* Posts by Justin Clements

310 posts • joined 13 Feb 2008


Curse of Arecibo strikes again: Now another cable breaks, smashes into America's largest radio telescope

Justin Clements

Re: Indicators

Stock market is great news if you have a 401k.

Nominet refuses to consider complaint about its own behaviour, claims CEO didn’t mean what he said on camera

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Re: At what point do you pull the plug?

Nominet is and always has been afraid of the Department of Trade and Industry.

If you want to screw Nominet, and I highly recommend this course of action, then contact your MP and ask him why a critical piece of the UK online infrastructure is under the control of a private company, and not by HMG. Ask him why the CEO of this company is being paid £600k per annum.

Google rolls out pro-privacy DNS-over-HTTPS support in Chrome 83... with a handy kill switch for corporate IT

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As a system administrator of 25 years

1. Do I have to do anything?


|----> Yes. ----> Ain't happening.


|----> No. ---> Good. As you were.

2. There is no 2. I'm a system administrator, I have finely tuned nerves and if you're a mouth breather there's a good chance you're on them already.

Butterfly defect stripped from MacBook Pros, Airs by Q2 2020, reckons Apple analyst

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Re: I liked the butterfly keyboard..

Same MBP here, no idea what the fuss is about.

We lose money on repairs, sobs penniless Apple, even though we charge y'all a fortune

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Superb idea! I'm not trying to defend Apple, but try that with the IRS and you'll be in front of a grand jury in no time for tax evasion.

The flaw to the idea is that the IRS will not accept continued losses from an operation, and will automatically assume that you are engaging in tax evasion and will investigate. The rest of your operations will be red flagged.

Protest against Trump's US travel ban leaves ‪PasswordsCon‬ in limbo

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I'm not so sure

Technically, unless he has a visa or residency in the US, he does not have the right to put on an exhibition in Las Vegas if he is Norwegian.

I would have thought he'd need a CW-1 Temporary Work Permit at the very least.

The fact he's got through border control in Las Vegas does not mean he had any rights to do any work. Chances are that he travelled on ESTA. Travelling to put on an event would not be classified as business either, as he's doing actual work in the US. Business travel allows you to attend an event as a visitor, not to actually do any meaningful work.

DirecTV Now plagued with faults, but uptake not slowing

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Odd problems

Watching DIRECTV now for a few days.

The Apple TV app is not happy in the evenings, streams seem to stall especially 8-9pm where it's unwatchable.

However, in the last two weeks it's definitely improving.

What is odd is that the iPad app seems a lot more reliable and it's sometimes easier just to stream to the tv from the iPad.

Really want this to work as we can get rid of another box in the house, and lose a few more cables, especially the cables nailed to the outside of the house.

Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

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>>Quite. Labour needed to be rid of the last traces of the Teflon-clad, self-regarding NewLabour crew to have any chance of being electable. Now that shower have been given an unmistakable message it may become a credible opposition.

You realize that the Teflon clad self regarding new labour crew are the only Labour Party that managed to be elected in 40 years, right?

Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep

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Re: Fiat Chrysler "incongruous"?

Err, don't think you'll find that Mercedes was making a quality product when they merged. As a Mercedes owner of a 2000 E class, its reliability is horrific. The Mercedes you think of, making something of quality and reliable, was taken out back of a Mercedes factory in the mid 90s and shot in the forehead.

W is for WTF: Google CEO quits, new biz Alphabet takes over

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When do the Google pair reach a point where they've spent so much money on researching things, and doing stuff that no one wants, that the investments will never recoup any of the large outlay? We've got to be getting close to that point.

'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Re: Here we go again

What is faulty about the data?

I really don't know of another science that goes around changing data on the basis "it's faulty" to prove a computer model!

How convenient "faulty data" has become. What is the point of recording anything, if you are just going to say in 100 years "the data is faulty".

And finally, the data a few years ago wasn't faulty, it was fine, it suddenly became faulty recently. Because it annoyingly didn't prove what they are trying to prove. An inconvientant truth.

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Here we go again

When the historical data doesn't match your results, change the historical data. NOAA did it earlier this year, University of East Anglia do it as a matter of course, and ow the pesky sun spot data, let's change that as well.

Is this really science any more?

Tesla still burning cash: each car loses $4,000

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Tesla has the highest gross profit? Do you just make this stuff up in your bedroom whilst fantasizing over Elon?

It's not like the numbers are private, a quick search shows that Ford have a $6n gross profit for the last quarter, vs Tesla with $260m.

Siri, dim the lights and warm us up: First gizmos for Apple HomeKit love-in emerge

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It's not about controlling things from the couch, it's about the house becoming more automated, and cross function.

We already have a test system running at home using the Lowes system, if an alarm sensor on a door or window shows that it's open and the air con comes on, we get a text telling us that a window or door is open. It used the alarm system sensors to tell us about the heating cooling system. Which isn't techie fun, but actually real world useful.

If a door opens, a light can come on (set hours). If a temperature in a room is too high, it can close a blind, before it turns on the AC system. I will be playing with motorized vents in few months which should give me a cheap way of doing heating and cooling zones, without a very expensive AC system upgrade. The ceiling fan modules have just come available as well.

The lock systems are just superb, if you don't have a key use a keypad (if enabled), open door remotely if you lock yourself out, set pins for other people to come in out and on a schedule, and so forth.

The real key to the apple system is whether it will talk zigbee and zwave, which is what everyone is producing right now. If they go with anything proprietary it will die. They need to remember that you buy these things from lowes and homedepot, not from the apple website.

And companies like lowes are really pushing their solution as the hub was on sale for the first quarter of this year (if you could find it), for $5. The hub is really very good, built in battery so you can move it new devices when needed(initializing a device is often on a different short range channel), gig of space so the video recording will work, and so forth.

Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: If you

Why would you have no insurance though? Why would you be putting your car payment before your health?

Google leaves STUPID vuln on Nest devices

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Oh noes

A hacker (who would have to access to my house in the first place) can control my airconditioner. How will I cope?

Maybe they'll set the temperature to high and we'll feel the house is a little too warm, or maybe too low and it'll feel cold. And if I work out that the Nest is compromised - what shall I do (other than run out to Lowes and pick up a $19 thermostat to replace it)?

End of the world stuff folks.

Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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Re: The Facts..........

>>What I had to do was connect it to the PC, using some obscure thing known as a USB cable. I believe they are really expensive and difficult to obtain. Then, I had insert the CD into this thing called a CD Drive. Don't think they ever caught on. The really difficult bit was then clicking on one button in the Creative suite that ripped the CD to mp3 and instantly transferred them to the mp3 player.

>>Yep, bloody hard work it was.

>>Of course, I could also rip CDs using any number of applications, and simply drag n drop them onto the player. That concept is obviously far too complicated for a simple minded Apple owner to comprehend.

Trouble is that you never really understood the power of iTunes and the iPod then.

I could just as easily rip a cd in iTunes, plug in my iPod, and that's more or less it.

The power of iTunes was to use smart playlists. You didn't need to copy anything; it did it all for you, if you had spent a little bit of time creating playlists.

Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad

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Ok, I'll admit it

I never thought the original iPad was exactly thick in the first place!!?? In comparison to what came before it, it was a lightweight, and even when it was released it was thin. Even today, 4 years on, and our original iPad used daily still does not feel thick. And who cares about the thickness when a case easily doubles the thickness of the device anyway?

I blame techies for have weak left hands and limp handshakes with cries of "it's so heavy". Pussies.

IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'

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....all this anti-Rice stuff.

I do hope that when the current administration is replaced you also remember their failings so well, especially since they've had 5 long years endorsing what the NSA has been up to....

Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'

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Umm, not so sure.

Everything I've read about Steve Jobs in the early days suggests that he was a number 1 prick, and deserved to have several years outside Apple learning a thing or two.

I believe Apple succeeded when he returned because he was a slightly different person, and Apple itself was more open to his return. Remember that his return was like the mythical lost leader coming home. Had he not left, he wouldn't have commanded such respect, and it's doubtful he would have lasted as long.

The other thing to remember is that after Steve Jobs left in 1985, Apple was still a great company, and the Macintosh was still a fantastic machine. Apple only really lost the plot in the middle of the 90s when they were unable to figure out how to make a Mac stay up for more than 15 minutes without that dreaded bomb.

Alcatel unveils 'cheaper-than-Chromebook' Lapdock-alike phablet-powered laptop

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MacBook Pro?

Seriously? Aluminium coloured, black keyboard, black surround to the screen, large buttonless trackpad - could they make it look like a MacBook any more?

But at least they changed the colour of a hinge.

G20 gives Google, Microsoft, Apple et al tax deadline

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Re: Downvote me straight away...but.

>why should UK Treasury want to slurp up all the cash in UK?

What people overlook is that the various governments around the world have tied it together with commerce. We've brought down trade barriers over the years.

The other thing people overlook is that the UK Treasury does make money from Apple in the way of VAT, and every other country has an equivalent sales tax. When an iPad is brought into the UK and sold at £400, £80 of that went straight to HMG Treasury (there is no reclaim on the item as it's an import from China).

So the corporate tax liability is peanuts as they chase it through the ever more complex tax system that they themselves wrote!

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Downvote me straight away...but.

Taxing a company on profit is immoral and frankly, theft. Taxing a company for anything is simply taxing the end user or consumer without being direct about it. Companies do not pay tax on their profits; you pay their tax on their profits!

Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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He does understand it

Read the text carefully "even specifies where they should appear on the Android phone's home screen" - this means that no other applications, lets say a map application will have the same prominence as the Google app. It's a clever yet subtle way to ensure that Google remains top in other markets.

MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

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>Justin, my IBM PC XT had two monitors in 1985 (one color for the IBM CGA card, one monochrome for the Hercules Graphic Card). You might be surprised at how little IRQ manipulation was required for that setup.

And you could move your mouse seamlessly from one screen to the other? Even repositioning how the two monitors fitted together.... Hmmmmm........

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Re: Strange Article

>Yes, with localtalk you may have been able to plug your laser printer straight in, but it only went at 256kb a second (IIRC) it was slower than Econet on a BBC Micro. The protocol was so talkative that the actual resulting bandwidth was piss-poor. The PC may have been a right old pain in the pain to setup the networking, but once you had you could plug in to Ethernet, or Token Ring and actually talk to other open systems.

Again, here is the revisionism, you thought it was crap, but it wasn't. IIRC LocalTalk barely got you 8kb per second, I mean, it was slow. No doubt about that.

But at the time it was reasonably fast because the files were tiny in comparison to today. Just the fact that you could network two machines together so easily is overlooked. Whilst someone on a PC was messing around Novell (?) the Mac did it from out the box with nothing extra, you could talk some secreatary over the phone in a few mouse presses how to share her files to another Mac.

As I said earlier, so many people overlook what a joy Macs were to use and work on, even back in the 80s and 90s.

Heck, if you want to see how overengineered a Mac SE was - I replugged a machine once - pulled the power cord out and stuck a new one in. In the second, to maybe second and a half that it was unplugged, it stayed powered! There was enough current in the PSU to keep it running!

Justin Clements

Re: Strange Article

@AC, You make exactly the point in the article - Apple revisionism - You seem to "remember" that the original iPhone was amazing,

The problem is that I do remember it as amazing because we used to discuss it down the pub and were busy fondling a friends new iPhone. I remember having same conversations with friends working at Sun who hated Apple on a point of principle. Anyone who actually played with one and bought one loved it.

Which is why it succeeded.

We didn't care about the camera, or the lack of whatever G everyone else was up to, we looked purely at the UI and decided that, yeah, it was amazing.

Remember the woeful battery on the iPhone - it was an article on El Reg that actually suggested that the battery was so bad because Apple never expected people to engage with the phone as much as they did.

If journalists had actually bothered to listen to anyone outside their own dark spheres they would have been told "this thing is brilliant". If anyone had told Nokia, Microsoft and RIM how good the iPhone was - they wouldn't all be nursing some broken business plans.

And here's why I am right - Apple came from nowhere in phones - where are they now? 50m phones per quarter! Apple did not do that by having a bad product. It was good, the buyers told their friends, it expanded real quick.

Please do not tell me that selling 1m iPhones in the first quarter (or whatever it was) was bad either. Most businesses would kill for such sales.

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Strange Article

Seems to me that at the key points of Apple's history, the author managed to call just about every shot they made wrong, and seem to be a little bitter about it. I'll agree at the time journalists got it wrong, but the consumer - didn't! The consumer bought what they liked and in the quanities liked. Heck remember the IT journo who is still around who reckoned the mouse on the Lisa/Plus would never take off?

Just because you're a journalist doesn't suddenly make you insightful.

If you had been insightful, you would have looked at the original iPhone and seen by it's UI that it was so far ahead of everything else on the market it was unbelievable. Which it was. I was a mere mortal, the buying public; I didn't like the iPhone because it was Apple, I liked it because of the sheer presentation of the UI. Compared to Nokia, WM6 or whatever and the rest, it kicked them in the goolies and ran off with their wallets.

If you didn't see the massive shake up of the market after handling an iPhone (or an iPad for that matter) look no further than your own limited imagination.

But Apple as a company go much further than that; which you should know. Remember plugging in an ImageWriter into LocalTalk? It was networked straight away. Whilst PC users were looking at an absys of black screens and some ropey old dot matrix connected via some funky Centronic tectonic interface that was near on impossible to share, there was a Mac user doing it with a couple of mouse presses. Look at ADB ports. Again the PC user had this massive AT connector for the keyboard and a 232 port for the mouse (and then drivers etc - which COM is my driver on - WHO FUCKING CARES?), the Mac user had an easy to use bus. Dare I mention disk handling? Plug in SCSI drive and there it was? No, other users of other systems were never exactly blessed with that. I could go on. I will - MULTIPLE SCREENS!! Imagine putting two screens on a PC in 1990? What sort of IRQ hell would you go through?

Apple and the Mac were more than just a few announcement, shifts in policy, different people joining leaving. There was the whole Macintosh development behind them that continued on and made the Mac such an easy machine to live with.

The Mac at 30: Hardware and software wars – again and again and ...

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Re: OS X on multiple platforms?

>If they had really been compiling OS X on Intel for five years

I can well believe they did because NextStep/OpenStep was already complied for Intel, Sparc and Motorola iirc, and I'm sure I remember programmes on the Next machines being binary for 2 or 3 of those regardless of what you ran them on.

Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

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Maybe i'm missing something but a horizontal blade server chassis is not exactly good for heat. Heat rises so the top blades are gonna get fried.

MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

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Genuine question albeit probably stupid.

If heat is always such a problem, then why not plug it into your central heating system in your house? It might sound daft, but a normal British home has maybe 8-10 radiators all fully hooked up to water system. A standard radiator is about 4,000BTUs with 1200W of power required to heat it.

Apple fanbois make it 'official', hook up with Internet of Fridges Things

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Quite simple

>If you are 20 miles away, why would you feel the need to tweak the aircon?

For real airconditioners (not these Mickey Mouse units) in hot countries/states, having the ability to turn on the a/c remotely is brilliant.

If you leave the house for the day, you can set a high temperature on the a/c to get rid of humidity and keep the house getting too hot, yet the moment you know you are returning (eg coming back from work) you can log in, set the air con to a more comfortable level and by the time you've arrived it's at the temp you like.

As opposed to keeping the unit running all day keeping an empty house cool.

You could alternatively try and figure out how the house timer thermostat works but they really are the work of the devil.

Vint Cerf: 'Privacy may be an ANOMALY, now over'. And it's no secret I think that

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Hate to say this

But the more I read of Vint Cerf, the more I think he's turned into an old grandfather figure whose key line is: "I remember when"...and then insert something "tcp packets needed a good breakfast before they made their way across the internet", and so forth.

He fails to understand that we are in year 20 of the networking revolution, and not even year 10 of the social networking revolution (within the networking revolution). These are still fast moving days, we're still working out the laws to control these things, we're still working out how this affects us and society as a whole.

It's the start of a very very long chain of events in human history. Yet he and others seem totally oblivious to that fact. The last 5 years is and will be, merely a tiny fragment of history when historians look back in 200/2000/20,000/200,000 years.

Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

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I've seen this film, the planet is called Crematoria and there's a penal system on it.

A $17.3bn fine, you say? Samsung begs for five-year patent war truce

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Full 17bn Please

Hit them where it hurts. Too late now to start pleading any sort of disposition. What is the point of a threat of fines if it's never enforced?

Once they've come up with 17bn in cash, they sure as hell won't pull that shit again. And it might put Moto/Google on a bit of notice as well.

Wikileaks FAILS to start Twitter bitchfight with Guardian hack

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Did no one notice the jibe about the Guardian profiting? The Guardian that loses £50k per day! And someone accuses it of profiting? Only in their dreams.

Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

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Re: Highway to heaven...

>>Google maps delivers you to the door, not the taxi way.

No they don't. I bought my first Android phone yesterday, played with Google Maps and it instantly directly me down a cul-de-sac as if it was a through road! (I knew it was a cul-de-sac so didn't follow it).

Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback

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Enough of the history!

First - Golf GTI, Peugeot 205 GTi. It's a little thing that demonstrates knowledge of the subject.

Second, Golf GTI was 1976, Peugeot 205 GTi was 1984. The Peugeot did not create a new market - it had long since been created by VW.

The Peugeot just happened to be the best of the copy cats.

Tim Cook: Wearable tech's nice, but Google Glass will NEVER BE COOL

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He's right about glasses

Google Glass is a dumb concept. Before you downvote me, let me explain.

Look at the vast number of people who need glasses, yet wear contact lenses, or went for corrective surgery. They don't want to wear glasses.

Now look at Google Glass. For the concept to work you need to wear it all the time (admittedly someone will find full time applications though). If people already don't want to wear corrective lens glasses - why are they going to want to wear Google Glass?

Wearing sunglasses is not a valid argument either because most people don't wear them all the time. They are worn for a short period for comfort. Google Glass is only any good if it stays on your nose all the time.

Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?

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Re: Balmer is safe because...

>Much as I dislike Ballmer and all the cock-ups he has presided over, simple fact is that MS revenues and share price are on the up.

In 1996, I'm sure Kodak and Blockbusters were having pretty good years as well. It's not about where Microsoft is today that is worrying people, it's where Microsoft will be next year that has people concerned.

Move space junk with laser shots

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Don't get it.

Why not just de-orbit space junk and be done with it?

IT Pro confession: How I helped in the BIGGEST DDoS OF ALL TIME

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Losing Sleep?

To be honest, I wouldn't lose sleep over accidentally running a DDoS on Spamhaus. Everyone in the industry has been frustrated by them at some point in the past, and frankly, they are pretty much getting what they deserved.

There are plenty of other organisations who provide the same service but with less attitude.


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Can't say I'm surprised.

Fuck em. With any luck they'll be getting some massive bandwidth bills as well. These guys used to be the bane of the life of an administrator at ISPs years ago.

The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

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Article is spot on

Sorry guys, but the article is spot on. Linux Desktop is a bit of a dog (regardless of UI), and Windows Tablet failed for 10 years before MS re-imagined a tablet - with a desktop UI again, and the most ludicrous thing is that MS in their enormous wisdom market the Surface as a tablet with a keyboard!!

A pure Linux distro tablet will get no further than where the desktop versions have got, which is practically no where.

Brazilian-made 'iphone' runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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One Year At Most

I reckon they'll do this for one year at the most. Very simply, they will confuse customers as to what the device is (it's not an Apple iPhone) and they'll have massive numbers of returns. Worse still, retailers will be put off selling an iPhone that isn't because they'll be getting them back and sorting out this mess.

RIM bribes coders: Make BlackBerry 10 apps, GET A FREE SHINY

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100 developers get free kit? Why bother?

If they want to get serious with the developers, then they need to put aside 20-30k units, and ship them to the developers who did anything for the previous BB platform.

Motorola Razr i hands-on review

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A kevlar insert. Groundbreaking.

HP boss Whitman: 'We have to offer a smartphone'

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Drugs are bad

Is she on drugs?

>"My view is we have to ultimately offer a smartphone, because in many countries of the world, that is your first computing device," Whitman said. "There will be countries in the world where people will never own a tablet or a PC or a desktop. They will do everything on a smartphone."

This is the same woman that bought Skype so that Ebay buyers and sellers could talk to each other!!! For what? The whole point of ecommerce is that you didn't need or want to talk to a shop keeper.

But take her comments - would someone like to tell her that the world is full of PCs and some are pretty cheap - cheaper than smartphones - and what about all the s/h PCs across the planet??? And what's a smart phone - £300+?

Nominet 'sought govt protection from takeover by domain hawkers'

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Re: Will a leopard change its shorts?

Nominet was never set up to represent the domain holder, it was set up to represent the interests of the members, eg the ISP community.

However, rest assured that Nominet has done it's best to marginalise it's members ever since it's inception and will continue to do so until it succeeds.

Apple's lone wolf approach to security will bite it in the rear

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Who writes this crap???

>>Apple, which was somewhat blasé about iOS security early on, releasing the iPhone with serious security design flaws

One one hand the article complains that no hackers target OSX because it's a small minority and on the other hand claims that the security for iOS is 'blasé' yet there aren't millions of drone iOS installs out there when Apple has hundreds of millions of iOS installs!

So make your mind up, Apple are either very bad about security, or very good. Which one is it?



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