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US DoJ to appeals court: Haha, no, seriously – Apple totally inflated ebook prices

Mad Hacker
Facepalm

It's interesting how everyone automatically trusts the DOJ, they don't have a stellar rep.

So given a choice between the DOJ and Apple...

Here's an interesting take. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303740704577527211023581798

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I'LL BE APP! Apple renews LiquidMetal contract, Terminator rumours flood interwebs

Mad Hacker

"Roll on the iHinge. Who ever said that Apple under Tim Cook was dull?"

Lately your negative Apple comments have felt more like trolling but that one was funny. I am an Apple fan but I can laugh at something funny.

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WTF is NET NEUTRALITY, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

Mad Hacker

Flufflepuff!!

Wasn't going to read yet another net neutrality article until I saw the image of Flufflepuff dancing on a rainbow. Well played. And after reading the entire article it does offer an interesting perspective.

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Apple won't bag HUMUNGOUS 4G deal... 'cos China HATES plastic iPhone 5C – analyst

Mad Hacker

Or you could send a correction...

Notice the link at the top of this page that says, "Send Corrections"

You could've just submitted it there instead of posted publicly.

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Re: I've ordered a 5C

AC says: Which is exactly why Apple are outselling Samsung Galaxy S3/S4's...... oh, err...

While I agree Android devices (over all models) outsell the iPhone, The Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 have not outsold the iPhone. Stop living in your dreamworld of unicorns and rainbows.

Unicorns and Rainbows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRC4Vk6kisY

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

Mad Hacker

Re: iPad Mini 2

"270 squid"

So Android tabs can be purchased in squids? Good to know says Zoidberg!

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Fancy a new iPhone 5C or 5S? READ THIS or you may not get 4G data

Mad Hacker

One Chip to Rule Them All

If I was Apple, I'd buy Qualcomm and beat them until they had one chip that did all bands. Then I'd sell a world iPhone.

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Intel readies server-grade Atom for microserver ARM wrestling

Mad Hacker

ECC...

Steve, you would put non-ECC RAM in an Enterprise installation? I don't like that my laptop doesn't have ECC RAM let alone my servers!

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Win a top of the range Ultrabook with HP and The Register

Mad Hacker
Stop

Re: Bought from HP

Was that in Windows? I've been bitten before by poor Linux drivers for trackpads. They just don't seem to get them right. So if it was in Linux, check how it works in Windows before you blame the hardware.

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Google's new Chromecast spills its simplistic guts

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Thumb Up

Re: So sorry but please RTFA

Chris 244 is right. It's 16 Gb AKA 2 GB.

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Mad Hacker
Paris Hilton

Re: This Google design and implementation simply highlights ...

What? This is equivalent in hardware (not capabilities) to Apple's Lightning to HDMI cable which also snaps apart and doesn't have proprietary screws. Of course, neither has anything you could replace or upgrade so who cares how take-apart-able it is?

As for flat edges, I would think someone so well versed in industrial design to be able to fault Apple's designs and who is familiar with Pentalobe vs Torx vs Phillips screw types would know that cutting a straight edge is much easier (i.e. cheaper) then cutting a rounded edge.

Paris, because she's just as confused as you.

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Michael Dell: 'Cash in your shares, we are in a mess'

Mad Hacker
Childcatcher

So is it legal to manipulate your own share price?

Clearly he is bagging on Dell to bring the stock price down so his private offer looks better. And he's in a good position to be able to do that too. Is that legal?

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Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Re: trying to get the share price down?

You say: He's not trying to get the price down

Then you say: talking down ... the company brings the current price of the shares [down]

Way to contradict yourself. Well done sir. (Sorry I used "sir" if you are female. I guess a Dark Lord could just as easily be female.)

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

Mad Hacker
Mushroom

Amen

I've been a hardcore console gamer since the Atari 2600. Looks like once the next gen consoles ship I will no longer be a console gamer.

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Boffins develop 'practically free' sulphur-powered batteries

Mad Hacker
Coat

I wonder Richard read Dave's article?

This sounds fantastic! The world is saved!

Oh wait, I wonder if Richard Chirgwin read Dave Wilby's Register article "Hot new battery technologies need a cooling off period"

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/06/ornl_boffins_suck_the_liquid_out_of_batteries/

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BitTorrent offers file sync tool for PCs and NAS

Mad Hacker
Thumb Up

Re: Decent

The amount of storage you get access to is infinite. It's cool because it's like Dropbox only free with unlimited storage.

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Intel doubles Thunderbolt speed to 20Gbps

Mad Hacker
Mushroom

Re: USB isn't even close

While your legalese quote may be correct I find it hard to believe that appears on the VESA standard/license. Perhaps it's from when Apple was licensing the tech directly prior to VESA standard adoption.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2355695,00.asp

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Japan's rare earth discovery bad news for China's monopoly plans

Mad Hacker

How big is that vessel?

"The fact is this discovery could help supply Japan with 60 per cent of its annual needs merely with the contents of a single vessel."

They failed to mention the vessel was 1/3 the size of Earth.

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Sorry, Apple-haters, but Cupertinian doom not on the horizon

Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Re: Mac sales decline is the problem

As much as I lament the de-emphasis of the Mac I can't help but notice their market share is still increasing against competitors (unlike you claim) but all computers that aren't phones or tablets are taking a hit.

I'd say the market at this point is Samsung and Apple. Even Dell looks to be losing out in this market... I mean they are solid in the data center but even Dell cites declining home sales as an excuse for their quarterly issues. And honestly, weren't home sales pretty much not important once Commodore and Atari gave up?

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Computers are 'electronic cocaine' that make you MANIC

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He's justifying his lack of effort...

Ok, so he's chosen not to user a computer much (email once a day??) or even have a smart phone and never works from home. Then he uses his credentials to try to argue that no, his not lazy or technically challenged, he is doing it for the sake of brain health and so should we all!

Meh.

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Thunderbolt interface strikes YOUR PC: What's the damage?

Mad Hacker

You know...

>Gigagit Ethernet

You know that at the bottom of every El Reg article there is a link entitled "Send corrections" Instead of posting here you could've submitted the correction there.

Lord knows if they kept track of the number of corrections anyone has sent I'd have one of those little gold badges by my forum name. O:-) In fact maybe they could give out a gold Pedantic Grammar Nazi badge to people who've sent in the most corrections!

I think I'm on to something here...

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Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Re: Another Apple-backed standard that likely (hopefully) won't get traction...

I think you're missing the point. I haven't seen a graphics adapter, audio interface, video capture device, hard drive, etc that used DisplayPort as their input.

Thunderbolt allows for having a graphics card external to the computer. My guess is you have a desktop the size of a computer from 20 years ago that has a bunch of PCI ports. Good for you. Most of us real computer users have adopted laptops. But for people like me who game (or in a previous life did a lot of CAD and 3D design work) an external video card is very important for when our laptops are sitting on our desk. In fact, we could even see a line of displays that included a PCI slot to install a 3D card directly into the monitor. Since laptops either don't have a discrete 3D card or the mobile discrete cards in general aren't very powerful this is a huge plus for anyone that doesn't have a giant old style box with tons of expansion slots.

Regarding licensing, I cannot argue. I've been waiting for the ViDock to come out to add a 3D card to my wafer thin laptop. Problem is (according to Village Instruments) Intel won't let small developers develop for the standard. And another barrier to entry I understand is at least currently Mac OS X doesn't support 3D graphics cards over Thunderbolt (all though there is no reason they couldn't fix their software issues in their OS to support this.)

So the point is Thunderbolt can do a lot more than DisplayPort. But it would be much better if the licensing were more open. And its uses are going to be for new products going forward (like embedded graphics cards in monitors, A/V capture products, docking stations, etc.) not just external hard drives. Hell, I have Thunderbolt and USB 3 on my Mac and guess what 3TB external hard drive I just bought? USB 3.0.

You can bet when LightPeak finally matures (i.e. to the point of being all fiber optic like Intel originally demonstrated) Apple already has a design of the MagSafe power connector that combines the power and data into a single plug so finally laptop users only have to connect a single cable when they put their laptop on their desk. Currently even if you have a Thunderbolt display you still have to connect two cables to give you wired gigabit ethernet, USB, FireWire, Audio in and out, Thunderbolt chaining ports plus power.

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Mad Hacker

FW800 vs USB 2.0

Ok, so in my "real world" tests I have previously observed that USB 2.0 seems faster than FW800 on Windows but on Mac OS X FW800 is faster than USB 2.0.

Don't discount the drivers.

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iPhone 'Do Not Disturb' bug to self-destruct on Monday

Mad Hacker
Mushroom

Re: Gotta get that maps dig in, right?

Yeah. I have both Google and Apple's maps and Apple's works better and is more accurate in my area so I think the cock up about maps is damn silly. And the truth is, tackling maps is a difficult problem to begin with so errors (of which I've seen many on Google's maps) are understandable.

The date bug though, that's elementary stuff. I think it's worse.

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Ten weird Chinese mobile phones

Mad Hacker

Re: Is it wrong...

Isn't wanting a watch phone (something small that does one thing well) and wanting an Android phone (something that usually has nearly a 5" screen and does tons of stuff) an oxymoron?

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Badges for Commentards

Mad Hacker

Hey I send in a lot (well several) corrections using the corrections link...

So I want a reward system for sending corrections in using the corrections link. Oddly it doesn't use the forum name when submitting so it cannot be linked to forum badges. Hmmm.....

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Apple updates iOS 6, Safari

Mad Hacker
Facepalm

The New Maps Rock

Not sure what's wrong with everyone. The new maps app I've found is more accurate in my area (Phoenix, Arizona) finally showing my dentist on the correct northwest corner of the nearby intersection rather than the southwest corner Google maps always showed him on. The turn by turn directions have been accurate and helpful and I've probably used them about 30 times, always with 100% accuracy. I suppose if you don't drive yourself around and want to use mass transit it must be a downgrade but we don't really have much in the way of mass transit here so I didn't notice the loss. In fact if the previous maps app did something with regards to mass transit I wasn't aware of it. Lastly street view was cute but I'm not missing it. You could argue the 3D building view on the new iOS maps app is just as cute and useless.

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Slideshow: A History of the Smartphone in 20 Handsets

Mad Hacker
Happy

Samsung SPH-i500 (or SGH-i500)

Sorry. The first phone that finally got me off of dumb phones ran Palm OS and was a flip form factor. The Samsung SGH-i500. I've never bought a phone on "opening day" except for that one. Back then you had to call around to the cell phone stores to find one in stock but if they had it you didn't have to stand in line outside. I loved that phone. I was going to replace it with the next gen SPH-i500 which had more mature hardware (faster, camera, external screen, etc) but Samsung dropped Palm OS phones just before its US launch so it never came to the US officially.

Once I had gotten use to web browsing (yes, crappy as it was) and email on my phone I couldn't go back and eventually upgraded to a Treo 650 simply due to hardware needs (higher resolution screen, SD card slot, camera.) But even as I hold my iPhone 4S which is my 3rd iPhone I still miss the flip form factor of my i500.

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Reg hack uncovers perfect antidote to internet

Mad Hacker
Coat

From the Danger Mouse episode "Where There's a Well There's a Way"

Colonel K:

Leave Well Alone

Now for Penfold:

All's well that ends well.

Where there's a well, there's a way.

Well I never.

Avast ye lubbers! The white well!

Well, well, well.

Get well soon.

The narrator:

[Does that make you] the Prince of Wells?

If [you] found it occupied by a large yellow and black striped insect would it have been the Well of the Wasp?

Gets coat...

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Mad Hacker
Paris Hilton

Re: Sod the well...

My thoughts EXACTLY!

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Thomson joins vid-streamers' rush for MPEG-DASH

Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Scalable Video Codec

Having to pre-encode the same video at different bitrates is stupid. The codec should automatically degrade the stream as needed to save bandwidth without needing lower resolution encoded files. This technology has been around for over a decade.

A better solution is to use a Scalable Video Codec that can choose on the fly to throw away data to allow the stream to degrade as needed. This technology has been around for years in both JPEG2000 as well as in the newer specs of H.264 that include SVC and some proprietary protocols such as V2D by IP Video Systems.

When I see a streaming video product that requires that I store the same video files at different bandwidths I walk away.

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Boffins zapped '2,000 bugs' from Curiosity's 2 MILLION lines of code

Mad Hacker
Joke

Re: WTF?

"How long has the world had metric standard units for now?"

Yes but since when is the United States part of the world?

Oh right sometime in the century 3000...

Futurama:

Leela: "Look, I know there are no car chases, but this is important. One of these two men will become president of the world."

Fry: "What do we care? We live in the United States."

Leela: "The United States is part of the world."

Fry: "Wow, I have been gone a long time."

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IEEE admits its MS-DOS history revisionist is in Microsoft's pay

Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Re: err

Actually, it does.

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Google brings HD sneezing pandas to UK: But why?

Mad Hacker

Remote = Extra Expense

So most people who are the target audience for this have probably already invested in a universal remote like a Logitech Harmony. The last thing I'm going to do is add another remote to my system. I appreciated that my Roku and my AppleTV came with clearly inexpensive remotes because I didn't want much of my purchase price going to a remote that would remain in the box due to my universal remote.

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iOS was SO much more valuable to Google than Android - until Maps

Mad Hacker
FAIL

Re: Hmm

AC: Maps on iOS ... will almost certainly be inferior to Google Maps when it arrives...

Thanks for the laugh. Truly hilarious stuff.

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Hackers expose 6.5 MILLION 'LinkedIn passwords'

Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Found my password

It's possible it's a duplicate of someone else's as I don't care enough about LinkedIn to use a super hardcore password but I found 1 instance of it in that file.

BTW Don't know if I'm allowed to post this but the file is located at:

https://disk.yandex.net/disk/public/?hash=pCAcIfV7wxXCL/YPhObEEH5u5PKPlp+muGtgOEptAS4=

That's the link to the .txt file with the hashed passwords.

Open your unix terminal to get your own hash of your password (replace your_password):

echo -n your_password | shasum | cut -c6-40

Open your favorite text editor (I recommend TextWrangler if you're on Mac OS X) and do a search for that hash.

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'We're public now, so could you please click on an ad or two'

Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Re: The Aero about-turn is an Apple-bashing exercise, perhaps

Personally I miss buttons that look like glossy liquid gel-caps and brushed aluminum backgrounds but I guess I'm the only one.

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Report: SAP exec charged with $1,000 LEGO bar-code caper

Mad Hacker
Headmaster

Re: It's not cheap.

At our company here in the US which is traded on NASDAQ VPs are part of the "executive team."

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Boy wrecks £22k worth of MacBooks by weeing on them

Mad Hacker
Pint

Re: Seems a little implausible

A 300ml bladder? I can speak from experience in an emergency my bladder holds more than 32 ounces (946ml.) That 32oz Taco Bell cup couldn't hold everything I had.

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Intel bakes palm-sized Core i5 NUC to rival Raspberry Pi

Mad Hacker
Holmes

It's a Mac mini

It's a Mac mini with an external power supply. I bet it'll cost nearly as much too. I doubt Intel is too scared of the Rasberry Pi but I can't help but think Microsoft is scared of any system that cannot run Windows. I wonder if they will scale down Windows 8 RT to run on the Pi?

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Twelve... classic 1980s 8-bit micros

Mad Hacker
Thumb Up

Re: Atari 800 series ???

Yeah the Atari 800 and later the XL series were my fans back then. Never could get past the 400's membrane keyboard.

I didn't realize they weren't as popular in the UK as the US. I guess the C64 outsold them but in my programming circle in the US the Atari 800 was very popular.

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Mad Hacker

Re: errata

There's actually a "Send corrections" link at the bottom of every article now. It appeared a few weeks ago I think. I have used it a bit.

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Anonymous crashes Formula One site over Bahrain protests

Mad Hacker
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Re: No place for politics IMO

I suppose Green Day shouldn't sing about politics either? In what venue is politics allowed?

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Teen hacker suspect Ryan Cleary in the clink for bail breach

Mad Hacker
Mushroom

Re: @Peter2 - Thick eh?

AC says: Naturally, there are no small number of parents who want their children enrolled in these special programs, as they have a better chance of getting a decent education than the children stuck in the underfunded "ordinary children" school system.

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Really? You really wished you were in a remedial reading class. Or a "how to tie your shoe" and "eat food by yourself" class? While they may take 25% of the budget and get more attention I assure you the education these kids get covered areas you didn't need to be spending time on. You make it sound like they got into AP Physics while you were stuck in Trig. It's more like they spent extra time learning things you learned years before. No advantage given.

Referring to your remark about special needs kids costing more than regular kids, it is true that in society those more in need will consume more of the resources, but what's the alternative? Killing off anyone who doesn't get straight A's?

It's an interesting world you live in.

Conversely here in Arizona we have a voucher program. It means we can have private charter schools get public school funding for every kid they take in. The problem is, they don't have the oversight that public schools are required to have. So they do not provide proper education to disabled children (they must claim they do but they will discourage disabled children from attending or only provide day care instead of instruction) but they take the same amount of money away from public schools that due to strict oversight must provide much more expensive (often one on one) education to those same students. It means the public schools are left with a higher percentage of disabled children yet with a smaller percentage of funding.

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Windows 8 for Kindle-like gear hinted by Microsoft bigwig

Mad Hacker
Mushroom

Re: Great

Wish I had the same experience as you. Tell me how a printer driver can have low enough level memory access to cause BSODs in Windows 7? Someday Windows should adopt protected memory. I also found Outlook still has the ability to halt the entire system even in Windows 7. Someday Windows should adopt symmetrical multitasking. And lets not discuss the slow file copies to network drives...

I know MS claims they have both protected memory and symmetrical multitasking but my experience shows otherwise.

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Could tiny ebooks really upset the mighty Apple cart?

Mad Hacker
Mushroom

Isn't Product Dumping Illegal?

In a prior life I used to design cars in Detroit. Just a little before my time the Japanese got in trouble for "dumping" mini-vans. This basically meant they were selling them below cost to break into the market. This was illegal. (source: http://articles.latimes.com/1991-12-21/business/fi-528_1_officials-rule)

So how can Amazon sell the Kindle or eBooks for less than cost and have it NOT be illegal dumping? In fact, how can Sony and MS charge less for their PS3 and XBOX 360 and also have it NOT be illegal dumping?

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World's Raspberry Pi supply jammed in factory blunder

Mad Hacker
Unhappy

Re: I don't even want ethernet

Ok thanks for the 23 thumbs down. I learned it doesn't come with WiFi so my bad. Yes I'm willing to admit I made a mistake. I swear I read an earlier article that claimed both models A and B would have WiFi but model B would also include a wired Ethernet jack. I suppose what the article meant was that A or B could have WiFi through a dongle or that old specification changed. I've been following this exciting project from the beginning but since I only cared about wired Ethernet I didn't look too closely at WiFi options.

Verified there is NO WiFi included via their FAQ here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs

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Mad Hacker
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video out?

I just shopped for an Arduino at the same price as the Raspberry Pi and it didn't appear to even include video output.

So to answer your question... price!

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Mad Hacker
Facepalm

Re: I don't even want ethernet

It comes with WiFi on board so why would you do that?

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China Mobile hooks 15 million iPhones to 2G

Mad Hacker
Thumb Down

Re: Battery problem

You're explanation shows you don't understand about generations of chipsets. Waiting for the next generation of 3G chipsets allowed them to use ones that are more power efficient. Similar to 4G today. Android owners get about 5 hours of 4G use today before their battery dies. The next generation 4G chipset will be smaller and more power efficient and will no doubt make it into the next iPhone.

But the real indicator that you are some sort of juvenile with personal issues is how you spelled iPhone. Did you think that was clever? I assume you spell Obama as "Nobama" because that also makes you sound so damn clever.

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