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Lumia rebrand begins: Nokia's new UK web home is Microsoft.com

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Re: Only an IDIOT...

You would be surprised how often it happens. In fact it happens so often that there must be something I am missing. However, in this case, MS only has the name for a very short time, so they are in a bit of a hurry to "rebrand" - not that it will help, mind you.

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Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

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Which major chipperies missing?

"Apple-designed A8 64-bit ARMv8-compatible system-on-chip: it has a couple of billion transistors, is manufactured by TMSC using a 20nm process"

Ha!

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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"Isn't Apple tip-toeing along the same tightrope here ... are they abusing market position and blocking out competition?"

No.

Please educate yourself on the legal framework involved and the definitions that are relevant.

Apple does not have any "abusable" market position in any legal or logical sense.

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Re: 8.0 or 7.0.1

Since the current version is 7.1.2 you probably think it should be called 7.1.3, or if you are being a troll, 7.1.2.1

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Re: Doesn't matter if the features have been available for years...

"True, the fact that Nexus 4 had NFC for years isn't really that important, but you're missing the point - it's Apple who are touting this as some great feature, so it's fair game to point out that this is a standard feature on other platforms."

ApplePay != NFC

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: Top marks

14:1

This is far less than the average ratio of moron programmers to top tier database professionals.

The Register, home of the unwashed, I mean brainwashed.

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Re: The numbers don't add up

Precisely, not only do these children not even know what a transactiojn monitor is, they have no clue why you would even need one. They are still in the sandpit building sand castles, watching them collapse and then blaming the collapse on the type of sand and move to the next sand pit.

It is as if 40-50 years of accumulated systems software knowledge was jettisoned when VB was invented!

The youf of today, our future - eeeeeeeeek!

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Re: NoSQL I thought was Not Only SQL

"Different kind of querying, direct key lookup, secondary indexes, range scans etc etc"

Errr, which commercial relational DBMS doesn't have these things?

Nothing you mention is even remotely different or state of the art. You should perhaps familiarise yourself with how commercial relational database management systems work, and why they work that way. After you get a basic understanding of what is going on, you can then tackle query optimization, which is the actual "secret sauce" that makes things work.

There is a class of applications for which object store style databases are appropriate, and this case might indeed have been one. It detracts not a jot from the power of the relational model (as distinct from implementations) for solving the vast majority of data base problems.

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Re: Top marks

Igronance is bliss I guess.

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Re: Name change by deed poll to include...

Obligatory XKCD

http://xkcd.com/327/

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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You wonder, because you are a moron. Perhaps if you acquainted yourself with the basics of our legal systems you wouldn't come off looking like the idiot you so clearly are.

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Re: No thanks

Well, that is the most idiotic post seen today. A tirade.

By the way, you posted this in a thread about an announced and not yet delivered product. So telling us all about market share and technology levels really does make you look like a pillock!

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Re: Says it is for right handers only

It's not odd at all. Leftness, contrary to popular belief is not binary.

I am a goofy footer but right footed and right handed. Open jars left handed, use eating utensils left handed. There are a very large number of lefties who play sport right handed (my mum for one). The classic cricketing combination of left arm bowler and right handed batsmen is a perfect example.

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Re: At the third stroke

"The Boer Wars (Afrikaans: Vryheidsoorloë, literally "freedom wars") were two wars fought during 1880–1881 and 1899–1902 by the British Empire ..." wiki (phwewt)

A slight math error, say "about 40 years" then.

"Wristwatches were first worn by military men towards the end of the 19th century, when the importance of synchronizing manoeuvres during war, without potentially revealing the plan to the enemy through signalling, was increasingly recognized... " wiki (phwewt)

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: The biggest buzz I've seen re. the Watch...

Actually, changing straps on a wrist watch is usually a non-trival exercise. Thus it has always been.

If you look at the design and engineering involved in the method by which Apple have implemented this, seemingly for you trivial feature, what is observed is something both elegant and functional.

For me, the whole strap and mechanism thing was a classic example of how Apple have actually done their homework, understood the issues and the usability requirements, and then come up with a solution.

You have clearly failed to understand, that is your failing, not that of the Apple design team.

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Re: Apple DOES NOT benefit the mobile payments space

Exactly DougS.

Have the first upvote

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Too slow with that iPhone refresh, Apple: Android is GOBBLING up US mobile market

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Re: You have competition AND compatability.

... until Google decides to really start exerting the control which they certainly can and they so dearly love (as a corporation). Your model of "perfection" relies upon a single company "doing no evil", something which historically, is the ludicrous assumption of those in denial.

It astounds me that the Googloids keep building their arguments based on Google being somehow naturally and intrinsically "good".

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Re: I'm trying to recall

The 5C was aimed at the segment of the market for whom colour matters. Choose your personal definition for that demographic.

I have seen plenty of them in the wild.

I suggest you chase up the sales figures, to answer your "unmitigated disaster" question.

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Re: Breakthroughs

IBM invented the "Winchester disk drive", an astonishing innovation that basically changed storage.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_hard_disk_drives

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"Apple’s stock price has disappointed recently, at least by its usual high standards, and a new mood of caution has set in."

I stopped here.

Reality distortion field anyone?

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Death by 1,000 cuts: Mainstream storage array suppliers are bleeding

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Re: ODMs will enter the fray, too!

Now, where did I put my BAL manual?

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Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

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Re: About what it's worth...

I know quite a few people who have 5Cs.

They are the sort of girl who swoons over Justin Bieber*. You get the picture.

For this demographic, the 5C is in no way an ad for the owner's lack of financial means.

Also, the white 5C is very über très cool!

* I apologise for even knowing who this is :(

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Click on a Facebook ad on your mobe, then buy a thing on your PC ... Facebook remembers

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Re: Why don't they track useful stuff?

I think there is an app for that

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New iGasm: Apple to unveil not one but TWO iPhone 6 models on 9 Sept

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Re: Sept 9 is day Mao died

"... After all him and his party made it possible for Apple to get the 60% profit on each device sold through the cheap labour"

... and consigned 10's of millions of fellow Chinese to death by starvation and worse in the glorious name of a broken ideology.

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Microsoft blasts sueball at Samsung over Android patent royalties

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h4rm0ny 10 - eulampios 0

The problem with "ignorant people of faith" is that they are incapable of logic and coherent fact based rational discourse. This thread is an outstanding example.

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PEAK APPLE: One MILLION fewer iPads sold this quarter

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Re: Mac Sales

I know a lot of people with Macs. Quite a few have an iPad (inc. me).

Exactly zero of them bought an iPad and then thought - "wow, this is cool I had better buy a Mac."

Your statement that iPads drive Mac sales is at best a wild, unsubstantiated guess and judging by my personal sphere of obervation, completely wrong.

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Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s

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Re: As a Moto G user

"Are you trying to falsely imply that jailbreaking an iBoi is easier?"

Only a journalist or a moron would conclude that from my post.

Same difference really.

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Re: As a Moto G user

I got a Samsung something-or-other as a cast off, that I wanted to use as a spare while traveling.

Foolishly I decided I would root and cyanogen it.

Bricked.

It is not quite as trivial, or foolproof as fandroids like to claim

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Google shows off new Chrome OS look

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Actually, I don't think so. You might better lodge your complaint with the design "gurus" at Microsoft.

I can point to 100 sites without even thinking, that have adopted the Windows8 design language and exactly none that have adopted the Apple website or for that matter the iOS design language.

My Bank for starters.

YMMV

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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

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"How does Apple stop the iPad and iPhone following the Mac into six per cent market share?"

This statement implies that the Mac moved DOWN to 6%.

Not a truth statement, which the article implies.

really, this article is a load of bollocks

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Re: Nadella pledged to make ... Skype essential parts of daily life.

Wow, downvoted for asking a perfectly reasonable question.

I would have preferred a reasonable answer. Perhaps there isn't one?

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Re: Nadella pledged to make ... Skype essential parts of daily life.

What do you use instead of Skype?

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: Christ

Actually, the article does not mention vagina at all, that is something qoted from a tweet, therefore heresay and not really part of the article. I have no idea whether is is true or not, but the article makes no such claim.

So, this fact makes your assertion "Apple accept 'penis', but not 'vagina'" incorrect on the basis of the information asserted in the article.

The article is specifically about the abbreviated form of the word clitoris (clit), and one (for some people) slightly embarrassing correct word for the male appendage, penis.

The problem with people with an axe to grind, is they grind it without engaging their brains first. That's usually the dead give away.

Have a nice weekend.

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Re: Christ

Dick, cock, and so on have perfectly normal non-vulgar/sexual meanings.

Clit, and the other c word do not.

The problem with rabid feminists is they see sexism everywhere.

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

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Re: Translations.

"We might even make Windows Server completely unrecognizable!"

Too late!

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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

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Re: AVAST installs Chrome

AVAST told me I had to upgrade this evening. I did so.

Then it told me to reboot to complete the installation. I did so.

The splash screen that appeared after reboot clearly asked me whether I wanted to install chrome and make it the default browser. I declined by unticking the pr-ticked boxes.

The pox on Google and their hordes, and a pox on software companies that keep trying to foist chrome on me - I don't want it -geddit?

Installing Chrome appears to be the only reason for this splash, and for all I know it was the only reason that an upgrade was required - though that may be a tad too cynical, or not!

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iWatch watch: Apple tags sales bod from luxury Swiss watch firm

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Re: A luxury iwatch

http://www.tagheuer.com/int-en/movement-by-belt-watches

TAG do produce some sparkling innovations, as the above would indicate.

Suggesting, as you do, that at USD 70,000 for the V4 "the prices top out pretty much where most of the serious watch brands start", is very possibly largely inaccurate.

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Strap-on cam pro GoPro in IPO share grow show

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Re: Wow

Surely you mean "Grays Sports Almanac" :)

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Re: Everyone should learn how to design internal combustion engines

A bit of simple physics would go a long way though, because understanding that is what keeps you on the road.

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Re: The man is correct

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithms_%2B_Data_Structures_%3D_Programs

"Programming" is the very small end result of a large amount of thought. If your first thought is to "program" a solution, you have already failed.

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Samsung's 'OS of Everything' Tizen still has little to offer

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Re: Simple solution - dual boot.

and Blackberry

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Automating repetitive tasks: If it moves, script it

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Obligatory XKCD

http://xkcd.com/1205/

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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Re: @Goat Jam

"... land ice at both poles"

The North Pole is on land, who knew ?

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

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Re: 60,000ft

I think the Concorde operational ceiling was 60,000 ft as well.

Just as well they stopped flying them :o

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Samsung will ... sigh ... appeal $119m Apple patent verdict

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FAIL

Samung, serial offender

Pointed out in another thread.

http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2014/06/apple-samsung-smartphone-patent-war

If you can be bothered to read this excellent article, you might understand that the evil party, as a matter of corporate policy, is not Apple.

Down vote away, but Samsung has, and has always considered IP infringement (and outright cartel activity as well) a cost of business and they have been hammered by various governments and some of their executives have done hard time for their behaviour (more of it I say).

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The verdict is in: Samsung to pay Apple $120m chump change, but gets tiny rebate

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Re: legal obligation

"You might be confusing this with trademark law, which forces a company to defend its trademarks or lose them. Patents don't work that way"

The rules of incorporation do though, and obligate the company's officers to protect the assets of the company and act in a profit maximising manner.

There is little doubt that patent infringement occurs in all industries. Some of it is accidental (but it is still infringement), while some of it is intentional (a more severe case). On the balance of the evidence, it is very hard for the objective observer to reach any conclusion other than that copying has taken place in the Apple v. Samsung cases. And this is a statement independent of the "merits" or "significance" of the specific patents being litigated.

Slide to unlock is very specific. Samsung copied it (I can say this with absolute conviction now that the jury is in). There are an infinite (literally) number of solutions to this relatively trivial, but relevant design problem, just as there are an infinite number of ways to show battery depletion other than a stylized horizontal green battery, or the shape of a curve (is the message sinking in yet?)

With the introduction of the iPhone, Samsung, suddenly found themselves playing in the wrong ball park, ostensibly because Apple moved the game to another town. Their solution was, and this should be obvious to even the most rabid, biased fandroid, to copy what Apple had done with the iPhone - it was the only quick way to get to the other town where the game was now being played.

This was not the only choice Samsung had! As another poster observed, starting from scratch can result in something completely unique and quite usable/good/crap - WP8. Just as it is obvious by looking at Samsung's wide range of phone offerings prior and post iPhone release, and also the excellent Lumia (oops. Nokia N9) physical design, physical appearance does not have to closely resemble an iPhone either. There are infinite possibilities, and infinite is a vary large number folks.

The endless completely bogus arguments about whether Judge Koh is biased (an appallingly rabid and sadly common viewpoint), or whether software patents should have been awarded, very largely miss the point.

In the absence of any knowledge of patents, trade dress rules (design patents), trademark and copyright law etc., it is abundantly clear to the casual observer and to those willing to look at the evidence presented in court, that Samsung copied Apple's product and have continued to do so in many areas (while they tried to come up with something unique of their own).

The philosophical question to be asked is, "Is this OK?" and if it is not, "How can we stop it happening and provide compensation for the victim when it does happen?". The answers are "No", it is not OK to copy and the list of legal concepts I mentioned are some of the frameworks for adjudicating events and compensating the damaged party.

Attacking Judges personally and several hundred years of lawmaking and legal philosophy in general because you hate a particular corporation and/or its products (itself the act of a defective personality), demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of what is going on, and what should be going on. While Law != Justice, the objective of Law is Justice.

Samsung have copied a lot of stuff, a lot from the iPhone. They deserve to get dinged for these transgressions. As the dust settles, justice is seen to have been served.

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturevideo/artvideo/10408677/David-Hockney-unveils-his-iPad-art.html

There was an excellent exhibition at Louisiana a year or two ago of these works, suitably displayed on walls of iPhones and IIRC iPads too.

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Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

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Kids are born every minute, my kid got her own and I kept my own. When hers broke after years of abuse, she got an iPhone which more than accommodated her music collection. When that got stolen, she got a new better iPhone which still is way bigger than her music collection. She has effectively moved from the iPod to the iPhone.

So, the fact that there are plenty of people who have iPods that are being actively used does not mean that (a) they won't be replaced (broken, too little storage, too big to carry or whatever) or that (b) there is not a market for new consumers.

iPods are still cheaper than phones, and not every parent wants to supply their sprog with a phone. The iPod serves a very useful purpose and I suggest it will not go away anytime soon.

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Re: I have a watch, thank you

"is only setting yourself up for ridicule."

the MO of many a Reg commentard, to be sure!

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