* Posts by jai

2253 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Arise, iDame: Incoming Apple retail boss Angela Ahrendts set for honorary award

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Team Register ?

Seems like a very lightweight article to have required the collaborative efforts of the whole team? Was it one sentence per person?

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This tool demands access to YOUR ENTIRE DIGITAL LIFE. Is it from GCHQ? No - it's by IKEA

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but what is 'wrong' in the eyes of Ikea?

Buying your sofa from DFS? Getting a bedside table from John Lewis?

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Re: All your computer data for an online tool, or...

but, to be fair, in return for your soul, they will give you meatballs!!

(some even without horsemeat!)

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He says in the article that it was only Chrome browser that picked it up. If you weren't using Chrome, it wouldn't ask for permission.

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: Floppy Eject

And we all know software never fails

Sure, if there was a crash, you're floppy disk was still in there when the machine booted. And if it wasn't a bootable disk, the machine would automatically eject it, and then it would continue to boot. What's the problem?

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Re: Wired ethernet is not a rarity for laptops

in our office, only the ethernet ports that are in use are enabled. ethernet is all locked down, i guess they don't want anyone just wandering in and plugging their laptop into the network.

and even then, they're hidden under floor panels or in the cable runs underneath the middle of each set of desks, so even if you can get the networks team to switch one on for you, it's a right pain in the proverbal to find out what it's number is, let alone get an ethernet cable plugged in.

whereas the wireless shows up, and works with the same user/pass that i log into my work pc with.

far, far easier to use for the general user.

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Re: Floppy Eject

Oops I left the disk in the MAC when I powered off. Darn now I have to power up again.

Not a problem with a Mac, because when you powered it down, it would eject the disc before it shut down. That's because the eject was software driven, not reliant upon a mechanical device.

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Re: Floppy Eject

it also had an extra key on the keyboard that nothing else had.

and here i am at work, in 2014, looking at the keyboard, and there's this "windows" key, which no other operating system has a use for.....

and a right-click menu button too for some reason

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Re: Floppy Eject

I hunted around the operating system

Not very far then? It would have been right there in the Special menu!

From that moment onwards I hated Macs and still do.

Good grief!! whatever you do, don't visit a foriegn countries then - you'll hate everyone you meet, they speak a totally different language!!

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Powerbook 170

my dad had one of those, which inevitably i pinched whenever i could, and looking at the picture, surprising how much i miss the old thing. real pang of nostalgia.

yes, my macbook air totally out classes it these days, in every respect. but back in those days, it was a very nice machine to use, very capable, and it ran and ran and ran without a hitch until long past the point when we should have upgraded to the more powerful machine.

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Icahn slurps another $500m in Apple shares, demands buyback AGAIN

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@jb99

Because at least in part it's *his* company

Are you sure you aren't confusing the difference between shares and stock?

The headline says shares - although possibly El Reg is confusing the two?

Or maybe it's Icann that's confused the two and thinks he has more rights than he really does.

Stock means you have a piece of ownership. Shares just mean you've given the company some money in the past to increase it's capital then, in the hope that in the future the company is worth more so you'll receive more money back when the share matures (or you sell it on to someone else for a profit in the mean time).

Shares - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Share_%28finance%29

Stock - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stock

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easy and cheap for the company to borrow the money

Which makes no financial sense.

They're sitting on a big pile of money.

Not only is he suggesting they give it away, to people including himself, but that they incur debt by borrowing to do it.

I understand his motives. He just wants to get richer, quicker, instead of running the risk that the market's natural movements may devalue his stock or may increase it's value, but both other a period of time.

What I don't understand is why any company in the past has paid attention to him?

It's not like they owe him anything is it? That how buying stock works. Your reward for taking the risk in investing is if the market goes up before you sell them.

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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

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didn't K-9 always refer to The Doctor and his companions by Master and Mistress?

K-9, everyone's lovable metallic dog, was a Marxist???

:)

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Re: Goodnight Earth. Goodnight humans

LOL

yeah it was Def Con One i was thinking of: "Goodbye city, hello Moon!"

But if we ever get around to making another golden disc with the best examples of human culture and sending it out amongst the stars, then Beaver Patrol should definitely be on there :)

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Goodnight Earth. Goodnight humans

that reminds me of a PWEI song

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Re: Yutu be or not to be....

but where's the kaboom? there's supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!

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A real life Romulan-Klingon alliance: Google, Samsung sign global patent pact

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Re: Ok, you've lost me

maybe it means that neither need to worry about being sued by each other, and so just need to worry about suits with everyone else. One less team of lawyers to pay for on each side.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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i'd happily pay more

as long as it meant more than 3 episodes of Sherlock per season, and Top Gear specials at Xmas instead of at some random time a month or two later.

and less bloody eastenders

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Re: Oh?

It's right there in the article, you just need to take a minute to read it before commenting:

"Roughly 80 per cent of people say they would keep paying for the BBC if the cost was no different to the licence fee," said Elstein. Around 40 per cent would pay double and 10 per cent of licence fee payers would pay treble.

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

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Re: Stupid

Take it with a pinch of salt. the WSJ only says it got the info from "people familiar with the situation"

Which probably means the Digitimes article last week. And THAT one cited "sources" in the manufacturing plants, but no one specific.

And it's been proven that a Digitimes articles are nearly always wrong:

http://www.tuaw.com/2013/12/30/2013-rumor-retrospective-all-the-leaks-were/

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Thanks for suggesting eBay should flog PayPal. It's not happening, CEO tells Carl Icahn

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Apple seem to be ignoring him so he's working through the rest of his portfolio and giving them a poke with a stick to see if they'll do as he asks regardless of whether it is in the companies best interest, or just his.

Is he trying to make quick profits on his investments? Or maybe he just like seeing his name in the headlines?

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Ninten-DOH! Japanese giant slashes Wii U sales forecasts by 70%

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Re: Shame

That is the problem - to the average user, it's a great social gaming system, just like the Wii they bought a few years ago, which they already have lots of games for.

The small improvements and features that the U offers over the Wii are mostly only appreciated by gamers... who aren't interested in the social or kid games and who will have got a "serious" gaming platform instead

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Boffins find ALIEN WORLD orbiting the Sun's LONG LOST TWIN

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Re: So so far away

i think they already have, but none of the closer ones have stars in this configuration AND signs of planets, so they've had to widen the search.

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technically, not an alien world

a·li·en

'aly?n,'ale?n/

adjective

adjective: alien

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belonging to a foreign country or nation.

But - if there's no one living on the rock, then it doesn't belong to anyone.

So ripe for the picking - we claim it as our own - put a sign up that says "Twinned with Earth - please drive carefully" and maybe go there for a summer holiday.

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Re: Call me Mr Sceptical

Communication might be difficult - water is believed to be one of the key requirements for life, no? And if you are hoping to communicate with non-water based lifeforms, then methods of communication could be extremely complicated.

unfortunately, it's far too close to its host for any liquid water to exist there.

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

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privacy

>“Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest’s products and services,” says Rogers. “We’ve always taken privacy seriously and this will not change.”

So a good thing that they weren't bought by Facebook then.

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people's reaction unexpected?

Interesting article at theVerge... not so much on the purchase, as on everyone's reaction to it. A few years ago, most people who have had a positive response to it. Google seem to have lost a lot of people's trust.

Instead, there’s a chorus of concern — some sincere, some contrived, but all of it grounded in fear of an unchecked Google.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/14/5307530/why-is-everyone-disappointed-by-google-buying-nest

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E-tagged insects a buzz for research

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covered in beeeeeesssssss

I like my coffee like I like my bees, with an RFID chip....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs-tl6GBOBo

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Oh those crazy Frenchies! Parisian cabbies smash up Uber-booked rival ride

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Re: circumventing the heavily regulated systems

why don't the cab companies implement a similar system then? like the Halo thing some of the cabs here in London have?

They're still licensed cabs, aren't they? But you can book one via your phone so much easier than wandering the streets in the rain looking for a cab that isn't already taken.

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Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT

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Every major browser today...

So... he's admitting that Mozilla is no longer a "major browser" these days?

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Think your brilliant app idea will earn some big bucks? HAH. You fool

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odds and earnings

one in ten thousand

That's still WAY better odds than playing the lottery then.

Also - make less than $1,250 a day

That's 760 quid a day. (don't scoff, we're not all big bucks consultants y'know)

Three or four months of that and i wouldn't need to earn anything else for the rest of the year. very nice thank you. and still, better odds of achieving it than spending £2 every week on the lottery.

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Ban-dodging Mac Pro to hit Blighty's shops as Apple bows to fan fears

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usual fail at journalism

"A shipping date has been set..."

Did it not, at any point, seem like it might be a good idea to include details of what that shipping date is? Even if it is something as vague as just "February" it'd be, you know, helpful and informative to your readers.

Or do you assume that all readers of this article will be fanbois and so you despise them all?

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Slurped self-destruct selfie slinger Snapchat so sore, suddenly says sorry

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well done!

there is an art to the alliterative headline and this one is a masterclass! bravo sir!!

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US Air Force turns up dubious Autonomy accounting in reseller contracts probe

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someday

they're going to make a movie out of this

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EE and Voda subscribers to get 2G and 3G INSIDE the Channel Tunnel

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but...

how are we supposed to intercept international bad guys from uploading and selling their ill-gotten state secrets now? all the Tom Cruises in the world won't be able to prevent it from happening now!!

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

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Re: highly dubious

I don't think they have consistent design direction.

but the point about the lightening connector makes sense, no?

they moved the headphone jack to the bottom because there is space there - it also means, if you put the phone in your trouser pocket while listening on head/earphones, the phone is upside down in your pocket - so when you reach in to take it out and look at it, it is the right way up in your hand.

that's the kind of weird attention to detail that Apple love. would seem odd for them to abandon in within one design iteration, no?

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highly dubious

Weren't these already disproved yesterday? All the features on these photos resemble the pre-iPhone5 design.

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/01/08/iphone-6-frame-photos/

- The part appears to be a midframe such as that found in earlier iPhone models, allowing components to be attached to both sides of the part before being enclosed in the device's shell. Apple did away with midframe components as of the iPhone 5, opting for a unibody rear shell design that allows components to be mounted directly to the shell, yielding a thinner design. A return to a design requiring a midframe part would seem unlikely given Apple's emphasis on thinness.

- The frame seems to show accommodation for a headphone jack at the same end of the device where a circular feature presumably corresponding to the device's rear camera is positioned, undoubtedly the top end. With the shift to the narrower Lightning connector in the iPhone 5, Apple shifted the location of the iPhone's headphone jack to the bottom edge of the device, matching the position seen on the iPod touch since its launch and allowing the headphone cable to naturally fall so as to not interfere with viewing of the device's screen. Moving the headphone jack back to the top edge of the device for the iPhone 6 appears unlikely, though not impossible.

In the face of those apparent inconsistencies with Apple's design direction, there is essentially no evidence in favor of this part being from an iPhone, leaving only the original poster's claim as support. The part is rather unremarkable with what appears to be fairly poor finish quality, meaning that it could be from one of any number of devices in the Asian supply chain.

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Twitter co-founder wraps tentacles around Q&A market, squirts out Jelly

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what does "free" mean?

i take it by "free" you mean there is a cost somewhere?

is it a bombardment of adverts?

an in-app-purchase to unlock the ability to view the answers to your questions?

or just the part of our soul that you inevitably lose to the demons of social media?

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Apple asks judge to axe ebook price-fixing watchdog

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Re: *Sigh*

wish i could charge $1100 an hour just for talking to people...

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Apple: Wow, thanks for the $10bn-a-year App Store. We'll be on the beach with our 30%

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But i thought it was a rubbish Xmas for app devs?

Previous article on El Reg suggests that downloads from app stores is slowing down because people aren't buying hardware as quickly :

http://theregister.co.uk/2014/01/03/christmas_app_downloads/

This article and Apple's figures seem to suggest that, contrary to last Friday's article, in fact there's no correlation between hardware activation and app store downloads, no?

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Malware! tainted! ads! infect! thousands! of! Yahoo! users!

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Re: The real story here

That was my first thought. Surely to place an ad you have to deal with someone. Even if it's an agency that is bulk managing adverts with Yahoo, surely they can trace it back to source? Someone had to have paid to get these ads on the network surely?

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Alicia Keys throws in towel on BlackBerry's creative director job

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It is unclear whether Keys decided that the job wasn't for her, or whether the ailing Blackberry manufacturer decided they could no longer afford her.

The NY Times article on this that I saw this morning was later updated to clarify that she was only contracted for 12 months anyway. So she's neither stepped down, nor been sacked, just neither party renewed the contract.

That said, i was completely unaware of either the STEM or Keep Moving programs.

Seems the only real impact her being signed to this was the flurry of free publicity it generated for the BB10 phones when she was signed, and now the flurry of negative publicity with everyone's initial reaction being "leaving a sinking ship"

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Seoul-blackening disappointment for Samsung backers as stock droops

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Falling share price? copying Apple as ever.

yet interestingly, El Reg hasn't slapped a PEAK SAMSUNG subheading label over this story like they did with similar Apple articles last year. Where's your journalistic impartiality El Reg? hmm? you've sold out!

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Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

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Re: iOS 7

What are you saying?

I was saying that that the phrase "most people... would gladly swap" was offered with absolutely no evidence that it was anything more than made up for the article. IF it were the case that >50% of people would rather have the old version, you'd have think they'd have be loud and shouty about the fact and the other 50% of the users would have heard and NOT upgraded their phones from iOS 6. Instead, the El Reg articles I quoted suggest that more and more people have upgraded over time. If they are all upgrading, as you suggest, because the phone is pushing it on you, then at the very least it suggests that those who have already upgraded are really THAT concerned about the new style, because they aren't going out of their way to warn others. In fact, the only people going out of their way appears to be tech journalists - but is that really because they object to the new OS interface? Or just because they know that an article about Apple anything is click-bait and garners more advertising revenue?

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iOS 7

Many people, offered the old look-and-feel with the new control panel and gestures, say they would gladly swap.

When exactly did you perform this survey? Was it one week after it's release?

http://m.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/27/half_of_all_american_fanbois_now_using_ios_7/

or was it at the start of the month when three-quarters of users are now using the new OS?

http://m.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/09/just_one_in_four_fanbois_has_failed_to_download_ios_7/

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

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naming conventions

good grief! do they really name all their software code in ALL-CAPS???

Or was that just done in the report to make them sounds more terrifying? Also makes it harder to read the TLAs in the report. Damnit I spent several minutes trying to work out what WISTFULTOLL was an acronym for...

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LG to bring Palm's webOS BACK FROM THE DEAD in TVs next week – report

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Re: Qt 5 framework on a Smart TV

From a user point of view, it seems WebOS's main benefit on the phone was the card/stack way to navigate the currently running apps.

I'm sure there's plenty behind the scenes, but I remember that was what everyone was so impressed with when it was a phone OS with a hopeful future.

But that's not going to work on a TV is it? using buttons on a remote control to navigate a menu like that is going to feel clunky and really, on a telly, who needs that many apps multi-tasking in the background? with the exception of PVR and EPG screens (which anyone with a satellite or cable box will be using via external equipment anyway) if the app isn't in the front being watched, it might as well be closed or at least hibernating.

But then, without the funky multi-task user interface, is there really much else that WebOS can deliver that other telly OS's couldn't, if the manufacturers could be bothered?

As others have said - a telly is for viewing. I don't want a Smart Monitor connected to my desktop PC, it'd be a pointless duplication of function. Similarly, whydo i need a Smart TV connected to my (Tivo/Cable/Satellite), my (Playstation/Xbox), my (AppleTV/NowTV/Roku/etc/etc), all of which are already far smarter and more capable than the Smartest of TVs?

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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MI5 itself genuinely had been infiltrated at a high level by a ring of Soviet agents

Isn't it obvious then? Evidently* Turing must have uncovered this fact. He probably decrypted their secret messages back to the motherland and was about to blow the whistle on them. So they had him killed and attempted to cover it up as a suicide.

*the evidence that this is what happened is that he was found dead. Apparently by suicide. but many suspect it was made to look like that. Quad Erat Demonstratum!

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Tim Cook gets weensy 1.9% increase - but it's still twice an average joe's salary

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not exactly

Doesn't the small print say that he didn't take much of his holiday allowance, meaning that 35k of that 80k is money for days he worked when he needn't have had to. How much would your "average Joe" make each year if they also worked (and got paid for) their holidays?

This amount represents: ... (iii) vacation cash-out in the amount of $35,000.

anyway - that said - this isn't a pay rise. it's his 2013 salary. so technically, it's a "pay rose" and it happened nearly a year ago. must be a slow news day if you've nothing better than "this is what leader of very rich company earnt a year ago!!"

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Google and Apple in DRAG RACE: It's fanboi Mercs VS fandroid Audis

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typical analyst

The car is becoming the ultimate mobile device

No, i think you'll find something like a phone is still the ultimate mobile device. I can use it both in a car, and a boat and a train and an underground tube and in a house and in the middle of a field and when i'm walking or even have it wake me up when i'm sleeping.

Whereas a car, i can only use when i'm in the car. It's very restrictive in it's use cases.

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