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1742 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers

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Re: Past time.

Can we qualify that to

Ban 'Reply all'

When the list of recipients is greater than 'n' where 'n' is confgurable.

For a small number of recipients it is still useful but as with any tool/gun/canon, in the wrong hands it can have really bad consequences.

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Hey, iPhone 6 fanbois: Apple's bonk to 'Pay' app is GO

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re: your comment

So don't use Apple

You have a choice. It is not as if anyone is forcing you to buy their products.

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'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail

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Re: Australia's Federal Police

Perhaps they need to visit the Fletcher Memorial home just so that

they can appear to themselves every day on closed circuit t.v.

{apologies to Roger Waters}

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STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants

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Ah!

Time to bring out the Mony Python sketch about 'Flying Sheep'

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Man, that iPhone 6 Plus won't fit in my pocket. Oh, here's a mobe store that'll resize my jeans

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Re: ...adjust customers' trousers* to fit the large handset

Sonic Screwdriver envy perhaps?

Perhaps they think it is a sibling of Sonic the Hedgehog?

time to put me coat on and toddle off down the pub for a Sunday Pint (or three) of T.E.A methinks.

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But....?????????

According to ElReg, no one in China wants an iPhone6/6+. That means that this guy will soon be out of business or will he?

Are there sightings of an endangered species (Chinese Fanbois) or are they breeding well?

We deserve to know the truth?

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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Re: Small company similar issue

10 minutes?

Just think of those Sunderland fans who made the long trip to Southampton and had to endure 90mins of hell in that 8-0 thrashing. Then they had a 300 mile journey home. Poor sods.

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Re: The right question is not if you should call her mom

Because {cue appropriate Monty Python voice}

"You have been a very naughy boy/girl."

etc

etc

Then you can crucify said person in fron of their peers with impunity.

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Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now

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You asked for it

No Shit man!

Oh Crap

Nice Shit Man

Piss all use to man nor beast

etc

etc

etc

Coat? Yep. The one with Bob Flowerdew's book in the pocket.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: The simple way to avoid this..

IMHO, it will be the Carriers/Networks that would be against this. If Apple and whoever is next to implement this asks the Carriers to let them use this in country X and the carriers say no then how much bad publicity would that be for that Carrier.

I see this as making the gouging from roaming largely a thing of the past except in places like India where you have to hand over the soul of your firstborn to ger a SIM.

I am just surprised that it has taken until now for it to happen.

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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Re: With the AppleSIM I have more choice!

If the advent of this helps the user move carriers easily then what is wrong with that?

You have bought into the apple Eco System already because you bought the thing in the first place. Surely making it east to change networks is a good thing?

IMHO, this results in less lock in when it comes to the mobile networks.

Then when travelling it can make it easier to sign up for a temp data plan where to are at.

The proof of how valuable this actually is, will be shown over time.

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Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)

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But this is Google

How much of that lovely data going down those beautiful fat pipes is used for their Data Slurping and sent back to the user as 'Targetted Adverts'?

What is the Divorce rate in areas served by Google Fibre? Has there been an increase in sudden divorces as... well you know those adverts for certain semi legal services start appearing when the lady of the house goes online to buy something girly? (Or the other way round...)

The speed might be great but there has to be a downside if Google is involved isn't there...

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AWS pulls desktop-as-a-service from the PC

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Zero client?

looks like a plethora of stuff from the 1980's resurfacing at the latest fad.

I spent many an hour working at a diskless 'X' terminal.

Meh!

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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MS Plans for world domination

just took a few steps backwards.

another Legal Dept totally disconnected from reality. Oh well, I expect they'll all be stanting for election soon after all, they are perfectly qualified.

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

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Re: The Updates don't (all) workm(properly)....

And on Win8.1, \Windows\system32\MRT.exe (i.e. the Malicious Software Removal Tool) gets flagged by the AVG Virus scanner.

working as designed then? time for me coat then. Mines the one with an abacus in the pocket. No malware reported for them (yet...)

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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

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Re: 2 years for my Nexus 7...

you could be made to sit on the 'naughty step' for calling your device 'shiny shiny'. Shirley that is reserved for the desription of Fruity fondleslabs around here? Everything else is the 'bees knees'.

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

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Yeah But

How many downloaded it, installed it into a VM and then realised that:-

1) It is more of the same crap

2) MS are logging everything you do

so deleted it right away?

Perhaps this is perfect subject for a Poll?

I got the Server version and installed it into a VM. didn't delete it though but moved the VM to a system that has zero connectivity to the outside world. How many have done something similar?

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Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug

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Re: diagnostics test...

May I humbly suggest that Zuck takes his money and put into medical services on the ground. It would be far more useful there.

There is a 2-3hr test for Ebola about to become available. It is being developed in the UK (southampton). There was a bit about it on BBC Radio 5 earlier this morning.(between 06:00 and 06:20) I listened to it as I drove into work.

The current CDC test requires cold storage and leccy. The new test can be freze dried for easy shipment and storage.

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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Re: Many of us are forced to use MS Software

Well said Mr Pott.

I've been using computers since 1972. Those were the days of punched cards, paper tape and batch runs overnight. Then I got a PDP-11/40 to play with for my degree project. I've been writing software and building the odd bit of hardware to go with it ever since.

Been there, done that got the 'T-shirt' (in larger sizes these days).

I'm close to retiring so yes I will get a job that does not involve computers in a little over two years when I hit 65. Until then I have to use Microsoft in my day job. For my personal use it is OSX, Linux and and the occassional bit of OpenVMS when I run up the Dec Alpha 2100 that I have in the garage.

Windows is trying desperatly to be everythnig to everyone (much like Ubuntu seems to be) and is IMHO doomed to failure. IT won't happen overnight because far too many businesses are totally dependant upon thei software to function. A case of 'form over function' but hey what do I know, I can only do Octal addition.

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Many of us are forced to use MS Software

if we want gainful employment that is...

The Ribbon is [redacted]. WTF does Windows explorer need a Ribbon Interface? At least you can get by with minimizing it but personally MS U/I design has gone totally to pot since the introduction of the Office Ribbon. The usability has really gone downhill and frankly the abuse they get is totally deserved IMHO.

And at least I'm not hiding behind the A/C.

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Windows XP refresh will DO NOTHING for lame PC market next year

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Re: Windows 9?

You'll be waiting a long time for that then....

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: My opinion of the device...

You don't have to use iTunes when using an 'i' device. Once upon a time yes that was the case but now this is no longer true. 'Her indoors' loves her iPad Mini and has never had to use iTunes since she got it last Crimble.

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Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'

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Re: Branding bugs

Or the few financial institutions still using Windows 2000 !!!!!!!!

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Web Devs: Learn to build high performance websites to banish autumn blues

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Two tips

1) Don't use Flash - Well that is obvious in this day and age

2) Don't link to a gazillion ad trackers, hit counters and other shite sites that take ages to load. There are people who don't use Adblock+ you know.

Quite why a simple page has bits from up to 20 other sites embedded in it then sorry, you have totally failed IMHO.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Sadly lacking two fairly essential features

1) the cup holder for that pumpkin spiced de-caf low fat latte that will be drunk while being nice people and not jumping 'red' lights (yeah fat chance of that happeing innit!)

2) the mounting point for the 'i' device. Has to include charger connection from the bike's battery so that their device won't run out of power by lunchtime.

Then all the fanbois will lap these up in a jiffy.

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EE TV brings French broadband price war to the UK

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Re: "70 free channels"

I am sure that the PVR won't be 'free' for long. EE will have to recoup its costs somewhere won't they?

Isn't Freeview in danger of being squeezed out by the 4th Gen networks? Don't ofcom want us to switch to Satellite/Cable thus giving them all that lovely terrestrial bandwith to flog off?

May I humbly suggest that (unless you want footie) you get a FreeSat dish installed and a decent PVR. No more monthly charges and being beholden to a Telco for your gogglebox viewing.

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Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE

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But will an Apple Hater step up to the plate?

and buy the thing and ceremoniously destroy it out of pure hatred for Mr Jobs and his cult?

Come on Jasper, we know that you don't like the Fruity Company so it shouldn't be too hard to find someone to do this for you. It would really make your day.

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Rupert Murdoch outs self as iPhone 6 fanboi

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Alien

But you can hardly call Rupert a hipster now can you?

Oh wait....

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Kmart apologizes to customers after month-long security breach

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Re: NSA's job

WTF???????

Are you having me on?

Why on earth would the likes of GCHQ/NSA etc inform companies that their IT Systems Security is crap.

The more holes in them there are, the more data on the rest of us they can slurp free of charge and warrantless.

If they told a company that (for example) port 56789 in their firewall was open and would give admin access to the system containing all the names, addresses and credit histories of their customers, the spooks would have to admit that they had hacked the system themselves and be open to a whole lot of bad publicity, questions in the house and even the odd lawsuit or dozen. Put yourself in their shoes. Would you openly admit to these weaknesses?

There is more chance of a dog walking on Mars in the next five years than there is of the like of the NSA/GCHQ admitting that the sun rises in the east that there is of them owning yo all sorts of nefarious data slurping hacks.

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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Re: “Ah, but did you DEEP CLEAR your cache?”

Shirley you don't mean the TV prog that does a couple of 'Deep Cleanse' on every show?

So do you want to Snog, Marry or Avoid Mr Dabbs (with his 'deep cleansed cache') then?

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

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Nice Review

I was looking for something to replace my positively ancient Saab Estate. This is worth considering but due to the price, It would have to be second hand.

However, the A13 does not go anywhere Adastral Park and the rest of Martlesham. That is the A12. You use the A13 if you wanna go to Sarfend and the A127 is closed.

The nice thing about the A12 and going past Martlesham is that Southwold is 30 mins away. Mines a pint of Adnams in the Crown.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

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The problem is...

1) It runs Windows 8.{as if I care}

2) IMHO, it is essentially a media consumption device

3) OOTB Bloatware will probably track every keystroke (and give you 'I see you are interested in "xyz" Do you want me to like "xyz" of ....)

4) It runs Windows 8

5) It is expensive. Makes the price of a Macbook Air actually pretty reasonable

6 ) Did I say it runs Windows 8

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Intel, Cisco and co reveal PLANS to keep tabs on WORLD'S MACHINES

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Childcatcher

Wrong Title (Sigh)

It should be

NSA stongarms Intel etc into incotporiating infallable tracking and snooping kit into everything on the Internet of Things

Think of the Children

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

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Pity it is not a 'monolith'

I'm sorry, I can't allow you to land... Zap

Mines the one with a copy of the Sentinel in the pocket.

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Google AXES AndroidScript app used by 20,000 STEM coders WITHOUT WARNING

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Coming soon

hypothetical Announcement

Pluggh Inc is proud to announce their a new version of their Mobile Application 'Pluggh Rules Ok'.

It is available for iOS[tm], [redacted][tm] and NowWindows Phone[tm] Devices.

There you have it folks. Once the lawyers get through with this you won't be allowed to mention the name of the Operating system you are developing for even if you identify the name as being a trademark. Talk about shooting yourself in both feet.

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OMG, we're gonna be invaded by NEXUS 6 replicants – no, wait. It's just a rumored phablet

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Galaxy Mega

I got one of these when I foolishly agreed to rent a GPS from Avis when in the US recently.

I don't know if it was the device or the <redacted> apps that Avis load onto it but the overall effect was pure shite. Sure the screen was huge but it was incredibly laggy. Again that might have been the apps and not the device.

I did a test using my ancient and decidely crappy Galaxy Mini (running Android 2.3) and it responded faster to map requests than the Mega. I only use it in the US because it has CDMA support.

Next time, I'll load up my UK TomTom with US Maps and take it with me. The Avis charge per day is also stupid. If you are in the US for 2 weeks then you could buy a GPS over there and save money on the deal. Many UK GPS's devices can take US Maps so that is an even cheaper solution.

Overall, I was not impressed by it.

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New Scottish Apple Store appears, then VANISHES off map app

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Re: Apple ?

Your Houston experience was the total opposite to mine in Wilmington, Delaware last Friday afternoon. The apple store was heaving with people. IT was the Microsoft store where the staff outnumbered thre customers and there were less than 8 staff. Perhaps the queue was for a new delivery of iPhone 6+ devices.

It goes to show that different places, different results.

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Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...

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Re: Activist Investors & Venture Captialists

Taking value out of a company....

So the 200Million that the VC's took out of Phones4You didn't play a part in their path into Administration then?

The debt they left behind was IMHO impossible to service AND do decent deals with the Carriers/Phone suppliers.

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Activist Investors & Venture Captialists

Both peas of the same pod. All they are interested in is taking value out of a company.

The VC's load it with Debt

The AI's basically milk a company for all it is worth and then move on often dumping their holdings and leaving other investors poorer.

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Toys fly from prams as HP rivals stoke FUD fires on its split

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Re: I'm so excited

so returns are always Ok, year after year, but no one gets rich quickly.

apart from the BOD that is.

Where is the snouts in the trough icon then you need one????

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Brace yourself for a 12-inch Apple maxiPAD – probably... maybe... ish

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Re: Another 'dark week' or two for Android in The Guardian

Perhaps all that 'tosh' about Apple sold more copies than stuff about Android?

What was the competing Android news anyway?

- Samsung panics and releases the note 4 early

- Samsung expects <big>% drop in profits

- ????

Was it worth the column space? Perhaps only in the Business section.

The Gaunidad usually avoids selling out to business unlike (for example) The Sun.

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EE TV: Network snubs 'Auntie's antique' for mobe-happy set-top box

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Re: Why do companies still hang on to traditional broadcast TV?

You are obviously a youngster then.

There is a good proportion of the UK population that:-

1) Wouldn't have a clue about what you are talking about

2) Want to watch Corrie/Emmerdale/Eastenders/etc at the time it is broadcast

3) Don't have the internet

4) couldn't care less about streaming. If it ain't on BBC-1, ITV, BBC-2, CH4 or CH5 is does not exist.

5) Don't want to spend money for what they see as no good reason.

For example, my 92yr old Mother.

What do you propose to do about that?

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FAIL

Is it me or has this got 'Failure' written all over it?

what with Virgin, Sky and FreeView/FreeSat already entrenched do they really think that this thing has even a remote chance of success?

And besides, do we really need one more remote to clutter up the sofa?

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Apple and GT: Sapphire glass is cracked, but still not broken

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Re: Me Confused

Simples really.

Apple annonces the iPhone 6. No Sapphire Glass in phone, share price drops to $14.94

Sometime later

Company files for Chapter 11, share price drops to $0.80

The CEO will have some explaining to the SEC though about all his Share disposals.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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A 'No tiles mode' please

And when I set windows explorer to display 'Details' I want it everywhere. Not revert to ICONS when I go to the Recycle Bin. 99.999999% of the files in there don't have an Icon.

Finally, give me some easy way to remove the 20x20 ICON that when you drag a file to another directory opens up. Can someone please explain what 'extra' it btings to the operations.

Preferably we need a 'Uber Ultra Geek' setting that just gets rid of all the crap once and for all. Then we can get on with using the OS for real work rather than consuming music/media etc. Most of us have other devivces for that. Continued emphais on consumption is IMHO, a sure loser in this world of Phablets that will do the job just as well.

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Sapphire glass maker's woes caused by Apple relationship 'breakdown'

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Re: Well, duh

Because Apple's executive are back-stabbing SOBs who do not care about anything else but Apple's bottom-line. Why pay a premium when you can force the other company's stock-price down and buy it all for small change?

How do you know that? Citation please?

Have Apple done this before?

We know that MS does this to stifle competition (EEE) but do Apple have a track record of this?

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Oracle to DBAs: your certification is about to become worthless paper

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Money, money, money

Gotta pay for that new yacht somehow....

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APPLE still building fanbois CULT HQ in Cupertino, it seems

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Perhaps Jasper should start a CULT of his own

For all the Apple Haters that post here.

The HQ could probably be some crappy ex-hipster bar in London that serves only gassy over chilled lager and the rallying cry would be 'No Fruit Today'.

If you want to visit a CULT HQ, then may I humbly suggest a country house near East Grinstead where the members are just a sueball happy as Apple (if not more so...).

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Hot DRAM! Samsung splurges $15 BILLION on Korean chip fab

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Explains their huge drop in forecasted profits then

all gone on this FAB.

Thunderbirds are most certainly not go in the Samsung world at the moment.

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

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Re: @Matt Bryant

Er.... Not unless Mr Bryant is/has

- A few million $$$$ (plus a few hundred/thousand brown envelopes)

- A Lawyer

- A Complete Dork devoid of all common sense.

he would not be qualified for the US Congress.

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