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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

Captain Queeg

Re: So, let me get this right...

I agree. I'd have thought failing gracefully to unexpected input is always important in any process.

I struggle to understand why you received down votes.

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New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset

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Odd strategy...

I have to say I think a defence of "we were working on it pre-patent" sounds quite desperate. As far as i'm aware (and no doubt if I'm wrong I'll be corrected) prior art needs to have been demonstrated and maybe even taken to market? "it was in the labs, honest" doesn't, I think, wash.

You invent something and I just claim under oath I thought of it first? Doesn't sound good....

Surely a better idea would be to just rubbish the patents with genuine prior art?

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The land of Milk and Sammy: Free music app touted by Samsung

Captain Queeg

Re: Waste of space on the phone.

TuneIn on IOS on the other hand really is great.

Seems a shame to tar all versions with the same brush?

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Google Glass: Reg man tests tech specs

Captain Queeg

Re: Glasshole

The P is also silent as in swimming...

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

Captain Queeg

Re: Still better

Agreed,, in comparison Apple Maps still leave much to be desired, but Cupertino have the advantage that they don't rely on ad income and offer software to sell hardware.

If Google over egg things in the ad space, there will come a tipping point at which G Maps become too much of a faf to use given the layering of ads.

Not there yet granted, but things seem to be starting to go the same way as all that "value add" bloatware on windows PCs.

It's a delicate balancing act for them.

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Apple prevails in Siri marketing lawsuit

Captain Queeg

Re: "Apple made no promise that Siri would operate without fail"

So by that reasoning, if your mobile drops a call you expect it replaced? Likewise storm clouds impair your Satellite TV twice a year, so you want the dish replaced? That's what working without fail would mean.

The fact that something is software is a red herring.

In the UK at least a test of merchantable quality applies, not perfection. If perfection was the yardstick, we'd still be banging the rocks together. And love it or loath it, I don't think anyone could argue that the iPhone 4S was of merchantable quality. These litigants were chancers who got caught out.

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Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

Captain Queeg

Re: I struggle to see how Office could be useful on a tablet

I suffered a stroke last summer and it's left me with issues typing with my left hand.

Siri, Dragon Dictation and iWork have literally saved my career.

This is being dictated using a quality Plantronics headset in a quiet room and I've deliberately not corrected any mistakes there may be. Having used it all for a few months, there's an approach to dictation that allows software tools to get it right pretty much ninety nine percent of the time,

If Microsoft can arrive at this level of usability with enterprise integration, I'm sold.

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Captain Queeg

Re: I struggle to see how Office could be useful on a tablet

That's pretty much the model with iphone office.

Bundle the app with a 365 access plan and authenticate against that.

I wonder if MS will make some sort of mobile centric plan though, say 375 on one desktop and a handful of devices?

Actually,I'm quite a convert, I always sneered about this kind of app on touch, but numbers in particular has converted me for general use. The operating UI (especially losing legacy controls) is the key and MS don't have feel to have a great track record there...

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Apple in bid to turn MORE and MORE humans into iPhone-stroking fanbois

Captain Queeg

Half a job...

100 million screens, ok, over how long?

A year? 100 million years?

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

Captain Queeg

Re: What to do?

How would a phone or tablet innovate?

Jobs did well at Apple because he took existing under developed segments and turbocharged them, moved them on in some way. As has been noted many times MS could never get tablets to sell, jobs worked out why not and the rest is history.

Just copying with with any old "me too" phone or tablet will only work if MS or Windows have a big pull as brands. Which I don't think they do.

Win phone and surface only really look to be capable of being minority players in their markets.

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Apple stores? Samsung says two can play at that game

Captain Queeg

Re: not true

So partnering with Dixons AND CPW?

Can there ever have been a more mediocre retail strategy, heh heh.

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BlackBerry makes its devilish Android trickery official in OS update

Captain Queeg

Re: Leaps and bounds?

Actually, I'm returning to iOS after spells with Android and BB10.

For me BB10 wasn't the right choice. It's a bit sad really as I wanted it to be, but it wasn't. :-/

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Captain Queeg

Leaps and bounds?

Yes, BB10 has come on nicely but as the article says it's becoming niche. Nothing wrong with that of course, but I took the plunge yesterday and abandoned my Z10 in favour of an iPhone 5S with Good Technology for work mail.

Nowt wrong with the BB that NATIVE apps wouldn't solve, but droid cast offs just muddle the UX.

By all means look forward to trolling from fans of other platforms. You can smile and sit back knowing you've made the right choice for you. Unfortunately it wasn't the right choice for me.

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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

Captain Queeg

Re: RE: Jesus give it a break with the rootkit nonsense.

> (I'll buy their headphones.

> They make good headphones,

> and they don't contain code.)

Nah, Sennheiser and AKG beat them, hands down...

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Apple's Tim Cook: Fear not, worried investors, new product salvation is 'absolutely' on the way

Captain Queeg

North American market share.

Dipped to 43% market share. You say poor.

But that my business had such a poor market share.... Presumably at "only" 50% android makers are just barely treading water too?

It seems to be the same old problem, regardless of company, analysts and journos are always doom laden and expect actual results + 20% every quarter.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

Captain Queeg

Re: Ah, the QL—fond memories!

It's very very we'll emulated on Windows and OSX.

I boot an MG machine up more regularly than I should :-)

http://www.terdina.net/ql/q-emulator.html

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Captain Queeg

All our yesterdays :-)

To complete the journey down memory lane/amnesiac's avenue.

https://sites.google.com/site/theqlimagerepository/products

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

Captain Queeg

Not really bothered....

To be honest years ago I'd have put up with all the crap service in the world for anything over 512Kb but as has been noted, VM didn't bother carling my town (pop 80,000). Much as we might moan about BT and the way the governments broadband spend has been/is being spent, wherever you are in the country it seems you're far more likely to see the arrival of VDSL FTTC via OpenReach or 4G fixed data terminals than ever seeing a new VM connection .

Virgin had a window during which they could have made big inroads but financials and a biblical level of mismanagement (Barclay Knapp anyone?) mean that time has now long passed.

VDSL (and 4G) give improved upload performance and feel like technologies in the ascendency. Add to that a mix of mainstream and niche resellers with USPs that provide service level/cost option and it leaves Virgin's cable network looking dilapidated, under invested, littered with broken ducts and cabs and overloaded.

I don't see VM growing to any great extent, just using the existing deteriorating network as a cash cow to milk punters in the shrinking non-VDSL/4G areas.

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Microsoft shops ditch XP for New Year as Windows market share expands

Captain Queeg
Headmaster

Re: Many reasons

... fewer XP installs....

Sorry.

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How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report

Captain Queeg

@ACx - Great comment...

Very fair commentary, but the next 50 years will knock it out of Americans in the same way the 2nd half of the 20th century knocked it out of the British.

Time was to many of my countrymen that if it was owner by, occupied by or made in Britain it was automatically sub standard.

The reality of 50 years of being owned by the Americans has done to the UK what 50 years of being owned by the Chinese will do to the USA.

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Captain Queeg

Non-denial denial then...

"Decisions about our products are our own..."

Less than emphatic then? I can only ponder that the legal dept had issues with them issuing a flat denial of a back door.

It's getting to the point now where to remain reasonably secure, popping something in the post is becoming relatively secure.

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

Captain Queeg

A question.

I've not read anywhere of none Sky connections being impacted, which leads me to ask a question of the Network types on here. As I understand it:

1. Open Reach manage communal infrastructure

2. Sky Manage their core back end and provide a point of presence to OpenReach for the final mile.

Unless I've got this wrong (and do tell me if I have), either:

1. Sky have SPOFs aplenty but other providers have more resilience?

2. It's Sky infrastructure - in which case why are OR involved?

3. Other ISPs are managing their customers expectations better?

Anyone care to help me out?

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A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH

Captain Queeg

Re: Android fragmentation

Erm I think the salient point here was that IOS7 hasn't been around for 2 years unlike Android 4.x.

So, the replacement cycle of devices isn't really relevant in the case of IOS7.

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Three offers free US roaming, confirms stealth 4G rollout

Captain Queeg

Re: What's to stop a US native using this?

What you are missing. From the feel at home T&Cs:

Feel At Home is designed for UK residents who are customers of Three UK and who are visiting other destinations. If you use Feel At Home exclusively for a full calendar month, at least three times in any 12 month period, we reserve the right to suspend international roaming on your account. This means you wouldn’t be able to use your Three device abroad. Don’t worry, we’d let you know before we did this.

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Captain Queeg

Re: 3 are great...

Coverage is always subject to personal circumstances and for me it's great - and I'm semi rural Just the luck of the draw.

I have a phone on 3 and until last month was paying 3 £15 per month for 10Gb of mobile broadband for my iPadl, where I typically used 2-3 Gb.

Last month EE were offering 8gb of 4G data for £16 on the same 30 day contract and being a regular traveller I decided to switch for 4G in more locations.

After three weeks, I'm impressed. When I roam into 4G coverage I'm seeing up to 48 Meg and that's not in a double speed area. Compared to around 12Meg on 3's DC-HSPA network it's much brisker - but if EE hadn't been discounting heavily I certainly wouldn't have swapped. Likewise at the end of the discount period (12 months) I shan't stay if the price rises.

The problem for 4G in conventional use cases is that well managed 3G is plenty good enough, so 3 seem to have the better strategy.

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SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it

Captain Queeg

Re: I *want* two phones - I do not want my company IT mess with my personal one

> Until a single phone is able to keep two wholly separated environments...

That'd be Blackberry Balance on BB10 then. But without a commitment from the employer in terms of appropriate MDM I don't think it actually works, so I guess it's a great idea, well delivered but with no mindshare and therefore low take up. Unless anyone here knows of big deployments?

Shame really, the ability to use a single handset in two completely distinct native modes sounds like a great way to manage BYOD.

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Why Microsoft absolutely DOESN'T need its own Steve Jobs

Captain Queeg

Re: A fine line between Vision and Arrogance

The problem with shortcut key presses is context. The whole point of a GUI should be simplicity with visual clues and obvious solutions to all major events (closing an application is pretty fundamental and as has been said, an X in the corner is more or less perfect - simple, unobtrusive and intuitive).

Expecting "professionals" or anyone else to learn keyboard shortcuts by wrote is bordering on enforcing a CLI. MS are either in the GUI business or reverting to CLI. Either is valid and both have strengths, but MS have it wrong.

It seems to me that the mess that is/was metro is neither fish nor foul and MS seem to have managed to harness the raw professional power of the GUI and married it to the intuitive simplicity of the Command Line. - Madness!

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Apple, for one, welcomes its ROBOT factory OVERLORDS

Captain Queeg

Re: How much?

Long term that $8 labour bill will rise as China and then other emerging markets develop and sweatshop wages are out-evolved.

In the same way outsourcers have chased the dragon through India, Eastern Europe and into Central America so manufacturers will have to keep finding the next centre of cheap labour - or automate and remove the labour.

I guess your our own ideological view will give us a individual view as to the iong-term ethics of the plan, but for commercial companies, building close to markets without having to relocate to chase low cost production every 5-10 years sounds like a really good idea.

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AIR TIME! Our expert cosies up with the new top-end iPad

Captain Queeg

Re: Defecto

I presume you meant de facto but the obvious pun made me smile :-)

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

Captain Queeg

Re: 30% seems high to me

Completely DAB an online here, no FM at all.

That's 2 cars (both factory fitted) a DAB media streamer and 2 portables.

But then our 2 favourite stations are AM, Stereo DAB and mono online, so i guess we have specific use cases.

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You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy

Captain Queeg

Re: old ipad still too expensive

Both versions are equally valid....

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Police constable 1337 stunned by Lego lookalike

Captain Queeg

Re: PCSO

Round here they're Chimps - Completely Hopeless in Most Police Situations.

:-)

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Icahn to Cook: 'Buy back $150bn of Apple's stock, or tell me why you won't'

Captain Queeg

He can't think of a reason not to?

There's quite an appeal to sitting on cash - consider the case of GEC after The new broom swept away Lord Weinstock's conservative approach to treasury management:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1339789/Marconi-from-boom-to-bust-in-a-year.html

The guy is an out and out asset stripper - always has been.

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BlackBerry Black Friday: $1bn loss as warehouses bulge with hated Z10s

Captain Queeg

This reminds me of the fall of Amiga inc.

Endless rumour, white knights and increasingly desperate predictions for a positive future whilst facing insurmountable odds resulting from incompetence.

No corporate strategy, insufficient money and operational paralysis. Shame really, I like my z10, nice phone, but *as an all round device* it's rough edged and not a patch on the iPhone 4 it replaced.

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'200 million' fanbois using iOS 7 just a week after release - study

Captain Queeg

Re: Stats Pedant

Or equally possibly >50%, impossible to say. We can opine about it perhaps but as IOS and android are probably about on a par in terms of average usage levels 50% is as good a yardstick as any.

Unless of course we have strong citations that IOS devices are used for browsing more or less web traffic than Android ones.

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

Captain Queeg

Touch UI on desktop

Given Apples's obsession with UI/UX and Google's pragmatic approach, I see MS as the only touch hybrid circus in town for a long time to come.

This should mean steady (if not game changing) gains for OSX and Chrome OS as Win8 stumbles on,

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

Captain Queeg

Re: iPad Mini 2

Without commenting either way, in the tablet market I'm not sure performance benchmarks are as important as perceived speed and UX.

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Apple throwing separate Chinese iPhone event

Captain Queeg

If I were Tim Cook...

.. I'd be shopping for blackberry as an acquisition.

The z10 and q10 both support many many more RF bands than Apple manage per SKU which suggests to me their years of radio experience is something Apple could really do with.

But then Tim Cook earns far more than me, so what do I know

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

Captain Queeg

The best thing...

... is the quality Jony Ive rip in the video.

"Every line and every corner" lol

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Web showered in golden iPhone 5S vid glory - but is it all a DISTRACTION?

Captain Queeg

Naming convention?

5C - Cheaper?

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Rival French mobe firms sue Orange and Vivendi's SFR for €1.4bn

Captain Queeg

They should, yes, but not if its predatory pricing.

I don't know the corporate position of the also rans or SFR but if the deals were loss leading and the losses were funded from group profits (say FTs landline business) is could well be anti competitive. Vodafone and BT were regulated to deliver the market we have in the uk today ( though I guess it's moot if the out turn for the consumer is better as a result). In an practical oligopoly it's important to protect smaller players from bullying.

It was BOC's predatory pricing that caused Air Products to be encouraged into the UK.

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Vodafone flashes bulging package at Brits: New 4G service to rival EE, O2

Captain Queeg

Re: same day as O2 - of course...

Given the risible state of O2's backhaul capacity more or less wherever I try to use it, I'd say that's a good thing!

That said, as my iPad on a 3 sim is now *regularly* hitting 15meg I don't think I'll be bothering finding out.

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Jimbo Wales: ISP smut blocking systems simply 'ridiculous'

Captain Queeg
WTF?

@NomNom

Well said - spot on.

Children occasionally get sun burned - ban them going outside.

Children are occasionally knocked down by cars - ban road vehicles.

Children sometimes fall off bikes - ban bikes for under 18s

Children occasionally drown - Close all swimming pools.

Children occasionally get fiddled with in the park - Close all parks

Children occasionally see post watershed TV- ban TV after 9:00pm

Yes, it's so clear now NomNom.

No, wait, I have a better idea, why not expect parents to behave in a responsible way. You could be really radical and call it "raising" their children, rather than featherbedding children so they have no idea of how to assess risks, make judgements or live lives so they reach adulthood unable to cope, maladjusted and naive.

No, actually, now i come to think of it, shame on you....

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

Captain Queeg

Authors of their own downfall

Unfortunately what will break Microsoft will be a failure to develop markets and execute strategy effectively, on time and to a business case.

This isn't a criticism of MS, but historically, given the Desktop monopoly, (which they built in the same way Google are building the coming Android monopoly - by providing consistency and a brand for struggling manufacturers) MS have been able to use the cash cows of Windows and Office to allow them to undercut and destroy competitors. I.E. Novel, Netscape, etc. etc.

This model seems to have become the only one that MS understand and it feels like they're not capable of delivering anything with reference to a positive business case. The ability to write down cost against the cash cows means XBox is considered a success but had it been standing on it's own two feet it would never have made the grade.

Diversification is absolutely the right strategy for MS, but until they learn how to be able to develop an idea of its own merits that stands comparison with it's peers without subsidy, they'll keep having to rely on the shrinking businesses to bankroll the success. And unfortunately those cash generating businesses margins are coming under more and more pressure.

My view is that MS need to do something compelling within 3-4 years (more or less next week in strategic terms!) or their long term fate is sealed as a server company.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Sobering...

Actually, el reg isn't probably the right place for this, but it's just hit me, I've crossed a line today. I've reached the point where I haven't the stomach to complain about this hideous restriction of freedom and privacy, because stripping away the supposedly populist pron cover, that's exactly what it is, because I'm too afraid of the personal consequences.

Never before have I felt this way, but I do now. It feels Kafkaesque and very very wrong, but my perception is that everything and everyone I hold dear could be lost to me because of legal individual choices I might make.

In the past, I've been amused by the ineptitude of Governments of all colours and their inability to organise or achieve anything at pace, on budget or with style. I don't think either that this will work or that it'll have any benefit, I see the reverse in removing "outlets" from a large proportion of the population, but I don't have the stomach to fight it for fear of a slimy, small minded, reactionary, hectoring public servant to brand me "a friend of the paedophile".

In these people's minds:

- I require unfiltered net access = I am a kiddie fiddler

- I object to being routinely monitored = I must have something to hide

- I buy a tub of weedkiller = I am a bomb maker.

Even after an exhaustive investigation proves nothing amiss, the suspicion remains, in loved ones, in friends, employers, colleagues, in everyone. "Isn't he the one who had his PC seized for three weeks....?"

This is a very sad day for me, because it's the day my patriotism died. I have ceased to be proud of my country or what it now seems to stand for.

That may sound melodramatic, but it's genuinely how I feel. So I shall click the "accept filter" button and be ashamed of myself as I do it.

Not posted as A/C because if they want to know, they'll bully until they're told...

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BlackBerry's Heins beams: We WILL make some cash, just you see

Captain Queeg

I switched to BB10 a couple of months back...

... and it's "not bad".

The trouble is not bad isn't good enough - the device feels and operates in quite a clunky way. The experience is similar to Droid a couple of years back or IOS at launch and both of those have moved on at pace since then while BB has been ponding and trying to hit a moving target.

As I say, they've done an OK job but no more. It feels like the OS needs a couple of years to develop, but in that time iOS and Android will have moved on further and I just can't see any USP for the OS.

RIM really need to be bought out for their secure IP or by a big player who doesn't want to be tied to Droid.

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Sky asks Ofcom to unlock BT cabinets

Captain Queeg

Re: Crowded streets

If I had the choice of shooting for space in newly installed cabs that were linked to my own backhaul points of presence, versus putting new kit into new POPs and old, insecure, poorly maintained 20 year old neglected cabs, I know which way I'd go...

Making cabs physically secure feels like basic hygiene to me but the need to do it seems lost on VM...

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Apple TV 'close' to deal with Time Warner - report

Captain Queeg

I wonder

if Sky News appearing on the Apple TV is a pre-cursor to Sky punting their on demand and over the top services on ATV in the UK?

The current offering for non subscribers is PC/MAC only - ATV would seem like an ideal vehicle to get PAYG customers on board, even at 30% it's another channel that Virgin don't have and once you've had easy big screen access (as opposed to HDMI from a noisy bulky PC) it's hard to go back.

Seems logical that Sky would explore the platform by offering Sky news before a bigger launch.

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Watch out Tesco Mobile: Vodafone, Sainsbury's want to eat your lunch

Captain Queeg

Re: Hold on a second...

Yes, Tesco use O2 and for GSM very good it is.

I'm on my way though as the data offer (O2 provided again) is dismal beyond belief.

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PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

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Re: "Friends"

"Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer." - Sun-Tzu

I wonder what this tells us about the US Government's view of, erm, just about every other country on the planet it seems? Paranoia seems like the right description.

Speaking as a Briiton, I think the USA as a country is going to have to realise that it's time as The Superpower has passed, just as the UK had to come to terms with the same in the 20th Century, so will the US in the 21st.

Suez did a great job of downsizing British Imperial ambition by jolting the UK Government into a realisation that actually Britannia didn't still rule the waves and that to continue to act as if it did was at best a bit dumb.

Something is going to have to help the USA to come to terms with the fact that while they may have "owned" the 20th century, the 21st will belong to China and others on the Pacific Rim and that as a world power, whilst still important and influential they'll become less and less relevant and need to behave in a less hostile way.

I just hope it isn't any form of military action that's the catalyst.

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