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Zynga faces legal probe over senior management share sales

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"The timing of these insider sales two months before is suspect"

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Facebook posts loss despite strong revenue growth

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Re: "Things that used to rule the Net." Never mind the Net - there is nothing new..........

...............under the sun. The "Tulipmania" peaked in Holland in 1637 and when it then crashed in ruined a very large number of people. The "valuations" reached the equivalent to a skilled manual worker's annual salary per bulb before it all when tits up. Or the infamous "South Sea Bubble" which reached it's top in about 1720 before "deflating" leaving the shares at about their flotation price (sound familiar?) and the national economy in depression. The net facilitates this kind of mass financial idiocy but the idiocy itself is as old as the hills. The primary difference being is that we now see the effects on a global rather than merely national scale.

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Mac malware Crisis as Apple lets slip its Mountain Lion

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@Wensleydale Cheese. RE "I have got to slap your wrists on that one."

You are using the install/update process when installing a new os (when you of course get all, accumulated updates/patches) as an argument? You are suggesting that on "Patch Tuesday" it is a Windows user's regular experience to get several gigs coming down the pipe rather than (order of magnitude) megs? Well, far be it from to hinder you in making an ass of yourself but I would suggest that you re-think that line of argument.

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Apple CEO: Frothing fanboi iPhone 5 hype screwed our sales

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Indeed. In fact paraphrasing the Bard by pointing out that they seem to have been........

.........."hoist upon their own marketing petard" would appear to be in order.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean review

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"Far more useful is the new off-line voice typing facility"

Now that is seriously useful. Its not everyone who is particularly comfortable with a virtual keyboard for more than a couple of sentences. Many are of course (I am myself) but there plenty who aren't and I have no doubt that they will welcome this aspect. Apart from anything else there are many people who, for reasons of age and/or infirmity rather than preference, find using an on-screen keyboard very difficult indeed.

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Iranian nuke plants rocked in midnight 'heavy metal blast'

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Re: Not evil enough

I feel sure that the deployment of any form of J***** B***** is banned under several international conventions. If it isn't, it bloody well should be.

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Buzz: iPhone 5 arrives September 21, demand 'unprecedented'

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Re: "right where I hold the thing. Very useful..."

You're holding it wrong.

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Windows 8 'bad' for desktop users - Gartner's one-word review

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Re: "Possibly you are using an older preview version?"

That very possible. The response to mouse and touch gestures and the nature of those gestures was significantly changed/improved between the "Build" version and the "Customer Preview". The degree of predictability and precision in the CP version is a different ball game entirely in comparison to the pre-beta.

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Re: "Fixed with a fracking start icon" Try performing exactly the same................

...........mouse movement only "right-click" when you reach bottom left. Yes, that's right - you'll see an entirely different menu that has absolutely nothing to do with the metro start menu. A whole list of facilities that bear an amazing resemblance to - well I'll leave you to find out for yourself.

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Office Web App upgrade adds long-needed features

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Yes, in comparisons *between* primate species, not...........

..............within the same species. I realise that there are some "scientists" who are trying to claim differently - they have yet to make a case that stands up to anything like genuine peer review. Give it a rest, the snide nature of the agenda in your original posting was tolerably obvious.

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"@Pascal Monett "..................this was actually true.""

Indeed it is. However, when you relate brain mass to body weight you see that the percentage of body weight that brain-mass represents is identical in men and women. Furthermore, there are no reputable studies that have ever shown a difference in the intellectual capacities of men and women that can in any way be related to brain-mass at all. This appears to be something that the original poster was/is completely unaware of - perhaps his extra is not doing him as much good as he clearly thinks it is.

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Cue massed howls of female laughter.

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Darth Vader is a pansy

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Re: "Every reply downvoted?"

Yes, I scrolled down the thread seeing one downvote after the other mostly on entirely innocuous posts where there was no apparent rhyme or reason to the vote. Most peculiar - some saddo I expect.

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Has Nokia bottomed out? El Reg drills into the detail

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Re: @AC 20th July 19.19 "anecdotal evidence suggests"

I see that someone did not like my point. I pose one last question in this context. How many of you would be prepared on a thread like this to accept anecdotal "evidence" that favoured Nokia or most particularly Microsoft? You wouldn't, would you? In fact anyone who tried to post anything like that would get absolutely hosed, would he not?

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@AC 20th July 19.19 Re: "anecdotal evidence suggests"

Anecdotal "evidence"? Are you serious? You mean a man down the pub told you? Or you are guessing because that view happens to suit what you want to post anyway? Anecdotal evidence my arse - FUD pure and simple.

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Re: "and 4m shipped means 1.5m sold...."

Yes, clearly he is just trolling. The amazing thing is that he is so intellectually challenged that he thought nobody would notice and that it would be effective. Strange, hmm?

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"and 4m shipped means 1.5m sold...."

I look forward in eager anticipation to you posting the link that provides explicit confirmation of that assertion. Unless of course it was just more AC-protected FUD, hmm?

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Actually Andrew I agree. That is a reasonable and realistic...........

................assessment of the current situation. The howlers will not like it of course because the implication is that Nokia might prosper under certain circumstances. That is the last thing they want to hear and you can expect the usual "howling and fudding" in response to what you have posted.

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Microsoft posts first-ever quarterly loss

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Re: Can't see what the fuss is all about...

Never admit you were mistaken. Just do what several others do and remember that "posting as a AC means never having to say you are sorry" -:P. No, on a more serious note, I agree with you. MS made a poor purchase in 2007 and they have decided for accounting reasons to take the whole hit now. The background figures give a wholly different picture from the headline. Nokia, well the figures are not as poor as the market had been expecting and indeed their share price rose (a bit) on the news. However, the reality is that we will not know one way or the other before we see how the Finns do with WP8 - they screw up then its game over. I hope they do not because whatever certain howlers and haters might opine because of whom Nokia is allied with, Nokia going tits up would be a loss for us all regardless of whose phone/os we prefer.

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Re: Past the peak

When you have woken up and stopped enjoying that lovely daydream do post again with something more closely in orbit around Planet Reality.

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Apple building 'tactical' data center with 'mantrap' doors

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All they have to do now is..........

...............build it underground and call it the "Hive".

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Apple finally grabs apple.co.uk – after just 16 years

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In cyberspace nobody can...............

.................avoid hearing Barry Shitpeas scream.

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Nearly 2 MILLION US Facebook users quit social network

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Re: "Fashionable to hate Facebook / two sides to a story" I will freely admit that my personal..

........name for FB is "ArseBook" which will give you some idea as to how I feel about it. However, I am sorry to see that a polite, friendly and rationally written post should be down-voted. I can only add an up-vote and say that I appreciate your contribution.

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@localgeek Re: "You're Welcome, Mr. Zuckerberg". I congratulate you and...............

...............no, I am in fact, not being sarky. I will however say that I am deeply delighted that my good lady and I were never tempted to have our daily distraction level increased to start with -:). Being part of the "Global Village" is one thing, being part of a poisonous and demanding "Global Gossip Shop" with its attendant security risks is quite another matter.

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Intel CEO Otellini promises $699 ultrabooks by fall

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"Intel CEO Otellini promises $699 ultrabooks by fall"

If true and they are decently specced (yes I am, amongst other things, looking at those screen resolutions - if we are still talking no genuine high res they can go screw) then Intel's hopes for a mass-market in this form factor may be fulfilled. I remain to be convinced, especially since I am still not sanguine as to whether or not Intel has finally got the memo about what they can rationally expect to be able to charge for their cpus.

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UK's tax-funded boffinry to be published FREE for all

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Splendid!

See title. -:)

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iPhone 5 to be skinniest Apple yet SHOCK

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@No, I will not fix your computer. Thanks for reminding me of that sketch...........

"Rowan Atkinson sketch where he starts a stopwatch, rips of in his car through back alleys, screehing tyres, across paths, through parks, through red lights, then drives onto the beach, stops his stopwatch and puts a sign in his guesthouse that says "less than 5 mins from the beach"."

.................I laughed out loud when I read your posting - its been years since I saw that one, I had quite forgotten it.

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Thinner, lighter, blah, blah, blah. It's all very well but there must come a point when............

................these devices (and no, I am not just having a go at the iPhone) are thin and light enough. At the present state of the tech these obsessions come at the expense of other important elements - like having a decent sized battery in there just to mention one aspect. I am beginning to get arse-tired of hearing how light and how thin the latest offering is (regardless of which company we are talking about) when the net result is that the phones concerned often are not as good as they otherwise could have with regard to other criteria because they are being shoe-horned into ever smaller bodies (in the volumetric sense).

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More Steve Jobs iPad mini attacks from beyond the grave

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"One naturally thinks that a 7-inch screen would offer 70 per cent..............

...................... of the benefits of the 10-inch screen."

I am frankly surprised that he spoke as if everybody is thick given that he normally had a masterly grasp of his relationship to his customers. Even someone who has no idea how to calculate the percentage increase in screen area per inch increase in the diagonal size can clearly see that the visual real estate increases sharply as the size of the diagonal increases. That is an elementary not to say trivial visual observation even for those whose trigonometry isn't up to very much.

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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Actually the visual difference is in practice not that great.

I downloaded the beta myself and installed it on our Win7 box in the front room. Using it as a keyboard/mouse package is to all practical intents and purposes little different from using 2010 (let us please not discuss the ribbon -:P). Unless you actually install it on a touch device you will not, in practice, notice any of the touch-UI optimisation. The package is no more/no less usable on a conventional pc than the previous version and the implication in the headline that it has been "metroed" is, to say it mildly, somewhat exaggerated. It has some new/extra features that the individual user may find useful but if you did not like 2010 you are not going to feel any friendlier towards this version.

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Apple Store staircase flagged as Peeping Tom black spot

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I assume that you are trying to claim that you have no personal experience...............

"Although the steps themselves are opaque, it is still possible to cop an eyeful from below through the gaps between the steps ... err, apparently."

............dubious, very dubious.

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Eurozone crisis hits pay TV: Punters pick broadband over telly

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I am not surprised that they almost can't give it away.................

................I've seen Norwegian TV! (See my handle). On a more curious note I realise now that I and my good lady have been seriously radical and ahead of the curve for once -:P. We have not bothered with the Telly for several years now. The only reason we have the service available is that the cable company (Canal Digital) won't supply you with a broadband connection unless you buy the basic telly package as well. Our Sammy in the living room is our home cinema screen and a monster pc monitor - I honestly cannot remember the last time we actually used it as a TV.

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Phishers use less strident subject lines to deliver new cunning attacks

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@Tom 13 : I should of course have made clear that I am in my middle fifties - that makes.......

...........my point about the time-line and "culture" issue I referred to rather clearer. That was the "we" I was speaking about. -:)

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@Tom 13 RE "but not so much for your average punter."

Yes, this is in fact a real problem that I in my opinion is rooted in the education system. We are the last generation that have grown up with people for whom the pc is some "new thing". When I was a very little lad a much loved friend of our family was a very elderly gentleman for whom the telephone was something he hated and feared despite the fact that he was a chap of considerable intellect. This "technophobia" is something we have to address - though how we tackle it is something that I do any good suggestions for.

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"tricking prospective marks into clicking a link"

Until the average punter learns that he/she should not click on any link in any context unless they are certain of the site's or the e-mail's bona fides these scammers will continue to be on earners. It is not as if people are not being regularly warned about this kind of thing in the main-stream media - they are. I frankly speaking do not have any idea what can be done to get the average pc user to stop doing this. These issues have had loads of publicity all over, not just at sites like El Reg. It ought to be bloody obvious by now that "free porn", "you have won", "account cancellation alert", "update your account details" etc should ring very loud warning bells even amongst those whose IQ is challenged by their shoe size. I am not seriously suggesting that people should have to apply for a pc-license and take a test but sometimes the temptation to do so is overwhelming!

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in

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Re: "Look into my Apple Logo"

Very amusing - the down-voters should get a life.

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Christians get God-optimized 'Edifi' Android fondleslab

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"he smashed the tablets"

...............after he discovered that they had been bricked.

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Re: "Is rooting a mortal sin?"

Only if you are an Australian.

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Kiwi pooches turn into ROACH MUNCHING DOPE FIENDS

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"“how to tell if your hound is high”"

It start humming "pass the Dutchie pon the left hand side".

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China's censors move to stamp out sex and violence online

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"the Grass Mud Horse"?

If that has anything to do with sexual content the mind absolutely boggles.

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Ballmer plays down sales impact of Surface

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I think that when Ballmer says................

..........."but we need partners to have that diversity of devices" that he actually means it and is not (on this occasion anyway) just making mouth gestures. For MS to become any kind of "sole producer" would (in order to set up the whole system) from their starting point in today's reality would be a huge undertaking that would cost the earth plus several local planetary systems without any way of estimating likely success or failure. In other words they would be taking a gigantic punt which if it went tits up could/would break them. That they are currently giving the OEMs a firm nudge - that I believe. That they may well start to produce (over a longer period) more devices - that I also can believe. However, that they have at the present time any real plans to bet the entire financial foundation of the company on such a move - that, I most definitely do not believe.

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UK judge hands Samsung win for being 'not as cool' as iPad

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@Nine Circles RE ".............from the perspective of an informed user."

Interesting that the advice to judges from the Court of Justice of the European Union is framed in that way. It is also interesting that implicit in that advice is the acknowledgement that judgements delivered in the absence of such a perspective are delivering it from a lowest common denominator consumer point of view. By that I mean that if it is possible that a significant number of The Transcendent Order of the Ignorati might be fooled then it is accepted (currently in the US at any rate) that the defendant is in breach. It does of course offer an amusing picture of a fantasy courtroom somewhere in the US (or in Germany given some of the judgements that have been handed down there) where Apple lawyers are questioning prospective jurors (if juries were used in such cases - I said it was a fantasy courtroom :P) "do you have difficulty tying you own shoelaces without a diagram? No? Rejected, next candidate!"

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@TheOtherHobbes RE: "I wonder if it's really quite a clever way of dealing with the issue."

Having now read both your comment and what the Judge said in detail I have to say that I think that you are certainly correct in your interpretation. What on earth are Apple going to say now? "The device from Samsung is as good as our iPads and equally as stylish so please ban them"? I think that His Honour has been very clever indeed - tongue was undoubtedly firmly located in his own cheek and not up Apple's cheeks, in contrast to some other judges we have heard from during the last year or so.

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Lookout mulls flagging privacy-invading phone apps as adware

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5 per cent? I have to admit that I was relieved when I read that.

Had I been asked to guess I would have thought it was rather more. However, their sample size (some 300 k or so) is reassuringly trustworthy as far as statistical confidence is concerned so I am inclined to take it on face value.

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Burnt Samsung Galaxy S III singed by external source, probe reveals

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Not the sharpest tool in the box? You are being far too kind. -:)

Some person or persons put a wet mobile phone in a microwave to dry it out? Thus making sure that (apart from any direct effects of the radiation on the kit) the water would boil inside the phone - I am speechless. Then after having done this and wrecked said phone they go and inform World+Wife+Dog via the internet as if they were somehow proud of what they had done. How is it possible to be that brain-dead? The only way that they could have made bigger fools of themselves would have been to film themselves doing it and posting the result on YouTube.

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Phone-raiding Trojan slips past Apple’s App Store censors

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We can conclude then that "Fidall-A" turned out to be "A-Fiddle".

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Apple 'fesses up: We broke App Store downloads

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@Oninoshiko RE ".....going to deal with the one star reviews given to products because of this?"

Yes, that is an awkward one and I imagine the devs will be complaining loud and long on exactly that issue. Is it possible for Apple to "reset" the star ratings with a short one or two line explanation as to why do you think, without it creating a problem with the system at their appstore? Even so they owe it to their devs to ensure that those of their customers who do not read tech fora like El Reg are made aware that those ratings are wholly unfair currently.

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Excellent. Let us hope that it is the start of a trend as far as how................

..............The Man From Cupertino deals with problems and how one communicates with those who are affected. I criticised Apple in the thread attached to the previous article concerning this issue and I am happy to acknowledge that they have moved way faster on this occasion (as far as communicating with their customers and the world at large is concerned) than has typically been the case until this issue cropped up. I am however obliged to say, "about bloody time".

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Trekkie pays £45,000 for rusty shuttle

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Re: "Please don't encourage him! PLEASE!"

Indeed. Like the Patrician I am in favour of the Scorpion Pits for mime artists and people who make puns like that.

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