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Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace

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What is the World says "No"

Governments around the world make a very healthy income selling RF space to mobile companies;. And what if the said governments don't want an effective spy network over their lands.

The current Tory government in blighty (no its not a coalition, if you think it is; your just kidding yourself on) will no doubt say "YES" as Google has better access to no 10 than the current Tech gov department.

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Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS

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That many!!!

Does having your phone automatically login in twitter even if you don't use it count as an active user?

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

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But.... Is it Giant Kitten Proof ?

You never know when a giant kitten is going to climb your post office tower.

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Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

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Jacket

How about a real waterproof jacket that doesn't cost £300+

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Hey, Glasshole: That cool app? It has turned you into a SPY DRONE

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Is there anything to stop Google themselves doing this? Seems to me they have a cheap way of getting Street View updates without the fleet of camera cars.

Yes.. .don't use the glasses !

But you could replace the firmware with a non-google one.

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GIANT FLESH-EATING DEVIL CHICKENS roamed North Dakota

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Mmmmm....

They look tasty.... perfect for a Griswall xmas.

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Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

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Re: Some of this makes me want for "simpler" times.

I use Clearly from Evernote which strips most of the junk from a page and leaves a nice clean view of the actual text.

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NRoff /Troff

I used to wrote whole technical documents in NRoff Troff for electrical engineering specs etc.. back in the 1990 so we can have a sort of intranet. You needed to think in certain abstract forms to get them to work correctly and all of them were written in Vi. Ah.... those where the days.

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

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Oh Well...

The really good guys will leave quickly for better rates, while the bad will hang about and moan. Don't like your customer then find another. This is independent companies here NOT employees and most contracts can be terminated with in a week or so on either side. It is shit but it will be the middle management that will suffer all the pain as contractors leave and deadlines that can't be meet.

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Plod foils drone drug drop down under

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Joke

It was a fair "copitor"

It was a fair "copitor" by the flying squad.

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Hey, MoJ, we're not your Buddi: Brit firm abandons 'frustrating' crim-tagging contract

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Dullards

Wanted "the development of a product which does not yet exist".

Well yeah.... that's call a new system.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

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Re: What are we waiting for?

My old "Snow Leopard" box could not (or they would not) be upgraded, so I converted to run Ubuntu instead; and its been great.

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THOUSANDS of Tesco.com logins and passwords leaked online

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Re: Is this Tesco's fault?

Eh No..... you'd think that a LOT of login attempts from the same source (ip etc..) would start to raise a red flag somewhere. If your customer base is in the UK and the IP address come from somewhere else, then this is not likely to be your customer.

This looks like is a mix of sloppy user security (if Tesco are being truthful) and a lack of security on incoming requests.

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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Re: I really like my C720 Chromebook but ...

Is blockbusters still going, thought they all shut?

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MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

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Re: Nobody remembers Bill Gates saved Apple

Actually sir,

I have never owned a samsung phone and likely never will, I have however had x3 iphones, a fair few mac books, ipad, ipod. I'm not a Mac Fan boy but do tend to buy their kit (sometimes).

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Nobody remembers Bill Gates saved Apple

Yip Bill Gates stepped in Gave Apple a big pile of money with very generous terms and saved apple. What did the employees of Apple do, boo him. I've read lots of "Mac / Apple Histories" over the past week and this little fact seems to have been missed, which is a pity, but Apple would have likely folded and we would all have crappy phones.

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Ex-Google, Mozilla bods to outwit EVIL BOTS with 'polymorphic' defence

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Debug That Sir!

Not sure I'd like to debug those web applications. The logs would indeed by odd.

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Amazon patents caches for physical goods

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Corner Shop ?

This sounds like a corner shop or even argos

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SPAM supposedly spotted leaving the fridge

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Own email Address

If we give all the "internet of things" their email address they will be too busy spamming each other to bother us meat sacks.

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It's CLOUD WAR says Larry Ellison: parachute in the sales team

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Re: Oracle will never, ever be competitive in that segment

They can if they really really want to. They have the cash to burn and a unique mix of systems, databases and hardware. If they don't then they the next Borland/Lotus/etc... and they know this. They need a complete mind set change, will be interesting, but I think they will fail.

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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

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Re: Chicks' logic

if (Im == "wrong")

{

Im = "right";

throw new Wobbly;

}

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What does the post-Snowden internet need? A price list

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Tinfoil Hats

Very sadly the Tinfoil Hat lot were right; we are all being watched and tracked all the time.

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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Its Full Of Stars .... said the crim as he cut the fiber cable

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Halfway through Meg Whitman's HP turnaround time: Is it working?

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Lack of Investment

R&D spend fell 20 per cent to $729m during the year while sales and marketing increased four per cent to $3.35bn.

Really have to invent again.

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Valve pal iBuyPower touts cut-price Steam box as powerful as PS4 or Xbox

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It has steam so it will likely not boot unless it has an internet connection and your mums bra size to hand.

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Can it run Windows 7/8 ?

Might make a good dev box and its cheap.

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Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales

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Too pricey and burned by "no trade ins"

I popped in to HMV Friday, saw the £550 with TWO games and promptly left. Their "no tradies or swaps" have burned them with the average punter.

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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Crappy Job but its still a job

I'd do it if I could not find anything else and so would a lot of people currently on the dole. 11 miles a day is nothing and likely lower miles than a waiter.

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Prime Minister David Cameron in TWITTER HOOKER SHAME

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He may be human after all.

Maybe he is trying to get in touch with his back benches, but I think that is other site.

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What, another one? Violin appoints its third EMEA boss this year

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Important to be Earnest in these circumstances.

Does suppose they have an office in Bracknell ?

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The REAL JUICE behind leaked BlackBerry OS: Android apps to slip in without protection

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Unified Non-Google Andriod

Yes it is quite possible that device makers may shun the Google build and go it alone and carve up the app builness without going through google or "selling" access to key services to other such as bing.

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London businesses to signal UNSWERVING LOYALTY to capital with .london domain

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Not Good

Another increase in the London Gravity well for business and money. Just in time for the 2014 Scottish Referendum, United Kingdom (Except London cos it special).

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Post-Profit Prophet RUSSELL BRAND is the HUMBLE CHRIST of STARTUPS

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Re: "there must be a deficit"

Pity that we elect governments that seem set on removing these benefits

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IBM. HUMAN-crushing SUPERCOMPUTER Watson. The Cloud. You know where THIS is going

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Re: First Question : Where is the blue fairy ?

Yes I saw the movie hence the question, just wondered if Waston had.

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First Question : Where is the blue fairy ?

Wonder what it would say!

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The TRUTH about mystery Trojan found in SPAAACE

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Re: Vapourware !!!!

Yes because Linux has no malware, great idea!

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Re: Oops - completely missed the point when I clicked on the article...

No that's a Sandra Bullock movie.

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Vapourware !!!!

Look Look virus' everywhere, you need protection !!!!!

So Kaspersky is selling his wares on TWO virus stories that his company and software didn't at the time pickup or even detect.

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New Retina iPad Mini not sold out HOURS after launch - world REELS

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tut.... don't want one now!!!! THANKS REG!!!

I was just desperate to get one of these, but since I can get one I don't want it now!!!! You've completely ruined my whole Apple Experience now... might as well get a Windows RT Surface 1 now.

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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99% of Cars don't have dab

oh well there goes my Radio 4 in the car. I find DAB to be really really low quality and bad signal making it unusable..

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RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

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Its Neat!

It is very neat, but does remove you somewhat from the whole pi concept of getting down and dirty with the connections and the basic fingers on the board. It would be good for schools and for limited desk space.

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While the BBC drools over Twitter, look what UK's up to: Hospital superbug breakthrough

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Bebo, MySpace Anyone?

Social networking sites are a fad, they're great until something better comes along, then they get dumped like last years fashions. Engagement for site owners must keep them awake at night.

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The Colosseum, Hagia Sophia, Tower of London... and, er, Steve Jobs' GARAGE

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Re: @raving angry loony - Amusing

What about HMS Belfast in London

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Belfast_(C35)

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It's the Inter-THREAT of THINGS: Lightbulb ARMY could turn on HUMANITY

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ut what problem does the internet-connected lightbulb solve?

1. Flash the lights to get your kids up without you getting up

2. Turn lights on or off while on holiday

3. Helping old people fall over more in the dark

4. Scare folk with witch craft

5. Turn off the light while in work, because kids can't do this themselves seemingly!

6. Just cos you can

7. Use Morse code to communicate with someone

I'm sure there are loads more.....

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Telly Time

We had a ZX81 but only one telly, so computer time was very restricted and the 16K ram packed used to fall out the back while on the carpet on the floor (no table as well). It was sold after about 6 months.

It was not until I went to college and done electrical engineering that the course had a lot of 6502 programming on RockWell AIM65 / BBCs and BASIC on BBC that I got the bug.

MY boy want to be a "games designers" but playing games is more interesting than writing software for them for him

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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

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Motorcycle Helmets

Ah... all makes sense now as they get take a hissy fit if you walk in wearing a motorcycle helmet; even if you carrying a bank card or cash in your hand to pay for petrol. Even have Tesco staff tell me it was illegal to wear a helmet while paying for petrol. Now I know its really for facial recon and targeted ads I really feel better now.

Think I can wear the helmet under data protection ?

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Need a job? The 'Internet of Things' WANTS YOU

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Already have IoT stuff and its not connected

1) Blu Ray player (not connected)

2) NAS drive that does cloud (disabled cloud bit),

3) TV not connected

Sure there must be other stuff coming along, like fridges, kettles, wifi enabled irons with spam bots, but they won't get a wifi password either.

Just because you can connect a device to a network does not mean people will or will want too.

I also foresee so clever marketing like "DEVICE NOT WIFI ENABLED, MAKE SPY FREE TEA"

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Infosys set for $35m fine over US visa naughtiness

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Re: Typical behaviour?

In the Oil Industry it is not uncommon to have "Named Contracts" where a list of names ie Engineers are named on the contract. This stops this dead.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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NOOOOOOO............

DAB is useless in my house at best and having on a Kettle / Microware etc.... stops it completely. I live in the middle of a city as well.

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ROBOT PODS to INVADE Milton Keynes in frenzied automatic MAYHEM

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Taxis WILL KILL THEM ALL

Expect Taxis to run a ramming free for all at their income drops, a wee nudge here and there.

Also what happens if you are hit by one, how do you ask the pod for its insurance details. So these things will have 24-7 video linked to a base station and scooting about recording everything.

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