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Google WILL wriggle away from Euro probe... but THEN what?

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At least Apple and MS just want to sell you stuff. Google want to own you.

You really sure that's just Google?

Just firewall Google out of your network if you hate them that much. You'll be able to use the rest of the Internet just fine. Now, erm, try that with Microsoft Windows. Try running all the software that you need Windows to run (which is.. erm.. just about everything of note in the commercial market, and absolutely heaps of legacy software that isn't going to be changed any time soon). Bear in mind that Apple dearly want to be where Microsoft is (and Microsoft dearly want to be as cool in the public eye as Apple).

They all want to "own you", to use your own terminology. Google are just the ones that you have the biggest ability to avoid entirely.

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Nanowire laser is a GaAs, GaAs, GaAs (with a bit of arsenic)

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I said fricken' sharks.

Not fricken' goldfish.

Hey, I guess a laser-toting neon tetra could be pretty cool though.

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TOXIC DOLPHIN SANDWICH on the menu, say hacktivists

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it just looks like outsiders who know nothing about what is considered their local culture enforcing standards upon them

And what would giving people dolphin meat disguised as tuna sound like to you?

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Boffins warn LIMPWARE takes the pleasure out of cloud

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NIC card?

Is that like a PIN number?

Redundancy department of redundancy?

Ok, ok, I'm going.

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

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Follow the money.

Isn't that what Bitcoin is designed to prevent?

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Dr Wolfram touts coding language to revolutionise mankind ... just like Wolfram Alpha did

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So long as it's better and cheaper than Matlab...

...then maybe it'll find a niche. That's the obvious use for something coming from a place like Wolfram, and I've seen enough people complaining about Matlab.

After having to learn the basics of it for my degree, and after looking up licensing costs, I agree; Matlab is way overdue an alternative.

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Publishers reject Google's revised offer to fix search biz in Europe

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Re: All suspects are guilty. Otherwise they wouldn't be suspects.

Alternatives are there yes but your comparison to OSs is dis-ingenious seeing as there have always been alternative OSs too.

As I pointed out, I would like to see you running all that lovely commercial software in something not Windows. Enjoy your pain. I'll be around later to sweep the hair up that you've torn out after enough battling with WINE to get a few percent of it sort-of half working.

Now, firewall Google's entire IP range out of your system. Observe that the rest of the Internet still works. Flawlessly.

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Re: All suspects are guilty. Otherwise they wouldn't be suspects.

since it was demonstrable.

Open your web browser.

Type in "www.yahoo.com" (Or maybe bing.com, duckduckgo.com, ask.com or comparethemeerkat.com).

Now do the same thing, only with Google's entire IP range firewalled out of your network. Observe that the sites still work.

QED.

Now, try running most commercial PC software without the operating system made by one of the corporations that comprise the Fairsearch lobby. Yes, Microsoft are one of the entities trying to say that Google have an abusive monopoly, which to me is best described as "fucking rich".

Observe how the software will neither install nor run.

And now you know the difference between an abusive monopoly, and people choosing in large numbers to use a particular product or service.

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

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Re: search on this

Matey, I'd use a tablet to take photographs just to piss that guy off.

Maddox is funny when he's pissed off. Doesn't make him always right.

Quite right when comparing his phone to the original iPhone 1 when it came out, though.

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Re: Because you can use an Android without a Google account?

Not Google and Apple. Just Apple.

Granted, you won't get the Play Store without a Google account. You can however, dump whatever APK you like on the device, including things like the Amazon app store (or anybody else's app store).

It's amusing in a way. Apple wish they were Microsoft, and Microsoft wish they were Apple.

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Re: unhelpful review

and your cloud provider of choice to put the image on the tablet.

Bluetooth not working any more? This isn't an Apple device, you know.

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Microsoft, Xamarin give Visual Studio a leg-up for... iOS and Android?

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Re: Been done before

"and has a powerful version that is entirely free."

So long as you're not developing for mobile. Or expect to run things multi-core. Or in 64 bit (except for Linux, apparently). Or want a more recent version of PhysX that actually uses hardware acceleration.

Then it costs £1500, and that only fixes the "developing for mobile" problem. Cheaper than some game toolkits to be sure, but hardly "free".

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Woz: Google Glass will be SO COOL... just like BLUETOOTH

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Re: On the spectrum of coolness

In American.

In English (and possibly Australian), it's "Bum Bag".

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Except I have a stereo headset that has all the functions of an earpiece, but doesn't look like a twat-dongle. I guess it's public perception as well as looks.

Didn't people cast doubts on the original Sony Walkman because nobody would want to walk around with headphones on?

(Admittedly, I probably won't be buying Glass myself, but a related device... maybe.)

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Mixed bag of motors lifts India's budget Mars shot

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Re: Budget Design

Not really. I don't see the masses of fuel transfer pipes and modified asparagus staging leading to a rocket that looks less like a rocket and more like a pancake.

Still want to see a real rocket use some asparagus staging though. If only for the geekgasm.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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For everyone who can be bothererd to sign a petition, there are probably 20 people who feel the same way but couldn't be bothered to sign.

Though, I'm sure Google can ignore 1.6 million people as easily as they ignore 80,000. Maybe direct action is a better approach?

In other words: Troll the shit out of everything. Make them regret their decision. If they undo it, the few people that actually like G+ can get back to liking it and leave the rest of us alone. If not, well, I'm sure drowning in a sea of filth will be awesome.

Best part is, you really can do this from your armchair.

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and on that day

...I tell my domain name to redirect to Live Mail, or whatever the Borg are calling it this week.

Under a tenner for two years? More people should be doing this!

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Re: A single sign-on which *requires* you to provide your full name

Back in the good old days, telling someone your name was considered rather normal.

On the Internet? Really?

What strange parallel universe do you come from?

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Re: yea google F*ck you

Yes, but now that they're under your real name, maybe everyone will think twice before leaving imbecile YouTube comments. Less Internet pocket lint.

I really hope you're being sarcastic. That or you haven't been looking at any of the comments since the Google+ bullshit started. Really, the crap that the apologists are coming out with is totally disjointed from reality. Apparently forcing Google+ onto people to comment on a youtube video will somehow, magically remove the trolls and kooks?

Just had a quick look and I'm getting "comment fatlos", "reply1", "reply2", "no wone [sic] cares", "first post"... all from comments in the last day or two, on random videos. There are worse, and they are very, very easy to find, especially the ones that declare "FROM GOOGLE+". Oh, and Google+ names such as "Nigger_Gangrape", amongst other less pleasant monikers. Oh and hashtags. Fucking hashtags everywhere, now. If this is your idea of change for the better, you can keep it.

Incidentally, it only takes about a gigabyte or so to make a 24 hour long, 360kbps, 640x360@30fps video displaying the text "FUCK GOOGLE PLUS", along with a 64kbit audio stream of whatever the hell you want (let's say a trololololol loop). Easy enough to upload to your Youtube channel before buggering the fuck off to any other video site on the Web, alongside changing your channel name to "Fuck Google Plus". Think I'll be doing just that.

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Martian MOM LAYS another EGG in SPACE - but it's not big enough

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Nononono. Struts are for when it moves when it's not supposed to. If it doesn't move when it IS supposed to, the correct response is "moar boosters".

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FLIGHTMARE! Inflight cell calling debuts, dealing heavy blow to quality of life

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Meh?

So... the problem with someone making a phone call on a plane is what? That you don't get to hear the other side of the conversation?

I could understand if this was some bell-end throwing out random techno like they've never heard of headphones, but are you expecting people to just sit in their seat and not say a word for 6, 9, 18 hours or however long they are sat there for?

Ah yes, hating mobile phone use is fashionable. Even as most of the commentards here (and possibly even Iain Thompson) likely have something more powerful than a 5 year old PC sat in their pocket and connected to the nearest phone tower.

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Watch out spooks: STANDARDS GROUPS are COMING AFTER YOU

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Re: CALEA

I think the idea is that various agencies can tap as much megabit-key-encrypted info as they like. It'll do them no use without a few billion years of supercomputing time.

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GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer

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About time too.

Also, .torrent files might be nice.

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Alleged Peeping Tom claims First Amendment right to upskirt

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I'm sure there is a difference between taking pictures of a slipped boob at the Superbowl, and sticking an upward-pointing spycam in your boots or hiding cameras in changing rooms.

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Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms

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Am I high?

Because that Martian post nearly made sense.

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Economical Indian MOM whips up her eggs en route to Mars

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Oberth Effect

Or the faster you're going (at least up until relativity kicks in), the more efficient your rockets become. So, that egg shaped orbit means the craft can keep repeating some nicely efficient burns while in a very low, and very fast, part of its highly elliptical.. erm.. eggy, orbit. Using the Earth's momentum as a slingshot and escaping at the right angle also helps.

Yes, I play Kerbal Space Program too.

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Does F-Secure's antivirus turn a blind eye to spook spyware? CEO hits back

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So...

...what about keygens and no-CD patches?

Oh I'm sure you'll get the occasional retard replying to me with "well them evil pirates deserve it". Yeah, I'm sure everyone else hit by the botnet made up of Dem Evul Pie Rats deserve it too.

I have a fully functioning paid copy of BI Studios' Carrier Command that mentioned nothing of bullshit online DRM malware on the box, but most certainly demands a guilty-until-proven-innocent online check once installed. So, I found the crack and patched it. Fuck you, BI. You used to be good.

That crack will probably be detected as a virus of type "keygen" by umpteen different virus scanners, whether it's actually malware or not. What about F-Secure?

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REJOICE! Windows 7 users can get IE11 ... soon they'll have NO choice

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Apparently the EULA with the blocker has the following thing that I may not do:

disclose the results of any benchmark tests of the software to any third party without Microsoft’s prior written approval;

Well, the script completed incredibly quickly. However, it was far more obtuse than it needed to be in order to use. It's not "click and go", it's "click and extract to folder, then run cmd as administrator, then run IE11_Blocker.cmd /B". After that, as a rough benchmark, it runs about as fast as any other 2KB script (oh my, I'm benchmarking some more am I?).

Oh dear, oh dear. Microshaft, fuck you and the horse you rode in on. I'll disclose benchmark results if I want to.

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Google's secret search offer to EU antitrust chief LEAKED by rivals

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Re: Gumby physics fail

And those wires don't run as the crow flies, and your packets don't travel through routers instantaneously.

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Re: I still have no idea...

fragmented joke of an operating system that has about 1% market share?

I hear Linux powers more than half the servers providing the porn that you use to wank yourself to sleep, sweetie.

Not to mention the router you're most likely using. You know I hear Microsoft have been having a little problem in the mobile market. Something about some green robot or other. I mean really it's a virtual machine, but the VM is running on the ol' Toy Unix kernel, and I'm led to believe it's rather popular.

Now wipe your mouth dearie, you're dribbling, and it looks most uncouth. Yes, total war. Whether it's successful or not, well. I see the penguin is still alive and kicking. I know, I know, it's so frustrating for your paymasters to not be able to steamroller over the mobile phone industry like they have done with PCs.

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Re: I still have no idea...

Love it, the conspiracy theorist delusions of a freetard summarised in five words.

Love it. The clueless shilling of a fucktard summarised in a single sentence.

Or are you saying that MSFT haven't been engaged in total war with anything possibly involving open-source software for years? Are you saying that Microsoft have not been trying to lock Linux up behind a patent tax because they simply cannot destroy it no matter how hard they try? It's the antithesis of their entire business strategy, and news sites and articles are littered with examples of MSFT's arseholery.

But apparently I'm a conspiracy theorist, despite the evidence being in plain fucking sight. And apparently a freetard too, despite the money I've spent on software over the years.

Yep, totally delusional.

And what the fuck has this got to do with Google having an abusive monopoly or not, asides Microsoft being one of the ones just desperate to stick the knife in, despite being the worst offender of all?

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The CURSE of WHO: WHY has there never been a decent videogame with the Doctor?

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Take a leaf out of Sonic CD's book

Multiple representations of "present" and "future".

Put some simple puzzles in that "The Doctor" can solve to change the timeline, put some baddies in that other characters can gratuitiously blast into smithereens, give it a Dead Space 3-style weapon (or screwdriver)-customisation setup, and I think the Beeb could be onto a winner.

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Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers

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Working perfectly.

It detected W32.NSA.Backdoor and removed it!

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Google 'fesses up: Yup, we're KILLING OFF IE9 support for Gmail, Apps

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Now I know that Google want to turn a browser into an OS for some fucked up cloudy reason, but that's no reason to confuse the two.

...Yeah okay, I'll be going now.

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How Google paved the way for NSA's intercepts - just as The Register predicted 9 YEARS AGO

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Re: Thank you for writing this

https://www.apple.com/privacy/

How we use your personal information

The personal information we collect allows us to keep you posted on Apple’s latest product announcements, software updates, and upcoming events. It also helps us to improve our services, content, and advertising. If you don’t want to be on our mailing list, you can opt out anytime by updating your preferences.

We also use personal information to help us develop, deliver, and improve our products, services, content, and advertising.

Sorry to burst your bubble, bub, but they're all in on it.

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Fury as OS X Mavericks users FORCED to sync contact books with iCloud

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Both have similar unknown quantities when it comes to your personal data.

It's not unknown. It's right there in their privacy policy, bullet-pointed under "How we use your personal information".

To the strange people here who think I'm calling Google some kind of saintly organisation: I'm not. I'm saying Apple are just as nasty and devious. In some ways, moreso.

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At least they haven't blatantly lied to me yet.

Just been rather misleading and very careful about their words, yes.

Your personal information is being used to decide how best to serve adverts up to you, regardless of who you go with. And also most likely being used to decide whether you are a Person Of Interest as far as the NSA is concerned. Google just has the bad press for it, for now.

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Apple made snarky comments about Google using personal information to provide advertisements, while at the same time being deliberately misleading about how they also use your personal information. They use it for the exact same thing that Google do, regardless of whether it is their "main" business or not. Apparently though, it's okay for a bit of data-mining on the side, so long as you make enough money on the hardware too.

To quote https://www.apple.com/privacy/

How we use your personal information

The personal information we collect allows us to keep you posted on Apple’s latest product announcements, software updates, and upcoming events. It also helps us to improve our services, content, and advertising. If you don’t want to be on our mailing list, you can opt out anytime by updating your preferences.

We also use personal information to help us develop, deliver, and improve our products, services, content, and advertising.

Looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck. Chances are, it isn't a chicken.

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Re: Thankfully..

Apparently bidding up to 50p per click to show an advert when someone searches for "lolcats" is the same as selling on your data.

Yeah, I don't know how either.

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So in other words, Google are not selling your data on to anybody.

Just like Apple aren't.

However, if you think both of them are not mining the shit out of every byte they can "to improve our services", and to provide you with "more relevant" ads (or iAds), you're naïve or blind.

And as I mentioned, this flies in the face of their snarky comments not even 48 hours ago.

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And yet they still are collecting and collating masses of information, entirely unnecessarily, which flies in the face of any snarky comments they might make about the world's biggest advertisi^Wsearch company.

Google aren't selling your data to anybody either. They are selling advert space via keyword auction. How is that different to, or rather more "evil", than Apple's own platform, iAds?

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Re: Are there any non-evil computer companies left?

Apple have always, always been Little Microsoft. Their antics with the iThings only confirm this.

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And not two days ago...

Unlike many other companies dealing with requests for customer data from government agencies, Apple's main business is not about collecting information.

REALLY now?

(Hah, linked to in the article, but hey, have the link again anyway.)

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Brazil makes it official: Gov email must be state-run and on-premises

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"NSA's influence waxes"

Wanes, surely?

Or is that what THEY want us to think?

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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"If you are an existing Android user you'd be happy if Santa dropped one down your chimney."

I'd be quite happy if an iPhone or even Windows Abomination 8 landed in my lap.

"For sale: One iPhone/Lumia/Blackberry, never used, pristine condition, box unopened."

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Re: Slightly better phone?

One with the same CPU, RAM and flash amounts, but an SD card?

Of course, "better" is a value judgement, and different people have different values.

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Re: OS Size

Because Android is only "based on" Linux. It's about as much Linux as OS X is a BSD or Mach: Its not.

On top of that Linux kernel is a gigantihuge Dalvik VM. And then you have all the various userspace stuff thrown in on top. Like all the Google apps.

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We've invented the FONBLET, says Samsung

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Re: Yes, Invented. @ M Gale

Oh I dunno. I've had 7" tablets before, and they always seem to fit perfectly in a jacket pocket. Ten inch tablets will always need an extra bag or backpack, unless you have pockets like windsocks. I say this as current owner of a (battered, old but still functional) Asus TF201, which sits nicely in the netbook-size padded compartment of a laptop backpack.

Granted, maybe a seven incher won't fit down the front or back of a tight pair of Levis (insert lewd joke here), but then who with any sense puts anything breakable in the pockets most likely to break them?

Plus a seven incher is still passable as a phone if on the very large side, whereas a ten incher really does start looking Dom Joly-ish. That's assuming it even comes with a phone chipset and dialler app.

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Re: Yes, Invented.

5"-7" tablets are moronic? Ridiculous? And utterly so?

Explain.

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Apple: How we slip YOUR data to govts – but, hey, we're not Google

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Re: "...our business does not depend on collecting personal data..."

And yet they collect that juicy data anyway. Why?

Because money. They are a business if you hadn't noticed.

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