* Posts by Spanners

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

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Pint

Bohemia

If they had called it Bohemia, they could have behaved in a Bohemian manner...

Lots of parties, sleep through the morning, clothing styles, slightly dodgy morals and so on.

Great for some types of tourism,

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Devil

Re: "Morally deficient director"

That phrase, whilst far from a universal description, does seem to contain a redundancy. What one will we hear next? "Sociopathic director" or "dodgy politician"?

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

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Holmes

@Pompous Git

And if your bank's online banking software only works with IE you don't deserve to have an opinion.

No. If your bank's software only works with IE, they do not deserve your business - or even the privilege of looking after your overdraft.

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Boffin

What does "Bing" mean?

As a child, I lived in central Scotland - Fife is about 2/3 of the way up the the UK.

There were a lot of Bings but they are less common when I go back now.

A bing is one of those funny shaped hills that use to be so common where there were coal mines. They are all the rubbish that was dug up but do not contain much that is useful.

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Lindsay Lohan's Grand Theft Auto V cartoon case kicked out of court

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Coat

Re: Cant be her,

It's not so much the nostrils as the septum (the fleshy bit between them).

Mine's a deviant...

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EU 'net neutrality' may stop ISPs from blocking child abuse material

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Linux

Let me set DNS on my Router then

Once upon a time, I used Open DNS and set up my router to use 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 for all devices in my home. I was able to block things that *I* did not like from my children. I did not need a "filter" from the Government, who would block anything a lawyer or friendly dictator wanted or a dodgy US corporate that would block a nipple before an assault rifle.

My children grew up using computers largely unsupervised. I only recall one question as to why I blocked a particular item. If either of them figured how to get around this, they did it very discreetly which is good enough for me.

For a long time now ISPs seem to have liked to supply routers where users have no control over anything. Defaults are good but we need to be able to override. My children are young adults and in their own homes. I don't need to set a DNS range any more. If I do, it will have to be on individual devices. One day, I might have grandchildren and they will probably have their own devices. Will I have to manually enter it onto their machines when they come round?

Let me choose my own DNS for my own devices from the router which I have paid for too.

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

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Alert

Do we have some actual reviews?

The USA? I believe that they like to test these things on their fellow citizens.

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: Sounds all to familiar

A while back, I was involved in testing Open Office. This was running the programme and seeing what was wrong with the interface etc. It was sometimes reporting things as silly as a missing full stop in a dialogue box.

I came across someone in the USA who was about to report that it was defaulting to "non-existent or imaginary" paper sizes and units of measure, They did indeed exist and were not imaginary, Yes, the paper sizes were things like A4 and the units of measure were mm...

There is a difference between ignorance, which can be excusable, and planned ignorance which is not.

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Black Helicopters

Re: Errrmmh....

Either that or the web has a deadly disease that sucks up all available bandwidth, has memory leaks and poor process queuing to the point where it can lock up a PC.

Its the same disease that causes problems everywhere else - US Corporations. As they are obliged to pay more attention to shareholder remuneration than ethics, customer satisfaction, the law or even good taste combined; human beings are seen as having less relevance than the colour of socks worn by the CFO.

If companies want to be treated like people, they need to act like adult ones.

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Thumb Up

Re: Boff?

It is also also a word for humanity's favourite activity!

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It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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Black Helicopters

Re: Perhaps they do not like Facebook

Lookheed and BAE sound like much more interesting places to work.

Unless you are lumbered with principles and don't want to work towards killing people?

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

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Re: Amerifrica - Live there to see: The US is at 'War with Itself'

Is it the independent streak? The innate distrust of government dating from its origins? Something about the US just seems to make things turn ugly...

Or was it that the victim was black? You mentioned Switzerland and Japan. Neither of those are so internationally famous for race discrimination and ethnic specific slavery.

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Boffin

Re: "I think I'll just leave this link from Not the Nine O'clock News here." @Jedit

PS I will say I don't think it's just institutionalised racism causing these problems.

Sometimes it is just total ars^&*!es that cause the problems. If they didn't discriminate against "thick lips and curly hair", they would find someone else to be unpleasant towards. Perhaps they might discriminate against people of Irish ancestry, they might want to discriminate against plebs who didn't go to the right sort of school or perhaps they like Ginger jokes.

Not behaving in that sort of way is not "political correctness". It is human decency, or perhaps just good manners.

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UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned

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Facepalm

Re: Haven't seen a doctor in years.

Some will die sooner than others.

It is considered rational to not want to be in the "sooner" group.

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UK.gov rolls out 10 years' chokey for industrial scale copyright pirates

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Lauri Love at risk of suicide if extradited to US, Brit court hears

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Devil

Sovereignty

We just had a referendum where a major consideration to some was the, completely obsolete, concept of national sovereignty.

As we have now pulled ourselves away from our neighbours, this must actually mean something to some people.

The USA is a much bigger risk of impinging on our sovereignty without even noting it or giving a t*ss if they do realise it.

The USA has a very different culture froim us. It is far more intolerant and their justice system considers itself to be a lesson for us all. It is a lesson for us, but perhaps not how they think.

If he broke a law, he should be tried here. If he didn't do anything that we would jail him for, end of story. If he did not something we would punish him for, he gets punished here. That's where it should end.

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Just a quarter of Brits trust businesses with our personal data

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Black Helicopters

It depends on which commercial organisations

Do I trust all companies 100% - no

Do I distrust all companies 100% - no either

Which ones do I mistrust more?

1. Very large ones that have been convicted, without help from rivals, and fined for abusing monopolies.

2. Ones that spend the most on lawyers and PR whiz kids.

3. Any headquartered in the land of the NSA. CIA. FBI and other criminal groups like them.

4. Any that think that consumer rights are "liberal nonsense".

As for trusting my own government. - Very variable. They got my fingerprints and some blood a few decades ago for an army ID card.They are the default repository for a lot of my other information anyway - DOB, family, driving licence, NI number and so on. Do I think that they can't get my travels, phone records and medical stuff as fast as they want? - Don't be silly but I trust them more with it than I would Microsoft, Apple or IBM.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Unhappy

Too Young

I agree with what others have said, some ashes should be taken up by the next Vulture Flight and released .

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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Re: @ Khaptain our national animal, the unicorn

Haggis is pretty common around the world. Apparently, there is even something similar in (South) Korea. It are just poor people food that has been adopted as a national icon because it's very nice.

Like several items of Scottish culture, they can be traced to France rather than the southern half of this island.

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'Acts of war in a combat zone are not covered by your laptop warranty'

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Re: It's not "Help Desk"

I've done ITIL. Whatever we call it, users call it "Help Desk" and are irritated by other names.

Who thinks "HR" is better than Personnel used to be?

Nobody rings 666, or whatever, to be serviced. They want help. As for what help the caller wanted, I suspect it was somewhere between the entire Brigade of Ghurkas and perhaps 100 Tornados.

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Google stretches Scratch

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Meh

Re: It's in my diary

Google will have to buy it first. Scratch is from MIT.

That said, I agree with you. I have lost useful things from Google dropping them. You don't know a replacement for My Tracks do you?

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Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

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Meh

Esperanto?

Not a perfect idea.

At least with German, English, French, Mandarin and so on there are a large number of people who speak it already. There are no native Esperanto speakers and more of us did Latin in school than that.

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@ disgustedoftunbridgewells

The problem may be that the "English" they standardise on is not quite English.

I'm not talking about, for example, a German using their own sentence construction. That just depends on their fluency. I'm sure my French grammar follows the rules of English at times. Fair enough..

I find it slightly naff that a lot of people from Central Europe etc seem to have learned their English somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic!

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Reduced roaming charges, net neutrality come into force in EU

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Paris Hilton

Re: That will be why my VOIP suddenly works over my mobile data

I didn't know the referendum was only for England!

The leave campaign seems to be pretty overwhelmingly so,

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Reprogrammble routers axed by TP-Link as FCC bans custom firmware

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Black Helicopters

Future plans

A lot of providers like to block you from changing your DNS to something other than them (OpenDNS, Google etc) People changing that for themselves has irritated the powerful in the past. Are they just thinking ahead on this?

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Boffin

Re: WiFi Routers are multi-functional devices

I'm sure that I saw a project for making one with a Raspberry Pi. Anyone who proposes to firtle around with their router can do one of those.

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SAP backs UK remaining in the EU ahead of vote

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Pint

No surprise there.

How strange. People in SAP can count!

Their whole business is maths, Of course they will see that if it is better for their customers (us), we will have more money to buy their stuff.

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Raspberry Pi 3 to sport Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE – first photos emerge

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Big Brother

Re: Not having BLE on perfect for IoT board was quite stupid

"wired Ethernet is a pain or a security risk"

Either, I am not understanding what you mean or both those statements fly in the face of any evidence I have seen.

Pain - how much more pain are you caused by simply plugging in an Ethernet cable than, A. paying extra for a Wifi dongle, B. installing the drivers, C. fardling around with connecting up to the right WiFi and D putting in the password? At least you can avoid A&B now.

Security - You do use a WiFi passord I assume. This is famously not secure and easy enough for crims/spooks to swamp out and so on,

I have uses for WiFi Pi devices in future but they are inherently fiddlier and less secure or reliable than a length of CAT5/6/etc

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

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Pirate

How about

I recently got myself a Raspberry Pi to play with. Apparently, it runs Ubuntu and has everything your non-tecchie friends want out of a desktop PC - Chrome web browser and email.

There are no fans. The box is less than A7 and 2.5cm and the reason it stays cool? It runs off a standard (ie non iPhone) mobile phone charger..

I can't see it replacing my PC thoiugh. I wonder if it runs the GIMP?

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Hash-tag CompSci: FBI grooms pre-weed teens

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Devil

Re: and if you smoke weed ......

It wasn't the tobacco companies they were trying to help. It was the paper companies - both the people that made poor quality paper and the people who made poor quality papers.

Specifically William Randolph Hearst (Pattys grandpa) helped push the laws which conveniently also blocked imports of cheaper, hemp based, paper made in Mexico.

I think Lisa Simpson has mentioned it.

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Facepalm

College Quote

"Ladies and gentlemen, by the time (some of) you graduate, the paperless office will have become the norm."

That was from my induction lecture - in autumn 1979!

I have and it hasn't...

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Safe Harbor 2.0: US-Europe talks on privacy go down to the wire

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Facepalm

Re: Re: simple question..

It is one thing for me to choose to put information on the internet where it may come under the view of criminal organisations like the NSA.

It is an entirely different thing for any hospital, Doctor or NHS organisation to do so for me.

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Blighty's Parliament prescribed tablets to cope with future votes

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Flame

Whilst they are modernising

A huge improvement to democracy would be the removal of the three line whip. I want my (and everyone else's} MP to vote for what they think is right. If they think that the party line is tight, fair enough but they need to decide - not some bully (whip) in their office .

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Lettuce-nibbling veggies menace Mother Earth

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Coat

Re: Strawy man, strawy man, does whatever a straw, er, can...

My father in law was be head science teacher where he used to work.

He has a story about a biology teacher who, every year, went on an all fruit diet.

She could not explain why she always used to get diarrhoea...

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Australian cops rush to stop 2AM murder of … a spider

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Re: Sharks

"It's just as well that sharks don't throw coconuts."

Good job the coconuts haven't got spiders inside.

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Pint

Re: A couple of thoughts...

Why do "they" never mention W2K? I still consider it to be the best thing that MS ever did.

There were 2 versions - desktop and server. Simple and easy.

The PFY here says that only 2 versions of Windows is not profitable and a precedent that MS do not want us to remember!

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NYPD cop in court for allegedly hacking into the FBI

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Black Helicopters

Re: My, my ...

Can I infer that he is not an "African American"?

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If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

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Re: The worst hacking trope of all

Or have we given up that 'lost cause'?

On that one probably but I'm still arguing that a Kilobyte is 2^10 and a megabyte is 2^20 and so on.

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Future civilisations won't know how the universe formed

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Boffin

Re: The Universe is only 4000 years old and was made by God

I've got that book too but I can't find anything that gives a date. I can't even find agreement on how long a day is. In fact, it seems to say that time as we understand it is not important to the creator.

I would infer therefore that the universe formed somewhere between 0.01 seconds ago and 4.4E17 seconds ago. God is above all this time nonsense anyway...

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Want to self-certify for Safe Harbor? Never mind EU, YES WE CAN

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Black Helicopters

Did anyone ever believe?

Did anyone ever believe that the Safe Harbor (sic) was ever worth the paper it was printed on?

We may not have known about the sheer level of data slurping that was going on but there can't have been many people who thought that it was any use whatsoever.

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Black Helicopters

Re: I, for one, welcome our Martian Kaaba!

Not all that oil money stays in Saudi hands.

Read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man for more details...

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FOUR STUNNING NEW FEATURES Cook should put in the iPHONE 7

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Pint

USB3

Many years ago, the EU told Apple that it needed to use some form of standard connector.

Apple showed them the finger by not only failing to do that but by inventing an entirely new one that was, by definition, even *less* standard.

USB3 is going to happen - eventually. Apple would be in the unusual situation of actually showing technical leadership . Peripheral manufacturers market would expand from 10% of the new phone market to almost all of it as manufacturers as new models replace existing ones.

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Viper sinks fangs into unwary Indian farmer's todger

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Re: Milder hazards in England

I remember someone doing that in the OTC.

An acceptable military radio usage for the male member is the "One Percent".

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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

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Happy

Does this mean there's hope now?

The last time we had an admitted socialist elected to 10 Downing Street was 1974.

I was a couple of years too young to vote anyway. I suspect that plenty people here were too young for solid food.

We don't know what the all results of this will be but at least we will have a choice for a change!

The labour party has had at least 1,500 new members today (Sunday). As the Murdoch press and other ****bags gets their lies into gear tomorrow, it will be interesting to see how many more join. I'm thinking about it.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Do you mean a makefile then?

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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Promise of ‘higher profits’ sees US targeted by Android PIN-locking ransomware

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Holmes

There is not much data on my phone.

My stuff is in the cloud(s).

My email and contacts are in Gmail, or whatever other ones I use.

Photos are synced away pretty instantly. It stops some idiot telling me that I "can't take pictures here" and forcing me to delete them.

Documents I edit are generally on Box, Google Docs or whatever.

Things like Evernote, Onenote and so on deal with notes.

What do I use all the space for? Music, podcasts, audiobooks, ebooks and so on.

An unwanted factory reset would be irritating but not disastrous. I would just have to re-download them again.

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NASA reveals secret 1970s SPACE PANTS

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Meh

@ravenviz

If I dealt with a company that had an excessive interest on inconsequential items, I would wonder what was being skimped on to see that the appearance was "just right".

I'm sure we have all seen the company that has the highly glossed pseudo-secretary on the reception desk. She has bright varnish on nails so long that she can barely type. Although she is wearing something that looks like the company uniform, hers has been specially tailored to fir her BMI15 form and her hairdo probably cost over £100. Some of them are chewing gum as they file those long nails.

Companies with that sort of gatekeeper are trying to make a statement rather than a product.

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As US$12bn is wiped off Apple's value in one day, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and Watch OS 2 dates set

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WTF?

Market share?

What is the global market share now for iPads, iPhones and other iThingies?

Perhaps a year ago, someone pointed me to a link for this but I can't find it.

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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

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Boffin

Elasticity of Demmand

I remember this from lectures long ago.

The problem is, what is the ratio and sometimes in which direction.

If you drop your prices 10% and get a 5% rise in sales, you are in trouble. If you drop your prices 10% and get an 11% rise, you are doing well.

Some things however, if you drop your prices, your sales will fall. For example, Rolls Royces and Ferraris could have this counterintuitive property. If the Rolls is seen to become cheaper, it may be perceived as moving down market and some people may get Aston Martins instead.

There will always be a market for "nice" books. Big beautiful things to put on your coffee table or present as prizes and mementoes. eBooks are not this. There is zero marginal cost to the maker and there is generally zero emotional attachment to the file.

So the latest SpyNovel by X has gone up? I'll get the one by Y for 15p less. Maybe, I'll get Xs book next week when they have dropped the price again. If they don't, there is always Z.

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Right, opt out everybody! Hated Care.data paused again

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Re: Facepalm

"We will never, EVER, sell your data to any 3rd party. For any price"

How about an additional line - "and we won't give it away free to our chums and future employers either."

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