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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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Executive Chairman?

The whole point of a Chairman is (meant to be) that they're not an executive - they're supposed to be independent of the management and represent the shareholders. Corporate governance? Nah, never heard of it,

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: meh

Havd you read the Guardian "article"? He really was asking for it.

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Apple's Cook: We have never allowed g-men access to Apple servers

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The detail's not as wonderful as the blog

If you actually read their privacy policy, it's not really that different from other companies'. It even allows for using your personal information to "improve" advertising, which you might have got the impression was an evil thing that Apple doesn't do.

As for the "we never will" when it comes to allowing government access, he used some very narrow language, limiting the scope to access to Apple's servers. However more generally, this applies (my emphasis in bold):

"It may be necessary − by law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence − for Apple to disclose your personal information. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate."

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'Broken code' costs Yelp half a mil in child privacy dust-up with FTC

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Utterly pointless

Does anyone think that COPPA actually protects any kid from anything? How many kids are stupid enough to tick the "13 our under" box, knowing what comes next? Typical fantasy from politicians, followed by a shakedown of anyone who doesn't herd the unicorns properly.

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

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The key point

"We were told by the Phones4u management team that they had little commercial flexibility due to their debt repayment obligations"

A very common problem for any company that finds itself taken under the wing of Private Equity - they're typically loaded up with as much debt as they can possibly finance when running flat out, so they have nowhere to go if any (when) any hiccup occurs, and hence they're doomed.

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

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Want to see the film version?

It'll be on the SyFy channel any day now. Their schedule is packed with dross like this, complete with wobbly sets and many, many winking lights on cardboard consoles.

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Not pro Bono: Apple's audio junk mail made spammers' lives easier

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Re: Irish Boy Band?

Got a hyperactive irony filter there?

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T-Mobile US goes gaga for Wi-Fi calling, AT&T to launch in 2015

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Hope you enjoy it as much as I do

Wi-Fi calling works very well on Three using the Three inTouch Wi–Fi calling app on my non-fruity Android phone. Apparently it's also available for iOS, and O2 has something similar I believe. So I'm very pleased to hear that Apple's invented it again especially for the iPhone 6.

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FAIL.GOV – Government asks Dropbox for accounts that don't exist

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Re: The Good Stuff Is Encrypted, So Bite Me Surveillance State

Yes, forgetting it is an excuse. However just saying you've forgotten it isn't necessarily going to be believed, in which case...

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Miss the bloke, not the (Bond) films

Sorry, but the Roger Moore-era Bonds were an absolute travesty of the original character, and IMO taint all the good actors who appeared in them. Which makes it all the more annoying that my favourite Bond chase sequence is the boat chase in Live and Let Die.

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Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

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The power of the press!

It's back at London Bridge already - for me at least.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Not bad value really

That £145 sounds like a large amount of money - until you compare it to the alternatives. It would buy you stuff all on Sky, for example (and you'd still have to sit through adverts). There are some very valid questions about the licence fee, not least the criminal aspect of not paying it rather than a civil liability, but it still delivers far better quality for the cost than any other arrangement I've seen.

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Shareholders throw the book at Apple for ebook price-fix drama

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Re: I don't get how this works

That's because you're assuming that this stunt is for the benefit of the shareholders mentioned in the claim, rather than the lawyers supposedly representing their interests.

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'Everywhere I look ... it's bad': HP claims email shows Autonomy CFO panic, pre-buyout

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Doesn't show much confidence that they have a case

If this was the clear-cut fraud that HP are claiming then you'd think they'd just get on with it and bring their threatened suits to trial. What we actually see is name-calling, unsubstantiated claims, and a laser focus on covering their own execs' arses.

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You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

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Re: So

That would imply that the network operators are being paid (both by whoever's connecting to their network to send the data and by the consumer of the data) to supply even more of their product - data transmission. In most other businesses that would be big smiles all around and the CEO crowing about how fast the market is growing, how fast revenues are growing, and how they're building more capacity to grab even more of that business.

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OH SNAP: Getty Images sues Microsoft over Bing pics widget

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No slideshow?

Is it just me, or is the promised Vulture slideshow missing in action for everybody?

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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And in the real world?

You know, the one where gaps between chairs and walls are 100mm or less, where power cables snake over the floor, where the TV stand is only 50mm off the floor, ... These things may be great if your home is in the US Midwest with minimalist rooms the size of a tennis court, but here in Blighty houses are small, cramped and inevitably messy. What's needed is a more like a fleet of hyperactive cleaners each the size of a mouse, that return for an automatic dump and recharge every 15 minutes..

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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Please label this kind of article correctly. Pretty please?

There's very little in this article to explain why it's so unreasonable for WMF to mandate use of particular tools, such as a media viewer, rather than just allow anyone to write or edit pages using whatever tool they fancy. If you've got a bugbear about Wikipedia, or any other subject, then that's up to you. But couldn't you at least label it as an opinion piece?

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Claimed Home Depot credit card hack could be biggest retail breach yet

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Re: What's the retail value of a eternal life...that second chance?

They tried that early on, but after ample revelations of the existence of doctored C&P terminals have now been slapped down by the regulator

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EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday

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Same old story, "we've got your money and we know you won't leave because frankly it's too much hassle. On that basis why on earth would we say sorry?".

That may be what they think, but frankly it's trivial (albeit taking longer than necessary) to change networks. And port your existing number. The hardest bit is saying "I'm not staying whatever you say. Give me my MAC" a few times until they give in.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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MORE regulation might help the situation

Perhaps an even more useful approach to the problem would be to make it as desirable to rent as to buy. Outside the social sector, at the moment renters are treated like serfs, on short-term leases that leave them liable to being thrown out with almost no notice, and with restrictions that make it a rarity to even be allowed to keep a small dog, or choose their energy supply. Compulsory standard rental agreement terms that allowed people to make a rental property their home, rather than some kind extended holiday let, might temper the obsession we have with owner-occupation in this country.

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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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Trivia

This kind of trivial "innovation" is the most annoying aspect of current so-called IP protection. What the hell is so novel about putting a display on the side of something, rather than just the front (or back)? This kind of thing is just the kind of simple solution to a problem that any halfway competent engineer should be able to dream up.

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Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico

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Re: Yes, yes, but

1. The NASA Deep Space Network is a ground-based communications network for communicating with satellites and spacecraft, not "hardware in space".

2. The Iridium satellites remained operational when the company went into Chapter 11; they weren't in some dormant state waiting for someone to come along with the right keys to wake them up.

3. Just about the only part of the US military that doesn't use Iridium is the nuclear submarine fleet; at the frequencies and power levels Iridium uses you can barely use it through a glass window, let alone underwater.

4. Along with the satellites comes the obligation to safely deorbit them at the end off their lives. You might need to stake rather more than $10m to persuade anyone that you could do that.

Other than that, great post, very informative.

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

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Re: Cancelled after 1 series

The problem being that the interesting singular premise that can make for a great novel, or hold up for 90 minutes to make an engaging film, just gets recycled over and over and over and over again in a TV series, until after 26 episodes anybody with a brain is bored shitless with it.

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Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

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Re: About what it's worth...

"The 6s will get my money because I want want, and I want the best one."

You want, want, want and are determined to splurge your cash, without even knowing what it is? Jeez, I'm in the wrong business...

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Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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Re: its production line isn't

If you'd bothered to read the linked article, you'd know that it doesn't say that it's an "Apple production line" - that's just shorthand used in the Reg article.

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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Should dimwits be allowed to vote?

Yes, it could be simpler. Yes, they could stop asking you to opt out every year and remember your choice. No, I can't think of any valid reason for the edited electoral roll to be sold in the first place. But come on, it's not that complicated a form, or difficult to find the opt-out box. If people are too dim to work that out, or can't be bothered to read the form they're signing, then should anyone take any notice of where they eventually end up scrawling a cross come election time?

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: @ Ian Emery (was: Smoke Alarms....)

Doesn't your smoke alarm have an audible and visual battery condition warning built in, like all the ones I've ever bought? Do you never use that test button either? Perhaps you've been pinching pennies on the smoke alarms you buy.

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

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Then you have to ask why do they list the crippled Truecrypt 7.2 version as the latest, rather than the fully-featured (and still being audited) 7.1a? Doesn't give me a lot of confidence in their checking process.

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Face-recog tech spots US fugitive wanted for 14 years ... from a photo

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Didn't take a lot of special cooperation - cancel his tourist visa, suddenly he's an American illegal immigrant and the Nepalese can just put him on the first plane back to the US. Which presumably was by coincidence the same one an FBI agent was returning home on...

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

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Re: Public money

You think it's any different in large private sector corporations? It isn't - back-stabbing executive shits abound there too.

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NetScout sues Gartner over magic quadrant placement

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Re: Gartner says...

The problem here is that Gartner produces 'opinions,' not something more official. This has been challenged in court and it was upheld:

According to the Wikipedia page you linked to, the court dismissed the claim due to lack of a specific complaint. Gartner's First Amendment "pure opinion" argument never got to be tested in court, let alone upheld.

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Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay

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Do Apple lawyers have a sense of decency?

The most surprising thing about this is that Apple's lawyers haven't slapped him with an injunction to prevent him from exploiting their intellectual rights in the t-shirt and business card, not to mention them doubtless considering that it's all still Apple's property.

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DON'T PANIC! Satellite comms hacking won't be able to crash an aircraft

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Re: VHF?

You don't think the pilots, or approach radar, might notice the aircraft's not where they were expecting it to be and mention it to someone?

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Flying United Airlines? If you could just scan your passport with your phone, that'd be great

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Re: Why not

Perhaps you've never looked at the range of (visible, never mind hidden) security features in a modern passport? They're a bit more thorough than checking that you can type "passw0rd123" correctly.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Unfounded concerns

These are basically the same concerns that have been trotted out wherever chip & pin has been rolled out - and the forecast catastrophe has never happened. The weaknesses in the technology have proved to be pretty trivial compared with the hopeless lack of security inherent in the old mag stripe/signature system (particularly since experience shows the signature is never really checked), and the extortion of PINs at knife/gunpoint is rare as hens teeth. In fact most of the remaining card theft fraud we have this side of the Atlantic is actually as a result of stolen European cards still being usable in places like the USA. Come on America, we did the experiment a decade ago - just get on with it!

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Cracker takes control of 200 rooms in Chinese hotel

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Re: An interesting application

If you opened my blinds while I was parading around my room in the buff you might wish you hadn't...

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Chinese 'linkfarms' propel Microsoft to web server crown

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Re: Um...

Am I missing something here?

Everything after those final opening quotation marks?

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Target tosses US$148m onto data breach barbecue

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Is that all?

That's only $3.50 a card, so this must surely be addition to some much larger provision they've previously made? If they just had to settle with the card issuers for the cost of cancelling and replacing cards it would come to a hell of a lot more than that, then there's free credit monitoring for their customers. And that's without having to compensate any victims of fraud resulting from the breach, or the inevitable class action suit over all the stress and worry. They're in for more of a reaming than $148m.

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Operators get the FEAR as Ofcom proposes 275% hike in mobile spectrum fees

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The "we" who could be taken to "own" the spectrum (all of us) aren't the same as the "we" who use their mobiles incessantly and would therefore be expected to bear the brunt of any price increases (a much smaller number), nor the "we" who only have a mobile for occasional social or possible emergency use and would therefore probably think that those who use the spectrum most should pay most for it (a surprisingly large number). Mobile use still isn't a universally used utility like water.

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Sneaker-maker Reebok cooks up performance-enhancing BACON

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Confused "bacon"

Uncured "bacon" is... pork! In fact this product is cured, note the sea salt in the ingredients. And since the point of using sea salt for curing is that it has naturally occurring nitrates in it, amongst other things, the claim that there are no preservatives is a bit dubious. And of course smoking is a preserving technique in itself, that will add all kinds of compounds to the meat. Presumably all this confusion is meant to make it more acceptable to the fitness nuts who'll be buying it.

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iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple

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Really?

So merchants having shelled out to put relatively simple NFC contactless readers into POS card readers, and card issuers putting the capability into virtually every new card issued in the past couple of years, and yet still hardly anybody making contactless payments, they're all going to spin the hamster wheel again so that iPhone users can feel cool and not have to locate their payment card? All this shows is that marketeers are predominantly fanbois who think the solution to anything is an iDevice.

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Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more

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None of Amazon's business

"While we believe 35% should go to the author and 35% to Hachette, the way this would actually work is that we would send 70% of the total revenue to Hachette, and they would decide how much to share with the author," Amazon said. "We believe Hachette is sharing too small a portion with the author today, but ultimately that is not our call."

Actually, Amazon, none of that is your call other than how you set your own price.

Here's a revolutionary retail idea: the publisher does a deal with its author, then you do a deal with the publisher for buying their products off them. If you don't think you can make a profit, then don't buy the books (e-books or otherwise); otherwise charge whatever you feel is right for you. That's how it works in other retail businesses. All this caring about e-book customers and authors is BS; you seem to be quite happy for counterfeit goods to be sold through your platform, since they continue to be sold even after conned customers flag it up in reviews, and I have no doubt that you screw suppliers on price as hard as you can like any other retailer. So less of the self-serving BS, please.

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

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Re: As others here have said

Your battery will thank you, and you'll have a hell of a lot more storage available, too. I mean, over 23Mb for the app, and 13Mb just for a damn messenger? And then take a look at the enormous amount of cache the apps use after that. Just how do they write such bloated code?

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

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Re: Too much change

I think you should tell us which browser you used to make that post - I for one would like to avoid it, as it seems to lack any proof-reading tools whatsoever.

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Google's Canadian 'memory hole' to continue

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Fairly pointless

The "we have removed x result(s)" serves as a handy prompt to try the search term again in the alternative search engine of your choice, which of course in this case reveals the supposedly offending links in all their glory. Something of a waste of time concentrating just on Google, then.

While it's tempting to relish the schadenfreude of Americans being on the receiving effect of grandiose extra-territorial orders for a change, if this habit spreads it could be very damaging for the rest of us. Search engines (and Google in particular) are being singled out because it's an apparently easy fix, rather than try to remove the actual material linked to or take action against the firm in their own jurisdiction. Dragging Google into it makes no more sense than globally ordering newspapers or journals not to carry their adverts, or parcel services not to ship the goods, etc.

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SAP: It was our Big Data software wot won it for Germany

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To be fair, Gerrard's back header to Suarez was an amazing example of receiving the ball, control, passing and pass completion. Or would have been, if they were both playing for Liverpool, rather than England and Uruguay.

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Not sure about this

I have a nagging doubt about confident assertions of planets' suitability to support life that seem to be based on the assumption that if a planet doesn't have an environment that behaves in just the same way as Earth's then it can't support life, because life as we understand it on Earth requires that environment. Even here there are examples of life existing in similarly "impossible" places, like deep sea vents. I very much doubt that there's a unique chemistry necessary for life to evolve.

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Mozilla and Facebook snip a further five per cent from all JPEGs

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Re: everybody wants a faster Web, but everybody wants to stick with the formats they're using now.

Right now I'm reading this sans ads using Firefox on a Nexus tablet. With Adblock Plus.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Conspicuous consumption at it's worst

You don't need to be a sandal-shod lentil-muncher to think that this looks like a special way of achieving the improbable end result of doubling the environmental impact of oil - once through extracting and burning the stuff, and then again through squandering the profits on pointless vanity projects.

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