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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Funny ...

I don't recall being asked, via a political and ethical discussion on the trade-offs, to help set the balance prior to our gub'ments engaging in the mass surveillance of us citizens. Must not have gotten that memo.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Start simpler

While I enjoyed the Mars trilogy back in the day and always thought it would make good viewing as movies or TV series, why not do a practice run on something simpler like Antarctica?

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US stakes out 'net battleground ahead of ITU meeting

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Re: Governments shouldn't control 'content, technologies or services'

No, monopolistic ISPs should.

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Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

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Why bother with the BT?

If you're wandering around your space with your device in your pocket, then, sure.

But as this product, specifically, has that 'groove' to hold your device, why not just connect through the 3.5mm Aux jack? That should save battery use on both by not using the BT radio on either and provide better audio fidelity.

I say that as owner of a similar (if much more diminutive and less expensive) item.

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Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT

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Thwart the competition?

Can Mark account for his whereabouts this weekend?

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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re: Curtains

But do they match the carpet?

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Like your mom said ...

If eveyone was jumping off a tall building, would you do it too?

I'm with Diogenes on this, though my play dates extend a bit further into the twentieth century (just *downloaded* the symphonies or Arnold Bax this very evening, in fact).

I suppose I could stream at work instead of listening to my downloads/CD rips but wifi really eats through the battery so why bother.

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Unchanging Unicorn: Don't be disappointed with Ubuntu 14.10, be happy

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Facepalm

senior moment

Clicked on article apparently thinking it said Vivendi and Unchanging Unicorn was a new game.

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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Unhappy

disappointing

Use of "Frikkin' Laser!" in headline but no mention of sharks in the article.

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Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

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Re: I say good for them

If it were EA, they'd have put an "On Sale Now!" sign on whatever unfinished but semi-playable piece of crap the devs had managed to come up with.

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Apple: Beats Music is safe with us. Just like your selfies in iCloud

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Re: prawns

Those aliens from District 13? Have big barbies the Aussies must

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Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

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more money than the GDP of a small-medium sized country

Why not, then, buy a small-medium sized country and move their entire operation there, lock, stock and barrel? That would put them out of the NSA's and FISA's reach, no?

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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same problem with Swiss Army brand mice

Wonderful portable wireless mice sold under Swiss Army brand, nice comfortable shape with rubberised sides. Eventually, the rubber became very sticky (even the spare one I bought that was just sitting in a cupboard.

I figured it was the adhesive that had leeched through.

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Google Apple grapple brings crypto cop block to Android

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Of no use to me personally

While I'm glad people who need it will/do have the option, it's of no real use to me since I basically just use my devices for music players. I don't want to waste CPU cycles and battery life with encryption on my music folder.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Re: It's called Nexus

My HTC One's interface looks remarkably similar to my Nexus 7's and seems to operate in pretty much the same way, as well. Samsung must really be out there.

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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Blind date?

Is that where you close your eyes while ... well, you know?

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One sixth of the ENTIRE PLANET will buy a new smartphone this year

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I've done my part then

I recently bought a refurbished HTC One (M7). :) A bit north of a 100 quid, though. :(

Does it still count if it's not used as a phone? (I've an ancient Samsung feature phone to make calls with.) I bought it to use as a music player as my N900's getting a bit long in the tooth.

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Chinese city creates footpath for smartphone addicts

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Joke

... to avoid possible crashes on Fri

What about the other days of the week?

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Hey, HP shareholders! Mike Lynch is set to buy a 180-foot superyacht with his Autonomy loot

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wiser to wait?

Possibly better to wait on spending that dosh until the investigations/lawsuits are resolved in his favor?

If he loses, I don't think "I can't give back the money 'cause I've spent it all" would sit very well on the courts.

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

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the public was never in danger

until they gave this lady the suitcase with explosives in it.

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Google purchases petite pollster Polar, purloined ppl punted Plus-wards

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youtube?

Youtube is considered a 'social network' site? I thought it was an ad delivery network (with some content thrown in to make us not notice the ads).

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: WiFi enabled pocket HDDs

Good news! World + dog have been making these things for a while now.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Thanks a lot!

I'll never think of Simon Pegg in quite the same way again.

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FCC boss Wheeler: Lack of broadband choice is screwing Americans

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Holmes

Talk is cheap, Mr Wheeler

So stop f'ing talking and actually *do* something about it.

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OH SNAP: Getty Images sues Microsoft over Bing pics widget

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proof Bing using Getty images?

Can Getty show that Bing's widget is pulling in any of its images for these slideshows?

And, no, no vulture slideshow for me either.

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Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

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reasons to open up their wallet(s)

Perhaps if the oligarchs doubled our wages, we'd have extra money to buy more of the tat we produce for them. Win-win all around.

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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You are here!

The image accompanying this story in the Guardian contains a helpful "You are here!" label.

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Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

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no need for social media

I can devolve to bat-shit crazy entirely on my own, tyvm.

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Re: accidents waiting to happen

Here in the States, on the filtered water dispensers used in homes and offices which feature a hot water option, the hot water lever has a secondary mechanism (push lever in, then lift it, as opposed to just lifting on cold, for example). These faucets need something like this for to be safe.

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

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... some serious wrist action

Charlie, WTF!!!

What?! I'm just charging my phone!

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Chipzilla gives birth to a TINY comms chip

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Big Brother

implantable and/or wearable models?

If legally mandated for all citizens, gub'ment could know exactly where everyone was 24/7.

If you've nothing to hide ...

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PhabletPhace: All the cool kids are doing it in Asia

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Re: Bluetooth

Yes, I'd be curious to know if these peeps use a headset or just slap the slab up side their face to make calls. Seems to me a headset would sort of defeat the purpose of having a phab.

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Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome

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Megaphone

loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!

Booyah!

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Huh?!

Wait! Facebook is a news site? When did this happen?

I thought it was a "social media" thing, where narcissists posted the minutia of their daily existence (because they just know other people are interested in it) and grandmas posted pics of their grandkids. When did they add news stories?

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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Re: rather than living under a rock

Yes, apologies for just glancing over the beginning of the article before posting.

Still, amazing that 17% haven't even heard of this, it's been front page on the Guardian every day since it happened and I would imagine, from comments here in the past, that it's probably gotten even more play in the Daily Mail.

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rather than living under a rock

we chose to show Mr Foley some respect by not watching it.

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UK.gov sinks another £1.6m into Internet of Stuff spec HyperCat

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a world wide web for machines

Why not, what could go wrong with that?

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Tech patent hoarder Intellectual Ventures to lose a fifth of its trolls

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Re: Schadenfreud

It's spelled schadenfreude.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: I'd call it "Spinal Tap"

Not it they're done right.

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Pop-up ad man: SORRY we made such a 'hated tool', netizens

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Could have turned that to their advantage

"Stop the butt-hurt of your daily commute with a new <car model> - it's like lube for your sore arse!"

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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fixed it for him

News of the World's invasion of privacy is nothing compared to the NSA's.

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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Yes, mom definitely wrong

I've known mom was wrong about sweaty, tatted-up guys for, like, forever.

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

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confused by ...

“99 per cent of mobile phone owners still use their handset to make mobile phone calls”.

Assuming that other 1% refers to cellular-capable tablets, what else *would* you use to make mobile calls except your handset?

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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

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Ashcroft ... left encryption alone

Probably because the NSA assured him they had broken it.

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Such bonkers

Such bonkers. Much sad. Best advising, stop tweet doing.

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SCORE: Rosetta probe hits orbit of duck-shaped comet

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cometary landing

Good thing it's just a robotic probe as I seem to remember a movie about humans landing on a comet - didn't end to well as I recall.

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Whoops, my cloud's just gone titsup. Now what?

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you know you've hit the big time when

like sharks circling the scent of blood in the water, lawyers start circling a possible source of lucre.

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Canada's boffins need A WHOLE YEAR to recover from China hack attack

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covering their tracks

If these Chinese hackers are so 1337, wouldn't they be better at covering their tracks.

Or are they purposefully not doing this to show us they can hack anything, while the governement denies everything?

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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"producing superior products through innovative technology"

Bose? Shirley, they jest!

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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those ... sofas?

Those wooden, S-shaped sofa thingies, with no backrests? Accidents waiting to happen, I'd wager.

WTF is wrong with people?

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