* Posts by Chairo

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Of course

concerning deadly animals and other natural events, Australia cannot be beaten by Mexico.

On a more serious note - there have been quite a lot of mass extinctions in the past. This one could be connected with the P-T event 250 million years ago, also called the "Great Dying". Until someone figures out the exact age of the impact this is all speculation, of course.

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Pirate Party leads Icelandic voting intentions poll

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Re: Yarr!

In Germany the party was taken over by the "antifa" - violent left wing nuts, and imploded. The topics remain relevant, however. Hopefully there will be another party picking them up.

Btw: In what way is "eternal copyright" an inspiring vision for society?

We all know that even the current 70 years are already bullshit, pushed through by a certain lobby group to avoid losing the copyright on Micky Mouse. Oh, and of course home taping already killed the music industry back in the 70s, right?

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Oxford boffins publish fine-scale regional genetic map of UK

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Aren't you lucky...

... to have such a homogeneous genetic map? On the continent there has been more or less constant warfare since the dawn of the Roman empire, with each army leaving their trace by slaughtering, burning down and raping the local population. It would be interesting to compare the genetic map of island populations like Britain, Ireland and Japan with continental populations like French, Germans or Chinese. I dare to say the continental genetic maps would look quite chaotic.

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Nothing says 'Taliban' quite like net neutrality, eh, EU Digi Commish?

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He was just uttering lobby talk in public

The car industry is now working seriously on automatic driving and other bandwidth heavy in-car applications like on-line vehicle data tracking, content streaming, you name it...

They need some serious mobile traffic for that. Unfortunately the internet is not really well suited for real time data exchange, but prioritizing traffic might help in this case. So they are lobbying heavily to get their way. Looks like he grabbed up some lobby phrases and slung them around in public.

Not a smart move, but he was sent to the EU commission for a reason - that was probably not "being a good politician".

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Dot-word sensation: Google forks out $25m for a fist of .app-y pills

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.app?

Oh no, Google bought the wrong domain. It should have been .apk...

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HISTORIC HOVER-ROCKET takeoff held up by 'SLEDGEHAMMER' winds

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Me for my part, I am looking forward to see a very boring perfect landing, though. No fireworks this time, please!

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Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN

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Not surprised

Some years back I bought a discovery and found it virtually useless (for me). The brush on the bottom of the device has the tendency to wind up everything that's lying around.

In some rooms I could still use it when I put the carpet fringes underneath the carpet, but wherever it finds wires it just pulls them in and jams. Unfortunately I tend to have a lot of wires lying around, so to make a room "roomba ready", took more time than just cleaning it conventionally.

That said, it is still a nice toy and I don't regret buying it. Not so much because it is useful, but more for the fun.

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NASA: Check out this TWIRLY SPACE DWARF – and NEVER moan about our budget

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Re: "... photos NASA later released as a GIF."

Because Flash is busy at Mongo?

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Anthem, America's second biggest health insurer, HACKED: Millions hit by breach

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Insurances - aren't those the guys

who want us to carry tracking devices and pedometers 24/7 to give us a "tailored" health insurance plan? And also to hook up our cars to their driving habit surveillance system, again to give us a "tailored" car insurance? The ones drooling about IOT and how to use it for best exploiting helping their customers?

Good idea to give them even more data. They seem to handle it well.

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NSA raided hackers' troves of stolen data: report

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"take" is a new one. In the dictionary I can find "booty, spoils, plunder, stolen goods, contraband, pillage". Perhaps "take" should be added, as well.

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New claim: D-Link router exposes unprotected config controls to web – DNS hijackers, ahoy!

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ISP DNS

I stopped quite a while age using the DNS service of my ISP. Since then my connection got noticeably more stable and reliable. Unfortunately most of these cheap router boxes don't support using a different DNS other than specified over DHCP, so I had to change the setting on my devices themselves. I suppose this should also be a good workaround for having a router with hijacked DNS.

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You must have at least 8 inches for Windows 10 to go all the way

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This is going to be fun

I'm just waiting for the first people updating their 7 inch atom win8 tablets to win10 and realizing their little tablet has been castrated to winrt functionality.

It's going to be another publicity nightmare for Microsoft.

One would hope, that they see it coming and still offer the desktop for upgraded machines, but I am not holding my breath.

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BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux

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Re: Safe functions

Well, yes, the oxcart is retired now, but you have to admit, the A-12 was a cool piece of technology.

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Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

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Not using Chrome as the Android default browser...

...is the real problem here - why did they integrate a Browser as a system component that has pretty much the same functionality than the Chrome app they offer anyway? Chrome gets regular updates, the "Browser" component only when the OS is updated. What's strange as well, is that other system components like "Google Search" are updated regularly. Why not the browser?

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Linux chaps want to recycle your mobe as a supercomputer

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That would be very similar to a cluster of Rasperry PIs

Or perhaps beagleboard's, as the PI's CPU is not the exactly fastest one in the market.

Isn't this discouraged by Raspberry due to a bad performance/Watt ratio?

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Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

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Again doing the terrorist's job?

What those terrorists hate most, is our liberal society which allows free speech and expression.

Our governments plan to reduce them.

The terrorists will be happy to hear this. Mission accomplished, right?

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Microsoft shutters Office 365's free web site service

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What they don't say

Redmond's not naming who will offer those solutions, but says all will be revealed in January 2015 and that Office 365 customers will be offered generous pricing.

They also don't tell how much these 3rd parties have to pay to get on the list. I'd bet it's not for free, by a long shot.

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Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

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Meh

revolutionary - forward looking - modern

And what we got was Windows 8.

Hearing Microsoft talking about Awesome gives me the creeps... Windows 98's awesome "active desktop" comes to mind.

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NASA asks world+dog to name Mercury's craters (back off, 4chan)

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They do it wrong

If they would make an auction out of it, they could finance the whole mission just by naming one single crater after the revered founder of a certain entertainment giant. He certainly fulfills the requirements, too.

If they would bent a bit and accept fictional beings, they might finance the next couple of missions by naming a few craters after a certain mouse and its friends, too.

The one with the big round ears, please ------------>

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

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between Singapore and Jakarta? I wonder if those coelocanths have taken to chewing cables

Nooo - don't tell the Singaporean gouvernment that cables can be chewed! They might prohibit them!

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Apple bitchslaps iPhone rival Xiaomi: World No 1? That's BIG TALK

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Re: Necessary Now

cheap iPhone with cheap service contract

Well, if you want an Android for some reason, it's rather nasty to sponsor a cheap Iphone for the fanbois. I for my part rather don't like IOS. Been there, was glad to leave.

My solution was to get a feature phone contract, throw the phone away and use the sim in an unlocked handset I bought overseas. For mobile data I use a 3G modem.

Not very comfortable, but it works.

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Re: Necessary Now

You say "nobody is forcing you to buy the Merc", but at least here in Japan, that is exactly what is happening.

In a car analogy, it would be like Mercedes made a contract with all car dealers in the whole country, to each sell a ridiculous high fixed quantity of Mercedes cars. What is happening here is - all Japanese telcos are giving away IPhones for cheaper contracts than even the lowest spec Android handset.

To come back to your analogy - they will still sell you a Fiat, but you will have to cash out more than for a Mercedes.

Of course, this is not Apple's fault - it's the stupid Japanese telcos that signed such contracts.

For Apple it's a nice situation. They enjoy a 50.4% market share in the home country of Sony, Sharp, Fujitsu, Kyocera, ... and with hardware that doesn't really fit to the Japanese market. As an example NFC is extremely widespread here, but even the IPhone 6's NFC doesn't support the Japanese "seifu Ketai" (mobile wallet) system.

So yes, if you can establish a monopoly by smart contracting a limited channel (Only 3 big telcos here), you can happily gouge the customers. At least until someone else breaks in by offering a better alternative for a reasonable price. In case of Telcos this is difficult, as you need the infrastructure. As a result smart phone contracts here got significantly more expensive here in the last few years. Dumb-phone contracts not so much, as there are still some independent 2G providers around.

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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Republican minority Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Tuesday. "We live in a dangerous world, and the threat by ISIL only makes it more so."

The sad truth is, the world was always a dangerous place and most likely it will stay this way. That's why police and military were invented and got a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence. To prevent them from misusing this monopoly checks and balances were introduced.

The PATRIOT act weakens these checks and balances. Does this make the world safer? Perhaps. It's trading one risk against another on the cost of your individual freedom.

But is it really a risk? There are so many examples of countries that failed, because these checks didn't work or exist. Military putsches are rather the rule than the exception. Is the US an exception? Again perhaps. The US government seems to be happy to bet on it. Hopefully they don't lose!

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Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data

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Today you need a supercomputer

in 20 years you can run this your desktop PC.

I still remember, when my university installed a CRAY2 back in the mid 90s. 4 CPUs with 4GHz in ECL technology. And it could do SIMD operations!

Now, where did I leave the floppies with vectorfortan...

edit: Looks, like the CRAY 2's processors were "only" running with 244 MHz. It was the memory that was 4GB. Great looking machine, anyway.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: Standard mistake to make

@dan1980

Thank you very much! That is EXACTLY how I feel as well.

Btw: In another post someone wrote that it might be OK, if the servers are open sourced and free to set up. I really don't feel that way. Perhaps if you can set up your own private server, things might be different, but then we are back at single player, anyway.

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Pity!

A real sequel to ELITE is something I waited for since 30 years. Unfortunately online gaming is a big no go for me, so I'll pass that one out. People who want that kind of stuff are probably already on EVE Online. One more of the same is kind of pointless imo.

Btw: the oolite project offers the original ELITE gameplay with all missions as FOSS. I just spend a few days hunting down the constrictor and being blown up by thargoids.

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Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age

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Obligatory xkcd reference

http://xkcd.com/221/

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

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Skin temperature 29 deg?

Obviously the wrist is not such a good place to measure body signals. It needs to be worn at a different place. Or maybe it needs some remote probe, that can be put into the ... mouth?!?

Coat please - no, no, not the one stuffed with all this electronics. Mine's the wearable and washable one.

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Boffin imagines Wi-Fi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

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Looks like

Someone is desperately searching for something IOT can be used for.

Do you bring the solution or are you part of the problem?

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Oracle gives HR tool to track your fitness

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Nice treat

Most employees already feel like a hamster trapped in a treadmill.

Now this can be extended to your private non company time?

Great, just great.

On a more positive note, this kind of tracking might be illegal in most EU countries, so there is still hope.

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Poll: Yes, yes, texting while driving is bad but *ping* OH! Hey, GRAB THE WHEEL, will ya?

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It would be interesting to know

if they asked how often people texted while driving. There is quite a difference If someone does it once in a lifetime or every 10 minutes.

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

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they sold out for product placement for some car

On the other hand I really liked the way they presented the BMW in "Tomorrow Never Dies". In the English version the car was talking in a "very German" female voice...

And then there was Dr. Kaufman - "Believe me Mr Bond, I could shoot you from Stuttgart und still create ze proper effect." I watched it in a cinema in Glasgow together with some German friends and we nearly died laughing. (Incidentally some of us came from the area of Stuttgart).

For some reason they left that out in the German version, however.

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FTC to flog Butterfly Labs' Bitcoin holdings

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Defendant’s substantial Bitcoin holdings

Not bad - build up machines using your customer's prepayment, let the machines mine for you until they are obsolete, deliver machines and repeat.

Or with other words, instead of "Stop digging for gold, and start selling shovels”, you take the money, keep the shovels to scratch up all gold for yourself and hand it over, after the claim is exhausted.

Icon - where they belong to.

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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

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No need to panic

But there's still plenty of potential for folks to worry – and scream – about the fact that just about any Android can now sniff networks.

There is already a plethora of WiFi sniffer apps in the playstore. They are quite handy to optimize access point set up and installation.

Google got into trouble by reading and recording traffic data packages from open access points, not for mapping access points, in the first place.

That said, there might be some patents on geomapping of WiFi access points, so Mozilla should still carefully check things with their legal department.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Re: I've had enough

@ Anonymous Coward

Expiring minds want to know..

Is your mind running on a office 365 licence?

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

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Microsoft embracing Linux?

quick - let's run for the hills!

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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That's not how it works

On the more cynical side, it could also benefit the employer as female employees would be under less pressure to have children earlier in their lives and as such could put in a few more years of long hours and heavy productivity for their company before starting a family.

Unfortunately the main limiting factor are not the eggs, it is the uterus. After reaching 40 or so, the chance that an egg nests in, decreases dramatically. Where it might help, however is to conceive healthy children, as the risk for a genetic defect increases with age. So this program might help people to get children later, but not by a huge margin.

And let's face the facts - one of the reasons for the low birth rate in developed countries is, that the family planning of many people often doesn't fit with the biological clock. Many seem to suddenly have a child wish when they reach middle age (part of the mid-life crisis?) and then it is just a bit too late and risky to conceive. If this program helps people to get healthy children and be happy, why should anyone be against it?

That said, yes, this can only be one small part of the package. Proper maternity benefits, child care support, etc. are certainly more important.

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Protesters stop ground breaking on world's largest telescope

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Re: it is on a volcano

Hawaiian volcanism is of a different kind than the one found around the ring of fire or other continental fault lines. They are shield volcanoes, fed by a hot spot. Their magma is very hot and much less explosive than what is found in other places (Japan or Indonesia, for example). That said, Yellowstone caldera is also fed by a hot spot and it is a monster. Good old earth has a lot of nasty surprises for us, but the Hawaiian islands are probably one of the safer spots.

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

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Re: Surprised this still happens

I'm assuming this is just some developer testing feature that got left on

Sure, with two servers, connected to the internet that receive user data of a million readers. These just happened to be set up by accident and no-one noticed...

(Where is the irony icon?)

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Woman says narco-cops used her PICS to snare drug lords on Facebook

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Re: "bad actors doing bad things"

Are they talking about miming "I will survive" while wearing too many sequins?

No, I am quite sure they are talking about "trying to evade profiling and thus reducing our loot ad revenues".

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Figures

I always wondered on what kind of strange user data Microsoft based their ribbon interface on. So it was based on the behaviour patterns of people playing around with beta software? Interesting approach...

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SLOSH! Cops dethrone suspect - by tipping over portaloo with him inside

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Bad audio

I wonder why the video contains so many silent sections. Could it be that all faecal words were cut out? Pity - "shit oh no, they didn't" would sound so much more funny in this context.

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Re: Just to be absolutely, totally clear here.....

... what they really want is privacy?

No, they already sold away their privacy to a tabloid which wants to make sure the rights stay exclusive. I wouldn't be too surprised if all these security measures are part of the contract.

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Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods

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Re: Windows vs Linux

@AC

Strange that 75% of the x86 server market is Windows then (as per Forbes)....there must be a lot of idiots out there. Or perhaps you are the idiot....

I would up-vote you for realizing that there are many idiots out there, but I would have to down-vote you at the same time for implying one of them could be a fellow commentard.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Re: Keyboard layout?

@mrmond:

...Qwerty for UK and everywhere that uses it, Qwertz for France etc.

Only if the French would speak German. "qwertz" would be the German version. French keyboards use "azerty" layout. That said, I wonder if there will be a Japanese version and what kind of layout it will have. (Probably US standard?)

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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Re: Safari

It's the changes to Safari that bug me.

No problem, just install another browser that suits you better...

(obvious trolling)

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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

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Who cares about the looks?

I wonder why everybody here only complains about the user interface and TIFCAM stuff. The far more important point IMO is the way Microsoft tries to force people into their cloud and their crappstore. And I don't see that this would change with windows 9 (or whatever it will be called).

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Corporate development

I bet they cracked one or the another phone during development as well. I suppose that they just punished the "careless" developer, instead of giving him a bonus for finding the weak point before series release and changing the design.

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Flaming drone batteries ground commercial flight before takeoff

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FAIL

How did they handle the baggage?

Hmm, it happened on a flight from Australia to Fiji? A few hours of luggage roasting in the Australian sun, waiting for the connection flight? Sounds very probable. No need to call that guy names. Could have been a bloody electric toothbrush or a shaver as well. Lately both contain lithium cells. Usually it is OK to have devices with built in or plugged in batteries in the luggage.

And I suppose most people will probably carry a spare battery for their digital camera or two.

But no - that could never happen - our precious airlines always treat their customer's property with the utmost care and respect, right? ... right?

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Enigmail PGP plugin forgets to encrypt mail sent as blind copies

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No, no, you got it all wrong!

"As a serious user (dissident, whistle-blower, diplomatic or military user) I would now be waiting for the bad guys come and get me with their water-board,"

It's the good guys that play around with waterboards. the bad guys simply shoot you.

Edit: Icon - 'cause the whole thing seems to be a bad joke...

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