* Posts by Steve Davies 3

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Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

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But did it do any good?

IMHO, it did not. The current administration seems to only want to listen to the people who bankrolled the election campaign.

Everything else is branded

FAKE NEWS

Mind you, the Daily Fail and Express are not much different on this side of the Pond.

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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Re: SD3 mentioned " -43DbA is almost silent."

Sorry, a typo. +43DbA

One pro-Wind campaigner did a test at a public meeting. The Sound of the Aircon in an otherwise silent room exceeded the new limits for Wind Turbines in VT. Political Stupidity at its best.

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Re: Two tosses

He is a very rich man but he still needs an awful lot of funding to even get one mile of operational H-L working. He can't fund it himself and it would not surprise me to find that there is very little of his money in the 'Boring company' and Hyperloop. He's put lots into Tesla and Space-X and so far he has not had any of it back. The Model 3 may in time allow him to get his Tesla investment back.

Until then he has to play the role of the snake-oil salesman.

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While I agree with your sentiement

the issues that something like this will have in the USA are on a totally different scale to say, the sort of problems that HS2 has had.

Each state will more than likely impose its own standards on H-L.

Each state will need huge [cough-cough] backhanders before any bills allowing this to proceed even get a hearing

Then there are the hundreds of thousands of NIMBY's that will file suit if anything new comews within 5 miles of their home. Just go and read up on the noise levels that Vermot is imposing on Wind Power if you don't believe me. -43DbA is almost silent. That will kill off all Wind Power development in VT. Now take that NIH and NIMBY and apply it to a possible route between NYC/DC and LA.

Back when the railways were being laid across the continent no one cared about the ownership of the land it was passing over. Things are very, very different these days.

I forsee that unless there is a change in the Constitution the Lawyers will tie any Transcontinental H-L project up in a leagal morass for the next 20-30 years.

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Dump X of your crew, DXC Technologies UK told. Hundreds face axe AGAIN

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Business not coming in then?

Perhaps prospective customers are wary of signing up for DXC for the following reasons

1) Who the heck is DXC - as in a change of name does not always work.

2) Why would they sign up if there is some doubt about their ability to exist let alone have staff with the right expertise to deliver to the customer..

3) Anything else you care to think of.

3a) Someone at the top of DXC is looking to depart with a huge pay off in the near future. Get rid, get bonus, get the hell out of town. Shame about the people on the ground. I've been in their shoes (twice)

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They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

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Re: Tax rebates?

MS are simply following the example set by President Trump. Didn't he extoll the fact that he'd paid no income tax for years? If the Commander/Tweeter in Chief can do that then so can Microsoft.

Don't worry all you wonderful tax complainers out there, the Apple results are due soon. That will give you all plenty of muck to rake over and moan about.

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Feature snatcher Microsoft tweaks OneDrive

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Sharepoint and OneDrive

What is the difference?

Easy peasy.

One is structured so that once something is put in it, you are guaranteed never to find it again while the other one is not. The latter is called OneDrive.

Just my own opinion based upon being forced to use it for the last five years.

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No one still thinks iOS is invulnerable to malware, right? Well, knock it off

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Jailbroken iPhones?

I wonder what percentage of iPhones are Jailbroken? 1% or a lot, lot less.

AFAIK, people don't seem to feel the need to JB their iDevice. The "sheeple" effect eh?

Anyway, as has alreay been said, this aticle is nothing more than free advertising for the makers of software that is supposedly able to detect malware on iOS.

Come on ElReg, you can do better than this clickbait. We know that no OS or system is totally secure. All it takes is one Numbskull to totally F**k things up.

It is all a matter of risk. IMHO, iOS is a lot less risky that Android.

Others will no doubt have a different opinion and that is their right.

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

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Moving numbers to different carrier?

Wow! that is new {sic}

Joking apart, I can remember that Vodafone refused to let me move a number away to Orange saying that I didn't own the number. As I was the bill payer it was a 'does not compute' moment.

Glad that the wet string for doing this is still working (just)

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Apple's 'KGB level of secrecy' harms its AI projects – but don't worry, it's started a blog

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Re: Of Buffer OverLodes ...... and Fanciful China Syndrome Meltdowns* in Surreal Life Events

Was that an example of Machine Learning getting drunk (or High)

I guess us mere mortal plebs are not expected to understand more than the word of that load of crap/gobbledegook/wisdom especially before the daily caffiene dose has had time to kick in?

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Re: Morse code

Back in the day (circa 1975/76) a colleague of mine needed to learn Morse Code for his Radio Amateur Exam. Another colleague wrote a simple programme to use the beep sound on a Dec VT52 or VT05 terminal to play text for him to practice listening and understanding the message.

Worked pretty well and he passed his exam.

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Factories counter-punch Qualcomm in the gut as Apple eggs them on

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The key is this:-

"In the past two years alone, three separate foreign antitrust enforcers have declared Qualcomm a monopolist and collectively have fined the company over $1 billion."

QC does seem to a bit suspect with its business practices if three separate AT enforcers have found them to be in the wrong.

Will a US court follow suit? They tend to ignore precident set outside their very narrow jurisdiction.

This one will probably run and run as IMHO, the very survival of QC as we know it depends on it. If Apple win a host of other users of their chips will file suit against them as well.

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Head in the clouds? Apparently there's now space on Oracle's sales team

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Behind their 'paywall'

Shouldn't this load of Vapourware be behind a 'Firewall'?

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TalkTalk posts 3% sales drop, says Openreach should walk the WalkWalk

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TT's TV Adverts

They are certainly trying to get Sky and BT customers with their current TV Ad campaign. They are offering Sky Sports at a pretty good price but why does the small print on the screen state that you need a Netflix streaming subscription?

I'm not interested in TT at any price but it would be good to know why this is.

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Global Switch suffers uptime blips at London Docklands DC

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Re: RCA

RCA == Regular Covering of Arses.

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5G is not just a radio: Welcome to the fibre-tastic new mobile world

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And FLA's

that will no doubt in time come to be real 4-letter words as we start cursing 5G non infrastructure.

I get 4G at the back/upstairs of my house and 2G at the front/downstairs. Will 5G solve this of do I have to move home to somewhere trendy and cool (and costs an arm and a leg)?

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Apache says 'no' to Facebook code libraries

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Re: un-american commie code

From Facebook, an American (As in apple pie) Company?

to me it is like

"here have some code but beware, it bites back if you try to sue us for bugs in the code"

Either way it is IMHO, a 'Do not touch even with a 40ft barge pole".

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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You forgot

That they need to be Transgendered as well. (LGBTQ and all that)

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Re: Can't I just like something because it's cool anymore?

But then it isn't cool anymore once ....

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Haters are going to hate

no matter how much common sense, facts or even humour that is put into a post.

Haters tend to downvote.

So you risk getting a plethora of downvotes for going against the grain even in the slighest way.

Evidence this post perhaps?

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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Facepalm

but...

The under 18's get all the porn they need sent to them on their phones (sexting) so why do they need to implement this sort of thing.

Barn Door closing after the horse bolted years ago.

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Credit Card Companies

They'll just charge you a £2.00 (or more) booking fee per validation.

Champers all round then?

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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He works for RedHat

There is a huge amount of hatred in the FOSS world for RedHat.

Pretty well anything originating in RH gets a lot of hate. That means triple hate for systemd

1) It was written by Pottering who has a track record with PulseAudio.

2) It came out of RedHat (how dare they make money from FOSS)

3) It is totally unlike the old init system. (don't like change)

Personally, I find this a bit of a shame but the haters are going to carry on hating.

IMHO, they will get as much success as getting Apple to re-introduce the 17in MacBook Pro... i.e. zilch.

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Three Microsoft Outlook patches unpatched, users left to DIY

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but... It is not a Tuesday.

How many sites will have removed them by the time that the good ones appear? (tomorrow)

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HPE gives execs a jiggle and merges subsidiaries in shrivelling Pointnext

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Meg buggers off...

with a huge payoff and into Ginny's job at IBM while she moves to .... three guesses where.

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Re: Another shuffling...

and the ship is sinking fast beneath their feet.

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Juicero does to its staff what your hands can do to its overpriced juice sacks

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Re: Let me bring you up to speed.

You miss one important thing.

Owning one is so cool especially when showing it off to your fellow DINKY friends.

Not cool enough to justify the price though.

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Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

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Re: john Peel

And Whisphering Bob Harris

As a student at Polytechnic of Central London from '72 to '75 I saw many top artists going in and out of the Beeb.

Most evenngs, Sounds of the Seventies was a must listen to. Capital had Nicky Horne on earlier which wasn't bad.

The big thing was going to the Paris Studios and getting in free to a gig that would later be broadcast.

Saw BJH a couple of times.

In those days the musice scene was very fluid. No booking up (and paying the booking fee extorsion) 6 or nine months in advance. Saw Hawkwind at Finsbury Park by paying on the night.

Them were the days.

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US border cops search cloud accounts? Ha ha, nope, negative, no way, siree – Homeland Sec

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Trawl through phones - No

Body parts - Yes, who's next for a cavity search, don't all rush up at once.

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Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

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Re: Inside the M25

Can we put a wall around it and seal it up? That would keep a whole lor of undesirables inside to the benefit of the rest of the country. Perhaps we can coat the walls with Hagfish? The Corybnistas(just one faction of undeirables) won't dare get near it.

Mines the Winter north Atlantic Survival suit. Wearing one is the only way I'd get near hagfish (and the undesirables t.b.h.)

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Ofcom creates watchdog specifically to make sure Openreach is behaving

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Re: we're watching you...

...but we have no clue what we're looking for but whatever it is it is going to cost you a packet. Don't expect to make any money in the next 5-10 years. Our friends at Sky and Talk-Talk will [redacted]

There fixed it for you.

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

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Re: 43 times

It will naturally only catch fire if it is running on Samsung hardware.

All other makes will give you a 500v electric shock to make sure you don't do it again.

{see icon}

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

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re: Experts

I never knew that Farage was an expert in anything other than milking the EU for as much personal dosh as possible.

:) :) :wink:

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Re: reductio ad absurdum

It is just more evidence (as if any was really needed) that the USA is a dying empire. They are arguing about things like this rather than more important matters (which El Trumpo denies is happening). Sort of like trying to arrange the chairs on a ship that has been holed by an iceberg?????

Like Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burns and all that.

That aside, it is possible that if the monkey wins then it will be extradited to the USA to face charges of Income Tax evasion. Oh bugger. More lawyers feeding from the trough. that is all we need (not).

I sort of wish that all ambulance chasing lawyers including all the ones involved representing PETA would suffer a horrible lingering and intensly painful death as reward for their contribution to society. Sadly they won't and they'll continue to rake in the big bucks as they screw with the lives of mere mortals.

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Good news: Samsung's Tizen no longer worst code ever. Bad news: It's still pretty awful

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Re: I had not heard of Tizen before

If they do insist on using then the hackers will find a nice fat juicy target waiting for them.

If they are serious about ditching Android and going with Tizen in the competition with iOS (in all its guises) then Samsung need to spend all that mega profit that they are making on it before it can be considered a serious contender. Unfortunately, we'll probably see more devices using Tizen before it is ready.

Yes, the same can be said for both iOS and Android at the start but I think the gadget buying public have moved on a bit since then. If these devices turn out to be crap then Samsung will have to take the hit.

For me it is just another reason to avoid Samsung when considering a purchase.

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Speaking in Tech: What is a Windows 10 licence worth these days?

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Re: Cost Of Windows 10

There is nothing wrong with Horse Shit/Manure. 50p a Bag from my local stables, bring your own bags and shovel.

It makes more sense than Windows 10 can ever do.

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Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

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Re: Why 'so-called "escort" ships' ?

Why?

The US Military will come up with some meaningless 10 word name that means SFA to anyone else to describe them. Then they'll ignore any referece to Escort Ships and sing 'La-la-la-la-la- can't hear you'.

The name automatically adds 500% to the price hence the $500 hammer.

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Brit military scolded for being too selfish with sexy high-end tech

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Re: MoDD

MOD-PE (Procurement Executive)

a.k.a

Ministry of Dimwits and Plonkers Everywhere.

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AI vans are real – but they'll make us suck at driving, warn boffins

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Re: HGV drivers are already at a disadvantage

The poster obviouly has never been tailgated by an HGV. That is a really scary thing.

As for them being speed limited... (Are you having a larf...). one overtook me on the M23 earlier today. I was doing 68mph according to my GPS. The HGV came up upon a middle lane hog. The HGV proceeded to tailgate the driver in front. there was less than 5ft between them. I was on a Motorcycle and being tailgating by any vehicle is just nasty.

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Dell gives world its first wireless-charging laptop if you buy $580 extra kit

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Re: Windows 10 delights?

anyone who says that needs to wash their mouth out with coal tar soap.

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Re: I've never understood this

Wireless is the new Bling/fashion statement.

IT does not matter if it is an awful compromise, costs a bomb and is inconvienent. It is 'where it is at Man!', So cool. (not)

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Got a Windows Phone 8 mobe? It's now officially obsolete. Here's why...

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Going Nowhere soon?

can upgrade from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile, which Microsoft has assured us will not be going away anywhere any time soon.

not going anywhere soon can also mean that it is also a dead duck but they haven't the balls to kill it just yet.

Why keep up this charade MS? We (and you) know that it is a dead Os walking. It was too late, too resource heavy and there were no apps etc etc etc

Just put the poor thing out of its misery and while you are at it, get rid of those tiles on non touch systems.

You may just win a few defectors back. Sadly I think the odds of that happening to be next to impossible.

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

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Re: UK Sales?

It seems that it is already 2019 before we get any volume of RHD (non reserved) Model 3's here. There is plenty of time for others to step up to the plate. I'm looking at the Iconiq. A heck of a lot cheaper than the Tesla and a whole lot more available.

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Former GCHQ boss backs end-to-end encryption

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Re: Pah.

Don't forget all the Lawyers who become politicans. They apparently know everything about everything including Encryption. (like hell they do)

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Bah Gawd! WWE left wrasslin' fans' privates on display online

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We done El Reg

for not calling this [thing] a sport.

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Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

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Re: sue Fed?

Don't give the Laywers ideas. When one thinks it is a good idea the rest will follow suit. Who but the very every very rich will be able to afford to fight the cases. So people will roll over, pay the fine and vow to never buy anything that contains QC stuff again.

The Lawyers won't car, they'll be planning what Island paradise to buy next.

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Re: Apple's hypocritical

Lets look at it in a slightly different way.

Say that Ford uses Brand X tyres on a Ford Focus and pays Brand X $500 for using five of them.

Brand X makes money and everyone is happy.

Now this upstart Ferrari comes along and uses the exact same tyres in their new F99332 Special that costs a cool $2M a pop.

Brand X say, sorry no. I want $50,000 per tyre, ie. the came percentage of the end user cost of the car. Ferrari say fuck no and move to Brand Y tyres who will sell them equivalent tyres for $500 a set.

Brand X don't like this and sue Ferrari 'because we always charge a percentage of the final cost of the car on top of a fee to the company that puts the tyres onto the rims. That fee is for using our IP with their rims.

Is that right? This double dipping as it is called AFAIK, happens nowhere else.

If QC charge say Google a flat licensing fee for using essentially the same chip for us in a Pixel why can they say to Apple, give us a percentage of the iPhone cost EVEN if you are not using our chips?

Patents and especially on the mobile area work on FRAND. That means QC have to use the same terms with ALL their customers no matter who they are. They can't just milk Apple (even though they mostly deserve it) because Apple kit is mostly (see the Pixel and S8 prices...) the most expensive and therefore profitable on the market.

IANAL and all that.

Around 10 years ago this was very well discussed on Groklaw and some seasoned IP lawyers and academics all came down on the side of FAIR licensing and against a percentage of the final device price.

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Fast-spreading CopyCat Android malware nicks pennies via pop-up ads

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Re: I feel retarded

Perhaps you should ask Google that question. After all, they are responsible for the software especially any mods made to the Kernel that may (or may not have) contributed to this and other vunerabilities.

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Trump's CNN tantrum could delay $85bn AT&T-Time Warner merger

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Re: CNN losing Readers?

Errr? But....? I never knew that CNN had a print edition... Well, you learn something new every day (not)

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Re: Inform Trump?

Are you drunk? None one on his staff would dare to that. If they did the TiC would respond with an immediate

Your'e FIRED.

and then announce that he was sweeping clean on Twitter.

The Fake News machine would soon make the former staffer unemployable.

At the moment, the Emperor's New Clothes are the bees knees. Understand?

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