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3295 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Kentucky man denies drunk driving, blames blow job

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You do need to explain

Is there a beer called Paris now?

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Apple cures iPad buyer's remorse

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Nice to see slack in the system

A friend of mine hadn't realized that after buying an Apple care package, he had to register it for his macBook Pro in order to get insured. Two years later, he brought the malfunctioning laptop with the still unopened Apple care package. He still had his laptop repaired for free, even though it should have been way too late.

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Apple iPad 2 snapped in all its skinny glory

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Jobs Halo

Wait a day

You will have all the details

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iPhone 'Death Grip' effect is real, plastic cases don't help

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And I thought the case was required for my iPhone to work

I guess it is working pretty well, with or without case, then.

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Apple fanbois leak secrets of Mac OS X Lion

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Oh woes, oh woes

- What shall we do Steve? Everybody is trying to find out our secrets! Even though we are trying so hard to keep them secret, EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT OUR UPCOMING PRODUCTS!

- Calm down, Tim. I will explain to you again how this works, more slowly this time.

Michael still does not get that one.

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Gmail users howl in anguish at 'disappeared' accounts

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For non-professionals, Gmail is fine

Ok, sure, having backups is even better.

But for most of us, the likelihood of losing data managed by GMail is probably way smaller than the likelihood of losing the same data managed by ourselves. Their computers have less chances of being infected by viruses, they have multiple backups, they have people working 24/7 to ensure that it works. Few of us can ever hope to reach as reliable a system by anything we would organize ourselves.

Seriously, I could have my own mail server, and back it up myself daily, and I would still be less worried about GMail losing my data.

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Phone seller pre-peddles white iPhone 4 for UNDER A GRAND!

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Pot of white paint, £10

The one with the white stains, please

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Apple's MacBook Pros chucked out ahead of iPad 2

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Good

Honestly, there are too few advantages to Blu-Ray over DVD for me to want to have one in a laptop. Much higher price for very little reason.

Of course, Apple could give you the CHOICE of having a Blu-Ray or a DVD, but that would assume that Apple likes to give choices to its customers...

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Cobol cabal will take over THE WORLD Australia

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Same old in Switzerland

Well, at least Cobol was still on the mainframe of the bank I worked for in 2003. With 3-4 greying coders managing the code.

...at the time, they were talking on replacing it with Java, but I left before any of that was on rails.

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Fifa, Uefa lose free-to-view footie challenge

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Good

One thing that Football does not need is more money thrown at it.

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The Doctor Who Experience

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What is this doing in Reg Hardware??

I am genuinely curious.

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Steve Jobs unveils 30% subs model for ... everything

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Choice between A) easy and B) hard is left to users

The problem is that users are likely to prefer buying from their shiny iThing. The easiest way to do that is to use iTunes, since the new T&C FORBID putting a link to the web site of the publisher to allow the customer to purchase content or subscriptions outside of the app.

The users can click twice and have the content through iTunes, or they can go hunt for the website of the publisher by hand. So practically every user will use iTunes, as they do not care who gets the money, and they want to have what they want, fast.

So basically, the publishers have to offer users the possibility of buying content in a much more easier way that makes them lose 30%. And they have to make the other possibility harder. I am not sure many publishers have a 30% margin they can give away like that...

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Australian group buying soars

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grow by 284% !!

...capturing 0.1% of retail market.

Erm, hey, I bet that last year it grew from an even bigger percentage, when it captured 0.03% of the market. Wonderful. Great. Wake me up when it is at 3%, 'kay?

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Microsoft, Nokia, and MeeGo: Are they all doomed?

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Facepalm

Question: Of these two operating systems for cell phones, which is currently more successful?

1) Windows

2) Android

Which one has to be licensed?

1) Windows

2) Android

Which one did Nokia choose?

1) Windows

2) Android

Facepalm, facepalm, facepalm. Google would have welcomed Nokia into Android with open arms.

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Amazon threatens Texas exit over tax bill

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They have balls

But seriously, Amazon has been adding VAT to sales in Europe for years, depending on the country of the buyer. There is no reason it could not do that for sales tax in the US. That they were able to not do it, and pull it off for so long, is an indictment on the US tax system.

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Geeky gifts for Valentine's Day

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egg shaped transmitter

Does it have a vibrate mode??

PH, natch.

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Patent attack launched on Google's open video codec

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We cannot accept that people will have stuff for free

Damned leeches

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Kid spanks a grand on Xbox using Mum's bank card

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The plan worked

The way I see it, this is exactly what developers hoped for when they added the possibility of buying items for a game...

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419ers strip lonely heart mum of £80k

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"Hundreds of other women must be getting conned right now"

I believe that actually few are as gullible...

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Chaps tolerant of girl-on-girl cheating by other halves

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The other part was more surprising

That the men mind less when their GF goes at it with a woman, well of course. Not only they hope for some 3-way action, they do not feel as threatened that they will be replaced.

I am rather surprised about the other way, though. I really thought that women believed gay men were sexy. Also, I would assume they would feel more threatened if the other is female, because they can bring something that a man cannot, but any woman can bring the same.

What would Paris do?

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Verizon backpedals on unlimited iPhone data

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Now if only they stopped with their "free minutes"

You can buy either buy cheap plans that give you no free minutes, and it costs an arm and a leg every time you phone, or you can buy plans that cost an arm and a leg, and give you ten times the free minutes you need.

I wish they would simply use a smooth price function, with a decreasing marginal price for the next phone call.

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Passenger cleared after TSA checkpoint stare-down

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Hurray, he won!

So instead of going in his flight, he had the great pleasure of hiring a lawyer to defend himself! What fun!

...And the next time he tries this, the TSA goons will act exactly the same as before. Score one for freedom.

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US Wikileaks investigators can't link Assange to Manning

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Impressive

Considering the amount of resources that must be involved, the anonymity of the system used by WikiLeaks seems to be the real thing.

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Big new wind turbines too close together, says top boffin

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Storing energy

Why don't we store energy when we have too much of it by using the rotors to create wind we can harvest later?

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100 meters!?

Holy $#*!

Even PH thinks that is too big!

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Apple tightens screws on hardware hackers

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Oh noes!

Using special screws! What a dastardly plot!

I remember Rolls-Royce used to do that, too.

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Google gins search formula to favor its own services

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Not linking to hotmail

That is perfectly understandable.

If I was them, I would be embarrassed about owning Hotmail, and trying to hide it.

PH, because she has nothing to hide!

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BFD

It actually seems perfectly natural to me...

And indeed, it is the way I would like it to work. If I look up an address in the Google search box, it is most likely because I actually want to look it up on Gmaps, but I am too lazy to get to the Gmaps page.

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Apple seeks touchscreen display mouse patent

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Once again, all together:

PRIOR ART

OBVIOUS APPLICATION

STUPID USPTO

EVIL APPLE

I believe that will be all.

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WikiLeaks accused of tapping P2P for secret docs

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Yeah, right

Sometimes, I have a hard time understanding how people can make some preposterous claims.

I love how they state that the first documents were searched for by Swedish IPs, then do not make any such claim for the other documents.

The first accusation logically implies that WikiLeaks owns the only computers in Sweden.

The second accusation logically implies that WikiLeaks owns the only computers in the WORLD.

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WikiLeaky phone scam targets unwary in US

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Credulity

I wonder how many people actually paid.

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HP WebOS tablets won't ship until September?

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I don't know what to say

I feel sorry when large companies do moves that seem so full of fail. I suppose they are doing their best, but it does seem so woefully inadequate...

Better than nothing I suppose. If a company has for policy to only buy HP, they will eventually buy those. But they have acted way too late to be significant players in any way.

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Bot attacks Linux and Mac but can't lock down its booty

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Mac infections

It might well be that Mac users are less careful about what they click on... With some reasons. Though we can see that they should be careful too.

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Apple's Jobs stand-in touts iPad's enterprise reach

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Scaled-up smartphone

"Basically you end up with kind of a scaled-up smartphone – which is a bizarre product, in our view."

Something the iPad is not, clearly... Right?

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WikiLeaks gets Swiss bank info

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I hope the data is juicy

WikiLeaks is hardly mentioned any more, even though they are still releasing cables... Truly, the interest of the public is fleeting.

What about that American bank? I would like to see it too!

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Google dispenses first jackpot award to security bug hunter

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I got much better

Google keeps sending me e-mail to tell me they have awarded me millions in jackpot. And I didn't even have to work for it!

That said, they might want to raise the prizes if they really hope people with look for possible bugs. Hearing that the cash machine gave all of $14'000 in prizes sounds cheap. But maybe I'm too demanding.

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Yank fires up iPhone-controlled beer cannon

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Great

The cannon should shake the can a bit more, just to make sure it explodes in your face when you open it.

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Mythical 'iPad 2' caught on camera

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At CES?

What would it be doing there, since Apple was not?

Why would an accessory manufacturer bring something like that to a show, since they are obviously not allowed to show it?

Good call on the reaction from Apple. If this video is still on Youtube at the end of the day, it is fake.

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Microsoft disputes Apple's 'App Store' trademark

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Endless comedy

And all thanks to the USPTO.

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Apple refuses frozen iPhone repair

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No need to move

Just wait a couple of centuries, global warming will take care of it!

The heavy one with the fur hat, please...

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Lawyers fear Assange faces death penalty in US

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I would actually trust the Sweden justice...

I would not be surprised if the whole thing was just about "following the rules". I.e. they are absolutely unwilling to change the way things would be done if he was just Joe Nobody. It is quite likely that they would refuse interrogating him at his convenience, be it in the UK or by video. So, following the rules, they ask for extradition the way they would with anybody else.

In that case, all this grandstanding about rendition would be nothing but paranoia from his part. Of course, you have good reasons to be paranoid when you pissed off the US so much...

I hope he gets extradited, then receives a fine and a few months with probation, as one would expect for such conduct. I would be laughing long and loud.

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Google founder sinks $45m in toy boat

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Zodiac link

It's cheap too! "Save nearly $40K on select models!"

When you look at these models, it's a real bargain...

...That and a beer, I need no more.

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Italian bloke sneezes out .22 bullet

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Wow

I didn't know that there was a city called Naples in the Middle East. It is a good thing that stupid behaviors like shooting at random for celebrating the new year would never occur on our civilized European continent.

...Right?

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EMC employee filched $1m worth of hardware

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Another variation

A different joke is about a man working in a Chinese bicycle factory, trying to steal a bicycle piece by piece... Problem is, for some reason, every time he assembles the pieces he gets a machine gun.

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Tech giants score record patent stash

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You ain't seen nothing yet

Considering the way business seems to be done nowadays, the number of patent is going to double... It's going to increase and increase... UNTIL IT BLOWS!!1!!

PH, she knows how to blow, too.

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Verizon to sell iPhone 4 this month

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Uhhh...

Was that a troll attempt? Have you ever heard of CDMA?

Hint: That's what Verizon uses, and there has been no CDMA iPhones up to now.

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Motorola dual-core Android phone to pull off laptop trick?

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Yes, but...

Can you put the laptop case in a docking station so as to have a desktop?

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US job market still limp

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Lawyers have it bad too, it seems

Is Law School a Losing Game?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/business/09law.html?hpw

Schadenfreude ist die reinste Freude.

What? No comment yet about the awesome title and subtitle to the article?

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Vegas vid-poker hackjackpot bonanza duo face charges

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Fair enough

They kick him out, and forbid him from coming back, but he gets to keep the money. I have no idea how they intend to claim that what he did was illegal...

Wait, hang on. This might be construed as a way to circumvent a security feature, forbidden by the DMCA?

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