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AMD stock soars after positive quarterly report

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"would of liked to have seen"

I would have liked to have seen

... geez, grammer these days :(

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Because that is the age at which even healthy people develop the tell tale signs of age.

Plus, as you get older, you don't discount the future as much as when you are young, thus there is a higher interest in health amongst the older citizens than the younger. You may be you g enough to stillm believe in your own indestructibility, I know better.

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Re: "no other game-changing device this year"

Citation please.

What are the study sizes. There cannot be too much data yet for any substantial studies

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Re: "no other game-changing device this year"

My travel to Scotland has been limited ... it was raining when I was there. It also rained when I was in Kent. Casual empiricism at its finest ;)

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Re: "no other game-changing device this year"

"with wearables/fitness tracking fad."

When you pass the half century, and start seeing friends and associates collapsing, or worse drop dead, you may understand why wearable health monitoring is going to be an absolutely monstrously profitable market.

The western world is getting older, and with age we wear out. Monitoring health is a natural (and dare I say welcome) enhancement to the smart device lineup.

And like it or not, for the most part we successful "senior citizens" have lots of disposable income to use on truly useful tech, and helping me live longer and in a healthier state is really high on my priority list!

Whether the iPhone 6 or some set of BT enabled set of sensors reporting to it are the game changers, I have no idea. But it will come, as surely as a wet summer in Kent (random county - in retrospect I should have written Aberdeen, but too late now)

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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Samsung = shot gun marketing

Apple = targetted marketing

Samsung want to be all things to all people. It is debatable which is the best profit maximising strategy, either short term or long term.

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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Re: Good Grief!!! @ I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects

"didn't have people looking far enough ahead to realize "

Prediction is really hard, especially when we are talking about the future.

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Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?

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The usual suspects

Probably 1 (maybe 2) serious dbas making comments here and a load of the usual mindless crap (and down votes) by people obsessed with FOSS (or whatever Free version they like), zero understanding of data or database theory and/or an irrational hatred of Oracle. Assign a liberal dash of zero clue about anything that remotely resembles "the enterprise", (you know that serious place where serious dbas' salary (for really good reasons) has a a number rather greater than 1 before the 5 zeroes) and you have the average commentard here on The Reg. when matters of data rear their head.

Welcome to The Register .... NOT the home of the data custodians.

Bootnote: Another hard Monday at the crèche

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Re: Is this news?

"use cases of those relationships."

Every time I see "use cases" as a design philosophy, I barff a bit, then restrain myself from dismembering the idiot who uttered it.

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Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68

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Swanning around

And until this day, I cannot look at a swan without (a) remembering that "they can break your arm, you know" and (b) laughing at the bureaucratic response Mole received addressed to Mr. Swan on this very subject.

But what of "The Cappuccino Years", which reminds me that it is time for my afternoon recharge?

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Smartwatch sales off to a very slow start

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Re: My 2 pence worth

Spot on != Spartacus

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: Someone must be blind to think thats a Window 7 Start Menu

http://www.memoclic.com/1744-windows-8/16470-inspiration-aol-windows-8.html

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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"cos they are unreasonable"

Read: "Because they are within their rights not to and choose to exercise that right"

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No Moosh, it's not - unless you are both blind and absent both hands

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Re: Apple Disappointing

"no mark"

Wow, it's ages since I heard that "clock busting" term. I use it myself, mostly in conjunction with "Belgian bastard" or similar, but I digress.

Welcome to The Register sentient life club, whomsoever you might be.

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Apple poking at idea of bayonet phone fittings

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Re: Doesn't mean Apple will use it

"Either way, interchangable lenses on a camera, or camera/phone, is hardly a novel idea."

So what?

The implementation can be non-obvious, unique and seminal and therefore patentable.

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'iPhone 6' with '4.7-inch' display 'coming soon', but '5.5-incher' 'delayed'

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Re: My hunch

"more area for battery"

Which is the real reason that Android manufacturers need ridiculously large screens ...

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

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This one is pretty funny :)

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jobindex.dk%2Fcgi%2Fopen.cgi%3Frm%3Djobtext%26id%3D165978%26tid%3Dh451074&act=url

Original danish here ... http://www.jobindex.dk/cgi/open.cgi?rm=jobtext&id=165978&tid=h451074

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

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For a moment there, I thought Norway might not in fact be the most bat shit boring place on the planet, but then I got to the last bit about the authorities being displeased, then I realised that normality had not been altered.

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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Re: What a career!

I believe Dilbert described Marketing as the place for people with zero skills - purgatory for an engineer

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: They're not paying you $100

Precisely.

I would upgrade in a heartbeat to;

Windows 8 OS with Windows7 UI - best (relatively speaking) of both worlds in a Microsoft universe.

It astounds me that this option was not the default for the WindowsServer versions (and spare me the "real-men" use headless and CLI bullshit please) and a fully functional option on the consumer versions.

But hey, I have seen plenty of galactically dumb corporate moves in the IT industry in the past 30+ years, so what's one more amongst "friends"?

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

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"people are trying so hard to eliminate the tried-and-true fact that there ARE actually crazy/evil people out there in the world, that do real bad things for no logical reason that the rest of the world can understand."

or as a Alfred said to Bruce

"some men, just want to watch the world burn"

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Elon Musk slams New Jersey governor over Tesla direct sales ban

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Re: Allow me to comment on another country's practices

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TheRegister Commentard sarcasm detection meter functioning perfectly today :)

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

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Re: Location controls

Fake GPS on jailbroken iPhones does this (sort of). Unfortunately you cannot buy it, you have to sign up for all sorts of crap and games and shit to get it to work.

The idea is great though.

I guess it will never make it to the AppStore though

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

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Put BAL on your CV and put it out there ... you might be surprised how many calls you get!

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See me after class: Apple scores AAA rating from brand-botherer

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Re: Razor like insight

@ Heisenberg

There was some uncertainty involved, so it is to be expected that you may not have foreseen it ;)

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Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

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Re: My instant erase procedure

Maybe that guy RatedRR on Youtube has already demonstrated this?

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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Re: Atari 2600

I didn't put the adjective there, the original poster did and I responded to that.

The poster did so to modify the obvious truth statement that ABB is a mass murderer. Since he chose to modify "mass murderer" with "sadistic", I responded, pointing out that his statement is incorrect and so on.

Adjectives can modify the noun they precede of the adjective they precede when two or more adjectives are used consecutively.

a sadistic mass murderer - sadistic modifies murderer

a minor mass murderer - minor modifies mass since murderer is an absolute

a sadistic minor mass murderer - sadistic modifies the noun again

In all cases there is a murderer and some kind of mass murderer, at no point does the extra precision afforded by adjectives imply semantically or syntactically that the noun is not understood or that it is no longer relevant. Pulling the nouns apart from the adjectives (and the adjectives from each other) and going off on a long misinformed rant after having done so, is misleading and logically invalid. It really is an intentional and gross misreading of my post.

"Stevie wonder is a white soul* musician" is not a statement of truth

"Stevie wonder is not a white soul musician" is a truth statement

Stevie, God bless him, remains in both cases a soul musician.

*choose your best genre here.

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@ MonkeyCee

I think the german special terrorist force practiced this on a particularly evil individual moments after he had murdered a plain clothes colleague in cold blood, as he realised the gig was up. The German police took some stick for it in the left wing press, but IMHO it was a suitable solution in those specific circumstances.

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Re: If they were serious about punishment

@ proud2bgrumpy

You can hardly disagree with my conclusion - "hanging is too good for them" and "lock him up and throw away the key". Those two statements sum up my personal position and are quoted in case you missed them. So, it is hardly likely I want ABB dating my daughter.

However, my personal position is irrelevant to discussing the concept of rehabilitation of politically motivated murderers! They exist, have always existed, and apparently rehabilitation happens (proofs by existence).

The knee-jerk reactions of some people's posts here need a counterpoint of abstract reflection to demonstrate that those opinions and feelings are not necessarily "truths" in any abstract or logical sense. They are in many cases not even defensible positions to take in many societies.

You might look up what some of the now released Baader-Meinhof felons did. These people were very seriously evil. Apparently "society" can and does accept the rehabilitated back, no matter how heinous the crime. Like I said, it is up to the individual to reconcile themselves with this fact, and the society in which they live, or indeed want to live.

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Re: Atari 2600

"That said, I'm not sure you do want to be understood. Or you'd have explained the legislative point I've twice queried."

Your legislative question is logically irrelevant because it assumes a government can only act legislatively. This is simply incorrect. A question so formed as to require an untruth to be true, cannot be logically answered.

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Re: Atari 2600

I said,

"Well, he is a nutter to be sure, but a "sadistic mass murderer" he very definitely is not."

"He is exactly, not a sadistic mass murderer."

Perhaps this will help you understand why you need to keep adjectives and nouns together.

"Well, Stevie Wonder is sane to be sure, but a "white musician" he is very definitely not."

"He is exactly, not a a white musician"

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Re: If they were serious about punishment

@ proud2bgrumpy

To give a couple of examples.

Members of the Baader-Meinhoff* terrorist organisation RAF in Germany did return to society after serving gaol time.

Members of the Blekinge Gang terrorist organisation in Danmark returned to society after serving gaol time.

These people were ideologically driven political terrorists with no compunction about killing their targets in cold blood - amongst the most ideologically driven evil people you are likely to imagine. Yet apparently they now walk freely amongst us here in northern Europe.

Now, I leave it to you to decide if you think that it is a good thing or not, but the blanket statement "But Breivik can not be rehabiliated - ever!! " is not true just because you say so and choose to believe it so. It may be true, but neither of us have any way of knowing that.

*For those of you who did not live in Europe during the baader-meinhof RAF terror era, here is a link chosen at random - http://www.baader-meinhof.com/

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Re: Atari 2600

Ask your parents to get your school fees refunded.

"In grammar, an adjective is a 'describing' word; the main syntactic role of which is to qualify a noun or noun phrase, giving more information about the object signified.[1]"

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Re: @Boltar the ball-brained

Thank you Sir Runcible!

+1 from me

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Re: Atari 2600

The adjective "sadistic" is what is wrong about the OP. From that incorrect adjective, false conclusions follow. You, likewise chose to ignore that adjective and make out that I do not think ABB is a mass murderer, which is a gross misreading of what I wrote.

Judging by the downvotes, you were not the only one who failed to read all of what was written.

It did not at all suggest ABB was not a mass murderer as he is by any definition of the adjective "mass" used in connection with "murder". I went on to point out that his crime was not motivated in any way by sexual or other deviant notions, as with a great many mass murders (incl. the "sadistic" ones). Basically, mass murders typically do it because killing people gives them their jollies, though clearly there are lots of variations). ABB is very definitely not one of those - which was my point.

FYI: I live in Scandinavia - this all happened in our territory and trust me, we got bombarded from all sides with way more information and op-eds than you can imagine.

ABB is certainly a few bob short of a pound, but he is not a sadist and no one to my knowledge has suggested otherwise.

The rest of your post is pointless and largely wrong and/or irrelevant because it assumes that I do not think ABB is a mass murderer, a gross misreading of my post. So you, like the post to which I replied, make conclusions based on a false premise.

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Re: Atari 2600

"This a sadistic mass murderer, .."

Well, he is a nutter to be sure, but a "sadistic mass murderer" he very definitely is not. You probably should read up on the subject before you have an opinion. He is very definitely a sick puppy with serious psychological issues, but his motivation was clearly political and well thought through. His action was an extremely well executed killing spree intended to strike at the heart of the Norwegian political establishment.

a) Attack the "head" by blowing up the PMs office and anything nearby

b) Attack the "roots" by slaughtering the young "blue eyed" recruits to same establishment

He is exactly, not a sadistic mass murderer.

The political establishment, the mainstream media and pretty much everyone else has learned the wrong message (if they actually learned anything, which I doubt) from this tragic event. The political establishment has learned nothing and continue to act in a way that more or less guarantees that another Anders Behring Breivik will turn up in the future and do the same dastardly thing.

And for good measure, so you know where I stand I will throw in a few colloquialisms. "Hanging is too good for him" and "they should lock him up and throw away the key" spring eagerly to mind.

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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Ball & chain

The article mentioned the original Dyson filing was for a ball steering mechanism, which is clearly something quite patentable, a real engineering solution to an engineering problem.

Dyson must have felt that the effort was more than it was worth to chase a monster SPI (Serial Paent Infringer) like Samsung. I suggest that the original filing information will now get litigated as part of the counter suit.

I looked at the Samsung link, and the devices do look remarkably similar. I suspect they have made just sufficient number of changes to Dyson's design to avoid a "registered trade dress" suit in the UK. This is the Samsung MO, copy everything and change it just enough to avoid getting sued. Samsung is not the only Asian manufacturer to have this as their guiding philosophy

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: Ugly design and expensive

The fact that it is very compact and essentially silent should impress you. It is an innovative and effective piece of industrial design.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Re: Just a News Operation

"While you're at it grab the bastard who decided every show needs to give you a preview of what is about to happen, and then every five minutes remind you of what just happened and then at the end show you what will happen next week. Whoever you are please, please stop!"

It is the "Powerpoint Presentation Generation"

1: Tell them what you are going to tell them

2: Tell them

3: Tell them what you told them

This is the formula.

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Open MPI hits milestone with FORTRAN-ready 1.7.4 release

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Re: I had to learn it for my job :)

Oh dear, another one ...

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Re: Mmmm... Fortran...

My university student number, still "tatooed on the ack of my neck" was 761 nnnn denoting my first year as 1976. So I was very definitely alive at that time, and have been "computing" since 1978 IIRC, RSTS/E on the PDP 11/70 IIRC.

FORTRAN and I never got on. After a chance meeting with a very large and quite sohpisticated business accountig/payroll/project mangement ... system, completely written in FORTRAN (I am a caps guy too), though largely via generated code, I owed that I would avoid it. For this sin I was sent to the purgatory of PASCAL for quite some time, a pig of a language IMHO. Many things followed, but these days I avoid writing code alogether. The children in the office do that.

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Apple's nonexistent iWatch to bag $17.5 BEEELION in first year alone – analyst

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Re: Can't wait to not buy this one!

That particular Chopard has very definitely crossed the line between "timepiece" and "jewellery".

And I "know" you just went here to get your choices and that you probably have never heard of these particular pieces. http://uk.askmen.com/top_10/entertainment/top-10-most-expensive-watches_1.html

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Re: Mine's the one with a a reference 5712G-001 up the sleeve

@bitterbug

a) Patek has a fine and well deserved reputation

b) So could many people who do not own one. Like you, they probably never will

c) Watches, cars, fine china, antiques, classic cars ... these are just things. Those interested in them, will make the effort to own and enjoy owning them.

You probably wouldn't feel any different wearing a Patek or any of the more discrete top end timepieces. Trust me, except for people with an interest, no one will notice or care. On the other hand, were you to kit yourself out with a Rolex Presidential or some other hideously ostentatious watch, well aside from deserving gaol time for poor taste, you will probably feel pretentious and the bling will attract, well people who are attracted to bling. Not really the people I would want to attract personally.

I don't have too many pocket watches. Very fine pocket watches can be had for quite small sums if you look around and buy well.

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Re: 5712G-001

And many times that for a car without a roof and only two seats to drive at weekends in summer.

Your point is?

I am reasonably confident that should I ever be short of a quid, I will be able to redeem my watch (and my car) collection(s) for considerably more than I paid for them. In the mean time, I will enjoy the pleasures of ownership.

And by the way, people with more disposable cash than you, are not twats because they spend (or invest) their cash in expensive items. Granted, there is the odd twat around, but they would be twats with or without their spending pattern.

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Re: 5712G-001

Well, actually I bought it while my 3700/1A was in for a restoration (not the Timex). And for those who don't quite understand, I have had the 3700/1A since I bought it in 1978. I would suggest you research how much I paid for it versus how much they are traded for at the moment, then figure out what that amounts to in %/year in value. You might be surprised what you find out.

Buy well, and you can enjoy owning something rather nice and use it, then sell it 30 years later and have as much in hand as if you had never bought it and thrown the money in the bank. Buy junk, and you can throw it away when you are bored with it or it breaks, or perhaps hope for a few shillings on eBay.

It is pretty clear which option I prefer.

The same goes for cars.

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Re: Mine's the one with a a reference 5712G-001 up the sleeve

I have quite a few time pieces, new and antique, cheap and not so cheap. That was the one I had on when I posted.

Either you had to look it up or you know what it is. Someone who knows what it is would likely not comment. Someone who had to look it up has probably never seen one either. The reference (pun intended) was for the benefit of the first group, and to troll the second. After all, the thread is a response to a patently moronic statement, so anything goes really.

Finally, "watch snobbery" would only work if the ones being snobbed (?) upon can actually recognise an expensive timepiece. Trust me on this, most people have no clue and don't want to know.

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Re: Can't wait to not buy this one!

Really, you guys and you no one wears watches any more and other pointless blather ... it is patently untrue.

Just because you belong to the set of people who choose not to wear one, does not mean that a majority or even a large minority don't wear one.

As for "flash and expensive", I doubt you would even recognise an expensive watch, and that would put you firmly in the majority group!

Icon: Mine's the one with a a reference 5712G-001 up the sleeve.

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Turkish president mulls $4.5bn Apple fondleslab school deal

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Re: So thats about ...

Do you somehow think there is a current shortage of writing implements in Turkish schools?

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Anglophiles! (was Re: So thats about ...)

Most of the world does not have English as their primary teaching language - get over it.

Publishing & printing textbooks in minor languages is expensive! Try buying a library of textbooks for a university education written in a minor language sometime - think passing kidney stones.

Publishing textbooks on ANY tablet is a solution to the first part of this expensive exercise, and it is not a one time saving.

One might argue for an ePaper book reader, but looking forward, colourful eBooks on a tablet, with an interactive component are an obvious development eminently suitable to the educational environment. Add to that educational mind games etc. and there are many reasons to move toward a tablet solution.

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