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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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Like Microsoft China, then?

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Google turns on shiny new .google top-level domain – but WHY?

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Re: Seems useless to me

Don't the colonials use 'zip' to mean 'nothing'?

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European Commission decides it won't have a science advisor after Greenpeace pressure

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>Well, some modern GMO's...

You say "common sense", I hear "uninformed guesswork".

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Re: Greenpeace is neither green, nor peaceful.

Because I'm old enough to remember 50 years ago, I have to say that all today's main political parties are centre-left.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: There is at least one upside to vinyl.

Not true, I'm afraid. CBS (now part of Sony, of course) came up with a variety of analogue botches to prevent home taping (which as we all recall, killed music... but that's another story).

They tried inaudible high frequency tones that they expected would interfere with the tape recorder bias frequency to produce an auible whistle on the copy - didn't work.

They tried notching out part of the audible spectrum with a very steep filter - very audible, and I can't for the life of me remember how it was supposed to make the copy unusable (any more than it made the original unusable).

And so on ... they kept trying various (and pretty well all entirely daft) ideas right up until the arrival of CD, then stopped because CD was so good that copies would be obviously inferior, so no-one would bother.

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

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Re: Weather ?

Actually, there is no real distinction, climate is just weather with the details removed. Which might leave you asking whether climate is a real thing at all.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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Re: Not Trickle-down economics...

Maybe not trickle-down economics, but perhaps "splash it all over economics" would be a better description. After all, the money spent buying trips in space doesn't vanish, it goes back into the economy via whatever Virgin Galactic (or whoever) spends it on. The point about money that the Grauniad and its ilk miss is that it only really functions when it's moving.

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7 questions we're dying to ask the internet's MOST EXCITING BLOKE

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> 5. Only two of the five key elections were uncontested this year – is this a sign that the ITU is stagnant?

uncontested => contested, surely?

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Given my normal commute, two external parameters have a significant effect on fuel consumption: ambient temperature (lower temperature -> worse fuel economy) and other traffic (more traffic -> worse fuel economy). Regrettably, I still can't control the weather, but I do have enough freedom to avoid travelling at the worst of rush hour.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Re: Ofcom .. concluding that it would be unfair to make the UK’s then 4.6 million receivers obsolete

As I understand it, many vehicles would require not only the radio, but the aerial and its wiring, to be replaced. Cue installation costs in excess of, say, £500 (unless you want the cable lying loose in the passenger compartment).

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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Re: I don't think it means what you think it means

Although you're right, as you describe it, the institution that is "Institutionally Sexist" isn't the IT industry itself but the education system, and quite probably society in general. Certainly it would be good to fix that, but I *still* can't employ someone who doesn't apply for a job. Employing individuals, not on merit but as tokens for whatever reason, is itself discriminatory, and worse, is deliberately so.

PS couldn't resist slipping a "quite probably" in there, mealy-mouthed or not.

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Internet Explorer stars in monster October Patch Tuesday

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Not quite right... the files are updated, and the new version will be used as soon as the application (not the OS) is restarted. And for goodness sake why would the OS need an HTML rendering engine *built-in*? (If it's not built-in, an update doesn't warrant a reboot, you realise.)

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Re: I dont get it.

> And no engine noise. :)

In my experience, the engine noise for most vehicles is not the issue; in normal driving road/tyre noise produces more sound pollution, except for occupants. There are electric buses on trial near where I live and they are no quieter than diesels, though the engines make a more whiny noise which is often more irritating in character.

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Re: Charging issues? Range?

> A steady trebling in size implemented over the next 25 years is not far fetched.

A trebling of generating capacity, though...

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Pen-testers outline golden rules to make hacks more €xpen$ive

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Re: S.O.P for IT departments

Too often, in the real world, the IT department is not competent to know what any given workflow needs, or to understand the business case made for subsequently reinstating services/access/whatever. So you end up in a situation (my organisation is just arriving there) where the question becomes "turn off or disable the IT department?" which is a quite different way to read your post.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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But... would anything different have happened if Elop were an MS mole, as some people assumed from the outset? Of course not. At best his actions failed to help Nokia, at worst they created new problems ("burning platform-gate" being the most famous).

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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Re: Surprised this still happens

... and I'm assuming that (a) they're too stupid to write good software; (b) too stupid to understand they're breaking the law; and (c) too stupid to hide (a) and (b).

Actually, (a) is an observation, not an assumption.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Can I get that software and delete goals (or whole matches) from their websites (or streams, or broadcasts, or wherever else they put them)? Seems fair to me.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Re: Interesting focus

Worrying? No, you should be very, very pleased.

Let's look forward to Elop getting in charge, and burning a few more platforms.

Microsoft and Nokia ... two buttocks of the same arse.

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Facebook didn't infringe Dutch inventor's patents: Jury

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Re: US patent court? Shabby??

Shabby? Perhaps they meant to say "foreign".

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

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Re: Bah!

Actually, "climate" == "weather" (how could it be otherwise, after all?), although "climate" is usually at a lower level of detail. It is thus one of life's little drolleries that climate predictions are typically specified with greater precision than weather predictions.

On the subject of climate models, the most worrying aspect for me is that scarcely a month goes by without the reported discovery of some allegedly-significant factor, which when incorporated into the climate models, nonetheless produces no political consequences whatsoever. Of course, computer models often tell you more about the modeller than the problem being modelled, but that's not news either.

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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Re: The Pun is the lowest form of Wit

Whereas spoonerisms are the wowest form of lit.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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> It'll just block our roads and make life WORSE

Isn't that the job of public transport?

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Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

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Re: Sandbox? How does that work?

But that's valuable information! How do I go about billing this Mr. D.R.M. Plugin for the information he asks of me?

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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> According to Peter Melchett ... the study is flawed because

... he disgreed with the result, actually

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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And will they also stop using Javascript?

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: More crimes against English.

Not to mention using "reach out to" to mean "ask". What is wrong with these people?

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Women crap at parking: Official

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Multitasking

Based on my observations of friends, relatives, and colleagues, "multitasking" in this context means "lack of concentration".

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Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG

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Re: @ Rampant Spaniel (was: I use VI! ;-))

Well,, I thought ed was the actual standard *nix text editor, has been since before vi - a half-baked abomination if ever there was one - was developed.

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Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?

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Re: Depressing

My phone company has just dumped a new Nokia on me. Great hardware, shite OS. And full of MS spyware, of course. So much the same, really. I'm not convinced Google is any worse than MS or Apple.

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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

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A collegaue of mine has a sign on his office wall reading

The science graduate asks "How does it work?"

The engineering graduate asks "How is it made?"

The economics gradute asks "How much does it cost?"

The social science gradute asks "Would you like fries with that?"

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The business mullet: Cool or tool?

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As a techie, I'm employed for what's in my head, not what's in my wardrobe. I naturally feel some level of contempt for anyone who can't understand that. The fact that managers, administrators, etc. all dress as if they've just popped in from their main job as a used-car salesman in no way implies I should.

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Raise a beer: Titans of tech fill out 'Worst CEOs' list

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Re: I like wearing suits, although the opportunity rarely presents itself.

A decision maker who is so superficial as to judge someone by their clothes - and prefers colleagues to dress like a used-car salesman - should be sacked. Today.

If you're trying to impress them with your technical competence, the way to do it is surely *not* to start by dressing like someone whose skill-set is totally different.

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Google's ethics, cosy UK.gov chats under Westminster scrutiny

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Creative industies - bollocks.

The ones that are industries aren't creative. The ones that are creative aren't industries. The whole of the 'music business' exists to gouge consumers and creators alike, for example.

What they're complaining about is essentially that their once-tame politicians are now listening to someone else as well.

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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Of course the teachers were the first to sign up to wearing these gadgets, not.

For some reason teachers seem to think they're exempt from all the sh:t they foist on students.

By the same token, I'd suggest all new legislation be tested for a couple of years on MPs and the police, before it could be enforced on the rest of us.

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Just how do you build the perfect Olympic stadium?

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I wonder who they asked about the stewards? Most people think anyone wearing hi-vis is an annoying and obstructive jobsworth. (Even when the law says they have to wear hi-vis.)

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UK websites: No one bothers with cookie law, why should we?

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Is there a Firefox add-on that replaces the content of all cookies I receive with bulky random garbage?

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Re: European Tour.com

No. Turn off cookies in your browser, if their website doesn't work *they* shouldn't be using the internet.

99.99999% of cookies are unnecessary.

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Publishing barons: Free speech a 'cloak for tawdry theft'

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Re: Eroding Copyright?

There's a fundamental difference between eroding copyright and eroding publishers, of course.

I'm certainly in favour of the latter, because they are the main reason the the copyright system is so broken.

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Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

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Well, Volvo drivers are already amongst the most inattentive on the road, so there's not much change, in fact.

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Boffins develop nanoscale vacuum tube running at .46 THz

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I thought the earliest electronic devices were the so-called "cat's whisker" primitive semiconductors, and valve were a Johnny-come-lately?

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What's copying your music really worth to you?

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Technically, playing a CD (or MP3, or any other medium for that matter) is format shifting the content. Perhaps the law against format shifting needs to be repealed. Or perhaps it is to protect us from the crap that the "creative industries" sell. (Of course, there are no creative industries, in fact; the creative parts aren't industries, and the industries aren't creative.)

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Britain has 10 million twits, tweets Twitter

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So, this is the zombie apocalypse we've been looking forward to?

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BBC deletes Blue Peter from BBC One

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Who cares? They're just channels (check it out, there are lots of them). Specifically, why do the BBC continue to obsess about which of their many channels programmes are on?

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New Apple keyboard patent may spell trouble for Android

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As we're all agreed that it's obvious in the rest of the world, perhaps the story is actually a comment on how stupid they are in the USA?

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Microsoft makes carbon neutrality pledge

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And what about the CO2 their employees breathe out?

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Half of UK smart TV owners don't know what the 'smart' bit is for

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Like Smart cars....

... they aren't actually smart, they just seem that way compared with the people who buy them.

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Satnav mishap misery cure promised at confab

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Well, this 'summit' won't improve anything. It's all - and only - about giving local authorities more powers to obstruct road users. Sat-navs are simply going to become the latest tool sustaining the UK's rampant government hostility to personal transport.

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The Google Review: Now Speak Your Brains

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It seems odd to me that The Register so persistently misses the point on this issue. It isn't about creators or consumers (i.e. freetards, as they are so frequently prejudged), but about what is in practice (if not by legal definition) a cartel, namely publishers, who exploit their control over distribution to the detriment of creators and consumers alike.

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UK.gov uses Experian data to sniff out fraudsters

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"The government will not tolerate people who dishonestly divert money away from those who are genuinely entitled to it."

WTF? The Government will not tolerate the tax office?

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