* Posts by Dazed and Confused

1489 posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

Supersonic Bloodhound car techies in screaming 650mph comms test

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Now we know why they aren't doing it in Blighty

The BiB would be after them for talking on the phone while driving.

At 1000MPH I'd have thought the drivers attention was needed rather a lot without getting junk phone calls. "Our records indicate you're been involved in a crash..."

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ICANN CEO criticizes domain 'hoggers'

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Would someone like to explain to me please

Just what is the difference between a cybersquatter and a domain investor?

Is it the price of their suits?

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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Re: What about the workers

Believe me, I chose those words very carefully. I wasn't trying to be tactful there. If you think of people as human resourses and you can see that an alternative cheaper resource can be used instead, then the business decision has to be to take out the costs. This has been being done for years, firstly it was people who used to do calculations by hand. Later we saw many people on assembly lines being replaced by automated equipment and if that didn't work, well there are cheaper people in another countries. But many tradishional "white collar" jobs have thought themselves safe. What Mark Carney was warning about was that those types of jobs will be in the firing line next and he finds the thought too close to home for comfort. Others have been in the firing line for years.

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Who's to blame?

If companies are not paying as much tax as people think they should then the politicians have failed. It is their responsibly to write laws to ensure that people and companies are charged the appropriate amounts of tax. It is then people and companies responsibility to abide by these laws. You can not blame someone for obeying the laws you wrote just because you don't like the result, you wrote the rules.

Clearly the international taxation system is no longer fit for purpose when the laws in place allow companies to avoid paying taxes that others have to pay.

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What about the workers

During the session Carney also expressed concerns over artificial intelligence and its "ability to displace cognitive jobs."

No one seemed to complain, or at least no one who really mattered, when computers/robot tools displaced humans performing manual tasks. Why should the world care if computers are allowed to displace bankers?

Get used to it.

If some programmer can work out how to do your job they'll find a way of getting a computer to do it and you can bet that some company will pay them to take you out.

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Ah, but will they

Have tossed out the bleeding S-Cal shit or at least allowed .ics files to be fed to Google calendar. S-Cal won't believe that I know people in timezones other than my own. My S4 is lucky never to have been thrown out the window/at the wall/...

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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Re: YOU WILL LOVE ME!!!

> We want people to love Windows on a daily basis,"

I think someone is seriously misunderstanding when I scream "F*&^ YOU!" at my computer

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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Re: Skipping tests?

How familiar is that then?

We're running late, what's next of the schedule?

Testing.

Oh, let's skip that we don't want to miss a project date.

What happens if this critical system doesn't work then?

Oh, that'll be a new project

So we'll have to fix it later then?

Well someone will, I'll have got promoted because I brought this project in on time and on budget, so fixing it will be someone else problem.

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Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL

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Re: Self Importance?

Sod Benfica and pass the port my good man.

They make some mighty fine wines too.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: @Stuart

I'll wager if we can change the range to 15 years instead of 20.

I'll bet you one pint of beer that the temperature over the next 15 years will be the within the margin of error the same as it was over the last 15 years.

15 years ago I'd have bet you that the temperature would have continued to rise. I would have been proved wrong and we could be happily sitting somewhere enjoying a jar together.

Both bets would have been made on the basis that this is the prevailing trend, and is therefore most likely to continue.

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Apple v Ericsson: Yet ANOTHER patent war bubbles over

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They'll get sued

> One day CEOs of geek companies will say "why the hell are we giving all our money to lawyers. Lets stop suing each other and we can make some actual money"

The lawyers will then sue them for acting like a cartel and cutting the lawyers out of their gravy train.

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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Re: "...police, who are working a theory that a gang might be involved..."

> Even the Register still think he was a she.

Women have been playing these style games for aeons too, don't make the mistake of thinking all criminals are men.

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Re: For the love of all that's precious!

I thought this was about Skype not Farcebook. Do you use Skype? Ever since M$ took over (and this is almost certainly just a coincidence) I've had 2 or 3 of these per week, always women, usually accompanied by a photo of a model, usually in a bikini and frequently not reflecting the indigenous population of the location that Skype gives for them. Mostly the contact request just say "please add me as a contact" occasionally they've done a little more work.

Now I'm probably what would be considered as a prime candidate for falling a for "a pretty girl routine", ie 50s bloke. But I'm not stupid enough to believe that some random "babe" from the other side of the planet is about to fall head over heals in lust with (I've a wife who loves me, lets face it here the goal is lust). Besides there are channels where its easy to meet people to play lust games in rather more anonymous ways.

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Google v Oracle: US Supreme Court turns to Obama in Java copyright war

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Turkeys voting for Christmas

Either way Oracle lose

Since they've built their business on a copied API.

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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Re: I'm considering...

I was also looking at going 4K towards the end of last year. Sod TV, I was shopping for a new monitor.

I even went as far as getting a suitable graphics card to plug into the PC but then...

At that point I realised that too much of what I need it for is tied to pixels and while I'm happy to own up to being a pixel junky I'm also in my 50s and my eye sight isn't what it was. So a 28" 4K screen wasn't going to help me read what was in front of me for the things which I couldn't just scale at will.

So I bought a 32" 2560x1440 display. Which is means I can have it far enough away that I can see it without reading glasses and everything is big enough for me still to be able to see it.

Roll on 50" 4K monitors.

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Re: Easy fix

> It was working properly in Linux, and then ...

Done of my Linux boxes had any problems and all the ones that would have been running would have been on pretty vanilla releases, mostly CentOS.

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Re: The Independent tells me all I need to know...

> and that Reddit, Foursquare, Yelp and LinkedIn are deemed 'much of the internet'. I assume Twitter is the 'rest of it'.

Can someone please tell the EU, all the commision seem to think that Google is the Interweb.

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Wanna play PlayStation games but don't have a console? Samsung's got a TV for that

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Wanna play PlayStation games?

Well you're out of luck this merry Christmas, coz both the Playstation Network and the Xbox one seem to have decided to take Christmas day off.

Thanks guys

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Re: Oh FFS!

How many people out there are sad gits like me running blocks of routed IPv4 at home (I've had a /64 IPv6 for at least 10 years too A&A have long supported IPv6). Most ISP only provide a single IP address, then you run NAT after that. So why should it matter if the ISP provides you with an IPv6 address for the router. Inside you could still run IPv4 for your old kit, everyone will continue to need to be able to talk to IPv4 addresses in the big outside world.

Just issue the edict and be done with it.

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: ROFLMAO

In the comments to last weeks article on this Dan55 posted a nice piece on how this law is supposed to work. Publishers can't opt out, because opting out would mean that a Spanish QANGO called CEDRO wouldn't make any money.

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VCs say Uber is worth $41bn... but don't worry, we're not in a bubble

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Re: Uber is a Bubble

> Seriously, with more and more cities directly outlawing Uber, I fully expect a huge lawsuit against them from Uber.

I think you might be looking at this the wrong way around. With that sort of market cap. I think we can see a huge number of lawsuits against Uber. Up until now the lawyers weren't really interested since there was no money, so no point in trying to sue them. The action has only been trying to ban them, but the existing taxi firms couldn't afford a big fight.Now someone has mentioned the all important magic word Billllliiiiioooooooooonnnnnsssssss so the no win no fee get rich quick bottom feeders of the legal world will now be very keen to make sure that any Billllliiiiioooooooooonnnnnsssssss that do exist only exist in the back pocket of the lawyers. So where the cities deem Uber to be competing illegally with existing taxi services, the existing taxi services will now be looking for compensation for lost earning.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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Re: Elf and safety

Perhaps they should have a simulator based test first.

One advantage of a simulator test is that it would be easier to control, give everyone the same test and not give you testers who say things like "turn left there" just as you go past the road.

The disadvantage of a simulator based test would that it wouldn't be anything like actually driving a car.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Re: cranking in the wrong direction.

Nah, stop being a wimp and use the grown up version, what you really need is the Rolls-Royce Griffon. Sod the mere 27L, the Griffon is a full 37L and due to its history being linked with the Fleet Air Arm it rotates in the other direction (I guess the Navy liked to turn the other way).

The difference in rotation direction was a major shock to many pilots when transitioning from the small block Merlins to the grown up Griffons.

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HORROR! Imagine if anyone could find out EVERYTHING you EVER tweeted

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Re: Sinister

> has built an index of every public tweet submitted in the last eight years

Imagine if it turned out that the phone company recorded every phone call and decided to put them online and searchable.

I thought the idea of a tweet was you were shouting out to anyone in the world who could be bothered to listen to you. This isn't the same as recording every phone call you make or letter you write. With those you should have a reasonable expectation of privacy. This is why people (GCHQ/NSA/your government's equally nosy gang of eves droppers/your boss) snooping on email is so reprehensible. You have an expectation (even if naively) that this should be private.

But a tweet is a broadcast.

You put it out there for everyone.

So you can't complain when everyone can access it.

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Yawn!

Google can instantly find the Usenet posts I made back in the late 80s, when the feed we had was UUCP based and I guess that qualifies me to be a newbie. As someone once said "The Internet is written in ink". Anything you do or say may be used in evidence against you.

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Kindle, meet my partner. Darling, play nice with Kindle, please

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Re: Xerox, anyone?

Yes please, I've often bought both the Kindle and hardcopy version of a book. The Kindle is convenient in many ways, but I like books.

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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Re: A Brussels fonctionnaire writes:

> Gosh, you mean these interweb thingies spread outside Europe? Who knew??

Can't be a real Brusselsite then, they don't accept there is anywhere outside of Europe.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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How many

Broken iPhone screens do you see compared with Galaxy screens?

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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Re: Stop using landlines.

Firstly my wife's mobile get loads of these shit calls, fortunately mines currently get few, but for how long?

Secondly living without a landline rather depends on where you live and other factors in your environment. Vodafone's signal round here is crap these days whereas it used to be quite good, a little way down the road the is a hole where no-ones mobile signal works. My office at home seemingly has magic glass that cuts off the signal on all the networks. I can damn near see an O2 mast, open the door - 5bars, shut the door 1 on a good day.

As for relying on VoIP, not sure how that solves any of the problems since you still have a phone number the bastards can hook onto. But even with a pair of bonded ADSL lines the reliability is no where near good enough if you NEED to be in contact with the world. I have the landlines connected up as a backup for the VoIP phones.

Besides with no landlines there would be no Internet connection. 3G or 4G doesn't cut it I'm afraid, have that as a backup with a proper external antenna attached to the router but latency times are much longer than the ADSL and while peak bandwidth might be OK, it rather depends on who else is working locally. No "cable" here since the stupid cable companies tried to get the builders to pay them to fit the wiring, when at the same time they were digging up half the country and laying string down the holes for free, so no other way of getting online.

And I'm lucky, try living outside of towns/cities and people are in a much worse situation.

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Swimming against the tide

5120 by 2880 pixels, or 14.7 million pixels

Haven't Apple noticed that all their competitors are locked in a head long rush to reduce the screen resolution of laptops. It's been decided by industry officials that users don't want pixels on their laptops any more. Adding more pixels has been decreed to be the wrong direction. Before about 2003 then the market wanted to increase pixel count and eventually reached 1920x1200, then the marketing zeebs decreed that having too many pixels was a bad plan and put the industry in a reverse. Zeebs across the world are waiting to see which manufacturer will be brave enough to introduce the fully retro VGA 640x480 display. Or whether they'll decide on a wide screen format 640x360 display as their ultimate masturbatory fantasy.

Jeeeeez Apple are being just so 20th century here.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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Re: You've not heard of Microsoft?

Oh I wish!

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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Re: Wait, Alan Turing was a Victorian now?

His early life was largely based on what was expected of the child of a Victorian/Raj official.

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Nvidia's screaming new Maxwell GPUs bring 4K gaming to notebooks

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Re: 4K televisions are themselves a ridiculous concept

I suggest you go and look at one

They might be stupid money now, but it wasn't that long ago that the same could be said for flat screen normal res tellys, then HD. Soon they'll be cheap. I've already seen them sub £800.

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Re: What ... you mean your notebook doesn't have a 4K screen?

> Naw...that'll be in next month's model.

10 years ago laptop screens were 1920x1200, then they were upgraded to 1920,1080 and many were further enhanced to be NotMuchx768. Next years laptops will be so enhanced as to be 2x1 pixel displays.

Me?

I'd love a laptop with 4K support, even if it had a 1920x1200 laptop display (actually I've given up hope of anyone making anything better than crappy "Full HD") but with support of external 4K monitors. And I don't even want to be able to play games on them, I just a pixel junky.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Re: Class action law suit

If you are entering sensitive personal info into it then you are a moron who shouldn't be playing any part of a test cycle.

So you are saying that you can't actually test whether this system is usable in any sort of real world situation?

You can only test whether it can connect to other test environments.

Perhaps someone might like to test whether it can connect to their FB account. Since FB won't allow you to have fake or test FB accounts then you are saying that it is not possible to test this part of W10.

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Oi, lobbyists. Cough up your details – EU's new first vice-president

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Re: A statement of account

It would be even more interesting to see all the things that aren't included in the €4M and how much bigger the number should be.

I wonder whether anyone has tried comparing how much companies claim back against tax with how much they claim they spend?

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Leading like Mad Leo: HP's Whitman rolls out Apotheker's PC plan

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Betting the farm

It isn't only the recent senior management at HP that have made huge "bets" with the whole company as the stake. The decision to go with PA-Risc was described at the time as "betting the farm" when both Bill and Dave were still on the scene even if no long actively at the tiller.

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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Re: UK Music has claimed that the reforms will cost musicians £58 million a year in lost revenues

Some people have never heard of the idea that having a better product might lead to better sales.

In the 15 years before I started ripping CDs to play them through MP3 type players I might have averaged 1 or 2 CD purchase a year. Most years since then I've probably been closer to 100 since I suddenly had a format which meant it was sufficiently convenient to use the product. I don't mind paying for my music (and spoken word CDs), I don't see why musicians shouldn't be paid for the work they do. But I'll only buy something that I'm going to use. Make it usable and I'm in the market, stop it being usable or make me feel like I'm being ripped off and my money will stay in my pocket.

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New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality

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Re: Typical!

That is how the EU commissioners are chosen. Don't all EU governments nominate commissioners like this? Look at some of the dolts we've packed off to Brussels.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Re: Biter Bit

The spooks need to realise that they aren't unique. If they can decrypt something then we have to assume that so can everyone else.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Re: Most people realise

My point was that why would someone design a mobile that is designed not to be able to be carried in the way that you know most people are going to carry it. It's a question of whether the design is fit for purpose. I've no idea how the size compares with an SGS4 but that works fine in the front pocket of any trousers I've tried, but I'd not not try sticking it in a back pocket and sitting down. Lesson learned from Nokia bricks... sit on them and you end up with bruised buttocks.

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Re: Most people realise

> Most people realise if you have a super thin and light phone and you sit on it - it's going to bend. I would not jump up and down on the bonnet of my car.

You might not jump up and down on the bonnet of your car, but you'd be pretty pissed off if it bent due to wind resistance when driven at 70MPH on the motorway. You'd feel that driving at 70 was normal use for a car and that to be fit for purpose a car should be designed to handle the stresses of normal motorway driving.

Most product designers would realise that if they design a mobile device that people are going to carry it around with them. So question, where do people carry things around ?

Answers on a post card please.

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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Re: An excellent excuse to label all our employees as potential terrorists,

No No No, employees are potential saboteurs

It's voters that are the potential terrorists, I mean some of them aim to bring down the current government!

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: Bananagate - oh my!

Or do you mean banana drama?

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Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it

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Re: When will the morons learn that the cloud isn't secure?

Not all clouds are public clouds.

Many companies will run their own private ones,

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Re: Security

> exciting when one considers that the nominal user might need it to buy their ticket back home

But if you're battery is flat they won't let you on the plane and you'll probably be shot as a terrorist anyway. So by not letting you buy a ticket they're gonna save your life.

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Red Hat to Wall Street: I came here to chew FeedHenry and kick some ass. And I'm all out of FeedHenry

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rpm?

surely you mean

yum

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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Apple just forgot to backdoor the Healthkit.

Where would the thermometer go then?

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OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

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Sounds like

It's time to get into the lobbying business.

I forecast the biggest spurge of cash on anyone who can influance politico the world has ever seen. Coz lets face it, the cost of buying everone will still be a fraction of the tax bill that's heading their way.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Meeeh

Before CDE HP-UX had them in VUE, and I'm sure they'd been around before then. Now HP's VUE is where MS got 3d effect windows from, HP & MS had agreed on making various things common in appearances and many of the keyboard shortcuts. These then became available in Windows 3. So its taken them a long time to implement the rest... like 25 or more years.

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