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2737 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

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

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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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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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Re: Sorry America

Don't forget the Stasi, too. They were a damned unpleasant bunch, possibly more akin to current US policy than the Nazi's though the imperialist dogma is very much like 1930/40's Germany

"you continuously force yourself on other countries" -- yeah thinking of renaming the UK to 'Bend Over Britain'

Seriously though. Make a conscious effort to avoid buying US goods. It's only the money that keeps them going. Don't buy a Ford, buy a Mazda or something. Every time you buy an Apple thing think 'do I want to support US policies' etc... you'll get used to thinking that way easily enough.

And no, before the trolls pop out from under the bridge, I don't expect it to be a simple matter to be totally US-good-free, e.g. petroleum industries, US components inside non-US goods, etc.

But you can at least put some thought into it if you don't want to fund them.

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Re: Both, perhaps?

Microsoft hasn't stated the patents it's extorting money from Android makers with, either.

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Re: US Justice

Stealing money from banks (potentially) affects the Elites (certainly the banks and who're they run by, even if not affected personally) therefore the USA will take any steps regardless of how (dis)proportionate to protect them and their interests.

If he'd stolen from, say, Afghan (or whomever the USA doesn't like this week) banks then the USA wouldn't give a toss. If it were Israeli or American banks then you get this.

You have to assume he also stole from German, British, French, etc banks, too, unless the code targetted specific institutions yet you don't hear about any of these countries raising a stink when it would actually be easier for them to prosecute being based in the Eurozone.

Fuck 'em. Just to piss America off and remind it that it doesn't have a 'God-given' (and I mean that most sincerely, folks) right to get its own way.

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Climate change EVEN WORSE than you thought: It causes WAR and MURDER

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What a twat

10000 BC. Really

Driving many cars then, were they? How anthropogenic. Maybe all that sweat from building the Pyramids around 3000BC caused a hockey Pharoah Stick effect.

More likely in 'recent times' it's all the fecking Wind Turbines, ad-hoc taxation and general political gerrymandering pissing people off every time they hear the C word.

And I don't mean See-You-Next-Tuesday.

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Terror cops swoop on couple who Googled 'backpacks' and 'pressure cooker'

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Re: If we all do this two or three times a week....

Not to mention your gov't will just build a new dentention centre on your tax dollah and throw you and your irksome chums in it while they 'get round to processing you' as they're always happy to go to the expense to make an example of you when the other option is not behaving like the Establishment. Plus building a new DC puts much dollah into the hands of their pals who run construction co's and detention facility contracts.

Boof goes your job and your mortgage and the gov't says 'That's what you get, son'.

(Yes I know how to spell 'dollar', before someone thinks they're clever/funny. Use a Vietnamese/etc accent in your head.)

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Re: People are like golden retrievers!

Hide in the closet?

Don't you mean video it and slather it all over the interwebs? If you saw it it wasn't happening to you so you're a 'concerned citizen' or whatever the get-out is for filming the Establishment going about it's "business".

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You're doing WHAT with friends? Zynga sues Bang With Friends maker

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Avoid Zynga With Friends

Sounds a good approach.

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Gmail, Outlook.com and e-voting 'pwned' on stage in crypto-dodge hack

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" change your password without re-typing the old one"

Ahhh Microsoft.

You're so mercifully free of the ravages of Best Practice

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Ministry of Fun launches news quiz - and the BBC is in its sights

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Well if you discount 'The Truth'

Then yeah, I'm getting too much news, in fact.

I'd rather at least some was the truth instead of the Noam Chomsky-esque version, though.

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Snowden's XKeyscore revelations challenged

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Oh well that's alright then

If XKEYSCORE doesn't collect data and is only a tool for querying the database we obviously have nothing to fear.

Except of course the tool that isn't XKEYSCORE which is populating that DB in real time, of course.

It would seem we're rapidly approaching the point beyond which the NSA actually give a shit about people being aware of certain things for one of the administration's pet journos to trot out a sad 'debunking' of this sort.

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WikiLeaks: Manning guilty verdict sets 'dangerous precedent'

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Mushroom

"violated the public's trust"

Fucking hubris overload or WHAT.

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

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Re: The purpose of Surface

And they're heavy, too, esp (the office Surface) compared to a Galaxy Note 10 which we have at home.

Not to mention touching areas off the screen being a very odd way of carrying on with an interface.

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Egad! Could Samsung be CHEATING in Galaxy benchmark tests?

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Re: Apple

Surely an Apple benchmark would olny be really relevant to another Apple product unless anything else uses the same chips+architecture ?

And all Appleists need anyway is to be told it's faster so yep, no point benchmarking.

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You sure do done got that nail thar hit right upon its head, yessir.

While we're at it... 'Do you got xxxxx'

For %$£&*%$'s sake that's PAST TENSE. It's do you HAVE xxxx, not 'Do you "did acquire" xxxx'.

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

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Happy

Re: Heisenburg

And a buffer that takes a long time to degrade. Just in case.

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UK economy to lose £198m if BBC and pals lose EPG slots - Ministry of Fun

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Really. £198M ?

That's about what they spunk on EDS/HP/Whatever they're called today for a bloody meeting, isn't it?

Facepalm.

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Oracle deploys lawyers against Solaris fix-it duo

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It's almost as if...

Oracle has become tired of existing.

Hope it has.

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Microsoft to Google: Please remove us from internet

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Re: What I wonder

Do they even know a takedown has been issued?

Is there a published list other than what Google makes available, wherever that is ?

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Re: I would have taken the pages down ...

And hopefully Microsoft would fire a lawsuit at the perpetrator which cost them enough to re-evaluate their business model.

Thereby doing everyone a small favour.

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New in Android 4.3: At last we get a grip on privacy-invading crApps

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I've been asking Google for something like this for ages.

Glad they finally listened to me, all those emails beginning 'Do you know who I am?' must have finally paid off.

Irony/Sarcasm icons required.

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Re: Google Switch

Until you install Facebook, presumably, which will try and grab anything it has half a chance of getting.

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Assange™ names a Senatorial stand-in

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If he were a senator though

Would he not get diplomatic immunity ?

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Chromecast: You'll pop me in for HOT STREAMS of JOY, hopes Google

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Re: Shame it's HDMI 1.4

Surely HDMI standards specify how to deal with fallback to older interfaces?

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Re: Android

Netflix.

Which means my non-smart bedroom TV can now do Netflix where my XBMC Pi can't.

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Via USB from a computer

My my reasonably obvious guess!

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Jackboot dangled over NSA's throat for US spy dragnet outrage

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Holmes

Re: God I love the Justification....

"What is this 'Rest of World' of which you speak?"

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I'm fairly sure GCHQ would say

We are GCHQ.

We don't "justify"

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Google buys speech rec patents from SR Tech

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Re: WTF?

Looks like it, for all the world, yeah! And Google paid for it, too.

Even as a contractor I still think I'm in the wrong bloody job sometimes, I need to learn how to milk snakes for oil.

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WTF?

Turn speech into text. Already done elsewhere.

Search for stuff based on text string. Pretty sure this has been done elsewhere *smirk*.

Joining the two together is somehow unobvious and patentable?

Peeling a banana. Eating. I shall now patent the process of peeling a banana and eating it.

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Google Reader replacement 'Old Reader' crashes

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Holmes

Data Management 101

COPY, don't MOVE.

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New Kiwi spook law allows domestic prying

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So, you reckon, like, at the BEHEST of

U(sa) Kno Who ?

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Boffins flip optics to make booster-free superfast fibre

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Is it just me or...

Do the Aussies seem to have an preternatural affinity for all things quantum and opto these days?

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Village-swallowing MUDCANO was no accident, say boffins

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They dug too deep

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!

And so forth

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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Holmes

Which is all OK until you consider

Is the blocklist a centralised gov't controlled DB of stuff?

In which case expect scope creep, especially as soon as Big Meeja start backhanding their pet politicians (as then they'll no longer need a court case per block) and that's just one example of where it'll all turn to shit.

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

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Re: American logic

I think that's just why they say they're having another war.

It's just a pretext for what they actually want.

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As an atheist...

I explain things thus to religious types:

You know how many many years ago people would throw stones at the moon, shout & wave spears at solar eclipses to drive off whatever was 'eating the day'? You know how we look back on those ancient civilisations and smile yet we understand how, back in those superstitious and unenlightened times, they might come to think those things and hold those beliefs?

That's how atheists look at you.

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Ubuntuforums.org cracker promises no password release

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Meh

Ohhh so s/he's doing us a _favour_

Well that's just dandy then.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Re: Surely ISPs are all for this really.

Lovedrive at a guess?

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