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3297 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Picture this: Photo-fiddling app Instagram on Google Android

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27 million users and 9 employees?

Color me impressed.

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Greenland melt threshold lower than thought

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If this keeps going on...

Canada may one day become inhabitable!

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Judge nixes Apple's bid to patent-bash bankrupt Kodak

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Re: Put the patent lawyers in a big tombola,

H6242 — Kill all the lawyers.

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Re: Preview pics on an LCD screen has a patent?

Welcome! You must be new on planet Earth.

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Apple wants ebook price class action suit thrown out

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No market power!

It is quite funny from Apple to claim they had no market power, and so could not have influenced the publishers. A bit like, when the iPhone came out, they clearly did not have any market power, since they were a new entrant and had never sold a phone; so they could not POSSIBLY have forced AT&T to sell the iPhone without carrier branding, and on terms vastly less advantageous than any other phone.

Yet, they clearly did. You have to admire them for that. But I do not think their "we are new entrants without market power" is going to convince anybody.

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'Regrouping' Android tablet makers extend Apple reign

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Re: being pedantic i know

The only problem is that now, we have an iPad which is newer than the iPad 2. They should come up with a generic way to call the iPad from last year, since they still sell it, only cheaper. I would suggest "the old iPad", but I doubt Apple would accept it.

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Google to app devs: Use our pay system ... OR ELSE

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Money, money...

Why 30%? Just because Apple asks for the same?

I would have demanded 20%, if only to claim to be cheaper...

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Apple to Google Maps: ‘Get lost’

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I hope Apple keeps Google maps for directions

Especially for public transport. Having accurate info about which train/bus combination is the best at each time of the day is a life saver.

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3D: 10% of LCD TVs in 2011, 25% in 2012

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So...

The industry is basically bumping prices by forcing people to buy a feature they don't want. Well played.

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Hands on with the Apple iPad 3

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Apple icon

This is the one you are looking for, I think. Seriously, I think that is the idea.

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STUNNING NEW APPLE DEVICES that will follow the iPad 3 HD!

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Re: or maybe laying on the chaise longue

Yeah, who's getting laid on the chaise longue?

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Eric Schmidt flicks INTERSTELLAR TOWEL at top tech fair

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Coffee/keyboard

Yeah, I think he blew it on the last paragraph.

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Lego space shuttle hits 114,000ft

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It will never descend...

It will fly away, free and unfettered, discover new worlds, strange dark planets under binary stars, off the shoulder of Orion...

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FSF fandroids fight to 'free' Android from Google's forepaws

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Stallman's definition of "truly free"...

Is the one that puts MORE constraints on the developer than Apache's definition. I have always thought this slightly strange.

They say "Free as in free speech, not as in free beer." Maybe this should be "free as in free love". That would better represent the fact that the code is never really yours.

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Is Google liable for unlawful web graffiti on its walls?

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Barking mad

There are official web sites that are legally mandated to display the information — and Google would be legally mandated to pretend these web sites do not exist.

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It never ends: TV exposé tags new Android privacy howler

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Re: I don't get it

...Or does it even mean these apps COULD BE doing it, who knows?

If they really found apps that played fast and loose with the user data, I'm sure Google would remove them from their app store, but somehow, Channel 4 have decided not say exactly what the apps do, or even name the apps that they found to be misbehaving. Can we get some DETAILS?

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Now Apple opens fire on EPAD trademark in China

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That would be difficult

...considering iRobot is the name of a company that sells vacuum cleaners, and is completely unrelated to Apple...

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Top Gun 2: It's happening - and the choice of star is stirring controversy

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Completely unrealistic

Hollywood would never allow the US flag to be shredded on camera.

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MWC: Inscrutable slogans, Google toys and the invisible Apple

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Reporter's opinion?

Apple is the biggest company in the world, in case you did not get the memo. Became bigger than Exxon a while ago. They also make more money than any company at the show, AND have more money in the bank than all these companies put together.

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Inside Eric Schmidt's brain: Holodecks, robo-cars and jail bandwidth

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Why Google is more criticised

Google is perceived as more powerful. Apart from privacy problems, Facebook still feels mostly harmless in comparison. I think the reason Microsoft used to be so hated was also related to the strength of its monopoly more than the faults of its products.

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Stop snubbing top scientists' advice, Lords tell MPs

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Placebo != Homeopathy

Placebo is having a sugar pill and charging it the cost of the sugar.

Homeopathy is having a sugar pill and charging it 100 times the cost of sugar.

See why the pharmaceutical industry is pushing for homeopathy?

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Apple snags blockbuster multi-touch patent

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They do have the money

To buy just about 50% of Google. Though normally, you would need a hefty surcharge to actually buy it. Oh yeah, I'm afraid that'll need approval from regulators...

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Mobile net kingpins v the world: 'Why should we pay the 4G tab?'

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I don't know how they managed it but...

Telcos are the most hated players in the industry. For instance, I believe consumers would in general prefer their NFC system to be managed by anybody – Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Visa, even the banks – rather than the telcos.

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Melting Arctic leads to snowy winters

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Correlation... over four years!?

Kill it with fire. This is not a scientific paper, it is bullshit.

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Yahoo! threatens! Facebook! with! patent! spanking!

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Re: Re: They've had years

IIRC, you have to defend trademarks to keep them, but not patents.

In fact, you can look at a new company infringe your patent, wait until they build their whole system on the idea, and then threaten a fully-fledged company that has stakes and high switching costs rather than a small start-up that would just rewrite their code or fold.

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Telcos gang up to snatch in-app cash from Google, Apple

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Good luck

Convincing people to give money to telcos rather than Google and Apple? Good luck.

They'll need it. I for one will take some convincing.

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IT staffers on ragged edge of burnout and cynicism

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Which country is that?

It took me until the very bottom of the article to learn the results were presented in SF. Does this means the study was donein US, in California, in the world?

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Proview's Apple iPad rights war goes global, reaches ESSEX

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Apple is not competing with Proview

For the good reason that Proview is not selling anything.

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EC: 'Friends-only' natter not subject to 'right to be forgotten'

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What is the point, then?

Does this not allow Facebook to keep pretty much everything?

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Handbags at dawn: Hermes loses Chinese trademark battle

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Seriously?

You are a lucky married man, or single. Them things are expensive.

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Facebook denies poaching your text messages on Android

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Standard Android problem

Every single app asks for every other permission on the book, and there is no way to remove these permissions selectively.

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Secret high-security Chinese shipments point to iPad 3 exports

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"Secret coded memo from Apple to Foxconn said to discuss characteristics of iPad 4"

The iPad 4 is widely expected to start sales around March 2013. According to people who have seen the memo, the iPad may include new features, such as an additional side button and a Kinect-like function allowing to type using sign language. Possibly. And, lessee, a more efficient battery. And a second version with a smaller form factor.

...Oh yeah, Apple refused to comment on rumors and speculation.

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Wikileaks regains relevance with Stratfor doc-drop

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Impressive list of newspapers

...not. Do mainstream newspapers refuse to talk to Wikileaks, or does Wikileaks refuse to talk with mainstream newspapers? I actually like my leaks with some professional journalism in it.

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Google Goggle glasses ARE WATCHING YOU

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Hang on

1) Has Google even said anything about Google goggles?

2) Do we really need to give them ideas about how to track even more stuff??

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Apple chief thinks about his MOUNTAIN OF CASH a lot

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I approve...

of Olympic swimming pools as a measure of money.

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Apple files patent for 'polished meteorite' keyboard

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Crap patent...

But at least, it is not a software patent.

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Apple vs Bank of China in iPad Shanghai showdown

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China wants to keep its manufacturing business

The threat that a lawsuit coming from anywhere could ban the exportation of products built in China is surely hair-raising to any western company. Especially since Chinese courts are not known for their even-handedness when judging between local and foreign companies.

I think the Chinese government knows that, and prefers to lose money on this shaky case, rather than risk its manufacturing sector.

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Apple, Google, RIM plaster privacy warnings on prying apps

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Another idea

Maybe, like on computers, we could have the option to forbid apps from accessing the internet. Just saying. Access to private information becomes much less of a problem when it cannot be sent anywhere anyway.

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Global DNS takedown plotters disowned by Anonymous

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Re: damn auto correct

If your autocorrect is replacing "is" with "OS"...

You might be working in the IT business.

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Foxconn allegedly hid underage workers from inspectors

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Interesting

That Foxconn prepares for inspections should be no surprise... But the "mandatory internship to graduate" is a new angle. Entirely plausible, and scary: This is as close an example as I can think of to slavery – considering the internships might not even be paid!

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Labour targets Tories' Google problem

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Google makes piracy too easy

Also, cars and roads make bank robberies too easy.

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Crap PINs give wallet thieves 1-in-11 jackpot shot

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FAIL

I had a 6-digits PIN on my creadit card since 1998

Maybe the British industry should wake up a bit?

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Activist supplied illegally obtained docs to DeSmogBlog

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Big deal

He first received the data anonymously; at that point, he could have sent it to the media without checking. He checked that the data was factual by using somebody else's name, then sent it.

If this was a journalist instead of a scientist, hardly anybody would be surprised, let alone shocked. Had this been done by a denialist rather than a warmist, Lewis would be concentrating on the data rather than the leaker.

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French National Front woos internet pirates

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Pity

Why does the Socialist party change their mind, just because the far right agrees? They do not need to disagree on everything...

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Foursquare ousted? Google sneaks out Latitude leader boards

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Re: Re:

It can be useful when you have friends...

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Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo

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Return to the roots?

Like a 55-years-old woman after a messy divorce who dresses and makes up as if she was 18?

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Apple files patent for simplified iPhone media sharing

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"US PTO *better f*cking NOT* award apple a patent for this."

You are kidding, right? Of course they will award the patent. In the US, prior art is only checked in patent infringement lawsuits.

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Microsoft licensing hike sparks UK piracy, bankruptcy fears

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Yippee, I'm Swiss!

Shame I never buy Microsoft stuff...

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Acer's proud Wang: We're on the rise at last

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Coffee/keyboard

Did not read the article...

But wonderful title!

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Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards

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It did not take until 1987...

The precursor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Softporn_Adventure was released in 1981. According to Ken Williams, it sold 25,000 copies for the Apple II, when there were only 100,000 Apple II in circulation.

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