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3285 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Yelp update ridicules Republican (ex)-hopeful Rick Perry

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FAIL

Easy to understand

Merkins Republicans are desperate to find a candidate — any candidate — that is not Mitt Romney. So they acclaim every newcomer, put them in front of the polls, then realize it is an even worse evil, and let them disappear.

So far they have done this with Michelle Bachmann, Donald Trump, Rick Perry and now Hermann Cain.

AND everybody knows the whole circus is useless since Obama will get reelected.

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Now Russians can't even contact their busted Mars probe

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The craft is INSURED?

You can INSURE something that you send to Mars and will never come back? Insure against what?

If I was the insurance company, I would be crying foul on this one. "Oh, sorry, all the expensive insured equipment on the probe is going to burn in the atmosphere now. Why yes, of course it was really in the probe. No, sorry, you can't go there and check."

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US doctors demand right to advise on gun ownership

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Why would doctors advise people on guns??

It's like having the mechanic at the garage advising you on kitchen recipes... Guns are a safety issue, not a health issue. Do they also give tips on how to drive safely?

...I take it these doctors are paid to the minute? And much more expensively than a gun safety instructor?

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Apple agrees to replace dodgy MacBook power cords

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So the problem exists

I was going to ask, because I had never witnessed it. I guess you must start your own lawsuit in your own country, then...

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Results in on why life, the universe and everything exists

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Coat

42

Duh.

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Barnes & Noble complain to DoJ over Redmond nobbling

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Good for Barnes&Nobles

I hope we finally get to check how many of these patents stand up in court.

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Adobe confirms mobile Flash Player's race is run

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Flash is dead

And Apple killed it. Go Apple!

By the way, an image search for "apple killed flash" returns a cool result.

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Apple trains store bosses to ignore deal with unions

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Apple must be quaking

I'm sure it's going to be hard to find other employees if those threaten to leave... What with the low unemployment and all...

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A tenth of Chinese farmland polluted by heavy metals

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Isn't rather the point...

That once they are junked, the damage will be lesser?

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B&N fans fondleslab flames following Kindle Fire

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Paris Hilton

What does it run?

Android or Windows? Ice cream sammich? Mango? QNX?

...Symbian? ........WebOS?

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Google's legal boss is fed up with patent warfare

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Well, he is biased...

But he is also right.

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Common brain parasite 'can affect host's actions'

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Alien

Brain-infected cat worshippers?

That'll be the Goa'uld then...

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If thine brown eye offend thee, blast it with a laser

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"What’s to ensure there’s definitely blue pigment underneath?"

And they call that a doctor? There is no blue pigment. Eyes appear to be blue because of funky Rayleigh scattering.

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Hackers mistake French rugby site for German stock exchange

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How drunk do you have to be?

(body)

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Groupon shares soar, adds $2.7bn in two hours

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This should be fun to watch

No popcorn icon... I'll have to make do with a beer then.

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Assange loses High Court appeal against extradition to Sweden

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And then he will appeal, and then the appeal will be rejected, and then he will be extradited, and then he will be judged... Geez.

What I am most curious about is, what is the maximum sentence he risks in Sweden? Very soon, the whole shebang will have lasted longer than if he had started his sentence right after the crime.

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Native Gmail app coming to iPhone, iPad?

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Intentionally inferior?

Do you have examples? (note that the Maps iPhone app uses Google data, but was coded by Apple)

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Sony Tablet S

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Agree

If you want a big screen, buy a laptop, a desktop, or a TV...

"The cool thing with my digital watch is that I can connect it to my 20 inches monitor to display the time in really large letters."

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Facebook's Swedish data centre will be subject to Snoop Law

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while (<MAIL>) {

if (/surprise sex/) {

&extradite_individual_for_rape();

}

}

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Stallman: Did I say Jobs was evil? I meant really evil

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Fatal mistake

You think that "free" means you did not pay for it. For that man, "free" has a very different definition.

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iPhans

Nice word.

Disagree in general with the post, though.

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RIM faces legal action following service outages

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Great move

Send one of the best companies in your country into massive trouble for $1.25

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Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’

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Correct

This patent only covers a sliding icon. I actually don't think there was prior art for this. Digital pads to enter a code are something different. Also, the android swipe-a-shape is not covered by this either.

In fact, it looks to me like no lawsuits should come out of this. Then again, lawyers are known to be irrational when a big payout is involved.

H6242 — Kill all the lawyers.

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RIM links with Microsoft for cloud services

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Good move

Indeed RIM and Microsoft are ideal partners for pleasing corp customers.

As long as RIM is not sucked dry by Microsoft in the process, that is. I hope Microsoft realize that RIM still has a much better chance in the mobile market than they do.

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Groupon sues ex-sales heads for defection to Google

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$6m isn't cool.

You know what's cool?

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Rockstar officially announces Grand Theft Auto V

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Joke

The up-to-now secret title is

The World of GTACraft!

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Microsoft trousers yet more royalties from Android gear

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Rewarding invention

If patents really rewarded invention, that would be good. However, in the current system, when many people independently come up with an idea, only one person gets rewarded by the patent system. All the others get sued or have to pay licenses, and lose all the benefit of their work, even if they did come up with the idea themselves.

This discourages invention, as it is practically impossible to create anything without infringing some patent; to the point that even when an outfit like Google deliberately attempts to create a royalty-free codec, they seem unable to do so.

In a proper system, when people independently come up with an idea, the benefits would be shared between them. Many people having the same idea means the idea is less original, and so should be less rewarded.

Another problem is that fighting a lawsuit is so expensive that even big players like HTC and Samsung have an advantage in licensing a bogus patent rather than fighting it. Never mind small players like Compal Electronics...

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Fat lot of choice they had

Pay up or go bankrupt fighting our lawyers...

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Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

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Jeez, people get so intense

Google replaces the + by "", and it's like the end of the world...

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El Reg in email address blunder

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Quick, lemme check my never-used-crap-web-based-mail...

Shoot. I am not one of the 3,521... Will you notify the 46,524, so that I know I should change to a further crap account, just for safety?

I think my new address will be: "registerlogin1234@hotmail.com"

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World's stealthiest rootkit gets a makeover

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This should remove the PITA rootkit:

Step 1: browse to ubuntu.com...

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Reg hacks confront really wide Oz load terror

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Apatosauruses!

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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Google! mulling! Yahoo! slurp! claims! insider!

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What in the world would Google want to buy Yahoo for??

Oooh, YHOO is up 3% in pre-market today... What a coincidence...

I am reminded of the weekly rumors about Palm being on the verge of being bought by RIM, Nokia, Microsoft, etc. with an bump in the stock every time... And when it was finally bought by HP, nobody saw it coming.

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This just in: Brussels shatters CRT cartel

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Coffee/keyboard

cartel of videotape makers just four years ago

You owe me a new keyboard!

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As US sinks, Apple sees a glorious future in China

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@Underpants

"Thus far Apple don't seem to have cared much about the Chinese market"

...Sorry, what? Apple started selling the iPhone there in 2009. It is already their second biggest market! You can bet your sweet underpants that they have cared about it.

The reason they care more about the Galaxy Tab than about the iPed is that the Galaxy Tab is actually a comparable product in quality. Nobody would think that of an iPed.

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@Exactly: Well, duh

How much do you think is the loss of market share to the iPed and aPad, compared to the Galaxy Tab?

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Euro fraud cops crush garlic tax evaders

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I'm curious

Why is there a specific duty of €1,200 per tonne on garlic??

@David Pollard: I am no specialist, but distinguishing two closely related species might be significantly harder than detecting completely unrelated species...

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RIM lifts skirt, flashes 'new' OS at devs

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Poor BBM

So fast up, down so quick. It 's like nobody thinks they have a chance anymore.

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Robot resolves Rubik's Cube in record time

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Could be even faster, actually

The first 1.2 seconds is spent just turning the cube around, probably to catch all six sides in a single camera... with properly placed mirrors, this could be shaved off!

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Apple iPhone 4S

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So what?

You think web sites have to pick a side, and declare their everlasting allegiance to one cult?

The Reg has many contributors, who undoubtedly have very different opinions. I for one prefer it if the editors do not enforce purity of dogma across the board, thankyouverymuch.

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4chan founder bashes Facebook, Google+ on identity

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Partially agree

I am not certain that complete anonymity is important, but having distinct, separate identities does matter to me, e.g. for business and friends.

I want to be able to post pictures of my holidays in a place that is not side-by-side with my business messages. Google+ circles is only the first step towards this; for instance, it does not (yet) allow to put different profile pictures for different circles.

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Dell signals Windows 8 fondleslab range

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Yeah, that'll work...

How about giving the money back to the shareholders, Michael?

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Samsung takes another hit in patent punch-up

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Indeedy indeed

People who are commissioned by Microsoft to conduct a study on patents can hardly claim to be independent anymore...

...Not that his previous attacks on Google left much doubt.

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ICANN rescues time zone database

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Good

It is sad that you need to be an organization such as ICANN to dare take the bluff of such a ridiculous lawsuit.

H2646 – Kill all the lawyers.

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Wall Street protest app Vibe is secure enough, cries dev

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Not in Switzerland

A group used to follow the police around and place themselves 50 meters before with large signs...

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Virus infects killer US air drone fleet

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Disappointing

Is this the best that the US can do? "We have viruses on our top-notch weapons and we can't get rid of them"?

I assume they have been cutting corners on security measures in the rush to bring drones to combat, but still...

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Biker gang plunders Covent Garden Apple Store

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Right actor, wrong movie...

Pulp Fiction

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Microsoft gets trademark for retail store plans

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First thing is to trademark it

We lose money for a few years, then some schmuck will build a store that looks like ours... Then we can sue him for millions! Millions! Muhahaha!!

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Google hits the boozer with own brand of beer

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Better than Carlsberg?

Not taking risks, are you?

Anyway, TGIF! I'm off.

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Intellectual Ventures wages patent war on Motorola

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Funny...

How 500 M$ patents bring 2 G$... There is a 75% chance that the courts will invalidate them, I guess...

H6242 — Kill all the lawyers.

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