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Autonomy's Mike Lynch loses battle against extradition to the US on fraud charges

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Re: Absurd ...

With you on this - i think it's absurd that I can't sell a service to HP without exposing everything including my grandma's underwear to them for scruitiny but somehow Lynch sold them a dud for 8billion more than it's worth, despite oversight by a due dilligence 'conglomerate' worth more than 8billion itself!


$900bn coronavirus stimulus bill includes $600 for most Americans, $50 in monthly internet subsidies, $1.9bn to help rid the US of Huawei kit

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Re: Re : "Not sure how the last bit relates to COVID-19 but there ya go"

I mean, if you're only NOW going to deny that viruses (Donald might be thinking computer viruses here) from China CAN arrive in 'merikca via "WhoAreWe" kit then hhhrrmmph, you mmmreaaally need your head examined heh heh heh!

It's a preemptive strike - a pint for the Donald! Dilly-Dilly!!

Why did Apple hamstring camera repairs on standard iPhone 12 but leave Pro Max module swappable? asks engineering group

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Paris Hilton


In the 12 Pro teardown iFixit noted that the battery was smaller than that in the 11 Pro - do we now know if the 12 Pro MAX battery has been zapped by the same shrink-ray?

Paris, coz if ANYONE wants to know what the battery situation is like in her gadgets.. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

'Azure appears to be full': UK punters complain of capacity issues on Microsoft's cloud

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Re: Homework

Parents are used to multi-tasking... they'll be fiiiiiinnneee...

Micro Focus chairman Kevin Loosemore cuts himself loose as merger with HPE Software continues to haunt biz

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De Ja Hmmmm

So HP bought Autonomy, decided it's actually a bit of a bad deal, and proceded to split their hand so as to be able to offload Autonomy as part of HPE Software...

MicroFockers buys HPE Software, determines it's actually a bit of a bad deal, and has now decided to split so as to probably be able to offload HPE Software/Autonomy as part of Big Data...

Biiiig Data! Big Bountiful Data!! Get your Big Data 'ere!!!

*Paris, coz it seems MicroFockers need someone with some experience of seeing things comin'!

Newly born Firefox 71 emerges from its den – with its own VPN and some privacy tricks

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Re: I find VPNs very useful

Phone in one hand, and pint in t'other of course!

Apple's latest keyboard travels back in time to when they weren't crap

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Re: idiotMagnet as long as Memory and Storage not modular

Not FISH - a contextual argument about gradual adoption of once-unpalatable concepts into the mainstream e.g. heating most homes in Europe without using Gas, or driving a car without a seatbelt, or I dunno, Smartphones without user-replaceable batteries or 3.5mm headphone jacks..?

Unique offering being the hardware/software COMBINATION developed alongside each other and exclusively for each other - even you cannot deny the amount of work that's gone into making macOS a lot more mainstream consumer-friendly than <insert_a_distro_name_here>. Surface has arrived (relatively) recently from Microsoft and is effectively a concession about the need to apply internal controls and standards on both the hardware and software.

Market-influencing technology integrations refers to being right at the top of the "how do we take the best of what's out there and wrap it up in a useful, attractive, performant mass-market product" chain.. What component did Apple include in the original iPhone that didn't exist on the market prior? Probably none. Had ANYONE managed to package the same 'existing' technologies in such a compelling way prior to Apple? No, and yet now EVERYONE folows the formula - give Apple THAT if nothing else. I'm not on top of the entire Catalina hoopla but the little I understand is that a lot of outcry is about 32-bit applications no longer being tolerated (after repeated warnings from as far back as what, Lion or earlier) - sorting application compatibility before upgrade has been common sense since upgrades existed..

I concede that Apple products are not 100% recyclable, user-repairable or upgradable, but no comparable product is - even a dead ASUS motherboard is a dead motherboard.. As a business in a market where their most lucrative expertise appears to be (I hate to go there again) 'Market-influencing technology integrations', they have to strike a balance between GIVING their advantage away and doing the best they can to limit environmental impact. I note you don't defend the injection-mould plastic casing on a £299 bargain-basement laptop - if you took the 2019 MacBook Pro and the £299 PCWorld/BestBuy loss-leader brand new and buried them in the ground, which degrades more kindly for the planet after X years? They're not perfect but my personal opinion is not many are even close..

I'm sure most security experts will tell you if someone has physical access to your machine, you've got greater things to worry about than whether mashing return will give them root access.

The T2 issue i think you're referring to is the 3rd party component management capability - my perspective aligns with the business value of trusting that the replaceable hardware components one bought with their server are still in situ, vs possibly having one's components replaced with a dodgy device that does a hell of a lot more than the original was intended. T2 didn't make it impossible to replace certain components with 3rd party - it just required the involvement of Apple or certified resellers to (arguably) ensure what is being fitted is at known risk and with visibility to the manufacturer (who might get blamed when that 3rd-party SSD upgrade sends all your blueprints to <insert_h4ckor_here>)

I stand by my original arguments - it's all about context

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Re: idiotMagnet as long as Memory and Storage not modular

When (if) you bought your car, did you not observe that your options are performance/capacity limited depending on use case? If you live in Europe and you want to drive a diesel car, your diesel-driving days are numbered - nothing you can do about that (or seat belts for that matter)

When (if) you bought your house, did you not observe that houses are capacity/feature/layout-constrained depending on budget, location, market value and other such factors? If you live in Europe and you want to heat your home with gas, your gas-central-heating days are numbered - nothing you can do about that

The Apple 'offer' (which is ALL it is) represents a lot of things that people somehow REFUSE to concede influence other purchases they make, such as:

- Unique offering to the market of Hardware/Software integration to Pro capability (despite MANY howls, NOBODY has achieved/offered similarwith commitment and longevity, and IMHO that's sufficient for them to associate an abstract additional value to the bare bones that constitute the technical offering, as well as the invisible but ever-present LIKE IT OR LUMP IT label)

- Market-influencing technology integrations (often ahead of time, researched fairly well given complexity and inevitably copied by the less creative lot (READ: the rest of the market who cannot afford or won't invest in design innovation)

- Consistently high resale value on typical 2-to-5-year ownership cycles (duration of course depending on product; e.g. when I buy an iPhone I KNOW I'm getting half the retail value back if I take care of the phone over 3-4 years and it helps that Apple continue to issue relevant updates all the way through those cycles, unlike some)

- Highly commendable environmental credentials (NOTE I did not say perfect coz nobody is, but surely a laptop made from recycled aluminum carries better base credentials and inherent value than the £299 plastic injection molded offering from <just_about_every_other_mainstream_manufacturer> )

- Better control over 'secure-by-design' ambition than anyone relying on a less tightly-controlled Hardware/Software integration in the mainstream Consumer space especially (How many years did it take Google to admit that checking code on apps submitted to Play Store was a good idea?)

I think I speak for a fair few Apple users who are willing to engage with the options (flaws and all) - most of us really don't need to hear constant winging and trolling from seemingly jealous entities who will inevitably align with that which they complained about.

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Re: Post Jony Ive, maybe Apple products can work again

Even before that, the new Mac Pro can be upgraded by the user (once again)

Maybe this IS a reflection of his grip being loosened..

After all - the golden thread of his design philosophy is clear and Apple can make a big load of bank on that for a while yet; the key is to keep people happy which (for now) seems to slowly be manifesting as the focus..

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid number of power outlets leaves us asking... why?

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Re: Forget the risk of fire spreading through the holes in the wall

Tigers as pets?!?

Back in MY day the rules were simple!

If it grows, watch what eats it!

If you eat what eats it, what grows is safe to eat!!

If you don't eat what eats it, it may well eat you!!!

Mobile operators say they'll go halfsies with UK.gov on £1bn network to bring 4G to rural folk

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Re: What about the 5%

I'd let them have £3billion if they could guarantee 100% 4G+

How bad is Catalina? It's almost Apple Maps bad: MacOS 10.15 pushes Cupertino's low bar for code quality lower still

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IT Angle

Re: Production machine?

Same thing as a PRODUCTION windows machine?

I miss him already, says judge as Mike Lynch's court marathon ends

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Re: Thinking of the poor children ..

"..The established convention for submitting an objection in opposition to witness statement is to state 'Objection!', followed by < the legal grounds proposed to be pertinent to support said objection > .

As you have failed to align your attempt at an objection with this long-established convention, your attempt is over-ruled as invalid in front of the court, and you are hereby warned to realign or be in contempt of court.

Please continue, Council (Commswonk).."

Facebook ad platform discriminates all on its own, say boffins

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Both of you need to take a second look at what you've just typed, and compare it starkly with what has been stated in the article.

The very specific issue of 'unwanted' bias was highlighted with respect to the jobs, housing and credit ad placement scenarios, not tampons and lipstick.

@Mark 85 - "..So now it has to be gender neutral and ethnic neutral advertisng only.." NO - but where there is NO NEED to target people along these lines, the platform should not be seen to be doing so anyway. Why aren't both genders and ethnicities receiving ads for both jobs? White people can't janitor? Black people can't lumber..?

@Martin Summers - so you're saying white people in USA shouldn't be shown janitorial jobs because black people were "...never offended and didn't realise they should have been in the first place..." ..? They complain about this ALL the time; literally ALL the time. They DO feel offended and they DO realise there's a bias. It's usually impossible to prove and subsequently gain recompense from a biased ad platform with the clout of FaceBook, but that doesn't mean their 'systematic bias' suspicions are incorrectly placed or non existent..

Read carefully folks - perspective looks like a caliedescope, not a telescope....

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Re: Apple....

I've just about managed with the jack being dropped by going from iPhone 6 to 7Plus..

I see no clarity beyond 7Plus though

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IF Apple price-matched your Windows or 'Droid, which would you prefer?

Answers below - PLEASE provide a consice grown-up argument for your preference

Abu Dhabi drops sack of cash into UK broadband challenger Hyperoptic

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Formula 1

"...When you're Red Bull, all you need is a little extra oomph to be able to leverage that awesome aero package and overtake around the outside ANY corner you like.."

They're after BT and Virgin customers alright; they're just gonna bring their own carrots not wait for the leftovers from Old McOpenRoach's farm :)

It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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"..Let's jet physical, physical!!!..."

Alright alright alright I'll leave - geeeeez!

PayPal's pal Venmo spaffs your pals' payments – and yours

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ooooh ShareyBus - jump onto the bandwagon before you are left out and alone not doing whatever they do on the ShareyBus!!! vrooooooom

Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

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Motorola 'VBOX' v100

Awww super happy fun times :D

Gemini goes back to the '90s with Agenda, Data and mulls next steps

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Runs Android therefore Not Interested

that is all...

Harry Potter to get the Pokémon GO treatment

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Oh dear...

For all the positives of Pokemon Go (outdoor fun, meeting new people, common interest/common cause draw, game title nostalgia etc), I feel a game developed by people with a sense-of-duty/mission-to-achieve the level of standards that Nintendo had set with its software would have stood PoGo in better stead..

The application is HUGE, highly power inefficient, very buggy and the objectives change like the weather - it doesn't 'feel' Nintendo despite being heavily associated with Nintendo..

I don't know what HP fans expect from their game but I hope they get more from it than PoGo fans got..

Here's to JK Rowling's next billion hey :)

Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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What are your thoughts on...

Industry-level joint development of Apple's 'Secure Enclave' system to get to a stage where it would 2-factor requests for information/authorisation and just releas a Yay or Nay without ever releasing or sharing the actual data...? Is it not time for this to be embraced on a much wider scale?

May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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NONE of you would have a universe to rave about if Voltron didn't defend it...

You're all welcome!

After years of warnings, mobile network hackers exploit SS7 flaws to drain bank accounts

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Re: Head in the sand

Trump already has a counter-play ready:

"..Congressman hacked? That's FAKE NEWS - nothing to see here.. Move along!.."

Lean in and pivot: Even Steve Jobs didn't work alone, startup boy

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Re: Twist

Clearly you've no admiration for the double-jointedness of Startup Superheroes!

UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

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Re: Dont worry, it'll all be fine

@AC - If you were a fish you'd be baking in someone's oven right now, stuffed with garlic, dill and lemon slices..

Power9: Google gives Intel a chip-flip migraine, IBM tries to lures big biz

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Re: Interesting niches...

The Matrix..

Take the correct colour pill, sit back and relax, and soon enough you will realise all of 'this' was a MassivelyMulti-OccupantVirtualReality powered by IBM Power - foooooooorrrrrrrrrk yeaaaaaah!!!

Here's what an Intel Broadwell Xeon with a built-in FPGA looks like

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I once had a Sony C1-VFK with a Transmeta 'Crusoe' FPGA-type processor - ran Win2K ok at a time when netbooks were all the rage; I miss the little thing (stolen)..

2016: Bad USB sticks, evil webpages, booby-trapped font files still menace Windows PCs

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Re: Dem Bones, dem dry Bones!


And furthermore, the worms in the can that's in the can of worms are likely to each be holding a can of whup-a$$ which you should NOT open - Peter Griffin did so and look what happened to him..


Women devs – want your pull requests accepted? Just don't tell anyone you're a girl

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"...Provide more encouragement for young girls to take up technology subjects (in a non-patronizing way) and more female role-models, and that will do more to address sexism in the workplace in our sector than anything else..."

I reckon that's a consultancy niche you could operate in (to the benefit of potential entrants) based on your experiences and expectations, to great success - I'll be the first to toast your new little side-earner

Fleet of 4.77MHz LCD laptops with 8088 CPUs still alive after 30 years

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Re: the unchanged fact that most solid-state electronics...

Especially since Lead became a no-no in CE..

Fake Flash update malware targets gullible Apple users

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Re: Warning

Can you read his reply to you, and reply to me if you still REALLY don't get what he just said....?

Apple growth flatlines ... Tim Cook thinks, hey, $80bn is still $80bn

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Re: Wish list

### iWatch that's half as thick and heavy, uses LCD and reflected light or backlight at night, 4 days battery life?

--> Progress, but not DISRUPTIVE..

### earpods that use aptx quality level Bluetooth and barely weight more than current ones?

--> Progress, but not DISRUPTIVE..

### A wide open Apple TV that people actually want to buy, one that offers ALL major streaming catch-up services (after all, IOS does...)?

--> Supporting such products 'The Apple Way' would prove expensive, and factoring the Apple premium on the TV itself, means it's likely unattractive to Apple. They don't have mobile geniuses, and they'd need to fundamentally re-work their logistics.. CANNOT FLY - Get Apple TV

### A competitor to Spotify at about £6 per month in the UK?

--> Apple Music offers you a deal where up to 6 people can use the same Apple Music Account for £15/month WITH full, segregated access if you want it.. So if you can get 3 people on one account you've already got it down to £5/month per person.. ARGUABLY AVAILABLE - not disruptive as Apple was late to the party...

For me, disruptive is something that fundamentally shifts the entire argument of how things are done, and though Apple does a lot of things well, it can only be expected to hit the world with a true gamechanger once every half-decade or so..

Australia considers mass herpes release for population control

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What ARE you all barbelling on about? Many a robustus argument have been offered, but none of us are any the tiger for it..

Hey, Woz. You've got $150m. You're kicking back in Australia. What's on your mind? Killer AI

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This one is simple...

LikelyFact! AI could kill off all humanity eventually..

When? When AI mathematically determines that it's capabilities have superseeded what humans can do, against it's self determined measure of what it can achieve vs what humans can achieve

Why? Humans will have served their purpose, and will be redundant/surplus/expensive/unreliable

What purpose? To exist (mostly through their legacy) beyond the human life cycle(s)

What can we do? NEVER allow AI to exist in the first place, OR be glad you exist in a time where AI is not as capable as the best brains we have (YET)

Forget the climate: Fatties are a much bigger problem - study

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Re: They aren't a problem; they're a solution!

A beer for you my Anonymous friend - Carbon Capture indeed!!!

Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Re: $3 Chinese Rolex

Because the value of the gold in the watch has shown an upward trend since gold was first traded - the 'watch' aspect of it doesn't matter.. I thought that was the gist of the whole article on what people consider luxury..?

Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

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I for one welcome iOS 7.1 - it has definitely done something to enhance the general feel of the OS when navigating and working with apps. It feels faster. I'm yet to figure out at what expense though - will keep an eye on battery life.

WhatsApp no threat to BBM: Blackberry bod says pretender's buyout will HELP ailing firm

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The only concern with BlackBerry is...

Can they resist Shark SuckerBorg's dollars when he comes a-knocking?

Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

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You all forget something fundamentally important...

I've first-hand experience of living in parts of the world (Africa, 3 countries) where the kerosene/paraffin lamps are used.. They're fairly bright and they are PORTABLE; you're talking about replacing a lighting technology that you can lend to someone so they can light up the way to the next village along in gusty conditions, or light up the way to the pit toilet outside..

This won't solve that - it's a very good attempt though..

Wind-up technology is better at the moment for a fair number of people...

Win7 hotspot hackers kick-funded - now they're network bondage pros

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Re: Really

Coz he wants BOTH!


Apple lawyer: 'I promise I am not smoking crack'

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Re: "I'm not smoking crack, I promise you that,"

I WAS, but am not anymore, so your allegation is invalid!

Curiosity's new OS upgrade ready to go live

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Re: Transmission data rate

You, Sir deserve a pint of our best!!!

First full landing site and colour pictures back from Mars

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That I was the first to realise that Mohawk Guy looks like Cesc Fabregas!!!!

SETI experiment succeeds: fails to find aliens

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MarsOne, anyOne?

Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

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IT Angle

Just Geddit People!

1. Bake a half decent OS

2. Bake a pos OS, price it low, and mark up the price of the half-decent OS

3. Watch the masses buy the half-decent OS at a higher price to avoid the pos OS

4. Rinse and repeat