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Apple on the art of the deal: 'Put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement'

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Re: Sapphire will happen

"Sapphire-screened mobiles will happen sooner or later. "

Vertu already have them, but they are hand assembled and in no way mass production. At the present time they exist only as a very expensive option.

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

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Re: It's time to grow a pair

"either they're ALL in on it "

This is completely unnecessary.

It merely requires that sufficient number of climate scientists to have independent but similar interests and act according to those shared interests. The climate science community as whole, and the individuals within it specifically, have the same interest ... funding and continuing funding, and within their respective academic or other professional communities, recognition and for some, empire building. If the path to these interests is to promote AGW, then that is what will be promoted.

I would posit that these conditions exist, in a provable sense (follow the money and measure its growth over the past 15 years) and observe the ris in prominence of "climate" faculties and the fact that research grants pretty much require the climate card these days to have a shot at the h(m)oney pot.

You do not need a conspiracy. This is a false argument.

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Hans Neij of Pirate Bay arrested in Thailand

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Hmm, 17 months in detention for a transgression that the court valued at 6 months. Welcome to Scandinavia. I thought it was just Denmark (absolutely the worst place in the world for time in prison awaiting trial) that was like this, apparently Sweden also.

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OFFICIAL: Fondling of Apple's slab declines – iPad sales DOWN in Q3

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Re: IDC Proove they are useless

Oh dear, first it was loose and lose, now will it be prove and proove?

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Samsung says teaming up with mobe-maker Microsoft could violate antitrust law

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IIRC Samsung stopped selling Windows laptops here in Europe (we have one in the office - not bad kit). Maybe the rest of the world too (or soon).

Perhaps they have decided to dump everything MS associated and figure that taking some pocket change "in advance" by failing to pay their contractual dues to MS is the right way to exit.

Stupider strategies have existed in the past.

Remember, Samsung is a multiply convicted cartel operator and IP infringer (we can exclude Apple in the list for to save trolling) with a habit of bleeding competitors dry in court. This play from Samsung is not exactly an unnatural act for them.

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

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Re: ITunes?

Newsflash.....

I personally know a lot of people who do not find iTunes unpleasant. They use the 1% of the functionality necessary to get their tracks onto their device and that, as they say, is it. They do not know what mp3 actually is, or any other music format. For them Hi Fidelity is a book written by Nick Hornby and a pretty good movie, and is only peripherally related to music. These people my friends, are the vast unwashed masses, who do not sip lattes together sharing their hispster experiences and waxing inteligently on trends in fashion, these are the people who are ARE Apple's customers. In some circles, these people are called consumers.

Disclaimer: I personally think iTunes is an abomination, but I am in the software industry, so my opinion is only relevant in the sense that I evaluate it differently from consumers. If iTunes was perceived as badly by consumers as I (and everyone here I think), then I suspect that Apple would never have been as successful in the music delivery business.

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Jonny Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Re: "Flat" design

Wow, down voted for terse, 2 word observation and an emoticon.

In the name of Apple inspired minimalism, I am gunning for down votes for a one word post sans smiley - stay tuned.

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Re: Copying or improving?

"Please, for the love of God, Apple, copy Android and make your keyboard display lower case when not in caps. Or, as this might be too shocking for iFans, make it an option."

My Nokia N9 has this. It is one of the last pieces of skeuomorphism left in iOS and I am actually surprised that it did not disappear in iOS7.

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Re: Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...

"@SuccessCase I absolutely do take offense to a broad generalization whose very clear aim was to paint techies as "generally non creative" and to indicate that those with creative skills were rare. That's a bunch of bullshit and you know it."

It is not bullshit where I work now (or pretty much anywhere in the past). After several years of abominable design, the PHB finally hired a graphic designer with some creative sense, and someone else with a slight clue about usability (factors missing from the tech nerds) - the next version of the product shows the result.

I realise that this is anecdotal, but like @SucceCase, I have been around the trapds for a very long time. My opinion on this matter, like his, is informed by a very long experience in the industry.

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Re: "Flat" design

"Maybe flat design will become all the rage "

... too late :(

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Re: Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...

Success case, an upvote for cogent intelligent commentary, dutifully downvoted by the commentards here who demonstrate yet again their paucity of objectivism and sense of reality.

Your post should be post of the month.

Sorry I can only give 1 upvote

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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@Daggerchild

"Thermogeddon" is generally (by me) deemed to be a time series temperature graph showing runaway positive feedback - something rather like the infamous "hockey stick", which was in fact contrived to demonstrate exactly this.

It is this particular "feature" of global temperature which is the underlying thesis of the entire AGW community - the problem is that the observed data do not show this to be true in the satellite era, which is now well into its 4th decade.

.15C p.a. is slight, and an increase not inconsistent with what one would expect when observing the geological record.

What 'people' see though, is local changes in weather patterns, and being morons, they extrapolate this to the entire planet. This is what you are doing, when you imply that local changes have caused local fauna to adapt. It is also true as well where I happen to live, where the particular pollen to which I am allergic arrives earlier than it did 50 years ago. These are local events, they are not global events. It IS getting warmer, ever so slightly on average every year, and it will likely continue to do so until whatever causes ice ages happens again.

Warmer is better for life, we live in a benign climatic period in geological time.

You, and I, are so amazingly unlikely, that we should try to live and enjoy our one chance at this, and stop stressing about the universe doing what it does. Humanity didn't cause the last ice age (or end it) and it won't cause the next. Neither will it precipitate Thermogeddon.

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Re: Antactica is melting too

"Both are loosing "

A down vote for being incapable of spelling

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Re: Yeah right

Have you ever seen a HTC or Samsung windows phone in the wild (not in the store)?

I haven't, and I travel a lot!

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Re: It could have been so different

I really like my N9 - It could have used a slightly more powerful processor, but other than that I have few complaints.

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

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Re: Nothing wrong with his share sales

Have you ever been to an Apple store immediately after a product release?

I doubt it very much, because had you done so, you would not have written something so clueless.

I shouldn't think that there are 10 million "hipsters" on the planet, and even if there were, it is doubtful they constituted the bulk of the buyers on the release weekend.

The whole Apple --> Hispster meme, aside from being provably wrong (how many hispsters do YOU think there are on the planet?), it is tedious.

ps: The troll does not excuse you

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Re: Nothing wrong with his share sales

Jasper is preaching to the choir here at The Register. Hating Apple (a bizarre concept at best) is apparently the majority position amongst the commentards here, so he just panders to them. Rational commentary gets downvoted instantly and the site generates clicks.

The Register is on my adblock list and will remain there forever more.

There is still enough relevant news and intelligent discourse on the forums to justify my continued participation.

Downvote ---->

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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Life sapn

"I want to buy an SSD, but I'm terrified of the life span thing."

It is unlikely a personal usage pattern will exceed the life of the SSD before th electronics in the computer itself fail - in either case, you can monitor these things, it is not like it will suddenly die. You will know what will effectively be years in advance of total failure.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Re: So you think apps are dead...just use the browser... LOL

"The fashion for ramming everything through the most unreliable, insecure, undocumented, poorly-specified, cruft-ridden and functionally limited front end - only to present the end user with yet another gratuitously different and incomprehensible UI experience, needs to be taken out and shot."

"I wish I'd said that ..." -- Oscar WIlde.

Actually, I am pretty sure I did say that, about 15 years ago, maybe more :(

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Chipzilla promises $6 billion to upgrade Israeli plant

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For f* sake, it is "lose interest".

That is the third broken spelling I have read today - I despair :(

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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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