* Posts by Peter R. 1

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FBI says it helped mess up that iPhone – the one it wants Apple to crack

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Re: Cook is just grandstanding

/Quote/ Well in that case you will have no problem posting links to said documentation and EULAs will you? /end quote/

Yes, if course...

Just one example, from iTunes,

Apple may only use this information and combine it with aggregated information from the iTunes libraries of other users who also opt in to this feature, your iTunes Store purchase history data, aggregated purchase history data from other iTunes Store users...(cut)

... Provide recommendations regarding products and services to other users.

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Re: Cook is just grandstanding

OK, I'll bite. But only to get things going.

When you backup your phone to iCloud, the backup is encrypted. However, it is not encrypted with YOUR passcode, but with THEIRS.

Oh, ok, just for the hell of it. On iMessage, look up Cyril Cattiaux' opinion of their securety. A taste, maybe ?

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When someone sends an iMessage, the iOS device pulls the recipient’s public key from Apple’s non-public key server to create the ciphertext, or encrypted message. The iMessage is decrypted by the recipient using their private key.

The problem is “Apple has full control over this public key directory,” Cattiaux said.

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I'm sure you can unearth lots more information if you put your mind to it.

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Cook is just grandstanding

Apple has been running ALL OSX and IOS traffic (including Phone backups and email traffic) through their services for ages, scouring every bit of their users information to see what they can monetize. This is well documented, even in their own EULA's.

Now all of a sudden he acts as if he cares about the privacy of their customers, which I am sure he does not give a rat's behind about. What DOES worry him, however, is het PR fallout when it turns out they have very little trouble supplying the FBI wants.

As for the court orderr itself, maybe y'all should read it for yourself, instead of the interpretation given by interweb journos.

You can find it here

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2714001/SB-Shooter-Order-Compelling-Apple-Asst-iPhone.pdf

The boundaries are very clearly set.

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Ransomware scum infect Tinseltown hospital, demand $3.6m

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Re: And when they find them

I strongly disagree.

A prison sentence is a punishment for committing a violation against a society's laws, the idea being the perpetrator being duly punished will gain insight into his/her malversations. It is a way of society saying 'we can not accept this kind of behaviour because it will destabilize our society'. It is why some societies call them 'correctional' punishments, and the places of incarceration 'correctional facilities'. The fact that they don't exactly work is neither here nor there.

An execution is a way for a society to remove elements it deemes unable to be rehabilitated into said society, in other words where the perpetrator is going to be a continued, unrepairable danger to society.

Neither sentence is supposed to be used for a society to 'take revenge' upon a 'criminal element'. The law is never about revenge. It is about rules that can make a society finction.

I find it very hard to believe that people wo have obviously access to global information technology - they seem to be quite effective at spreading malware - do not know or suspect the moral and material implications of sabotaging hospitals or, indeed, any service (think water, electricity) on which a modern society depends to function. I would put it to you they are fully aware of the criticality of the service, as demonstrated by the amount of money they are trying to extort.

I therefor submit it to you that these individuals and organizations, being fully aware of the havoc they are wreaking and their reasons for doing so, are to be considered such a danger to society upon re-entry after a custodial sentence, and are as such are indeed candidates for execution if the laws of the country in which they are deemed culpable of these actions allows for this kind of sentence.

I rest my case.

A sentence - capital or otherwise - is never about a society taking revenge upon a perpetrator.

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Is this the last ever Lumia?

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What's going on at MS ?

I'm pretty sure exactly no one is waiting for this. Unless they wanted to create their own 'LandFill' line, they have succeeded in getting absolutely nothing right with this effort.

Even the spin they tried to sell the 950 on (continuum) is missing. Acer was making these things (bar Win10 of course) 2 years ago. Only better. And they were crap too.

I expect that inside of 6 months we will be reading the news that MS has gotten out of the mobile Phone business completely, and find out they were only using the last Lumia's as test mules for Winpho 10. Which, by this time, will have gained absolutely no traction from their partners and will have been shelved as well. I seriously doubt the much vaunted surface Phone will ever see the light of day.

Note to Mr. Nadella

If, in a future near of far, you feel an uncontrollable urge to separate MS for a few million USD, shoot me a mail and I'll give you my bank account number. You'll be rid of your money a lot faster, and you won't even have to spend any time developing useless gadgets or software. A great step in efficiency if ever I saw one.

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Microsoft axes ‘dozens’ more from former Nokia phone biz

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Job well done

They made quite an excellent phone end proceeded to shoot themselves in the foot by putting horrendous software on it.

I'm starting to think Nadella is under orders to run Nokia into the ground. He's getting quite good at ruining perfectly good hardware with Win 10. I'm convinced they designed it for exactly this purpose.

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Norks stabilise non-threatening space speck ... for about five minutes

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Re: Well, so much for the loitering nuke theory

First off, making nuclear warheads is a bit expensive and takes a while, so even if you have one (or only a few) you're not going to launch it into orbit untill you need it and you're sure you can get it down to approximately where you want it.

Secondly, they don't need to launch anything at all. They just have to plant a microscopic inkling that they might possibly have anything remotely capable of doing any damage approaching that of a leaky fart cushion, so they can blackmail the world into sending them another loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter, just as they have been doing since the Korean armistice.

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Want blazing fast Netflix streams? Book a flight to Northern Europe

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Meanwhile, in Belgiumshire

it is indeed possible to have 100, 150 and even 240 Mb cable connections, BUT :

1. They are prohibitively expensive. My 60 Mbit/s connection (and I effectively achive that speed, even if I live out in the sticks) costs me 50 Euro per month. A 200 Mb/s is over 70 Euro per month. AND

2. We're still capped. The newest 'packs' offer 100 Mb/s speeds, BUT are capped at 150 GB/month. There are 'unlimited' offers available, but small print reveals they are capped at 250 GB/month during daytime, which runs to about midnight. When use is between midnight and 6am, volume generally counts as half or 1/4, but still capped.

I don't even know if we have Netflix 4K over here, but streaming 4K to -say- two tv sets is going to make you burn through your monthly 150 MB allowance in a bloody hurry.

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Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu

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On what merit will they be trying to convice the users ?

I can imagine that for anyone using their phone to call, message, email and the occasional web visit it may well work;

On the flipside, I can't see anyone using their phone to do this and only this giving 2c either way. They will keep using what they are using because it works. If it hadn't they would've stepped of the bus a long time ago.

The compelling reason for people using a powerful smartphone is a multitude of apps and games specifically designed for droid and IOS. This is, I think, what sells them and drives people to upgrade them to more powerful hardware and better displays. We already know that a take-up of a new system relies heavily on what I would describe as non-basic use. Windows is allegedly hampered by the absence of a multitude of fart-emulators, aviary agression simulators and such. For people to accept and embrace a new means of going about their daily communication needs, you would either have to come up with a revolutionary (and possibly magical) way for them to send a mail or make a call OR offer them a 'killer application' that is not available from the competition (possibly a solution to a problem they didn't know they had before the solution presented itself). AND there would have to be a substantial immediate (and to a lesser extent future) gain to convince them to put in the effort.. If the only thing you can offer is less of the same, you are doomed.

And all I see here is less of the same. Being able to plug my phone into my monitor does not sound very compelling to me.

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

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Re: No Oil In North Korea

Don't laugh...it's a really fast moving market.

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Windows 10 overtakes Windows 8.1's market share

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I wonder...

...what percentage of unsuspecting consumers just clicked 'upgrade' because 10 is errrr...more than 8.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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Re: Why are they ending it now?

Basically, because the last 30 years, no real money was invested in it. Yes, we had the TD5 engine when it was BMW, and Ford put a Transit engine and gearbox in it as well as a new dash when they aquired it.

The whole drive system is basically a throwback from the 60's. You can't even fit a more modern pokey engine in it or it will rip out the drive line.

I owned one for 8 years and loved it. But without serious mods to the engine it was slow, noisy, sprung like a brick, there was an inch of water in it when you passed a lorry on the motorway in the rain, the heating was anemic, when you got the aircon the co-driver needed his/her feet amputated an so on and so forth.

Simply put, in our modern, comfortable society, the circumstances which required the existance of the Defender and its ilk have gone.

And what's left of the worldwide market is owned by the 70 series Land Cruiser, still produced by Toyota in compliance with Euro-Nowt emission standards, with a near indestructable 4.2 diesel sixpot and driveline.

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Back to the Future's DeLorean is coming back to the future

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Not a good idea

The only thing the DMC really had going for it was the idea of a stainless body. But the added weight of it, along with the notoriously heavy addedition of a gullwing assembly, an anemic Renault engine and 80's UK style build quality made it a real dog.

It was a really bad idea to begin with, and barring some curiosum value (look what those crazy 80's people thought up to go with their shoulder pads) it still is.

UNLESS they're going to make it with an ultra light carbotanium body and a 500 horse 0 emissions engine with a range of 300 miles, in which case they might find some customers who want it as a runabout next to their Pagani, they are going to loose money. But I imagine this would add a 0 to the price tag and I don't mean in front.

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How to save Wikipedia: Start paying editors ... or write for machines

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I'll wouldn't mind paying for it

But then I would demand that Wiki takes responsibility for the accuracy of the information.

To continue the car analogy : the way things stand now is that there are a number of cars spread out around your area. you can make use of them whenever you want, for free. But if they break down, the GPS sends you the wrong way, or the tires are bald, the risk of using them is yours.

If I have to pay for the privilege of using it, I want the maintenance book duly stamped, tire pressure checked, petrol in the tank and the in-sewer-ants paid up.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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Finally !

Godwin's law strikes again. I feared he had taken the day off.

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If the American people want to put their trust in The Donald

They should be able to do so, and they can.

I would really like to see him try this and see where he ends up. Apple is a fine candidate to pull this fast one on, because their margins are high, and they have a lot of cash parked abroad. Best case, they continue to design the same quality and style of product they do now, only at lower margines.

Don't think they can't do it. We Always like to compare build quality of your average Ford to a Benz S-Class and say 'look, they couldn't build a quality car if they tried', but I assure you there are many, many very fine quality American designed and built products out there.

If course, the Chinese won't stand for it, and will start levying serious coin on the US produced phones, or denying them access to their market altogether. And possibly start punishing US companies still producing un China.

It would be quite interesting to watch it unfold.

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Boffins baffled by record-smashing supernova that shouldn't exist

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Re: exponents....

Shirley you mean Eccentrica ? Can't remember now.

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Intel admits Skylakes can ... ... ... freeze in the middle of work

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Re: Can't remember doing 88 mph this morning...

I don't think I ever had a P60, I was still on a 486-DX2 then. I'm pretty sure it was a 90 (I couldn't afford a 100, or didn't want to. This was also a time when rumours surfaced you could easily clock a 90 at 100 'if you had a good one'). The WIKI also mentions the relevant steppings, but as with all WIKI's, YMMV.

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Can't remember doing 88 mph this morning...

...but it seems I've ended up in June 1994 today, and I will soon be receiving a notice from Intel detailing how to RMA my Pentium 90 because of an FDIV bug.

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BT puts new head on 10-year-old network arm Openreach

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It took me three tries

To finally NOT read 'Openreich'.

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Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

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Re: Lumias

Yes, the ones that spit in your face when you least expect it.

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Dear Microsoft

I have several Windows 7 licenses which I have bought with money I have earned W*O*R*K*I*N*G. You may want to look this word up. It may offer you valuable insight into why people do not like 10, and may help to further explain the following.

I have tried Windows 10 as an 'insider', all the way up to final release, and I have continued to use it on and off since.

On december 31, however, I have decided to discontinue every and all use of Windows 10, and for the following reasons :

1. It does not offer me any functionality I require, want or would like over Windows 7.

2. You allege it is 'FREE', but it is not. You may not want immediate monetary payment for it, but you DO require me to allow you access to all use, traffic, email and other information. In other words, you want me to be a digital prostitute for a Windows 10 fix. I respectfully decline.

3. You want me to relinquish the few rights I still had on Windows 7 which I had legally purchased (see above, have you looked up the word WORK yet ?) for something that is not better (some may argue a lot worse) AND give you access to what basically is my life, so you can monetize it without cutting me in on the deal.

I DO NOT THINK SO.

Disrespectfully yours,

Peter R.

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Aroused Lycra-clad cyclist prompts Manchester cop dragnet

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It is blatantly obvious

there are no cyclists amongst you El Reg commentards. These things happen when you ride a sports bike.

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Surface Pro 4: Will you go the F**K to SLEEP?

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A solipsism you say ?

So what you are actually saying is that the Surface does not necessarily exist, and since I was not present when the picture on El Reg was taken, I can not be sure it WAS taken when you say it was, or, indeed, that the camera with which is was taken even existed when you say it was taken. If a camera was involved at all.

All I know, then, for something slightly resembling certainty, is that a picture exists of something you say is a Surface 4, which is unsure to exist.

Please don't use difficult concepts on El Reg. There's enough bovine excrement to be found on the internet as it is. At least, I think I have observed it.

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How long until we can build R2-D2 and C-3PO?

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Re: Here's my attempt...

Not running over things is easy. What is far more difficult (as you have undoubtedly observed visiting all manner of conventions) is only slightly running over things.

Imagine, if you will, yourself at a busy venue at the entrance wanting to move to the other side. If you would stop your progress every time another visitor, stand or display appeared in your path you would still be at the entrance at closing time.

So what you do is thread the needle through that is the crowd, a nudge here, a bump there, a sidestep-and-swipe yonder. Every time you observe an obstacle you evaluate and decide the amount of force necessary to 'force' your way through. Every once in a while someone gets it wrong and there are the appropriate expletives to be observed.

From humans we have grown to accept this behaviour. From droids, not so much.

So I wish you the best of luck with further developement. May the necessary force be with you.

Oh...and make sure the droid can get up again under its own steam when someone bowls it over.

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HPE's private London drinking club: Name that boozer

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Re: The Sauce Boat

A comestible you say ? Symptoms after consumption of such condiments are often more akin to a combustible.

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Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

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Re: sorry, not a geek but

No. Essentially, it's a solution to a very specific problem. The article could easily have read :

'In other news, Google's new sausage making machine proven to be able to make sausages 10 billion times faster than a current state of the art espresso machine.'

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US Navy's newest ship sets sail with Captain James Kirk at the bridge

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I sincerely hope

the US Navy displays some common sense and put Captain Kirk in charge of the new CVS-80 Enterprise carrier when she takes to the waves in 10 years time;

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Hacker reveals lifestyles of the rich and famous in UAE bank pop

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Although 110 million sounds like a handsome sum for us poor El Reg reading losers, in the world of powerbanking wer're talking about small change here. A 12M account ? Please, some people find this kind of money between their sofa cushions when the pizza delivery guy shows up.

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McAfee Security Manager lets anybody bypass managers' security

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You shouldn't be. When I purchased a new ASUS laptop a few months ago, I was handed a free 1 year subscription to McAfee bij a suitably solemn sales person stating this would guarantee my new toy was protected.

I binned it as soon as I got home, but I imagine a lot of people that don't read the likes of El Reg and similar literature see this as a '29.99 Euro freebee' and install it at the first opportunity.

Unortunately, no laws govering the protection of consumers in Belgiumshire include protection from stupidity by salesfolk.

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British woman loses £1.6 million to romance scam love rats

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Please tell me...

...how someone (and I'm choosing the word carefully) misguided enough to fall into this trap would amass such a fortune in the first place.

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Microsoft takes PUPs behind the shed with gun in hand

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Re: More importantly

No, it's not an OEM license, and if memory serves you could re-install 7 three times before it required you to do the 'call microsoft support' dance.

Point being, win 8.1 keys do not work on 10, but you're not issued a 10 key to replace your 8.1 key when you 'upgrade'.

They WERE going to fix this with the 1511 build, but apparently they haven't.

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Re: More importantly

In fact it does. Microsoft can be a real hoot. Gather round and hear my tale.

I have 2 HTPC's running fully licenced Win 8.1's. One HTPC runs on 2.5" spinning rust, the other on SSD.

After much nagging about Win 10 it decided to have a go at it where it could do the least harm, and 'applied' for the Win 10 'upgrade'. After a few weeks the install came through and i ran it. Af few programs like Bitdefender were nixed for being 'incompatible', but they were quickly reinstalled.

Now this HTPC runs on an Intel 3225 with internal graphics, and I wasn't best pleased with the performance, especially playing HD sources. The OTHER HTPC, however, runs an AMD A8 APU which much more muscle, especially in the graphics department. This HTPC, as you remember, has a conventional HD, so it takes a while to boot up, which can be annoying for a Home Entertainment system.

So I yanked the SSD from the Intel box and put it in the AMD box. To my great surprise it booted without isues, and after installing the correct drivers for the AMD APU and some ancillaries I found myself with a HTPC in perfect working order;

This must have been totally unacceptable to Microsoft, because when I booted the system yesterday it informed me I needed to activate Windows. Upon clicking the appropriate buttons, I was warned that the product code was invalid, and I needed to input a new one. But the code from the Original 8.1 installation does not work anymore (remember, this is a real license) and when Microsoft pushed the OTA Win 10 install, it did not issue me a new product code.

So the free Win 10 'upgrade' has now resulted in a 'Win 8.1 invalidation'.

Oh well, I have some unused 7 licenses left, or I could try XBMCBuntu (or is that called KodiBuntu now ?)

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Tor Project: Anonymity ain't free, folks. Pony up

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Re: old fashioned check

I think you mean mouldy. I don't think moudly is a word, but I haven't chequed it.

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Apple – it's true: iPad Pro slabs freeze when plugged in to charge

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The smell of excrementis in the air

I find it very unlikely that no one at Apple would have noticed this during the test phase. Not a single tester pligged in his ipad while using it ? This incident leads me to believe that :

a. Apple does NOT do in-house testing, or

b. They knew about this, but delaying the product would affect the bottom line and someone found this unacceptable.

I can't decide which I think is worse, but any chance of me forking over 1000 Euro's for an iphone 6s just discappeared out the window.

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BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

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Beg pardon ?

No lamenting over how many cores, no griping about the lack of memory, no goings on about benchmarks, no disappointment about the lack of pixels in the camera, no fulminating about the qwerty keyboard, but a review of a guy who actually uses a smartphone, i.e. a live test on how it behaves in real life ?

What IS the world coming to ?

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'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

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Arrest all Onion Salesmen !

This way we can ensure production of Onion routers grinds to a halt !

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Microsoft shelves 'suicidal' Android-on-Windows plan

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Amazon vendors flog thousands of rooted, malware-laden tablets

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Re: 50 Quid for a tablet

When something is cheap, not like cheapish or a very good deal, but really really, mindbogglingly, apallingly, horrifically cheap - like, say, a low mileage 2014 Beemer M3 in perfect nick for 3 grand - you should not expect something is wrong with it. You can be bloody sure there is.

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50 Quid for a tablet

And punters are complaining about bad build quality ? Who'da thunk ?

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

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Re: These Days...

I will endeavour to oblige.

I try out Ubuntu (and K), Mint and Fedora on a regular basis to see 'if the time has finally come'.

Over the weekend I clean installed Ubuntu 15.10 on a dedicated drive. The FIRST of the non-ubuntu 'store' programs I installed refused to work because some dependancy was not included anymore, and I couldn't find it through their software management system.

Luckily for me, I still have a fully functional Mint system.

Last week I did a Win 10 install, and a Win 7. All the software required by the user installed. 10 had all the requirded drivers on board, all the drivers required for the 7 system were available for download from the OEM's and all of them were recent versions.

YMMV. just saying because you asked.

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Qualcomm sheds last veil from Snapdragon 820

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They need it badly

The 810 has earned a questionable reputation for itself with all the alleged throttling issues. incidentally, I wonder how it will impact sales on the current crop of 'premium' phones like the 950XL, the 6P and the Z5 premium, to name but a few.

I for one, decided to skip the current generation of hand warmers and keep the Z1 alive for a few more months to see what happens.

At least they won't be able to point the finger elsewhere as they are going back to using their own design.

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Microsoft Band 2 wrist watchers in pay-first-ship-much-later rage

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Correction is in order

99.99 USD for the band, 249.99 for the Band 2 in the US MS store.

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Judge bins Apple Store end-of-shift shakedown lawsuit

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If memory serves

the case - as reported by El Reg - did not hinge on the employees protesting the possibility of being searched, but the Apple security bods require them to stand in line for an inordinate amount of time, accumulating in an hour or longer a week, and not being paid for what was perceived by them as overtime.

So this sounds like only half a judgement.

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BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package

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Hurrah !

looks like a fine attempt from BB. Let us hope it will allow them to regain some of their former excellence.

I don't know why, but somehow this has really perked up my day.

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I seriously doubt this. Hardware wise possibly. But it hasn't been released into the wild, and if the privacy issues on Win 10 PC are anything to go by, I would steer way clear of it if I had a requirement for professional grade communications. Of course, this will have to be determined when people that are far more proficient than I am get their mitts on it.

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7 million Apple Watches just buried the competition – Canalys

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Now this IS interesting

Apple Always portray themselves as a premium brand, and users are prepared to shell out more money to buy into this idea.

TAG, however, is a proper premium manufacturer. So if the 'premium' argument Apple owners claim to motivate their purchase, TAG should be able to significantly bite into their iWatch market.

And then thre's the really big guns that could enter the fray. I don't really expect companies Audemars or Piaget to get into this,but Breitling, IWC or Panerai might.

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MacBooks are so hot right now. And so is Mac OS X malware

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Warning : Sample NOT representative

I've just checked with 2 (yes, TWO) macbook wielding neighbours, and they both claim adamantly their apparatus is invulnerable to outside attack and does not require any user intervention to keep it safe. This is all done automatically by the iCloud (sic)

YMMV. But first results show reality has not yet pervaded the Walled Garden.

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

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Re: I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord

Was this absolutely necessary ?

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

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Still nothing here...

Of the about 6 PC's currently active running Windoze, the two main ones

1. Win 7 : mine, Pro Retail

2. Win 7: SWMBO, Pro Retail

display tifferent behaviour.

HERS has had the 'invitation' to update to 10 since they started rolling out the invites, and now the download is parked preemptively on het box (need to do something about that...weekend work again)

MINE, however, running an identical Retail pPro version of 7, has never displayed the invite, doesn't have the silly directory monitoring your update status and nagging about it, hence does not display the update icon, and is generally update virus free.

Both machines have the same antivirus, the same update settings, and the same reg cleaning (ahem) software;

I don't know how this is and I'm trying to replicate it, but have been unsuccesful so far.

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