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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Both driverless vehicles would swerve off the road and crash and burn.

If a human is driving the bus, they are personally liable. In an automated vehicle, a corporation is driving, then the rules change.

Since anyone driving off the road is seen with sympathy, the surviving automated vehicle is the one seen at fault, therefore liable. Since neither wants to be liable, both run off the road and crash in a firery mess.

In their eyes, to be a winner, you have to lose - now both don't have payouts to worry about. The law will decree that there will never again be any driverless vehicles, but as long as the corporations don't lose money, that's allright.

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

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Re: Simple Really!

"What kind of muppet side-loads illegit financial apps?"

Presumably the ones who want to, ahem, save money.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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"The portrayal of Barbie in this specific story doesn’t reflect the brand’s vision for what Barbie stands for," a Mattel spokesperson said in a Facebook posting.

Bullshit. You signed off on it, you put your name on it, you put your brand on it, it's yours.

Not getting away with it this easily.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Look at it from a user's perspective.

The only ads that will go away are from Google inspired "Contributor" ads by participating vendors.

As users, we don't give a rat's flying arse as to who gets what money, what we DO care about is of ALL the ads we see, which are Google's, and of those, how many are "Contributor" ads.

Hardly any? Then why the fuck should be pay Google? Why?

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Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search

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Re: What! Have! They! Done?!

"will Yahoo be around in five years time?"

If they're anything like AOL, the bastards will never die.

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Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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Re: Credit card upfront

"What would be more honest, and stop 99.99% of the kiddies getting caught, is to say"

The kiddies aren't the one's getting caught. It's the parents.

In the event the parents willingly give their credit card to their children, then they deserve what they get.

Additional checks do not protect they children, legally, they're not liable, even if said children steal said credit card, the card company still comes after the parent card owner.

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What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant

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Re: Apple already owned the plant!

"The plant was ALWAYS Apple's to do with what they want."

No, Apple had INVESTED in the plant. That does not equal to ownership. During the administration phase, Apple (as well as any other investors, creditors, employees, whoever) have right to reclaim any oweing mones.

This is where things get messy. It would be likely *all* the moneies/stock owed is going to be more than what's left with the company basically broke now. So, there's a pecking order, certain creditors get higher priorities than others, so they get paid (at least something) first. No guess that contractors and employess are the shit kickers at the bottom of the list - they're just not important enough.

You guess who's at the top of the list.

Apple's "valiant" effort to keep employees will likely involve "you work for Apple now, forget any outstanding pay you might have with your old company - which doesn't exist now."

That's how real life works boys and girls.

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"You can't really blame Apple if a company is run poorly."

Yeah, but you can blame Apple for entirely taking advantage of a company gone broke, that was indirectly caused by THEIR OWN "highly restrictive" conditions.

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Skype

Thought I'd mention Skype since this issue had already come up when I was looking for ways to deactivate a Skype account.

Brief answer is, you can't. Skype has no methods to deal with user deaths, and as far as I could tell, it's handled *entirely* manually, that is, a human has to get in contact with some other human at Skype.com, put in the request, and just hope it works.

However, as already stated here, if the user has the foresight to give their passwords to trusted friend/next of kin/lawyer handling estate etc howevever, then they can trash the account itself leaving only non-descript manditory information, change passwords once again, destroy anything you've done in the meantime and just forget about it. You will need to delete any Skype local profile files sitting on any and all computers, otherwise that information will magically go back on again *if* anyone happens to log on again - this is the reason for the last password change.

Skype can worry about keeping names on their countless cloud servers themselves - that's their problem now.

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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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watch.us.piss.your.money.up.against.the.wall.gouvernment.quebec

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Uber exec wanted to sic private dicks on critics ... Hey, Emil Michael, COME AT US, bro

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"Car hire upstart Uber has apologized after a top exec suggested hiring investigators to expose the personal lives of its critics."

I was pro-Uber till this. Now I'm going back to being raped and pillaged in regular Taxis. Or maybe I should take up hitchhiking.

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Gee THANKS: Cryptoscum offer a free decrypt in latest ransomware racket

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"I just can't raise any sympathy for people who don't back up. Has the last 3 decades of personal computing taught people NOTHING?"

Nope. Not a damn thing.

After badgering friends and family on the issue for the past few years, they're finally backing up onto USB drives. Not ideal, but better than nothing.

Corporates are easier to convince - but only after their first major crash where they lose everything. That's when they buy backup systems and media.

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

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It's the crystals!

I keep telling everyone it's the fault of the damned crystals, and no-one believes me.

I mean, if the Sleestaks couldn't work them out, no-one can.

Better get rid of them altogether just to be on the safe side, and we can go back to storing information in stone. At least it'll negate the data retention time argument.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up

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"It is NOT ok to play media through your tablet speakers in public places like cafe's,"

Nor buses, and it applies to adults who haven't grown up yet and insist on playing brain-numbing idiot games on the phones over half a friggin hour trip.

It's sad when not even a cell jammer will fix the problem.

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UK digi exclusion: Poor families without internet access could 'miss out' on child tax credit

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Re: What about Public Libraries?

"Don't these count as access to the intenet?"

Have you actually BEEN to your local library? Round here, you'll need to stand in line to get a 15 mintute stab at it. That's not even long enough to download your porn. The humanity!

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

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"If the billing system hasn't been told you've cancelled it will just keep on billing."

At least they can't keep taking money from an account for a service you've told the you had stopped using months ago.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg

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For some reason, Chef's chocolate salty balls come to mind, but these Scotch Eggs would taste better.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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Re: It surely has a nuclear battery.. despite their lies.

"Am I the only one to realise that was a joke?"

Yes, you were the only one to think it was a joke. And perhaps both of you could gain from a visit to a local mental health professional. I'm sure some of them handle conspiracy theorists.

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Shoot to THRILL: Assassin's Creed: Unity and Halo: Master Chief Collection

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Re: Dear Mr Reviewer.

"Because 24fps is good enough for movies without noticable flicker?"

To be fair, that's most likely interlaced, effectively (visually) doubling the frame rate.

I'll even do the math for you, it looks like 48fps, a lot closer to that 60fps everyone is talking about.

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Facebook's plain English data policy: WE'LL SELL YOU LIKE A PIG at a fair

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Re: With those terms...

"// I attended "Other College or University Name", in Sydney AUS."

Hey! I went there!

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Are dangers lurking on your workers' operating systems?

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Fine, I'll bring in my two cups and piece of string.

From now on if you want to talk to me, it's either that, or I'm not listening. Those are your choices.

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Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

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Re: To be fair

"And two strips of Velcro cost just a few cents."

That would not fly in Australia (or at least in New South Wales), as it's a documented requirement the holder be a "a fixed mounting. This mounting must be commercially designed and manufactured for this purpose".

Ironically, the above steering wheel mount would be legal, because as long as the phone does not obstruct your view of the road, they don't document where you can mount it...

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Re: Quite Clever

"No-one except TVR, perhaps!"

The Cerbera didn't come with airbags. Presumably, because it was designed as a race car, in the event you hit anything, the airbags will be wearing you for protection anyway.

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FTC to Apple: Turn your head and cough while we feel for balls-up with HealthKit privacy

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"It's understood the FTC was particularly interested in hearing Apple's take on how it will protect gathered data from hackers, advertisers and other miscreants."

Conveniently leaving out all the insurance and advertising agencies they'll intentionally selling the data to?

But they're not defined as "hackers, advertisers and other miscreants" so that's alright then...

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: Hmm, it's small

"How well can it take some beating. The question is, is it made to last.'

It's $99 at the retail level. You guess how hardy it is.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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There is at least one upside to vinyl.

No Sony BMG copy protection scandal is even possible.

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Is your kid ADDICTED to web porn? Twitter? Hint: Don't blame the internet

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"Obsessively following social media is more of a sign that your son or daughter is socially anxious"

Obsessively following social media is a cause of your son or daughter exhibiting socially anxious behaviour.

Fixed it.

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Why did men evolve map-reading skills? They were PAID BY BONK - study

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It makes sense.

The guy needs the spacial awareness to keep track: He doesn't want Girlfriend #1 to find out about Wife #1, and especially neither to find out about Girlfriend #2.

If he asks directions, he risks the [Small World] factor to kick in and alert one of the above to his indescretions. He could find himself in a pickle that way...

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Samsung: Every breath you take, every step you make, we'll be watching

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Re: Skin temperature 29 deg?

"Or maybe it needs some remote probe, that can be put into the ... mouth?!?'

We need to measure your body temperature, bend over and relax, and we won't tell anyone, promise.

Trust us, we are Samsung.

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'Chinese hackers' pop US weather bureau, flatten forecast feeds

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How did they realise it? Round my parts, weather forecasts are little better than guesses. Or, better still when they forecast rain first thing in the morning when I could clearly see that by looking out a window.

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Amazon hiring drone flight ops engineer in Cambridge, UK

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I don't think anyone gets it here.

These will not be drones that you think of when someone says "drones", look at "Unmanned aerial vehicles".

These will be full-sized planes (well, perhaps small ones) under full computer control, just like regular planes, except the pilot will be sitting on a chair back at their "flight centre" somewhere.

The "drones" are stocked full of crates, and sent to some airport somewhere. At said airport, regular truck drivers will transport stock the rest of the way.

The savings come in through: (I'm speculating here) but since they're going to be mostly flying on auto-pilot, you could conceivably get one pilot to drive more than one plane, er, drone. Not sure what the exact pilot requirements are here, but if they're lax compared to regular planes there could be double duty performed here. Not only that, from what I've been able to scrape, UAV pilot licencing requirements are more lax than regular pilots, so I'm guessing Amazon could save a bit on pay packets there too.

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FALL of the MACHINES: How to KILL the Google KARATE BOT, by our expert

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Joke

"Researchers at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Interaction also programmed Ian so he could drive a car."

I'm sure, but they'll have to invent a really, really long extension cord first...

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FLASH better than DISK for archiving, say academics. Are they stark, raving mad?

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Re: Endurance?

"[you can ask a Nand chip 'who made you']"

Remember, there are fakes around. Writeable CDs and DVDs are plauged by this problem, you read the manufacturer ID as someone reputable, but in fact, it was made in someone's backyard.

I've seen fake transistors (low-spec q's replaced the proper silicon), fake ICs (that actually did nothing), Even seen tops of ICs sanded off with new "regular label" printing on top. They worked, but you had no idea what black magic (or running hamsters) were inside - especially not why it was "rebranded" in the first place.

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Re: Endurance?

"Surely if it is archive you want a sort of drive where the data is just burned in and read only preferably with no, or minimal, moving parts?"

It depends entirely on the technology you're using. Regular writeable CDs and DVDs won't last too long, unless you use the gold based chemical CDs (claimed to be 100 years).

Once you get to flash or spinning rust drives, they're a lot more complex, and a lot more can go wrong.

The current consesus, is tape will last the longest, even if it has some downsides (data access time can be a bit rude if you store off-site). But the article is based entirely on the fact they want to access that stored data quickly too.

So their "best" suggestsion of Flash is suited for that useage case. If other factors are more important to you, such as raw data retetention life and cost, then as the saying goes, "your milage may vary".

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Re: Endurance?

"Possibly the weak components are "wet" electrolytic capacitors which degrade if left dormant. Presumably that would be, or already is, addressed with improved versions?"

Yes, newer electrolytics do age better (well, a little better at least), but most if not all drives now use tantalum types, that would last longer than the media they're running anyway.

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

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I use qi because it's cheap. The other options are either not available or pricedly stupid.

That said, with the case on my phone and the additonal distance involved, the positioning is so tightly restricted, I have to vary it by millimetres to get the phone to admit it's charging.

If it's particularly tempremental one day, I give up and use the USB charger instead.

It still has some work to go.

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IEEE turns crank on new wired Ethernet standards

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Re: Autonegotiate over 8+ different bandwidths?

"Autonegotation over 10 (if supported)"

Auto negotiating speeds isn't the issue. It's more how vendor A handles it, vs how vendor B handles it, and how they work together (or not work as the case may be). There's not only speed, there's full/half duplex, whether one side is willing to auto negotiate, and, if there's a mix, it's up to the auto negotiator to find out what's going on. And everyone handles it a bit different.

Depending on what you read, some make it look like it's a wonder it works at all.

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"The driver for this is 802.11ac, since it's silly to have multi-gigabit wireless access points served by blue cables that can only limp along at 1 Gbps."

Not really. Actually, not at all.

Once you factor in real life speeds, you're looking at 60-70% of gigabit cable capacity, as long as the ac devices are within a few feet of each other - plenty of headroom. But also note, that case would probably not be seen too often, rather than the more realistic two walls and a whole lot more feet and the associated further reduced speed.

Stating 802.11ac is capable of "multi-gigabit" speeds is as pointless as stating USB3 is 10x faster than USB2. Which has been debunked as bullshit many times over with real life tests finding closer to 3x faster.

Don't get me wrong, I welcome the faster cabled speeds. There's more than a few applications that push gigabit cable to the limit at a sustained rate, and this would help that at least a bit. But don't quote raw WiFi speeds compared with a wired medium that is clearly faster, and expect me to swallow.

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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Does this mean the development of making things weigh less, has some work to go?

I guess my fat arse is going to stay fat for some time then.

Come one, you know it, the first application is going to be a "miracle" weight loss system.

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Aussie feds consider job offer to 'LulzSec leader' who wasn't

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The AFP doing what they do best.

Don't bother with terrorists, they're too hard.

Leave out kids, it's politically incorrect to charge them.

But let's get the script kiddy instead. He's an easy target and it makes it look like we're doing something...

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Wasn't there an episode of The Twilight Zone that addressed the similar fear we're all going to be replaced by computers?

It came to the end when everyone was replaced, but the CEO had to stay to run the joint.

Till he was replaced too.

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The Pirate Bay co-founder exits jail, now, er, free to eat vegan food

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This is what it takes to get into the high security wing of your local clink.

Meanwhile, drug dealers, murderers, rapists and child molesters are already out dealing, murdering, raping and molesting.

I love it when society works like a, ahem, swiss watch...

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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"Interesting, I've been using VM all weekend and I haven't noticed a thing. Everything fine."

Try taking off your Zaphod Beeblebrox anti panic glasses first.

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At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

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"I'm sure I've blocked certain people appearing in news feeds"

I've been blocking everybody from facebook: I don't have an account. Works real well.

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FTC tells 'scan to email' patent troll: Every breath you take, every lie you make, I'll be fining you

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Re: Bogus

"to issue a patent to anyone who submits the correct paperwork,"

And pays their fees. Don't forget the most important part!

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

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Re: Gold-plated?

"It's for the super rich. At 5K per watch? I really don't think it is."

Considering their past performance on battery replacements, your you-beute $5K gold watch is only going to be useful for several years.

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Re: Gold-plated?

"What I want to know is, what happens to the gold case? Or are Apple going to make all their Watches the same size - so that you can just pop it out, and update to the next model?"

As Dr Phil would say, relative past behaviour is a good indicator of future behaviour. Going on Apple's past, it hasn't happened before, so not likely to happen now.

I would hope however, that they have a good workable strategy on firmware upgrades. It's likely the functionality in future won't be in the first version of firmware.

Which raises another question: Current phones don't have 8 core CPUs for kicks you know. We're pushing significantly more out of our phones today than we did in the last 5-10 years... How are they going to increase functionality without an engine replacement? Are the gold watch users of 10 years in the future going to be happy with the same relative horsepower of today?

All this may be moot though, Apple's battery replacement policy has been less then stellar - are they going to allow battery changes after a few years on the $5K gold watch, or are they going to let the third-party Chinese market take care of it?

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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From the article, I can't help thinking that said "Genius" is just as pretentious as the customers he's complaining about.

If you pick and choose, you'll find an arsehole for every occasion. If you average things out, you'll find that life isn't the complete shithole you had been complaining about.

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

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Is it just me, or does this article smell like a Microsoft ad?

There are some very specific Microsoft products highly recommended and used, with a mere passing mention of some other very generic systems.

After reading the "Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS" story, I can't help thinking this is another Microsoft ad gone wrong.

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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"Worst was the final season or two of Warehouse 13, where they sold out for product placement for some car (I think it was a Toyota..."

It was of all cars, the bloody Prius.

My favorite bit was how they used the "built-in" sat nav to navigate within the Warehouse. Under the iron roof.

Then, they try to Evil Knevil style jump the Prius, with clear warnings you should not try this at home. Shame, that's pretty much all the car is good for. And remember everyone who downvotes for that comment needs a "Smug Alert!". If you don't know what I mean, look at South Park. If you don't know wha that is, the fact you drive a Prius is the least of your concerns, you need help.

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