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Dig deep! Radio asks taxpayers for blank cheque

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Re: No political bias then?

I think you'll be hard pushed to describe it as anything else!

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DAB?

Ah yes, DAB, the all singing, all dancing radio technology that doesn't work in cars very well...

Hmmm, so it is best suited to stationary use... Like at home, where you've got a PC which can stream a zillion internet radio stations with no reception issues...

Oh dear.

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Mozilla ditches Messaging wing, eyes social webby sweetshop

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Hmmm...

I hope they don't dump Thunderbird, I like it... I have multiple accounts set up, including IMAP and the spam filter works great. I guess those that have spam filter problems didn't RTFM... You've got to mark good ones as "not spam" as well as bad ones as "spam", then it's spot on, at least it is for the junk that I get.

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Wannabe baby-kisser lies on political honesty phone-in

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Ummm...

"I don't think it was deceit and lies"...

So pretending to be someone else is not deceit, and then answering the phone and denying it was Ashley pretending to be Paul wasn't lying?

I must get a copy of this politicians dictionary because my OED seems to be totally out of step.

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Hacks arrested in phone hacking probe

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Grrrr!

I really wish they would stop calling this hacking... By the same measure I would be classed as a master cat burgler if I stole your TV when you left the front door wide open!

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Wanted: Nude female web coders

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Re: re: re: Netscape Navigator Gold

You don't have to get your coat, I think there are several people here willing to hand it to you!

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Actually...

Having just commented about the CRT monitor, I have looked at their website, which can only be described as having been designed with Netscape Navigator Gold... So I believe they are possibly trapped in a time warp...

Which might explain how the naturists they show appear to actually look vaguely attractive, when all the ones I have ever seen before are the kind of people you'd prefer to keep their clothes on!

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Re: health and dafety

Surely you mean...

CRT monitor - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Oxfordshire cops switch speed cameras back on

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Re: Whining anti-camera supporters

I am a "Whining anti-camera supporter", and can I just say right from the outset that I have a completely clean licence, and have never been caught by a Gatso. I know where they are, I can see them, and as a back up my GPS warns me...

My problem with them is they are used to replace real policing on our roads with their letter of the law instant judgement. The quality of driving I see on the roads these days is definitely on the way down. Only this morning I saw someone in a car nigh on flying over the speed humps round the corner from my house. Well over 40mph, but with no cameras about to judge his stupidity (had trade plates on, so he didn't care about the suspension) and no cops to tell him off. However if a kid had run out in the road he wouldn't have been able to stop, his wheels were barely on the ground!

Speed does not kill. Inappropriate speed may contribute. There are so many other factors, road conditions (rain, snow, oil, ice), tyre condition, driver alertness, skill, experience etc. Unfortunately none of these can be judged instantly by a remote box on a pole. As I said before, which is safer, 29mph in the rain, 3:30pm with kids on the pavement joking about or 35 mph at 3am on a dry summer night with nobody about?

The magic box will judge 35mph at 3am to be more dangerous and worthy of a photograph, when anyone with any sense will know the 29mph driver in the rain is the more likely to squash someone.

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I wouldn't mind but....

I wouldn't mind the cameras if they actually did punish bad drivers, unfortunately they are letter of the law devices, not spirit of the law. They don't know when it is raining, snowing, or there are kids walking on the pavement, they only know that the car with the bald tyres which drove through did so at 29mph, so is obviously safe. It doesn't matter if the driver is drunk, on the phone or shouting abuse at his/her kids in the back, as long as he/she was doing 29mph, they're safe.

Another car on a nice dry summer night at 3am goes through at 35mph and *bang* fine.

If that's not bad enough, these yellow boxes seem to have replaced police patrols, you hardly see them about these days. I can't remember the last police car I saw that didn't have the flashing lights going already.

Now if someone could come up with a camera which would punish people who don't indicate at junctions (usually taxis and private hire in my experience), and those that insist on doing 10 mph under the limit when ever they are in a 40 or 50 zone, then yes, those I would welcome. Hell I'd help them install them!

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Pacific island in royal wedding philatelic outrage

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LMAO!

For once her is a bit of Wills and Kate news I'm quite happy to hear... The rest of it is boring me stupid!

Oh well, it'll all be over soon, pity the same can't be said for the bl**dy olympics!

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Stock-trading teen hacker jailed again over 2nd scam

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Re: D'oh!

Indeed. The guy obviously has some degree of skill at this for managing it twice, but his knowledge when it comes to covering his tracks is pitiful!

There are plenty of open/unmanaged wireless access points about.

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April Fools Day's Finest

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Fave...

Hmmm, well there has been quite a good selection, including a good double bluff with the wank-o-meter app, that really exists (almost caught me with that, but I checked the QR before calling it out as a fool).

Fave... Well I'm quite taken with the Marmite Vaseline lip balm... They really should make that!

http://www.new-magazine.co.uk/latestnews/view/29350/Marmite-Vaseline-gross-or-lush-/

Then again, they do make marmite chocolate, so maybe that's real too!

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Deleting 'innocent' DNA will cost £5m

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Re: can we assume

So they have to remove 1 million records? So paying minimum wage to someone manually deleting entries would actually work out cheaper than this quote, assuming they can handle the neck breaking speed of 2 an hour?

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And...

We should get Blunkett and pals to pay for it, personally! For having the nerve to think keeping profiles for ever would be acceptable.

Maybe they should have a word with someone who knows some SQL, I'm sure they could do a few joins and delete the offending records.

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London Olympics get pay-by-wave

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Hehe...

"it will be handed out free to athletes attending the Olympic and Paralympics games and on sale to everyone else."

£5 says there are "second hand" models available in the little phone shops down the Mile End Road before the opening ceremony has even finished!

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W**k-O-Meter

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re: Good one Reg

Errrr... maybe you should test some of the links out... It's real!

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Re: Had a little chuckle

I know! I scanned it too! Imagine my surprise to find there really is an app on the Android market, with comments going back a few days, so it's either genuine or someone has committed the sin of starting an April fool early, which is a no-no...

I just noticed they now give the Android and Amazon market links at the top of the review, but only the Android market one works.

If you really want a laugh visit the authors website, they have a real time update scrolling down! lmao!

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re: iFans

Indeed... I heard the iPhone5 will even have a 2cm diameter hole in the middle for improved hands free operation!

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The X-Factor goes virtually mobile, expands voting

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Okay... I'll call this one!

April fool!

Although I have no doubt Nokia would be stupid enough to make such a hideous thing, I can't believe for a minute that they're organised enough to make it with only a couple of years to prepare.

I wish it was true though. It would give us an easy way to identify X-factor zombies... I assume killing them would only carry a short sentence given that they are only a twitch away from brain death already?

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Carrier-sold iPad 2 Sim locks snag unwary buyers

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Phones4U

That's a bit odd, I thought Phones4U always supplied unlocked phones, they certainly have with the two mobiles I bought from them (on Orange contract upgrades), and it's one of the things I checked the other month when enquiring about my latest upgrade.

Guess you can't take anything for granted these days, and should ask... And if he did and the Phones4U salesman did say it was unlocked, and it isn't, then Ryan has some pretty good come back in the shape of the extensive UK sales of good act... assuming he can overcome his fruity addiction enough to hand it back.

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HTC Incredible S Android smartphone

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Re: Product range

Yup, that sounds about right!

My take on it is:

HTC Desire - First one

HTC Desire Z - First one with some new chips and a keyboard

HTC Desire HD - First one with some new chips and a bigger screen

HTC Incredible S - The HD with a slightly smaller screen

That's about as far as I have managed to work it out... Another difference which has had a mention in some circles is the Incredible S is a complete bugger to get permanent root on, HTC have included ROM signing on it's loader, which is a pity.

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Re: Its about pushing limits

How about we push the limit of battery design and low power consumption a bit more first before we start adding things that suck up even more juice. A phone that can last 24hrs is about as low as is really practical.

It's a pity we lost that leaping from tree to tree skill.

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Re: Dual Core

Agreed... With one hand they're screaming "We want dual core, deduct point for not having it" and with the other hand they would be screaming (yes, hands screaming, just go with it) "Battery life only 12 hours!!!!", or maybe "The 3000mAh battery makes the handset to heavy at 350grams".

The Desire Z, which I have, only has an 800Mhz single core, but is quite capable of 720 video recording and movie play back. In fact it feels snappier to use than the 1Ghz DHD, even with all the crap I've cluttered it up with! (Does it have a better video chipset?)

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McAfee site crawling with scripting bugs say researchers

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Hardly a shock...

The only machines I've seen with McAfee running on them are ones that were purchased with the infection already installed!

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RSA won't talk? Assume SecurID is broken

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@Paul 172

Twas a joke!

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/joke

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RBS.....

Well RBS is owned by the UK government these days, and we all know how much the UK govt knows about IT!

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Firefox 4 for Android shuns ARMv6 phones

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Well...

Pity about the Arm6 devices, but this is bound to happen with an open hardware platform... The failed devices seem to be those with the smaller screen too, so how much they are used for mobile browsing is debatable.

Works great on my Desire Z though... And it has Adblock! YAY!

So now if I really want to see flash I'll just use the built in browser, but for when I want webpages up quick with no adds and stupid animations eating my bandwidth, FF4 4 Android should be hard to beat!

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Mozilla debuts Firefox 4 for Android

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It's in the market, just search for Firefox...

And you failed to mention the most important thing....

ADBLOCK! YAY! \o/

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Re: Where is it??

It might be down to your region, give it a day or two. I'm in the UK and the mozilla.com/m link just redirects me to the market.

Searching for Firefox in the market also finds it.

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MySQL.com hacked via... SQL injection vuln

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expired cert...

Oh that's good timing for them, I believe there is a lad in Iran who can do them a good deal on a new one right now.

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Apple iPad 2

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It's not just you!

I've been perplexed by them too, which is why I always refer to tablets as animated tea trays.

If I want to check email, look at a website, or as I did this morning, laze in bed and watch the F1 qualifying on iplayer, I just reach for my smartphone.

If I want to do something more serious, I reach for my laptop (old, antiquated, but 250gig of storage goodness and 1400x1050 resolution - widescreen laptops really annoy me, would love to upgrade, but don't want something the size of a small car!).

So where does a tablet fit in? If there is one thing I wish I could do from my phone instead of my laptop it's upload photographs from my DSLR. So maybe I do have a use for a tablet, except tablets don't have much more storage than my phone, and it couldn't be a fruity one as we're not trusted with USB connections by the head orchard wrangler so there's no way to read the CF card, or connect the camera.

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Nokia launches new corporate font

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re: Wordsearch

Yes, I just saw that too...

Nasty!

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Oh ffs!

Honestly Nokia, that's going to make so much difference isn't it! Surely you have better things to focus on?

Guess it will look nice on the corporate grave stone.

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Sensitive data easily swiped from eBayed mobiles

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Re: Its not just phones

Errrr, in England laptops aren't stolen on principle. You just have to wait for your local authority to donate one to you.

This is normally done in a subtle way (to avoid the embarrassment of being identified as "on support") by them leaving said laptop on a bus, train or taxi seat.

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Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 debut

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Goodo

Chucked both mobile and mini onto my Desire Z, mobile feels quick compared to V10, both appear to work very well indeed.

I'm very fond of mini, especially on a data capped mobile contract.

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MeeGo or MS? Nokia ponders tablet OS

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So...

After a shocking attack of decisiveness the other month, Nokia have quickly returned to their usual "ummm" "errrr" as more boats sail off into the sunset?

Bangs head against wall.

To those that says Nokia did not miss the boat, they did. The boat isn't just about the product, it's about the promotion and public perception. It's a sales boat (not a sail boat - sorry). You can't have a world beating or dominating device if the world doesn't know about it!

With the N800 et al, they built 95% of the boat, then launched it, in secret, at night, without telling anyone and then bobbed off out of port listing slightly to one side.

It's only now when they had to call for the MS life boat to rescue them from yet another 95% complete boat, which had been left drifting with a skeleton crew, that people are going "Ooooh, Nokia made a boat?!"

(I suspect the MS lifeboat may be made out of Papier-mâché)

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Dozens of exploits released for popular SCADA programs

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Re: Isolated from the Network

Ah yes... Lesson 101.1

Remove user access to any ports (preferably physically as well as in software), especially those that permit storage devices to be attached!

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Security 101...

As usual I'm sure these systems would be fine if they had been installed with a correct security mindset. Namely keeping critical systems isolated. If they must co-habit a network, use a firewall. All rules denied by default. No traffic goes to or from the critical subnet except for specific and required protocols. Even these are locked down so only specific machines can use specific protocols. Deep packet inspection would also be preferable.

Unfortunately we have all got a far different idea of how these systems have been installed... I can only assume the only reason an exploit hasn't been found for critical systems like autopilot is not so much due to any diligence on behalf of the designers/maintainers, but a lack of a cat 5 cable long enough to remain connected to the 747!

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Apple sues Amazon over 'App Store' name

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If apple have their way...

In twenty years the only people on the planet with any money will be lawyers.

Oh, and BMW salesmen.

Apple - grow up.

US patent and trademark system - sort yourself out! If you keep this up the rest of the world will be shortly joining China and just ignore it!

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'iPad cads' dash fanboi fondleslab hopes

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Re: It's not about the numbers

I assume you are talking about the recent Golf in old clothing Beetle, and not the Fuhrers people car that he pumped off the production line in huge volumes before deciding it would be more fun to invade Poland, France and then make a very ill advised stab at Russia just as winter approached?

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Wi-Fi security befuddles clueless home users

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A bit scaremongering...

Although most members of the public have no idea what WEP or WPA2 are, most of these people will be using the router supplied by Sky/BT etc... Which come with security turned on and a little sticker on the bottom giving them the key. I've been to fix countless computers as various homes and asked "Do you know your wireless password?", I get the same blank look, so I just pick the router up and look on the bottom.

The only people at risk are those with enough technical knowledge to change their router, and somehow configure their ISP connection details, but not manage the wireless, like AC 16:42's neighbour.

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Phone, car companies collaborate to connect cars, phones

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Curious...

I see one thing is marked as "done" by "Nokia"... Have they checked recently, they might have thrown this out with the bath water the other week!

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Group-buying deal for £99 iPhone 4 may have breached consumer laws

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Re: If it were Paddington

Yes, but I believe Paddington's stares really hurt.

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Apple handcuffs 'open' web apps on iPhone home screen

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What?

Apple throttle free web apps in preference to "real" (paid for) downloaded applications, 90% of which are little more than a wrapper round a public website which could be handled in HTML/CSS with media="handheld" or "@media handheld" by any half competent web designer?

Not to mention said webdesigner would then have a site suitable for iphone, Android and Micronokia all in one go...

Nah, I don't believe it.

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Windows 7 customers hit by service pack 1 install 'fatal error' flaws

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Joke

Ooooh...

Looks like Windows 7 and WinMob 7 really are closely related!

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Another year, another iPhone time slip

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Hehe...

Ah good, a bit more ammo to bait my iphone owning friends with... Good old Apple, knew you wouldn't let me down.

Seriously though this is getting a bit beyond a joke, even M$ have managed to get windows to do this correctly, so we all know that means it can't be that hard!

As has been observed above, Apple have fallen for the all too common habit of clearing bugs from the fault list as fast as possible to make figures look good. Testing them would make the clearing task slower, so testing goes out the window... and the bug comes back a bit further down the list - that's okay though, as nobody seems to link the new bug to a previous cleared report and point out that a clock fault has existed for several years.

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Japanese nuke meltdown may be underway

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Hmmm...

Would the down-voter, presumably a west coast USA resident, like to make himself known and explain the urge to live on a fault zone?

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Re: Lots of "told ya so"s

They don't really have a choice, their entire country is an earthquake zone!

The USA do have a choice, but they still built SF on a fault... And then rebuilt it when it get destroyed!

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Why Nokia failed: 'Wasted 2,000 man years' on UIs that didn't work

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@The problem with this recent news is that we get two types of people

Actually, I think I might be type #3...

I liked Symbian, used if from the 7650, 6600, N70, N95 and last the N97... But now I "dislike" Nokia. They used to have a reputation like IBM... i.e. "Nobody ever got sacked for buying a Nokia". It would work. The N95 showed some initial signs of problems, but they were quickly fixed via firmware... I should have taken that as a warning. the N97 was diabolical. Glad you 5800 GPS worked, but plenty of N97 owners aren't so lucky. Google "N97 GPS hack" and see! Yes I did try that, and it was still unfit for directing a car moving faster than walking pace.

You learn a lot about a company over how it handles a faulty product (any company can look good if its products just work), and after the N97 I felt I had been mugged. In no way was it the phone from the TV advert.

I tried various support routes, I got nowhere. Nokia's customers are the networks, they don't give a damn about Joe Public, just as long as the networks keep pre-ordering their handsets. Trouble is the networks now have plenty more manufacturers they can sell, and Joe Public remembers his buggy Nokia and won't buy another.

Sure my Desire Z is newer than the N97, but the N97 is newer than the original iphone, but the iphone was still far nicer to use.

My N97 is now consigned to the draw of history (I might attack the GPS antenna again out of boredom and see if anything can be fixed), my back up phone will remain my trusty old original N95 (Euro hacked model code with V30 firmware).

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