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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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It's hardly Windows' fault if people choose to use a battery draining program. The user has presumably chosen to install a program which behaves in this manner.

I'm no MS appologist but, in this case, it really isn't their fault. If they don't allow programs to change the timer resolution, someone's 'cure for cancer' program will depend on being able to change the timer resolution, and then MS are autocratic pricks who won't let people use the hardware which they've paid good money for.

If they do allow it, someone (hi there, Google) will use it for something stupid and MS gets the blame for allowing them to.

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I've got 99 problems, but a Facebook boycott ain't one

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“The campaigners claimed that quitting Facebook for more than three months "saves the average user [...]"

I question their premise - that without facebook, these people will spend their time on more productive pursuits.

The kind of people prone to 'wasting' time on facebook would, sans facebook, simply find something else to waste their time on. There is no time 'saving' to be gained.

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Google YouTube U-turn: Indie music doomsday 'postponed'

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At least someone at google seems to recognise what a PR and legal (vis-a-vis the EU) own goal this would prove. The next trick would be to see if they can get over their collective ego long enough to back down.

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Voteware source code requester labelled 'vexatious'

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Notwithstanding the contemptible behaviour of the AEC in this matter, I think there's more important question. How did we end up with closed source vote counting software?

Who was the minister responsible for allowing this to happen? A quick search says the AEC answers to the special minister of state... but I don't know when this software was procured, thus who the minister was at the time.

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Qualcomm fires DMCA shotgun at alleged code thieves on GitHub – including itself

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When's the next round of elections in the US? 'Cause I think I've got a solution.

All that's needed is a asset-free shell company and someone with enough time to issue DCMA takedowns for advertising from both major political parties. Every single bit. Anything with the image of an American flag, the word 'and', or the number '1', contains IP belonging to the shell company.

Or did they remember to add some weasel clause in the DCMA to exempt political material?

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

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Re: Google, your megalomania is showing

Hi Mr Roper, I see where you're coming from but I think you're not quite getting the right 'read' on google's thinking. They don't really care about stifling UI creativity. They care about user data and sales though the play store.

If you want to be a cynic, goggle wants to make sure none of the OEMs will screw with google's ability to slurp every bit (geddit?) of data from every user. They want their RoI for the OS.

If you'd like a more benign read, they don't a repeat of the fragmentation mistake that plagues their phone platform. Its the OEM's 'creative input' which means that users have to wait, often in vain, for the OEMs to send out OS updates rather than the users getting updates from google.

As with most things, the truth is probably somewhere in between.

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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So, people are happy when their friends are perceived to be happy and sad when their friends perceived to be sad. Well done. Now where's my 'research' money?

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What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

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As a former lawyer, Mr Grayson should be aware that the correct thing to do with evidence of illegal activity is to present it to the police. As he doesn't have any such evidence, what he's doing is using his position as an elected official to organise a witch hunt. And that's just low.

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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Re: Progressive

I like your version better 'cause google's is just patronising.

"C'mon girls. Spend your time learning to write software while everyone major company in your newly-acquired field conspires to keep you from getting paid a fair wage. And that's only when they can't import people who'll do it cheaper than you can live on. And that's only when they can't outsource your job to someone who can't do it half as well, but will do it a little cheaper."

At least as a cook, it's easier for the layman to appreciate the value of your work. And it's readily apparent if someone tries to substitute your quality work with cheap garbage.

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The rise of the humans: How to outsmart the digital deluge

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chief envisioning officer

Yes, that job title really should come with tights and a cape.

"My gawd! That dude's expression! It's like he's just been hit on the head with a cricket bat."

"Nah. Show some compassion. He looks like he's constipated."

"No, no guys. Stand back and let him do his thing...

That's the Chief Envisioning Officer."

(Possibly, chiefly envisioning where his life could have gone so dreadfully wrong to end up with such a crappy job title)

Bullshit aside, it does sound like a moderately interesting read.

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Apple, Cisco line up to protect offshore data

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"The issue here is that US law doesn't allow for the consideration of other countries"

And the folly of this position will rapidly become apparent the moment other countries decide to play quid pro quo. ie When Ms Merkel (to pick an example) summons the chief of Apple's (ditto) German subsidiary and demands large swathes of their American-held customer data... with the threat of crippling fines for non-compliance.

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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@James Hughes 1

I don't have a problem with Mr Musk making money. May it bring him joy and may he make lots more. And furthering the state-of-the-art for electric cars and bringing them closer to a mass market reality are both good things. I have no complaint about any of that.

What does get on my nerves though is that a substantial number of my fellow countrymen apparently can't spot the difference between enlightened self-interest and altruism. One of the reasons I read El Reg is that the people here thankfully aren't quite so credulous.

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It's a sad indictment upon our world that when a CEO suggests that his company might refrain from using IP law to stifle competition, he's lauded as an altruist.

Tesla has a big slice of the electric car flavoured pie. Mr Musk is willing to exchange that for a slightly smaller piece of (what he'd like to be) a far larger pie. Potentially trading away some of his IP to get there is merely the means, not the end.

However, I suppose that "CEO wants to use his IP to make (even more) money" doesn't sound as impressive.

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You know what today's movies need? MORE DRONES

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PUBLIC interest

Coming soon, to a FAA office near you..

M Bay: But dude! Transformers 27 will make hundreds of millions.

FAA: Sorry sir. You don't seem to understand. Your drone flying activity has to be in the *public* interest.

M Bay: Hundreds of millions, if not billions.

FAA: Public interest, sir.

M Bay: OK. Fine. I'll kick in a few mil for the next FAA Christmas party.

FAA: Ahhh. Public interest.

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

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Introducing..

The new Asus Malware Magnet. This revolutionary new device is fully capable of running machine crippling malware from whichever dodgy site you choose to download it from.

Gone are the days of having to trawl through hundreds of warez and pron sites looking for malware compatible with your machine. This amazing LapTabFone can run them all !

* Apple, Linux desktop, and Winphone malware support are not included in the base model but will be featured in the, soon to be released, Asus Malware Magnet Plus.

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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Re: Get well soon

I have it on good authority that Mr Dabbs is not so much sick as missing, presumed lost in the attic. He may or may not have been last heard saying, "Look dude! I *know* there's a spare c64 tape drive just beyond that pile of ever useful NES, megadrive and 3DO controllers."

He was last spotted passing beyond the milk crates full of cable off-cuts (did you know if you plant 'em in the garden they grow into full-sized coax cables?), striding confidently towards the mountain of empty VHS tape cases (you never know when you'll need one, or four hundred). Sadly, like the crew of the Mary Celeste, our intrepid Mr Dabbs may never be heard from again.

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Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror

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Re: There is a good solution for this

Nor can most managers but it never stops them from hitting the 'send' button.

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Ditching renewables will punch Aussies in the wallet – Bloomberg

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According to Wikipedia, Australia produces about 12% of the world's uranium. We also have a geologically stable country with a vast, largely uninhabited interior which would serve as an ideal place to store nuclear waste.

So can anyone tell me why we're taxing people to subsidise 'renewables' which don't work rather than running the country off nuclear power which does?

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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@the AC who calls someone else a fool

Which will convince more people about the validity of your position; posting insults as an anonymous coward, or posting an insightful argument and links to evidence which supports your argument?

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Re: Non-reflective laptop screens.

Add to the list, 'higher vertical aspect ratio displays' - 16x9 may be fine for watching movies but it's bullocks for getting work done. I'd kill for a laptop with a 4x3 display with a decent resolution.

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New XSS vuln hits eBay as rubbish passw0rds persist

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Is it just me...

... who finds it curious that ebay is being all cagey about their "proprietary" hashing algorithm? I suspect they're trying to hide behind "proprietary" so that hopefully (from their perspective) nobody discovers that their hashing routine is just as crap as their ability to securely handle their other customer info.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Yes, let's not

"I wonder just who could do it justice?"

Guillermo del Toro. Take a look at Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and tell me del Toro couldn't blow the doors light sabers off a Star Wars flick.

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Silverlight finally becomes popular ... with crims

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EoL means EoL

"It most likely will be unpatched. End of life tends to mean that."

What it means depends on how important you are.

'EoL means EoL', is what MS will say when some malware exploits an unmatched vulnerability to cause pain and hardship to XP users.

Should someone manage to break the portion(s) of Silverlight which are used to implement, for example, Netflix's DRM (which subsequently allows Netflixers-on-XP to save unencrypted movies) I'll bet'cha a beer that MS won't be telling the film studios execs that 'EoL means EoL'.

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Surprise! Google chairman blasts EU's privacy ruling

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What I wanna see

"Hi there, Mr Schmidt. My name is Jordan Belfort. Fair's fair. I did the crimes and served my time. I would like to get on with my life without the details of my past indiscretions being available to every prospective employer via google search."

Then the world implodes.

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Indian climate boffins: Himalayan glaciers are NOT MELTING

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Well, to be fair to the IPCC people, this whole business of fact checking is tedious, time consuming and diverts resources away from the important task of manufacturing alarming-sounding nonsense.

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McAfee accused of McSlurping Open Source Vulnerability Database

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Re: Aaron Swartz

"He also changed his MAC address to circumvent blocks put in by campus staff intended to put a halt to his attack."

I suspect you've hit on the crux of both cases - accessing publicly accessible data in a way not intended by the person/people who published it.

I occasionally try to be a nice person but in these cases the only answer is to tell the publisher to suck it up. If you want something to have limited access, make it secure. 'Nearly secure' doesn't count.

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

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Re: Never click links [snip] in emails

Security-by-mouseover

[a href="dodgy-site. com" onmouseover= "status.text='YourBank. com';"] visit YourBank. com [/a]

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Australian government apps access smartmobe cams but 'don't film you'

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Re: I suppose this will be another place to tell them "I don't have a mobile"?

Too easy, mate. Just install the DHS app, available for Android or iPhone, and select "I don't have a mobile" button in the settings menu.

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Licensed to BILL: How much should you cough for software licences?

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@Steve

Now that you've handed over the reins to Mr Nadella, it must be nice having the free time to focus on your monkey-dancing lessons, and posting anonymous drivel in this forum.

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Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

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Luckily for me

"Internet Explorer 6 through 11 are all vulnerable"

See! And people look at me strangely when I tell them that I use IE 1 because it's more secure.

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Lost treasure of Atari REVEALED

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No doubt Microsoft kicked in some cash to fund the search - after the ET cartridges have been excavated, Microsoft then has somewhere to bury their unsold Surface 1's.. which will acquire urban legend status and will in turn be excavated around in around thirty years.

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Polymer droplets turn smartmobes into microscopes

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Tee Minus

Does anyone want to take bets on how long it'll be before Apple patients their latest innovation and then sues the ANU?

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Reg probe bombshell: How we HACKED mobile voicemail without a PIN

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Re: how much time did you give them to put their house in order?

I'm all for giving people time to fix their stuff before making a vulnerability public but that's not what's happening here.

These carriers know the security of their voice mail system is pathetic but they don't care. There's zero chance that any halfway competent carrier doesn't understand that CLI can be spoofed.

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Japanese boffin EYES up big bucks with strap-on digi-glasses

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Re: Ideal for meetings

"And no, sir. That's my Sennheiser hearing aid. I wear it at meetings all the time so I can better hear the vitally interesting talking points."

Yeah. Screw the nay-sayers! This marvellous invention would have improved every corporate meeting I've ever been to.

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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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Paris Hilton

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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