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Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

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Re: Forty three feet! Golly.

LMAO @Matthew !!

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Forty three feet! Golly.

Any news on the altitude of the Greenpeace HQ ?

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Ofcom: Parents, here's how to keep grubby tots from buying Smurfberries

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OMG really?

Maybe I should stop bitching about the Android permissions, then.

I want the ability to personally grant or revoke the requested permissions for apps (e.g. permanently revoke location for the facebook app but allow others it wants).

But at least Android _has_ those permissions and you can choose not to install when it displays what the app wants.

Amazed ios can't (won't) do that

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

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Re: Did anyone else

@Richard

'Wanked on'

Sorry.. coat got.

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Actually, if they designed their admin software properly

They should be able to add 'Welsh' or 'Cymraig' (or whatever it is) to the list of supported languages in one place.

I notice you can get Principia in Latin and there's not many 'deader' languages...

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Movie review: Oblivion

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Nothing puts me off a film more

Than Tom Cruise.

Presumably his continued theatrical existence is perpetuated only by the Friends of Hubbard as I can't believe anyone would ever say 'Shit we SO need to get Tom Cruise for this role. Fuck YEAH'

#ThingsYouNeverHearInCastingMeetings

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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They'll probably be on the wrong end of some state-sanctioned disfigurement

Seeing as they demonstrated they accessed Western blogs on the intertubes.

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'North Korea Has Launched a Missile' tweet sent by mistake

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Maybe to help their missile-launching celebrations

Some humorous japester could demonstrate rest-of-world's military prowess by shooting it down with a laser 5 seconds after launch.

From 300km away. Or space.

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Half of US smartphone owners have no idea which mobe to buy next

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It'll be Android but that's all I know

Like jb99 I'll not buy Apple because they're Apple, they're always playing technology catchup (yes they are) and they don't actually make anything I want, either, which is the main influencer.

Heard the Z10 is surprisingly laggy in the UI from a colleague who tried one and you'll not find me supporting Microsoft.

Plus I'm more than happy with Android, anyway. HTC One looks nice, the S4 is a bit of an anti-climax though has massive CPU grunt like the One does and a fine screen. Most likely will be a Samsung or an HTC, really don't know and not even sure if I care that much any more, either. Not due an upgrade until the next raft of smartphones is released anyway and I suspect that this time next year, maybe end of this year, Samsung, SONY, LG or HTC will be putting something out that shifts the paradigm again for The Next Best Thing so happy to wait, really,

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Remember Streetmap? It's suing Google in a UK court

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Re: Streetmap is superior

Even when you click on the 'Person walking' icon when finding directions?

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Re: .so

But then a GTLD is going to be under the control of Americaland, so no good.

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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

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Re: If the Daily Mail cover this story...

If the DM cover it the headline will be

TERRORISTS TAKE OVER PLANE WITH AN IPAD

Despite (a) it not having happened (b) it only being the newest proof of concept right now and (c) you can't do it with an ipad

The really scary part is DM readers won't question it - that's why they read the DM in the first place, to be told what to think, to save the effort of having to do it for themselves.

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Google brings in blue-chip VC firms for 'Glass Collective'

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Telepathy One instead, please

Assuming the T1 works as advertised then Google need to at least make Glass look like this or give up now.

http://tele-pathy.org/

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Microsoft leads charge against Google's Android in EU antitrust complaint

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Re: Hang On

Only if Google are ruled to have a dominant position they're abusing and it's not exactly like ios is doing badly so that's not a given result. 'Dominant' does not equal 'monopoly'.

50% Android, 35% IOS, 14.9% RIM, 0.1% Nokrosoft isn't actually that dominant (made up numbers). 80% android would be though, i'd think.

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XBOX not a disaster

If you only play games on it.

Anything else it tries to do is mind-bendingly stupid to use, though, like paying again to MS for being able to use Netflix, needing an internet connection to play a movie off a USB stick, horrendous DLNA compatibility (never did get it to work), and so on, and so on.

They'll need to have a seriously stunning product for the '720 though I'll not be getting one regardless. (Nor a PS4 if they lock out secondhand games)

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Yeah but

When it's cheaper to litigate than innovate whaddya expect from big unimaginative companies

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Re: Forcing users to choose the Chocolate Factory's map, email and video services

Imagine trying to say the same thing to Apple if ios were 'dominant'

'Having waited three years for any response from Apple Corp we have no choice but to impose fines"

The next morning

"Apple launches appeal against unfair fines levied by the EU Competition Commission - 'Having invented competition we feel these fines are unwarranted and unjust' said CEO Tim Cook in a press statement today"

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Throwing chairs

Christmas. 2016.

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Re: Huh?

The issue is that Android is the dominant mobile OS which automagically might make it unfair.

Especially if you're a failing butthurt whiny tech outfit like Nokia or Microsoft who, let's not forget, are firmly, if not cosily, in bed together in the mobile sector as a last grenade. Ovi(?) maps don't even place in a search for 'map', 'nokia' or 'ovi' in the Play store. Can you actually get ovi maps for Android then ? A bit fecking dumb if you're whining about it and don't even have your own mapping product available on the platform you're whinging about. Don't care if you can, more than happy with Googly maps anyway.

It read pretty much like documents filed against Microsoft not so long ago (browser choice), oh the irony.

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Tax man to take a bite of tech employees' free meals?

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Wow

Didn't realise the USA was THAT skint

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News Corp prez threatens to pull Fox TV off the air

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"Aereo is stealing our signal"

That's akin to saying a photographer is stealing your light.

So don't broadcast, then. PLEASE. Do the photographic equivalent of living in a cave.

Oh, you already do? Kill yourself then, Fox. Yes. definitely. That's the solution. Or stop behaving like an inconvenienced five year old. Yes, unlikely, I know.

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NASA rules out leading new human lunar expedition

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Which kinda reads as...

We can't be arsed / are too skint to put another man on the moon, but, if you want to foot the bill we'll gladly share in the glory

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Anonymous blitzes Israel in new attack

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Israel could be reduced visibly to a smoking hole in the gournd

And some surviving official would deny it. Nothing new there.

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Apple handed victory in Samsung text-selection patent case

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@AC " features that other people have copied from Apple"

They're all anonymous and cowardly, aren't they, these apologists, maybe AC could become Apologist Coward or Apple Cultist.

Of course when it comes to copying derivative technology, the real non AC fanbois stay pretty quiet these days as it's been done to death and didn't go so well for them in the end when everyone pointed out all other manufacturers had everything first and ithings were (and still are) playing technology catchup.

It's more that Apple greatly enjoy playing the patent game, getting patents on stuff that's obvious or been done for years elsewhere but no-one else thought worth patenting because it _was_ so obvious, and with the USPTO bascially being unfit for purpose it's a game of low-hanging fruit (pun intended) for companies willing to gleefully assert cobblers as a competitive weapon instead of innovation.

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Microsoft Xbox gaffe reveals cloudy arrogance

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Re: connection comes with a 99 per cent contract guarantee

Thank God I'm not the only parent who routes the kids through some gateway with an iptables cron to murder all but allowed MAC addresses, I was beginning to think I was a Nazi.

Shit. Godwin's Law... ;o)

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If that's true and the PS4 rumoured features are true

Then SONY has already won, imho.

Esp if they really are going to allow streaming of all PS1,2 & 3 titles (OK that'll need net but it's a particular use case) and they give sane access to people with original discs of those games.

Have XBOX360, PS3 and Wii here and the only next-thing I'm interested in is the PS4. The damned XBOX is already trying to upsell me stuff from the power-on homescreen (so it never gets turned on) and the Wii is fun but that's about it.

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

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@Spartacus Re: Fingers crossed...

I believe around 19,500 of those tubes came from Photoshop

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Brit musos now trouser more crumpled fivers from online music than radio

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Oh

But I thought everyone in the music industry was at death's door due to piracy

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Publishing ANYTHING on .uk? From now, Big Library gets copies

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WTF?

Errrr presuambly these are excluded

google.co.uk

ebay.co.uk

amazon.co.uk

Or they're going to need more than that £3M in hard disks

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NORKS closes South-Korea-run industrial enclave

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Re: Are the South Koreans Sorks?

No.

They're Souks

Which is a kind of North-African Market IIRC

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"bemuses Hyland"

He's obviously a bear of somewhat restricted brain...

To change policy would be like a tacit admission of being wrong, so making the glorious leader a little less glorious.

Look how long it took Catholics to officially accept the Copernican (and earlier than Copernicus, though he takes the credit mainly) Heliocentric model if you want and example of how long some people want to give the appearance of maybe not admitting they got something wrong.

Also the expectedly rapid (over a decade or less maybe) industrialisation of NK if the floodgates were opened would tear the country to bits as people would need internet to do business and then folks get exposed to ideas like hotdogs, cocaine and recreational gun use. Then before you know it they're all spelling colour incorrectly and the government is at sixes and sevens.

Then again, sounds like a CIA wet dream.

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Disney shutters Star Wars game unit with 200 layoffs

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Re: Fucking Disney

I'd have thought Lucas would have binned it if it weren't making a few bucks, also.

Disney just want the Star Wars name for film, presumably and nothing else. Then, when they've murdered Star Wars, like all the European folk tales and everything else they've butchered over the years, they'll wonder why everyone's sick to death of it.

Then they'll blame piracy or something for lack of exorbitant profit and try to make everyone's lives just that tiny bit bleaker because of it.

Cynical? Damned right. Money and/or shareholders involved.

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Fucking Disney

That is all.

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Universal Credit IT system could lead to MORE FRAUD, MPs warn

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Re: "This is extremely concerning"

Also know as 'Shit communication'

Something all IT projects get mullered by.

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"This is extremely concerning"

Just like your clumsy grammar, Clive.

This is extremely concerning This is of great concern

2/10 poor effort.

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Swedish judge explains big obstacles to US Assange extradition

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Re: Wow - just learned something new..

They're not necessarily Swedish State secrets so they may not give a toss ;o)

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Well. Regardless.

The USA seem to have gone to extraordinary length to incriminate him in Sweden and would seem to want him there very badly. Which means I don't trust Sweden's or the USA's platitudes or motives. Sweden may just have not thought of the cunning plan Americaland has in mind to get hold of him, of course.

Since apparently the DNA evidence now isn't Assange's (IIRC) and that 'not providing a condom as evidence of not using one' is unlikely to be real evidence anywhere East of GMT-3 (yes I know that's the Atlantic) there must be a pressing (e.g. political) reason for not just dropping the charges. Perhaps the Swedes are just single-minded like that.

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Hate being stalked by Facebook? Why not try Google+ stalking

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Barren wasteland?

If by Farcebook's 'seething' you mean 'having to filter 95% of the shit that spams your feed' then yeah G+ is definitely barren.

In a way I personally like very much indeed.

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Major blow for Apple: 'Bounce back' patent bounced back by USPTO

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Re: BWAAAAAAA!!!!!

@AC

I'm not so arrogant or so far up myself I consider anything I've done to be utterly unique and inventive and not in some way derivative of work that has gone before.

Mind you that's why I'm G E and you're anonymous. And a coward.

15:37 - And yes, I just corrected the typo in 'arrogant'

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BWAAAAAAA!!!!!

That's the sound of Apple bawling like a spoilt brat.

Mind you, if you will patent bleeding-obvious pointless shit and then essentially publicise the fact at trial then someone will challenge its right to exist...

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Judge: Facebook must see Timelines Inc in court over trademark

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Punch Facebook

In the wallet.

That's almost PPVTV worthy

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Music resale service ReDigi loses copyright fight with Capitol Records

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So, instead of embrace and extend

It's still sue, sue, sue in the music industry.

I'd have said Capitol had a perfect opportunity there to really stick its flag in the history books.

Instead it stuck it up its own arse, as usual. They all truly deserve to fail.

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Apple files patent for iPhone with wraparound display

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Re: I so wish they still had the "working model" requirement for patents

Or you can file a preliminary as a time-expiring placeholder to prevent other very similar filings being granted but not enforce till you demonstrate functionality.

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Re: I need a job....

Just work from home in the first place using your web browser.

Just one big red button on the screen... 'ACCEPT'

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Re: Dear Apple - say what?

@ChrisBedford

No problem typing on my Galaxy S3, even when not using the keyboard in swipey mode which is most of the time. Have a special keyboard for SSH, etc, so I can do cursor & control chars which is tappy-only. No idea if you can install different (not as in language) keyboard on ithings but all of these work great, really well, in fact.

Plus it can display fucking lower case keys on the keyboard, too. How modern

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Just don't sell jack shit to Apple

Until you've put enough things on the market using your own technology you invented that Apple look like they're playing catchup. Again.

Or make it so expensive it's worth your while to have apple prepay your lawyers' fees via component purchasing. Oh hang on, Samsung have actually done that haven't they with the chip prices. Cute :oD

Simples.

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You know how your energy bills are SO much worse than they were?

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Re: Nuclear, nuclear, nuclear, nuclear....

There's that new reactor thingy El Reg reported on not so long ago that can take conventional waste as fuel and essentially turn it into happiness (or something much less unpleasant and bulky, leastways). While generating electromatrickery

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"greenest government ever"

You know what that reminds me of?

"The most secure Windows ever"

Must admit I'm not dazzled by the government's multimedia performance either...

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Apple in Chinese court over patent rights for Siri

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"stop manufacturing and selling products"

Oh! Where are Apple products manufactured?

Guess that one can be enforced with soldiers at will assuming a 'settlement' isn't reached, of which there's no guarantee over there.

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Re: Ouch

Not to mention of course that US courts usually find against non-US companies, too.

Swing, meet Roundabout

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