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2775 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Open Rights Group revives 'unavailable for legal reasons' HTTP error code plan

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Re: A list?

How quaint, someone who trusts HMG to provide all the information in an honest & open manner.

Not to disparage your good intentions, commiseration Friday pint!

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How much will Apple cough for ebook conspiracy? Trial starts May 2014

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Re: "Punitive"

@Dazed n confused

An excellent point :o) maybe it's actually the lawyers running apple and everyone else has yet to notice !

Of course it could be some elaborate tax-fiddle to move the money from apple's bank account to the lawyers' - has anyone checked who owns the lawyers (or are they all in-house?)

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"Punitive"

Well, yes, you idiots. It's a punishment so of course it is 'punitive'.

Now we'll see whether humility (they settle) trumps hubris (they bloody mindedly go all the way to trial).

Of course, this _is_ Apple we're talking about, I expect hubris to rule the day.

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Oz bank closes Bitcoin business' bank accounts

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I can explain it

If the gov't can't control it then _you_ can't have it.

Especially when it comes to the movement of money.

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Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

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I'm sure it'll make a mint but only two words come to mind...

Utterly vacuous

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Peak Apple? HOGWASH! Apple is 'extremely undervalued,' says Icahn

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Re: Who would listen to Carl Icahn?

Cook's in the corner with his head (still) up his arse.

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@Frank14 Re: Parasites

Nope. It's capitalism.

Though the differences are largely subtle and semantic, agreed.

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Hmmm now...

If you know that your buying of stock will inflate its price because people think you're 'a bit special' (and Icahn certainly fits into that category though perhaps not the one he intended), then isn't that insider trading?

+4.8% on 1BN overnight (pretty much) is a good enough close in of itself, too.

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PayPal's fizzog-based payments app rubbished over reliability worries

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Is there a transaction value upper limit?

Like 15 quid?

Cos you'd be pissed off if I went into a store with your phone I'd nicked and bought a 50" LED TV and slipped the checkout person 50 quid saying 'Have a drink on me. This is me *wink*'

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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We need Elon in the UK

To have him replace the farcical HS2 train project.

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New York State to investigate 'Wild West' Bitcoin industry

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If we can't control it then we'll stop you having it.

</nuffsaid>

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Android detective explains Bitcoin borkage breadcrumbs

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Re: Random numbers

Coincidence is a strange thing isn't it. I was just suggesting to someone yesterday that they could use stock exchange or forex values as a crypt seed or something bizarre like the humidity in Bolivia.

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

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Anyone remember The Billion Dollar Brain?

What could possibly go wrong.

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

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Which is only a valid argument

Because Microsoft made them pay for it from the start. Including stuff like Netflix and Lovefilm where they get the privilege of paying _again_ for stuff they already paid for elsewhere.

The more sensible question should is 'Why should XBOX players have to pay for stuff other console gamers get for free, especially if they already paid the provider for that feature/service elsewhere'.

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That $60 SONY want to play MP online...

Is that actually the Playstation Plus sub? They've just rolled online MP requirement into that?

Disingenuous is the word for sure. Mostly, though, because although online gaming may now have been made pay-to-play on PS4, like XBOX360 has always been and XBOX One will continue to be, the writer failed to mention it was PS+ and that PS+ itself is pretty damned good value.

I must have had over £200 of top notch commercial games from the last year of PS+, including stuff like Battlefield3, The Cave, LBP Karting and some others I already had like Infamous, Bioshock, Assassin's Creed and so on.

So, rolling online MP into PS+ as a requirement is a bit of a blow to folks enjoying free MP on the PS3 admittedly, but I doubt everything else they discover comes with PS+ will keep them frowning for long.

Of course if it isn't part of PS+ (can't see it being a separate paid-for thing) then that's different.

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Publishers stand behind Apple in ebook price-fixing fight

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Re: Businesses

There's a word in business and it makes all the difference to getting a kicking in court like this did and not getting such.

The word is 'honest' as in 'doing honest business'.

Mind you as with many things these days (peace, democracy, freedom, privacy, etc) the word 'honest' means what you want it to if you're in a position to try to redefine it.

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Apple returns to courtroom once again to contest ebook shafting

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Point missed?

No-one's stopping Apple selling anything at whatever price they like. At least, they _weren't_, anyway.

If there'd been no collusion this wouldn't have happened. The penalty for Apple is not because it sold books how it fancied, but because it was shown to have _colluded_ to seriously harm a competitor, regardless of the size of that competitor.

That is why they got their arse kicked, not for trying to run an honest business as they deemed fit.

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PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

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We mean...

innovative thinking around new use cases that can drive sales, collect data for analytics, manage inventory better and lower costs

B I N G O ! ! ! !

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Re: Again...

Lol. Apple Cultist strikes again

Always too ashamed or afeared to be known.

Gimp. Natch.

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Cameron demands Brits BOYCOTT angry-troll-infested websites

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The 'off' button is a great...

<click>

Sorted.

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Brits give thumbs-up to shale gas slurping in university-run poll

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Detectable

In the same sense as there's gear sensitive enough to detect a piano dropped from the fourth floor 30 miles away.

We can detect the light from suns a billion light years away but you'd never expect to get a tan from them.

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An environmentalist type who openly thinks for themselves?

You, Sir, are a miracle of nature.

Have a pint!

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"Whatever frightened the public before just doesn't seem to work any more"

Curse you, Easy-And-High-Speed-Access-To-Information-To-Come-To-My-Own-Conclusions Man !

Governments and lobby groups must hate the internet so much for not exclusively presenting their own agendas.

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So, you gonna foot this '$200bn' hacking bill, insurance giants asked

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Buy shares in security certification firms NOW

Because you'll not be able to get insured without some form of certification pretty soon if this all goes through.

Watch which firms are being invested in or bought by large insurance co's or (already owned by) their backers.

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US federal judge: Yes, Bitcoin IS MONEY

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"It can be used to purchase goods and services"

So can Sex, Gems, Food, Holidays, and just about anything else you can think of.

Perhaps the test should be 'Can you go shopping in Tesco and expect to pay with Bitcoin, Gems, Food, Holidays or errr.. Sex?'

If not, then it's not money, it's a token or barter value.

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Android approaches 80% smartphone share as Apple's iPhone grows old

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Re: "iOS decline in the second quarter aligns with the cyclicality of iPhone"

Except most contracts are 24 months in the UK, at least, these days

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Tax dodging? It's harder to do - and rarer - than you think

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Re: Having our cake and eating it too

No, they're a US company. How much tax do they pay in the US then?

Oh. hang on. A stack of their money is moved out of the US just for that reason.

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How about starting with

A special class of import duty...

You pay a lot of money to your overseas mega corp non-UK/EU parent corp? Well now that's a special class of import and you sure do done gots to (I believe that's how they talk abroad) pony up 30% of it.

At least that would keep the cash in the Eurozone, say - you can't really try that on between Luxembourg and Spain, obviously, that'd would be counter productive. If protectionism's good enough for the USA it's defo good enough for Europe, too. We used to be exceptionally good at it, too, not so long ago, albeit it on a more national scale than a continental one.

I am not an economist. Or even an accountant. I do dream up crazy ideas though.

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NO, ELEPHANTS, it's we DOLPHINS who NEVER FORGET our best pals

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They need to remember the way home

For when the Vogons rock up

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Hacktivists torch C4's Jon Snow's web diary, reveal 'nuke strike' on Syria

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Turdpress. Dear God.

Presumably other El Reg readers have had the misfortune to witness the coding standards 9/11 that is the fragile and inconsistent guts of WP. Especial MU.

You'll know what I mean.

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'Look, give us Snowden' - this Friday's top US-Russia talks revealed

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Re: America to get Snowdon

http://tmblr.co/ZebfAyrfjovr

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Re: My contempt and hate of everything Obama is growing...

You should bin that comment now.

Oh shit.

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Re: Bah!

Imagine how much stranger it would taste to be cheering for the USA

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Just a bit, plus...

When it's a UN vote like 100 in favour, 30 against plus abstainers and the US is in the 100 it's a Great Day For Democracy(tm)

When it's something else which gets like 154 against, 1 for (yeah guess who) then it's more like 'very disappointed that good sense was cast aside (P.S. we'll do what the fuck we like anyway)'

I refer the honourable reader thusly: http://bit.ly/1cJ3ZYc (Google books page extract via bitly)

In fact start on the previous page, 86.

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US feds: 'Let's make streaming copyrighted content a FELONY'

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Why not just give IP the same status as money

Then you'll cover all the grannies and 8 year olds under racketeering and counterfeiting laws.

EDIT: Obviously I refer only to the IP of the big campaign contributor-corps, not your average person on the street. That's a different kind of copyright - the sort that doesn't generate contributions to your slush funds.

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End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

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Re: Blinking Never Worked With Printers

Nor did the marquee tag.

Most infuriating.

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

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Re: A twunt of the highest order

Is Bill still going??

*hic*

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Re: Funny idea of freedom that Americans have.

I'd very much like to test that for him.

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A twunt of the highest order

"young and hip, pop culture hip" - oh hang on isn't that apple's target audience after drippy image-obsessed 'professionals' who spend more time ensuring their bingly bong ringtone is set to max to ensure everyone knows they have an iThing while pulling it out to answer it with a reverse ninja-putting-away-sword flourish to ensure everyone sees it's them?

He's obviously not the best surfer of the interwebs either as he failed to come across Mashable who, every time I've had the misfortune to read an article, seem to fawn over Apple at every opportunity.

As for commie lefty Apple-hating, you'd think he might notice that Android would appear to embody the 'American ideal' of openness, democracy and 'Come one, come all'. Where Apple would seem more to embody American Policies. oh hang on again. He's a rabid righty isn't he, of course he'll go with policies over ideals.

Doh.

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Amazon founder Bezos snaps up Washington Post

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Come, come, Mr. Bezos

Surely you don't expect me to believe that $250M for that kind of access to the Capitol and it's Elites is anything short of a bargain?

He probably didn't want the newspaper. Just the access it gives to "stuff". and $250M is cheap for that. It will have paid (him) for itself in 18 months even if the paper itself can't get turned around.

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Arrr! Comcast working on new tech to nudge PIRATES to go straight

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Re: This is just stupid

I agree completely with Timmy the Troll. Not the way he wants me to, though.

Cos 'pirates' are the ones profiting from redistributing IP which damn well is 'theft' if they're truly removing a sale from the legitimate channel. So long as that channel for that IP exists in the country of the offence, of course, which is not always a given; if not then it's a heads up to the provider to perhaps establish a channel and get the sales for themselves.

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" benefits for users of purchasing legal content"

Which they listed as... ?

>>> tumbleweed <<<

(Suggestions: piracy notices assuming you're a bastard, advertising and giving-them-money)

The sooner they realise Netflix and Lovefilm are currently their last best hope the better, until something more preferable comes along. We watch more Netflix in our house than 'grey-sourced' material by far. In fact entertainment from alternate sources is usually only employed as a last resort to catch-up TV where something can't be found via a 'legitimate' provider. Presumably if season X of program Y can't be found in the UK then someone somewhere decided they couldn't make money off the licensing which in turn means they're not losing any money if it gets downloaded anyway.

Oh and we skip the adverts on SKY+, too, rarely watching anything as it's broadcast.

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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

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Re: @obnoxiousGit

"Would tap" ?

They already did the UN building (or NATO?) as uncovered recently.

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Re: WTF?

Fair play would actually be paying for the patents that had been shown by the ITC to have been negotiated in good faith.

Surely.

Or perhaps we don't have to pay for Apple products, now. In fact just don't buy any US stuff, as far as you're able. Or. buy it secondhand and deny the first sale.

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Geneticists resolve human dilemma of Adam's boy-toy status

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@AC You Yanks...

Those books aren't missing, they're locked in the Vatican vault where the seriously inconvenient information within them can never reach the light of day.

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Re: I've watched Fox news

That would explain all the Spanish-speaking and Smallpox then

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USA reverses iPhone, iPad sales ban

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Re: "Standards-Essential Patents"

So, if you've invented something that's so useful everyone else decided to adopt it and it becomes a defacto standard you're then not entitled to profit from you original good fortune and design?

Plenty of big mobile makers have many patents - moto, nokia, ericsson, etc... so end up largely cross-licensing to each other which has the effect of reducing the financial burden of the licensing in the first place.

Apple has fuck all SE technology to cross-license (pinch to zoom isn't "technology" or "standards essential") and has decided it doesn't want to pay, luckily it has the protectionist US establishment behind it which should surprise no-one.

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Icahn sues Dell's board over Big Mike's buyout bid

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Nothing says pissy little girl

Well, like Carl Icahn, I suppose.

Do you think he gets stroppy and pissy if he loses at Monopoly or Risk ?

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Latvian foreign minister speaks out against giving up alleged Gozi writer to US

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Re: Sorry America

@monkeyfish I do now.

The core concept and point is still understood, regardless.

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