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Apple: 'Average' iPad toiler does a mere 46-hour week

Peter R. 1

Let's face it.

They don't take workers rights very seriously over there. The only thing they DO take seriously is not getting caught. Hence, they will investigate not who's rights got violated, but who had their name plastered all over the media.

But fret not. This problem will take care of itself. Al this 'workers rights' lark is driving up the price of Chinese labour, and the relatively low investment sectors like fashion are already leaving China because it is getting to expensive and the Chinese are starting to require elementary environmental and worker protection.

I predict the next wave of high-tech assembly plants will be passing China by.

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PEAK APPLE: 'iPhone sales STALL' at first sniff of fresh droid competition

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Would price have to do anything with it ?

Here in Europe, a 32 GB iPhone is over 1000 USD (799 Euro) w/o a contract. Possibly the not so spiffy economic climes have some bearing on slowing sales ?

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Optical archival system - where to buy from?

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Any outfit that caters to the professional recording crowd zill be able to help you. The only ones I know in the UK are CVP, but I am sure there are many more.

Be prepared for a bit of a shock, though : price range is in the neighborhood of 4000 quid and that's excluding VAT, and then you have to start buying media.

Enjoy,

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Fines 4 U: Mobe insurer cops £3m penalty for grumble dumping

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How, exactly

Is lining the regulators pockets going to solve the consumers problem ? They should have ordered the claims honored double time or else. This is just hidden tax.

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Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

Peter R. 1

Re: Allow me to reciprocate

I will be looking forward to your efforts with great anticipation, Sir Trevor!

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Peter R. 1

Allow me to reciprocate

As my business trends and business dynamics continue to evolve, I shall be retiring all Microsoft software starting today.

I will continue to provide testing services to my customers up to June 30 2014, after which time they can sort out their own mess.

In the meantime, I will start migrating my home and company to Linux or Apple. Looks like I have some decisions to make.

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At last: EU slashes mobile roaming fees

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Re: Information required

Thanks very much. SO the cost of ONE trip pays for dedicated nav software. This is very helpful. Thanks again !

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Peter R. 1

Information required

Does anyone have an idea how many megabytes it would require driving from -say- Cannes to Göteborg using an online nav app like Apple's ?

Thanks.

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Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for 'tricking' artists with petition

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Would the Floyd gentlemen then also consider...

I *OWN* two vinyl copies of Dark Side, one standard CD and one remasterd CD. Now, if I want to put it on my iPod, they gather ripping one of the CD's is illegal and I must buy it again on iTunes.

I work for a living as well, gentlemen.

Since I've paid for the same thing four times already, maybe they could give Pandora a gift voucher to play the album 3 times for free ?

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Rise of the Machines: How computers took over the stock market

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Re: Oh dear...

If you're going to be pedantic, it is your responsability to supply correct information.

The speed of the electromagnetic wave is approximately the speed of light in a vacuum. In air, it's not mucj slower. In wires however, it is basically determined by the dielectric constant of the conductor and to some extent of the insulator.

It has, for example, been determined that EM wave speed in coax is in the 65-70% of LS range.

The electron speed, however, is closer to walking speed. In fact, the electrons are more akin to bungling drunk footie supporters than the Millenium Falcon

Have a nice weekend.

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Cultivated dope-smoking Welshman barred from own shed

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Oh dear !

An 800 quid custom bulit infrastructure ! Well, he must be a major drug producer then ! Or at least connected to organized crime if that kind of money is involved .

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Apple: If you find us guilty in ebook price-fix trial, EVERYONE suffers

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Shudders...

Are generally associated with large surplus mass being shed. Well done then !

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Top Norks bone up on Hitler

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Mein Kampf is many things...

...but Hitlers autobiography it is not.

I've always thought everyone should read it. Preferably under qualified supervision It would immediately put right anyone under the illusion that he was some sort enlightened leader, and expose him for the utterly inconsistent, illogical, ill informed, incompetent, ranting and raving deranged and intellectualy challenged lunatic he was.

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Google Chromebooks now in over 6,600 stores

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Just checked

And I found the Samsung at prices around 300 Euro (around 400$). Seems highish.

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When to say those three little words: 'I am quitting'

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Caveat Emptor

I've read Mr. Connor's take on matters with great amusement in the past, but being a professional contractor with about 25 years of experience under my belt (albeit in a different sector) I'd like to issue some friendly warnings :

1. The bulk of HR people ar wholly incompetent and generally have no idea whatsoever about what's an actual job requirement or what the work descritptions acually mean. The just know how to but a few keywords in a text search box to scan CV's.

2. They are just as competent or incompetent as any cross section of the population. It's a gauss curve. Which means 20% are utterly useless, 60% are adequate and therefor not good enough to weed out the top 20% of candidates, and only 20% function on a ;level competent enough to actually do their job above and beyond.

3. For the bulk of recruiting firms : see 1.

4. Things only work as Mr. Connor describes if the HR bods subscribe to the same philosophy as Mr. Connor. However, most of them can't even write 'philosophy' properly.

4. If you have to work for a British manager things are often a lot worse than anywhere else. What passes for a 'manager' in the UK is often someone of ill-tempered, bad mannered and generally boorish conduct.

5. If you feel you must walk, walk.

6. All this 'they may need you more than you think' lark is usually hampered by managers being on the wrong side of the Peter Principle curve. They feel pressured by an employee and react viscerally to being put on the spot. There is NO sure-fire way to determine if your argument, however well constructed, is going to generate the logical response you have imagined it will.

7. Be careful withthis one : some people treat you like crap because they are under the false impression you will not break their face because you are civilized, and all the reasons why they regularly had beaten the crap out of them on high school no longer hold true. And that they therefor can insult you, your parentage and your offspring as much as they like. This is blatently untrue. At least it is with me. There is a line. It is not a fine one. It is big, wide, brash in fluorecent colours lit by 10 kW floodlights. Don't cross it. It will be very painful.

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Former QiComm CEO cleared in money-laundering case

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Another fine example of EU meddling.

There's a company I've been doing business with for years. They insist on cash payment. They have no means of electronic payment because they find it drives up their cost and hence their competitiveness.

Europe, however, has declared there can be NO cash transfers between businesses in excessof 3000 Euro (or was it 5 ? I forget).

So I can no longer do business with my valued supplier and have to source more expensive parts elsewhere for fear of having my butt thrown in the slammer on money laundering charges.

Which will, I estimate, affect my bottom line. And quite possibly my bottom.

Why can't we simply get rid of these morons...

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Apple unveils hints of Monday's new-product announcements

Peter R. 1

To recapitulate :

1. The Apple WWDC starts today.

2. The 7 MAY pertain to iOS 7.

3. You have no clue whatsoever what else may be on the books.

Please refrain from publishing articles like this. You, together with the rest of the world, have no clue whatsoever waht's going on in SF. So please don't make us waste time by reading articles where a calendar would have sufficed.

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It's a fiddle! Funnyman's Irish tax flashmob floods Apple flagship store

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Joke

Re: Democracy Works !

You mean not a single Irish person actually protested ? Well then. On with the show.

I bet none of those 13 downvoters showed up either.

P.S. I've added an alert this time. Although I'm not even sure myself if I was actually joking or not.

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Peter R. 1

Democracy Works !

50 people showed up at the store to proclaim their disagreement with their governments tax laws.

This means roughly 4.579.950 of the Republic's inhabitants either agree or don't care.

The people have spoken. Now leave the fruitstore alone.

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Intel's plan for Haswell, Silvermont, Bay Trail: WORLD DOMINATION

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Re: Excuse me while I yawn

You hit the nail on the head there : AMD's *announcement*. Let's see if they can get product out the door within a reaonable time frame and then if it actually performs in the marketing speak ball park. I've soon a few to many magic and revolutionary announcements to get very excited by all this.

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Ex-Microsoft man plans brand of consumer marijuana 'fine cigars'

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I don't think so...

I thought we all agreed by now smoking is bad for you. I can understand people using weed for medical purposes, where the herb is a lot less harmful to ones health than some of the farmaceutical grade pain medication. But smoke vs. not smoke for a healthy individual ? I don't think so.

If it's a matter of personal choice, it's debatable. But AFAIK smoking regular cigarettes is still not illegal. No I can somewhat follow that reasoning. One could even argue alcohol is more harmful.

But how long will it take before the first class action suit arguing the seller of the smokes did not sufficiently inform the user of the risks involved in smoking pot ?

I can't help thinking that this is helped along by the tobacco lobby in the hope it will somehow laud a new era of tolerance for regular smoking producs.

Sommething about this smells really bad.

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

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But...it's truly amazing !

Not the E-Cat, however. But the fashion in which this man has succesfully manipulated every kind of media over a period of years claiming he's got discovered nothing short of the Hole-E-Grail of energy production, while continuing to succesfully keep the thing out of the hands of anybody who could just prove or disprove it's functionality.

Time and time again he has presented a shoebox of which no-one may know the contents, and time and time again he's been able to cajole reputable scientists ands centres of learning into not dismissing the thing as being not relevant until he proves the science behind it.

The man is a genius allright...just not a physics genius.

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Nine-year-old Opportunity Mars rover sets NASA distance record

Peter R. 1

So...

The Apollo boys still hold the Extraterrestrial Land Speed Record (R) ? Niiiiiiiiice !

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EU wants the Swiss and pals to cough up IT giants' hidden bank info

Peter R. 1

Re: Two choices with the interwebs economy...

1. My perceived intelligence (or lack thereof) has nowt to do with economic reality.

2. I am generally described as 'the archetypal evil cynic', so you may be right there

3. I have. I run a business. Tax rate on company profit currenly is around 30% for me. Paying myself dividends is another 15. If I can find a way to move my company's activities without affecting the level of service I give my customers while reducing my tax burden I'll do it.

Amazon, for example, currently operates 10 distribution centers in Germany. They look at their bottom line every day and squeeze every buck out of their operations they can.

Opel closed their Belgian operations a few years ago. Their plant was allegedly the most efficient in Europe, but tax on labour was to high. They bailed out.

Ford closed their plant last year. It was quite modern, and an integrated site with all their subcontractors around them. Still they bailed : Germany gaven them a better Tax deal.

All large Chemical companies (BASF, Bayer, etc) have for the last 10 years built their new plants in the Far East and even the US. They claim tax rates are too high.

You may insult my person all you like. But don't think for a minute companies won't bail if the numbers tell them to.

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Two choices with the interwebs economy...

OK, Mr. politician, here they are.

1. You can accept they pay next to nothing but still have people employed by them, who DO pay taxes and pump their wages back into your economy.

2. You can change the law to require them to pay more taxes, after which they will fire everybody and move off to more interesting financial climes. The net result wil be no taxes and no jobs. And social security paying for everyone that got fired. After which they will not be able to afford the stuff they want locally, and order everything over said interwebs from overseas stores who sell for cheap because the seller don't pay taxes. Congratulations, you now have your social security sponsoring foreign tax havens.

You may not like it very much, but don't delude yourself you can make Google et al fork over their money.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

Peter R. 1

Re: I've had mine since Friday

Don't get me wrong. It's a good thing that you are happy with your purchase, and if it's got everything you're looking for in a phone so much the better.

But are we now applauding the fact you can get two days out of a battery of you don't use your phone too much ? That does not sound like progress to me.

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YouTube channels at $1.99 per month could launch this week

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Unfortunately...

...my ISP (which is the ONLY provider I can get that does anything remotely resembling broadband) caps my connection when approaching a limit. This limit is apparently determined by 'the average bandwidth used with comparable accounts'. Due to the very nature of the system - of which no actual parameters used in the calculation of what is determined to be 'average' are publicly published or known - the 'limit' shrinks a bit every consecutive cap, and the ISP's definition of 'free downloading' (note they do not use unlimited downloading) currently stands at around 200 GB.

So youtube-google, excuse the hell out of me if I'm not going to subscribe to any HD streaming service.

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US Army engineer wins Air Assault wings after repairing hi-tech leg twice

Peter R. 1

WOW !

This guy gives a whole new meaning to the word 'commitment' ! Folks like this are an inspiration to all walks of life. Carry on soldier !

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Movie review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Peter R. 1

John Harrison, you say ?

Him of navigation clock fame ? Doesn't look all that bad for his age.

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Debian 7 debuts

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Joke

Re: No Problem

Someone at El Reg should make this a permanent quote on the website. It will forever shut op the whiners who keep complaining Linux is to complicated to go mainstream.

Well done that man !

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

Peter R. 1
Happy

Re: @Stephen Roper I don't have a problem with mp3

There is no such thing as an 80WPC class A amp from technics or JVC. I knos they used the moniker on the faceplate, but that was a swindle, they were AB class at best, with something like class A up to 5 Watts and then switching to class B. I think Technics used the term AA-class, which was, technically, codswollop.

But enough pedantism for one day, enjoy your weekend

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Peter R. 1
Pint

Re: I don't have a problem with mp3

You don't need better hifi. You need new ears. Or someone to teach you to use yours properly. And I'm not kidding either. But enjoy all the same :D

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Review: Nokia Lumia 520

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Re: I'll check it out.

Well, I DID check it out, and it works really well. Whether you like the tiles or not is a personal matter of course, but her indoors found it handy as opposed to them little icons elsewhere.

What did however kill it dead was the absence of an FM radio receiver, which IS apparently in the hardware, but not enabled in Win8 (or so I was told). This is supposed to get enabled in future update of Win8. At which point SWMBO muttered something along the lines of 'idiots Nokia Microsoft etc'. and stomped out of the store, angry at me for taking time out of her busy schedule to waste time looking at a useless phone.

Nokia and Microsoft, you made me looke like an idiot, and I will not be forgetting this in a hurry.

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Peter R. 1

Re: I'll check it out.

Beware folks. Now you get downvoted for finding a review useful. Don't let me see it happening again ! :D

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Peter R. 1

I'll check it out.

It sounds like the perfect phone for the requirements of SWMBO. I'll give it a thorough once over. Very useful review,

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Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack in bullet-hard chickpea drama

Peter R. 1

Re: University weeks...

Chili con carne does NOT contain mince.

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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Oi !

Where's he HandJob ? There should at least be a mention of the HandJob !

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Peak Apple: Cupertino belatedly spends some money on R&D

Peter R. 1

Re: So we know who the replacement for Anna Leach is

Unless, of course, he's working with a company or on a project that requires him to use Apple gear, or something to that effect. In which case the argument is perfectly plausible,

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Climate-cooling effect 'stronger than volcanoes' is looking solid

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Joke

Course of action required !

Do we now have to get out the big V8's for fear of freezing our behinds off ? Are Tesla's days numbered ? Do coal powerplants contribute to global warming by expulsion of CO2 but also to cooling by ejecting even more S ? What ???I'm confused and don't know what to do anymore. Please help !

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Eric Schmidt defends Google's teeny UK tax payouts - again

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Re: No, Mr. Schmidt.

I am expressly NOT trying to REdefine capitalism. It's the whole point of the bloody post. Which you have seem to have missed completely. My fault for using difficult words. Oh well.

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Peter R. 1

No, Mr. Schmidt.

As per usual, Mr. Schmidt is bending fact in his own personal distortion field with the purpose of taking the piss out of his paying audience.

Let me educate you, Mr. Schmidt.

A more more less current definition of capitalism would be

A social and economic system where :

- capital assets are mainly owned and controlled by private persons

- labor is bought for money

- profit is returned to the owners of said capital investments

- there is some sort of price mechanism that regulates the flow of capital

Of course, there are different 'shades'of capitalism in which forementioned distinguishing marks vary to some extent.

Current definition of capitalism DOES NOT in any way mention the payment of taxes and in which way they are levvied.

What is not mentioned in the definition either, Mr. Schmidt, is the responsibility that partners in a functioning society have towards the functioning of said society. There are laws to regulate interaction, there is infrastructure, there are common amenities, and so forth. These things are paid for by a system of taxes, which is supposed to ensure ALL entities that take part in that society pay for their fair share (excusez le pun) of all the things that are supplied by society. To YOU, Mr. Schmidt, these are the roads on which your dreadful camera cars drive, lighting so they don't get hit at night, a power grid to make your servers work, places your employees can live (and I don't meen their flat but their village), schools they can go to so they can get educated, etc.

Since, as a company, you take part in society by making money off of it, you are expected to contribute to it as well. I seem to vaguely remember, Mr. Schmidt, your lot calls it 'corporate responsibility'. You don't do it because you are required by law, but because you see the responsibility your corporation has towards the society it feeds off, and the importance of keeping that society healthy.

No one, Mr. Schmidt, can order you to pay taxes if you are not so required by law. But don't hide your cowardly ass behind capitalism. Because capitalism has fork all to do with it. Greed, on the other hand, has EVERYTHING to do with it.

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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I like it !

Only one problem with it. Is Mr. Plumpy the miscreant that stole the device, or is he just a man who bought a second hand laptop on the local second hand website ?

In any case, I find the ineptitude of the local plod sickening. This is a robbery crime in which they have been handed a trail, but apparently they prefer sitting around playing with their genitals instead of restoring a modicon of belief in the system for a tax paying citizen. Makes me want to barf.

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PEAK APPLE: Fondleslab giant no longer world's biggest biz

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Re: Bubble bursts

Your comment would be spot on, if Apple did not pay out shite dividends. 2.65$ in 2013, determined while share price was still way over 600$, and 137 billion $ (BEEEEELLION for the El Reg editors) cash reserves. The only way to make money on Apple is by buying and selling their paper. Which is kinda funny, for a computer company.

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Google erects tech specs tech specs, APIs hit the decks

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Re: Friendly warning...

Human eyesight is stereoscopic. The brain has evolved to take input from 2 eyes on on focal point and turn it in to brain electrickery. When this mechanism is fiddled with, the brain continues to try and make sense of it but fails miserably.

It's one of the reasons trainee pilots flying the Apache get very sickly indeed. Some of them never get used to it and have to drop out of the training programme.

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Peter R. 1

Friendly warning...

The difference in focal point depth between the normal eye and the info on the glass in the other eye will make some of you puke your guts out. Caveat emptor.

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Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?

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Question pertaining to 'would you buy this brand again'

I'm way too late in the comment list but I'll try anyway.

I find this question to be invalid, and possibly skewing the results.

Now, undoubtedly there are people that have bought a Nokia, BB, Apple, Sammy, Sony or whatever else and have 'sold their soul' to the brand, so they actually know right now what their next phone will be.

I, and I suspect many people with me, have elected to maintain ownership of said soul. My current phone is an iPhone S. I bought it after expressly steering away from Apple for years, but unfortunately, after two dismal smartphones from Nokia and Samsung, I bought one as a last resort. I've been happy with it since, and it hasn't caused me any trouble. Oh, I don't use Siri. That may help.

If I had to buy a phone today I would probably NOT stay with the brand. Compared to the competition, the iPhone has become a bit outdated, and I find it has not been sufficiently updated in the last years. Technologically and ergonomically if find it a bit behind the times.

If, however, i would have to buy a phone within 6 months, a year or even longer, there's no possible way I can say if I would stay with Apple. I would have to determine it at that point in time, comparing it to the competition at that time.

So the question is : what do you consider the to be the weight of the question ? Or what exactly were you trying to determine ?

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Ban drones taking snaps of homes, rages Google boss... That's HIS job, right?

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OK...translation.

Mr. (or is it Übersturmbahnführer by now) Schmidt is NOT displeased because not everyone can afford a fleet of cars and trucks to drive through every street and film and photograph your home (or even inside it, if your curtains are not drawn) or buy hi-res areal shots of your garden and whoever is in it. He can do that and you can't so that's OK.

He IS, however, displeased because everyone (or nearly) CAN afford a 100$ toy with a 50$ camera strapped to it and fly it over HIS garden, or hover in front of HIS windows, and take snaps and post them on the interwebs. He finds this utterly unacceptable. And you're not even making money from it. Who do you think you are.

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IBM pours $1 BEELLION into flash SSDs

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Just a question, but

Might one enquire why the El Reg editorship has such great difficulty with the word 'billion' ?

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'North Korea Has Launched a Missile' tweet sent by mistake

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It's just what NK does

Check out the last 20 years. Every time NK has needed aid, being food, fuel, medicine or whatever else, they've started up the military rhetoric, the blustering, the threatening. All this they do so they can then proceed to the negotiation table from what they perceive to be a position of strength. The 'civilized' world will subsequently send them 5 barrels of oil, two sacks of rice and a family pack of antibiotics (and possibly two hardboiled eggs) and NK can leave negotiations with a big tump on the chest and their media telling the population the west has once more caved in in fear of their military might without NK having to do any concessions themselves.

This is how it has gone every single time in the past, and it is quite possibly what they're after now. I have the distict impression SK agrees with me, because they do not seem very worried.

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