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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

Richard_at_work Re:Where are these photos? (306 comments)

A lot of people would prefer that Windows would come unable to handle the web out of the box, so why should photos be more important?

yesterday
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China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

Richard_at_work Re:And well they should. (78 comments)

And the way to fix that is to launch a formal investigation into the supplier of the software? Bollocks.

yesterday
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Richard_at_work Re:yet if we did it (442 comments)

Why reward somebody who is under investigation?

Precisely because they are under investigation - to not pay them means the investigators and the employers have taken a particular stance, and also it would be extremely easy to harm someone by making a false accusation against them. Any accusation that leads to an investigation means the target is out of pocket, regardless of the end result.

yesterday
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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

Richard_at_work Re:Amazon riding rough over industry? One recourse (112 comments)

Oh wow, on an *Apple* computer.

That makes all the difference! There is competition in the market!

Of course it fucking matters if the competition is only within one very small segment of the market, it means a much higher cost of entry for the consumer - to read my Amazon Kindle book all I had to do was download the free Kindle reading app on any one of my Android phone, Android tablet, Apple phone, Apple tablet, Windows Phone, Windows 8 device, Apple computer, Windows 7 computer, Blackberry or a web browser for the web reader. Or buy a Kindle.

To take advantage of your "competition" I would have to buy an Apple device...

If you can't see why that is important, then you are a retard.

Amazon is providing the better service, and they are doing it without meaningful competition. Apple are locking you into their hardware ecosystem and were raising the price I have to pay on another platform to do it.

Again, if you can't see why that is important, then you are a retard.

Apple brings no competition to the market at all, they compete in one relatively small segment and have no interest in providing any service to those not using Apple devices. Fuck them.

4 days ago
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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

Richard_at_work Re:Comfortable, were we? (112 comments)

Why should it be easy? Amazon didn't have it easy.

4 days ago
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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

Richard_at_work Re:Amazon riding rough over industry? One recourse (112 comments)

Apple was only ever competing in the eBook industry on their own devices - and they were hurting the rest of us reading eBooks on other platforms.

When I can read my Apple eBooks on anything other than an IOS device, then they are in competition, until then they are just a negative on the industry as they are treating IOS as the entire market when dealing with publishers, which affects me over here on a platform Apple will never touch.

4 days ago
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For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

Richard_at_work Re:There are reasons for that (75 comments)

Going too deep will be an issue in itself - I bet this things crush depth isn't all that deep...

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Richard_at_work Re:Class Action Attorney (353 comments)

The complainants are welcome to do the work themselves...

5 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Richard_at_work Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

And yet one of the things "fought for" by OEMs during the antitrust battles was more freedom to do shit with OEM installs.

So which would you prefer - more freedom for OEMs, or more freedom for MS to restrict OEMs?

about a week ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Richard_at_work Re:Hmmm ... (194 comments)

Why is that bad design? It allows access to the system again, but in a way that makes it pretty fecking obvious access has been gained - thats how I would like it to be handled rather than the alternatives of never gaining access or gaining unfettered access with all data in place and no one being aware access was gained.

about a week ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Richard_at_work Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (375 comments)

What "law" stops Scotland being required to take its share of the national debt if it doesn't take the currency? The debt is not linked to the national currency, its entirely separate, just like your debt is not linked to any particular currency.

about two weeks ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

Richard_at_work Re:You *NEED* to do breaks. (190 comments)

As I said in my post - "it all depends on your long distance driving experience."

Learn to read the entire post.

about two weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Richard_at_work Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (375 comments)

In general, there isn't "another side of the story" because Salmond and Sturgeon are spouting the same disproven bullshit time and again - when they start actually giving decent information, I'm sure the BBC will present their side of the story.

about two weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Richard_at_work Re:No it will not. (375 comments)

Uh, the recession did not happen because of a drop in GDP, the drop in GDP happened because of the recession - removing Scotlands contribution to the GDP will not trigger a recession because it does not indicate a contraction in output, its a redefinition of output (which sounds like a hand wave, but its perfectly valid). Even without the Scottish contribution to GDP, the UK economy will still grow at around the rate it currently is because nothing is happening to affect it.

about two weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Richard_at_work Re:Did the fall of the Soviet Union (375 comments)

Actually, more than one country gave up its nuclear weapons after the fall of the USSR, not just Ukraine. The Ukraine issue has much deeper running reasons than are usually discussed.

about two weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Richard_at_work Re:Hope So (375 comments)

You realise the reason Faslane is there is because Scottish MPs wanted the investment and jobs in Scotland?

about two weeks ago

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Federal Aviation Administration To Investigate Boeing 787 after safety scares

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Richard_at_work writes "The FAA announced this morning that they were initiating an indepth investigation into both the design and construction of the Boeing 787 aircraft after several safety scares in the past few months. The Boeing 787 has been in operation for less than 2 years, but in that time it has seen fuel leaks related to build quality issues, electrical problems and a fire related to the new all-electrical approach.

The review will involve a broader investigation than those systems involved in recent scares, and is a significant event for both Boeing as the manufacturer and the FAA."

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Possible security breach at Dropbox?

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "In a thread that has now been ongoing for almost a week, the evidence has been mounting that Dropbox has possibly had a security breach, with many users reporting spam being delivered to Dropbox-only email accounts.

Dropbox has denied this so far, but with the forum thread on the issue now surpassing 250 replies with most users reporting the same sort of thing (spam email for the same "service" all coming in on email addresses only used for Dropbox, and in many cases aliases specifically created for Dropbox with no spam hitting the catch all addresses for the same domains) the likelihood is that something is going on here.

Users were first reporting it as being limited to German Dropbox users, but it has gradually spread across a fairly representative sample of users across the globe now.

With disparity of ISPs, email systems and locations involved here, could there be any other explanation?"

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Assange loses latest round in extradition fight

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "After losing his appeal to the UK Supreme Court a couple of weeks ago, Assanges lawyer was given leave to seek a reopening of the case on particular grounds — the UK Supreme Court has now rejected those grounds and upheld its earlier ruling that Assanges should be extradited, which could happen in the next few days."
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AFA Director: 1st Amendment Doesn't Apply To Islam

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Richard_at_work (517087) writes "Bryan Fischer, Director of of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, has come out saying that the First Amendment is a privilege and not a right when it comes to Islam, and that "The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity. They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam." as well as going on to say "Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment." Quite a fantastical claim!"
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Wow! Its been 30 years....

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  about 7 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "Thirty years ago today, the Big Ear radio telescope recorded a 72 second long signal that perfectly matched the expected signature of a signal that was not of local origin. This became known world wide as the 'Wow!' signal after the comment its discoverer, Dr. Jerry R. Ehman of SETI, scribbled in the margin of the print out, and while it has never been detected since, it has fueled arguments on both sides as to the existence of extraterrestrial life ever since."
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