* Posts by Fred Flintstone

2230 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009

Google and Obama: You’re too close for comfort

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controlling contents is much more dangerous because you don't control what people use - you control what people think.

Have a bucket of upvotes for that one.

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

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What tech does your TV use?

"What tech does your TV use?"

"Oh? LED!"

(with apologies to Stephen Fry :) ).

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Zuck: Get your FULLY EXPOSED BUTTOCKS off my Facebook

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Re: Run by an arse

Run by an arse

but won't run pictures of an arse

Yeah, clearly not enamoured by any competition :p

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Yay! Wearables! It's the future! Uh-oh! I'm going to be sick

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Re: Regarding lack of brains*

It's called neurofeedback, and it can do some pretty nifty things, like assisting people with ADHD.

Mind you (pardon the pun), I would stick to the read-only stuff. Apparently they're now experimenting with injecting signals, but I'm personally not too keen on that idea, and not just because I keep getting flashbacks to an old movie with a scene where a guy is yelling "he's aliiiiive" :).

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Ad bidding network caught slinging ransomware

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Really, that's a word now? Who is responsible for this?

Given the crud I have had levied at me by some sites, I would say advertisers themselves. The criminals simply carried it further later.

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Hackers' delight? New Apple wrist-puter gives securobods the FEAR

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This is all interesting to watch.

Upvote for the pun, accidental as it was :)

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Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT

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Re: Just not found the right 'biometric' to use yet

It's turning "sitting on your money:" into a literal expression :)

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The car in front has Kaspersky deep inside

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>>"Thank you for using Kaspersky Norton."

I wouldn't worry about that one - that would take so much in resources it would not even leave enough to power the solenoids to open the doors :)

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

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Re: This is not a football match.

I have many memories of hours spent editing xorg files trying to get it to work right.

I still have the occasional nightmare featuring sendmail.cf :)

I rather liked HP-UX, more than IBMs AIX (use the force menu, Luke). SunOS and Solaris weren't bad either, provided you got GCC installed asap. Ah, memories.. :)

I think it's a good thing that this apparent myth of invulnerability got cracked, because it ensures people go back to actually paying attention to security. This whole "it can't happen to me" feeling was dangerous IMHO.

Having said that, I still prefer a Unix derivative over Windows but that has more to do with expertise. I know what to look for to make a Unix derivative safe, whereas someone who works with Windows on a daily basis as sysadmin is always going to be better than me at keeping that platform clean.

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Not even GCHQ and NSA can crack our SIM key database, claims Gemalto

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Re: No air-gap?

One would hope. But even an air gap is vulnerable to a well paid employee seeking to add to his/her salary.

Yup. Wasn't that called sneakernet? :)

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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Where's amanfrommars

Who do you think is making that cloud? :)

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Microsoft's patchwork falls apart … AGAIN!

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Re: A patch that breaks powerpoint?

A patch that breaks powerpoint?

What's wrong with that?

.. and so we got the Comment of the Week already, and it's only Monday .. :)

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Re: Sony : 1 - Samsung : 0

They got burned early and badly so on the overall they have been pretty well behaved on both the home entertainment and mobile front as of late.

.. or they found people that were better at hiding what they are doing ..

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Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins

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Re: Roller coasters

Now imagine getting into an autonomous taxi with a Fitipaldi driver profile and the passengers screaming all the way to/from the airport...

And suddenly, hacking cars becomes interesting .. :)

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Safe distance

The definition of "safe" distance is an issue here. Is that safe to stop for the computer, taking into account grip, speed and calculated vehicle mass, or is that safe for the passengers, for whom this may feel like the computerised equivalent of throwing out an anchor?

It very much depends if smoothness is part of the programming. I know enough "digital drivers" to know that safe does not equal comfortable. Personally, I tend to plan ahead so my driving is reasonably smooth - it's a bit of a hangover from the fact that I'm also licensed to drive HGVs where smooth speed changes are important for fuel consumption and risk management.

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Re: "The discs were password-protected but unencrypted"

"The discs were password-protected but unencrypted"

What? Are you telling me that the data was in plain text? And how does the password come into play?

Maybe it's along the idea of the Irish virus? The first line of the data has a line that says "the password is xxx. If that is not the password you were thinking off, please do not continue."

I mean, there is no other way to interpret this, other than that the spokesperson has no clue and is committing the cardinal media management sin of making assumptions when talking to the press.

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Wham, bam... premium rate scam: Grindr users hit with fun-killing charges

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Re: permissions

At least on iOS, you can (out of the box) deny specific permissions to apps.

Ah, but dialling isn't one of them - instead, iOS always requires user permission for a call precisely because abuse gets picked up too late (it's a second layer of security if the app screening process didn't catch it). There are couple of things like that in iOS, you can also not intercept an incoming SMS unlike in Android. The latter is a bit of a shame because it makes encrypted SMS like the stuff from Whispersys impossible.

However, I wonder if this may be the cause of the latest iOS update to 8.1.3 - most of the CVEs were about exceeding bounds to potentially execute malicious code.

I don't quite buy this, though - you must be rather deep into an app's code to make it do something COMPLETELY different in a controlled way via an inserted ad, that's an awful lot of barriers to overcome just to clock up some premium rate profit. If you're that talented I'm sure there are more interesting targets out there. Something grinds here (sorry).

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Microsoft rolls out even cheaper 'Notkia' Lumias

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Re: Meh.

When you record a live band/gig on it, and play it back in your living room, it actually sounds like you remember it!

Depending on how much you drink, that could actually be achieved by any phone :)

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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Re: Perspective

about 15 people died because of a cartoon being published

No, about 15 people died because some psychopaths decided to use religion as an excuse. Jimmy Carr once said "offence is not given, it is taken". In this case this certainly rings true.

Je suis Charlie.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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I think ..

.. it needs more cowbell :)

For the rest, I know from experience that "new" means "getting used to" before I can judge it to be better or worse so I'm going to give it a week.

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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All I need now ..

.. is a jammer that cuts out when I have an accident.

What is going on? Did they not renew the subscription on the terrorist excuse?

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Ten Mac freeware apps for your new Apple baby

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Re: Lots of other good products....

+1 for VirtualBox, although I'm toying with installing Parallels because I can set up virtual OSX machines with that, and I like its ability to make windows of other apps appear native.

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Re: MSPaint equivalent?

There isn't really an explicit separate program bundled, basic image editors are more hidden in other things like Preview and iPhoto (I think Keystone also has a few mods).

I installed Pixelmator. Not only does that have quite good editing resources, it also has a (somewhat too well hidden) vector mode. It's a good example of Mac software that beats the bejeezus out of far more expensive packages (and it's able to handle some Photoshop resources).

If you occasionally need to go beyond the basics but don't really need full blown Photoshop I'd recommend Pixelmator - also because you can properly try before you buy. It's IMHO worth the money.

If you want it free I concur with another commentard: Seashore will do you fine. I just stopped using it after I installed the above :).

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Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...

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Re: The key insight here...

Very organised crime? :)

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Microsoft exams? Tough, you say? Pffft. 5-YEAR-OLD KID passes MCP test

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Re: I suppose sending a 5 year old out to work on computers ...

It would allow for denser server rooms if we could employ children to crawl behind the racks in search of CAT5

OK, that one is worthy of a BOFH award. I salute you for creating the need to clean my keyboard :)

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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I'd love someone showing all the variables they had to control again. If you look what they had to do just to get in sync with this rock it amplifies the awesomeness of what they managed to do.

Yes, I know I sound like Kung Fu panda, but there is no better word for this :)

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WATCH: Rosetta astroboffin TATTOOED with PHILAE from the FUTURE!

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Well, applause

So many variables to control, and they did it.

Hat off - seriously impressive achievement.

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Google's Nest partners up with utility company – on smart thermostats

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Re: It lets utility companies change your settings

I'd say their basic desire is to simply bill you more, but make it so complex that you have no hope in hell working out how to reduce your bill or how to compare your bill to other providers.

In short, the aim appears to be the introduction of mobile phone style tariff games.

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Schneier, Diffie, ex-MI5 bod, privacy advocates team up on Code Red

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Re: Time for the downvotes, I guess

You remind me of a quote:

"Thus, for example, tanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows, and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon — so long as there is no answer to it — gives claws to the weak." - "You and the Atom Bomb", Tribune, 19 October 1945

That was written by one Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell.

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DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides

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Yup. Generally a classic Denial of Service on common sense :)

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Re: Bose noise-cancelling headphones.

There is just one little gotcha with noise cancelling earphones on long flights.

The "standard" crappy sets you get to listen to need a certain volume to work, so you dial it up, say, 7 (on a scale of 0 to 10) to get a level where you can follow a movie over the background noise.

When you plug in a decent noise cancelling set, you can turn it down to about 4 or so and you can follow it with good clarity, and you settle down to follow it either to the end, or until you doze off. AND THEN THEY MAKE A CABIN ANNOUNCEMENT, WHICH IS PUT THROUGH AT VOLUME LEVEL 8 TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE HEARS IT. Owwww.

On the plus side, it's highly unlikely you'll sleep through any cabin announcement..

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Re: Just a drop?

Show a little sympathy. It ain't easy trying to save the whole friggin' world, y'know.

Well, I got to give it to him - he DID stop clapping.. :)

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

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Re: Statistical Observation

As Chris 244 pointed out, the guy I was thinking of was in fact Eadon. Strangely, all of his posts appear to have been deleted by a mod...

Well, yes. The EU didn't invent the right to be forgotten, El Reg got there first :)

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: Greasy.

if I find agressive attacks against my equipment, I can and will respond in kind

You may want to look up spoofing before you do that...

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Re: I wonder

I wonder

If Apple's campus content filter even allows El reg to be viewed? Somehow I have to think not...

However, ironically, there is an App for that :)

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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I'll stop complaining when they act with honour.

You better get some beer and pizza then, it's going to be a looooong night :)

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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

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Re: Holster

Would iphone fanbois be cool with a holster ?

That will last exactly ONE visit to an airport :)

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Maybe cargo pants will become de rigueur for avid phone users?

Definitely if they don't start providing batteries with more capacity..

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Third patch brings more admin Shellshock for the battered and Bashed

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Yup, OSX is safe too if you have installed patch 54 (https://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/bash/bash-3.2-patches/bash32-054), which was released late on the 27th of September. Otherwise you'll have to add patch 54, recompile and replace the binaries as before.

From what I've seen, most HOWTOs on the topic have been updated to incorporate patch 54 - nice to see that people are on the ball.

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Oracle plans German DCs to soothe NSA-ruffled nerves

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Re: Whilst you're right in fact

I think you're casting it too black and white. With ~$50Bn in the bank - that reduces the attack surface in all sorts of ways not applicable for smaller companies.

There has got to be massive tech industry pressure behind the scenes to kill off the MS vs DOJ Dublin data center case.

Sadly not. The problems for US based companies run a lot deeper than a couple simple court cases can fix. I would be extremely surprised if MS wins this other than via some seriously creative lawyering because the problems are pretty fundamental, and have been in the making for about 2 decades. That's not going to be fixed overnight. That's not even going to be fixed in a year - it'll take a decade, and that's assuming there is a WILL to fix it as some are making good money off it.

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

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Re: Don't get too upset

How did they block Skype if someone was tunneling? Did they block tunnels?

Taking the physics into account they probably don't have to - the overall latency will pretty much kill voice capability. IMHO this is also why they don't offer any voice calls, there is no way to get VoIP stable on such a circuit and the complaints about quality would pretty much kill off the service and any profit before they'd even got a return on investment. Smart decision.

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'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'

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Mark Fiore's take on climate talks

Mark Fiore makes a fairly astute observation re. climate change. Enjoy.

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Latest Firefox and Thunderbird updates plug CRITICAL SSL vuln

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Re: Security researcher at "Prosecco"

Or they make wine and security research at the same time?

Is there any other way? :p

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Supercapacitors have the power to save you from data loss

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Re: Kaboom?

Personally, I prefer "Supercapacitors are like batteries, but more awesome"

Seconded :)

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Apple slaps a passcode lock on iOS 8 devices, but cops can still inhale your iCloud

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Re: surely the lesson here is...

The cloud use that amuses me most is cloud based password safes. There is only one I trust in that regards, and that's because it was screened by people I know personally to do a good job of it - but even then I am NOT using it..

Oh, btw, iTunes backups are also a risk if you don't enable encryption, and I have frankly no idea how good that crypto is - you best enable bootup passwords and full disk encryption if you really want to be sure, and that is assuming you bother to shut down the device after you've used it.

Doing it right is still a lot of work.

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GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins

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Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose

Um, generally the Big Bang theory is immensely popular with ignorant religious folk because it sounds just like "let there be light"

.. briefly :)

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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OK, QotW material

I hereby nominate yours:

In a flash of insight I realized that this product getting the OK meant there were no adults in charge at Microsoft any more, at least no sober ones.

:)

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Re: Suggestion

Try talcum powder - really!

Nope, no dice, and my skills to get things clean (and the resources I have access to in order to achieve that ) are a bit beyond average.

I know what Alistair is speaking about because it happened to me a couple of weeks ago myself - I was just unaware that it was the pen rather than something I did myself during my travels.

As I move around a lot (geographically), I have bits of kit scattered in various places and it means I thus don't see kit for months, as was indeed the case with the Bamboo tablet. My need for a digitiser is pretty much taken over by an iPad (with a Wacom pressure sensitive pen) although that may not last because it's apparently illegal to provide a pen tip thinner than a broom handle or stiffer than a cheap sponge. Although there is *potential* for better accuracy, everyone seems to be going out of their way to prevent end users from getting that. But I digress.

It was as if I'd stored the stylus near some very old tape that had since decided to decompose, like the stuff that remains on your suitcase after you peel off airport labels, or the crap that remains in your passport after yet another idiot decides that sticking a luggage ticket inside an expensive ID document you need to keep functional for years is the right way to make you happy. Thankfully they have not yet resorted to sticking it to my smartphone which holds the ticket, but that's because I reclaim that before the temptation even begins to form. I wonder what these people do at home.

I know a reasonable amount about materials, surfaces and how to keep them clean (which is why people with matte paint on their cars amuse me), so I sighed and tried to clean it off. Which isn't possible. Well, it isn't possible if your definition of cleaning involves getting to a stage where it will not spontaneously glue itself to whatever it touches. If you favour the now more improved "grip" I'm happy for you, and please don't ever come near me again.

In the end I did the only thing I could do as a faithful consumer.

I threw the whole thing away.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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I think you have pretty much the heart of it here. For those that like the Apple eco system (for whatever reason), the delta with the features that Android was offering may have kept them outside the walled garden. Now they are indeed functionally roughly equal, other factors come into play.

What I see play now is the very big difference between Apple-the-hardware-vendor who uses services to sell more kit and Google-the-data-grabber who couldn't care about the profit in kit because it's really after your data, and Apple has now started to aggressively throw that in Google's face. It's a good play on market sentiment by Apple, and indeed a rather big problem for Google. Especially the upper segment of the market knows that personal data has value, and is willing to pay to keep it safe.

Not only can I see that becoming a problem for Google - it will also become a problem for high value resellers of Android such as Vertu. Oops..

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