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856 posts • joined 10 Mar 2008

Tough luck, lappies: Brits favour fingersome fondleslabs, phones

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IF notebook sales do stay ahead of tablets

"If notebooks sales do stay ahead of tablets, it may well be because of Windows 8 and its emphasis on touchscreen technology"

No, it WILL be "because of Windows 8 and its emphasis on touchscreen technology".

The average consumer has one choice when buying a notebook - it's Windows or Mac. Microsoft won't allow retailers to sell W7 laptops so that means the "choice" is Mac or W8.

Sure you can buy a Chromebook or a Dellbuntu, but the average consumer isn't going to buy (or at least keep) one of those.

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Microsoft: Brits, grab our Surface Pro ten-incher for satisfaction in May

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"One of our biggest challenges has been keeping 128GB Surface Pro in stock," Hall said.

Does he really expect anyone to believe that?

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Microsoft hoists ZTE onto the Android patent bandwagon

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This made me smile...

"Redmond has successfully argued that Google's Android OS is full of Microsoft-owned technology and has bagged cash from major fandroid firms including Samsung, LG and HTC."

The beauty of the statement is that It says nothing.

'Successfully argued' could mean MSFT doesn't make any announcements about those that told it to fuck off when approached by MSFT.

RedHat told MSFT to go to hell and, AFAIK, MSFT hasn't issued legal proceedings against them.

Furthermore, the statement It doesn't tell us anything about what MSFT had to give up in the CROSS-licensing agreement.

I can only conclude that the firms who enter into these deals do so for 'nuisance value' only. They simply can't be arsed litigating and are happy to pay a few pennies to MSFT (and charge the customer for it) just to get them off their back.

The MSFT marketing machine, however, loves to laud it all over the press like the Emporer did with his new clothes.

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Apple beats revenue estimates but margins are falling

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Re: disagree

DOS was a one-hit wonder.

Windows' "success" was driven initially by the success of Office (it used to only run on Windows) and the external ecosystem that evolved around it. ie. Windows, itself, was never intrinsically 'successful'.

Office WAS a success. No one is buying 2010, 2013 or 365.

SQL Server is just cheaper than Oracle. That's why it's a 'success': its price.

Azure is a joke.

Sharepoint is a joke.

Bing - let's face it, it's still struggling to be relevant.

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Holmes

Share buy-back

"We believe so strongly that repurchasing our shares represents an attractive use of our capital that we have dedicated the vast majority of the increase in our capital return program to share repurchases"

LOL.

Any student of investment analysis knows that a buy-back has positive effect on a company's share price because it means having the cash sitting around in a bank earning sub-cost of capital returns won't be dragging down the company's value anymore.

An equally valid interpretation is that management have recognised that they have no use for this excess cash (ie. they can't ever see investing it in R&D/new products) so they give it back to the shareholders who can choose to put in bank deposits themselves rather than being forced to have it in a bank deposit by company dictat. Anyone can put cash in a bank account. You don't need to pay £££s to Cock et. al. to do it for you. If there's no foreseeable future use for it stop destroying shareholder value and give it back to the shareholders for them to invest in other projects themselves according to their own appetites for risk.

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Australian Federal Police claim arrest of 'LulzSec leader'

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Paris Hilton

Typical hype from 'Down Under'

Still desperate to make sure people don't forget where Australia is, the AFP now claim they have the king-pin of LulzSec.

What a joke.

Typical Australian small-mindedness.

Paris, because the AFP are desperate.

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Peak Apple: First 'profit slip' in a decade - and, boy, it's gonna be BIG

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FAIL

"Anyone who's thinking about writing them off is probably engaging in wishful thinking."

That's what they said when Sculley knobbed Jobs back in the mid-80s.

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Weak iPad, iPhone demand hits LG Display in the wallet

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stock goes down?

In 6 months the stock has tanked. 43% drop. (705 down to 400).

All those Noddies who bought in around 705 on the back of the media's reality distortion will be licking their wounds.

How low can Tim Cock and his yes-men go? I used to think destroying value was the preserve of MSFT but I can see that it's infected crapple.

Come on fanbois, let's hear your rebuttals, you shit talkers.

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BlackBerry OS 10.1 leaks its secret goo over all the web

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I like the Z10 too

It's just the price that stops me (as I've always said). Maybe in a couple of years' time when the price has come down to a level I'm prepared to pay (it's not about the cost, it's the VALUE I'm talking about). Maybe by then a new model will be out or Blackberry will be dead.

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Hedge fund invests $2bn in Microsoft, thinks Redmond is undervalued

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Better their money than mine.

I expect the HF is just trying to temporarily ramp up the stock price so they can exit very quickly and make a turn.

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Spies catch Acer's Windows 8-incher before it hides

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Pants.

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US Senate vote to add internet sales tax this week

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LOL

"Level the playing field" != get rid of the tax on domestic sales.

LMAO. Fuck these guys are idiots thinking that consumers don't see it that way.

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Review: Disgo 8400G 7.9in Android tablet

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Pants.

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Eric Schmidt defends Google's teeny UK tax payouts - again

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"Fair Share"

Since when has the UK taxation system ever given a shit about being 'fair'.

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Harassed Oracle employee wins case, cops huge legal bill

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Where's the justice here?

This is a tragedy and does the legal profession no favours.

With all of the media attention on her case, the best thing her lawyers could do would be to make a public statement that they will be waiving her legal bill.

It would have the effect of drawing further attention to her case (and the fact that her lawyers won it for her) and would put the law firm in a favourable position with the general public (opposite to the current view).

Such a move would be commerciall shrewd, but then few lawyers have commercial acumen.

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Google's Page drops the A-bomb: Google Glass runs Android

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"Android" or "Linux + Toolchain"?

I thought linux + toolchain was all that was needed with 'Android' being a red herring in this case. Am I wrong?

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Ex-LulzSec bloke to spend a YEAR in the cooler for Sony hack

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Re: Who's laughing now?

Hector Xavier "Sabu" Monsegur, was revealed in March 2012 as an FBI informer who had been grassing on his former cohorts for 10 months after his arrest in June 2011. Sabu's sentencing was delayed by 6 months in February due to his "ongoing cooperation with the government".

A grass? I bet you he's going to be somebody's bitch when he eventually goes inside "pound-me-in-the-ass-prison". Unless he's that way inclined, he won't be laughing.

If you ask me, they did it all wrong. They should've gone to Chine and lived there and done it - where the local police and politicians really don't give a shit about Hollywood - or the Japz for that matter.

It's pathetic that homegrown talent gets banged up while offshore nothing happens - they laugh in the face of America.

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Review: Asus PadFone 2 phone-tablet combo

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PadPhone or Phablet?

Is this what they call a Phablet or a Fablet?

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PEAK APPLE: Fondleslab giant no longer world's biggest biz

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TalkTalk ads banned by watchdog over 'misleading' YouView offer

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Holmes

"Free" should be banned.

All advertisements claiming the product they sell is 'free' should be banned where there is ANY outgoing involved by the consumer OR such a no-outlay contract penalises a consumer from pursuing alternatives during the term of the contract.

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O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

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FAIL

Blackberry Z10 (Black)

Per O2 web site:

£589.99 'Phone cash price'

split as:

£349.99 'Up front cost'

£240.00 'Credit amount'

Per eBay:

£439.99 (Buy It Now incl. Delivery)

Difference from O2 = £589.99 - £439.99 = £150.00 premium to current market price.

N.B. I'd like to know how much O2 pays Blackberry for the unit, ie. how much mark-up/retail- margin is actually in the quoted £589.99 'Phone cash price'.

£150.00 / 24 = £6.25 per month = £75 per annum.

£75 per annum on principal of £439.99 = 17% simple interest rate

per O2 website:

0% 'Interest rate (fixed)'

0% 'APR representative'

Hey people, '0%' is the new '17%'.

Who does their marketing? MSFT's 'TCO' Dept?

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Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?

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Acer

It's good to see another strong performance from Acer in the polls.

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Sophos picks up axe again, 'plans to DECIMATE staff'

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Industry ??

There is no "Industry" when it exists only with the help of a taxpayer subsidy, there is just fantasy.

Taking from the productive economy and giving it to the unproductive economy is not a long term proposition.

Survival of the unfittest doesn't work. The USSR proved that.

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Good to see a UK IT success story

Thanks, in part, to the reforms of the Thatcher administration for allowing this opportunity to happen.

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British designer builds $15m iPhone for Hong Kong mogul

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Re: Sorry, but this story is completely fake

I suspected something was wrong when I read 'Hong Kong Mogul' and 'Liverpudlian'.

I know that Liverpudlians have a genetical distrust of wealthy businessmen and tend only to interact with them through an organised Trade Union.

It's not surprise that the story is complete bullshit.

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Apple the victim after Chinese scammers exploit returns policy

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Apple the victim

Ya know, for just a moment, I almost felt sorry for Apple.

Anyone else and I would have felt sorry.

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Mars orbiter finds remains of pioneering Soviet Mars 3 probe

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WWII

I expect they're sheltering in the WWII Bomber that was found on Mars.

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Foot-long slab too big? Microsoft 'has a 7-incher' to stroke

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The answer is simple...

...just make something that consumers actually want.

The problem is that MSFT have been in a monopoly position for too long and have struggled to spot consumer trends. Even the biggest IT consumer trend at the moment (not wanting TIFKAM) is staring them in the face but they refuse to open their eyes and look at it.

They are the high school bully who still thinks he can still throw his weight around even after everyone has graduated.

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The gloves are on: Nokia emits super-sensitive £99 Windows Phone

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Re: Nice £100 phone

My sentiments exactly.

It's a really nice handset and the price is very attractive.

The only thing preventing me from buying one is the OS.

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StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

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Dogging Down Under

So it's not an exclusively British phenomena.

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Mali to give away .ML domains for free

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goatse.ml

anyone?

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Finance bods probe RBS over bank-crippling IT cock-up

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One happy Indian

"According to a whistleblower who worked with the bank for several years, an inexperienced, outsourced employee unwittingly made a huge error while carrying out the relatively straightforward tasking of backing up an upgrade to the CA-7 software."

If my experience with off-shore Indian IT is anything to go by, I bet you THAT employee who pushed the button just went home at 5pm, came back the next day at 9am, said 'oh, sorry' (while wobbling his head) to his boss and sat down at his desk expecting just another days' work.

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Two new supers go live in Oz

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IT Angle

The Wild West

WA?

Ah yes. Brian Burke, Rothwells, Peter Dowding, David Parker, Laurie Connel, Alan Bond, the Mickelberg Stitch

The state's institutions provide an almanac of corruption.

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Tax man to take a bite of tech employees' free meals?

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Re: Unlikely

I can see the IRS on the phone to Congress right now..."Deploy the FUD, Mr Prez".

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Headmaster

Did I miss anything?

Yes.

The 'workaround' you describe is a recipe for insolvency.

The subsidiary's 'loss' is a cash loss that needs to be funded either from shareholders' funds or from debt.

Assuming you can 'offset' the losses of a foreign subsidiary against the taxable gains of a domestic entity (which is not always the case), then the next hurdle is to have sufficient domestic taxable gains to absorb the losses.

If there isn't enough gains then you need to be able to carry forward the losses into the next tax year (again, this is not always allowed). You then need to ensure you make sufficient gains to absorb the carried-forward foreign losses.

Assuming you get past the above, then you'll soon realise that you're still left out of pocket. This is because in 'offsetting' a loss against a gain, all you're really doing is saving the tax that you would otherwise pay on the gain. For a corporate tax rate of 21%, this means that for every £1 in cash you lose (and offset against a gain), you only get 21p back (being the 21p of tax you'd other pay on the £1 gain). Your net position is cash neutral.

Factor in the effect of any withholding taxes on dividends and interest and the scheme you described soon sees you slip into the red.

Repeat it enough times and you'll soon be broke.

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Microsoft leads charge against Google's Android in EU antitrust complaint

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It's a sad sight to see...

...the once proud Nokia, now being pimped by MSFT.

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USPTO backs down on iPad mini trademark objections

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meanwhile, outside the USPTO...

...a man was seen exiting the building with a brushed-metal boot lodged firmly between his buttocks.

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Microsoft: 'Facebook Home just copies Windows Phone'

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Put People First

If Microsoft designed WinPhone under the banner of 'Put People First', either they must have been very selective as to what 'People' actually meant, or they completely failed. The OS is struggling to make any impact on the vast majority of peoples' lives, save for generating lots of hate.

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

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Re: Fingers crossed...

And what makes you think NK doesn't have 'jihaddi'-type loyalists operating outside of NK?

Chemical, biological - possibly even "dirty" nuclear weapons - could all be unleashed by NK "Sleeper Cells" in London, New York and Macclesfield.

Terrorism/"freedom-fighting" is not uniquely Arabic.

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Rackspace sues 'the most notorious patent troll in America'

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Watch out Apple

...the other Patent Troll.

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Shark-tooth war cutlery reveals tale of fishy extinction in Pacific

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EDIT

"In 1950 alone, fishermen took 7,716 pounds of shark fins from the Gilbert Island's waters."

should be

"In 1950 alone, Chinese fishermen took 7,716 pounds of shark fins from the Gilbert Island's waters."

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Chinese search king Baidu testing Google Glass competitor

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Duke of Edinburgh

I wonder what Prince Philip woud say about it.

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

Shagbag

It cost your employer £259 per unit?

At the bank I work at (one of the largest 3 UK banks) our IT Dept's "purchasing power" could pick these up at £2,590 per unit. With a 6 month delivery SLA.

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ARM, TSMC tape out 64-bit Cortex-A57 chip on 16 nanometers

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Re: A ARM-PC?

Some valid points but I disagree on the assessment of the willingness of Fanbois to adopt another architecture. I think they won't even raise an eyebrow. Apple sells on image - the 30-something guy in jeans and a t-shirt who's not short of cash - and, in doing so, is able to command a premium price for their products (why are iPhones and iPads so expensive?)

Apple has always adopted a 'niche' strategy. They're not interested in the mass market. They're interested in making more profit from less buyers. To do this, they sell the image, not the machine. It's not Apple Computer Inc anymore, it's just Apple Inc. The machine is not as important as the image.

So I don't think they'll be any noticeable change in their sales figures if they move to ARM. Costs may come done and profitability per unit may increase, but I dont' see many Fanbois changing to Windows or Linux.

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Swedish judge explains big obstacles to US Assange extradition

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Unhappy

if you are on the wrong side of them, i would expect it pays to be very cautious

You make a good point.

While I currently have no issue with US foreign policy, it is becoming increasingly easier to see why a lot of people (Arabs, Chinese, et. al.) distrust the US Government.

While the US Govenment is perfectly happy to actively disclose the crimes of other States (eg. Iran, North Korea), when its crimes are disclosed by others (eg. Wikileaks) it doesn't like it and goes after the messenger. That behaviour is just wrong. They should either stop the criminal activity or just accept that it's been made public and let the public decide what should be done (if anything) about it.

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Holmes

Guarantee from Sweden

To many times I hear the word "'guarantee" and wince.

Any "guarantee" is next to useless to him when he's bent over in a US prison cell being pounded in the ass by Mr Big.

Sure his lawyers will be arguing with the US's lawyers that he's being detained illegally, but while the US has him in their possession, he'll continue to be mounted by the inmates.

What pisses me off is the disproportionate approach taken by the UK. Assange hasn't been charged with any crime in the UK or Sweden, yet Bill Haig is happy to use force to try and retrieve him.

It is obviously entirely politically driven and I can safely conclude that Bill Haig is Obama's bitch.

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Boss of Irish-based R&D hub: Man, this place is the back of beyond

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Re: Letterkenny

Is it true that if you visit Cork, what you're actually seeing is something that happened 100 years ago?

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

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Ossie or Ozzie?

Which one is it?

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Second International Cat Video Festival coming to Oakland CA

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Freak Show

While there's nothing wrong with having a pet, I find the photo both offensive and disturbing. Why anyone would want to go to that extent and make themselves look like their pet is beyond me. No Sir. These people need to be euthanased.

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Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week

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Re: Will nobody think of the programmers

Upvoted.

...for coming clean and posting a candid and concise comment that removes all doubt that its author is a fuckwit.

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