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Speech systems lawsuit sours Apple's day

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" While not specifying damages, the patent troll plaintiff asks for a “reasonable royalty”..........

..........as its minimum claim."

So they are not claiming that they will be subjected to irreparable harm if they don't get well over a billion in damages then? Positively modest in fact. Perhaps they can get Judge Koh to hear the case.

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Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

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Re: "Never worked well anyway!" I do not have a huge quarrel with the trend towards............

..........slimmer and more lightweight machines meaning that some equipment that has been traditionally built in now becomes a peripheral. I in fact installed a blue-ray player in our front-room HTPC and any ripping I need to do is done by means of an external drive via a USB port. I do however have a considerable problem with snide gits representing the company concerned saying things like "And for those who are still are stuck in the past" by way of brushing off questions about that design decision.

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Minnesota backpedals from online education ban

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@solidsoup "Re: But it WAS a backpedal."

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@solidsoup Indeed. In fact the article in Ars I believe you are quoting from actually makes it....

........clear since it had been updated with the quote you have given by sometime Friday at the latest. George Roedler, the manager of institutional registration and licensing at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education who is speaking in that quote was talking to Ars on Thursday, I posted that link in on that thread here at Reg on Saturday.(The link to both threads are below for those who have not seen them). Reg has really no excuse for claiming that Minnesota have only now on Monday begun to "row back".

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2012/10/19/minnesota_bans_free_online_education/

http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/10/no-minnesota-did-not-kick-coursera-out-of-the-state/

The same author for both Reg articles BTW - I sure that I do not need to expand on that observation, hmm?

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Samsung Display: Apple hasn't kicked our LCDs out of its garden

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Re: @Arctic Fox "You really think a Samsung executive would say that? Ok"

No, of course I do not. If you did not get from the way I wrote that final sentence that I was being satirical I frankly do not know how to respond.

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@AC 22nd Oct 23.08 Re: "No spin". Indeed, it does not have to be spin at all.

In fact, IMHO, those who wish to use the argument that it's too much of a coincidence not to be connected with the litigation issue have to explain why it is not to much of a coincidence to be connected to the very clear signs the last year or more (if one has noticed Sharp's troubles and other indications in "the channels" and not been asleep) that all is not well in the displays market and there is a significant possibility that it is close to tanking. Those with retentive memories will recall what happened in the RAM chip market a few years back for example. I am not saying that the current shenanigans between Apple and Samsung have nothing to do with this but the current and likely short to medium term state of that particular market being very unhealthy from the producer's pov combined with Cupertino's famous propensity to squeeze any perceived weakness are more than enough to explain Samsung's decision. Though one should of course not rule out the possibility that it added a certain frisson to say "fuck you round-eyes" as well! :)

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Hong Kong's lucky mobile number hawkers revealed

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Not only the Chinese.

What about people in our society who do their gambling based on their kid's birthday dates etc? The number 7 is traditionally regarded as lucky in the UK and many other countries in Europe. Or those (and there are a surprising number of them) who won't take any important decisions when it's Friday the 13th? Numerological superstitions/beliefs (depending on your pov) crop up in a wide variety of ways in very many societies.

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Salesforce CEO Benioff: Win 8 is 'the end of Windows'

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@LarsG Re: "Oh the privilege he has" His privilege also consists of being able to afford.......

.......using his phone in that way. For millions upon millions of ordinary punters the costs of total dependency on the "per meg" model of payment for their broadband connection would be prohibitive regardless of how good their plan might be since none are truly "unlimited". Wifi in the US or in the UK for that matter (at home, in the office or at their local Starbucks) is a must for many and is likely to remain so for a long time to come. Apart from anything else the infrastructure costs of building out the coverage such that it was technically feasible to go totally "mobile broadband" are huge and the poor bloody punter would be the one meeting the end-point bills. He gives every impression of being the US analogue of a "toff" - the fact that he finds his phone bill painless must of course mean that everyone else does as well.

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@Spotswood Re: "those who bag Windows 8" I realise that this question is a touch off-topic....

......but in British English "to bag" something would mean (usually, AFAIK) "to obtain", "to win" or in the context of hunting "to hit your target". Is it being used here to mean "to attack or denigrate"? Genuinely curious here, I am not indulging in any grammer nazi/nationalist shtick.

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US accused of hypocrisy over cyber warfare

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Re: "Well Duh!" The stench of hypocrisy whenever this subject........

...........is raised regardless of which country we are talking about is fairly nauseating. However, the problem the US have here image-wise is their perception of themselves as "the land of the free" and their society being model for others to follow. It makes the hypocrisy seem larger when they get up to these kinds of shenanigans. The nation that perceives of itself as the "shining city on the hill" is positively begging to get criticised over this kind of thing, regardless of the fact that they are of course far from being the only offender.

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State of Minnesota bans free online education

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@tkioz "While it would be easy to take pot shots........" I agree with your posting in terms of.....

.........what has been presented in this article. However, it now appears that someone has rather jumped the gun on this issue.

"I don’t care what they do; we don’t regulate them," George Roedler, the manager of institutional registration and licensing at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, told Ars on Thursday.

"I specifically said that [Coursera] didn’t have to put anything on their website. They could do what they wanted. They could ignore it. They chose this route and the reason I believe they did it was to try to protect the schools in their wake. So be it. That’s what they did."

http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/10/no-minnesota-did-not-kick-coursera-out-of-the-state/

It seems that Coursera were simply taking a "just in case" belt and braces approach to their "terms and conditions" when people sign up with them. "I don’t care what they do; we don’t regulate them" does seem to be fairly explicit! At the very least Coursera do not appear to be the target.

Choice of icon? Well, in the context a mortar board did seem appropriate. :)

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Windows 8 'bad' analyst says Store is a weakness

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@TonyHoyle Re: "Windows 8 on tablets - which is what this article is about............

.............- is 100% dependent on the new store. The only thing it shares with Windows 7 is a similarity in name."

Sorry old chap but your post as written is mistaken. Windows RT is 100% dependent on the new store because it can only run the new apps. Windows 8 is an x86 os but can run any apps from the Windows store via the new UI plus x86 "legacy" apps in desktop just the same as your current Win7 device.

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Microsoft Surface priced up for Blighty

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I suggest that the usual suspects do try and contain themselves.

When almost anyone who says they have ordered the device or suggests that they are about to purchase it gets hosed with thumbs it does rather reveal your real agenda, hmm? Especially here at RegHardware where we normally, thankfully, are spared that kind of behaviour. You suddenly pile onto a thread here and start voting in much larger numbers than we normally get on threads here? Who's your publicity/negative-astroturfing advisor, Baldrick?

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Microsoft Surface: Designed to win, priced to fail

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@qwarty Re: "looking to 2013"

That makes a lot of sense. By the same token one could anticipate a "Surface Pro II" towards the end of next year with Haswell chippery and possibly the upcoming lower power usage RAM chips which should be available during the course of the back half of next year.

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@h4rm0ny Re: "I'm an iPad, I'm a Surface" style adds."

Indeed, and if they could work in a few remarks about coffee bars I am sure that many (albeit not all ;)) would be highly entertained.

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@h4rm0ny "...using it mainly to make a......

........really good impression with Win8 and to beat the OEMs into raising their game."

Indeed, MS made it very clear that they were not going to play cut-throat with the OEMs and that they were looking to "bench-mark" the market at the mid-end with their Surface RT model and at the upper end with the Surface Pro version. As you point out Ballmer said explicitly that they had modest plans with regard to production and sale. People are surprised at these price-points? They are absolutely and predictably in line with Ballmer's remarks about price-point "sweet spots" in his most recent public interview - competitive but not "Tesco" pricing. Redmond are doing, currently, exactly what they said they were going to do. What the future may hold if a significant proportion of the OEMs continue to punt out overpriced, under-specced pisstakes is another matter. However, in those circumstances they would have nobody to blame but themselves if MS then responded by going in for expanded production in the medium term.

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Panasonic gets second chance with £4.7 BEEELION bailout

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Wouldn't happen in the UK of course.

In the UK the poor bloody tax-payer bails out the Banks so they can afford to pay their bonuses and still refuse to lend.

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Intel CEO: PC market slogging along at half speed

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@Oninoshiko Re:"I think you are overly optimistic." Well I prefer to err on the side of........

........optimism. Must have something to do with my sunny disposition. ;)

I think however that my comments about the hardware are not without saliency here. With more powerful x86 devices (and ARM won't exactly be hanging around whistling either) that don't slaughter the battery coming in the course of 2013 we will begin to see mobile full productivity pcs that can easily run something like "Naturally Speaking" from Nuance, will be equipped with proper digitizer pens and software without costing blood, can readily be docked at home or in the office, connected to your choice of peripherals and of course are equipped with good quality touch screens (if I see another shiney 1366 x 768 screen I am going to scream and throw my toys out of the pram). In other words it is not unlikely that we are going to increasingly see on the mass market full-productivity mobile pcs that you can talk to, write on (handwriting to text anyone?), stroke and, yes, interact with by means of keyboard and mouse. In other words the punter will finally be "liberated" from the tyranny of having to use his/her device in the way the pc "wants" and will be able to use an eclectic mix that suits them personally, the task they are performing and where they are performing it whether at home, in the office, or on the road. Having that available mass market will IMHO have a considerable effect on the way a large number of people do their computing.

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Whether Intel's CEO is whistling in the dark or not with regard to other matters, on this score....

"I don't think that the tablet as we've seen it evolve over the last several years is the end-state of computing."

......he is certainly right. The reason in my opinion? Whatever one thinks of Win8 the coming year ushers in the real mass market in touch computing. Currently all the iPads and Android tablets taken together do not amount to more than a few percentage points of the total personal computing market on a global basis. The number of adults in the UK who own a tablet is about 6% or so of the total market and in virtually all cases it is an addendum to a "proper" pc in the house whether it is a Windows box, it's running a Linux distro or it's a Mac. Touch enabled computing as opposed smart mob use is still in it's infancy. Whether Win8 is a commercial failure, a success or something in-between does not change the fact that this is the first major industry wide attempt to make touch computing as ubiquitous and "mass-market" as the conventional box or laptop. Furthermore it is only in very recent years that the hardware has begun to catch up with the dream. With the coming developments in 2013 in chippery of all types from several manufacturers (not just Intel) it will likely finally overtake it. The initial devices we are going to see this autumn are just a beginning - the sort of devices we are likely to be seeing at the end of next year will give us a much better picture.

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Kaspersky Lab to create new OS 'to save the world'

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"is building an OS environment that will contain absolutely zero defects..............

...............or vulnerabilities in the OS kernel and that will make running unauthorized, outside code "a categorical impossibility.""

One assumes then that Kaspersky Labs will not be headhunting anyone from Redmond, Cupertino or Mountain View any time soon.

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Intel inches above Wall Street's earnings expectations

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"Apparently the moneymen had hoped for a miracle"

How often and how many different financial contexts have we seen that? Rational markets anyone?

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McKinnon will not be extradited to the US, says Home Secretary

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Re: Right decision for the wrong reason

"W" and his Prince of Darkness (Veep) wanted a sacrifice, a demonstration of commitment from the UK. The present regime has decided that the gain is not worth the noise - and of course, as usual the British government falls in with it's masters wishes. If this decision had not already been cleared with Washington it would not have happened regardless fo how deserving this guy's case might be. I wish him of course the best of luck and hope for his sake and his family that this business may finally be over.

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Planet hunters double down with FOUR-STAR SYSTEM

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@TheOtherHobbes Re: "See: N-body problem"

Very interesting. Solutions for multi-body systems have clearly been occupying mathematicians and astronomers for a very long time. That it has been so challenging is clear from the fact that solutions for systems of four bodies or more had to wait until the 1990s. Thanks very much for that link - very informative and led me on to some more extensive googling in fact. :)

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Fascinating. What a remarkable star-system.

Two binaries - I'll bet the maths of that system is interesting. How do they model it in the mathematical sense? Do the first consider the relationships "within" each pair as if they were two independent binaries and then consider each pair as one object which is then in a binary relationship with the other pair? Or can they model/calculate all the relationships between each of the four simultaneously? Anyone in a position to contribute to my education?

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Windows 8 ads hit US screens: Death Metal, exploding laptops

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@Chandy Re: "good showcase" The peripherals manufacturers are already way ahead of you.

Like Logitech for example:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2011471/logitech-debuts-three-touch-friendly-mice-designed-for-windows-8.html

Should take care of your back problem nicely. :P

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Win 8 ready for slate ... but biz customers can wait

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@AC 17.48 GMT "Re: I also hope we'll hear..."

The arguments being deployed in your posting and others on this issue are tendentious to say the least. I note that at first (a little under a year ago) the claim was that MS was locking Linux out of x86/Windows 8 and had this been the case given that the x86 variant is the one that applies across the whole of pc space you might have had a point. However, it turned out that the usual suspects were talking the usual bollox and so you have had to shift your ground. The problem you have here with trotting out the same arguments with Win RT is of course that that os is confined solely to tablet space where the very last thing Redmond have is any kind of monopoly - in fact they barely register currently on the sales radar at all. There is a company that has a very dominant position in the tablet market who lock down their tablets and maintain a total monopoly on software access to their devices but their name is not Microsoft and I look forward to you and your compadres howling for the regulator to get involved there.

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Re: "Windows SlateFAIL" Incoherent and idiotic posting.

"In any case, Win 8 is not ready for tablets. Firstly it's a beta (all MS initial releases are beta). Secondly it has no apps. Thirrdly it is expensive and a closed, walled garden device."

Windows 8 will run all x86 programs and is by definition not a walled garden os. Were you perhaps talking about Windows RT and do you understand the difference?

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Fukushima operator feared shutdown if risks revealed

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@HMB Re: "I see that Lewis hasn't filed this one." "Judging by the thumbs there are at least......."

Hello? My post very clearly was a gentle send up of Lewis' usual gung ho attitude to nuclear power. Going "nuclear" (if I may be permitted to use that pun without you going beserk) because of that appears, to me at any rate, a trifle over the top. I do not dispute with what you have posted in fact but FFS!

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Re: "I see that Lewis hasn't filed this one." Judging by the thumbs there are at least.......

....two people with no sense of humour at all.

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I see that Lewis hasn't filed this one.

I wonder why? :P

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Australian boffins have a ball with lightning maths

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Re: "It's "math", singular." American usage ≠ British usage.

The term "math" is not commonly used in British English. The expression "maths" is used in the UK in either context, plural or singular. Hence "lightning maths" not "lightning math". Indeed my spell-checker (set for UK English) has just red-lined "math" as a spelling error. :P

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Samsung, not Nokia, fans' most favoured WinPho brand

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@ratfox Re: "Asking in the US whether people will buy a Nokia…" Indeed, clearly.

When it comes to the alternatives to the ubiquitous iPhone it is a no-brainer that in the US market the brand that most US consumers know best is of course (for entirely understandable and, IHMO, wholly deserved reasons) Samsung. In Europe of course the situation is not quite so clear cut. Any attempt to draw any form of global conclusions from this survey is of course total bollox. It will however of course provide encouragement for those who wish the Finns ill. The gold card members of the Choral Howling Association will no doubt draw (or more accurately, pretend to draw) great comfort from this survey.

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Samsung shoots Galaxy S III with shrink ray, unveils 4in Mini

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"With the device clearly aimed at competing more directly with Apple's latest......"

"4in, 800 x 480 display plus a dual-core 1GHz ST-Ericsson Novathor U8420 chipset powering Android 4.1 Jelly Bean."

Clearly aimed at the iPhone5? The SGIII certainly is - a very fine phone. This however is clearly aimed at the mid-end market which not the case with either the iPhone5 or the SGIII. Just precisely what does the writer mean by that statement? If I have misunderstood something here (which is perfectly possible) I would be grateful if someone would enlighten me.

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How Nokia managed to drive its in-house Linux train off the rails

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Very interesting Andrew, very interesting indeed.

A somewhat more complex, nuanced and ,ultimately, depressing story than the (wilful) adherents of the "Nokia's been borged and Elop is the sweaty, chair-throwing maniac's bum-boy" explanation of where the Finns are now. Cutting to the quick, Nokia did it to themselves. No, I do not say that in any hostile sense - rather in the despairing sense. I hope very much (given that I still have a certain degree of affection for the company) that they will pull themselves back from the brink. Apart from anything else the pleasure of seeing the various members of the Choral Howling Association explode in hysterical rage at Nokia managing to turn the corner would be a major bonus in itself.

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Six months under water and iPhone 4 STILL WORKS

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@Ken Hagen RE: "Did you mean "shot" in a nice way?" I was thinking along the lines of a........

..........metaphorical firing squad after a fantasy court martial for indecent punnery!

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"Immersion, lake and palm 'er" Oh God. You ought to be shot for that one Caleb!

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Office for Android and iOS to ship by March 2013?

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"Forgive us for being a little disappointed"

MS to release an ARM version for anything other than Windows RT? I am not saying that it is impossible that they will but I think that it is far more likely that they regard the Office package as a key selling point for Windows RT slabs given that they will be bundling it with those devices. It is of course possible that there is a bit of a turf war going on behind the curtains at Redmond between the Office and the Windows divisions over whether or not to release this to other devices/operating systems.

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ZTE slams Congress spying claims, doubles down on sales ban

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@JaitcH RE "it's the U.S.doing an end run around WTO rules"

Indeed it is - highly ironic since the US was the prime driver for the establishment of the WTO and also spent the nineties and the early noughties ramming bilateral free-trade agreements down the throats of various trading partners. The issue of IP that is so often mentioned in relation to China in these debates today is an interesting one. Every country that has gone through industrialisation etc goes through a period of having zero interest in respecting patents and copyright (officially or unofficially) until they have caught up and their balance of interest is served by the protection of intellectual property. In the late nineteenth century/very early twentieth the US itself was a major offender in this area. Artists ranging from Charles Dickens via George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Conan-Doyle to Gilbert and Sullivan had monster sales in the US - much of it illicit copies of their work for which they did not see a penny piece. As far as patent law is concerned it was only when US tech had reached the "Edison stage" that US industry, commerce and the US Congress had the faintest real interest in protecting IP. One is already beginning to see the Chinese authorities on the cusp of the "ought we not to take IP seriously?" point in their industrial and commercial development. Why? Because increasing numbers of Chinese companies have IP of their own they want to protect - hardly surprising that some of them are now discovering the joys of respecting intellectual poperty!

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HP: PC industry has forgotten how to innovate

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@b166er "Not made by Hitachi by any chance?"

No, actually I was referring to what we might ourselves regard as interesting tech - just not Apple's version or any of the lookalikes.

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Re: " I suppose I must be much shinier than you! ;-)"

I think that you would have to consult La Señora as far as that is concerned - modesty forbids that I respond, you understand. ;-).

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Funny you should say that. Madame Arctic Fox routinely ignores both iPads/MBAs and the current crop of Ultrabooks - no sign of "oooh aaaah shiney" rubbish from her at any time. Heads straight for the kit she considers to be genuinely worthwhile - strangely enough. Knew there was at least one good reason why I married her (well there were and are several others but this is a tech thread) - :P

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That horrendous iPhone empurplement - you're holding it wrong

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@Rob Carriere "You're not supposed to do that; not with a phone, nor with a professional camera"

Indeed, of course, if that is in fact the sole reason for the problems that some Apple customers have had then no more needs to be said in that respect. However, my point stands with regard to what I posted. In terms of communicating with their enthusiastic user base Cupertino screwed up this time. I repeat, in the context anything that even sounded like "it's your fault" or "you're holding it wrong" was not exactly the smartest move they could have made. They are after all supposed to be (if I may be permitted the expression) marketing "geniuses"?

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@SuccessCase Re: "a perfectly acceptable trade-off to get such a good camera on a phone.."

Like you I have respect for DP Review and would not myself (since I do not IMO have the necessary expertise) dispute with their comments. The question then remains however, why did not Cupertino say something along those lines? In the aftermath of Job's famous comment during the so-called "Antenna-gate" affair anything that remotely resembled responding with "you're holding it wrong" was just begging for it. It would surely have been better if Apple had treated its customers as grown-ups and discussed the issue in the sort of terms DP Rev. used rather than giving the impression that their opinion is that their punters wouldn't have the problem if they were not "misusing" (so to speak) the camera.

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Rover spots 'possibly artificial' MYSTERY SHINY OBJECT on Mars

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Re: In our dreams. :)

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In our dreams. :)

Though it would be lovely. Now where's my tinfoil hat?

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AMD unveils 'sweet spot' processor for 'sexy' tablets

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@P. Lee "Who cares about the OS?" Indeed - the point here is surely that one can run.......

....the x86 os of your choice. I think that it is very much to AMD's credit that we could be looking at 10 mill tablets that are "full-song-with-choruses" computers which can run a full productivity os.

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Pilfering sysadmin gets four years and $2.3m fine for kit theft

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Just for a split second (I noticed the sub-heading first) I read that as............

.........."FBI nails Verizon over Cisco scam" and I got all excited - damn!

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Inside the real-world Double-O section of Her Majesty's Secret Service

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@tkioz Re:"unlikely do anything more then knock people down"

That would depend on what type of ammo you were using. I am sure we can both think of "munitions" (supplied by Q perhaps?) that would have given even his original Baretta a kick like a mule!

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Apple: Blue-shirts can fix iOS Maps in their spare time

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@LPF "Re: But how" You know it's a funny thing but I have for some reason........

..............rather old fashioned reservations about calling somebody a liar in the absence of any solid indication that they are, simply because I want it to be the case. How about you?

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