* Posts by Waspy

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Met Police puts iPads, Windows and Android mobes on trial

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"Any idea why Blackberry was excluded from consideration?"

I thought this too, BB10 devices would be as suitable as any other (and much better really imho, definitely more secure). I suspect it's because the general (wrong) consensus is that, even amongst many IT managers, BlackBerry has gone bust.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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unless wireless charging plates are included

People just aren't gonna use it. And this from a wireless evangelist - I loved wireless charging on my Pre 3 and I love wireless charging on my Lumia. In fact people probably won't even know it's there, and if they do there is no way 90% of those people will bother ponying up even a tenner for a charging plate.

No, people will start raving about wireless charging when Apple's marketing juggernaut starts talking about it...much as I hate to admit it.

Nice thing to have though for those who can arsed, props to Samsung

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Vince Cable opens hipster-friendly London tech creche

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vince cable is about as business savvy as gerald ratner

...ever since he sold the post office for less than...near enough a pack of postage stamps. Why is he still allowed to speak?

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Yay! Wearables! It's the future! Uh-oh! I'm going to be sick

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you might be right Dabbsy apple watch might be succesful

...but I'm not sure who on earth the $12k version is aimed at - if you can afford it, who's gonna take you seriously when you could have bought a pateke Phillipe instead? Bonkers.

Having said that, I did see a friend of a friend claiming that "battery life is ok cause I'll charge everyday at my desk, the vibrate function will be useful for not waking up my wife and kids early in the morning, really looking forward to using that". You mean like a $15 Timex with vibrating alarm and a 5 year battery? Guess apple will be hoping there are people looking for an excuse - any excuse - to buy the cheaper one!

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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

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Re: The 'Pink Pound'. Dollar, Euro, etc

Revealing your prejudice with a version of the old "not being a racist but...".

Classy.

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BlackBerry gets flirty with QWERTY IP, launches $275 Leap

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Slightly confused...

Chen seems to be making all the right moves, which is wonderful to see. Still slightly confused as to who the Leap is aimed at though, most 'young career builders' I know (I am guessing they are in the 21-34 age range) think BlackBerry is out of business. No joke. They need to raise their profile with this demographic before they start trying to flog phones to them, especially as most phone shops don't even offer BB10 handsets on contract anymore.

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3 spectastic Lumias for price of 1 rival flagship: Microsoft sells biz on cheapie experience

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I have a high opinion of WinPho

It isn't perfect but I think it is probably more appropriate for many people than an iphone or samsung which costs 3-4 times the price. This is when you discover there are two types of people in this regard: the ones who have never heard of WinPho "hahaha, windows on a phone? Why would I want that, is it gonna crash all the time..." etc etc. And the second type who have actually used it and on the whole seems to really like it.

Good luck to MS, seems like if they can make more inroads with this strategy into enterprise then people will be exposed to WinPho more (and possibly actually want to use it personally). And don't get me started on businesses that waste thousands on iphones when Lumias and Moto Gs exist...

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Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10

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Re: There are still Blackberry users? - @waspy

@arnaut the less

sounds about the same as me, 2 live email accounts too, I probably use my q10 more in the day from the sounds of it though but even left on the side it seems to drain pretty quickly. I also have a 64gb sandisk card so no cheapie. Oh well, might try a full reset when I have the time, thanks for your reply.

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Re: There are still Blackberry users?

Agree with everything you said, but puzzled by your 2 days battery life - I love my q10 but the 10 hr battery life is a sore point and one of the main reasons I was looking to change up to a passport. Do you have maany things turned off for this kind of battery life?

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

Waspy

Two Words:

Barbra Streisand

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: Oh not again

Have an upvote. This is exactly the issue - people just do not understand or care. As long as their ipads work ok IT is a boring, dry subject. And politicians all lie so I'll stay at home and ignore politics.

You don't even need to be technically knowledgeable about the subject (what i know about cryptography you write on a stamp) but I understand the ethical and democratic issues around this whole sleight of hand and it terrifies me. I don't even believe anyone person or group is deliberately being 'evil' par se, I just think gchq et al are obsessed with getting their brief done (and ignoring all pesky issues on democracy), I think the politicians in power are clueless on both civil liberties/how computers work and the electorate, in the main, are even more clueless and apathetic. All of which doesn't change the eventual outcome regardless of anyone's intentions, sinister or otherwise...we are slowly sleepwalking away from the idea of a modern democratic state. Education is the key.

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TCL confirms plans to 'bring back' Palm – provided you tell it how

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Re: No going back ...

Yeah, BlackBerry face such a populist backlash from certain IT jounos it isn't funny. One verge reviewer berated the Hub on the Passport for showing TOO MANY emails and messages. Wtf? That's kind of the point. He also failed to work out how to select which accounts show there (which would have mitigated his bizarre complaint), which is baffling as you simply press the arrow at the top. I've also seen other reviewers complain that it wouldn't run Hangouts or other esoteric email replacement apps which I expect no one outside glossy tech mags and small Web design studios actually use.

BB10 is very powerful like you say but it's difficult to get this point across to 26 year old latte-sipping journalists who are in love with their androids and iphones...a new palm brand would indeed have a similar struggle on its hands with these gatekeepers.

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just so happens the one idea I would be open to

Would be a new webOS powered Palm device. Shame.

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Chip bods ride the Snapdragon, yell: Mobes are consoles, lightbulbs are mobes

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come on Reg

You missed a golden opportunity for a sub-head: "Qualcomm touts its new bright idea"

You can have that one for free

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Nvidia flops out TERAFLOP X1 for self-aware cars

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Re: Self drive

This, rather than the technology itself is what will hold up adoption of the self driving cars. And once the legalities have all been worked out, public perception has to be managed and trust gained.

Most commentards here will understand that statistically machines that drive themselves should be far safer than meatsacks, but the average driver actually thinks they are really good at driving despite the fact that daily traffic accident stats say otherwise. Can you imagine when driverless cars go mainstream and there is the first fatality involving an autonomous car? It wouldn't even need to have been the fault of the car, the pitchforks would come out.

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Re: Great , even more technology for its own sake

I think part of the problem is that an autonomous car neither wants or needs you

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NASA's 'crazy' plan yields dramatic pictures of our X-ray Sun

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Re: see...."Thunderbolts of the Gods"....on youtube

Haha, I thought you were taking the piss and then I looked up Thunderbolts of the Gods. Have a downvote on me!

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Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

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Re: Grampa Phone

Hmm, have you actually used BB10? It's actually very efficient. And while we're on the subject of specs, go out in the street and ask any Sony, Sammy, HTC etc owner what specs their phone has. I doubt very much if a) any of these people actually know and b) that they give aa shit. You'll probably get a few blank looks when you mention Android ("but mine's a HTC").

BlackBerry are a known quantity - rock solid email and built to survive a nuclear war. People know it for what it does, much like they do for iphones. I hope BlackBerry do well with this.

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Ooh Turkish Best Kebab in Dalston...

I reckon losing an iPhone for a Turkish Best Kebab seems a fair deal, especially at two in the morning!

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Re: Perhaps they could convince the BBC to talk about them all the time

*checks the latest Rory Cellan-Jones blog*...yep, iphone mentioned very favourably, all is present and correct...

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Yet more NSA officials whisper of an internal revolt over US spying. And yet it still goes on

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Re: information collected on innocent Americans did little

Yeah it's interesting, I wonder if today's terrorism paranoia and over-extended powers of government departments will be talked of in future decades in the same breath as Mccarthy-ism

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Nokia: Buh-bye LUMIA and cash-sucking handset pals... LET'S MAKE SOME MONEY!

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Re: No fear Nokia

Humility, honesty and pragmatism...sounds very Finnish doesn't it?

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Your friday nights in the pub sound really interesting...

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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

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Re: Phil Plait hates it

Haha, yep, one impossibility only for hard scifi...but I guess people don't care enough to notice the glaring scientific holes in films like this (ironically enough scientific ignorance was covered in one the films best scenes when the main character mocks the teacher for believing moon hoax claptrap... Scientific education in the classroom and in society is a whole other discussion though!). It's either that or I'm a boring pedant/hard to please. Probably a bit of all of the above.

Thing is, a lot of these things could have at least been partly fixed by adding in another two seconds of dialogue - if they had mentioned nerva engines or some sort of reaction engines limited type ramjet I would have been happy enough in this example...but I guess people like Christopher nolan don't care enough about the chosen genre to bother with this sort of thing. They'd probably argue "we are just trying to entertain people". Well, I for one was not really entertained...

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Re: Phil Plait hates it

I'll need to read up phil on this, his cross-examinations are always fun to read but one of the many annoying things for me was having the characters propelled into earth orbit atop a traditional chemical rocket with stages etc...and then later on just zooming around in a planet's atmosphere and off back into orbit as if it is just a pull back on the control column away (as a spaceship in star wars would do, and on a planet with higher than earth's gravity to boot). There are tons of other really annoying things about this film but that is an obvious fatal flaw. Also there is just no sense of wonder...It's as if they are just on a little day trip out. Do space opera or do hard sci-fi, you can't mix them.

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I've just come home after seeing it...I can confirm that this film is truly terrible

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

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Re: NIMBYs

I couldn't agree more...some people think you can have your cake and eat it.

See also: anti-nuclear campaigners who also block wind farm sites and who also block fracking and who are also environmentalists

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Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

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no mention of Keith Vaz?

He has waged an unscientific one-man crusade against video games for years now without one bit of evidence to back up his claims...except of course his strong personal bias

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

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Re: Not really thinking things through.

So these benevolent overseers are infallible are they? They are always going to uphold the law upon which our society is built upon are they? And the subversion of innocent until proven guilty is perfectly acceptable now is it? Under five eyes' perfect regime we are all criminals unless proven otherwise, which I don't find democratic or acceptable. As others above have noted, there are legal channels to obtain warrants etc.

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try speaking to victims of surveillance regimes

Maybe he should have a chat with my iraqi colleague about the trade-offs between a surveillance state and an open democracy with free speech. Good points: never any crime and you could leave your front door open. Bad points: you can't do anything the state doesn't like, like his cousin going missing overnight and turning up 5 years later having been beaten and interrogated nearly all that time. He'd been arrested in secret for attending a friend's party with left-leaning guests.

Guess it comes to down to whether you want to risk your house being robbed, being the victim of violent crime or even being blown up by extremists... or to be monitored indefinitely and possibly disappear one night for saying the wrong the wrong thing. I know which I would rather.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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and this is how economic bubbles are made...

Dutch tulip bulb market anyone?

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Nokia France leak: Windows Phone DUMPED in Microsoft Lumia revamp

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Re: Rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic

I agree completely with your "they are too late to the mobile space" sentiment. I too really like WinPho 8 (I have a lumia 1020) but fear the glory days of nokia r+d = amazing hardware innovation are over, and from the sounds of it Microsoft aren't interested in continuing the tradition of making top tier innovative handsets. Which is unfortunate because that's exactly what I want.

To top it all, Microsoft seem to completely lack focus and direction in other areas too - I used excel on wp8 the other day for the first time...it's awful. you can't copy cells or insert rows/columns. Wtf? Every crappy clone on every other platform can do that.

On the phone to MS USA the other day about a replacement keyboard to be sent to my partners NY apartment - "can I have a number to call you back on in case we get cut off". "Well no, I'm on skype as I'm in the uk, just skype me". "Sorry sir, we are unable to skype here". Wtf? You paid $5billion for this stuff and your own employees can't use it? And don't get me started on missing functionality in the WinPho version of skype vs iOS and android.

Ms is a big lumbering beast in search of direction and it's frustrating because they seem to have some nice ideas and excellent hardware these days. They need to start rowing in the same direction or they may find themselves totally adrift.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Leave the abusive partners?

Probably get a few downvotes for posing the question but if Microsoft or BlackBerry do not go down this route, does this mean carriers will just start pushing them hard instead?

carphone warehouse and the carrier shops have a lot of power in swaying consumers...and the large posters and exclusive areas for Apple and Samsung on the shop floors lend credence to the popular (but not necessarily true) opinion that these manufacturers make the best handsets. With Microsoft giving away winpho and blackberry maybe coming back to thier own niche for business, could the networks have a possible way out of the abusive yet addictive Apple/Google relationships they are currently in?

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

Waspy

Great work

Similarly I like to scratch diamonds on the face of Rolexes watches in my local jewellers whenever they have a new model out, just to, you know, show Rolex how they need to fix their sapphire glass

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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Re: One factor left out - The System

I completely agree. It's a matter of pragmatism, a question of degree. I live with a fervent greens supporter who keeps quoting mark Thomas and other such people with investigations into how bad nuclear companies are, how toxic soil is in the surrounding area and how unhealthy it is for locals. Well yes, it isn't great, but when people like my housemate also concede that carbon buildup in the atmosphere is a pretty big fucking problem and you are relying on half baked solutions using wind power to mitigate this problem (without any way to continuously generate power or store excess energy when not being used and for which sites are continually NIMBY blocked) then which is the biggest threat? You are effectively turning your back on a readily made solution to preserve the health of a tiny minority. Surely it would make more sense to simply rehouse these people and go all out with nuclear?

Ah but then that would go against the dogma that organisations like greenpeace have been preaching for decades and whose supporters are also green voters. Greenpeace is a despicable organisation that engages in knee-jerk, heart-wrenching campaigns like ripping up and vandalising scientific studies into more disease resistant crops (to help feed the hungry) and successfully lobbying the eu government to ban aspects of stem cell research because some idiots in greenpeace felt it was 'morally wrong' (despite it having fuck all to do with climate change and thus needlessly extending the suffering of people with mnd, parkinsons, ms etc). You want to know why the greens haven't engaged in evidence based policy? Look no further than greenpeace.

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O2 breathes life into Amazon Fire: Mobe to hit Blighty in WEEKS

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Re: Won't lose books

Right, so the reports of occasional disappearing books are false then? Sure, so it's a glitch and your library is cloud protected? Great, go and ask a Hollywood celeb about cloud reliability. And how are you going to get the drm'd books off your kindle in worst case when the unit dies? Good luck with that.

And no, I do actually use amazon and its kindle apps regularly, I think it's very convenient, but I am aware that it's effectively renting, so any books I want to keep I will either try and source drm free, get a hard copy or...break the drm. This is my point - I think people should be more aware of the ephemeral nature of cloud based drm models.

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Re: Even free isn't cheap enough

I think they do understand lockin but they don't care. I had exactly this argument on an amazon forum, every single person there didn't seem bothered that should amazon either go under or change their policy they would lose up to hundreds of pounds worth of books. Emphatically stating that they would have to buy all these titles again did not seem in the slightest to sway them.

I actually think that they consider this to be such a remote possibility that it isn't worth worrying about - until one day it actually happens.

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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is Apple cool and exclusive enough anymore?

I think the article is really good, spot on in fact, but as another poster mentioned above, will the $500 - $1000 sector of the watch market (TAGs, Tissot, low-end Longines etc) survive? I think the kind of people who buy TAGs (at least the crappy quartz ones) don't really care much about the watch itself, in the same way as a lange and sohne and pateke Philippe customers don't and as outlined in Tim's article - it's a status symbol amongst their peers. Difference is, the people at this end of the market could buy the iwatch instead. The question comes in then: has apple enough cool and exclusive cachet to attract these people? Some commentators would say not...iphones are common as muck now, even my parents now have one each. Yes it's seen by the general populace (not me though guv) as the best phone to get, but it isn't exclusive nor exotic anymore, it's just a standard thing everyone can have if they want to pay a bit more.

Then again, many people don't even have watches these days, so they probably aren't even bothered about the make of any smartwatch they buy...if they find utility for such a thing then they'll buy and if apple make it then even better, after all they make the best phones (again, not my opinion guv).

I suspect apple may do ok in this sector but it's not a surefire bet...and I completely agree with the article, above a certain level the watch is of little significance. having spoken to a fashion editor of a top UK magazine a while ago about the watch fair he attended, he said this: "there are two type of watch fan; the ones who can afford it, who couldn't care less about the movement, materials etc...typically this transaction lasts about 30 seconds, and the watch nerds who know the designers, movements etc...they usually don't buy anything". Being more in the latter camp than former, I will stick with my vintage Omega seamaster thanks...but good luck to apple, I think they'll need it.

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Are you a HOT CELEB? Think your SEXY PICS are safe? Maybe NOT

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Re: What is it...

I thought that. Are they so busy that they can't show their partners this stuff for real?

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Megaphone

Could many of these hacks have been prevented with 2-step authentication?

I know Google and Windows Phone/Outlook offer 2-step authentication, as well as Yahoo (a family member got hacked on her yahoo and I sent her instructions on how to 2-step her account, no idea if she bothered in the end though). Does Apple offer 2-step for icloud? can't help but think this may have prevented unwanted brute-force break-ins, anyone care to correct me if I'm wrong?

If I am correct then these companies need to educate their users more (to be fair to microsoft, I know they nag you to set up 2-step whenever you change password using 'forgotten password' link). I highly doubt that many of these celebs (or many non-celebs either) know what 2-step authentication is and this needs to change.

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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Re: yeah but what about the jobs...?

Exactly, whilst perhaps the means of production may be irrelevant in a world where everything builds itself, someone still owns the raw materials. And those materials are not unlimited, so have cost and value. Which by extension makes the robots have intrinsic value. Which means someone will own them and want to sell them.

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Re: yeah but what about the jobs...?

@dogged I think you've missed a stage here, this would be true if we immediately flipped to a system where all things we required were catered for (I still believe however there would be problems of ultimate finite supply, thus forcing scarcity and thus value and cost onto items, but that's another issue).

How do you propose we get to this utopia? Our traditional free-market economy is not going to support this transition all the way because people will be unemployed and thus non-players within the whole system before the companies that create your utopia machines can design them. they will automate themselves out of customers.

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yeah but what about the jobs...?

interesting points well made Tim but you've missed a big trick: what happens when the everyone's jobs start to be automated away and no one can work anymore? Not only will everyone be bored they'll also have no money to earn and spend...and the robot companies will not have any further revenue and then we all end up with a collapsed economy. It's the main argument of Martin Ford's 'The LIghts in the Tunnel' and one which you fail to address in your piece. Ford strangely enough advocates an elaborate taxation and centrally planned governement payout scheme to ensure people still have money to spend in the economy.

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Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'

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Good luck to 'em but...

Probably get downvoted here but I'm not entirely convinced about Jolla. I actually had one since release late last year and really bought into the concept (i loved my n9 before, wanted something like that with a future along with an OS that didn't have a large Us corporation hoovering up everything I produced)

However, after three months I had to get rid. There were things about it I really liked - proper multitasking for one, but other things about it reminded me that it was a profoundly beta product and some ideas just didn't work that well. It definitely isn't the new N9 in my opinion.

Added to that is think Jolla customer service seems strangely quite arrogant for such a small firm (after several hardware and software issues and emails to their support desk, i had to wait a few days simply to get longwinded lists of what I could do to fix it...i appreciate I was an early adopter but I'm a customer, not a beta tester, just offer to take it in...), i think they have a lot more work to do.

Good luck to them though, it is nice to see a small firm challenging the other bigger players.

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Samsung Z mobe a NO-SHOW at Moscow Tizen Developer Summit

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Re: Jollas day in the sun.

Have you actually ever used a Jolla phone? I bought into the hype...and sold it three months later. it's nowhere near ready for primetime. I would love to see it blossom but there are so many bugs, niggles and ui problems, coupled with the complete lack of public awareness I find it hard to believe that sailfish will ever anything but a curiosity.

If BB10 (which is far more stable, productive, user friendly and android compatible than sailfish) and WinPho 8.1 (which has Microsoft behind it) have trouble getting marketshare then there is your answer - Samsung and Sony aren't in the business of wasting money on other people's hobby projects. In fact Sony are rumoured to be testing WinPho xperias so there's another reason for them not to bother.

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

Waspy

Well I don't think that it's likely there is anything outside our planet either, so we are in agreement there.

I'm more interested in your idea that evolution is in question...

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Re: "Extraordinary claims" require "extraordinary evidence"...

@sabroni

Not sure who you're arguing against here, I was saying that AJ Macleod's allusion to evolution being not true and that we are somehow really, really special would require extraordinary evidence. With added speech marks for extra buzz-style punch

Calm down dear etc etc

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"Extraordinary claims" require "extraordinary evidence"...

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