cost of phone and sim only contract over two years is now

£598 total cost over 2 years.

If I had sold my iPhone 5 instead of giving it to my wife I could have reduced the cost by another £150.

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

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Re: Sensible approach or is it?

Today, tracking for 999 calls,

Tomorrow legislation introduced for compulsory phone tracking... Even better than an identity card.

Ok so it's obvious that they do this already, under the table, off the books but it's only used to 'keep us safe'

Or is it?

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Smile for the cops! Sexy Snapchat selfies' self-destruct scrubbed by search warrants

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Re: Things that are forever ...

Really? They could be seen 'before deletion from the servers.'

You actually mean 'under national laws we are obliged to keep ALL information accessible to law enforcement agencies and anyone who wants to have a look for a period of no less than 6 years, though in certain circumstances we can insist on this information being kept forever.'

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McDonalds tells fatties to SUPERSIZE THEIR BRAINS

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Re: As an educated Yank ...

Ebooks? After a study revealed the UK has one of the worst literacy rates in 16-24 year olds in the developed world. They need to stick with cheap and nasty plastic toys or might even be better off giving away free copies of the Sun.... Though that might be a bit too taxing on them.

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Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

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Re: Is there really any need for pathetic name-calling like this?

A rather racist statement, he is Pakistani/Kenyan whose parents immigrated to Scotland in the 1960's.

However he has never had a real job in his life, after studying Politics at Glasgow University he worked for Bashor Ahmad SNP as a researcher. He is one of those career politicians that has no real experience other than living in the political bubble of politics which pretty much includes the whole bloody lot of them from lands end to john o groats.

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Brazil's anti-NSA prez urged to SNATCH keys to the internet from America

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Trust

However little trust I have in the USA I would rather them oversee the Internet than the numerous little 'democratic' republics who will all jockey for position to try and influence and take control.

If it is put in the hands of a world organisation then just look at the EU and the UN to see how it would suck up expenses and how agreement would be impossible to reach.

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Payday loans firm rapped for failing to register with Info Commissioner

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Re: Payday loan companies......

In an honest society politicians would have looked at this and said no, they would have banned payday loan sharks.

I wonder how many of our Politicos sit on the boards of these businesses, as we have seen before they tend to have their snouts in the trough where money is being made.

No right minded individual would allow it.... Brown envelope sir.

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Blighty's National Crime Agency nabs first crook ...for £750k cyberscam

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We used to have proper policeman who would deal with this, now we have a politicians grand idea, just like the Borders and immigration lot. Within 5-6 years it won't be fit for purpose so anothe politician will give it a name change and make a bit deal about it.

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Shadowy drug fans threaten FBI agents, vow to 'avenge' Silk Road shutdown

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Re: Seriously now....

Oooooh, the FBI bods will be quaking in their shoes.....

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That 'DIAMOND SUPER EARTH' may actually be WORTHLESS ball of gas

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A moot observation

A planet that may or may not be made of diamonds 40 light years away....

By the time we develop the technology to get there diamonds will probably have no value anymore, the world will have been consumed by the Sun and if any human beings were lucky enough to have survived or moved on they will be more concerned about survival than making a dash to grab a hand full of stones.

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Amazon wrapping FireTube tellybox for Christmas – reports

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How many

Set top boxes does a person need? Our TV's will all be having HDMI overload.

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Japan needs 80,000 EXTRA info-security bods to stay safe

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Didn't know they had anything worth stealing anymore.

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Apple ban win: Now you can't buy Samsung gear no one was buying

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Re: The ITC moves too slowly for it to matter either way

Whichever way you look at it, even if you squint standing on your head looking through the bottom of a green wine bottle in a dark room, it still smacks of favouritism and protectionism.

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Apple's new iPhones dope-slap Samsung in US

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Wait until

They bring out limited edition colours for the iPhone 5c.....

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DEATH WATCH counts down seconds to wearer's demise

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How ridiculous, there have been countdown timers for Christmas, Birthdays etc in the app stores.

You might even be tempting fate, and fate does not like being tempted...

Watch out for that bu......s.

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Cook invokes GHOST of STEVE JOBS in Apple-wide memo

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Funny how people who knew him liked him and people who never knew or even met him hated him.

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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

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Steve Jobs

Didn't put us into a recession, didn't lay off thousands of people, didn't repossess houses...

The Banks and their ilk did that.

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New Terminator-style 'bots can self-assemble, leap, climb and SWARM

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Faggots?

This will confuse out brethren from across the pond.

It will be necessary to explain to them that faggots can be:

An archaic unit of measurement for bundles of sticks used for burning heretics, witches were generally drowned.

Or

Is traditionally made from pig's heart, liver and fatty belly meat or bacon minced together, with herbs added for flavouring and sometimes bread crumbs, popular in the Midlands as a warming dish.

The author is not anti-gay or promoting the burning of homosexuals, also the word minced is not to do with they way a person walks.

In this day and age things need to be explained to prevent arrest and litigation.

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NSA justifies hacking world's digital communications

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Re: That's a good one!

I could justify a lot of things but I'd be arrested for them.

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Judge orders probe over Samsung execs viewing secret Apple docs

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Obvious this was going to happen wasn't it.

Now let's get the legal process started......

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Samsung DENIES benchmark CHEATING, despite evidence

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There would have been a little more respect had they put their hands up and said,

"Yes it is true, we do cheat, but so does everyone else".

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You put up with CRAPPY iOS 7. You can put up with Obamacare too, says prez

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A Free gun with every policy

Obama missed a trick here, he should have offered a free assault rifle with every Obamacare Policy...

The Republicans would have been running to vote for that....

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Atomic clocks come to your wrist

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Re: Love the extended crown

Push it in and you get a meltdown.

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US spy court says internet firms can't report surveillance requests

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Freedoms

The people that make up the rules are in charge....

At times like this the freedom of the press and the freedom of the judiciary from interference from the legislature is essential.

Unfortunately the judiciary increasingly has its strings pulled by the legislature and does what it is told.

For now the press is still free, but how long before Government changes the rules and legislates to change this. Imagine that after the Leveson inquiry the biggest advocate for press control, the Labour Party get into power, they could dictate what can and what cannot be printed by the papers.

Not good.

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Cerberus circles BlackBerry as Canucks warn of more losses

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It's like watching an alcoholic drink themselves to death.

Not comfortable viewing at all.

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Feds smash internet drug bazaar Silk Road, say they'll KEELHAUL 'Dread Pirate Roberts'

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A Phoenix will rise from the ashes.....

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Screen grab by Google, Amazon could delay Retina iPad mini – report

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As usual the 'leaks' begin before the product is announced, generating interest and speculation which is all that Apple desires. It's Advertising Jim Apple style............

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Dell ‘xpands XPS line with 'WORLD-FIRST' MEGA-RESOLUTION laptops

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Re: Finally!

A retina style display is actually sufficient, a more than retina style display on a standard laptop screen, 15", 13", 11'" etc really makes no difference to what you see, 336ppi are seen no differently from 666ppi, but as someone else commented Apple scales better than Windows.

We will probably see a 1000ppi 11" screen in a few years but for what purpose?

I'm more interested in colour reproduction, light and reflections than I am with the pixels per inch.

It's a bit like this FAD for 3D, it's not necessary, doesn't enhance a crap film any more than if it were on a normal screen and imposes restrictions on the way you have to view it.

All it gives is bragging rights.

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'The NSA set me up,' ex-con Qwest exec claims

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The hard part is proving it, especially as nothing can be disclosed because of national security.

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Doctor Who to land on the BIG SCREEN and in 3D in November

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Why bother, spend the money on the production.

3D is dying, why bother? Rather than spend the money on this niche market and the few people who have the TV's spend the money on the production and story and make it great.

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'I don't trust Microsoft' after NSA disclosures says former privacy chief

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Drip feed.

It has been the intentional drip feeding of the removal of the expectation of privacy over a number of years that has led the public to sleep walk into this situation.

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and others all present an outwardly respectable face of a competent business, yet at the same time chipping away at our expectations of privacy. They claim our data is protected and the more they were trusted the more they were able to take. The public went along with it, well you had to if you wanted to be part of it.

Now of course, we have seen the other side of the coin, not only is out private information used to profile each an everyone of us but Governments caught on pretty quickly that information is power and control in this electronic data age. Instead of a product or commodity they use fear and the carrot of keeping us safe as an excuse.

The only way to fight back is to withdraw from society and disappear, which is pretty much impossible.

Governments will never stop, mainly because they can never be trusted because their whole sense of being is to stay in power and to do this they need leverage. They will legislate to the very ends of the earth to keep the little people in check. They will bury the secrets even deeper than before, so deep that even whistleblowers will think that there is nothing to blow the whistle on.

Nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear?

Time to start wearing my tinfoil hat.

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Apple wins patent for entrance to retail store

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Re: Erm..

Is the pyramid at the Louvre patented?

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Analyst says Brit rail broadband plan is TRAIN CRAZY

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There will always be a cost... To the 'customer'.

Stick with 3G and chill out if you lose your signal, it's not the end of the world having to wait a few minutes.

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Half-Life 3: CONFIRMED?

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The only game I ever finished.

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