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US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

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This is one of those occasions

when the phrase,

"the very least we could do",

is completely accurate.

But they've got Samsung and Apple singing off the same hymn sheet. That's a minor miracle all by itself.

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Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

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“Believed by whom? Who would take over the tainted MtGox brand *and* sacrifice a slice of any future profits they manage to carve out to the current creditors?"

Who spends huge wads of money on a photo sharing site or messaging platform, both of which make a loss?

My conspiracy theory for the day is that Mr Karples didn't lose all those bitcoins. He saw, to his horror, that his exchange was making a profit, so he ran a multi-pass disk wipe over the bitcoins in order to make MtGox a more attractive buyout target for Facebook. So Mr Karples could be free of this running-an-exchange thing and turn his attention to more important things, like drinking mohitos on some warm carribbean beach.

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

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Re: The race is on!

"And why exactly should the lunar surface be worth $1000 an acre?"

If you could get any kind of practical mining and construction happening on the moon, it'd make a decent launch-pad to reach the rest of the universe. No air means no corrosion or any of the contaminants that come with it. And the moon has something like one-sixth of Earth's gravity, so your rocket would need a lot less fuel than one launched from Earth.

Sure. A moon base capable of mining and producing stuff is a looong way off but I imagine lunar real estate prices will only go up if you're patient enough to invest for your grandchildrens' grandchildren.

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'Software-defined anything' is NONSENSE. Don't bother pitching it

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But.. but.. my indisputable projections (ok, fine... they may have been slightly fabricated) clearly show that the market for software-defined advertising drivel is going to provide a paradigm-shifting explosion of end-point synergies of unparalleled holistic social integration.

Yeah, sorry. I've been watching The Wolf of Wall Street and it's rubbed off on me, and not in a good way. So, about that Amazon wish list --->

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Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon's brutal scale in annual letter

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Re: I wonder if all those warehouse people think about this in middle of August?

"That is an extremely odd policy. Why would a company want to lose its most loyal and experienced workers?"

It could have something going for it. If someone is willing to leave for a few thousand, it's pretty clear that they don't want to be there. It's an employee who doesn't much care about their job and the company is better off paying them to go away and then hiring a replacement whose (hopefully) more motivated.

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US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

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Another win for closed source software.

It's not just that the various government bods have run past the deadline and thus have to spend taxpayer money on 'extended' support, it's that they moving from XP to Win7. So the when support for Win7 runs out, they get to go through the same shite all over again with the badly written, 'must have' closed source apps which can't run on a current OS.

I can understand small companies, like Mr Pott described, running into upgrade problems but government bods, on the scale of the IRS, do have financial clout. What's to stop them from saying, "if you want our contract, you hand over the source code, so if you can't or won't support it, we will"?

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

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Thanks for the link, Dave 126. An interesting listen from an intelligent, no-bullshit guy.

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Systems cock-up plagued new hospital in Melbourne

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Re: are you kidding?

Colour me bemused. Somewhere, someone out there thought, "Ya know. It will be so much easier to reschedule only 50k appointments rather than go through the onerous task of writing a script to convert one record format to another."

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MtGox boss Karpeles ordered to Dallas to face bankruptcy probe

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Who wouldn't want to get lynched?

I'm sure Mr Karples will be hurrying to the airport real soon now.

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Any minute now.

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Banks lob sueball at Trustwave, Target over breach

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Hit em where it hurts.

I'm not naive. Companies don't care about security any more than they care about toilet paper - it's an expense but they need to have some, so they buy the cheapest 'solution' possible and call it quits. Pleas to 'do the right thing' or 'concern for the customers' wellbeing' (AFTER they've handed over their cash) won't get the job done.

However, making lack of security expensive. Yeah. That'll do it. A billion dollar plus judgement and we'll see every Target becoming a quantum-encrypted, air-gapped fortresses, with armed and flak-jacketted paramilitary types guarding every terminal and comms cupboard.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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"I don't think you actually read the article..."

Doesn't it just bug ya when people don't read the damn article before running their mouth off?

Hey! Maybe the dude had trouble comprehending the article. Wouldn't it be just awesome if some country with a lot of poor people made a really cheap device, maybe a laptop or a tablet, which could help improve educational results for things like reading comprehension as well as giving it's citizens access to the wealth of info available on the internet. I mean, even if it's not the greatest bit of kit, it could help improve the lives of so many people.

Wouldn't that be great!

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Turnbull Twitfight - we're backing Mal this time

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Re: Turnbull Twitfight - we're backing Mal this time

It depends on the extent of her "research". If she contacted Telstra and they indicated that they would be able to provide a service, but subsequently didn't, then the fault is clearly theirs.

However I suspect it's a case of, 'I saw something on some website-thingy which I'm almost certain said something about something and I can't remember exactly what it said and certainly not which website it was and anyway I'm too busy and important to pay attention to piddling details so it's everyone else's fault and definitely not mine so why haven't you fixed it yet?'

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iiNet CEO Michael Malone resigns

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The cynic in me says that standing up to AFACT was a PR move on iinet's part but, regardless of motivation, what matters is that they did do the right thing by their customers. I can't imagine that any other Australian ISP would have done anything other than sell their customers out. All the best to Mr Malone and his family.

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

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Re: additional software

In a similar vein, I'd suggest an ebook software (I use CoolReader FWIW) and a selection of titles from Project Gutenberg.

Without wishing to sound condescending, literacy is, in so many ways, a silver bullet. Perhaps the low literacy rates are, at least in part, a consequence of lack of accesss to reading material in such a remote location.

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IBM: We gave NOTHING to the NSA, stateside or elsewhere

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Translation

Give us your money because saying we're trustworthy makes it so. And we don't want to spend any of it to store your data in your country.

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Fibre fanaticism overrode proper NBN planning says report

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Re: How do you predict the benefits?

I'll grant you that the cost-benefit ratio would be easy to guage but that isn't a good reason for not trying. The NBN is going to cost money, and lots of it. And it doesn't seem like anyone, previous or current government, has even considered whether "faster communications" the best way to spend it, or even if we wouldn't be better off not spending it at all.

"Faster communications" would be beneficial but so, for example, would the same amount spent on better training for our teachers and better schools for our children.

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Nipper rolls up at nursery with 48 wraps of HEROIN

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Poor dad!

It must have been terribly disappointing for the father to discover that his son has chosen to become a drug dealer. I mean, we try to teach our youngsters right from wrong. Oh well. I suppose these things can happen even to the best of parents.

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ITU given keys to autonomous car standards process

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Communiqué

Is such a lovely, if antiquated, word.

The gents from the ITU met with the artisans, who you'll recall as the creators of the new-fangled 'automobiles', over an invigorating game of croquet. Afterwards they all indulged in a brisk stroll to the telegraph office whereupon they issued the long-awaited communiqué. Its good news chaps! Soon you and the lady of your life will be able to enjoy a horseless carriage of your own.

That all said, I'll take a communiqué over a fax, text, memo or blog, any day of the week.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Re: Am i being a numpty

Aye. For a shitty little mp3 player they do a sterling job with FLACs (rockbox erm, rocks). But, just to make the audiophiles cringe, my sansa clip is mostly filled with MP3s... at 32k,mono.

For those who are still breathing, yes, I've got mostly audio books and podcasts.

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Apple 'hid AUD$9 BILLION' from Australia alone: Report

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@Gray Ham, I'd pay to see that! But you're right, it won't happen.

The thing is, I imagine Apple does pay whatever taxes they're required to because otherwise the ATO would tear them a new one. The problem is not some companies paying bugger all taxes, it's that we have retarded laws that let them do so legally.

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See! Who says Apple doesn't innovate?

Now I wonder if the government could be persuaded to shut off water, electricity and street access - the trivial kinds of things taxes pay for - to Apple stores in this country.

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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

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The 'improved' Office 'features' which nobody wants to compliment the 'improved' Windows 'features' which nobody wanted.

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Satya Nadella shakes up Microsoft, appoints 'Scroogled' man Mark Penn as strategy chief

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Shoot the Messenger

"If reports of her [Tami Reller's] demise are correct it perhaps signals Microsoft distancing itself further from those who made the world so tepidly enthusiastic about Windows 8."

She's like Baghdad Bob - tasked with putting a positive spin on abysmal failure. In both cases it's not the messenger's fault that they've got nothing positive to report.

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Child sex abuse image peddlers dodge UK smut filters and demand Bitcoin payments

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Unintended consequences.

Shirley Ms Smith has just supplied reasonable doubt for anyone being prosecuted for distributing sicko stuff.

"Yer honour, mine was a benign $HOBBY site but evil people hacked it so they could distribute their filth. Even Ms Smith of the IWF has noted the trend of innocent people like myself being victimised in this fashion."

If the counter-argument is that, "the images were on your server therefore you're guilty of possessing said images", then there's going to be a not insignificant number of (genuinely innocent) small businesses coming to grief.

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Apple, Symantec, other tech heavies challenge anti-gay legislation

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My thing is this...

... how would they know who is gay/straight/whatever?

I've got this image in my head of devout religious types standing by a grocery store's entrace with a stack of skin mags: "Excuse me sir, you don't seem aroused by 'Busty Biker Babes' therefore we refuse you service because you're obviously gay."

Is that how it's going to work?

And incidentally, I recall reading of a man who, on occasion, kissed other men, and who never entered into a sexual relationship with a woman. That Jesus guy seemed a little on the homo side. Does he get refused service too?

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SA Plods plonk boots on privacy principles with fingerprint scanners

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Re: Who cares?

@Mark65: The benefit of my cognitively deficient thoughts are that I don't spend my life consumed with worry about the *potential* negative opinion of neighbors/public, who themselves are such mental powerhouses that they can't grasp the difference between being questioned and being found guilty.

@AC: I don't doubt the ability of the police/prosecutors to convict innocent people, either by malice or more probably incompetence. It's just that I don't see the police being able to fingerprint people as making that noticeably more or less likely.

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Who cares?

The police can have my prints every day of the week and twice a day on weekends, so long as the scanning process isn't an onerously long affair. So far as I understand the current law, the police can already legally compel people to provide ID. How is this fingerprinting business such an invasion of privacy that the 'privacy advocates' want to have a sook?

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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The phone killed the big N

The casual gamers and kiddies - who represent the demographic which Nintendo targets - are playing Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja or 'hanging out' on facebook. None of which involve buying a dedicated 'games' machine, or being stuck in front of a TV, or paying $100 per 'app'.

I think the reign of the consoles is coming to a close and Nintendo will be the first, but certainly not the last, to abdicate.

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Anons escape human sewer after billionaire bog roll blag

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Re: DDoS

"What's the point of a DDoS on a website?"

It's vandalism by an attacker too cowardly to go to and throw a rock through the target's window.

I'm not even convinced about the "DoS as misdirection to disguise a more sophisticated attack" thing. I mean, a sophisticated attacker wouldn't be inclined to announce their arrival.

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¡Viva la Revolution! Geeksphone's new mobe to go on sale this month

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One phone to rule them all

How long will it be before phone hardware is good enough to run and/or emulate all of the phone OSs on the one handset while still providing the user with a decent experience?

Something like: I like the Moto X handset but prefer to use the Tizen UI, and want to buy songs from iTunes while looking up directions on the Android version of google maps and taking photos with the mozilla OS camera app.

We're not there yet but I imagine it's not that far off being a viable proposition.

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Tuesday declared 'The Day we Fight Back' against NSA et al

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Re: "Upvote this post if you want to end government snooping on our private data"

Now you and all 14 supporters of your subversive cause are now on a terrorist watch-list.

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Vodafone's Euro revenues slump by nearly TEN PER CENT

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With regards to Voda Australia: good pricing and plenty of advertising but bad network coverage and worse customer service.

I don't have and have never had any dealings with Vodafone but that's the story I'm getting from *everyone* who I talk to. I honestly can't point to one happy customer.

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

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Re: Sorry, but I do not nderstand.

Tone it down a little on the paranoia, John Doe 6. You boot the machine to look like a Windows box to allow the kids/visitors to use the machine while ensuring that the important stuff, in the host OS, doesn't get trashed.

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Democrats introduce net neutrality legislation in Senate and House

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From the outside looking in, this looks like wedge politics - the Democrats aren't interested in net neutrality so much as they want to put the Republicans on the 'wrong' side of the issue, and make them look bad (to their Republican constituents) when they defeat this bill.

'Net neutrality is about you having freedom to read what you like, and about the American Dream of some little guy making a web page and becoming the next Zuckerberg.'

^ That's what they want to make the Republicans argue against.

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

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I wonder if Mr Gates would get hired by Microsoft if he submitted his resume under a different name.

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Microsoft to build 'transparency centres' for source code checks

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Good move, MS

You get to debug our code then pay us to use it. And, as others have pointed out, there's no guarantee that the binaries you're getting are, in any way, related to the source code which you reviewed.

I'm with the other commentards here: if governments are going to spend money on reviewing code, spend it on open source so all of the code down to the build tools can be checked, and so they can build the binaries to be certain that they came from the "trusted" source code.

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Good news! Today is Data Privacy Day ... Stop sniggering at the back

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How appropriate

The article posted on El Reg after 'Data Privacy Day' is... 'Facebook Reads Your SMSs'.

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Tech giants CAN disclose US spooks' data demands - but with heavy restrictions

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It's so easy

"The number of accounts involved in national security orders is infinitesimal relative to the hundreds of millions of accounts registered with Apple," the firm said.

It is easy to be blasé when it's not your confidential info being handed out without your permission. Betcha if a national security order demanded communications containing the designs for the iPhone 6, suddenly these orders would become an violation of all that is good and virtuous.

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Amazon patents caches for physical goods

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Ridiculous!

How is this process, as described by Amazon, different from how retail stores do their ordering?

Our average 1L milk sales on Monday, during the previous month, was 10 bottles so we'll order 10 for next Monday.

Throw in a few 'speculatives' and a 'preemptive' and it's apparently worthy of a patient.

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Obama reveals tiny NSA reforms ... aka reforming your view of the NSA

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A few of Pres. Obama's drinking buddies will sleep off their hangovers in the back of the foreign intelligence courts before reporting back to Obama that everything is being done by the book.

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Tales from an expert witness: Prior art and patent trolls

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Wish I could up-vote articles because this one surely deserves it.

Like most sane people*, I'm annoyed by the volume of the absurdity that exudes from the patient office, the patient trolls, and the companies who view the patient system as a stick to beat potential competitors with.

As someone more directly familiar with the system, I'm curious about Mr Watkinson's view. Is the patient system salvageable? Or would we be better off tearing it all up and starting over?

* There's whole minutes at a time when I'm lucid!

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iPhone fanbois outsmart fandroids in totally reliable test of brain power

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Re: Not what it's cracked up to be

They were silent 9's. :)

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Blame Silicon Valley for the NSA's data slurp... and what to do about it

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I think its time for another chorus of, "no taxation without representation". Us plebs get taxed well enough but the representation goes to whoever has the richest lobby group. And funnily enough, the companies which don't pay any taxes have plenty of cash available for lobbying - that is, buying representation.

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Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

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Re: one small problem : "both halves of the debate"

I like how Mr Treen is getting down-votes for stating what is objective fact. It also says a lot about those doing the down-voting that they don't want any inconvenient facts to intrude upon their delusions.

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Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum

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Nothing useful to add

But thanks for the article and all of the comments. Fascinating all round.

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Proposed California law demands anti-theft 'kill switch' in all smartphones

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Re: Sounds like a great idea...

"Until some malicious tool finds a way to... “

"Please send X bitcoins to Y or 'your precious' becomes 'your doorstop'. "

Oh yes, people would pay-up.

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You gotta fight for your copyright ... Beastie Boys sue toymaker over TV ad

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I hope GoldieBlox get rich

Soon after, you'll be able to buy my GoldieBloxes* from your favourite toy store.

* Which will be a not-quite-identical parody of the original GoldieBlox product. And, for good measure, I'll preemptively sue GoldieBlox in a cynical attempt to gain some publicity.

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Facebook offshores HUGE WAD OF CASH to Caymans - via Ireland

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Re: Fraudulent misrepresentation?

Of course you're right but I'd dearly like to see an itemised list of what they're paying for: €1 mil for opening the envelope, €2 mil for lifting the cheque out of the envelope , €3 mil for readings the cheque...

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Australian political games could see full TPPA treaty revealed

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And that's why we don't have the death penalty any more - treason is a capital crime and neither the current nor previous governments fancy being hanged.

I can't help but feel that we should have made Bob Katter the PM.

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