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2768 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Apple reveals payouts for parents of in-app purchase nippers

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Re: My darling daughter

Actually if you're in the UK then your darling daughter should not have been accepted by Apple as you can't enter into a contract under 16 years of age (unless that's changed).

Onus on Apple to verify applicants' ages afaik, their fault. Tough.

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Apple's Tim Cook: I'm risking my own MEELLLIONS if we sink

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Ummm, so....

He still gets 672,877 shares regardless of performance (if he's still working there) which is just shy of 270M at $400/share.

Even if the share price halves again that's $135M... unless I read it totally wrong (not impossible)

Such a sacrifice

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NSA hacked China's top carriers in hunt for SMS data - report

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Re: US.. complains Hong Kong authorities not authoritaian enough.

They had problems picking up the IRA, yep, but not funding them.

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Blind activist Chen given spyware-laden iPad and iPhone

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Coat

All he installed was

Microsoft Spyke

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AARNet hits 40 Gbps to USA

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Re: New reg unit requred

About 0.05 GCHQ/sec :oD

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AARNet hits 40 Gbps to NSA

Fixed.

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Cuba bound? Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong

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Happy

Just goes to show

That even crazy gun-nut control freak god-drunk spy-happy paranoid nuke-toting lunatic super powers don't always get what they want, either.

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Leaked docs: GCHQ spooks secretly haul in more data than NSA

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Re: Quoting Terry Pratchett???

So, to quote yet more fiction...

The concept is valid no matter where it originated

Dark Star

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No shit

But, where do you think all that 'imaginary money' disappeared to...

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Re: makes sense, spy on uk and pakistan

More likely that we're the utterly complicit Israel of Europe, being a pathetically willing extension of US intelligence into our poor European cousins under the 'Special Relationship' which, I suspect, is more akin to cock-in-arse than being a 'dialogue' with our Western 'cousins'.

*Waves at GCHQ*

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US DoJ: Happy b-day, Ed Snowden! You're (not?) charged with capital crimes

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PLUS....

He gets a Sean Connery type oriental disguise make over a la 'You Only Live Twice'

At least I *think* it was YOLT...

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Re: past tense

Depends if your filing cabinets contained shit you shouldn't really have in the first place...

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Re: Motives.

He's working for an approved contractor presumably so vetting would be 'assumed' to some degree, that's my guess.

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Re: Not exactly...

Fuck me, who let Ted Nugent in?

Paris, cos she's cocksucker, too.

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Re: Snowden joins Pirate Bay in Iceland

@Frank

I'd not be surprised if the Good ol' US of A claimed that 'As he was working as a contractor for the CIA which is a military organisation they can try him under military law'

Or whatever else gives them a hard on that particular morning.

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Headmaster

Blonde

And, IIRC, is originally a French word.

Like metre, centre and phrases like trou du cul (chucked in especially especially for prominent English language failers)

And before someone says 'We talk Ingerlish in the US of A, you don't. You speak Spanglish as words like humor, rumor, color are the Spanish spellings rather than misspellings of the English. Star-Spanglished Banner, and so forth.

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

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So use TOR or VPN's _more_

There has to be a point where they can no longer store all encrypted stuff as quickly as they can find it.

At which point their heads explode, obviously.

Friday pintday.

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Brits' HSBC bank cards, net access goes TITSUP

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Unhappy

Less than ideal

Esp if you've just spent two gruelling hours battling round a dismal supermarket and your card stuffs up at the checkout.

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Apple: If you find us guilty in ebook price-fix trial, EVERYONE suffers

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Find them guilty

Of excessive fucking hubris.

Fine - their entire shabby, arrogant existence.

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Report: Skype set up Project Chess to enable official snooping

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Re: I'd not be surprised

Blimey I'd forgotten about that...

Just as They intended

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I'd not be surprised

To discover that the seemingly pointless acquistion of Skype for a large sum by Microsoft was partly (maybe largely) funded by the US gov as it knew MS was already a very backdoor-friendly (take that however you please) company and it was the easiest method to get a tapping interface into Skype.

Rename it to SPYke perhaps.

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Suck it Vine: Instagram adds 15-second video clips with fancy filters

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Wow. Not-square things?

That must have caused a lot of head-scratching

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Foxconn recruiting 3,000-strong army to work on Firefox OS

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Holmes

More likely

Foxconn are more than happy to get another potentially large customer to plug the gap created by fapple scarpering off to Pegatron

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Top Norks bone up on Hitler

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"practical applications be drawn from it"

Mostly then, 'you'll lose', I should imagine.

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Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?

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Re: PS4 all the way for me. There are still too many problems with the Xbone

I'll likely buy a next gen console this Xmas though the only thing I know for sure if I get one at all is it's not going to be an XBOX Vista. Probably not a Nintendo.

Not even a PS4 if they don't release the fecker in time for Xmas - will have spent the money elsewhere by then - is it still the 31st Dec for that???

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WTF?

W T F ??

"The Kinect licensing content by the number of users watching is disgraceful"

This new learning amazes me, what is it ?

Yeah, the hardware.. 20% fail rate on the '360 IIRC ?? That's massive and MS aren't a learning-from-mistakes kinda company as this latest U-turn amply demonstrates. Right second time isn't good enough.

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Holmes

And, of course, we trust Microsoft

Not to turn DRM on later when they have your money.

They obviously want it but they want launch sales more (this week, at least).

Don't forget they've already demonstrated where they want the XBOX Vista to be at, even if they've U-Turned for now to avoid completely handing their market to SONY with little umbrellas and a cherry.

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Microsoft caves on Xbox One DRM and used-game controls

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"Faced with handing the entire console market to SONY"

There. Fixed.

Not that I'll be buying an XBOX Vista to replace my 360 anyway. Stuff 'em.

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Hi? Vladimir? It's Obama. The hackers ARE BACK. Hello? Are you still there?

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Dare I suggest

At least half...

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Failsafe (as in the film)

"I'm sorry Mr Putin, there's really no way to divert the bomber at this stage"

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Home Office boffins slip out passport-scanning Android app

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Errrr have you seen the Permissions?

Access to NFC

Access to Data

Access to GCHQ/NSA

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Hey mobile firms: About that Android thing... Did Google add a lockout clause?

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Re: So in other words

Thinking about it, do Windows Phones give you a browser choice screen...?

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Holmes

So in other words

Microsoft complain about Google maybe following Microsoft's own playbook.

Perhaps they should have trademarked it.

If they're complaining about bundled apps then I'm fairly sure the manuf's are free to remove all the default functionality if they wish, it'd be a lot easier than disentangling IE from Windows was. Perhaps 'being able to make a phone call' is anticompetitive behaviour for a mobile OS.

Cos, yeah, IE for Android. Even if MS made it who the fuck would ever install it.

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Tor users locked out of Facebook after wave of dodgy traffic

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Mind you they're not allowed to say

That the NSA told them to lock out TOR because it would improve the quality of the data they claim they don't collect and is too vague to be of any use in the first place even if they did 'collect' it and put it in a database which doesn't exist and wouldn't be any good for tracking people if it were.

Natch.

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Icahn doubles down on Dell offer with $14 per share buyback scheme

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Holmes

What a bullshitter

$13.65 is 2.5% less than $14 (13.65/14=0.975)so he wants folks to believe that 35c changes the offer from 'significantly undervalued' to a jolly fair price.

Assclown.

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Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

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It is me or

Does the Last Of Us guy look suspiciously like Nathan Drake from ND's Uncharted?

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

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"a deficiency in these models"

Really. Whodathunkit.

Just when we thought they'd finally got there models utterly perfect and the End of the World was official.

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

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Happy

You know when they've finished the call

Cos your phone is going WEEEOOOOWEEEEOOOO on the other end of the sofa :oD

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Number of cops abusing Police National Computer access on the rise

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True...

Assuming that the stated purpose of the PNC is what it actually exists for...

Which is unlikely.

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"despite having a record on the PNC"

It's obviously not doing its job.

So delete the excess data.

I'm sneaking strong laxatives into the water supply at the next ACPO gathering...

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NSA whistleblower to tech firms, Obama: 'Grow a pair!'

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Holmes

"Shut them down?"

No.

But I'm sure the CEO's lives could suddenly become extremely awkward with their personal assets frozen pending an 'investigation' of some sort.

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HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash

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FAIL

Classy

That must be one of the most openly cynical things I've read of a company doing in a good while.

Nice one HP, remind me not to buy your stuff.

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Boffins find evidence Atlantic Ocean has started closing

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Re: I Blame the EU

It's the bankers, I tell ya.

(Well, Global Warming had already been taken)

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MPs demand UK rates revamp after Google's 'extraordinary tax mismatch'

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What about an import tax then

Now I'm no accountant, as my accountant knows all too well, but seeing as these 'profits' are being eaten up by 'paying for stuff' from a parent/sibling company in a different tax domain, then presumably these 'purchases' the UK-based laundering operation makes to the elsewhere company are imports. Kinda like Hollywood accounting but cross-jurisdiction.

Therefore create an import good class of 'dodgy sibling company purchase' and tax the FUCK out of it, no?

Should I be in Whitehall instead billing £1500/day for coming up with shit like this for some working committee?

Pint for everyone as it's Friday.

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"pay its fair share of tax" - @ the goalpost-moving politicians:

Wrong. They do. You clowns set the laws under which they pay that.

Sort your shit out and they will continue to comply with the laws you set.

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Apple said to be 'exploring' 5.7-inch iPhone

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Just like

All that stuff Android has copied from IOS7 over the last X years.

Except the lower case keyboard.

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Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

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Can we all agree perhaps

That these Animal Rights Super Elite Sysops (ARSES) need to get out and cuddle some badgers then report back how fluffywuffy they are tooth face to face?

Assuming they ever really did what they claim which, given that Anonymous do this kind of thing on a daily basis and still never claim this depth of access (that I remember recently at least), seems like bullshit.

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Boffins fire up old dish to send interstellar SMS

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Joke

Or maybe, unwittingly...

Abundant tasty free-range meaty snacks, while stocks last

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Chinese software pirate gets 12 years in US slammer

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Re: What a pity...

Quite right too.

If only he'd simply just murdered someone.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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"XBOX Vista" already dead?

Given that the new XBOX is essentially a totally new machine with zero backward compatibility (at least PS4 will have something via Gaikai) and has all the control freakery going on then there's nothing to tempt 360 users into its ecosystem, even 2 years down the line as secondhand games bundled with secondhand consoles will be pointless.

Unless you're a confirmed SONY hater or an utter XBOX fanbod the PS4 just seems like the sane choice of where to put your cash. I know I won't be getting an XBOX One - probably ever, I'll leave that experience with my 360 - but I think I might just grab a PS4.

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