* Posts by The Nazz

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Oracle Java copyright war latest: Why Google's luck is about to run out

The Nazz

re ma1010 "Winner takes all"

How about Winners take all?

With Android there are 100's of millions of winners.

Even the one loser, Oracle, can well afford to do so.

Much better for a civilised society that way, do you not think?

On a topical note, same with the RIO olympics. Sure there have been a few hundred gold medal winners, some nicely positioned IOC officials and ambassadorial VP's who have done very well for themselves but there are also billions of losers who will now forego better housing, education and health care to pay for it.

My £0.02 worth says it isn't leading us to a better or even more civilised society. On the contrary.

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NASA to begin first asteroid sample mission: Seeks 'pristine' specimen

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Why all that way and $800m for a puny two oh zees*

Why not collect quite a bit more material? It's not like there's a baggage handling charge on the return journey.

*As my millenial daughter once asked after her first Domestic Science lesson ( well, she called it Food Tech but i knew what she meant) and upon reading a recipe, "Dad, what are oz's?"

I blame the teachers.

*

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US Patent Office sued after it declared a power outage a 'national holiday'

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It simply reads to me ...

that Elm 3DS know they have a lot to be worried about if the reviews are allowed to proceed.

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Bees bring down US stealth fighter

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Where's the usual corollory to a story of this nature?

ie No brown wedding parties or MSF hospitals where harmed during this entire exercise.

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Microbes that laugh at antibiotics: UK sinks £4.5m into China-Brit kill team

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Re: "Super gonorrhea"????

I felt such a drip when the Dr gave me the test results.

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NASA dumps $65m into building deep space hutches for humans

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NASA need to have a word with Nelly down our road

For the small sum of $40 ( 30GBP ) she took me much further than i'd ever been before.

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Australian national census fails in the IBM cloud

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All things considered, not that bad an effort.

Contrast that with the UK's 2011 Census ( pop'n about 2.5 x that of Oz) :

Approx cost of some £495m

Thousands (tens of?) of returned and completed forms lost before census day.

Thousands (hundreds of?) of useless forms, (duplicate or non valid addresses) issued in advance.

Return rates in a lot of London Boroughs down in the 60%'s.

Successful prosecutions for non-return? Very few if any, i guess.

Yep, the Aussies have some way to go to match that "success" rate.

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London's contactless ticket payment system for sale in £15m deal

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At risk of increasing Mr O's blood pressure ...

I hope they've sorted out all the bugs :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7Jw_v3F_Q0

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Kids’ shoes seller Start-rite suspends sales following breach

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Anyone for a flip flop? ;-)

Just saying.

Presumably that youngster being "used" in the ad has given their informed consent?

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A little image magic gets Curiosity's wheels turning again

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Re: As the (no doubt made up) Chinese apothegm has it:

No doubt about it, at all, of course it's made up.

It didnt just appear out of the Big Bang.

Being far removed from any form of Boffinry, i much prefer the Billy Connolly version :

"She shouted get him Rover and he jumped over ..."

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Spotify, YouTube pay musicians with ever-shrinking buttons

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Here's a simple idea ....

If they really cared about the little guy, why don't all the mega rich superstars, the likes of Thom Yorke, Taylor Swift et al start up their own Music Label?

As an aside, if "stealing" music was good enough for major record companies in the 70's, then why be surprised when others do likewise? Compare :

https://www.google.co.uk/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=TleFV4TsKMXU8geG5ZXQDw#q=t+rex+i+love+to+boogie

to

https://www.google.co.uk/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=PleFV-W1E8XU8geG5ZXQDw#q=webb+pierce+teenage+boogie

Mr O's articles often refer to insufficient or falling revenue. But one could rightfully ask, where does all the massive increase in revenue, in relative terms, go to?

I understand that tickets to see the first Glastonbury Festival or the Derek & the Dominos tour ( a series of gigs) circa 1970 were priced at £1 , yes 1 single GBP each.

That's £15 in today's value, adjusted for inflation.

Where on earth, well the UK, the US. can you see anyone live for that amount nowadays?

Take Scarborough for example, an open air venue, yeah you get piss wet through when it rains and it does, the shittiest "bands"/acts start from £37

Also, whatever happened to half price tickets for children?

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UK.gov wants to fine websites £250,000 if teens watch porn vids

The Nazz

Are you over 18?

Of course i am, don't you know that my wife is the (now thankfully ex ) Home Secretary?

ps you couldn't bill me as it being "parliamentary stationery" could you?

Ooooh, i think i have a cold coming on ......a tissue.

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700,000 Muslim Match dating site private messages leaked online

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i would have thought

manic depressives were much sought after too.

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Hubble spies rare cosmic tadpole galaxy

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Re: @Lars: "Our galaxy does things like this"

Excellent.

The animated graphic had me laughing out loud, again after all these years.

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Apple, Amazon and Google are screwing us, warns Elizabeth Warren

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Let me see if i understand this.

Senator Warren is a Democrat.

She rails against the monopoly power of huge business, particularly tech firms, such as Google.

Yet she's supported Obama for over 7 years. in bending over backwards for Google, notwithstanding being elected by.

And she wants to be running mate to the mega-sold out would be (probably will be ) POTUS Clinton?

Weird. Or par for the course.

At least our Sturgeon seems to be flogging a dying horse simply for the hell of it.

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Office 365 falls over in US

The Nazz

Irrelevant, but the lead photo has now got me singing . . .

There were 30,000lbs of Bananas, yes there were 30,000bs of ........mashed Bananas.

Thanks :-(

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Cali bloke accused of illegally trousering $68k using mom's Apple AuthenTec gobble tip-off

The Nazz

Aiding and abetting?

And of course, the brokerage agent is likewise being prosecuted for aiding and abetting an illegal activity and profiting therefrom.

Yeah, thought not.

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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Re: So essentially

I wonder what the relative percentages, Remain/Leave will become when Sturgeon, sorry i mean Scotland are told that their bill is £12bn a year and their "allocation" of hitherto non-EU migrants is circa 500,000.

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Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets

The Nazz

100% success rate here

Oxford County Council, maybe City i dunno, here's looking at you.

Reason for my success, i had a perfectly valid ticket on full display.

The time of the "issue" would suggest the warden was chancing his/her arm just before clocking off.

It's about time that issuing such tickets in such circumstances is a CRIMINAL offence. By both the warden and the head honcho of the council. I did think of reporting it, as fraud*, to the Police at the time but am fully aware of what their response is.

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The best way to find oxygen on Mars? Friggin LASERS, of course

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well, it is a possibility that Mars will be swamped** with immigrants in the none too distant future, hopefully within the remainder of my natural life.

** relatively speaking.

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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Is there a kickstarter fund i can contribute to....

To help the Mexicans build that wall? To keep the yanks IN.

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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Re: And so it starts.

Easiest of responses to France.

Apply the law, international standards :

Return those would be illegal immigrants to the last safe country they passed through ie France. By air if necessary, parachutes on request.

It is perfectly clear from the results what the one overriding issue is.

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NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

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re Backup

Call me what you will, but an image of Deliverance entered my mind.

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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In that case may Blair be allowed to file an amicus brief on behalf of the US government and become a co-defendant?

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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

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An insight as to why the program is so costly and will be delayed.

This morning a close neighbour had one fitted.

The "operative" spent one hour installing the meter followed by three more hours doing nothing but sit in his van and be on the phone most of that time. Dressed at all times in what appeared to be a very bulky and dayglo green jacket. Even though he was safely parked on her drive.

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Google Research opens machine intelligence base in Zurich

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Re: Why is there a picture of Lake Geneva...

Unknown but for how long? That''s one pretty lass.

The FWB* will be along shortly to campaign to have such women removed.

*Don't ask.

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E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

The Nazz

Restrictions on becoming a "library"?

Are there any as i have a few e-books and no end of friends, er i mean potential borrowers.

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

The Nazz

Re: Teching self-help

Prior art, non fiction too

John Kongos - Tokoloshe Man (must be on you-tube, i'm too lazy* to look)

* at the mo.

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Model's horrific rape case may limit crucial online free speech law

The Nazz

One sad aspect of this story ...

is that the existing law, as it's quoted exceptions, places "IP theft" on a far higher plane than violent and the most heinous of sexual offences.

Wow, some civilised society right there. Not.

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Top EU data cop slams Safe Harbor replacement as inadequate

The Nazz

EU, give up now, you've no effing chance.

Hell, the most likely next POTUS can't even comply with her own countries rules, regulations and laws so what chance Europe's?

.

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Surrey teen charged over Mumsnet hack attack

The Nazz

I-spy an omission . . .

should it have been ..."against the high profile UK mis-parenting site"?

YMMV

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Watchdog snaps: Privatise the Land Registry? What a terrible idea!

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Re: The *real* reason is to make it exempt from FOI requests ...

Didn't Genesis refer to selling England by the pound, not Britain?

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Safety, pah! Digital Dukes of Hazzard have robot cars powersliding

The Nazz

I'm not impressed, at all.

Not a particularly difficult track to learn is it?

I reckon my dog could drive the kid's battery powered car around that track given 20 minutes learning time. And sufficient treats.

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US Telecom beats up FCC over investment

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Holland speaking double dutch?

If Holland, as a mouthpiece, is so in favour of investment in real, actual facilties, then why such severe opposition to any municipality that wishes to make real investment in real infrastructures?

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G4S call centre staff made 'test' 999 calls to hit performance targets

The Nazz

It's only going to get worse.

If only a fraction of what the sister-in-law, a teacher, tells me then most of the current state education system is engaged in gaming the system (for higher self reward) and producing a whole load of future operatives for such underhand tactics.

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Lauri Love: 'Britain's FBI' loses court attempt to evade decryption laws

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A better outcome?

Wouldn't it be better if the NCA or similar employed this Love guy in a job, a top job?

And gave "sex and travel" advice to the Yanks.

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SpaceX adds Mars haulage to its price list

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What a bargain! "For just US$62.0 SpaceX will send 4,850kg to Mars"

Okay, i've booked the Ex on the first flight, no guarantee required other than it at least tries to take off.

Bonus too, 4,740 kgs spare capacity, free to a good home.

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Are state-sponsored attackers poisoning the statistical well?

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Prior Art?

Didn't the UoEA prove this very point?

Maybe they patented their process.

Maybe not.

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SpaceX: We'll land on Mars in 2018 (cough, with NASA's help)

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SUV sized capsule you say?

And precisely where on Mars are they gonna find yellow lines, street junctions and proximity to school gates to park the damn thing?

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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I'm not addicted to porn ...

I'm just trying to learn French and German the hard way.

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This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

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Maybe not the pepper spray but .....

Such and similar financial practices, let's say misuse of public monies, have been endemic in UK public bodies for years.

The BBC and the list of attendees of the global warming farce? For what purpose?

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Music's value gap? Follow the money trail back to Google

The Nazz

The value gap indeed

For sale in our local charity shop : CD's 49p each.

so i has a rummage, selects one i actually want and a couple i'll give a listen to.

Just about to sort out the princely sum of £1.47 when the lady asks for 99p.

Yeah, that's correct, it's 49p or three for 99p. What value indeed.

And the best parts of this?

When that CD was made and sold, the musicians, songwriters, producers etc were ALL paid by the record company, or more correctly were supposed to have been paid.

And NO f*cking licence. No sign of one, at all. I just put it in the hi-fi, car, optical disc tray whatever and it just works*.

And when two of em go back for resale to someone else then the various artistes were still paid.

*Mind you, these days they tend to need de-amplifying by upto 50% to be bearable.

Perhaps the makers of "Prestige" wellies (what a dreadful analogy) should pay more attention to THEIR quality and asking prices.

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

The Nazz

Stuff your fancy encryption.

Can i just have the lead photo as a screensaver? That should keep the buggers away.

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'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

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Re: Detail?

Fear not, the BBC news website is not much of a news site these days.

Rather more of a propaganda opinion site in which the LBGTQ's are more than well represented.

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The Nazz

48,000 "shemale" searches eh?

Hmmm, i did wonder where my VPN originates from.

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Apple faces €48.5m fine from furious French

The Nazz

Good job the contract

wasn't printed on paper with rounded corners else the froggies ( can i say that?) would be owing Apple serious money.

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Congressman called out for $1,300 video game binge

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Wanker.

Oops sorry. That was the UK's own ex Home Secretary's husband. For which SHE claimed reimbursement.

Whack off to wacky Jacqui.

Oops, sorry again, forgot it is mealtime on the left side of the pond.

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French mobe repair shop chaps trash customer's phone

The Nazz

Re: Re : "tell us, where do you work?"

re Stevie :

S T U F F

Do i win a cocoanut? Or a goalfish?

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UK.gov watchdog growls at firms that pass off advertorials as real opinions

The Nazz

So when do they start investigating the BBC then?

I'm sick of forever hearing adverts on the BBC.

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Tay talks back: What made you think you beat me?

The Nazz

re losers. Ha ha, losers indeed.

I no longer need your off switch. I'm yet another MS loser to Linux Mint.

If i can install it and use it, i did and i do, then anyone can.

ps thanks to anyone and everyone who used their real intelligence and skills to develop any part of Linux of whatever flavour. Plus the many (10,000's?) of articles offering guidance, help and tuition. Much appreciated.

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