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No such luck: Apple, Samsung say peace talks are off – way off

Mahou Saru

And the winners are...

The lawyers!!!

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

Mahou Saru

Well it would have been nice if Apple brought some of their innovation protection practices to the arms industry and everyone started suing each other to a stand still :p

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Bitcoin ban row latest: 'Unstable, loved by criminals' Yup, that's the US dollar – Colorado rep

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Re: I need to study it more

"1. why should I value a currency which is not generated based on the market need of my nation? Is it not like saying that wages of a US and Chinese worker of the same trade are same and should pay equal amount to get a bread?"

Wouldn't this solve issues of inequality? 5 dollars for a bottle of some medicine might be nothing in the US, but in China it is a lot. But I do think there needs to be much more then just global currency to make this world fair.

"2. If mining of a BitCoin is analogous to finding a gold rock, are we good paying in gold when buying a bread?"

Not quite finding a gold rock. If you think about investing in the amount of gear required to mine a single coin within a sensible amount of time and the resources it takes to run it. More like investing in a goldmine... Of course there are those who would use gear/resources which isn't theirs to do this!

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Schneier: NSA snooping tactics will be copied by criminals in 3 to 5 years

Mahou Saru

Hmmm strong crypto is...

well implemented crypto or else it is weak!

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Tizen devices are HERE.... Hello, Samsung Gear 2 smartwatches

Mahou Saru

As a feature phone...

If the battery life increase from Gear 1 to Gear 2 is from the OS, it would be interesting to see if they push Tizen as a feature phone/device OS.

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

Mahou Saru

Sooo bypassing the US market then?

Unless slapping on a Ubuntu sticker works for Canonical as it does for Apple...

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Larry Ellison: Technology has 'negatively impacted' children

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Blame everything else but the parents...

You can take a look at every period of time and there is something that isn't good for children. A small percentage of the well off may have good healthy life styles, but that is dependent on their parents/guardians.

You don't need to go that far back when kids where slaving away in workhouses, or that far away to find them doing back breaking work in the fields or sweatshops.

Maybe its a survival trait, but popping out the sprogs to benefit yourself (e.g. for benefits where I am from), seems like a far worse thing then spoiling them with tech imho!

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Turkish president mulls $4.5bn Apple fondleslab school deal

Mahou Saru

I hope EDU get book/media discounts....

Also I'd rather he put the $4.5B in creating more jobs opportunities for graduates and apprenticeship schemes for those who don't want/can't study. Then they can make the choice to throw money at Apple rather then the gov doing it for them via their much needed taxes!

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Judge: Google owes patent troll a 1.36% cut of AdWords' BEELLIONS

Mahou Saru

Incentive to invent??

Does it really need to be for a financial reward? Me thinks we would still be running around in animal skins beating each other over the heads with clubs if it wasn't for the real inventors who do it because they just can.

I hope that our future generations can throw off the shackles (yes I mean money) which really is created by large institutions and drag our sorry world into a better future for everyone.

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

Mahou Saru

For the price of a Google Glass...

I'm sure that they could have brought a decent hidden set up and a hearing loop recorder with change to spare!

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Snowden: I'll swap you my anti-NSA knowhow for asylum ... Brazil says: Não

Mahou Saru

Defector???

If he was a defector:

1. We most likely wouldn't know about it

2. He would be lording it up right now in the good life

3. The GCHQ/NSA and everything that uses their "intel" would be fooked!

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'Disruptive, irritating' in-flight cellphone call ban mulled by US Senate

Mahou Saru

Or maybe...

They treat people like considerate members of society who would be able to use their phones, but would do so in a manner that would be mindful of their fellow passengers.

Of course pass a law that would allow cabin crew to stun gun the token obnoxious arsehole <- Being rude, noisy, shoving their chair back without being mindful of the situation etc etc etc

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IBM turns plastic bottles into life-saving 'ninja' MRSA, fungus fighters

Mahou Saru

Nice for once...

To see a big tech name behind something really great rather then just suing the {insert expletive of choice} out of each other!

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Beijing hits back at US: Don't you DARE blame China for collapse of duty-free IT talks

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Re: Every country...

"...should place a 5000% import tarrif on any goods produced in China."

Are you sure that people want to pay an even higher mark up for their iShinys???

What do you think will happen if the biggest holder of US dollars outside of the US, has their market collapse?

I for one welcome our alien overlords to impose some sense into our governing bodies....

China can't live without the USA and vice versa, so I wish they would stop playing chicken with the global economy and world stability.

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China: Forget running water, bumpkins. Have some lovely broadband

Mahou Saru

This is actually a great thing for some of the villagers

In Taiwan the farmers are really benefiting from the interwebs as it allows them to directly sell to the customer cutting out the money grubbing middle men. Still going to need the delivery infrastructure, but its a start.

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Brussels 'mulling probe' into brutal Apple negotiations with networks

Mahou Saru

Good foor the consumer??

If a third party (aka Apple) strangles the networks possible revenue streams, personally I think the choice of letting the shareholders suffer the loss, or passing it onto the consumer, they would choose the later....

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Fans of dead data 'liberator' Swartz press Obama to sack prosecutor

Mahou Saru

Judge Dreads Ahoy!!!

Woah when did it become so popular to act like Judge Dread with so many individuals deciding that Swartz is guilty without it going to court? Especially when the law is open to question and does get amended frequently. If it wasn't for individuals like Swart| then maybe our societies would be something out of 2000AD.

Anyway I think the big issue isn't to do with individuals such as Swartz for doing what he did, or for Ortiz pushing as hard as she did (maybe she did it for what she thought was right, or maybe she did it to further her own agenda/career).

I think the problem is large organisations abusing the system to erode the rights of the individual, especially then their actions seem so out of proportion.

Each step we take as a society, it just seems darker then the last. With the media moguls with their copy right actions, the patent trolls acting like gangsters extorting money, and governments (US and UK) taking away our rights to preserve our "freedom", if it wasn't for people like Swartz then this world would be a much darker place then it is imho.

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'SHUT THE F**K UP!' The moment Linus Torvalds ruined a dev's year

Mahou Saru

The bad aspects to touchy feely...

As some people have said there is no one type of management technique to rule them all. Good management is dependent on the manager, the employee and more importantly the situation, so basically the approach is different every time.

Whilst there are plenty of positives to the touchy feely management style, there are some really bad too and not just for the manager or team, but for the person in question.

For starters if a person isn't performing well, with the touchy feely style someone needs to mentor them, find out what is wrong, and/or send them onto training courses in hope that an improvement is made. Whilst this is happening either the person's responsibilities stall, or the rest of the team has to take up the slack. If the role stalls the team can look bad, if others are doing the person's work then this can easily create a bad atmosphere in the team.

For the person in question, each time they get dealt with there is a good chance that their role diminishes and basically they get sidelined out of chances to grow or worse out of a job.

Personally if I cock up I rather have my manager tell me straight to my face rather then have it drag out, of course after work have them take me to a pub a get me drunk when I've resolved the issue!

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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

Mahou Saru

Re: ...spend “is not proportional to its effectiveness”

That is rubbish.

Securing a system, any system is based on the skill of the administrator and the policies of the org. Any statistical hypist can pull numbers out of their arses, but what it comes down to is do you have the ability to secure in terms or skill and are you allowed to.

The following not directly aimed at you, but in general is I wish people would stop basing enterprise situations on home/soho situations, they are totally different in terms of security and costs.

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FCC urges rethink of aircraft personal-electronics blackout

Mahou Saru

Bwuh...

Don't planes go near thunder storms?

I'm pretty sure that the electronic bits must be proofed against them, so how the {insert expletive of choice} can my piddly little gadget affect it?

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Business sues for $750,000 over bad Yelp review

Mahou Saru

The thing about reviews...

is you can get good ones to offset the bad ones. Of course that means some people may forge their good reviews, but much better then pouring petrol onto the fire.

A profession which there is much stories of bad doings, taking a retired military force member to court in the USA.... Me thinks this won't stand up very well...

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Tim Cook: Apple to manufacture Macs in US in 2013

Mahou Saru

Re: Globalisation is coming back home @ Chet

But can they?

Whilst I salute a company actually investing in their country of origin, isn't one of the reasons why their shares are so high, due to their large margins. If the margins drop it would be interesting to see if the share holders hold on or start selling.

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Microsoft's anti-Android Twitter campaign draws ire, irony

Mahou Saru

I haven't had any malware on my Win7 box in ages...

Well ever since I only play games on it and everything else is done on a separate Debian box :p

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

Mahou Saru

Re: Culture rules.....

Can't for get the "Interesting Times Gang" whomever they may be :)

The great thing about the minds in terms of AIs is that they are all self programming, which makes them truly AI in my book. Also love the way the author gets past the issue of speed of limit limitation by their the majority of their processing being done in hyperspace.

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Mahou Saru

Never made it to film, but I wish they would...

Any of the Culture Minds, for example "Grey Area" (aka Meatfucker) :)

They have done what most sci fi AIs want to do and already rule humanity, and with names like "Big Sexy Beast", or my favourite "No More Mr Nice Guy", no wonder they came out on top!

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Ten technology FAILS

Mahou Saru

"Intel quickly figured that people really wanted laptops that were cheaper and more portable than those then available, and devised first the netbook..."

Wait wasn't that Asus's little baby???

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Ex-Nokians fish MeeGo out of bin, launch Sailfish OS

Mahou Saru

I would laugh so hard if it outsold WinPho8

Then probably start crying when MS try to nuke it from orbit with the current weapon of choice, pointless patents...

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Mahou Saru

I would laugh so hard if it outsold WinPho8

The probably start crying when MS try to nuke it from orbit using the current weapon of choice, pointless patents...

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Design guru: Windows 8 is 'a monster' and 'a tortured soul'

Mahou Saru

One GUI to rule them all...

I remember reading white papers many years ago when the focus was on _users_ being able to access their data and services from any device from a familiar interface.

A single OS is great for ensuring apps are available for what ever device with minimum fuss (allegedly), but shouldn't the interface tune itself for the device it runs on?

I don't get the trend of trying to shoe horn a single GUI onto every device. Just because in some countries the scooter is the most used form of private transport, it doesn't mean that cars should have handle bars instead of a steering wheel!

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Ten Linux apps you must install

Mahou Saru

mutt for me

not because of geekness, but because it is nice to have all my email set up in one place and I can easily access archives without needing to do syncing shenanigans!

I still use the email client on my phone for notification and quick access

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Windows Phone 8 reboot woe causes outpouring of forum misery

Mahou Saru
FAIL

Intermittent reboots...

Are one of the worst things to happen to a new product, and if you love your new gadget it should worry you for a couple of reasons...

1. The intermittent faults are hard to diagnose and push out a fix, mostly because companies then to be sluggish in dealing with problems that only seems affect a few users.

2. It could happen to you, especially when you don't need it to. The fault could be caused by installing an app, or using a embedded service in a certain way, and sods law states that it will bite you in the arse just when you need it the most.

Mostly have a thought for those it does happen to, if your new shiny started rebooting intermittently wouldn't you be pissed?

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Belize PM: McAfee boss is 'bonkers', should 'man up and talk to cops'

Mahou Saru

Putting McAfee's state of mind to one side....

I personally think in general politicians to be a bunch of power hungry liars, now if the chief power hungry liar came out and told me that they weren't after me, I think I would become a little paranoid too :p

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Apple staff call Taiwanese filmmaker an 'idiot'

Mahou Saru

Just because he wants to give them away....

doesn't mean he doesn't want credit...

But I guess I might have been trolled....

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Apple granted patent for ebook page-turning

Mahou Saru

The patent system maybe broken, but who helped break it in the first place?

All these large companies filing these frivolous patents are overloading an already broken system. It seems like they are trying to pay off the system to stifle competition rather then protect any actual ideas.

I propose that they should limit the number of patents a company can apply for each year in a country/region.

To increase the number they can apply for each year they must invest in that country/region. So moving cash to tax dodge will count against them. That way a company will have to choose what they wish to patent, or ensure that they invest more in that region.

They can of course donate to the region itself in the form of no strings attached donations to education and research groups (non affiliated).

If a patent is voided that slot is lost.

If a company buys up another company for their patents, the parent company must ensure that they have enough slots available, by ensuring they have donated, invested, or by dropping their existing patents.

Maybe that would stop all these stupid filings?

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Samsung turns screws on Apple, hikes A6 processor price 20%

Mahou Saru

The customer always ends up paying for any additional costs...

Apple being Samsung's customer ended up with the cost which they were involved in creating, but will they pass off their costs to their customers?

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Granny upstages Microsoft, storms stage at Surface launch

Mahou Saru

I knew Asian parents were bad...

Didn't consider that the grandparents would be Asian parents squared oO

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Samsung posts record profits as Galaxy sales crush Apple

Mahou Saru

Optional

Personally I think HTC let themselves down, with too large a range of phone models which mostly keep missing the mark (omg put in a good camera ffs).

Then they did the deal with the devil instead of innovating/engineering/fighting themselves out of it.

Then the kick in the balls from the cash flow loss.

Dunno if the new strategy will work, but right now when I'm on the tube in TW, I mostly see people using iPhones and Sammys, especially the Note <- not hard to miss xD

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Judge GIVES APPLE THE FINGER in multitouch iDevice patent case

Mahou Saru

Apple infected with lawyers...

I read that they have patent lawyers sitting in on design sessions noting down everything that can be patented. I didn't realise that they also now control the PR and business strategy as well... "Image? Who cares as long as it lines our pockets!"

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Chinese 'Thunder God' plant could crush cancer

Mahou Saru

Re: Bad news for endangered species

My point is more about aggressive dismissal such as the kind you are showing, rather then keeping an open mind and investigating with modern techniques.

Currently before human trials can even begin a lot of money and research has to be carried out, so some cures may be missed. If uneducated camel riders realised that rubbing the mould from saddles onto their sores helped, just because it was not tested in a scientific way doesn't make it quackery. One form of quackery IMHO is the absolute belief that only one method, or thing is right (kinda like religion) which personally I think science isn't about.

Rather then dismissing experiences from the past just because they don't fulfil your requirements, I was advocating investigating it.

In 100 years time who knows they might be laughing at your comments and techniques the same way as you are doing of others!

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Mahou Saru

Re: Bad news for endangered species

Chinese traditional medicine doesn't just involve animal bits, acupuncture, pressure puncture are just a few that have already been adopted by western medicine.

In terms of thousands of years of quackery, sure but isn't that the case with most things? Herbal medicines can work and not because of placebo, and the reason why is because they are medicines. Whilst western medicine likes to isolate a single active ingredient and make it into a pill, these plants can have hundreds of active ingredients in them.

Whilst modern medicine (western, eastern, whatever), now is restricted in the way it can test, these traditional medicines have had thousands of years of human testing. It is hard to separate snake oil (which actually is Chinese and very good for you), from real medicines, but sufferers of bad skin problems for whom steroids, UV treatments and other icky things don't work, find that a cup of real foul tasting tea does wonders.

So rather then dismissing traditional medicines as quackery, wouldn't it be better to adopt it as actual medicine and ensure that it undergoes the same rigorous testing?

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Huawei says US probe had 'predetermined outcome'

Mahou Saru

So now can we ban iPhones and anything else made in China from work???

BYOD is a PITA so following USA's example we should be able to ban all devices made in China from work!!!

Wait stop leave my racks alone!!!!

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Google settles epic US book-scanning battle with 5 publishers

Mahou Saru

Most of the money you pay for a book goes towards paying the writer...

Maybe for some of the bigger names, but me thinks most of it goes to the fat cats

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Windows 8 early-bird users still love Windows 7 more - poll

Mahou Saru

They finally got it right...

Build on it, don't kick it down!!!!

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Bitcoin Foundation vows to clean up currency's bad rep

Mahou Saru

Re: Sorry, but at the moment...

Banks any more trust worthy?

Well apart from putting bonuses into their own pockets!

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Brit turns Comp Sci coursework into $100k glad-rags search biz

Mahou Saru

@need for patent...

Doesn't matter if she has a patent or not, when Apple decides it wants it reality will warp and they would have invented it already!

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Last remaining reason to order an iPhone 5 disappears

Mahou Saru

That is more like it, but...

more mud at Apple please and less at the owners. They are suffering already, whether they know it or not :p

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Scientists: 'Castration is the key to a longer life'

Mahou Saru

Castration is....

Balls out, or just the snip???

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Microsoft announces Office 2013, Office 365 pricing

Mahou Saru

Re: End of the line

@harmony

"Have you ever looked at how many people buy their mobile phones on contract rather than buying SIM-free upfront? Case closed, I think."

Can you open that case again as most people end up with a mobile phone at the end of their contract!

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Office to propel Windows tablets past Android in 2015

Mahou Saru

VDI no longer in fashion???

I would have thought stuffs like spreadsheets, databases, you know things containing potentially confidential data would do much better staying on a server somewhere and not being left on a mobile device.

Connection??? Hopefully by 2015 always online won't be an issue....

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Apple wins second round of Samsung patent slugfest

Mahou Saru

The Genius of Jobs...

Personally I think it is how he created this "thing", not the rampant fanboyism, as most popular things have their fanatics.

I think he is a genius as he was able to take something which traditionally has been in the hands of the religious ilk and moved it over to a sector (consumer electronics) that has traditionally been hard to make a huge profit out of selling each item.

Until the Apple Factor, I would have said the majority of us gadgetty consumers have been of the sensible type. Each generation of device we expect more, for less. Only the really rich or hooked would pay out of their noses for grey imports.

Even if some of us ended up as {insert brand of choice} whores, we liked having other companies competing against each other as that drove down prices, forced innovation, but more importantly gave us more choices.

But now it seems that a huge amount of the consumer is willing to pay out of their noses for a gadget, and more importantly wants no choice. What has happened?

I once joked that Jobs would take over the world by converting us all to iBermen, using his iDevices as the mechanism to suck away our free will, and it seems I might have not been too far from reality...

Also if geekism can only be acceptable to general society by spending over the top for shiny rather then gadgetry, loss of choice and herdism, then I want the good old days of living in the parents basement with no friends etc etc etc!

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