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Apple versus Samsung: key points in the ruling

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Well put

Next time you're out buying food, compare the packaging of the supermarket's own brand copies of successful brands, notice how they remind you of the branding of their originals yet aren't straight copies. Thats because If Tesco did simply copy a box of cereal, replacing "Kellogs" with "Tesco" and dropped in a picture of a bowl of their own product that was similar enough to the original that few would notice, they'd get rightly sued for imitation.

Regardless of whether you believe Apple's own products to be the work of Satan, Smartphones and Tablets were a niche before Apple got into the business, thanks to their efforts they've both gone mainstream and there's now a wide variety of products running on a range of OS's, Apple isn't suing RIM over its Playbook or HP over the TouchPad, they're fighting one Android tablet manufacturer that's chosen to imitate their own products design, packaging and look and feel to a ridiculous degree. Why this is unexpected I can't understand because if you had developed the iPad and had a major component supplier copy the thing right down to the box you'd be taking legal advice right?

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Did a Seagate sales bloke just say 5TB drives are coming?

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Really?

How long are you projecting a rebuild to take on 5TB disks?

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Chinese whisper of low-cost Kindle-confounding iPad

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If the IPad3 has a retina display

Then keeping the IPad2 around as a cheaper option makes sense, like the 3GS to the iPhone4, reducing internal storage to 8GB will probably knock enough of the costs for them to drop the price.

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iOS update woes prompt gnashing of teeth for Apple fans

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It's because....

A) the updates are Ginormous, 750MB for iOS alone.

B) it's not staggered by timezone, system updates for example are usually scheduled to run at a fixed local time.

C) Users have been waiting for this for a long time and lots of them hit the button as soon as it went live.

Updated an iPad, took two goes, iPhone will have to wait till morning as the missis is threatening to yank the mains so she can sleep.

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Spotify's rising revenues gobbled by royalties blackhole

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FAIL

Nobody* makes any money from Spotify

Check this helpful infographic comparing label and artist revenue from a variety of digital outlets:

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2010/how-much-do-music-artists-earn-online/

*Excludes Spotify employees.

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iPlayer founder launches next big TV thing-Zeebox

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He's on to something

While a little choice is a good thing, endless choice can be exhausting and we're getting closer to the latter every day. Of course there's times when the ability to search or browse for a particular show is liberating but for the most part people don't want to have to trawl through listings looking for something to watch, they just want to slump down in front of something entertaining.

This is basically iTunes style "Genius mixes" for TV and if the execution is good, I'd expect it to be a hit.

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Boffins fear killer gamma death blasts from space

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Wouldn't it miss the ozone on the back of the planet?

And wouldn't the remaining ozone dissipate around the globe providing considerably less protection but more than none?

Finally, is there anything we could do to prevent or reverse the effects and if not what's the point in worrying about it?

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The life and times of Steven Paul Jobs, Part Two

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Thanks Rik

Both parts were a great read.

From the management style interview it appears that Steve acted as a sounding board to most of the major project teams, I can't see anyone else filling those shoes. I realise there's a lot of stuff in the pipeline that will see daylight as the years roll by, but who could guess what he'd be prepared to go all in on a decade from now? there's going to be a whole heap of stuff that's unlikely to happen now because no one else seems to have the passion to risk their livelihoods on an idea.

We've lost a rare thing, a dreamer that actually delivered, A loss to the whole industry.

Sent from my iPad

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What's not in the iPhone 4S ... and why

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@Geoff Campbell

That's what he said, there are GSM networks worldwide, so your GS2 and this 4S and the 4, and the 3(S) and the 2G and all the other GSM phones work like that and always have.

However, if you have a CDMA phone from say Verizon, then when you visited another country you were likely to be SOL, basically the 4S has GSM backup for CDMA users. GSM users don't need a backup.

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O2 best placed to scoop new iPhone sales dosh

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Ditto

Are you listening Vodafone?

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Violent videogames reduce crime

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Zombie Mary Whitehouse disagrees

She groans that you will burn in hell for your virtual sins.

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Microsoft takes the Android profit, the Wonkas take the pain

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That can be calculated can't it?

Google recently stated in court that iOS represents 2/3 of their mobile search queries, we know how many iOS devices are out there, by looking at the cash Google sends to say Mozilla for Firefox searches someone could calculate roughly how much they're saving on searches from Android devices.

Not me though, can't be arsed, bet it's dwarfed by their costs at the moment though, especially given the Motorola purchase.

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Amazon's Kindle Fire is sold at a loss

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Poor analogy

A single game sale will push a PS3 into profit, and subsequent sales will generate lively income, whereas the stuff Amazon is shifting carries razor thin margins, App Store revenue is a rounding error for Apple, and as far as tablet content sales goes (books, films, music & apps), Amazon will be hard pushed to match that.

Now Amazon may well be happy with those slim profits from content as a long term income stream but Samsung, Motorola and the rest of the Android tablet Manufacturers can't replicate the strategy with no content and are likely to be squeezed out between Apple and Amazon, Google can't be best pleased about degoogled Amazon Tablets derailing their tablet efforts either.

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Java, Adobe vulns blamed for Windows malware mayhem

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Removing them works as well

And doesn't require constant patching, keep chrome around for the odd time a website doesn't fail back to HTML when flash isn't installed and get a third party app for PDF's.

Not a lot of help if you have to run Java apps but most users only interaction with java is through malware.

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Huawei gets charged with juicy Android handset

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Does it also have a 5000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio?

3 days doing what exactly? Is it nothing by any chance?

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Mars trips could blind astronauts

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Centrifuge to the rescue?

Or more simply, design the ship as a short stubby can and spin the entire thing on it's axis, it's going to have to be built in space anyway.

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Skype for iPhone makes stealing address books a snap

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Regarding point two

So Apple should restrict address book data from apps? Even contact based apps like Skype?

Skype has to have an address book to work at all, restricting access in iOS isn't going to change that, all it's going to do is annoy iOS users who will be forced to upload their contacts to Skype from their computers instead while Skype says "sorry peeps, nasty old Apple won't let you do it the easy way".

I also don't see how anyone could expect an OS to distinguish between a messaging app uploading data to a remote host in the normal course of usage and uploading data to a remote host because it's been coerced to do so, this is Skype's fail pure and simple.

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Big Apple fake Apple stores agree to rat out suppliers

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Pics, details etc

What sort of stuff were they selling? Random gizmos with apple stickers applied or exact knockoffs of kit like headphone cables etc? Anything big, like a MBA? Was the software hacked versions of Apples or skinned something else? How does the counterfeit stuff compare with the real?

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Google plan to kill Javascript with Dart, fight off Apple

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WTF?

What's the Apple angle?

How does iOS differ from windows or android or anything else as far as JavaScript is concerned? And how does creating a new language that probably won't be supported on iOS combat that?

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iCloud Communications ditches Apple lawsuit

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Off topic

But I wonder if anyone can explain why those Ads for payday loans at 4000% interest are legal? Seems like loan sharking to me.

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Shareholder demands RIM sell itself or spin off patents

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^ this

Swapping businesspeople with expensive phone plans for teenagers on PAYG, who if my kids and their friends are any indication, use BBM nonstop on creditless phones, does not appear to be a viable long term proposition.

Vultures are circling.

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'Satnavs are definitely not doomed', insists TomTom man

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FAIL

Navfree on the AppStore

Spoken turn by turn, doesn't require Internet access, reroutes on the fly, you can't beat the price.

It's the proverbial headlamp of an oncoming train Mr Tom

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TextGrabber

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Bear in mind

The iPad camera is worse than the camera on the iPhone 2G, its fine for FaceTime, crap for photos.

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What vegetables are best for growing in Spaaace?

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Wouldn't it be cheaper

To send up astronauts made of meat?

"Mission control, we just lost Dave, got himself locked in the oven like Frank did last week, also we're running low on BBQ sauce"

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Foxconn reports $17.6m 1st-half loss as robot legion grows

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Terminator

Have you seen them?

Their leg-less torsos are bolted to the table, while the hunched upper body and arms imitate the cramped workers they replace, if these robots had faces, they would look like Marvin.

http://hitechanalogy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Foxconn-Robots-500x353.jpg

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HP's UK PC boss: We're going nowhere

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HP moots new business plan

1) Sell products at a substantial loss.

2) ...

3) Bankruptcy.

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Microsoft unveils file-move changes in Windows 8

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Meh

The only new bit is the conflict panel, and it doesn't look like it's going to work well for anything other than images and it's debatable whether it makes that easier, reminiscent of the PHD sync error dialogs on OS X that my users don't want to deal with.

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Samsung says Apple lifted iPad from Kubrick's 2001

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^ this

And somewhat related, I heard Arthur C Clark is suing everyone that ever put a satellite in orbit

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Regarding the prop

The pads in the picture are fixed to the table, they have no backs and line up with holes cut into the table top, the actors legs jostle for space with film projectors mounted under the table which provide the graphics and I'd imagine gently cook their shins.

In scenes where the actors wander about with a pad it's either off or displaying a static image.

Of course even if the pads were real, they'd still be fixed to the table along with the actors, as the whole set was designed to revolve, must have been fun going round and round while Kubrick retook the scene. Best set ever.

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Ultra-cheap HP TouchPads to hit UK at 6pm

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Well...

£89 is cheaper than a kindle, it may not be getting any updates but for what it does out of the box it's a steal at that price.

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AutoCAD LT arrives on the Mac

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App store licencing

Covers 5 installs if memory serves, so it's just $180 per workstation, that's a massive discount that some clients of mine will be pleased to hear about.

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10-year old hacker finds flaw in mobile games

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Headmaster

Hacker?

Changing the clock is hacking now? Really?

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Apple, Walmart, and you: Making money in mobile

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Childcatcher

Heh

"an app that allows me to start reading a story about how Arsenal has failed to sign yet another player, for example, should continue with me once I shut off my smartphone and open my tablet"

That would be iCloud then, of course it will take a while for devs to add the API to their apps but as you point out it will make for a killer feature, so I'd expect takeup to be swift, and as a bonus it's from that IT company you love to stalk about.

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LOHAN spaceplane project starting to shape up nicely

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You don't need a doughnut

Three balloons will form a hole at the centre as they firm up at altitude, a small hole granted but possibly big enough to shoot LOHAN through.

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Game graphics could be 100,000 times better

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Boffin

I heard the word procedural mentioned

Which generally means you don't bother creating a 1:1 "map" of the environment but instead describe sections and let the graphics engine create the ity bity details on the fly.

This probably also explains the macro level similarities and minecraft like appearance. I wouldn't read too much into that, as the guy said, they're programmers not artists and the purpose of the demo was to illustrate the levels of microscopic detail. I'd bet money that every one of the very similar looking macro blocks was in fact unique.

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That's Amazing!

If they can do physics on the atoms it's more like a simulation than a game engine, Lloyd Grossman was a nice touch as well.

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Apple iCloud pricing revealed

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Headmaster

Has anyone mentioned VAT yet?

Anyone... Bueller?

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iPhone 5 now set for October launch

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Cloud implementations

In previous efforts Apple attempted to put the users computers at the top of the tree with the cloud underneath them, this approach turned out to be fragile, iCloud puts itself at the top in a similar manner to competing sync engines so I'd expect a similar level of reliability between services, which is to say, they will all mostly work for most people.

AFAICT Google's cloud is basically an online filesystem, whereas Apple has gone for Application data Syncing, no idea what MS will do, probably both, I'd predict Googles approach being popular with techs, and Apples with users.

Just from my perspective here in the UK I still think it's a bit early for all this, that wireless networking lacks bandwidth and reliability and simply isn't ubiquitous enough for cloud services to replace local storage, I suspect a few early adopters will get properly burned, I suppose we have to start somewhere though.

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Intel: Apple has online app sales exactly backwards

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Sounds reasonable

Until you consider that the "we sell everything" approach of Amazon and eBay are the success stories of online shopping.

I suspect the reasons for this are twofold, firstly punters recognise the shop and know it's legit and secondly, because they sell everything.

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Note to Apple: Be more like Microsoft

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Right off the money as usual Matt

Are you suggesting Apple should get out of the hugely profitable hardware business and instead licence their OS to 3rd parties so that others may enjoy those margins or that we should suspend belief for the purposes of your article?

Just a tip, but if you should ever meet Steve Jobs in the flesh, remember not to cross your reality distortion fields.

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Grassroots Brit project plans .app top-level domain bid

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Call me a grumpy old man...

But no good will come of these newfangled TLD's, .app, .doc, .jpg, .etc

I can see misery looming ahead for the easily fooled masses and excited hand rubbing from the malware industry.

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Kit steals Mac login passwords through FireWire port

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Black Helicopters

Heh

If you've got automatic login switched on then you're not really going to be worried about a FireWire hack.

Interesting that sleeping lions with FDE can be awoken by this though, that sounds like a hole that needs plugging, <tinfoil hat> or maybe, it's supposed to do that </tinfoil hat>

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Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part Two

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Don't do this at home kids

There's a reason hardly anyone knows about it, Apple has purposefully made this hard to do/find out about because sooner or later you will lose data moving files, eg Finder lock up mid move or a disk issue. Moves are not transactional, interruptions will result in data loss.

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Mega-colossal space raincloud found at moist black hole

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Seems to me

That if you took 140 trillion oceans worth of water vapour, bombarded it with radiation and assorted space debris while stirring it for billions of years there would likely be a whole ecosystem of tasty lifeforms living in it by now.

Hello space things, pleased to meat you.

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Adobe releases lengthy list of Apple Lion woes

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WTF?

Re: Wouldn't it be nice

If Adobe used standard OS windows and controls etc like *every* single other mac app on the platform so these problems, which are so common there's a website dedicated to pointing them out, didn't occur in the first place.

Fixing this is non trivial, seeing as it involves rebuilding the entire UI of the CS Suite, but then rolling their own UI was Adobe's choice, as was sitting on a Carbon codebase for a decade after it was depreciated. Numpties.

To the point, wouldn't it be nice if Adobe hired some engineers that can code worth a damn.

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Euro beaks to rule if TVCatchup.com is legal

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Awesome service

Net result of this being taken offline will be a reduction in the amount of TV watched in our house.

Message to the TV companies:

1) This service increases the exposure of shows, many of which have been added to normal TV viewing as a result of having been seen first on TV Catchup.

2) Negotiate with the service admins for viewing statistics, in show advertising is hitting extra eyeballs as a result of this and similar services, we have way more PC monitors than TV's in our house, dont focus on turning the Monitors off, make them count instead, more viewers means higher advertising rates.

3) Dumb TV's are on the way out, viewers want TV online, and they want it to be as easy as a TV, no one wants to have to load up a dozen websites to see what's playing on different channels.

4) You might wonder how a tiny outfit like this manages to stream at higher quality and greater reliability than your own in house efforts which have sucked up millions of pounds, maybe you could learn something from these guys.

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Data Robotics gives up and changes name to Drobo

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Not the same thing

QNAP does proper old fashioned RAID, striping across drives or mirroring, expansion involves rebuilding a drive from parity, basically an exact copy of the previous drive on a larger disk, repeat for all drives then enable the extra storage space. Performance is notably better if all the drives are of the same model.

Drobo does block level mirroring across whatever drives it decides are best suited for the data, if you drop a drive and replace it with another of different capacity, you'll end up with different blocks written to it than the original, essentially, what drobo does is ensure all data is on the array twice, it doesn't matter what type or size the drives are because they don't need to be in sync to read data off, drobo just reads from the most convenient drive.

That's the theory, and technically it works well, you can mix and match any old drives in there and expanding the array requires *nothing* more than popping a drive out and sliding a bigger one in, in practice however, throughput steadily slows down until it's unbearable to work with and starts causing timing issues with some applications, the only fix I've found is to clone the entire array, wipe it and then copy everything back, this will need repeating every x months, depending on the data and churn rate.

Fine for backup, no good for live storage.

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Nice name

And Drobo is a cool concept, shame the IO performance degrades so quickly.

Not sure if it's fragmentation or index bloat but throughput has dropped by a factor of ten over the course of a year.

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Asteroid hunter achieves Vesta orbit

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Eh?

What's the point in sending astronauts to a far flung rock, Wouldn't a robot be just as useful? Genuine question, seems a bloody long and dangerous journey just to look at a proto meteorite in it's natural habitat.

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W3C moves to snuff Apple web patents

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I'll bite.

It's a stupid patent, there seems to be plenty of prior art, but the USPO will probably grant it anyway because they seem intent on fucking up the US economy. Given this reality, I can't blame Apple or anyone else, for attempting to grab as much stuff as they can since what they don't grab they'll be defending themselves against in the EDC of Texas.

Additionally, it shouldn't be in the HTML spec, which is supposed to be about defining HTML elements, their behaviour and rendering. A mechanism for monitoring and reporting on browser activity is clearly well outside of the box model.

So plenty of stupid to go round, all thanks to the Patent Office.

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