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Russian cargoship fluffs Space Station docking test

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Re: "The new system is an upgraded version of the existing Kurs automated docking system"

"It's not an advantage if it doesn't work."

"there has been a time in the evolution of everything that works when it didn't work."

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Sony delays micro-PS3 and colours current crop

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Marketing

Flash back to a marketing meeting one week ago:

"Quick! We've badly managed expectations and people think we're announcing a new product"

"Erm, I've got a can of spray paint.. Surely that won't be enough to fool 'em though?"

"No, we can't be that blatant, they'll never fall for that..."

"Hmmm..."

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Brooks, Coulson to be CHARGED over phone-hacking

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Re: Stop Press - Reg headline to CONTAIN random capitalized WORDS for no GOOD reason

Agreed, "IN SPAAAAAAACE" is the only acceptable capitalisation allowable in heading or sub.

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The Higgs boson search continues ... into ANOTHER dimension

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Re: Mirror universe particles...

You guys, are my best friends, through thick and thin, we've always been together.

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Re: Is there an end point?

Well there doesn't seem to be one yet, but bear in mind this is all models, theories and ways of describing (pretty accurately) how the world around us works. There may well be a point at which the lower levels gets to the point where the details are irrelevant to the conditions we experience.

It's a bit like asking "what happened before the big bang", it really doesn't matter (and in our concept of time, can't be answered), but if you consider the events to be "outside" the big bang, they could have no influence on events inside it, and thus are irrelevant to the models we need to predict our universe.

I realise now that I've waded so far out of my depth, I'm breathing through a straw, so I'll back out now.

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Nike+ Fuelband activity monitor review

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Re: Jesus f***ing H Christ

Hark at you Mr Motivator. It should occur to you that, yes, some people do need help in terms of getting out the door to do something, especially if coming from a position of general unfit or unhealthy lifestyle (hint, people work longer hours, spend more time at their desks than at any point in history).

Exercise from this starting point gives *very* little short-term reward. It's probably about 4 weeks of exercise before you see any improvement, both in terms of weight loss or the exercise becoming any easier. That in itself is hard to get over and at any point in that 4 weeks it's all too easy to give up.

If gimmicks or gadgets help people get over that hurdle, then great. Where do you draw the line of this gadget, or £100 pair of trainers with air bubbles, or £50 per month gym memberships, or a raquet that's not made of wood and catgut?

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Let's talk about the RBS IT cock-up

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Re: Hmm

Plus, the thing that was "uncovered" (and as Volvic says, you didn't uncover anything) was that *RBS* were looking to hire someone in India. This isn't outsourcing, this is offshoring. Please don't take a simplistic/erroneous Daily Mail approach to this. If it were outsourcing, it would be a different company involved.

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Vodafone silences punters in mini-mast upgrade bungle

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Re: Wouldn't notice..

Ditto. Mine regularly drops out and doesn't renegotiate.

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AT&T may charge fanbois for FaceTime vid chat, hints iOS 6

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Good question

Short answer, no. It's not hard for someone to make a reasoned choice between (let's face it) 2 phone-types without becoming the blithering-foaming-at-the-mouth-idiot they're made out to be. By the same logic, Android users are fanbois.

Me? I use a device I prefer. I don't love one and hate the other, I just prefer one.

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Sony: Walkman, meet Android

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Re: How much ?

Really? A camera is a required factor in a media player these days? Who knew... I'll get rid of my iPod immediately...

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Outage outrage: O2 dishes out 3 free days, £10 voucher

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I suspect it's worth a punt and the easiest/cheapest solution for O2 is to compensate anyone who says they were affected. For ~£10 (less when you consider not everyone will bother with the voucher rigmarole) it's not worth the investigation.

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"Compensation is a tough thing to do – it won't be enough to satisfy customers who had come to rely on their mobile connectivity, but O2 had no legal obligation to offer anything at all (all operators run on "best effort")"

Good efforts for actually saying that instead of some reports that just ran story after story of how much revenue people claimed to have lost..

I'd have been even more surprised if they'd blamed a 3rd party - part of using 3rd parties is that you retain the entire accountability for service. I contract with O2, not their partners. Though having said that, they will tend to blame BT OR for broadband issues...

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Wikipedia failing to recruit any new admins

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Re: The reason is.....

Damn you. My irony-o-meter has just exploded, and I'd only just replaced it after Etonian David Cameron criticised Britain's "culture of entitlement".

(nod to Marcus Brigstocke...)

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Streetfighter 2: The World Warrior

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Re: heavyweight boxer called M. Bison

Balrog was originally M Bison, who was Vega, who was Balrog. I think.

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Raspberry Pi used as flight computer aboard black-sky balloon

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Re: silly questions...

Further "well" (relating to Lester's linked article) is that a balloon wouldn't "pop up" on an aircraft - its ascent rate (at that height) would mean it would be in the FOV of the aircraft for some time.

Regardless, at the speeds the aircraft is traveling, it's more likely the balloon would be pushed around the craft (best case), or it hits the balloon (ruptures, little damage to plane, bearing in mind the hydrogen won't burn at that altitude) or in the very absolute worse case it gets sucked into the engine. It's for this infinitesimally tiny probability that a plane generally tends to have at least two engines.

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Euro cellcos hoard nano Sims ahead of iPhone 5 launch

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Re: I think I'll pass, thanks.

"Not going to replace my stone age sim card, thanks"

Excellent, do let me know which phone you're currently using that accepts a full-size SIM. Y'know, the one the size of a credit card that first appeared in mobile phones and is still distributed by mobile providers?

Or are you referring to a mini-SIM (2FF) that you're currently using, that snapped out of the full-size SIM your operator sent you?

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Re: Why?

Apple are keen to have no (hardware) SIM whatsoever, which has caused some consternation in the telco world. So they're achieving their goal by having ever shrinking physical SIMs with each release with some math bod telling them that with this approach, as t -> ∞ then the SIM will disappear completely.

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Microsoft 'didn't notice' it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months

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Re: Err...

"Last time I looked (tried), ignorance was no defence."

No, but lack of intent can be a mitigating factor.

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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Immediate response

Really not buying that interface (or W8's) and worried that I'm just heading into the "I don't like change!" period of my life. But looking at it, I'm reminded of the Aero theme that was meant to gently focus your eyes on the action on the screen, namely the content (have a look at it, the inactive sections fade out of immediate view, usually with the glass effect). This was originally touted as deliberate by MS, so I'd ask what's changed? Looking at that screen shot, it appears too "busy" as nothing steals focus.

Really concerned MS are killing the goose this time, though I recall similar responses to the Ribbon UI...

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Giant super-laser passes 500 TRILLION watts

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Re: Question from the stupid person in the forum

I think you can be sure that if they broke the laws of thermodynamics they would probably had made that their lead story, across the planet.

Or they'd have been framed for murder a la Chain Reaction in a cover-up due to the world not being ready for free energy...

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Well, not really, it's a bit of a FUD to be honest. Power/Energy are related by time, in this instance the laser only fired for 0.00037 of a second. If they'd dissipated the same energy in less time, it would be a more "powerful" laser despite having no impact on the US power consumption.

The power consumed "in an instant" (t=0) has no meaning.

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O2 outage outrage blamed on new Ericsson database

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Re: You'd still want compensating though.

@takuhii - that's what insurance is for. Is a tree falling on your power line "sh*tty infrastructure"? Do you really expect fully redundant paths of leccy into your house? Can you claim the same refund if you happen to be running a cryogenics bay in your house?

As for "what's different", all your examples were voluntary gestures of good will from the suppliers. They are obliged to do next to jack, other than a refund of the money you spent (but usually after a fixed amount - broadband is 5 days before contractual refunds kick in for example).

If you want to add in requirements for damages to a contract, you have to add it in up front, largely in order for the supplier to cost the contract accordingly. That's contract law and it exists for a reason.

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Re: Har-de-har-har

@Andre Carneiro - indeed, although I do love the inevitable schadenfreude that seems to inhabit some people as if they made a reasoned decision to avoid O2 and choose Orange/Vodafone based on some glorious insight. You know, like they researched all the major telcos' internal audit procedures and predicted who would be the most resilient provider.

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Re: You'd still want compensating though.

@Richard 12 - you don't pay for them to be delivered 24x7x365 with zero downtime. Even 99.999% guaranteed service would cost you a lot more than the mobile networks charge.

Do you demand a refund from your standing charges on lecky when you get a power cut? Even for something as critical as that, it needs to be out for 18 hours before you get anything.

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Re: Huawei?

"What is this Huawei of which you speak?"

It's the 50th State, just to the north of Polynesia isn't it?

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US sets up underground dark matter detector

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Re: self contradictory

"It looks like they'll do anything to avoid the word radiation, very suss imho."

You think the world is that much out to get you that they've redefined what radiation means? That's a very special view of the universe you have...

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Reg hack bumps into Cockfighter

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Re: WTF?

There are days when you miss the Moderatrix to point out the "bootnotes" relevance %sigh%

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Re: Having not seen this, the poster has made me curious...

"Where does the chick with the long legs, well-formed breast and nice blonde plumage fit into the film?"

I assume fighting one of the others as the title suggests...

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Can neighbours grab your sensitive package, asks Post Office

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@nicho

Erm, the first one wasn't necessarily a joke, or was an accidental one. Or was even just the setup posted by James under AC to deliver the punchline.

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Re: Problem is

Not to mention this sticker or a variant would surely be required:

"I trust my neightbour with a cheap book from Amazon, but not with a new TV from John Lewis. That's the neighbour at number 68 by the way, not the neighbour at number 72 who I wouldn't trust with a pizza flyer"

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Re: this is new?

Different to my postal service where (in a block of flats) the postie turns up with the "while you were out" card pre-filled in, drops it through the letter box and runs without even going near the bell. If it's too big/heavy he makes the assumption that we'll be out and doesn't even leave the effing sorting office with it.

Had suspected this for a while, but have since seen the postie do it, but being 5 floors up with loud traffic nearby, not much I could do about it. Post Office deny it.

Wouldn't mind if the sorting office was open for longer than 0830-1230 for me to pick it up...

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O2's titsup network struggles to find its feet

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Re: All O2...those pesky chinese.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc.

Given the sourcing deal was signed 2 months ago, I'd be surprised if they'd even started transition (and given the majority of staff involved are going across to Huawei under TUPE it would largely make no difference to day-to-day operating). Wonder what you'd like to blame any historical outages O2 have ever had on then..

But hey, it's much easier to read "O2 problem" and google "O2 outsourcing" to see what pops up, hey? Every company in the world outsources something to some extent.

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Top spook: ISP black boxes NOT key to UK's web-snoop plan

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Re: If I was a terrorist....

Me. I have the VPN server enabled on my NAS at home and use it whenever I'm doing something vaguely private on a public wi-fi. Is that seen as "suspicious"? VPN is also a useful tool to authenticate instead of encrypt, so I can access any of my data at home remotely. Does this qualify as "suspicious"?

Hiding comms in plain site (steganography) is a good point though. Truecrypt also offers hidden volumes disguised as random data which blurs into the same field.

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Apple unveils tightened Mountain Lion requirements

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Re: Feeling pretty lucky

"BTW, I can install Windows on my Macbook too - can you install OSX without cheating with a VM of sorts? No? Thought so.."

Sorry, how do you figure that makes OSX *better* by virtue of its manufacturer laying down draconian (and unenforceable) "laws" that restrict its use, yet Windows is able to install on any x86 hardware? But in answer to your question, yes I can install OSX on bare hardware - I'd really like to see Apple stop me and what crime they could possibly charge me with. If it helps, the Snow Leopard disc came with an Apple sticker which I stuck on the machine, thus Apple branding it.

Note also that I didn't say any OS was better than any other, merely that it seems odd to feel "lucky" that Apple deign your recent purchase worthy of a new operating system.

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Re: Feeling pretty lucky

You'd be pretty peeved if your 3GS *didn't* support iOS 6, given that you can still buy a 3GS today.

But equally, my mid-2006 laptop came with XP, is currently running Windows 7 and will happily support Windows 8 (and can boot to Snow Leopard in a VM). I don't consider that "lucky", but maybe Apple users are grateful for strange things that other users consider "normal"?

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US ponders fibre link to Guantanamo

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Re: Tumble-dryers...

"Personally, I'm with the fruitloops on this one - the whole high-speed cable thing is obviosuly a new form of CIA torture where they force the inmates to watch continuous reruns of "The Golden Girls"!"

Worse still, the re-runs would be on an American channel and so have the next episode starting while the previous episodes credits are running in the corner of the screen and a content to advert ratio that would make you weep. Possibly soundtracked to Ludwig van Beethoven with your eyes pinned open.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Haggis pakora v huevos rancheros

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Re: Here in the USA

"There is an import ban on meats containing offal from the UK due to CJD/BSE (complete nonsense)"

The Yanks banned sheep offal because of BSE? Do they know what the B stands for?

Have they also missed their own cases of BSE?

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Re: Haggis in a tin?

"Premium haggis in a tin" seems like the very definition of an oxymoron.

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Door creaks and girl farts: computing in the real world

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Re: Assumptions...

@Uncle Slacky, I've always known assumptions to be "the mother of all fuck ups", but I did spend an unhealthy amount of time watching Under Siege 2.

I'm possibly missing the point of this article though - it ends with the author smugly noting that pretty much no other PC in the office had an optical drive (and nobody to date had noticed), and using that fact to cane the latest Mac that has no optical drive, thus joining the same gang as the PCs in the office.

In short, if you want a laptop with a CD drive, buy one. But might want to consider there are plenty of people who don't use one. No product is going to make everyone happy.

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BT broadband packs up again - second big outage in a fortnight

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Re: Irony-o-meter

"via Twitter for iPhone" but thanks for playing...

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Irony-o-meter

Twitter user angry at BT's suggestion to check online still manages to tweet. Misplaced anger perhaps?

Also worth checking the irate sense of injustice of seemingly expecting a five 9's level of service but paying peanuts.

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BA staff to google for snaps, dirt on biz-class passengers

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"Add to that the fact that most business class travellers do not book their flights themselves and it becomes difficult to see how those individuals might prevent such personalisation ahead of boarding their BA flight."

They might not book their flights themselves, but on most flights the airlines are obliged to know the identity of everyone flying in the post-9/11 era.

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Disappearing space dust belt baffles boffins

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Two points

1) The planet would have had to be effing huge to scoop up all the dust across that solar system

2) It would have to "drift" awfully fast to get in and hoover everything up in such a short period of time

3) Have we really inferred that many planets drifted through our solar system scooping up dust? When did we do that then?

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Will Android, HTML5 tempt tabloid tablet tyrant Rupert Murdoch?

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"Commentators"?

"Commentators reckon the move is to protect the latter half from the “contagion” of the press ethics scandal engulfing the journalism arm of News Int."

That sentence works much better with "commentator" replaced with "anyone with even half a brain only 1% engaged"

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Can you judge a man by his Twitter followers?

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In the words of Bart

"I don't have any easy answers, but it is something we all need to consider." T Pott, 2012

"He says there aren't any easy answers, I say, he's not looking hard enough!" B Simpson, 1991

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CERN catches a glimpse of Higgs-like boson

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Re: They found the Higgs Boson?

"And as usual with these kind of things, it's always in the last place you look!"

I know it's a joke, but the biggest excitement is that it's in the first place they looked as it enhances the evidence for the standard model :-) They predicted mathematically that it would reveal itself at around 125GeV and built a huge machine to go off and look for it experimentally. A very proud day for physics!

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Judge: Twitter offers free speech, American style

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Re: I don't Tweet, but... why is Twitter *keeping* a history?

Twitter keeps a history because it's the nature of Twitter, it's how it works, much like Facebook. That I can understand.

But why Twitter keeps a history of deleted tweets/users I have no idea, and find a bit worrying.

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Puny US particle punisher finds strong evidence for God particle

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Re: If you use the proper name everybody on here will surely understand

"Even Lederman seems to regret coining it"

He wanted to call it "that goddamn particle" I believe, but his publishers wouldn't allow it.

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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

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Auditors

"“Interrogation” is of course exactly the wrong word and if I’m dealing with a firm that has handled this sort of situation before, one that is utterly forbidden."

Indeed, it's "Root Cause Analysis" but in this particular instance I suspect that PWC or similar will be in to do audit of how the change controls allowed this sort of c0ck up. There are FSA requirements around this sort of control, but more chilling for RBS is the fact that they're also an NYSE listed company and are subject to the rigours of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, which makes for an even duller and intense process.

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Apple's UK smartphone lead shrinks

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"I wonder what androids market share is in total? If that was published it MIGHT mean we get more decent apps for our android phones!"

Are you trolling? Do you really think that app developers don't know what the market share data is, and also what the ROI is for apps on each platform?

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