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Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

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@JDX Re: "A positive thing." Actually JDX I have to say that I agree with you.

Whilst my interest in the Kardashian clan per se is zero, I find the response of those who were interested strangely human and, dare I say it, reassuring. I wish neither of those two people any harm and I hope that their marriage works out for them - although I would probably run a mile if I ever bumped into them in a bar somewhere!

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HP breaks ranks: Foresees data ARCHIVING on Flash

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If you are going to do irony AC (of course, what else would you be).........

........I suggest you work on it before you post. That was, to say the least of it, somewhat laboured.

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What is the world coming to?

You actually referred to FarceBook in an article of this kind?

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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@Dave 126 Re: "I use my kettle every day"

You of course downloaded the manual before purchase?

Sorry Dave 126, I could not resist that. In fact I am geeky enough that I not only RTFM I indeed DTFMBIBI. (Download The Fucking Manual Before I Buy It).

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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Re: When I were a lad

This is surely not the room for an argument.

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Asus Z97-A puts Intel's 9 Series chipset through its paces

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@Semtex451 Re: Please Sir, can I have some more?

I am obliged to agree. I thought for a moment that I had logged onto Anandtech by mistake! Very welcome if it continues.

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Apple vows to squash iMessage SMS-KILLER

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Oh right, just a little accident then, no harm meant.........

"Cupertino's problems were compounded when it experienced a server glitch which prevented Apple users from reliably disabling iMessage from their hardware before exchanging it for another device from outside Apple's walled garden."

.......nothing to see here, move along now.*

*Yes, if you think that I am being satirical you'd be right.

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Intel cutting prices, taking on all comers in fondleslab market grab

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Ok guys, ok. Why don't we look at what is actually happening here.......hmm?

"Intel is so desperate to gain a foothold in the fondleslab market that it's willing to slash its margins in exchange for market share, supply-chain sources claim."

Let us rewrite this a bit. "Intel is at last experiencing real competition and as a result is having to cut their prices to non-cartel level". Furthermore, Redmond has realised that the "good times" can't not roll for ever and is doing the same. Isn't this how the market is supposed to work? (at last, but hey!).

No, this does not mean your favourite hate-figure (your choice, I have better things to do with strong emotional responses that get that exercised over the future of Microsoft, Intel, Google, Cupertino - whatever) is likely to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection anytime soon however much your wet dreams are driven by that wonderful image.

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Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

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This was a windup post - what on earth did you expect?

The opportunity to extract the urine was clearly irresistible for El Reg and its subbies. Did you expect anything else?

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'Microsoft Research slides' show touch-enabled Office - report

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What part of the fact that this is medium to long term research did some of our posters......

......fail to understand? No, it is clearly not yet ready for showtime - this is Redmond's research division* FCOL!

*As explicitly pointed out in the article.

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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@jai RE:"in other news sinners have been......." All right old chap I'll bite..........

......do translate that for me...hmm?

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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

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I say chaps, I don't think that you understand what you are supposed to do here.

You are supposed to hooooowwwwwl. Don't you understand that? Making reasonable comments, albeit not especially complimentary to Redmond is definitely not on the agenda. Remember, hoooowwwlllliiiing about the Demons of Redmond is where its at. If you do not do that you are going to lose all your street-cred.

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Sony bosses will return bonuses as firm preps for BILLIONS in losses

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@Sabroni "Re: Seriously?"

Indeed, if we are to judge by our own (w)bankers, in the equivalent situation one would have expected them to increase the bonus-levels and show the rest of us the middle finger. Oh hang on, isn't that precisely what some of our "financial experts/brokers/(w)bankers" have done recently? Why am I suddenly thinking about lamp posts, lengths of hemp and the day the revolution comes?

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Apple poaches Nokia photo guru Ari Partinen from Microsoft

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It is interesting the way this is being reported (ie with very lazy assumptions)........

...........all over the web. It is a remarkable thing that the "cult of personality" is not entirely confined to North Korea, it also finds its analogue in modern capitalism. I am sure this guy is good, he may very well be extremely good and will I am sure be of value to Cupertino. However, I doubt very much that this means that Nokia is suddenly crippled as far as its mobile camera expertise is concerned which is the impression one might get from the kind of reporting of this story that we have seen on far too many tech sites throughout "Known Space".

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Apple pulls iPhone 4 from sale in India after just four months

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Re: Inventory Hole in one..........

............I strongly suspect. Cupertino are very sensitive about image issues - if the sales response was well below their expectations in their key constituency, the Indian middle classes who can certainly afford Western prices then they may very well have decided to bail while they could get out without it being humiliating.

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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@Dave Stevens Re: "Something's off here". That is a bloody good idea and..........

..........what is more, relatively simple and cheap (except from the point of view of the trolls) to implement. Indeed it really would put the onus on firms (whether they are non-producing entities or just another example of "BigCorp" taking the piss) to sue the USPTO if the patents office refuses to issue the patent. The brilliant thing about that would be that the corporations concerned would automatically have to accept their patent being tested in court whether they liked or not, or swallow no patent being granted. Genius level - see icon.

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Microsoft may launch several new Surfaces on May 20 – report

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Looking aside for one moment from the alleged merits/demerits of the.........

"Doing so could give Redmond the opportunity to figure out where previous pint-sized Windows tablets have fumbled and provide some thought leadership for its OEM partners."

............operating system itself the tablets produced (running Windows 8 not RT) in the 7 - 8 inch form factor have largely been crap. The OEMs (pretty much all of them with one or two very limited examples of a product at least worth a look) that produced them ought to be frakking well ashamed of themselves.

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

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@PaulR79 "Never click links for banks etc in emails"

Indeed. However, I would further. If my bank were to be so brain-dead as to send me an e-mail that required any kind of active action by me they would get the most tremendous rocket from me over the phone. In all fairness they have shown no signs of doing anything like that.

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Google said to have hired Calxeda's chief fabric architect

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" they want it for their own shit and they don't want Bing to have it."

Translation: They want to use/abuse their market dominant position to lock out Microsoft their competitors. Oh the irony. Do no evil? Can we please have a truce when it comes to the tribalism shit? They will all do it, given half a chance. That is after all what "BigCorp" does if we do not keep a very tight grip on their gonads......hmm?

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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Well, it was only a matter of time......

..........when Google would conclude that the tail was wagging the dog from their point of view.

"Today they must be weighing their options – and the daunting cost of creating a joint competing brand to Google's Silver."

In practice it is only Samsung that could do this (i.e. Fork Android and go it alone.). They are probably the only Android OEM with brand name recognition on the scale that would be necessary to take that step. Their "skin" (Touchwiz) is sufficiently "dense" that the visual change for the ordinary consumer would probably not be in any way "jarring" but there is, of course, a fly in that particular brand of ointment. If I may be permitted to quote/paraphrase a exhortation used by one of Bill Clinton's election advisers, "it's the apps, stupid". Indeed, Google Play is Mountain View's not so secret weapon when it comes to maintaining a firm grip on Sammy's organs of generation. As long as you do not have that kind of facility (Amazon was able to do it with its "Fire" range but Amazon has software and content coming out of its ears) you are stuffed.

On a side note, if The Demon Spawn of Redmond, AKA M$ or Windoze (or whatever tired and unimaginative insults you can come up with) had announced plans to do this to their OEMs (or if they were to do so in future), what do you imagine would have been/will be posted on a thread like this one....hmm?

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Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

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@Greg D "....this bint..…?

Pardon? The "bint" deserved a slap? Thank God you are not the husband of my daughter or the father of my granddaughter. I absolutely promise that if that were the case you would be the one getting the slap. That I can absolutely guarentee you.

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94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

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I think that on the basis of the comments I have seen so far.....

..…….95% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims........"

.........the businesses concerned might with advantage examine the conditions under which they are employing tech-staff, hmm..…?

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

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@Don Jefe A very interesting perspective.

I will admit that the possibility that at least some of the senior managements within the industry might not think that game was worth the candle is a thought that had not occurred to me.

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Mmm.......that's interesting.

"My guess is that Microsoft know the carriers will not tolerate Windows Phone being successful on their networks. The carriers understand that being locked into Microsoft technology leads to becoming a Microsoft Partner (then it's bend over and trouser down while Microsoft empties your pockets)."

Given that the US carriers have bent over to take up the back passage from Cupertino ever since the first iPhone was released one would assume that having to reach for the vaseline was something they were entirely used to.

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UK bank heist-by-KVM gang sent down for 24 years after nicking £1.2m

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Canny crooks..........

.............and they bought Macs?*

*Sorry boys, I just could not resist it.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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@M75 Thank you. A calm and rationally argued post.

Not as common an occurrence as one would wish on some threads. See icon.

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Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

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@Ledswinger "Wow. Geek bird, you lucky chap."

Actually, so far from giving me a slap, she absolutely roared with laughter when I read your post out to her just now! No, she is in all seriousness absolutely delighted and very much looking forward to getting her mitts on it when it arrives.

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"Very nice piece of kit." I have in fact just ordered the aforementioned........

.......and La Senora is well pleased. Our supplier should have them in on the 6th May which is just about perfect for my good lady's birthday. Look forward to setting it up (well I have got to have some chance to play with it.....hmm?).

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Very nice piece of kit.

La Senora has an important birthday coming up and this fella is a definite contender - very nice indeed. A couple of small points: I can't say that I feel that 163 g is over the top weight wise given the size of the phone and as far as the built in speakers are concerned my good lady would (and I suspect this is true for a lot of customers) be using the earphones.

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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

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Re: James Watt introduced many advances..........

Indeed he did. His advances were key to the development of manufacturing and transport at the heart of the industrial revolution. The importance of his contribution cannot be emphasised too much.

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Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad

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@Graham Marsden Re:"Or leaked...."

Indeed. I realise that El Reg has to earn its crust like the rest of us. However, I do think that they could, now and then, restrain themselves from giving the publicity hungry corporate troll the meal it so evidently desires. After all, in this case, El Reg have little to lose - hmmm?

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OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

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"Redmond told The Reg......... "

Well that is at least a little bit better than the attitude of "A Certain Well Known Mobile Phone Producer" who usually refuses to respond to any questions that El Reg might wish to put.*

*No, do restrain yourselves fanbois, I am absolutely not praising "The Demon Spawn of Redmond" regardless of my choice of icon.

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Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

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"One puzzle is why the 930 will take so long to arrive..........."

I seem to recall that they negotiated some kind of time limited exclusivity deal with Verizon did they not? Or is my memory playing tricks on me?

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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I am obliged to admit that I wimped out and could not bring myself.......

.........to actually watch the video. However, it is indeed an astonishing medical/scientific achievement and I cannot express too strongly my admiration for the team involved.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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I think that we should avoid too much gloating hmm...?

I would however like to make a point directed towards a certain type of Penguinista. Every time a softie fanboi logs on here to howl about the miniscule size of Linux on the desktop you reply stating, quite rightly, that its "parent" Unix is the basis of server architecture all over known space. Your problem now is that some black hats have also woken up to this. Time to think about the challenge rather than respond on auto here, hmm?

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Plod foils drone drug drop down under

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Why is it that I get the impression that these people...........

...........were not exactly the crème de la crème of the criminal fraternity?

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The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)

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@Pet Peeve Re: "Was any of that necessary?"

Apparently so. He clearly needed to get his rancid contempt for all those lower down the food-chain than he is off his chest. One is of course entitled to wonder what the hell that has to do with the DRAM price-fixing ring. However, his personality problems are indeed his problem and not ours - praise be!

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PayPal mudslingfest TELEVISED: Icahn and Donahoe go on telly

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Vultures are very interesting birds and........

......a damn sight more attractive than that gentleman.

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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

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Unfortunately although we may not like it.....

.......there are a lot out there who do, God help us all. Whether it's that ignoramus of a marketing manager or the retail market populated by those whose response to RTFM is to grizzle and whine "why doesn't it just work?" - it is big business with a lot of the folding riding on it. I for one am not looking forward to this brave new world.

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Secret Service probes possible data-leak hack attack at Sears – report

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@ecofeco and Don Jefe.

Thank you gentlemen - very informative.

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I am curious.

Just how much is/was stolen by means of the illicit use of this information? Just how profitable is this type of crime? I, personally speaking have no idea. Anyone got a clearer picture?

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Microsoft dangles carrot at SMEs, eases Windows 8 Enterprise licensing

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My eyes were already bleeding.......

........by the time I had read his title. I am also not sure that letting him loose again on that post would improve the situation.

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NO WONDER Big Blue dropped it: IBM server biz BOMBED in Q4

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I do not think that Lenovo are fools.

Let us just see what they do with this purchase before we start to amuse ourselves at their expense, hmm?.

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

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@Chris G I am very definitely looking at them with interest.

What really surprises me is how fast they came out of the starting blocks (three years?) as far as hardware design and build quality go. They at the top of my watch list as far as Android based kit is concerned.

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I have to say that I entirely agree that Huawei are worth watching.

After her indoors nicked my Desire Z (long story, won't bore you) I looked around for a replacement (I ran it in tandem with my Lumia 820 - cloned sims) and stumbled across the Huawei P6 Ascend. Quite astonishing value at a little over the 250 spons mark. Very nice build quality indeed (regardless of price point) and very decent performance plus a really nice 5 inch screen. In terms of the visual I do not much like the way they have skinned the os but the hardware is very impressive indeed at that price point.

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What's up with that WhatsApp $19bn price tag? Answer: Voice calls

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I think that we may see the mother of all cage fights in the US market.

After all the mobile operators are not going to sit still for this and they have some of the best politicians money can buy in their pockets.

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Microsoft courts mobe-makers, tweaks Windows 8 for WIMPs

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Trusting MS?

To be honest Trevor I have never seen anyone post arguing that we should. I fairly certain about that because I do not believe that I would have missed the massed howls of laughter if anyone had posted something like that. The rhetorical question "Can anyone trust Microsoft?" is in reality an Aunt Sally question. Anyone who actually trusts any example of "BigCorp" really should get out in the sunlight more often.

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Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on

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@James 51 "..... full sized usb3 port to my list of things......."

I entirely agree. In fact I am a little surprised that Toshiba did not take advantage of this tablets thickness to do just that. I understand the use of mini ports (usb and hdmi) where one of the crucial design themes is slimness but I do not understand it here.

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Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

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Apple and Google agree on something?

Now I really am scared.

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iPhone maker Foxconn to pump $1bn into new Indonesian factory

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Re: And of course Foxconn ONLY make kit for Apple don't they?

I hate to have to break this to you old chap but El Reg's subbies specialise in wind up sub-headings - and no, the "fruity company" is not the only victim. Any excuse to take the piss is their modus vivendi and they do not much care who they are extracting the urine from. That is their stock in trade, end of.

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