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Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

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Paris Hilton

"her data centre"

Ya.. I would've gone with the rack mountable option.

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Trollface

"Jeez down votes, I guess romance is dead."

Well, you were unwittingly pooping the party when nerds collective were giving themselves hi-fives on a well constructed argument for wearing GG on dates. Now who's lacking in the emotional depth here, eh ?

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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Trollface

Re: well respect

> my wife and her family are French, and I do my best but my old brain is a slow learner!

Also, it'll be rather pointless to learn Mandarin to talk to a French family. Unless that's part of your brilliant plan.

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Reg man has the cure for IBM storage: Just swallow 10 firms

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Paris Hilton

Can't swallow 10 firms all at once....

That's what she said.

Paris, coz she'll handle the staff.

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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

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Paris Hilton

Re: Average?

> If a company promotes preening dummies far beyond their true level of competence,

> then it is the owners who lose out. There's no need to have Government controls on this.

In an ideal world, yes. But remember owners are represented by board.. and boards hire from the old boys network for the top jobs. Boards pays them well not just for competently heading the company but also to earn their loyalty and currying favours.

Yes, employees can always leave in theory, but how many times have you seen employees leaving because their CXO is getting an obscene pay ? In a large enough company (>10k employees), the damage per employee is usually < 1% which is easy to ignore - if you never received it in first place!

And regarding dummies: leadership comptency is not really a black and white skill like coding. Some leaders have their own vision and drive (Jobs, Schmidt, Musk) which can result in unprecedented wealth creation but at the same time they can easily run a multi-billion dollar business to ground by making high risk calls that align with their vision (Elop). OTOH, a play-safe dummy can either choke the company in the long run by failing to seize opportunities (Hurd). Or maybe our dummy recognizes their limitations and relies on a smart group of advisors to grow the company in a sustained manner (Dell).

PS: Free market is the most successful economic model, yes. But once you start treating a theorectical model like your relegion, you get fat bankers gambling away the world's wealth on even fatter CEOs....

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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Paris Hilton

Re: There really must be a god....

Luckily for some, there is a third place to wear a wrist watch, except it's not on a wrist.... :-|

Paris, coz her teeth hurt.

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Dr.who is on Netflix. Yes, you may have to wait 6months

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Paris Hilton

Re: Not for me until they sort out the reliability

> the box/app/Internet connection bombing out for a few seconds

Details, please ?

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Go

Re: Unbundling required in the US

Usually there are alternatives to comcast, specially in areas where comcast has bothered to offer a 50mbs line. I use my locally grown ISP for organic interwebs access.

  • Internet @ 100mbps: $50/mo
  • Netflix: $8/mo
  • hulu: $8/mo (seasonal)
  • Willow TV : $15/mo (seasonal)
  • + HBO: $10/mo (will probably turn off netflix)
  • Indoor antenna for over-the-air channels : $70 (1 time)

So for a similar cost, one gets a genuinely faster internet. And a much greater control on content: seasonal subscriptions + anytime watch + any device etc. I know brainiacs at comcast have tried to address the flexibility issue via xfinity, but it's not on all devices and still requires that ugly cable box in your living room, which if you are renting is $8/mo extra with a potential fine of X00.00 dollars, if "you" lose it when you end your subscription.

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AMD pays new CEO $150K LESS than her male predecessor

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zOMG, how could they let it happen ?

"Fairness amongst overpaid CEOs" is totally the proper end of spectrum to deserve media coverage.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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Trollface

Re: As a parent I frankly disapprove

> You're talking absolute rubbish. Age ≠ Maturity.

Obviously. And there is no proven corelation either. If anything its negative.

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Stop

Re: Hmmmmm

Freezing Egg is a choice. It's a technology that was always available, which is now it's subsidized by your company. I see little wrong with anyone making that choice as long as its deemed medically safe for the new borns. While you and I can always question another person's priorities in life, but then aren't we all snowflakes ?

But the big problem I see (and I guess that's what OP is alluding to) is for the employees who do NOT elect this option. Now their bosses can say, "Hey, you are fired/demoted because you did not elect the company-provided-procreate-later option". Or, even worse, suddenly the media would label women who do not chose this option as "holding back progress".

A slightly better way for this provision would be: (1) The eager companies should cover this under the medical insurance plan. And do it quietly without talking about your employees' unfertilized eggs in the media. That way, it stays a "personal user choice" and the "employer" is out of the equation. (2) Media should avoid a "manufacturing consent" drive to make this the "progressive choice".

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Ingredient found in TASTY BEER is GOOD for your BRAIN

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> I think we all know why...

Nice plug, but that's mostly related to relative strength of the Aussie dollar and not really related to any fundamental improvement of teaching methods.

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

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Re: My solemn promise

> it would include stunningly attractive people of any gender

I suspect that the "beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder(OP)" caveat applies here...

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Siri ... why is this semi headed RIGHT AT ME? Phone apps distracting as ever – new study

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Thumb Up

Re: SEMI lols

Ha ha, spot on. No half-cocked measures there.

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

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Coat

Re: i hate this man

I have a Sennheiser PXC. I hear Bose quietcomfort is as good, just that I couldn't bring myself to buy a Bose (maybe it's just me, but there is something creepy about buying a bose).

But I get a feeling that you are not really interested in noise cancellation and it's not really about that flight. Maybe too many shares of kid achievements on facebook by smug parents who show-off their spawns just like, zOMG, their iPhones ? Or, an over-bearing aunt who keeps pestering you to have kids ? I know things are strongly labelled in US.. you could either be a family-loving-god-fearing-conservative or a workaholic-single-liberal. Or "a trekkie" or a star wars fan. A nerd or a jock. An alarmist or a denier. Or, "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem" mindset, if you may.

An in-between stance is simply a show of a weak character. Slowly, your victories become primary and happiness is just a distant secondary goal. I know, for I've been there but since nobody really takes life advice from the forums section of the interwebs, I'll just shutup.

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Holmes

Re: i hate this man

> Much like yours, although given you sense of grandiose entitlement and self importance...

Trevor, I am a minor fan of yours and mostly enjoy reading your stuff. And I would readily accept that you had a miserable experience. But in this discussion, you are the one coming off as the one with "grandiose entitlement and self impotance"! Okay, maybe not "grandiose level" but surely at "yuppie level".

PS: Instead of paying double, how about a one time investment in sound proof headphones ? I have done it and the spawns of satan don't bother me at all!

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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

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Mushroom

Not sure if I see the filament...

But I noticed that Baphomet is about to emerge for hellfire...

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

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Paris Hilton

Re: Bias

Thanks OP for making me re-read. On my first glance of the article, I thought it was yet another butthurt n00b on lkml, that el reg is having fun with. But looks like he thinks he is OK with the harshness but probably people from other cultures are not. Pretty sure that the reference to "saving face" is directed at Asian cultures.

From what I've been told, in the US offices of Sun and Microsoft, about 30% of the OS devs were of Asian origin. My SWAG is that this ratio in the Linux community is much lower (< 5%). In theory, it should be higher because they don't need work visa to contribute to Linux, but maybe it's lower because they don't see themselves "fitting in" ?

PS: how many people are fine with Steve Jobs/Ballmer running their companies like a dictator but not when Linus does it ? (Or the other way round).

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'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection

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Trollface

Re: Clarification

> GT Technologies in Westland, MI

In an unrelated clarification: Detroit, MI filed for bankruptcy, not be confused with Westland, MI.

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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

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Alert

Just fired ?

Wouldn't this be a criminal offence ?

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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Pirate

Leo Apothekar and HP split

1) As business dynamics evolve, what was reasonable(/feasible) yesterday may not be today.

2) As incorrectly reported(/trolled) by el reg, this idea has been around before Leo. His fault was prematurely discussing it openly. I am all for openness in general, but you can't play poker with an open hand.

3) Splits are done primarily for shareholders, not for consumers or employees - so they can decide with greater control what they are buyng for 1 dollar. Autonomy is just a problem to be solved.. only question is what is the cheapest way to do it.

4) And for hopefulls, let me be the bearer of bad news - in all likelihood Autonomy is already dead. (Maybe someone still workingthere can confirm).

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Trollface

Re: Tiles should replace icons fully - everywhere.

I see I see the El Reg has an Edit feature. Cool.

Edit: Sorry for the pointless post.

Edit: Should I just withdraw it ?

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Re: Oh irony

> Lawyer who has represented a client does not necessary have the same views as client.

Agreed!

Also, unless you paint with a very broad brush, they are not the same problems at all.

One is throwing light on public affairs, the other is preventing unwarranted publicity of private affairs.

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Re: Excuse me, but...

> What's a burner phone?

Etymology:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burn_notice_%28document%29

But slightly different in meaning from "burn notice" as here it is the phone that is "burnt"...

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Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'

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> In inflation adjusted constant pound Bangladesh is about at the same level as

> England was in1900 and is regarded as one of the poorest most miserable country..

References ?

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'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

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Re: Fecundity?

Have an upvote for coming up with an explanation which my brain refused to acknowledge.

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Paris Hilton

Re: Fecundity?

It's something I've heard about higher latitudes (except in Alaska)! Oh, what I would've given for this knowledge in the prime of my youth!

It could be ovulation related; but maybe something as simple as people are out more, mingling with others in a generally cheerful atmosphere with the knowledge that clock is ticking and you need to squeeze in as much fun as you can. Stew the pattern over centuries and it becomes part of the culture (which probably explains the Alaska exception).

Paris, because, you know, the fecundity.

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Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst

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Headmaster

Re: Clearly size matters

> 10mm

MBA talk... they abbreviate million to mm...which perhaps alludes to the roman M (thousand) times M.

http://www.accountingcoach.com/blog/what-does-m-and-mm-stand-for

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Be your own Big Brother: Keeping an eye on Mum and Dad

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Paris Hilton

Big Brother ?

More like Big Son, innit ?

Paris, coz does watching her makes me her big brother ? Ugh..

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Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

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Alien

Re: Congratulations India.

(repost, with changes)

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- 0 million : UK aid to India (2015, maybe)

- 22 million : luxury Yacht

- 26 million : burning man (2013)

- 40 million : Katie price wealth (reality tv)

- 60 million : low end private jet

- 65 million : Kim Kardashian wealth (reality tv)

- 74 million : Mars attempt India // Not just cheap labour but also the method.

- 110 million : London police budget

- 110 million : Sachin Tendulkar networth (cricket player)

- 140 million : (In)famous Gareth Bale transfer to Real Madrid.

- 175 million: Hollywood blockbuster cost

- 210 million: India Space Agency revenues // Its not just willy waving.

- 236 million: Trump Golf Course

- 350 million: A Boeing jet.

- 450 million: UK aid to India (2013)

- 500 million: India space budget (2013)

- 600 million : Bono networth

- 650 million: Burj-al-Arab

- 1,000 million : India Cricket revenue

- 1,500 million : Canada winter olympics

- 1,900 million : Commonwealth games India // Hmmm....

- 2,470 million: Mars Rover

- 5 billion: India aid to Africa! (one time?)

- 8 billion: BBC revenues.

- 13 billion: TCS revenue (IT outsourcing)

- 14 billion: London Olympic games.

- 16 billion: India Education/yr

- 16 billion: Lakshmi Mittal (Richest Londoner)

- 19 billion: India food subsidy budget

- 21 billion: Mukesh Ambani (Richest Indian)

- 34 billion: South Korea Defense budget/yr

- 38 billion: India Defense /yr

- 68 billion: India Tech exports

- 160 billion: Worldwide space market. // Prize

- 640 billion: US defense budget/yr

- 1,700 billion: India GDP/yr

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Complied this as a result of a debate during intial MoM launch, but never posted it. Posting here with some updates.. sources for all data is internet, so take them with a pinch of salt.

As far as the meaning of the aid goes, it's simply a way for nations to lubricate future trades and relations. Unless you are paying for a major portion of a nation's budget, you have no say on how they run their country (ie based on the aid). Think of it as 100 quid that your rich neighbour puts in your birthday envelop. Maybe he hopes to boink your mama in future, but that doesn't allow him to question how your house is run.

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Re: Go MOM...

- 0 million : UK aid to India (2015, maybe)

- 22 million : luxury Yacht

- 26 million : burning man (2013)

- 40 million : Katie price wealth (reality tv)

- 60 million : low end private jet

- 65 million : Kim Kardashian wealth (reality tv)

- 74 million : Mars attempt India // Not just cheap labour but also the method.

- 110 million : London police budget

- 110 million : Sachin Tendulkar networth (cricket player)

- 140 million : (In)famous Gareth Bale transfer to Real Madrid.

- 175 million: Hollywood blockbuster cost

- 210 million: India Space Agency revenues // Its not just willy waving.

- 236 million: Trump Golf Course

- 270 million: Germany homeopathy market

- 350 million: A Boeing jet.

- 450 million: UK aid to India (2013)

- 500 million: India space budget (2013)

- 600 million : Bono networth

- 650 million: Burj-al-Arab

- 1,000 million : India Cricket revenue

- 1,500 million : Canada winter olympics

- 1,900 million : Commonwealth games India // Hmmm....

- 2,470 million: Mars Rover

- 8 billion: BBC revenues.

- 13 billion: TCS revenue (IT outsourcing)

- 14 billion: London Olympic games.

- 16 billion: India Education/yr

- 16 billion: Lakshmi Mittal (Richest Londoner)

- 19 billion: India food subsidy budget

- 21 billion: Mukesh Ambani (Richest Indian)

- 34 billion: South Korea Defense budget/yr

- 38 billion: India Defense /yr

- 68 billion: India Tech exports

- 160 billion: Worldwide space market. // Prize

- 640 billion: US defense budget/yr

- 1,700 billion: India GDP/yr

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Complied this as a result of a debate during intial MoM launch, but never posted it. Posting here with some updates.. sources for all data is internet, so take them with a pinch of salt.

As far as the meaning of the aid goes, it's simply a way for nations to lubricate future trades and relations. Unless you are paying for a major portion of a nation's budget, you have no say on how they run their country (ie based on the aid). Think of it as 100 quid that your rich neighbour puts in your birthday envelop. Maybe he hopes to boink your mama in future, but that doesn't allow him to question how your house is run.

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I sold 10 MILLION iPhone 6es at the weekend, says Tim Cook. What did you do?

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Facepalm

Re: Errrr...

> So you think that buying an Apple Watch is "compelling"

Guys, A/C was trollling...

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Holmes

Re: I am 1 in 10,000,000!

@ DaveMcM

I wonder why your post was downvoted for simply making a consumer choice ? I don't see your post waxing eloquent on the iphone-6-euphoria, nor I see you trying to act smug about what personal-computing-cum-communication device you chose to purchase with your money. So commentards (or brave downvoters), can you please wager a guess(/explain) on why poor Dave got downvoting for simply making a personal choice, albiet a supposedly popular one ?

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Facepalm

Re: If my company sold 10m on Saturday

> Why would people trade in their old phones before they received their new phones?

To get maximum resale value. They probably "survive" the gap by plugging the SIM card on a non-smartphone (oh, the horror).

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Jesus phone RAISED from DEAD. Watch iPhone 6 get BURNED, DROWNED, SMASHED

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Re: Slightly impressed...

> Makes me think about how many phones I have had, get water damaged!

My 15 years of data:

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Water damaged: 0

Stolen: 1

Carrier change: 2

Upgrade: 1 (bulky nokia 54xx to 31xx).

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Current mobe: 1 month away from completing 4 years. Mayupgrade in an year.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Joke

Re: lets look at this in another way..

> Someone at work asked me if he should get an iPhone or Android so I asked what apps he wanted.

Seriously ???? Do people still ask sincerly "others" what is a good phone to buy ???? I thought only reason to discuss smartphones with co-workers is to troll them...

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How's this for a biz expense? SAP pops $8.3 BEELLION on company card for Concur

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Trollface

Re: Does it have to make sense?

Maybe so... though I don't see this as dot com bubble.. which seemed more akin to the alaska gold rush. Something new, something big was coming, everyone knew that.. but didn't exactly know how to dig. We have some companies still around from that era, who were lucky/smart enough to know how to dig.

This sounds more like housing bubble to me... Instead of people, its the companies which are picking up cheap loans to buy over-valued assets. But wait... corporations are people too, so perhaps this is exactly like the housing bubble. ;-)

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Paris Hilton

Is this SAP's autonomy ?

Because to me this makes no sense at all! Neither the valuation nor the strategy.

Atleast minecraft had a 20 p/e with growth prospects and some strategic alignment with xbox +winpho + catch'em young long term strategy. Concur is essentially a thin layer of middle-man and little else. While it has a strong client base and a neat-ish UI, it has no real IP. And usually concur is purchased by the finance dept, not CIO, so its not opening any datacenter doors for SAP either.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Re: WTF?

> can someone please explain what it is Microsoft could possible see a 2.5 billion pound asset in it?

It's a "create your universe" type of game on consoles/PC/tablets with a minor aspect of "survival" challenge. Popular with elementary school kids.. (see my prev post).

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Pirate

> Luckily I never saw the appeal of Minecraft, too much like the day job, so my interest ends there ;)

Assuming you are an adult, your head is probably screwed on right! From what I've observed, it's immensely popular in 6-10 year olds,competing neck to neck against star wars franchise (but not so much in 13+ kids).

For $20, it's a major return on investment for parents who can bribe their kids to kids do anything for another hour of minecraft.

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Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID

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Paris Hilton

"support for SMS based mobile money in Africa. "

Isn't that an operator requirement and not manufacturer's.

Paris, coz she demands the vibrate option...

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

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Re: Seeing as Android is a (1) malware magnet (2) blatant iOS ripoff (3) fragmented mess…

I think DerekCurrie was being deliberately funny/sarcastic. Apparently he hates iOS...

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/2/2014/08/25/steps_apple_needs_to_take_to_stay_in_the_game/#c_2280417

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Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

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Trollface

"Are you a fashionista? Get below and let us know ..."

Dear El Reg,

I know you are trying to pull an Aunty here.. but in your heart of hearts, did you really think that fashionistas even know of your existence ?

A Concerned Citizen (not the watch).

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Speaking in Tech: On iPhone 6 - 'If you make big-*ss phones, you'd better make 'em usable'

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Re: There I was, searching for the Asterisk

> Since when was "big-ass phone" too rude to spell out?

Since donkeys got on the internet.

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