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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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Oz shop slaps browsers with $5 just looking fee

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Coeliac sufferers are special needs

But these guys totally redefine 'Special Needs' on a whole new level! You'd think it slightly smarter to put doubt of the coeliac-friendly veracity of 'Internet Brands' over their own, given that some 'Coeliac-Friendly' products actually have 'very low' amounts of gluten in them as opposed to being truly gluten-free, in the UK they're allowed to be marked gluten-free if below a certain amount rather than being actually free of the stuff so you can't properly differentiate free from actually-free. Which is not good enough for many of the afflicted who do need truly-free.

Yep, regardless, Closing Down Sale ahoy!

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NORKS switch off 3G data for tourists

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The most amazing thing about this....

North Korea has TOURISTS?

Do they ever get back out?

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Rubbish IT means DEATH for UK Border Agency, announces May

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Re: Ooh goody!

Seriously, you need more evidence of those metrics?

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Perhaps not...

I mean if they switch the system off and refuse any new immigrants until they get a new system in place and then hire EDS HP to do it...

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No Skype traffic released to cops or spooks, insists Microsoft

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Re: Doesn't need to hand it over

That was my first thought, too, they don't need to actively hand anything over as an 'enforcement' request likely just consists of 'What was the wiretap server's IP again?'

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Brussels 'mulling probe' into brutal Apple negotiations with networks

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WTF?

I don't believe for a minute that an ithing is such a profitable item over say a One or an S3 or whatever that a network operator is willing to go through that pain just to be able to offer it. The things don't even behave in a proper manner when they're connected to the network, either, which is extra hassle.

Perhaps if they just grew a collective spine at some Xmas do and told apple to fuck off they might find Cupertino a little more humble, presumably they're not obliged to sell the things if they don't want to and don't like the attached terms?

If it really hurts that much then give that pain to your competition with a smile and sell something else.

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Dongle smut Twitstorm claims second scalp

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It seems at least some Women In Technology also need

A better-evolved sense of fucking humour coupled with less self-importance. Oh well. She's socialled her way out of a job now, so at least she understands at least one technology term.

Streisand Effect.

Which I suspect now means she knows two terms, the other being 'Fired'

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MasterCard stings PayPal with payment fee hike

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Re: Coming to a wallet near you...

Paygle :oD I like that one better!

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Re: Coming to a wallet near you...

Yep, which is why Paypal + Google together would be big enough to create a third CC co.

It is Friday though, I'm likely confused somehow

Mind you PP and Goog do have the advantage of controlling their own quite large payment channels, almost being their own banks effectively in a sense, meaning they can actually prevent any money touching VISA or MC if they choose, for a vast number of transactions.

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Coming to a wallet near you...

The PayPal credit card. Zero fees for paypal-based transactions.

BOOF. Visa, Mastercard cut out. What a shame.

Actually I should think Google & Paypal could afford to make a new CC company, though whether they'd like to work alongside each other is another matter

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Ubuntu tapped by China for national operating system

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Re: @bailey86: This is very good news for Ubuntu

Then write to China and ask them to use an OS you don't like very much instead to make you feel better.

Alternatively you could use Windows, I guess.

#IfThineOperatingSystemOffendsThee

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Don't forget, also

They'll be using the Linux kernel, best stop using that, too.

Just in case.

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Can Linus swear in Chinese?

I bet he's learning :oD

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Experts finger disk-wiping badness used in S Korea megahack

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Please someone officially attribute it to somewhere other than the NORKs

If only to make FOX look like the utter twats they are.

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

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Not that I'm suggesting she wanted the publicity

But she got it anyway

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South Korean TV and banks paralysed in disk-wipe cyber-blitz

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FOX already reporting NORK 'cyber attack' as if it were fact

Apparently NBC are, too. Maybe they get their news from FOX.

BBC concurred with El Reg three hours ago, so more likely FOX are making shit up as usual instead unless SK really think the NK's did it over the last three hours' investigating. Which would seem extremely fast.

Paris, cos she & FOX operate on the same level.

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Larry Ellison did it

From his floating cyber-bunker, the Musashi.

He's been watching too many Bond movies, you see. Well, one black helicopter is as good as another...

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Feds cuff ex-NASA boffin at airport amid state-secret leak scare

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SIM card

Ummmm is not saying 'I have a mobile phone with me' enough?

I have a mobile phone.

Oh. And an LCD display, a 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth antennas, SD card, ummm, and I suppose I'd better declare a GPS mapping system, music playing system, remote internet communications system and it can make phone calls, too.

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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It's about choice

I choose to pay SKY, I can watch terrestrial TV there, too, as part of that service.

I don't get a choice to not pay the BBC even though I'm possibly paying them TWICE as I pay SKY (I'd assume SKY would buy channel content from terrestrial TV, it's not 'donated').

Perhaps, though, with the proliferation of set-top style freeview boxes, TV makers might just start NOT putting 'receivers' into their sets, making them into HDMI monitors and thus making them license-free (you'd pay a license for the freeview set-top box as it's "capable of receiving"). This would be good and would create choice. They could maybe sell the freeview module separately and allow you to plug it in if you wanted it.

Doubtless Freeview wouldn't like that much as it would make them seem not very 'free' even though it's not their fault.

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It's not a tax

Because you pay the same regardless of whether you earn 10k or 10M a year.

Does that make it a tithe?

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Re: Oh FFS.

You live in the UK and have a choice about paying for a license when you have a TV? How do you manage that.

This new learning amazes me, explain to me once more how sheep bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes.

It's hard to avoid buying stuff that's advertised on TV because just about everything is advertised on TV. Unless you want to buy non-brand stuff you've never heard of from Bob's non-advertised corner-shop or is too luxurious to be advertised on TV.

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Re: Compare costs with Sky

That's what time-shifting is for, or did you just get the cheap box without the Plus(?) features.

I pay SKY (HD) around £85/month. For that I get a bucketload of TV (most of which I don't watch but there's at least half a dozen extra channels there worth having in addition to terrestrial and I don't have sports or movies), unlimited 40MBit fibre (actually 40MBit, not like 32.6MBit, and actually uncapped - at least I've not found a limit yet), phone line and essentially free phone calls as we never go over the minutes in the package. Before you say 'that's seven times the TV license (which I also have the compulsory privilege of paying on top), if you broke out phone line, calls, internet and TV into separate providers it'd be way more.

I don't even know if the aerial socket on my TV actually works.

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Microsoft issues manual on Brits to Cambridge exports

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Classic Yanklish

Surprised there's no mention of driving on the left or that you shouldn't confuse 'fanny' with 'arse' unless you want most English chicks (that you'd take home to yo momma, leastways) to give you a ruddy good punch up the bracket on First Night. [Edit: or 'arse' with 'ass' for that matter though the four-legged friend may be more forgiving, at least]

Sounds like they've been drinking from the Dick van Dyke water fountain. I look forward to a full leaked version in due course.

Mind you I did used to tell directions-to-the-castle-asking US tourists that they should come to the Public Hanging on Sunday as hanging is "still a local by-law in this town, and has a great turnout".

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Apple's marketing honcho Schiller attacks Android, Samsung

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Ouch

Sound like your grapes are extra sour. Stick to ios development, then and leave Android to everyone else.

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Ten pi-fect projects for your new Raspberry Pi

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Not to mention a WiFi Access Point

If a LAMP server qualifies then this easily does!

www.pi-point.co.uk

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Czechs check cheques, reject £680m 4G auction

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Couldn't the regulator threaten to cap data prices too?

Maybe not

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Prague rocks

I thoroughly recommend it. Plus the Czech sense of humour is great.

Outbreaks of common sense are also more common there (Czech republic) than most other places.

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En Garde! Villagers FIGHT OFF FRENCH INVASION MENACE

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Stick a mast atop the cliffs

And charge the Froggies!!!

Zut alors!

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

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Re: Personally,

It'd be fascinating to see if the doomsday message persisted if all financial motivation was removed from Warmology.

Of course that's never gonna happen so people who essentially get paid for shouting about the end of the world will keep doing what they have to do to keep getting paid. Which is shouting about the end of the world. If you even tried they'd shout even louder till someone chucked them some money. Like a wind turbine manufacturer or something.

Basic tenets of the modern world:

1. If someone tells you something a _lot_ then always question how they stand to benefit from your believing them.

2. If there's money involved you should distrust it in direct proportional to the amount of money stood to be lost/gained.

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Apple ordered to surrender coveted docs in iOS privacy lawsuit

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Perhaps

$1M/day fine for non-compliance might help focus Apple's attention

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Congratulations, freetards: You are THE FIVE PER CENT

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Maybe uk.gov is actually being canny?

While paying lip-service to their corporate paymasters they recognise that it's all a bunch of bullshit and the media industry actually needs to move its business into the third millennium which will only be done when it's less painful to do than not do.

Hence they give the megacorps the semblance of what they demand while pulling all its teeth out.

What are the chances they actually have the public's basic interests at heart? (Yeah, slim to nil, I know)

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Intel, Apple forging chip-baking deal?

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Oh yeah, Sammy put their prices up didn't they

By, if accounts are to be believed around $1BN which was the same as that court judgement amount handed down.

Which has just been reduced by around $450M.

Bargain :oD

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Re: EA

But first EA would need to be able to tell the difference between cow and bull

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

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In other news

People who ate more 'processed' meats also smoked, drank too much and took negligible exercise but we're having an anti-meat day today so we'll leave that out.

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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Because

You're not supposed to eat people. Hence my vote for Wild Boar :o)

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In other news

The head of the CRU has shares in a specialist venison abbatoir. Also in a lawnmower company, too - expect grass to be a new climate-evil next week.

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And can I pop in a vote

For some Wild Boar, too, please.

Very tasty.

Need a <NOM> icon :oD

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Samsung grabs Sharp shard, brings pain to Apple supply chain

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And presumably...

Sammy can get a line put in to a Sharp production site to make stuff to their QA standards while leaving the Apple display lines to do whatever. Plus presumably they'll get access to sensor-in-pixel manufacturing tech if they don't already have it.

$111M sounds like a bargain for that, plus it's probably its own return on the investment for work Sammy will put through Sharp.

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Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

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Windsor seems very keen on WinPhone

While sticking the boot in a fraction too much on Android (though not necessarily wrong, just the semantics of how it was said) - what's his relationship to Redmond I wonder.

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The supercomputers LIED: UK rainfall is rising, but won't drown our phones

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"gets in the way of the microwave"

I'm sure they have a backup.

A toaster, perhaps?

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Time-travelling climatey-wimatey

'Temperate', surely, not 'Temporal' ?

Or does the guy really have a blue police box, maybe...

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'Million-strong' zombie army devours Raspberry Pi's crunchy base

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Hang on a sec...

Haven't they sold about a million Pi's...?

Spooky

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Perhaps he says this because

He's still using Debian Sarge

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Re: Huh.

Ubuntu... do-release-upgrade

Nuff said.

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No.10 guru: UK tech scene is AN EXPLODING CHEESE

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What a load of old guff

let the icon speak.

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Don't believe the IT hype: Ye cannae change the laws of physics

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Re: Estate Agents

A lot of the time Eastings and Northings are good enough, too, given that they're commonly provided in UK data. Keep your maths in the integer domain, especially if a box search is good enough and you don't need to compute a real radial distance.

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Pirate Bay 'seeks asylum' in, er, 'North Korea'

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Actually

They only need to mirror critical infrastructure in NK, so it can't be touched and can be used as a master replication point or similar. Other servers can still live wherever they fancy.

Note it says 'Virtual Asylum' which implies they're not upping sticks and going NORK in entirety. Though if true what NK thinks they're gaining from this I don't know. Free access to 99%-state-censored Die Hard movies?

I thought they had a network of RAM-only boxen in place these days, or are they still trying to implement that?

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Samsung's next smartphone to scroll by watching your eyes

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Re: Er... Anyone thought about the camera?

They can likely turn the camera on for 50mS or something to shoot a frame then off again. It'd probably be the frontcam that does the existing smartstay, too. Doesn't muller my S3 battery.

Well I say that I always have smartstay on.. more accurate to say I get 2.5 - 3 days (Friday 16.30 to Monday 9am when it's not docked on a desk) out of one charge on it with my usage pattern. Which is perfectly reasonable.

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