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Apple MacBook Air 13in review

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Re: "And as someone who sometimes works out of coffee shops," You're out, you're proud.......

.....and you're a Barista? :P

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Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113

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Perhaps it might be, "Elementary my dear TeeCee".

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*This icon was selected for the sake of the quotation in the title and the literary reference therein. No sarcasm was intended or deployed during the uploading of this posting.

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Tibetan STATUE found by 1930s NAZI expedition is of ALIEN ORIGIN

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Re: "......also known as 'The Statue of the Fallen Vaiśravana with Big Boobies'."

Thumbs up for the "*Ello, 'Ello" reference.

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Euro watchdog to charge Microsoft on web browser choice boob

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@ AC 27th Sept 10:51: ".........which further suggests balls up". Whilst we know that.........

..............that Redmond has considerable form in this area I have to say that on this occasion I am inclined to agree. Apparently the "fat, sweaty, chair-throwing maniac" (as a certain section of the cognoscenti here affectionately refer to him) contacted the commission personally to assure them that MS were coming in with their hands up and did not dispute that they were in breach. On the basis of the evidence so far it does appear to be a case of "do not ascribe to malice what stupidity can explain" - or at least the cock-ups that a large and fairly bureaucratic organisation can explain.

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Microsoft's Bing bods exploit fanbois' Apple maps misery

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I have to say Gavin that when it comes to "slight sarky"..............

"If Microsoft cares, though, it should to do more to woo them than merely penning a slightly sarky blog post on a relatively obscure Microsoft web page. "

.................and having read through your article I am obliged to say, "kettle meet pot".

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Intel launches ARM battery life Windows 8 Atom chip

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Well, if Intel's claims about this chip's performance are......

.............within hailing distance of reality (I want to see some kit with this chip in it first) then the "Bay Trail" version which, allegedly, will be coming out towards the end of next year may be very interesting indeed.

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NYPD: iPhone thefts rising ten times rate of other crimes

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@toadwarrior RE:"The police aren't in apple's back pocket. "

I can assure you that I was not suggesting that they were and furthermore my "nerdy fanboy senses" are at all times fully under control. :P

I was referring to the desire of the police to be seen to be doing something when the crime concerned is attracting public attention and (implicitly) how more serious offences don't get the attention they should.

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@ AC 2012 01:47 That is, I suspect, a little bit tricky for a certain *particular* section........

........of their customer base for whom a great deal of the point of the exercise is that everybody should know that they own a product from A Certain Famously Cool Mobile Phone Producer. The fact that after dark in certain areas of the average major city this is equivalent to walking around wearing a large billboard saying "please mug me" does present them with something of a conundrum. I will admit that the mental image of a couple shadowy figures lurking in a doorway watching their mark strolling down the street and the one saying to the other "me first with the barista" is irresistible.

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Crimewave?

Except where the theft involves serious violence against the owner I would have thought that a major US urban police force might have higher priorities than petty larceny? An example of "PR-policing" from the NYPD perhaps?

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Samsung slams Apple patent jury, wants new trial in US

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@Marshaltown Re: ""Judge Lucy's" displays of temper"

That is highly likely IMO. A jury in that situation need to feel that the judge is sympathetic to the highly onerous task they have been faced with. It is of the first importance that the judge makes it clear that he/she not only welcomes such questions from the jury but regards it as part of the jury's job to pose them such that the jury-members feel reassured that the judge is supportive. If they are however drowning in a complex case, are also faced with potential public humiliation at the hands of a "bad tempered beak" and have a saloon bar know-all in the jury room one ends up with the kind of situation one sees here.

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Re: "Stuff" I have to say that I am not sure.

My guess is (and I admit it is a guess) that they were so intimidated by the avalanche of evidence and decisions required of them that they were only too grateful that somebody appeared to know what they were doing. It takes some self-confidence to insist on going back into court in order to ask for guidance from the judge - and risk feeling that you have made a complete fool of yourself in a very public fashion, a feeling that is very intimidating for many people when they are being asked to cope with something as complex as the arguments presented at this trial.

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Geoff Campbell Re: "a hilarious explanation given by Hogan "

It is of course for precisely that reason that jurors in such complex cases are given a very clear instruction which can be roughly summed up as "if you need any guidance on points of/interpretation of the law ask the Judge". It has to be that way because (as you have indicated) it you get a saloon bar loudmouth/fast talker in a complex case where the jury are struggling you end up with this kind of mess. The guy's fearless belief in his own "perspicacity" and "knowledge" are exactly the kind of thing that can totally fuck up any chance of a rational result from a lay jury. His overweening ignorance remarkable self-confidence led him to utterly disregard the clear promise/oath he had signed as a jury member and the sheer complexity of the trial that the rest of the jury were drowning in led them to accept his dubious leadership when they should (given that they had signed the same promise) have told him to shut the fuck and, if necessary, complained about his behaviour to the Judge.

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Re: Jury was fatally flawed.

Hell.I cannot believe it. I've actually upvoted one Barry's posts - I need to lie down.

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@nematoad Re: "I'm sure that Apple will be wishing that jury foreman Hogan "

Once other members of the jury had started to speak in public about the case (as they inevitably would, especially given that the press would certainly be pursuing them for interviews) it did not matter whether he had opened his mouth or not. In fact, once the foreman of the jury had disregarded his oath as a juror within the jury room during the course of the trial in the blatant way that this guy by his own admission did, then the case for ruling a mistrial was always going to become known and Samsung's lawyers would be "on the case" (so to speak :)). The verdict in this trial appears (with the wisdom of hindsight, natch) in practice to have been a ticking bomb ever since it was delivered - the issue now is, in whose backyard the blast craters are going to end up.

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"Meanwhile, Hogan himself told Bloomberg TV the same thing."

""Some were not sure of how prior art could either render a patent acceptable or whether it could invalidate it... (I) laid it out for them," he said."

So they had an amateur patent lawyer on the jury who regarded his oath as a juror to be a minor irrelevance - according to the contrast between his signed promise/oath when he became a juror and his own words in the aftermath.

Furthermore, I do not feel that it is going too far to wonder if his experience as a patent holder might perhaps be thought to have had some influence on his attitudes with regard to a US company complaining that a foreign company was ripping them off - particularly such a famous US company as the one involved. Given that he was the foreman of the jury and other jurors have said that he provided them with "guidance" and he has admitted that himself, it is clear that there is a serious risk that he was steering a jury who were virtually drowning in that large and complex trial towards the verdict he preferred.

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Berkeley Lab proposes 4D clock

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@Tim Starling Re: "If there are enough ions in the ring"

Thank you - :)

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"how does one use them as a crystal?"

I think that part of the conundrum is explained in this paragraph:

"However, there’s an escape clause at the quantum level: the ions can be given a push with a weak magnetic field, to get them rotating, and since they lose no energy to the outside world, that rotation should continue forever – even, according to research leader Xiang Zhang, after the “heat death” of the universe. And since there is no energy output from the crystal, it doesn’t break the rules to offer a perpetual motion machine."

However, what is not clear to me is how one is meant to "read" this clock. The action in so doing would surely impart energy to the system, a sort of "observer effect"? If by observing one imparts energy to the system is it not then above the zero state referred in the article? It is of course highly likely that I am missing something here because this is not my field. Is there a physicist in the house?

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Ah, but can it re-sharpen razor blades as well as keep time?

"a spatial ring of trapped ions in persistent rotation will periodically reproduce itself in time, forming a temporal analog of an ordinary spatial crystal. With a periodic structure in both space and time, the result is a space-time crystal."

Sorry I could not resist that. It is in fact a very interesting concept, it is just that the description had a certain "new age" ring to it.

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Smartphones may soon listen in on you while they sleep

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No, my phone won't.

Not unless it wants to be buried at a cross-roads with a stake through its cpu.

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Scientists: 'Castration is the key to a longer life'

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'Castration is the key to a longer life' You first.

See title.

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Researchers reveal NFC subway bonk-nonpayment scheme

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"Permanent, plastic cards that offer more complicated fare schemes are not affected."

Yet dear boy, yet. I foresee a large market in "snide seasons".

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Apple begs ex-Google bods to fix crap maps app

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I think that it is possible that this needs a little bit of translation work.

"Still, despite the insider's account of lukewarm salary offers of $85,000 (£52k) plus moving expenses, it appears Apple is simply picking up people whose contract work with Google has ended."

I.E. "Cupertino has now realised that they are in fairly deep shit as far as this particular issue is concerned and are desperate enough to employ Mountain View's leavings". That interpretation may or may not be fair but on the basis of the available evidence it is as valid as any other call. I repeat a comment I made on another thread, it is impossible to believe that their former CEO would have allowed this out the door. That they are now reduced (if this article is the "real deal" as far as the information in it is concerned) to hiring those whom Google either do not wish to keep or do not need to keep says everything that needs to be said. I still do not understand how they could have released an app so important to so many users as the navigation/mapping app in this condition.

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Samsung ready to drop faster SSDs

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@lawndart "Is it just me.....or did anyone else read the headline as" No, me too. It was only.....

............after some head-scratching that I realised that they meant "about to drop" in the sense of about to "hatch" - so to speak. :)

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40 Foxconn staff hospitalised after CAMPUS RIOT

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"This article is definitely written from a hard left position" I beg your pardon? WTF?

"This article is definitely written from a hard left position"? If you characterise the tone of this article as in any way "hard left I am obliged either to assume that you have never talked politics with anyone from the outside left or to ask you just how right-wing you are if you actually believe what you have just written.

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Now Apple cuts back on Samsung displays

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"including being chewed on by a raccoon " Chewed on by a racoon? WTF!

I love it!

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iOS 6 maps can't find Sydney Apple Store

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"........but in this case I'd say it is definitely justified."

I think that is indisputable. If there is one thing we can say with certainty it is that's Mr jobs definitely did not enjoy being left looking foolish. One can readily imagine the fate of the manager concerned if he was still their CEO. Though it has to be said I don't think that he would have let it out of the door in the first place.

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Ig Nobels 2012: Physics of ponytails, chimp arse-cognition and more

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Please Mr T, enough already!

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Re: "...actually, that is a kind of useful thing to know" I am absolutely certain that monkeys.....

..........consider that this:

"....can recognise each other from pictures of each other's arses."

.......is of the first importance. Maybe there should be an app for that instead of face recognition!

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Apple scrambled to hire iOS 6 maps engineers DAYS before launch

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Re:"A certain Finnish phone producer .........." .......has in fact been even quicker off the.......

................ mark with this one than I was anticipating. They must have worked nightshift in Espoo this time.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/21/nokia-stacks-up-its-maps-next-to-apple-and-google/

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Re "on going for your job interview.............."

It is certainly very tempting to amuse oneself and I for one am having a quiet chuckle. However, I have to confess that because online maps/navigation really matter to an awful lot of punters (unlike Siri whose limitations do not matter (currently) in the greater scheme of things) I am absolutely astonished that Apple let this product out of the door in this condition. I am convinced that Jobs would never have permitted such a high profile and important part of the software services on any smartphone to be released in this condition. Cupertino really have taken their eye off the ball with this one. A certain Finnish phone producer with a very widely admired maps/navigation package must be laughing their gonads off about now!

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Verizon CFO: 'Unlimited' data is just a word

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No word is "just a word", words are the basis of civilisation.

At some stage after we had gotten past picking fleas out of each other's pelts we began to develop language (fire and the wheel probably came rather later!) precisely because our development as a species required that we develop the capacity to convey a wide range of information with precision. Words are important, without words we would not have developed human civilisation and technology. However, we do occasionally get throwbacks to an earlier stage of development who fail to understand one of the key things that humanity has spent the last couple of hundred thousand years or so doing. I think that Verizon's managers should concentrate on with picking fleas out of each other's pelts - its about their level.

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Senate hears Microsoft and HP avoided billions in US taxes

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@Killraven "What part of the article, where it states that US Corporate Taxes.........

...............are at an all-time historical low, did you not comprehend?"

I fear that in most cases they comprehend all right, it is just that they would rather gnaw their own legs off than admit it because then they would "not have a leg to stand on" - boom, boom. Sorry for that appalling pun, I could not resist it. My point in support of your posting was however entirely seriously meant.

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Careful Iain old chap............

"No-one likes paying taxes, but they are fundamental to the environment that built the high tech sector. You need an educated workforce, with enough wages to buy toys like the iPhone, along with a good communications infrastructure and the rule of law, in order to build a successful economy, and that costs money that most companies seem unwilling to pay. ®"

...............more of that and Fox News will be denouncing you as a commie. :P

I entirely agree BTW - see my reply to YAAC (Yet Another Anonymous Coward).

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"What stinks is having such a high tax rate.................

....................that companies will move the revenue elsewhere. If you want the tax then lower your rates."

That of course is utter rubbish. When Thatcher's regime in the early eighties made huge cuts in the upper tax bands rich individuals and companies simply said "thank you very much" and carried on avoiding even those taxes. Nothing has ever stopped the "1-percenters" shitting on the rest of society - or stopped apologists like you trotting out the same pernicious rubbish when defending them. It does not matter how much you cut taxes the bastards automatically find all legal and sometimes illegal ways to avoid the taxes they still are supposed to pay - that has been an observable fact for decades.

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Deep, deep dive inside Intel's next-generation processor

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Short answer, yes. Long(ish) answer, see text.

"Haswell will use a new LGA1150 socket instead of the LGA1155 socket that Sandy Bridge uses and Ivy Bridge will also use when it tips up next year. This means that to upgrade to Haswell, you will need a new motherboard featuring the LGA1150 socket."

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2124146/intel-s-haswell-chip-socket

Though it has to be said that the main advantages at the outset appear to be in mobile devices (which I presume we are unlikely to start spannering ourselves :P) and by the time (2014?) those chips are launched for desktops and the like it will probably be time for an upgrade anyway. :)

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Taiwan's civil servants caught by sexy email trap

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@Thomas 4 "Works very well in cubical office environments"

I think that you may be on to something old chap, followed perhaps by uploading the "victims" reaction to YouTube and watching it go viral. If that however still does not work I insist on the aforementioned 14000 volts to the goolies!

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"Those who clicked on the message will be forced to sit through................

...................a two hour course on internet security." Even it you force these people to sit through that course again and again and again, it will not make the slightest bit of difference to the substantial minority who cannot be told (even if you combined it with electrodes attached to sensitive body-parts). The issue of "don't click on those (for example) "free porn" links has been done to death in the mainstream media and the idiots still do it. What the hell the answer is I do not pretend to know. Anyone got any ideas - apart from 14000 volts in the goolies?

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HTC hawks fresh WinPho smartphones

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@Ragarath I would indeed be very surprised if Nokia decided to do a Cupertino.

However, I have to say that this one looks way more like the Lumia 920 than any of the Galaxy phones ever resembled the iPhones (whatever our fruity compadres might opine). It would be understandable with this degree of resemblance if Nokia were a trifle peeved. I wonder if this might actually rebound on HTC a bit in the market place?*

*Declaration. I harbour no ill will towards HTC and have in fact owned two of their phones. The original "Wildfire" which was my first smartphone and my current Android phone, a Desire Z.

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Report: Microsoft to cop it from Brussels in Browser Choice affair

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I find the whole business very strange.

When the EU commission took the issue up with MS Redmond's reaction was basically "oh shit". They even had Ballmer contact Brussels himself and assure them that MS would take its medicine (ie fines) like a good little boy without arguing. On the one hand it is difficult to believe that MS had not noticed this "error" and on the other hand it is also difficult to believe that they thought that nobody else would notice it either and that they could "get away with it". What the frack was going on there is frankly speaking not entirely obvious.

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Win8 tablets may cost MORE than iPads – AND LAPTOPS

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@David Cantrell Re:"Shiny stuff is cheaper." Well, actually that was pretty much what........

.......the "sweaty chair throwing maniac" was signalling in his recent interview when he talked about the range of the sweet spot in the modern market being $300 - $800 - he could scarcely have been more explicit. However, if the news in the article is true it would appear that some of the OEMs have not quite understood that, at least with Windows RT, we are indeed referring to what El Reg likes to call "fondle slabs" and "shinies" as far as the market is concerned. Unless they understand that a major part of the domestic retail market is indeed about "shiny stuff" and price accordingly they are going to do very poorly indeed. The x86 market which is much more heavily influenced by what enterprise may (or may not) be willing to pay may very well sustain kit at the upper end of that price range or even above if it is regard as of premier quality. However, any OEM who thinks that they can get away with entry prices of the kind signalled in this article is in orbit around a very different planet from the rest of us.

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Re: "You are just whining because you can't afford shiny stuff"

A combination of bad manners and guesswork - you are a treat to debate with. Nothing about either of my posts involved that kind of tone. Moreover your attempt to use the kind of debating technique that goes down well in the saloon bar of some of our less salubrious watering holes utterly fails here. Yes, I can afford to drop a grand or so on a piece of kit if I really want it, so fucking what? What has that got to do with the issues here? We are not debating my personal buying capacity/decisions or yours - yet all the same you chose to personalise this exchange. I was discussing the behaviour of the OEMs in relation to the market they are in and the production and sale challenges they have to tackle in the mass market. That has bugger all to do with what I personally can afford or not.

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Re: "Also they _do_ have to factor in $75-100 for licence." If you read my post again you will......

......see that I did not say that they didn't have to factor in such issues. I simply pointed out that even when they don't (and their commercial challenges otherwise are pretty much identical whether they are producing Android tablets or Windows tablets) have to pay a license fee they still overcharge at the outset. The practical reality is that they are fully capable of mispricing with or without Redmond's help. Furthermore, they as producers do have (one would have thought) an objective interest in contributing to growing a market if they wish to sell devices. That applies whether we are talking Android or Windows. They utterly refused to accept lower margins or even a certain degree of "loss leader" pricing when Android* for tablets first came out with the result that the Android os was to all practical intents and purposes crippled commercially for the first year or so after launch. If they want to produce and sell kit, yes they do have to make a contribution themselves - either that or they should get out of the game.

*Google after all had borne all the costs of developing the os and thereby made their contribution, the OEMs, to all practical intents and purposes, simply said "thank you very much" and then refused to make any contribution themselves in terms of the prices they introduced the Android tablets to the market at.

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Re: Hahaha, the angry fat chair-throwin beancounter finally lost it..

Actually "the angry fat chair-throwin beancounter" pegged “sweet spot” prices at $300 to $800 in that interview recently did he not? I'd say that Asus' prices here (if this leak is genuine) don't exactly fall within that, hmm?

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@Ye Gads Re: "In fairness" I agree. I think that I would also add something that some.........

............people are ignoring in their eagerness to lay all the blame (if these leaks are connected to reality) on Redmond and their license fee. In their desire to howl that it is all MS' fault and (apparently) excuse the OEMs for refusing to wake up and smell the coffee as far as pricing is concerned they are conveniently "forgetting" what the OEMs did when the first Android tablets were launched. There is of course no license fee attached to Google's offering - that did not stop the OEMs charging the most horrendous prices for those tablets. Just to give two examples: Have we forgotten what HTC tried to charge for the "Flyer" or what Samsung wanted for its first 7 incher? They wanted way more than Apple were charging then for the iPad FFS! The fact of the matter is when it comes to totally unrealistic pricing the OEMs need no help from Redmond, they have a form-sheet a mile long. The Window's license is not any explanation or excuse for their behaviour - they are perfectly capable of grotesquely overcharging whether they are paying for a license or not. The very slow start that the Android tablets had the first year or so after launch was directly due IMHO to the braindead refusal of the OEMs to recognise that they simply cannot get away with these kinds of prices. One can certainly argue that MS should reduce its license fee (and I would not disagree with that for one moment) however, even if they did I fear that based on past form the OEMs would at the outset simply pocket the difference themselves.

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Mobile phones still failing to kill people – Nordic scientists

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Re: "I want to see an experiment"

You would never get it past the essex committee. You know, the committee that likes to say "nae, yor avin me on".

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Forty Canadian birds BONKING against windows EVERY MINUTE

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Where I live up the Arctic arse-end of nowhere it appears to be the annual rite of passage.......

...........for the local great tit clutch to fly into our kitchen window at least once whilst they are learning what that strange see-through stuff is. We have never yet found a body on the terrace though, they just seem to land, stagger around a bit for a while and then fly off. Our nickname for them is the flying circus, usually six, seven members - crazy as larry and great source of pleasure and amusement.

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Apple 'hasn't really run out of iPhone 5s AT ALL'

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Re: "Mine's the one with the funny looking phone I found in the pub last week"

I'd be careful about that if I were you. You could end up with your house being ransacked by a team that includes people from A Famous Mobile Phone Company pretending to be police officers.

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@Andy Farley: What I find entertaining about reading this thread it noticing............

..............that some people really are "satire-dyslexic", they do not recognise it even when it is about as subtle as a lump hammer. The righteous indignation, the fury, the total incomprehension. I got past the first paragraph with the article filed in my head under "Reg Wind-ups" (other than of course that the shortage could in reality be artificial).

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Office to propel Windows tablets past Android in 2015

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A small correction.......

......................"The prediction has been issued by WitlessView".

Regardless of the nature of the prediction or whom it seems to benefit this sort of analysis is worthless - it is indeed worse than guesswork.

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