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Gov cheerleader Sajid Javid gets nod from PM to park in Miller's spot

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Up the road, not next door

The Ministry of Fun is at the top end of Whitehall, so he will have wandered up the road from the Treasury (he won't have been based in No11, too junior for that)

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David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

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Re: I don't think that Prime Minister David Cameron knows what he's defending.

He's reading a brief prepared for him on the basis of guesses of what questions will be coming up.

IIRC the call goes out across Whitehall from No10 on a Monday lunchtime for briefs by the end of the day, giving the squirrels in No10 time to package it all up for Wednesday morning when the PM starts his prep. It's a well oiled machine, only punctured by your cynicism :)

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MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout

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Re: Could competition have worked?

Virgin because of suburban in-fill (there are quite a few places that get crap broadband over BT wires and the Virgin cable is at the end of a road close but doesn't extend down it) and new estates and edges of towns they are in already.

Agree their network model would mean they are unlikely to be laying cable down country lanes.

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Could competition have worked?

I do wonder whether we were barking up the wrong tree trying the competition angle at all, and whether it would have been better to do a top level deal with BT and Virgin from the outset, with some cash set aside for communities to go it alone where it isn't commercially viable.

With hindsight, I do wonder whether no matter what we had done, under the existing regulatory and EU competition laws there would have been the same result anyway.

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Spend zero notes to take all notes with OneNote: Microsoft makes app free, builds it for OS X

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YMMV

Use it for work. Love it.

People are different - who could have guessed?

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Don't do it...

It's a cunning plan to get the worst commentard critics in one place and 're educate' them, BOFH style.

Cattle prods at the ready...

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Reinforces my view...

... that there is likely to be no point in the average person ever bothering with BitCoin or any of the other crypto-currencies

No advantages for most of us, lots of disadvantages.

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Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

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The annoying thing is...

... that he did have a point before the $100bn return was announced, as Apple was hoarding shareholder's cash and there was no good reason not to return it. The cash is not Apple's, or Snr Jobs' or Tim Cook's - it's owned by the shareholders and if the management can't demonstrate how they are going to make shareholders a return on the cash they should give it back.

Yes the man is a tool, and a corporate raider, but corporate governance at the moment sucks monkey balls - far too many CEOs and boards treat companies as their property and put their needs above those of the owners.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Moral superiority of having less tech

I'm being sarky not because of the old phone, but because some people think that using an old phone conveys some kind of moral tech superiority - 'look at me, I use an old Nokia, bow before my greatness'.

I didn't say that because I have a smartphone I think myself to be superior.

Non smartphone ownership doesn't have any bearing on whether or not I think myself to be above you - I am superior to all you peasants for other, non-phone related reasons. Mainly my enormous intelligence and humble nature.

PS - Some of us manage to use this thing called 'willpower' to receive work emails on smart phones and not look at them if we don't want to - strange huh?

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Moral superiority of having less tech

I've never understood the vocal minority of commentards on El Reg who think that not having a smartphone provides some kind of tech moral superiority, and the ability to look down on other people.

Still use a 14 year old Nokia? Good, I'm sooo glad for you. What a titan of IT you are; your tech virility on display for all mere iPhone users to behold and wonder. We tremble before your green and black screen greatness, and marvel at your 4 day battery life. Women want to be with you, and men want to be you (or at least have the honour of charging your spare battery).

Could I junk my smart phone for my old feature phone? Of course, but I don't see why I should, and I don't see why my life would be better / easier because of that.

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UK.gov: NO MORE tech deals bigger than £100m. Unless we feel like it

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Re: Is this the first time that ...

Excellent rant and seconded.

Universal Credit had been floating around as an idea for years before this government gave it a shot - the policy wonks in DWP loved it but no one who knew the legacy IT systems was stupid enough to actually try and do it (massive IT failure in 2005/6 excepted, and that was with just two IT systems being shoved together) until IDS started it.

On the war widower pensions, I'd heard tell that some of the records from the wars being used for pensions were written in ledgers created near the front line, with covers made from oil drums. Try digitizing that as part of a standard contract!

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Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really

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You missed one of the best quotes from the document, which said that the tax avoidance was an incidental aspect of how they had organised themselves, implying that tax is not the reason that all their European operations are based in Ireland.

I bet it's because of the great broadband so their employees can work from home.

Now I'm no fan of corporation tax as a principle (tax people and behaviours, not organisations if possible - see Tim Worstall column a while back for an explanation why) but while we are stuck with it then something needs to change.

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Twitter: It's JUST LIKE Elder Scrolls (no it's not)

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Did you see his interview in the Guardian about the programme?

Interesting insight in the line he tried to tread between knowledgeable viewers and people who think Atari is a brand of perfume:

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/29/charlie-brooker-video-game-television

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'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

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Samsung, not Apple

Looks like the bones of a Galaxy Note, not the next iPhone to me

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Rogue Android: We show you how BlackBerry's pain can be your gain

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Sign...

.... another reason to be hugely disappointed by BB10's early failures. If they had had this working well at the time of launch it may have all be so different for BlackBerry :(

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Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

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@AndrueC

Cornwall was different as the county is designated under EU rules as somewhere that needs economic development (forget the technical term, but think designations on poor areas in eastern Europe) which means EU funding and development rules apply differently than to the rest of the UK. That allowed them to do a deal with BT that wasn't available to everywhere else.

As for just bunging the money at BT from the beginning - with the benefit of hindsight you may have a point, given they have snaffled all the cash anyway.

All very depressing, given I was one of the team that set up BDUK in the first place (I left them some time ago so blame everyone that was there after me...).

Interestingly, El Reg were invited to our first industry meeting and we gave them tea, coffee and biscuits - this article is how they repay us? Ungrateful B@stards - no biscuits for you lot next time.

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

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am I the only one...

... to welcome this? My kids are both young (under 6) and I like the idea of locking everything down till about 7.30 when they are in bed. Its of course possible to do this witbout a network level block, but there are several devices in the house they use and Im very lazy so this seems like a good option - or would be if I didnt use Virgin.

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Los Angeles' weather is just like MORDOR, says Brit climate prof

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wonder what his model...

... would make of the climate of the Discworld? Plenty of maps available for that.

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Apple prepping 4K resolution 12.9-inch MaxiPad – report

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Re: Seems a bit pointless

Because people enjoy trolling each other on Apple related threads?

Have a down vote on the post asking about down votes..... just because I can!

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

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Finally an electric car I may want...

.... but won't buy, as if I had £29k I'd spend £25k on a caterham, and £4k on a cheap runabout .

Seriously though, this is starting to tick the boxes properly - range extending motor I can use if I want to do the occasional longer trip; doesn't handle like it has jelly for suspension; decent performance; phone app to manage charging etc.

Still not going to spend £29k on one though.

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MPs blast 'alarmingly weak' management of one-dole-to-rule-them-all

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Very depressing...

.... having worked on a successful (i.e. on time, on budget, not hit the headlines) very large DWP IT system I know it is mindbendingly complex to implement social security IT systems. It's a shame that the guys doing this one clearly underestimated the task and screwed up so royally.

However, given the complexities, I wonder how may commentards would have done any better?

UC as an idea was around long before IDS moved in to Caxton House - from what I understand everyone had been too scared to take it on previously. Looks like they were right!

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

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Talking about Rugby can cause embarrassment as well...

... when you start talking about being a hooker (as I found when I was young on a trip to Disney).

*Note to our colonial friends - the 'hooker' is the middle position in the front row of a scrum. The ball is put in, and the hooker uses his leg to hook the ball back to his own side.

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Grrrr

I'll still probably get a PS4 as that is the one that my mates have pre-ordered (and sunday nights would be pretty bare without getting thrashed by them playng online Grid 2). However:

PS3 games - very annoying, but at least that is something I can understand. New architecture, very difficult to make backwards compatible. They managed it for the PS3 ->PS2 games, but I guess things have got more complicated.

Bluetooth - WTF??? Why won't my bluetooth headset work? Have they gone out of the way to cripple it???

DLNA - I DONT WANT YOUR CRAPPY ONLINE SERVICE SONY! With your encoruagement (remember, Sony made a big play on the PS3 being a media hub) I made the PS3 the centre of my under-telly hub. I have music and films ripped to a server that my PS3 serves very nicely over my network to my sound system and TV. I could understand it if it was a feature that you were planning to put in later (like the PS3) as you con't quite get it done for launch day (like blu-ray films), but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Music - Really?? I have 2 boxes in my unit under the telly - Sky and PS3. I don't want to add one or two more (play CDs, stream DLNA). Why they hell have you removed this? Again if it was coming later as patch, fine. But to cripple it to force me to use your crappy online service is terrible.

I have a rasberry pi, and I've used it very successfully as a DLNA server but it makes hooking things up complicated (do I have enough HDMI ports, how do I rig the sound to make it easy to switch etc). I know there are solutions, but this is a real retrograde step. If my mates weren't getting a PS4, I think I'd go Xbox.

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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Much like the Higgs Boson...

... I really hope they don't find any potential dark matter. Much more fun to be had watching them make fundamental revisions to theories than proving they are right!

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You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy

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iPad looks good to me.

Although I've now moved into the Android ecosystem entirely with Android tablet and phones, I can still appreciate the great engineering that goes into the iPad. The 4 was lovely, and it looks like the air will be even better.

However, there's no chance I'll be buying one- a nexus 7 and cheap windows laptop cost about the same (£500 or so) and are more flexible for my needs

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UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters

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Re: When I lived in Bracknell...

What do you mean, there were some great pubs. Like my local, the William Twigg where one of the locals once put his head through the fruit machine and everyone barely batted an eyelid.

Come to think of it, Mos Eisley had nothing on some of those dives....

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When I lived in Bracknell...

... Wokingham was the promised land. The badly paid IT bods (such as myself) lived in Bracknell, the better paid in Binfield and the pointy haired boss class lived in Wokingham.

Even the PHBs were jealous of the people who lived in Ascot though...

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Torrent site isoHunt to close

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Re: isohunt

A combined total of 25 thumbs down for my 2 comments - the freetards have been running riot in this thread!

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Re: isohunt

I know what an iso is.

While my imagination is large enough to think of non-infringing iso images that can be distributed over the internet, lets not pretend the VAST majority of iso images that people were using the site to search for did not contain copyright material.

You may not like the law at the moment and want to change it, but you can't willfully break it, try to pretend you didn't and then attempt to claim some technicality to avoid the consequences.

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While I'm no fan of the way content creators have stuck their heads in the sand...

... this guys' arguments seem pretty disingenuous to me. The damn site is called isohunt - its not like Google where they may index infringing material as a small part of what they do, most of what the website is about is searching for stuff that breaks copyright. He knows that. We know that. The rest is just attempting to swing a technicality.

Stop whining and take the punishment like a man.

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

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Last line of the review doesn't seem to have any evidence to prove it...

"Nevertheless, Windows 8.1 is a step forward and a worthwhile upgrade over Windows 7 even for those sticking with desktop, keyboard and mouse."

Really? From all I've read about Win 8 and 8.1 I just can't see any advantages for me with my desktop, keyboard and mouse - used for games, normal home stuff (editing photos, home movies, managing music collections etc) and a bit of working from home.

Given I moved to Win 7 from XP for this desktop, I think I'll skip a generation again.

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OFT probe: Do small UK firms get fair shake in public sector tenders?

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if you want small players...

You need to think very differently about the contracts and the way systems are specced.

Certainly in some of the ones I was involved with, there was no way little guys could bid (except as a subbie). Building a new benefits system is going to be a larger chunk of revenue than you'd be comfortable with for a small supplier. Unless you radically changed how you build big mission critical systems.

For those with lots of bad things to say about the big boys working on big systems - you have a point as lots of those went wrong (not all though - ESA worked very well for example) but let's not forget smaller firms screw up as well (iSoft for the NHS, COINS, etc) with the same bad results.

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So you want to be a solar racer? You'll need a laptop and some string

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*start meerkat impression voice*

Simples!

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BT Mobile inks network deal with EE, dumps Vodafone

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Firepan... fire....

... if you're bothered about central London coverage.

Work recently moved from Voda to EE, and despite appearances it seems that another network CAN be as bad as Vodafone is in central London (had two call drops this morning already)

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21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

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It better be bloody good...

... I LOVED playing Elite on my Acorn Electron, and then on a BBC emulator on a PC years later.

The only problem is how to hide buying an Oculus Rift from my wife. If I start taking an extra £10 out of the bank each week, she may never notice...

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

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My S4 has a notification light

One of the reasons I chose the S4 for my work phone to replace an old blackberry

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Cisco, Google and SAP may buy BlackBerry's bits: report

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Mobility is a huge growth area for SAP

I can see exactly why SAP are interested in parts of Blackberry - they are pushing hard to have SAP modules as the mobility software that are used in supply chain, field forces etc.

I can imagine them using stuff from Blackberry to provide a more complete mobility offering, but I suspect a SAP phone isn't one of them!

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

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Loved the early books, later ones not so much...

I thought his early books were great (Cardinal of the Kremlin etc), but the later ones (Executive Orders, Bear and the Dragon etc) just got more and more one dimensional - 'America is great, right wing libertarians are right and everyone else is wrong'.

RIP

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Icahn to Cook: 'Buy back $150bn of Apple's stock, or tell me why you won't'

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Corporate finance

Okay, so Ichan is a tool, but the idea in money to buy back shares is not stupid. A business is funded (with some exceptions) through debt or equity. Equity is expensive due to the expected returns of shareholders being generally higher than debt interest for companies like Apple. One way to reduce gearing (ratio of debt to equity) is to borrow money to buy back shares. That pushes up the share price and which increases shareholder returns and increases the amount of working capital funded by cheap debt rather than expensive equity - after all they do own the business, a fact Steve Jobs seemed to forget when refusing to pay dividends.

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MPs slam bumpkin fibre rollout, demand halt to further £250m cash spaff

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meant to reply to @j arthur rank...

Curse the lack of edit tools on here...

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lazy lazy lazy comment

Talk about mistakes or incompetence, or that the PAC dont really understand the complexities, but dont imply there was anything underhand, because there wasnt.

(Iwas there, so I know)

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

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Don't see the big deal with the 5C

It's basically a slightly updated 5 with a new plastic back - the pricing differential is almost exactly the same as Apple has done in the past with previous versions when a new one is out.

Plenty of people have opted for the previous version of the iPhone to save costs - Apple were still happily selling plenty of the 4S after the 5 had come out.

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BlackBerry inks deal to go private for $4.7bn

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Sad end for a once great company...

... other tech titans take note - collapse can come surprising quickly

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Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

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Left the wife's 4S running overnight...

... and it was sorted by the morning. Her feedback so far is:

- Picture gallery updates very good

- Control centre very good (particularly the torch button in the control centre)

- Changes to contacts and messaging very good

- Colours and icons awful, too bright and looks like something for my 3 year old daughter

She still wants an Android phone next though (not because of the operating system, but because she saw a Sony phone in purple - ho hum)

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Nokia Lumia 625: Quality budget 4G phone ... but where's UK's budget 4G?

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More and more frustration...

... that Nokia are Win Phone only with every review I read.

Nokia seem to have got their hardware mojo back, but its a shame they haven't (and now never will) have Android versions of their phones

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

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Re: It'll be interesting to see how this is handled on Android when the time comes...

Only 4 thumbs down for daring to mention fragmentation on Android?

Come on Fandroids, you're not trying hard enough!

(I've just moved to an Android phone from iOS btw, and my question was genuine, not trolling. Very interesting answer from @DrXym to my point )

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It'll be interesting to see how this is handled on Android when the time comes...

Eventually the amount of memory in smart phones will move beyond 4GB, so Android will have to make the move to 64bit at some point.

Given the amount of control that Apple have over the hardware and development environments compared to Google and Android, if Apple are having problems I wonder how bad the fragmentation will get for Android when they make the switch?

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Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

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Re: Dyson does not have to sue

Interestingly, this is the approach that Brompton uses for their folding bikes. Went to a talk by the guy who runs the company (not the original designer - this guy took over from him) and he said the patent files are like a little design library for Chinese bike companies - they pick out a patent, and get a handy reference guide for exactly how to rip off a design.

They stay ahead of the game through innovation in the manufacturing process - the design of their bikes makes it really hard to manufacture if you don't have the custom designed tooling they have created.

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Ultralight party balloons in WEEK-LONG marathon flight

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Party balloons?

I've never had a foil party balloon that stays good for a whole week.

Has he done anything to seal them more effectively?

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

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I *really* want one of the Nokia imaging units in my next phone...

... but there's no way I'm moving to Windows Phone while is seriously lacks apps.

Such a shame gems like their imaging and maps units got tied up with the rest of the car crash for so long.

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