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'Theoretical' Nobel economics explain WHY the tech industry's such a damned mess

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I don't care what he says...

All regulation is bad. I know because I read it some novel written by some chick called Ann Randy or something

<Insert Icon for extreme sarcasm here>

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

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Good for windows, bad for programming

I remember learning to program windows using Petzold book as a young programmer just cutting their teeth on coding.

Looking back now, I do think that Petzold taught a lot of early windows programmers some really bad habits such as the use of naked global variables to store things like handles and we ended up with a lot of really bad, unstructured, difficult to maintain code.

Unfortunately at the time I didn't know any better

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Gates and Ballmer NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS – report

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"where he advises Nadella on technology matters"

Satya, that was Bill on the phone again. He wants to know where you are with his idea to port windows 98 as the new mobile OS?

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

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Re: Good

That's an unfortunate image

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Re: Sigh....

@rh587

Triple Sigh. Now your just being silly.

I think most people can tell the difference between normal situations and a shooting range or a clay pigeon shoot. I think the number of occasions that the police have been called by people who find themselves on shooting ranges about the presence of firearms are very small.

In 99% of the rest of the country however.

I think I can also tell the difference between a shotgun and say a pistol, thank you very much. However if someone went up the high street with a shotgun on there shoulder i think there would be reason to call the police. I also seriously doubt that people walk from the car park to a clay pigeon shoot carrying loaded shotguns. The bar is so high on owning such weapon, that such people know how to carry them responsible.

The list of scenarios where it's appropriate to call the Police because a non-uniformed individual is in possession of a firearm is actually quite short.

Actually on your basis The list of scenarios where it is appropriate for a non-uniformed individual is in possession of a firearm is actually quite short. Apart from your definitions I cannot think of any other occasion where an armed individual is not considered a potential threat.

The point is the UK has a different mindset to firearms. They cause attention, which if you are a criminal is unwanted.

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Sigh....

Sigh...

1) As you're seeing now in Britain, if guns are made illegal then only criminals have guns.

There is very little you can do to restrict access to something if someone really wants it and it is widely available elsewhere. However...The big difference is that in the UK owning a gun is not seen as something common place or ordinary. If I saw a non-uniformed person carrying a fire arm I would call the police. This makes the use and access to guns far more difficult and attractive. Not only that crimes involving firearms (even carrying one) carry a much higher tariff, again making them largely unattractive to the criminal classes. More importantly because gun ownership is so low, the general population does not feel the need to engage in an arms race based on some FUD factor. Gun ownership itself is not an issue, but glorification of the need for ownership of a lethal device is.

3) Well true, although the original intention was so that the population could resist foreign aggression against the bigger adversaries of the time. I doubt the founding fathers foresaw the time when the USA would be the worlds military superpower. Nor does it specify what sort of weapons should be allowed. If we are a origionalist you could argue it should be restricted to a brown bess musket. On the other hand some on the right feel they will never be safe unless the are nuclear armed. This amendment has been stretched by various arms lobby groups to the point where it no longer provides the protections that it was originally designed to provide.

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Proprietary OS source code LEAKED to web – from 40 years ago

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Re: Intellectual Property Fetishism of the Worst Sort

Yeah, has anyone told Microsoft...

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: Tiles should replace icons fully - everywhere.

Desktop definition

Something I see when I am starting and shutting down my PC

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Surely its windows 2????

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Paris Hilton

For the innocent bystanders – whose exclusive rights of reproduction, and also moral rights over their images were abused by the Mirror

I thought this was all about the build up to reproduction...

Paris, because....Well you know

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Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes

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Re: Love him or hate him...

seemed like a guy who has put his money where his mouth is, so fair play to him.

Need a big mouth for that sort of money. Luckily Larry's got both

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Happy

All they needed was the evidence

All those conspiracy theorists must be kicking themselves now

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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One more...

Wiping your bottom with a iphone 6?

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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lets look at this in another way..

The article makes some good points, but the argument can be turned on its head.

Why buy a $700 Apple device when a $100 android version will do 99% the same? And if the West's market is saturated with smart phones, where does that leave Apple? Trying to sell expensive hardware into a market like China and India which just cannot support that price point?

Of course Apple will survive, because as has been shown there is a value in the cachet of owning a Apple product, but can it still grow and maintain the same margins?

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Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought

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Re: Well I'm still waiting for an appollogy

They provide the sensors for some of the camera manufacturers you mentioned, predominantly in the lower echelons of the product ranges

First time I've heard the Nikon D810 as a lower echelon of camera products.

On that basis I would love to have one of the upper ones

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Time to move on

Sony still makes good products, but they are just too slow to innovate. They showed with the PS4 that they can get things right, and the camera division has shown signs of out innovating Canon and Nikon.

Where they get things wrong is where they think the Sony name is enough for market share, without the technical innovation to earn it. For too long a time they traded on the Sony walkman brand, long past the point when it had any market relevance. Same with the TV branding when they seriously missed the boat as the market moved from CRT to LCD TV's.

Also they should dump the entertainment division. While it makes a profit, it also holds back innovation by requiring the media consumers to kow-tow to the requirements of the media producers.

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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Re: low wage/no wage market

.who could fail with that sort of customer base?

You could argue they didn't fail, but were too successful and therefore came into competition with the network operators who wanted a bigger slice of that very same market

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: What a total rip-off!

You don't understand the American competitive bid process.

Each company puts in a bid based on the technical requirements. These are analysed by the technical experts, government advisers, lawyers and other stakeholders and a recommendation is made based on value for money and best technical solution

This is then totally ignored when scrutinized by the Senate and Congress committees, who base their decision on how much of the pork barrel they can divert to their particular state.

So basically that's 2.6 billion for the space capsule, and 2 billion for state subsidies, lobbyists kick backs, and government funded state job creation schemes.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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You call that a game!!!?

maybe now his old alma mater has splurged the cash on minecraft, he is intending to recreate battlezone using real tanks.

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MIT boffins cry havoc and let slip the ROBOT CHEETAHS of Whoa

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I'll get the popcorn

Who like me, would like to see a deep blue like challenge of one of these against Usain Bolt?

Even better one of these hunting down Usain Bolt (Nothing against the guy, lovely bloke. I have just watched too many terminator movies.)

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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In order the channel Job's spirit we need to...

We will be producing our Apple TV, just as soon as we work out how to gouge our usual 15% cut from the content providers.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Phones not 4U

This a great pity. The thing about Phones4U is you got a great choice of phones, especially if you are a PAYG customer, where the choices offered by the in-house retail organisations is frankly laughable.

This is a blatant attempt by the service providers to further carve up the phone landscape, force customers of a PAYG contract to a more profitable contract and ensure it is harder to jump ship.

It is also deeply anti-competitive and I'm pretty sure there will be some sueballs thrown soon.

Whatever you thought of the company, this is definitely a loss to the average consumer.

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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Not exactly practicle

I can forsee a see a few issues when after the 4 mile run they have to dive into the nearest slit trench.

Wouldn't it be better to cut the middle man out and just provide wings as well

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Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

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Re: Oh well

or silica

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Payment security bods: Nice pay-by-bonk (hint: NO ONE uses it) on iPhone 6, Apple

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NFC useful or not debate Depends where you live

I can forsee a split in a opinion on this technology between the States(which after all is Apple's main market) and the rest of the world because basically everyone outside the states uses chip and pin which is pretty secure, while the states still mag stripe technology and signatures, which in terms of security is pretty laughable.

So basically in the states anything is better than the current system, while every where else the gains are not so apparent.

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What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

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Tile to blocks

At least we know now what the windows 9 user interface will now look like

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Now I have had time to mull things over...

The iWatch is a typical Apple product. Beautifully engineered and seamlessly combining a number of technologies.

However, the one thing Apple has not managed to do is make a compelling case for owning it. It is another $400 to basically do the same function as the phone in your pocket(which with contract costs has already cost you over $2000)., but does not perform those same functions anywhere neaer as well. I'm sure they will initially sell tons of them, especially to those with more money than sense, but i'm predicting that after a few months they reside next to that old PDA in the desk draw.

Why? well first issue is that they do not replace the mobile but are paired with it meaning you have to now carry two devices, when you generally only need one. Secondly the battery life means you will now need to take two chargers with you where ever you go. In fact it is a surprise that the iPhone 6 does not use the same charging manner as the iWatch, which would make more sense.

Of course it will have a few users who will persist with it and may even find it useful. But personally I will stick with my old analog watch. The fact it has a simple interface and long battery life is almost Jobsian in its concept.

One thing is for certain, the Gnomes of Zurich will not be losing any sleep today

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Re: Surely there are two sides to the size thing?

I severely doubt we will ever see a 6C,

The 5C just failed to raise the interest of the buying public.

Compared to it's Android competitors it was just too expensive while at the same time did not have the Apple coolness factor that justified the price. The only benefit to the consumer was allowing a cheaper way into the Apple ecosystem, but that in itself could not justify the price when for just a little bit more you could buy the perceived "real" deal.

It sat painfully between two stools, and I can see Apple quietly shelving it in a few years, instead concentrating on the 5S as its developing market phone.

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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its not what you say

Its what you don't.

No iphone 6c.

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Even better than the iThing: Apple's Cook is strictly pro Bono

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An Internet of people

Mayo is expected to show how Apple's new Health app could allow users to beam their data back to a medical centre, helping doctors keep abreast of their condition.

Presumably it will then be processed to prognostics algorithms and then beamed directly to your life assurance provider who will make the necessary adjustments in your policy

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

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Black Helicopters

Is that a black helicopter i see?

Hmmm, Large crater appears near major Air Force base.

Maybe it's my tinfoil hat, but there seems a more obvious explanation than a meteorite strike

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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"If Apple introduce it, it'll make it more mainstream and therefore might force the hands of other developers who are being slow to get their act together."

This makes a big assumption that the Apple implementation will be open to others. Apple our not renowned for letting there users stray out of the walled garden. If Apple have implemented NFC I am willing to bet it is in a unique and Apple propriety fashion.

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Lenovorola TRIPLE-ola: New Moto G, Moto X and 360 wristputer UNZIPPED

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Beware feature creep

Pity to see feature creep on the Moto g. The display on mine has never felt to small and the price point was about right. Although the price rise is relatively small, it just pushes it out of the cheap camera for kids range

I suppose the strategy is now for that market to go to the Moto e, but it does feel like there is now a gap in the range.

As for the moto x, the customization thing is just a gimmick which really no mainstream manufacturer should really be pushing. Leave that to the 3rd party add on manufacturers

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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One password to rule them all

There was a parody some time ago, where IT policy produced so many rules on acceptable passwords that in the end there was only one combination of characters that would meet the requirement,, which of course all users then were required to use.

Sometimes it feels like that when you register for a new website, forcing you to be even more imaginative on your password. Unfortunately you are then forced to write it down somewhere just so you can remember it next time you log on.

Of course by adding weak/strong password dialogs, the website owners look like they are being secure. Not a lot of uise however if they store them in some text file on a server.

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Drone captures shots of budding APPLE SPACESHIP HQ

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So that what Tim Cook has been working on..

When do they install the iHyperDrive engines?

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Oracle's MySQL buy a 'fiasco' says Dovecot man Mikko Linnanmäki

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Job Done

Well, if Oracle's plan was to stall the continued development of a Open source competitor, you have to say they were very successfiul

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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Wayland?

Surely what is even more important is the Wayland API and the hardware accelerated Desktop.

Anyone know where they are with that?

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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In other news...

Rhianna was said to be severely embarrassed after photos were stolen from her iCloud account and published on websites purportedly showing her fully clothed.

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HP: NORKS' cyber spying efforts actually a credible cyberthreat

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Joke

The conspiracy becomes clear...

"North Korea even uses “trolling” as a PSYOP tactic"

It's all so clear now.

All those derogatory comments on register forums about windows 8 were just North Korea's attempt to introduce fear and doubt into imperialist western industry by promoting lesser OS so that Kim Jong Un would not fall even further behind the wests technology curve (currently red hat 4.1)

As a matter of national security all register trolls should be traced and deported back to Pyongyang forthwith.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Surely the problem started in the 80's when greed was good

Surely the problem began when council housing was sold of at knocked down prices during the Thatcher years in order to buy an election and then the money was not re-invested in more social housing.

The net result was a short term effect where those who won the sell-off lottery became well off house owners, but future generations were consigned to high-rent private sector and the mortgage bubble.

Housing is one of those things that should be a right and not something which is driven by market demand.

I think as we have seen in recent years capitalism without regulation produces few winners and many losers. Somethings cannot be left to the market.

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Tim Cook in Applerexia fears: New MacBook THINNER THAN EVER

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Exclusive picture of new laptop

See below my comment for a side on image of the new laptop, together with a side on view of the new iPhone 6 for comparison

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Re: Maybe the next iteration

I know but, I would like to keep my pins clear for other devices

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Maybe the next iteration

No in-built RTC then...pity.

Oh well there's always next time

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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It's all a matter of perspective

A speed bump and a brick wall can look much the same from a distance

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Huawei: 'Tizen has no chance', Windows Phone is 'difficult'... it's Android all the way

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No China world domination then?

Wot no COS?

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

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Good luck with that

An OS is nothing without the application support. Applications will not be ported unless there is a big enough use base to make it worthwhile.

While simple maths suggests billions of Chinese and mandated government support will guarantee a large enough userbase, I think in practice they will find it a lot harder to ensure enough applications are available to make the OS viable.

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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Can't help himself

I noticed he couldn't help having a dig at Tanenbaum and minix

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Re: Oh no

@Dave, Portsmouth

The thing is Aston Martin are high end and low volume. They are not trying to sell a vantage to your average Joe, who is quite happy with there Ford Focus, or whatever

Apple are trying to be high end and high volume, it is questionable whether they can do both. Don't get me wrong Apple make great products but the innovation gap has defiantly closed over the years and you start to wonder whether it is a case of the emperors new clothes.

In you dig behind the hype and showmanship the recent iPhones have not brought much new to the party. 64bit was interesting, but the jury out whether it has really that much of an effect. They shaved a few mm off the case, but how far can you go down that route and still charge a premium?

I think a better analogy is the PC market. Apple and IBM PC's were pretty much neck and neck, but PC's became ubiquitous and cheaper and eventually there seemed little point in paying the premium especially when the software manufacturers followed the market. It can happen, just ask Nokia

Don't get me wrong. iPhone will always be there because too many people are tied into the Apple walled garden, especially in the States. But can they win the emerging markets and can they maintain the price differential.

Or do they become a Aston Martin? A niche product and rich man's play thing.

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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OpenDoc support

It's strange that word is the non-sequitur for publishing since as far as I'm aware from the publishers I have spoken to, the format of choice is XML, because this basically allows the book to be generated into the many formats where we find books nowadays.

Now the later versions of word can be saved in a XML format, but as someone who is responsible for maintaining such documents once explained to me the format is "...adequate".

I would of thought OpenDoc support through tools like Openoffice would make far more esense

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: Almost, not quite

Fair point, although the term "in the course of his or her employment" is probably the operative term here. So just paying an employees NI or Tax is not in itself enough to own copyright.

Of course things maybe be different in other countries, so if your business is photography and you people help you take photos, it is still probably best to get a contract explicitly defining where copyright lies

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