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1825 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Samsung fingered in child labour allegations at China plant

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Re: Tell you what....

Apple make pretty decent profits, but not 76% of turnover.

For starters, 20% of the £750 selling price goes to George Osborne in the form of VAT. Then there is the import duty, the costs of running your local Apple store, transportation, the costs of installing and setting up the equipment in the factories, the cost of wages the cost of designing and developing the iDevice, the cost of the software and so on. £180 may well get you a bundle of components at various factory gates around the world, but turning that into a fully functional iDevice waiting for you at your local Apple Store costs quite a bit of money.

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God-botherers burst onto IPTV Freeview: The End is Nigh

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Re: people babbling in tongues

I'm thinking along the lines of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqNLMuijRyU - from about 4'45". They claim to be evangelicals. Perhaps Pentecostals do it as well.

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Re: people babbling in tongues

No. Evangelicals over there spend a lot of their time speaking actual genuine gibberish. They believe it is the holy spirit taking over their body. I sometimes wonder if it is a different kind of spirit.

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France's biggest Apple reseller shuts up shop

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You mean "le monde ordinateur personnel"? Franglais is not very popular over there.

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

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Re: So: Windows Marina then.

I think Windows P45 would be better. For people in the US who don't get the reference, it could be renamed to Windows Pink Slip.

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Re: They should do it the Apple way...

Sorry, for the benefit of those outside the UK/Ireland, a cash and carry is a type of shop that sells things in bulk, primarily to shopkeepers.

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Re: They should do it the Apple way...

From reports elsewhere, it appears it is a German cash & carry outfit that are complaining about it.

The French borrowed the name for their underground railway from the District and Metropolitan Railway in London, which was often shortened to the Met or Metro. It became more frequently known as "The Tube" some time after they added actual tube tunnels to the network. The Geordies call their underground network "The Tyne and Wear Metro"

As pointed out elsewhere there is also a 1980s car made by the British Leyland Group with that name.

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Tracking Android phones is easy, says researcher

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Re: A-GPS Not Using Wi-Fi? Huh?

You are most likely getting location information over wifi rather than a-gps. My iPod touch can only use wifi for location, as it has no GPS or cell connection. When it is connected to the internet via my tethered android, the location the iPod shows on for example Google Maps is pretty accurate and regularly updates itself if for example I am on a train.

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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

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Re: Interesting

I guess you will be able to build your own computer, but you will have to install a retail copy of Windows 8 on it.

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Daily Mail group in screeching U-turn on parody tweet persecution

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Re: Good news

Durgledoggy is a convicted paedophile by the way.

[Actually, I have no idea whether he is nor not, that is just an example of something you shouldn't be allowed to say unless it is true]

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RBS: June's tech enormo-cock-up cost us £125m

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Re: …RBS missold them insurance (interest rate swaps)

Manipulating LIBOR is part of the story, but not the whole story.

They manipulated the rate downwards so that they could make more money from the swaps they issued, but that is not what the mis-selling scandal is about. They sold swaps that were not appropriate for the customers, for example they sold a 15 year swap to insure against a 5 year loan, so the customer had a lot of expenditure after they thought the loan was paid off.

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Hiring a British person at c£50k a year who actually knows how to operate this software isn't a "meaningful" cost in the overall scheme of things. That is probably all they need to do to sort this out.

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None of the £125m would be related to their own fines. That is just them not making additional profit from fines.

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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

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Re: Premium rate numbers

0845 numbers have not been "local" numbers for some time now. There is a small kickback for them which is how the dial-up ISPs funded their service back in the day.

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Nokia stuffs Groupon deals into Maps app

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Re: Why does a fish need a pedicure?

A fish pedicure is where you put your feet in a fish tank for half an hour and let the fish nibble away at your feet.

I have no idea why anyone would want to do that, and saying as the fish pedicure place in my local shopping centre closed down after about a month, it would appear nobody else sees the attraction either.

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Microsoft RTMs final Windows 8 and Server 2012 code

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Re: @Ken

Nothing changed from the release candidate some of us downloaded a while back ...

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Microsoft: MED-V won't help you escape WinXP end-of-life

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Re: And When I'm in Charge

Customers want to stay with Windows XP because it works, and continuing to use it costs nothing. Even if Microsoft gave away Windows 7 for free along with new computers to run it on, a lot of companies would stick with XP due to the costs of migration.

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New version of Chrome can WATCH and LISTEN

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Re: In soviet Russia

Chatroulette is Russian, and that is an example of a place where the porn watches you.

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Sellers flogging vid games to underage kids face jail, unlimited fine

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Re: App store

If you write a game and sell it to Gamestation for them to put on their shelves, it is their responsibility to ensure that only people of the correct age buy it. I guess it is the same if you get Google or Apple to sell it for you.

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O2 dropped the ball in Olympic cycle race Twitter fiasco

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Twitter isn't the main culprit

I was at the race - outside Harrods rather than Box Hill, and a lot of people were trying to watch TV footage of the race on the BBC Olympics app on their iPhones and Androids, not surprisingly without much success.

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Google snaps bird's eye view of Olympic Village

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Re: Luckily no Olympic rings visible

They have the Olympic rings visible on the side of the swimming pool (sorry "Aquatics Centre").

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Samsung plonks universal search BACK into Galaxy S IIIs

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Re: Fail

Well MFI was a British company, and their tables couldn't withstand people looking at them never mind sneezing near them.

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Twitter airport bomb joke conviction binned in common-sense WIN

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but they made sure he wasn't carrying any dangerous substances such as Evian mineral water, so the public were not at risk.

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Devs can't be bothered with Nokia's Windows Phone – report

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Re: Did you just...

He did. I got as far as that word, realised the post was written in corporate bs speak, and moved my eyes onto the next comment.

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Re: Duh!

Because while you probably can run an app designed for a 24" screen with keyboard and mouse on a 3" touchscreen phone, it isn't really a good idea. You need to completely redesign the interface for a smaller screen and different input methods.

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O2 floods London with free Wi-Fi

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O2 are installing a lot of wifi hotspots in pubs, so you most likely picked up one of them.

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Asda snaps up Polaroid telly tech

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Polaroid isn't a photography mogul any more, it is a company that purchased the trademark off the liquidators and allows various manufacturers to slap it on their products in exchange for some cash.

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Skype: Nearly half of adults don't install software updates

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I do regularly update my software, but being prompted to update when you run a prog is very annoying. You generally open the prog because you want to do something and running the update and the inevitable reboot means you loose your train of thought.

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Nokia woos networks with 'exclusive Windows 8 mobe deals'

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Re: The real story is

Whenever you see an app being advertised, you always see the Apple App Store logo, you usually see the Google Play logo, you very rarely see the Blackberry Store logo and you almost never see the Windows Marketplace logo.

People don't write apps for Windows Phone because nobody buys the phones. People don't buy the phones because nobody writes apps for them. It is exactly the same network effect that works in Microsoft's favour in the desktop market working against them in the phone market.

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ITC was wrong: Apple, RIM owe us $1bn for that patent – Kodak

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Re: Bingo

There is such an icon

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Gov must act on 'innocent' web-browsing copyright timebomb

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Re: Nope...

If I post a comment somewhere saying, "Hey, check out this amazing article - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/23/gov_should_act_on_web_browsing_copyright_issue/" El Reg could possibly sue me for copyright infringement in their article, or maybe not. The issue is being argued in court at the moment.

Some people want the government to change the law to make it clear that such an act is legal. The government wants to wait to see what the outcome of the court case is.

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Office Web App upgrade adds long-needed features

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Re: Word count

Word-count is an essential feature for journalists and students. For most other people, it is completely unnecessary.

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Pure Stream takes on AirPlay

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Re: Apple Tax.. extra revenue

I have an oldish PC running OpenSuSE and the Netatalk service, and I can do time machine backups to it without any problems. I'm guessing your Netgear runs Busybox with the Netatalk service. Most network hard drives run Busybox, and if they have Netatalk as well as the more usual Samba, they will work.

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Watching Olympics at work? How to avoid a £1k telly-tax fine

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Re: Erm...

The monitor is receiving a TV signal from the laptop, so go directly to jail.

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Judge: Apple must run ads saying Samsung DIDN'T copy the iPad

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An Apology

On dd/mm/yyyy we claimed that Samsung copied our iPad. This statement is incorrect. Sumsung did not copy

[list of features that iPad has and Galaxy Tab doesn']

In the Patent County Court in London, Judge [x] ruled that the iPad is much "cooler" than the Galaxy Tab.

We apologise to anyone who purchased the Galaxy Tax thinking they would get a copy of the iPad.

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PayPal is bleeding market share and it's all eBay's fault

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Re: Thats funny

They are registered with the Luxembourg FSA as an electronic money issuer. That isn't quite the same thing as a bank. They have some regulation, but not as much.

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Outage outrage: O2 dishes out 3 free days, £10 voucher

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Re: Good for O2

They probably put mine in your envelope by mistake. Prince Philip might ask if their mailroom is staffed by Indians. I won't comment though.

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?

Save it in MS Office format, and it will work in MS Office. Opening Office documents in LibreOffice might not work, but there is more chance of it working than there is of it working in a different version of MS Office.

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Microsoft 'didn't notice' it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months

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Re: Who the frig cares? Browsers never made any money....

Have you seen how much money Mozilla gets for having Google as the default search engine? Browsers do make a lot of money.

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Re: So that's why my browser disappeared!

It isn't illegal when the law requires them to do it.

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Re: When BCS will be available for Apple iPhone/iPad?

Chrome is a skin for Safari. The only alternative browsers are Opera Mini and Skyfire which render pages on an external server.

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It costs $450 in marketing to make someone buy a $49 Nokia Lumia

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Re: Please don't insult OS/2

I'm sure there are still some museum artefacts out there, but most cash machines these days run XP Embedded.

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Microsoft pops preview of 'biggest, most ambitious' Office yet

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Re: So...

Office 2003 still works and you can still use it.

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Apple rejoins EPEAT green tech cert program

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Re: Batteries glued to the case?

They replace the case as well as the battery.

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Phishers use less strident subject lines to deliver new cunning attacks

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Re: Now ask me why ...

Email exploits these days don't have infected code as an attachment or a script, they encourage you to visit a website that contains the payload. As a result, it makes no difference whether your email client is Outlook or an ASCII only client.

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Retina MacBook Pro nukes Apple's green credentials

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You can't get it apart safely - you end up with battery goo all over the place. That means when the battery goes, likely to be the first thing to go on it, you can't replace the battery, you have to get a new computer.

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Microsoft sets October date for Windows 8 release

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Re: Will have to buy a copy.

I tried Windows 8 on a Parallels VM on my Macbook. It is certainly faster than Windows 7 on the same hardware, and only slightly slower than XP, which is what I use most of the time.

However, two problems with Metro. First, you have to hunt through all the non-important stuff (eg. Canon Utilities which you run once to set up the printer, then never look at again) to find the progs you actually want to run. Second, if you run your VM in window mode, useful if you regularly switch between Mac and Windows progs, finding the exact pixel on the screen that activates the Metro UI isn't that easy.

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How to screw LIBOR and alienate people

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Re: They're watching you - but how?

If the authorities want to know the location data for 07700 900 123, they can get that easily enough.

Getting location data for a pay as you go phone that has a strong correlation to the location data of a bank issued phone, and probably isn't on the same network, isn't so easy, if that is all the information you have to work with. And this is back in 2007-2008, and they probably don't keep the data for that long unless they were asked to at the time.

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Re: It would be conjecture...but

Barclays had written lots of interest rate swap contracts. Higher interest rates meant they had to pay out more money on these contracts. The total value of the LIBOR swap market was around $300tn, and Barclays is one of the largest players in that market. Barclays weren't the only bank involved in this scam, there were other major players who also stood to benefit from it.

That brings us to the SME swaps scandal, where lots of small businesses were sold unsuitable swap contracts. For example the contracts went on for a lot longer than the duration of the loan they were insuring against. As a result of the LIBOR scandal these businesses had to pay out a lot more money to Barclays and other banks than they should have done, and quite a few went bust or had to downsize as a result, leading to redundancies and unemployment. That does affect Joe Public directly.

Turning to compensation. The entire GDP of the UK is $2.2tn, so 0.7% of the swap market paid as compensation would wipe that out completely.

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Climate was HOTTER in Roman, medieval times than now: Study

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In Roman times, Egypt was a major producer of wheat. Now it is a desert, so we've always known it was a bit colder back then.

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