* Posts by PaulR79

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‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal

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Something does not quite add up

The project is said to have wasted £125m and they're saying this guy alone is responsible for £94m of that (coming back to that) so who is being blamed for the other £31m or does that not matter? I mean, £31m is clearly nothing when they're paying someone so much and letting him supposedly blow £94m but who was responsible for losing the rest and how have they been punished?

Back to the other point. If this one person alone is somehow responsible for £94m of wasted money then who put him in that position and why was he not made to give regular reports? Of course I don't believe one person is responsible for this just as much as I don't believe he's worth his annual salary but if we have to play that game then make it as awkward as possible for the BBC to hide their lies. What a laughing stock the BBC has become. Impartial news is not something I look to the BBC for and haven't for quite a while now.

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Yaarrgh! LOOK OUT! UK set to be BURIED under MOUNTAIN of TABLETS

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Samsung flooding the channel

They release new versions of their tablets each year and almost nothing changes. How do they hope to sell anything when the 2012 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has practically identical specs to the 2013 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 ? Hell, the 2012 tablet can be updated to a newer version officially than the 2013 model making it seem like they're moving backwards.

http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=5422&idPhone2=4543

A comparison of the two to back up what I said above. The main differences I noted are slightly faster CPU, infrared port and the ability to use a larger SD card. The price they charge for them as well is ludicrious when the Nexus 7s (original and 2013 model) are better.

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

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Never click links for banks etc in emails

I have received some emails from my bank that are legitimate and then I've also received a lot of phishing emails claiming to be my bank. I treat them both the same and check all URLs by hovering over with the mouse. If, after that, I'm still uncertain I'll manually enter the website address in my browser. If there isn't anything relating to the email when I login then I'd assume it's a phishing email and forward it to the bank's phishing email address.

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Australian government apps access smartmobe cams but 'don't film you'

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Android app permissions

I like knowing what an app is requesting access to but what would be a lot more useful is if, along with update notes, each app had to list why they require all the permissions they ask for as well. It would go a long way to assuage the fears of those that aren't sure why a free calculator app needs internet access (ads most likely).

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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Re: Navigation buttons locked to address bar

Martin... I think I love you.

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Navigation buttons locked to address bar

I hate this. I've always used a specific layout where the navigation (back, forward, stop, refresh) are on the left side in that order then another icon or two for some addons before the address bar. This new version has the back button glued to the address bar and the stop / refresh button is now embedded in the address bar at the far right. It's small things like this that annoy me because someone has decided how everyone else must use it from now on.

Since this is El Reg I'm going to ask if anyone can tell me a way, short of rolling back a version, to bring back the old layout? IE gives you the option of moving the Stop / Refresh button to the beginning of the address bar yet a browser built on customisation is lacking this option. It isn't ideal but it's a hell of a lot better than no option at all.

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Stephen Elop: I was RIGHT to BURN the PLATFORMS

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Re: Regret? Pah!

You can install a non-final version that will likely leave you missing handset features that aren't part of MS code. I happen to have a handset with such features so I can't use it.

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Regret? Pah!

Why would he regret it? He got a massive fee for doing what he did and then got to go back to Microsoft after a few years.

I've said it a few times and I'll say it again. WP8 has potential but with Microsoft's glacial development pace it doesn't stand a chance. It can have Instagram, Skype, Twitter, BBM and any other apps but as long as it has stupid niggling issues it will never go anywhere. Niggling issues like a below par keyboard, one volume level for all sounds and a pretty limited notification system.

Yes I know these three in particular will be addressed by WP8.1 but how long after WP8's release will that arrive? They already had a trial run with WP7 and didn't learn. If you ignore WP7 it's still over 18 months before the first real chance of improvements and the chance of some WP8 launch phones being updated is slim to none. That leaves you potentially with people burned by WP7 and then WP8 with no upgrade paths. Do you think they'll return for a third shafting when a WP9 is likely to be incompatible with older devices?

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

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Microsoft going to sue themselves?

I assume Microsoft are going to sue themselves for violating patents used by Linux until a settlement can be arranged. If not then surely they can be taken to rights for anti-competitive behaviour by suing only competing Linux-based phone manufacturers.

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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Amazing!

It's like they've created some sort of incredible interactive area on the screen, a sort of widget. I really don't know how they come up with these amazing ideas for expanding on basic icons. Truly we're living in a golden age!

They removed the gadgets / widgets from Windows 7 just to reintroduce them in a much more cumbersome way? Going backwards while moving forwards. That's the Microsoft way!

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Pricing

"what about £17 for a new release? Knock off a fiver and you might be getting close."

Charge about a fiver and you're closer to what most would reasonably consider paying.

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EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app

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Re: I love this standard response...

I came to post the same essentially. How can there be no reported issues if this guy is reporting an issue? Those forum posts seem to show the same culprit as in this case, the sevenmail address is there too. Perhaps if the gentleman in question is alerted to this information he will have more to bang EE over the head with.

As for EE, I'm currently a T-Mobile customer but my contract is up. Will I renew? My answer rhymes with "snow". Their network is awful. I don't live in a massive city (Sunderland) but I still struggle to get a reliable connection at times. I had to look carefully when I noticed that my phone was using "E" for data, as in Edge, in the city centre.

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Google teases more modular smartphone details in run-up to dev meet-up

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Re: I want my LEGO phone

If you watch the video when the guy's talking about 3D printing the back parts you can see a white LEGO design on one of the pieces along with a skull design.

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Samsung unveils fourth-generation Galaxy Tabs

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Re: Bland rehash

If it was my tablet or even a family friend's tablet I'd have it updated in no time but this is someone who is new to tablets and Android that I'm helping where I do voluntary work so that isn't an option. As for your insinuation that it would take a great deal of effort to update with unofficial updates I'd have to disagree strongly. Custom ROMs may not be for all but they are far easier to install than you make out.

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Bland rehash

Why do they bother with these tiny annual releases? I know why (money) but they offer so little over the previous years model and the year prior to that ad infinitum. I know someone with a Galaxy Tab 7 - 3 and it's stuck on Android 4.1 but only came out last year. The specs for it are underwhelming at best and it just feels like Samsung are the landfill Android manufacturer that I keep hearing about.

Wasn't there supposed to be an update to the pretty decent Nexus 10? The new Nexus 7 was great but not for me and I'd rather not spend money on the Nexus 10 given its age now.

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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"Cortana .. powered by Bing"

I had such high hopes for it but they were dashed by the latter half of that statement.

In relation to the update though I am hopeful that the keyboard is vastly improved. It's the one major hurdle that I just could not ignore on WinPho8.

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Three daddy Hutch has no interest in O2

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Re: Can I take issue with the notion that Three are "well run"?

This is the primary reason that I have not jumped ship to 3 sooner. Anyone I know and everything I read says if you get signal then it's great and prices are reasonable but if you ever need to contact customer support you're ducked (sic).

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Re: Again..

iOS..... Stocks? Newsstand? Can you remove those? Until recently you couldn't even hide the latter in a folder. Can you remove their awful Maps? It's easy to point out flaws in something you dislike but you should take a closer look at your preference as well. Each platform has limits and restrictions. The price you pay for getting a subsidised* handset is potentially being stuck with their crap. If you're savvy enough to install a custom ROM they may appeal to you.

*I use the term 'subsidised' loosely because unless you're paying £35+ a month they want pretty much full price for the phone. For sake of argument I'm only talking about when you go through the networks direct and not when you use a network reseller.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Coat

"In the interests of research I discovered that ImageFap wouldn’t show anything, YouPorn was quite happy to relay video from a Google Cast tab and xHamster slideshows would also play out nicely. You’ll have to do battle with pop-ups though."

Battling with pop-ups while browsing porn? Not a problem >_>

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: Question

By not having them in an area you can easily get to while in the air. I'm not talking about smashing the equipment or anything like that I'm asking about why the ability to turn the thing off exists while it's in the air.

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Question

If the transponders are vital to keeping track of the plane then why can they be disabled by *anyone* in flight? I can understand being disabled while on the ground for maintenance but is there some reason I'm not aware of (highly likely) they can be disabled while airborne?

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WTF is … the multiverse?

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Re: Multiverse? So 1990's, THIS universe is someone's simulation

If this is a simulation then I must ask why I'm tormented more than the other simulations in areas of life? Please, oh great simulation runner, bless me with a few million £ so that I may be accepted as living in this world.

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WhatsApp founder: Privacy WON'T vanish under Facebook

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Re: HAHAHAHA!

"the god known as Zuckerberg"

You spelled "dog" incorrectly.

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Takeaway order spewer Just Eat plans to raise £100 MEEELLION in IPO

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Useless service

I tried, and failed, a dozen times over a month period to get my card information to store so I didn't have to keep paying at the door. Not once did it work and their help was not very helpful at all. I gave up trying and that is my experience with them to date. I don't understand how it was such a big mess and wouldn't work at all.

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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e-ink advances

Where are they? I remember reading a while ago about colour e-ink and higher refresh rates that might help increase battery life. Since then I've seen nothing and it's still the same black and white displays everywhere with AMOLED, LCD etc being used mostly. Has it all been forgotten about or am I missing it?

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Tim Cook and Israeli PM commune with the GHOST of Steve Jobs

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Re: quote of the... uh...

"Wow, that's brainless. Real 'Miss World' stuff. Does it go on to say that he loves kids and animals and would like to help people all over the world?"

Yes it does. Right after that an off the record bit adds, "so they can buy my fruit machines."

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No sex please, we're Twit-ish. Vine bans non-educational nudity

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6 seconds

That seems to be about the right length of time for the interesting bits in your average porn flick.

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Headmaster

Cue* unless you intended to suggest there is a queue of people but that's also bad grammar.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Nice one Apple...

I'm sure that timely reminder that the security is used to find lost devices etc has nothing to do with the negative press this will get them. A copy of the death certificate AND the will isn't enough? What do they want, to be present at her grave as they dig her up with Apple's own doctor?

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

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New Shareholder Clause

You may not buy shares if you are a respresentative of, for, or are Carl Icahn.

The only time I've ever heard of this guy is when he's sticking his nose in and causing a fuss. If he gets so uptight perhaps he shouldn't invest his money at all.

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MWC: The good, the bad ... and the Galaxy S5

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Well that's a big surprise, isn't it? A company trying to sell something by telling you what people like. I truly hope the author did actually say, "That's bollocks." I can almost picture the shock at someone telling him the truth instead of cooing and nodding.

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

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Thoughts summed up

I came here to post but practically all that I was going to say has been covered. One thing I didn't notice in my skimming over comments is how similar call centre work is to prison already. You work in a small space for a large part of the day doing very little, helping nobody and for very little pay. The only difference I can see is going home at the end of the day versus still being in that small space.

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HTC offers FREEBIE repair on new models with cracked screens

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Re: Aggressive and smart move

@Al_21 I was really surprised when they said it would be left on 4.1 considering it should really have launched with that. The phone can easily handle it but they were already moving beyond it and onto the One for a big (by HTC's standards) marketing push.

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Aggressive and smart move

They may be having trouble in terms of revenue and customers to a degree but this is a very big trump card. No other company currently offers anything like it. Google may push out updates to the Nexus line for a while but as we saw with the Galaxy Nexus it doesn't always work out as long. This may only be a US initiative for now but I can easily see it being pushed to other markets.

Despite being an HTC fan I've been seriously looking around competitor products for my next phone mainly because of the updates. After failures to deliver an ICS update to my Desire HD and then only offering one major update to the One X I was ready to throw in the towel and go elsewhere. I may still do it depending on what's released but if this goes worldwide I will have to carefully consider all options.

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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Uninspired design, barely an upgrade

I'm struggling to see any real benefit of the S5 over the S4 which itself wasn't a massive leap over the S3 and so on. Incremental upgrades are fine if it's a six month refresh but not for your new flagship. Are Samsung starting to lose their way? The back of the phone reminds me, and others, of the first Nexus 7. I didn't like it on that and tolerated it for the device at the price it was available but this is supposed to be a premium product.

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Re: think ill pass

I'm going to seriously look at the Z2 as well but I'm very curious to see what HTC pull out in March. The USA only (currently) 2 year update promise would be a massive pull for potential buyers if they could just get a removable battery in there and SD card to shut up those that care about such things.

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Re: Battery

Phone manufacturers are stuck in the belief that the trend is for thinner devices and that people would rather have a thinner phone than one that's a bit thicker with a larger battery. Slowly, very slowly, they're starting to realise this is wrong.

All of the flagship phones around currently have batteries above a 2000mAh rating. That would be fantastic if phone technology stood still but it doesn't so it still seems lacking. For the current crop of SoCs used 2500 - 2800mAh feels just about adequate.

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

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Curious

Does this mean that Microsoft will be suing itself because Linux / Android uses patents that they own? If not then how can they sue other companies?

"We chose not to sue these guys, they don't use Li.... ah crap.. erm.. hey look over there! *runs out of court*"

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Harvard student thrown off 14,000-core super ... for mining Dogecoin

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@ Suricou Raven

"A somewhat poor quote"

It's a quote from arguably the best of the Star Trek movies with the original series crew and you call it "a somewhat poor quote"? Books may be popular but I guarantee you (internet guarantee!) that more people have seen the movie referenced than have read the book you're talking about.

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Years of AWOL Windows Phone features finally show up in video leaks

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WP8 - Microsoft's failure

The most distressing (from a WP8 owner's point of view) thing is that WP8 is really not that bad. I've likened it a lot to early Android but with more polish in some areas. Unfortunately Microsoft dropped the ball in a massive way by updating at such a slow pace. They needed to come out with WP8 and then aggressively update it so it was at a similar state to both Android and iOS within the first 12 months. That might sound too fast but they've already had a year with their other failure - WP7.

The notification issue is a massive missing step but overall there are a lot of minor niggles that really make using it a pain. I've tried many times to like it because I have a really nice looking phone but when I feel like I'm fighting the phone to do what I want it's more trouble than it's worth. The biggest annoyance for me continues to be the awful keyboard. If I press "i" as a first letter then both Android and iOS offer the word "I" as a suggestion first but WP8 has it a scrolling bar away. It doesn't learn at all and sometimes it will offer the correct word but without bold meaning you have to tap it instead of just pressing space to continue. It really feels like a kid at school scared to do anything without asking the teacher first.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Re: Communication, Communication, Communication

Telcos crapping in their pants? I highly doubt it. To get any of these you still need a data plan of some sort or permanent access to WiFi and you have to be sure that the person you want to talk to has the same. The majority still charge outrageous amounts for data and unless (until?) something like WhatsCrap and data plans are part of every single phone sold they will never replace the utility of SMS.

SMS - they may be short, they may be relatively useless for expressing yourself but they're still part of practically every mobile phone sold on the planet. Suddenly 310 million users doesn't seem that many.

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HTC looks to cheaper phones as revenues wane

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HTC wake up

They blew $1 billion on an advertising campaign with Robert Downey Jr. and I can count on one hand the number of times I saw anything to do with either him or the HTC One on TV. That number is actually zero.

They have to start focussing on one thing, any one thing, and push that hard. Even with the relative success of the One they're second guessing themselves when they have to keep on that track. I don't mean ignore all markets in favour of it but keep pushing the premium phones and eventually people will see that the likes of the Galaxy line are awful quality and maybe switch. If they would consider offering handsets with stock Android in place of Sense I imagine a lot more would look at their phones.

Even as a fan of HTC I'm having a very hard time considering them for my next phone. They just seem to have a giant bowl of bad ideas that they keep going back to like a comfort eater with a bowl of popcorn.

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

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Re: "an open source remake"

It was hardly a new type of game to begin with. I remember a very simple helicopter game where you had to hold the mouse button down to keep it going up and let go for it to go down while avoiding obstacles and the terrain. Is this identical to that helicopter game? No but it's close enough. If it's ok for him then why is it not ok for others?

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Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

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Fantastic!

I can't wait to run all my Windows Store apps like.......

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Pay-by-bonk? YEP, it's an Apple patent now...

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Go to hell mobile networks

"which is exactly what the mobile phone operators - who are looking for a share of transaction revenue - fear will happen."

This is something that may use a small element of a mobile phone and the networks think they deserve a share of all revenue. Why am I not surprised? Oh but it uses their data network perhaps for a few seconds and that costs them money... which you've already paid for with your monthly fees / PAYG allowance.

Am I the only one tired of network operators trying to expand their greed by any means necessary? First they rip everyone off with the extortionate price of text messages and when those start to be bundled in the thousands they move on to charging extortionate rates for data. When that fails they'll use something else but in the meantime anything that mentions "mobile phone" (or cell phone if you prefer) and "money" in the same sentence has them looking feverishly on with ideas of how they can grab a slice of something for doing nothing. Or in this case a slice for trying to force their preferred way which guarantees them income for doing nothing.

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Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really

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Re: Taxation and Business: CEO's Explain

@Don Jefe Any jobs going in a UK office perhaps?

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Please don't make us pay

"We believe that enterprises operating long-standing business models, subject to established international tax rules, should not become subject to altered rules on the basis that they have adopted more efficient means of operation."

Translation - we found these loopholes fair and square! You can't change the law to close them because it'd mean we would have to pay a lot more tax. Since we found this loophole in the law that wasn't intended to be used this way we deserve to keep it for being devious enough in exploiting it massively.

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Surface Pro 2 dim screen of death snafu STILL happening after patch

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Harsh reports!

Come on guys. This is their first attempt and there are bo... what? Oh, well it's only their second attempt and it isn't like they have a history of writing operating system code which can be diff.... seriously? HOW MANY YEARS?!

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

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Re: Channel use of 4k?

I have the responsibility for advising my family on all things technology related. Luckily they trust me and would take my word over a sales rep with £££ signs in his eyes. It does, however, mean that I have to stay up to date on things myself but that's ok as I do it anyway. I really don't know if people like your aunt are believing what they're told to justify the outlay. Nobody likes to be told they've been fleeced.

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Channel use of 4k?

When (hah) all broadcasts are 1080p with a smattering of 4k I'll consider a 4k set, no sooner. Until then I see little point in anything beyond 1080p with most HD channels only doing 720p or 1080i at best. As others Fuzz said above me it just seems like a way to try and sell more TVs to those that don't need them.

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