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EE TV brings French broadband price war to the UK

Richard 51

wtf this article is missing some editorial control the written English is appalling.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

Richard 51
WTF?

Re: Police would definitely use that information against them if they got the chance

"There is one simply, glaringly obvious solution that our politicians will NOT try: drastically cutting down the number and complexity of the laws."

Don't give them ideas we will end up with a law that says anything that the home secretary says is bad is illegal and therefore punishable by up to life imprisonment. SImple enough?

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

Richard 51

Not a smart article

I would point out that the author of this delightful article says there are new technologies that make smart meters obsolete but fails to give one single example, except for sticking a camera in your current meter! He does focus on the interface for the customer and rightly points out that this can be achieved using smart phone apps or websites. But you still need the data from the meter and the smart meter is designed to record and transmit this data to the supplier. I cannot see how a camera stuck on your meter in a dark cupboard is going to be able to record the data and send it to the supplier so they can bill you accurately.

Given he is a part of a government which has effectively confirmed the strategy of the previous government and forced the suppliers to spend hundreds of millions already on infrastructure to support the deployment of smart meters its a bit late to start re-considering the strategy and sounds like another sound bite from an MP who doesn't know much about technology.

The way the government is going about smart meter deployment is bonkers but the underlying reasons for smart meters are sound and in the long term will probably form the backbone for all manner of technologies that are developing for home automation.

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Big tech firms holding wages down? Marx was right all along, I tell ya!

Richard 51

There is wider evidence than just the valley

This principle in part explains the rapid widening of compensation between employees and senior managers. The labour market for employees, particularly in the IT industry, has expanded to be global (look at the proportion of offshore and onshore asian contractors on large SAP projects as an example) with an excess of supply. Whereas the globalisation of businesses has increased the shortage of senior managers capable of running these behemoths, which has lead to inflation in compensation packages.

The purpose of government is to put in place mechanisms that balance the unwelcome elements of a free market which often as some others have mentioned are in the grand scheme of things short term adjustments.

The problem with globalisation is governments struggle to manage (read don't) because the enterprises operate largely outside of a particular governments jurisdiction.

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CyanogenMod Android firmware gains built-in SMS encryption

Richard 51

Eh, with millions of SMS being sent surely the small number which have been encrypted will be like a lightnening rod for the spooks. So what has this punter got to hide?

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Google coughs up $17m to end Safari STALKER COOKIE brouhaha

Richard 51

Why only the US

Why is it only consumers in the US benefit from these decisions, are we not violated by their actions as much as their american customers.

If we are not covered by their action then why is there not an equivalent organisation in the UK looking after our interests and pursuing similar claims?

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Apple, AT&T settle 'bait and switch' iPad 3G data plan lawsuit

Richard 51

Another win for the legal sharks

WTF, if there is clear evidence of a bait and switch why the hell are they getting away with such a poor deal for those who were conned. The only winners seem to be the "experienced counsel" for Apple and AT&T.

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Phil Collins' daughter 'will give you A VIRUS' – security bods

Richard 51
Black Helicopters

Who cares?

If you have McAffee's products installed you can click on any links with impunity or can you?

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Metric versus imperial: Reg readers weigh in

Richard 51
Pint

Americans and their imperial rubbish

If imperial is so good how come NASA continue to f**k up missions through bungling the arithmetic of imperial measurements.

And who in their right mind thought it a good idea for me to buy fuel in litres and have the bloody display on my car tell me that I am achieving 36 miles per gallon?

I believe most countries, including the US signed a UN charter to convert to metric which the Europeans promptly did but the Yanks and sometimes Brits are still holding out.

Lets just get on with it and get the pain over. Mines a litre of beer please!

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All you need to know about nano SIMs - before they are EXTERMINATED

Richard 51
Black Helicopters

Or an alternative

Bill's sim on a hand (in the hand?) is not a tattoo but an embedded chip which connects to the hardware through the pads of your fingers wrapped tightly to the phone. The future of mobile me thinks!

I don't care either way, as long as I can separate the service from the hardware and decide on whether I want to pay the extortionate rates for a service provider phone or purchase my own and switch between phones when its convenient for me.

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ITC denies Apple an emergency ban on ALL HTC PHONES

Richard 51
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An inconsequential but useful feature

Why is the ability to tag a phone number and dial it seen to be so important that it warrants banning the sale or distribution of another companies phones across the USA? This is IPR gone mad. Yes its a useful feature but would I pay more for this feature in a phone worth £500? Would I decide not to buy a phone because the feature was not available? Probably not.

I don't know about everyone else but I am fed up with the incessant stream of litigation between phone companies that focus on inconsequential features and whose sole purpose seems to be to block competition.

The governments should investigate all these companies for anti-competitive activities.

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Volkswagen Up!

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WTF

Eh, is it just me or has the question why are we getting a top gear report in what is supposed to be a technology news site?

If I wanted car reviews I would have gone to Top Gear or Autocar...

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SAP hopes to embiggen its cloud with Ariba slurp

Richard 51

what will they do with SAP SRM then ?

There is a significant amount of overlap between Ariba and SRM so it will be interesting to see what they do. SRM was a commerce one product SAP bought to fill a gap in its supply chain portfolio.

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TfL delays wave-and-pay tickets until 2013

Richard 51
Coat

Eh smoke and mirrors

So they are delaying deployment until they have a 100% robust solution which for example means that they are working to ensure "invisible pick pocketing" is not a problem! Well I think that problems sits in the banks and card issuers balliwick don't you. Another case of poor management resulting in delays rather than any concern for our welfare.

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CD: The indestructible music format that REFUSES TO DIE

Richard 51

For me its having a physical product

Which if cared for will last, I can rip that to a low quality mp3 for the disc in the car or high fidelity format for my Android phone. If I lose the file, phone or scratch the disc I still have the original safely stored in my attic.

Also I don't know about anyone else, but CD are generally cheaper if you buy from a reputable online retailer than if I buy from Napster or Itunes mp3 or mp4. Bit like buying ebooks which are considerably more expensive than the hardcopy article.

So if the industry want to sell come up with a ubiquitous, competitive way of obtaining the music that you cannot lose and doesn't stop working when you stop paying the subscription and I can play on multiple devices and I will buy lots more music.

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End in sight for IT jobs outsourcing massacre

Richard 51
IT Angle

Pretty crap analysis from Hackett

Companies offshore for a number of reasons, it might be cost, reducing their overall cost of doing business, it maybe to take advantage of skills pools which they cannot obtain or afford in their home country, it might also be because they have global aspirations and need to support a global workforce and positioning in India makes sense as it overlaps the european and asian working days.

But the majority have gone for cost reasons, so what will happen in the next 10 years or so will be those very same offshored activities will move to the next low cost country, be that Africa, South America or even back to the UK if this recession continues for much longer.

But we should be focussing on our ability to attract high quality jobs to the UK in manufacturing, engineering, science and technology. Where real money is made. Apple does not manufacture much in the US but it sure does employ a lot of engineers and scientists and it sure does make a heck of a lot of money.

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Wang charged in inappropriate electricity socket use

Richard 51
Mushroom

Whatever happened to proportionality

How much electricity did he use? likely to be in tenths of whatever currency applies... so why the gestapo tactics or do they teach this in some sort of global training centre for Mass Transit Companies, sounds like the sort of thing TfL would do.

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Airbrushed Rachel Weisz gets watchdog hot under the collar

Richard 51

what is the asa on

quote "advertisers were keen to present their products in their most positive light using techniques" but they are not photographing their products and I bet she has not been anywhere near a pot of their product so how can they justify their augment. Ffs stop this patent fraudulent advertising

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Cabinet Office moves step closer to killing Directgov

Richard 51
FAIL

another grandiose project

I assume the majority of the money has been spent on the back end systems cos the front end looks like a child has put it together using an old copy of ms front page.. at least the bbc beta site looks like some thought has gone into how to communicate with its audience. maybe they can use the bbc cms and focus on the engine for integrating dept databases.

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First-person shootout world record set

Richard 51
Mushroom

What exactly was achieved?

Eve online and I am sure WoW have regularly 20K + gamers playing at any one time.. They couldn't have all been shooting at each other so not sure what differentiates this from any of the MMOG

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Official: The smartphones that suck much more than others

Richard 51
Facepalm

And the point of the story is ?

Its the mobile networks that promote these smartphones, they spend millions figuring out their complex offerings so that no one can figure out what they are being charged for. They are the ones who sell "unlimited" packages which they immediately limit as soon as someone actually uses the service.

Frankly I have no sympathy for these muppets and look forward to using my HTC Desire as much as possible. Except that 2 out of the 5 networks don't actually work in my local pub (i am in the middle of a city) for data and only 1 bar of voice. So when are they going to invest some of their vast profits in improving the network.

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Punters even more dissatisfied by Virgin Media's package

Richard 51
FAIL

Don't assume just because you have a problem everyone is in the same boat

VM customer service is about as good as BT or any of the others that use call centres, call queuing, scripted conversations and poor technical training. However to assume that one specific experience describes the entire customer experience is stupid. I have VM tv, phone and broadband. TV is a bit of a ripoff, particularly when you discover to keep your own rates in line with advertised rates you have to call them and ask for it. Broadband almost always delivers the headline rate or near as damn it. (DNS lookup is sometimes a bit slow) and Phone is basic and what more can u say.

So all in all a could do better scorecard from me... but I don't presume to know everyone elses experience. So why should you.

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Hundreds of Brit pubs to offer free WiFi

Richard 51
Joke

Mobile is often better than openzone

Its really annoying when FON disguises itself as openzone and screws up your phone or laptop. But I often find in hotels, airports etc that mobile broadband is just as fast or even quicker than openzone unless you are right underneath the router.

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IATA: this iPad could BRING DOWN A PLANE

Richard 51
WTF?

How crap are these planes anyway ?

I really don't have a problem with turning on flight mode through the flight, after all the likelihood of getting a connection at 35K ft is miniscule. But why with 15 - 20 mins before landing do they insist on swtiching off a smartphone that i am reading a book on?

If Planes are that susceptible to interference they ought to fall out of the sky more often. What sort of scientific process is relying on a few unsubstantiated reports from pilots. They maybe able to fly but when was it requirement for a pilot to also be an RF Engineer.

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£1.1bn Royal Navy warship finally armed, sort of

Richard 51
Flame

Lucky we are not at war with Austalia, India or Pakistan

We might have a defense against fast bowlers but not their spin bowlers!

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Stop sexing up IT and give Civil Servants Macs, says gov tech boss

Richard 51

Whichever Government

I don't know about others on this site. But I have worked with both Central and Local Government on consulting and IT projects and I doubt whether the majority of the problems can be placed at the door of some figurehead MP. The Senior Civil Servants and their project managers are generally to blame for poor project management, poor specification, constant changes and general inertia.

So whichever government is in power the same old crap occurs.

But its always easy to blame the last lot.

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Wi-Fi body wants hotspots to override 3G

Richard 51

Public WIFI had better improve then

My experience is when my phone does connect to WIFI the signal is generally so poor that I switch back to 3G. Unless of course you are sitting underneath the WIFI box nailed to the wall.

Lets hope the work on improving connection handshakes also pushes the WIFI providers to put in place more hotspots.

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Virgin Media, Readers - an apology

Richard 51

Glad you're on the ball

Probably the price and the sometimes poor latency that comes with Virgin. But to give them their due, the speed is pretty close to the advertised rate, unlike some of its competitors.

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Android phone to replace shop till

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Thumb Up

Playground Muggers Application of Choice

Can you imagine joey walks up to unsuspecting kid and nicks his lunch money off of of his android phone with his own phone. Its progress folks !

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Scanner snares senior servant

Richard 51

Ahem

So if we worked in Australia's public sector by reading this article with its liberal sprinkling of the word "Knockers" we would all be walking to the dole office.

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Apple says no to Android-oriented iPad mag

Richard 51
Pirate

Don't buy apple products

I am amazed that more people don't raise a stink over Apples business policies. If Mozilla or Microsoft said you cannot read any web pages that are about the opposition there would be hell to pay.

I have an iphone but my next phone will in all likelihood not be apple and I certainly won't buy an IPAD until Apple grow up and realise that they cannot control content in the long term. What with this and the Flash debacle Apple are beginning to look very dark.

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'Looking and acting like an employee' didn't make him one

Richard 51

Couple of things

He would have been able to route some of the profits from the contract to himself at corp tax rates as dividends, reduce his payment of national insurance, claim expenses against his earnings.

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Content producers should chip in for mobile internet costs

Richard 51
Coat

Don't the content producers pay to be connected to the internet?

I am sorry, they themselves are fueling the increase by pushing ever more sophisticated handsets, I don't remember O2 saying when I bought my Iphone please don't use it for mobile internet.

This idea that content producers don't pay for their content to be hosted or transmitted over the internet is crazy, of course they do... so why would they pay twice?

Stop whinging O2 and stop stealing the money from our pockets, I don't remember you reporting losses. The AT&T of UK

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Google halts deletion of Street View Wi-Fi data

Richard 51

Why was Google Collecting this data for gods sake?

"its mobile team included payload-capturing code in the Street View cars' software despite the fact that the project leaders "did not want, and had no intention of using, payload data."

Why was google equiping its vehicles with the hardware needed to capture WIfI data in the first place? I would assume that their vehicles had 3g or satelite technology to upload the images as they were collected or download them at the end of day by plugging the harddrive into a computer?

In this country it is illegal under the wireless telegraphy act to listen to a communications that you are not a party to or that is not by its nature intended fpr public consumption. Snooping on someone elses radio conversation is illegal. The fact its very easy to do does not detract from the illegality of doing it and you would expect a company "that does no harm" to have checked with their lawyers before embarking on an enterprse such as this.

Google have been caught with their trousers done and are wriggling to avoid the consequences.

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Adobe declares 'LOVE' for Apple

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Standards ?

Why are we debating whether flash is a standard? It's not! But it is used on a large number of very useful websites, Apple talks about HTML 5 as the standard, well guess what Apple is pushing H.264 for video, which is not a standard. I think the issue for me is that Apple for whatever reason is deliberately making a large part of the web innaccessible to me. I love my iphone but I won't buy another apple product until Apple allows technologies in common use on the web to be used on their safari browser. Whether Apple allows Adobe technologies to build applications for the Apple Iphone is a completely different arguement.

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IBM gooses dividend, share buybacks

Richard 51

Sams leaving present

This is as much about protecting the greed of the senior managers as the greed of Wall Street. Stock exchanges and CEOs are not interested in the long term viability of the company, only their wallets today.

Thats why Sam spends billions propping up the share price while refusing to award pay increases to the majority of its employees and when it does they are small beer compared to the 18% increase in dividends. The recent row in the UK over early retirement and pensions was the company engineering a way of forcing staff into taking early retirement rather than offering redundancy, thus saving the parent company millions.

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How a Tory gov will be the most tech-savvy in history

Richard 51

That was a party election broadcast on behalf of the tory party

Since when has El Reg supported electioneering on its hallowed site?

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Google backtracks on cause of China search block

Richard 51

Sorry still don't get it !

I still don't understand why media coverage (presumably google made the original link) links the attempted - or actual - penetration of email by hackers and their decision to discontinue filtering search results. They seem to me to be two quite separate issues. Not only that, Google has been willing to accept the filtering for sometime and no doubt many hackers have attempted to penetrate Google servers and will continue to do so.

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Whatever happened to the email app?

Richard 51
Dead Vulture

I wish!

I use Outlook, not because I am a fan, just that its convenient. I want my phone / contacts / calendar to be sync'd with my laptop. My iphone can only do this with outlook on Windows. I guess I could move to hotmail / googlemail but why should I give these more opportunities to shove adverts down my throat.

So please someone develop a bulletproof way of syncing all my devices (work laptop, home laptop, iphone and blackberry). It would be nice to also have all my contacts / calendar in one place too. So I know tomorrow I have a business meeting at 5 and meeting the boys for a beer at 8. Without having to stick it in multiple devices.

Its not the email app its the integration of communications !

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Vulcan kept airborne by £400k refuel

Richard 51
Coffee/keyboard

What next

You may be right, I doubt whether we have anything that can reach F.I. anymore. Without a carrier or something to transport it there. Now all our carriers are in dock undergoing long term maintenance (can't afford to put to sea) and the new carriers are looking less and less likely to be built. So there is only one thing left to do. Capitulate!

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Steve Wozniak, your time is up

Richard 51
Grenade

Amazing

How many people will rise to the bait! It certainly got the plebs talking !

So who's next for the hatchet job to get some debate going!

Chuck a grenade into the room and see what happens!

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Google: Do no evil, pay no tax

Richard 51
Badgers

Yep just take a look at any of the multi-nationals whether IT or other

For example, Dell is based in Ireland, probably soon to move. Itunes based in Luxembourg, Skype either the same or Switzerland. Because of the tax laws across Europe allow for a company to be only taxed in their HQ country to avoid complications means Companies take advantage and position their billing in a low tax country. Ireland deliberately set their corporate tax low to attract business, ditto luxembourg and Switzerland (by virtue of their bilateral agreement with the EU).

There is an argument to require companies to pay tax in the country in which the customer is located, this would be a nightmare for many companies but it would ensure a fair allocation across the EU.

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PGP disk encrypt approved by MoD for military use

Richard 51
FAIL

not usually the technology thats the flaw

Its the humans, leaving papers on the train for example.

It would be nice to know how big a super computer you would need to break pgp disk encryption !

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Windows 7 - Microsoft minus the martyrdom

Richard 51
WTF?

Right on one thing

Windows 7 is a Vista Service Pack.... My upgraded Vista Dell Laptop still hangs occasionally, Explorer stops working quite frequently and those annoying requests to allow programs to alter something or other! Especially Outlook... almost wish for Linux or XP.

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Mozilla hatches Thunderbird 3 release candidate

Richard 51
Unhappy

I wish

that Moz would bring out TB with calendar functionality and an interface to Iphone so I can get rid of Outlook which is probably the most crappiest application ever!

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Swiss roll Street View into court

Richard 51
Megaphone

Another example of a small minority

I am sorry but this theoretical risk of "invading" someones privacy is just hogwash. They take the photos on a public street, they for the most part blur peoples faces. This should be sufficient.

A small minority of people whose presence is captured for posterity are potentially disrupting a service that many thousands or even millions find very useful. I visit many new places in my job and being able to see the clients office and the route from the metro or bus station including landmarks is probably the best thing Google has delivered ever.

The minority are people with something to hide or don't like anything new ! It seems to me that the bureaucrats in most other countries have found it acceptable. So lets get behind Google on this and tell them where to get off.

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HP tosses EDS brand

Richard 51
FAIL

Change of name

HP were so enamoured with the Name Monday, they tried to buy the company. Maybe they should call HPES Tuesday or Wednesday?

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Apple sends iPhones into 'Coma Mode'

Richard 51
Megaphone

Not enough data

Ok, OK, we have all had some fun reading about dead Iphones ! But I have not seen any evidence as to how much of a problem this is? If tens of people with access to forums complain it will seem like a major problem, but there are millions of phones out there, and I have not seen millions of forum posts.

By the way, my iphone 3gs is fine updated without any trouble whatsoever.

So lets get some perspective on this and hopefully Apple will do the right thing by those who do have a problem.

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O2 just can't keep it up

Richard 51
Coat

Bloody O2

I had no data service all day on Saturday in Brighton and Portsmouth. This is happening too often and not a squeak from O2 with an explantion.

While every mobile operator has problems, O2 seem to take it to extremes. If we had options for service provider it would probably force people like O2 to improve their service.

I look forward to compensation or at least an apology, I won't hold my breath.

Man with my coat, its O2 lifting my wallet...

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Fire at Google UK

Richard 51
Grenade

Deliberate attack

A Hitherto unknown feature of the MobileMe Service is that the iphone reports back any unauthorised apps being installed and Apple have the capability to send an instruction to said Iphone to self destruct.

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