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2785 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

What a Liberty: Virgin Media in buyout talks with telecoms giant

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Liberty Global ?

Never heard of them. Sounds like the kind of co whose 'Defence Arm' has a tagline of 'Freedom From Above'

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US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

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Re: The USA is sabre rattling again

I think the EU already refuses to deal with terrorist states, doesn't it?

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Re: SO what?

IIRC they have a massive trade deficit which means they rely on rest-of-world for their shit more than themselves.

Go for it.

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Re: Hmm.

I think the SPQA (Senatus Populusque Americanus) wants it more for transaction tracking than Google wants it for mining, which hints at the fact they already do it either via requests or sneakiness. Can't see a trade war being threatened just cos of Google.

Trade war could be worked. We could buy Russian Wheat, Polish horseburger (it seems we already do), Chinese/Japanese/Korean tech and they'd still want Jags, Mercs, Porsches, Audi, Ferraris, Range Rovers and Lambos and they'll pay a government-inflated price for them so they can still drive around in a flash EuroCar. It'd eventually serve to further isolate them from the rest of the world ultimately as alternate trade sources would likely be kept if they stopped cocking around at some point later. Wouldn't be to much of a stretch to imagine EU cosying up with China, Japan, SKorea, India and everyone just raising prices. Not that I wouldn't put the USA going to (actual) war with the-rest-of-the-world over a trade sulk, though, cos they weren't getting their way. There isn't anyone called Nero in the Whitehouse staff, is there?

Oh, and the whole of EU could tax MS, Starbucks, Amazon, Apple, etc into receivership. Yeah it all sounds simplistic but if you really want a detailed economic breakdown then do it yerself ;o)

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Netflix tempts binge viewers with House of Cards pilot freebie

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Watched 5 episodes over the weekend

And it's really very watchable, too. Kevin Spacey's asides to the camera really make it.

If you have a Playstation or a Samsung (likely other brands, too) smart TV then you don't need Silverlight, you'll already have access to netflix. if you have an XBOX you can of course pay again for the privilege of accessing your netflix account with XBOX Gold membership. Hmm my S3 has netflix too, so Android users as well - dunno if appleists have it, I'd imagine so.

So really, only if you're kind of stuck in the land of watching stuff on a computer monitor only.

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Samsung: Never mind Steve Jobs, let's snap off a piece of stylus biz

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History in the making

Steve Jobs says styli are wrong

Samsung brings out gadgets with a stylus

Apple panics when popularity of styli is realised

Apple brings out device(s) with stylus, hails it as a revolution

Apple sues Samsung for copying their stylus idea

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Re: Or

and a mouse!

why just carry two things when you can carry three

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Under cap-and-trade, flying is greener than taking the bus

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WTF?

Probably unfair but...

Did anyone start reading then get to 'University of East Anglia' and immediately think 'Ah, right. never mind'

Having read it, does anyone else think this sounds a lot like Mega Corp tax-avoidance ? I find the phrase 'increase their own emissions' especially disingenuous in a statement on how something's supposed to make somethng 'greener'.

Comes across as total hogwash, all in all.

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Facebook's Google, Bing events snub: It's a BUG, NOT a FEATURE

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Meh

It'd be Darwinian for FB to seal itself of from the internet competitors and suffocate to death.

One remains ever hopeful.

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Oh, Sony, you big tease: Mystery PlayStation reveal date set

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Stop

Yet likewise

I can't imagine any right-minded person buying games online-only with the keys to whether or not they're allow to have continued access to said purchased game in someone else's hands. (Add Ultraviolet to that sentiment, also)

People do still pop round to see friends to play multiplayer on games that only one of them has got, too, right?

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Microsoft: Old Internet Explorer is terrible and 'we want to help'

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"...older versions of IE continue to be a real challenge for developers "

They could have just provided the raw un-spin version of that sentence:

"We're sorry so for ever making that hideous deformed shit, can we pay you for all your time we wasted while we cocked about like numpties with well-known standards?"

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Facebook finds new way to wring hundreds from users

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Re: Less social than worms

I've come to believe that the current generation (my kids, for example) are probably growing up with social media defining their scope of interaction with other humans which has the unfortunate effect of then bringing itself across to the IRL side of things, causing them, as a matter of course, to form what I call 'disposable relationships', instead of what we'd call proper ones, lacking meaningful discourse, engagement and ultimately loyalty.

Then again, they are also teenagers, i suppose...

We have also a family member who sends all their seasonal cardage via Moonpig. Cheers for that. I'd much rather an email/SMS instead if you're going to do that.

Please be arsed to pick up a biro and write in the damned thing and post it.

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'Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

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Re: Spin This

And leccy will be ten quid per kWh because of them.

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Re: I am very dissapointed.....

Umm.. trying hard here... 'Trumped Up' statistics?

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BBC: What YOU spent on our lawyers in Secret Climate 28 debacle

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Re: Point of fact

Howver, amending your output to broadly align with government policy/agenda/rhetoric is exactly what a government agency does.

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Downvoted, eh?

All those TLDR ACC types who don't see the irony in well-remnerated folk flying to a hot country to be chauffered to their luxury hotel in an air-con'd V8 SUV/Limo to crack open the bottle of complimentary chilled montrachet awaiting them in their suite.

To discuss Global Warming Climate Change (presumably the Anthro-variety as the natural kind is bleeding obvious to all but the most special-needs)

Not that you shouldn't crap on your own doorstep, you'd think that was obvious, too. Pollution reduction is a worthy thing in its own right and patently of benefit to all, politicising it with ACC guff is just disingenuous, verging on fraudulent.

Mind you, anyone know how much 'consultants' get paid to advise on ACC in Whitehall? Might be worth a career change.

Downvote away, always good to get a measure of how many entrenched beliefs you've challenged of a day.

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You thought watching cat videos was harmless fun? Think AGAIN

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trap-neuter-return

Perhaps this could be applied to NRA members too?

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WTO ruling emboldens pirates of the Caribbean

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Re: Let's hope they price the "goods" appropriately.

A copy of one Britney Spears tune 'shared' is roughly equal to that.

Let's hope they use Antigua's metrics instead of the MAFIAA's when calculating, which if they're clever will be very small :o)

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Re: The real pirates ...

Technically they might be privateers ;o)

Do you think they fly a Team America flag?

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Re: Why nuke

Cut the cable, you mean.

Shame I'm not on a percentage for saving money...

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

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Re: Hmmmm

WTF would anyone downvote that?

Likelihood of a failed connection manifesting its failed-ness via a software upgrade is slim, and would likely have shown up in other software versions, being a physical defect. Not totally impossible I spose, all the same if the software maybe ran something hotter nearby.

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FAIL

That really is a massive fail

It's not like they don't know the damned hardware or anything.

Antennagate was a moronic design flaw but this is mind-bending in its why-the-fuck-did-they-not-test-it-properly-ness. Or even the why-change-shit-which-aint-busted-ness.

Dumbfounded.

(Any chance of a boggled-mind icon?)

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

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WTF?

Resisting without violence?

Classic. Passive resistance is an offense in the Good ol' US of A ? (Or just that state?).

Not submitting obediently and cooperatively.

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Meet قلب, the programming language that uses Arabic script

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Re: Not the revolution you were looking for

At least 'for', 'loop', 'while', etc don't force most people to learn a new alphabet as well as remember the syntax...

Someone has too much time on their hands, or needs a girlfriend.

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Climate shocker: Carry on as we are until 2050, planet will be FINE

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Well.

They had to put something in to mollify the IPCC arch-diocese or be labelled crackpots/heretics.

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Bring forth the ducking stool

Warmologists with torches & pitchforks, non-IPCC-approved science turned me into a newt, etc, etc

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Activists urge Skype: Tell us who is spying on us

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This _is_ a Transparency Report Shop, isn't it?

Oh YES, Sir, absolutely, Sir

Good, I'll have a transparency report for Skype, please

It might be a bit runny, Sir...

The runnier the better!

Ohhhhh. The cat's eaten it.

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Fedora project may expel MySQL

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'Cos...

Oracle seem so preoccupied with shooting themselves in the foot lately, they obviously still have a toe left with MySQL written on it. The Java one's hanging on by a thread, too.

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This from Ubuntu

p maria - reachability analyzer for Algebraic System Nets

p maria-doc - documentation of Maria

nothing to see here, either.

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Greenland ice SIMPLY WOULD NOT MELT in baking +8°C era 120k years ago

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Re: "so the models are evidently wrong"

Which would be fine if the anti-common-sense Inquisition didn't spout these models as gospel and denounce all else as heresy.

But they do. Which is not science, it's politics.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Re: Fantastic!

Super! Maintenant je ne dois pas penser pour une autre microsecond si on dit 'du' ou 'de'!

Merci, mon professeur!

"After expressions of quantity, the partitive is usually reduced to DE which is invariable:"

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Fantastic!

Can I at once urge all our French cousins to upload *shitloads* of pics to facebook. Thousands, please.

In other news, short Failbook stock now

Biere pour tout, parce-que je n'ai plus du vin :o(

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

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Perhaps if MS had offered to underwrite purchase of all unsold units...

So the manufs could build the stuff in confidence of no stock liability.

Oh but even MS knew that would be a stupid plan.

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Dead Steve Jobs' patent war threat to Palm over 'no-hire pact'

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So why'd these employees wanna leave

If apple are so godlike to work for.

Oh, apple weren't even in the top 100 best co's to work for, you say?

(P.S. need a worm-on-a-hook icon for 'bait')

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Google to devs: Fork with our cloudy code

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WTF?

Doesn't have the same number of devs as MS?

Bloody hell, they do a damned good job, then, or their devs are way better, or something.

Says more about MS, possibly that with x times the devs of Google they still can't get their shit right after 30 years.

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BEST reiterates ‘no solar forcing’ claim

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Just volcanoes and people?

I'm sure volcanism (vulcanism, surely?) covers a bit more than volcanoes, maybe not, but it sounds like the sea is being completely ignored?

There is quite a bit of the stuff, after all.

If you're trying to show that ACC is real vs normal natural CC which the human race hasn't been round long enough to actually measure firsthand then just using volcanoes and people stuff (which presumably is the anthro data) sounds like fitting the data to the desired outcome to the lay-person.

If I wanted to show Jimmy Savile as a nice chap I'd produce a graph of time vs charitable funds raised. If not then a chart of time vs alleged victims and so forth. Whichever chart I produced would be dependent upon the revenue I thought it would produce.

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Forget bonking, now mobes can buy stuff using pay-by-SQUEAK

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Re: Eh....

So. Just apple then because they thought they had a better idea than fitting NFC. Which was to not fit NFC.

Meanwhile Rest of World moves on. Without them.

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This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV

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MEDIIIC!

I had to go to hospital and have intensive psychological therapy due to my reliance on the media to tell me how to think and react to the world around me as I am utterly incapable of forming an independent thought for myself.

The very kind private doctor took one look at me and warned me I would need a prolonged course of very expensive treatment though he did refer me to his brother who happens to run a no-win-no-fee company who will be able to sue the BBC on my behalf for the cost of it.

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Mega launches with mega FAIL

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Re: Why would anyone trust this idiot?

See Facebook.

Doesn't affect them in any meaningful way.

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Google files patent for eyewear that SHOOTS LASERS

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Re: Sod that, wake me up when........

Already done quite a few years ago actually, IIRC, Virtual Retinal Display

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PR people 'put duty to the public ahead of employers' interests'

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Re: Journal of Mass Media Ethics

Well, more of a pamphlet .. ;o)

Do you have any light reading..?

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Playboy fined £100k by Blighty watchdog for FLASHING SMUT at kids

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FAIL

Coming soon...

Mother fined £12k for not locking bathroom door causing little Jimmy to cop an eyeful when he accidentally walked in for a pee.

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WTF?

Eh?

Playboy + Hardcore ?

Really?

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Here we go again: New NHS patient database plan sets off alarm bells

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Rhyming slang

Jeremy Hunt

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

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Re: What irks me about their argument

I suspect it's less about the swivel-eyed foamings of the NRA or public outrage every time these horrendous scenarios get repeated and more about how much money flows from arms companies to government.

That (imho) is what fuels the inaction of government to legislate.

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Re: What irks me about their argument

Only cos they're not allowed to drive tanks into Gaza at that age...

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What a bunch of fatuous assclowns

Anyway, I've been playing too much Mario. Off to jump on some heads now while I look for gold coins on the High Street.

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Patent trolling surges, but righteous cavalry on the way

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simply wants to "monetize"

I'd humbly submit that patent suits brought with the purpose of harming a competitor's ability to compete in the same market as you would also be trolling of a particularly disingenuous form.

Yes apple, I'm looking at you.

And before the appleists (there's less of them these days, I understand, from recent news) shout 'Samsung' or whatever, don't forget Samsung et al launched COUNTER suits and RESPONDED to apple's attacks...

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Belgian watchdog barks at Apple: Take care when you flog that warranty

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Try Canon for real service.

Faulty camera, model discontinued.

Replaced for free with current version about 3 models higher. Wasn't even an SLR, or a 'valuable customer' model like a 7D or 1D.

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