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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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".. I can't be the only one who's seen the prices of the new iPhones..........."

No, amongst those of us who bother to examine and compare properly, either because we are professional techies or (like myself) are self-educated amateur techies, the prices concerned (unless one is wholly committed to the Apple ecosystem, which is fair enough - each to their own and all that) are in fact eye-watering and you are definitely not alone in that opinion.

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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I am as keen on tech as most here and (almost) always willing to try something new.

However, until the banks, retailers etc show that they have actually learned something about security with the systems that are already in place it will be a very cold day in hell before I touch NFC/phone-based payments with the thin end of a very long barge-pole. Oh and no, I do not care if that makes me seem like a Luddite.

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In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE

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I do think that both Samsung and LG should grow up...........

..........or at the very least they should try to persuade their employees to grow up. Oh and no, I am not remotely "anti-Android" just in case the usual suspects are tempted to start howling. On the contrary, of the four mobiles we have (two primaries, two back-ups) three of them are Android phones. However, the behaviour of these persons is unbelievably embarrassing - both companies should deal with them.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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I agree with the author.

Yes, Apple make quality hardware. There is no question about that.* However, the subsidy model in the US where Apple has been able to offload virtually all its production/marketing risk onto the telcos who then offload it onto the punters in semi-hidden form, has been crucial to their dominance in the US market. This of course has a huge impact (because of the large amount of publicity/news stories this generates) in terms of enabling Cupertino to dominate the world marketing/news-stroking agenda in a way they otherwise would not have been able to. One would get the impression that the iPhones are ubiquitous all over planet earth, not so. There is (for example) no, repeat no country in Europe including the UK that comes any where near reflecting US conditions.** Any change to the sales/pricing model within the telco market in the US will present some very interesting challenges for Apple Corp.

*Declaration: I have not owned anything manufactured by Apple in twenty years.

** Which explains why when faced with Samsung's success in the States Cupertino's reaction was hysterical judicial carpet-bombing - they are terrified of any serious market challenge on their home-turf, it is that important to them.

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

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"Hated"? I do not honestly think that the public invested any strong emotions.............

......in Amazon's mobe at all. The impression I get from threads in non-tech magasines attached to consumer articles about the product is that hoi poloi greeted Bezos' efffort with complete disinterest - a response that IMHO is far more deadly for their image/strategy.

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TV techies proudly display their MIGHTY BENDERS in Berlin

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What I want is a high quality OLED panel in the 55 - 60 inch range...........

.......... connected via a single "OneConnect TV interface break-out box" (to coin a phrase). It should be slim, light-weight (I should in practice be able to hang it on the wall one-handed - yes they can build such a device) and fit flush to the wall. What they can stuff is:

1. Their sodding speakers - I did not buy a reasonably costly home-theatre/hifi system to put up with that garbage/weight/bezel-penalty and have the dubious privilege of paying more to the TV-producer concerned than would otherwise be the case.

2. I am not interested in their ideas of what "smart" might mean - I am smart enough to connect a pc to it (and build it my self for that matter - the pc that is, not the telly :P)

3. They can shove their bendy tellies where the sun doesn't shine - a key element of the modern display for me is to be able to mount it flush to the wall with as little physical projection out into the room as possible and as wide a sweet spot as can be achieved to ensure that those watching it do not have to practically sit in each other's laps.

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Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

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"I would say if you have people queuing outside your shops for weeks....."

You might, I would not. Indeed, I might opine that such needy behaviour is the very antithesis of "cool".

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iPHONEY: Fake iPhone 6 images splattered over Chinese internet

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The gentleman's thumb may simply be protecting his own career...............

...............or that of his "contact".

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Elon Musk says Tesla's stock price is too high ... welp, NOT ANY MORE

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@ goldcd Re: Or anybody you're about to hand over stock options to

Indeed, shock horror, risk-venture CEO is honest with his investors. If their response was to shit themselves and bail out that says all we need to know about the modern stock-market. In addition to the amazing advantages of the "Anglo-American" model of modern capitalism.

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Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

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Can we not agree on something, several things?

1. We all have different user cases - let us all enjoy the formfactor/OS we prefer.

2. All Analists (sic) are tossers.

3. Introducing totally extraneous issues on a thread is pta.

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Apple Fanbois (and girls) already lining up for NEW iPHONE

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I suppose that we should hope that Mr and Mrs Ray..........

......... are not fans of the band Police or I very much fear we can guess what they would name a son if they had one.

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The IT kit revolution's OVER, say beancounters - but how do they know?

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@Alister: Indeed, one could perhaps illustrate this idiocy by the following, (imaginary?)......

..............conversation.

A: I am really pissed.

B: Why is that?

A: I have paid fire insurance for a whole year.

B: Why are you pissed about that?

A: My house hasn't burnt down yet, total waste of money.

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Report: Sprint to bring Sony Xperia into tough US smartphone market

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It would be nice to see Sony and HTC giving Sammy a run for their money.........

...................in the Android market in the US. My good lady runs an Xperia Z2 and is very happy with it - a sentiment that I heartily agree with even though my primary is a Lumia 1020 - we are an ecumenical household. I wish Sony the best of luck in a very difficult market

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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Well, no I'm not in favour of thumping people as a general rule but.......

"As for the potential for getting punched on the nose if you walk into a bar wearing Glass... well, idiots get thumped all the time for lesser reasons and anyone who shows such a staggering lack of social grace will get no sympathy for me."

.......if you did walk into a bar with a camera and start photographing perfect strangers without their say-so that is very like what would happen. When equipped as a glasshole however a certain type is going to assume that:

A. He cannot see whether you are using the camera or not.

B. He will then insist that you take them off so that you couldn't take any.

C. He will then thump you if/when you refuse.

The old tradition (from a very long time ago) that it is unfair to hit someone wearing glasses will take on a whole new meaning in as much as those wearing glasses will be considered to be fair game in certain circles.

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Apple tried to get a ban on Galaxy, judge said: NO, NO, NO

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This attempt by Apple to continue to pursue the issue over phones that are......

........no longer on sale is a fairly typical example of how "BigCorp" (ie any large company) and their legal departments try to game the legal system. Apple are basically trying to create ammunition from old phones as precedent for renewed attacks on phones from Samsung that are current. I.e Their present legal shenanigans in this context are nothing more than a shell game. Until the judicial system in the US (it would probably require some form of judgment from the "Supremes") sends a very firm message to the American "Managerati" that they will personally be treated as vexatious litigants if they continue with such tactics I am afraid we will continue to see plenty more of this in the future.

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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My personal opinion is that these companies are likely to...........

" Soon it will be more important to see whether Apple can gain at the expense of Lenovo, Xiaomi and Huawei than its traditional arch-rival."

..........stuff Cupertino, Mountain View and Redmond combined. Do I welcome this? I am not sure that I understand what that question means. We are in the middle of a paradigm-shift in the world-economy. Where it is all going to end is something that I do not claim to have a clue about other than this kind of "navel-gazing" by the "First World" is an utter self-obsessed waste of time.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Loved it, howled with laughter.

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Get ready: The top-bracket young coders of the 2020s will be mostly GIRLS

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@Craigness Re: "Sexism"

Well funnily enough although I consider myself to be a reasonably redblooded male the thought of a workplace driven by farting and porn movies for some odd reason does not attract me! :P

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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

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@James O'Shea "..... Why on God's green earth......

God help me yes. iTunes? Made that mistake a long time ago - once bitten and twice shy and all that.

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Microsoft ropes in Opera Mini as default Nokia dumbphone browser

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@ h4rm0ny "Opera was the best browser there was for a while."

Indeed it was. I was introduced to it by an old pal (an IT pro) many moons ago and it was indeed my default choice for a long time. Shame where they are now.

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Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group

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@Notas Badoff RE: "non-partisan" groups.

Hmm, yes. I just love that expression. The way these groups use it reminds me strongly of a certain type one sometimes is unfortunate enough to run into in your local pub. You know, the type that prefaces his remarks with "I'm not political but...." and you just know that you are about to be subjected to an uber right-wing rant of a type that makes the average Daily Heil editorial sound positively liberal by comparison..

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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@Arnaut the less RE"......... but for the mass market it just costs far too much....."

I would not disagree with that other than to point out that this device is deliberately aimed squarely at the enterprise sector and is not remotely a private retail "fondle-slab".

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: But you thought those cool shots of laser..............

No, you crass idiot I did not. On the contrary, I regard that type of "war porn" as disgusting. In what way does that contradict what I posted....... hmm?

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I am not urging some change in the law - I ask one question.

Who would wish to watch this poor begger meet his end in such a fashion? Not me, at any rate. No arrests needed - just human decency.

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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

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@luis river I suggest old chap that if you are going to post........

........ on an English language website you put some effort into learning the language rather than using Google translate.

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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@elyl Telex?

Don't you mean the heliogram?

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Re: Proof that there is a god

No, it is proof there is a devil!

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pip25 Re: " why the heck do we need yet another variant?"

I think that the potential answer to that lies in:

"is similar in size to the current breed of micro-USB plugs"

This would permit the implementation of the equivalent to full size type B USB 3 ports in modern highly mobile/slim form factors. That would, IMHO, be a genuine advantage.

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Dodgy payday loan ads make up 83% of cases probed by UK's FCA

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@Jedit: I have to say old chap that it is very rare that I feel that someone............

...............(myself included) has really hit the nail on the head regardless of the issue concerned. However, this time I am forced to acknowledge that you really have achieved that Holy Grail as far as posting is concerned:

".........loan companies are morally equivalent to a man offering a homeless woman a bed for the night if she'll fuck him."

That was spot on. See icon.

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Stanford boffin is first woman to bag 'math Nobel Prize'

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I personally think that the two tossbags who have made remarks..........

......... concerning the lady's appearance should hang their heads in shame. If, of course, they are in any way capable of understanding what the word shame means.

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WinPhone's Halo hottie Cortana to hit desktop in next Windows – report

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I think the author is being a touch mischievous.

A computer that you can talk to? I don't think that even Cupertino could get away with any litigation over that. "Dave, Dave, why are you suing me?"

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Microsoft fixes all those shaky GoPro vids nobody wants to watch

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@hitmouse Re: "Yawn powerpoint diss"

"Should we blame the creators of the word-processor, typewriter and pen for inflicting hackneyed prose on the world?"

Agreed. I have sat through far too many despair-inducing presentations where the issue was the utter incompetence of the one who had constructed the presentation rather than which software package he/she had used to be in any doubt that. When it comes to that kind of thing the old saw "rubbish in, rubbish out" applies. Bluntly put, a significant number of people are absolute rubbish at creating and delivering presentations.

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Intruder alert: Cyber thugs are using steganography to slip in malware badness

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@amanfromMars 1 Re: "What the fcuk are you smoking"

Sorry old chap, no offence intended and all that, but isn't that usually our line whenever we read one of your posts?

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Microsoft OneDrive tip-off leads to arrest over child abuse images

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@Ross K "Re: Dunno what you can say except..."

Indeed, I entirely agree Ross K. What can one say when the service provider tells one in advance that they:

".....deploy[s] automated technologies to detect child pornography or abusive behavior that might harm the system, our customers, or others".

If such people are then so stupid that they go ahead and use that service for something that is a clear breach of contract (not to say a criminal offence that leaves most of us nauseated) then what the hell do they expect?

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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@ Pascal Monett and russell 6. Re "What the hell does that mean?"

Thank you gentlemen for your efforts. One of the things I like about El-Reg is that if you admit sincere ignorance someone will usually help you! :)

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Somebody got a universal translator handy?

"Access controls including the two-man rule, role-based monitoring and data encryption are key requirements to make this happen, especially in highly concentrated environments like virtualisation and cloud,"

What hell does that mean?

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LinkedIn settles missed overtime pay case: Will pay $6m to staffers

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@frank ly Re: "It's about what they think they can get away with"

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Re: "your standard 10+ hour"

Pardon, what did you say? Did I hear a 50 hour basic contractual working week here? If I have not misunderstood then all I can say is - Land of the Free - bollocks. Land of the Indentured Surfs more like.

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Samsung sticks with CHILD labor shame fab: Zero-tolerance means 30% less trade

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"Samsung has decided to still take measures"

Delighted to hear it. I would say the same regardless of which company was concerned.

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We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

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Re: "..... who think that iPhones are a pretty neat idea....."

Happily for the reputation of the human race not all of us share that opinion.

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Too rich for an iPhone 6? How about a gold-plated Brikk?

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I would suggest that virtually everyone other than the notorious 1%...........

"For many people in the world, 600 quid is a lot to spend on a phone."

.............would feel that is a lot of money to spend on a phone!*

*I have spent almost that much. To be specific, my lady's Xperia Z2 for a special birthday. I did not for one moment begrudge it but it still wasn't exactly small change from my point of view.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

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Not being a professional techIe I wonder if you guys could help me with a question.

"Organisations should get their antivirus products security tested before deployment"

In my innocence not to say ignorance I had imagined that that would be standard practice and if it is not I confess myself astonished. My question is - if it is not regarded as best/standard practice, then why not?

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Verizon to limit unlimited 4G plans

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@pierce Re: "it should have been metered from the get-go..."

I entirely agree. The marketing of these so-called "unlimited" plans has been dishonest from the outset. How it is that the ASA has not descended on them (the telcos in general not just Verizon) from a very great height over the term "unlimited" is a mystery to me. It is clear that no infrastructure as currently envisaged could cope with people having high-res streaming on virtually continuously. Some throttling of the most intensive users is unavoidable. However, they should be genuinely open and honest about that in their advertising, not just in the small print.

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SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud

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Amazon is a (brain dead) predator:

In the same sense that at vampire is a predator. Their strategy in practice (in the longer term) destroys the market they are exploiting*. They are a bubble company. The moment they are required (by circumstances - shareholders, the authorities and the like) to show a (sustained) profit then they are in the shit up to their necks.**

*The only world a vampire understands is one where he is last of his kind left standing.

**Oh and yes, I am perfectly well aware that there are plenty of other examples of BigCorp out there who deserve the same critisism.

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US judge 'troubled' by Apple's $450m bid to end ebook price-fixing row

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@MrDamage Re: " Unlike you, I have the balls to put my name to my comments."

This has been a bugbear of mine for a long time. The same suspects use/abuse the facility to post anonymously to avoid having to take responsibility for what they post. This does not mean that I am calling for the facility to be withdrawn - far from it in fact. However, the cowardice/dishonesty in that kind of behaviour really fucks me off.

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ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US

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@Dan 55 RE: "That sounds like a bit of a tilted playing field."

Indeed. Your italicsing "the International Trade Commission" hits the nail right on the head. If companies not "resident" in the US have no rights when persuing/defending a case against this august body then the International Trade Commission is in fact the National Trade Commission" and as such should having nothing at all to do with these decisions where one of the parties is not a "US resident". If the International Trade Commission is not interested in international law then my original point stands.

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I really think that the USA should think about what they are saying here.

"Seagate and LSI are off the hook for infringing Taiwanese firm Realtek’s semiconductor patents after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Realtek can't enforce its rights without a local presence."

Your patents are invalid unless you trade within the United States? Pardon my naivete but I thought that there were several international agreements relating to patent recognition? We have here in the UK the expression "Little Englander" describing a closed-minded "patriot" who cannot see further than his own nose. This kind of thing from the "Leader of The Free World" is bloody embarrassing.

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Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!

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@Hollerith 1 Re: "I have gone AC on occasion..........."

Of course and I understand why circumstances sometimes require "donning the mask". However, I have over the last few years become convinced that some AC-postings are driven by a desire to avoid being exposed for having argued "both ends against the middle" from one posting to the next simply to be able to get away with posting something completely illogical (in the context of previous postings) against whoever their favourite hate-figure is. That type of dishonest debating tactic really pisses me off. On the other hand, as I made clear in the post to which you were kind enough reply, that does not mean that I wish the capacity to post as an AC to be withdrawn.

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Re: "You mean MSFT being subjected to bad messages is kind of unfair ? "

Sorry Herr Sauerkraut, I did not understand a word of that other than that you appear to believe that my post to which you "replied" had something to do with The Demon Lords of Redmond. Given that I did not say word about Redmond I am somewhat puzzled. I only meant that I could clearly see why the poster concerned needed to post as an AC, something which I remain convinced was clear from what I wrote. Furthermore if someone is in a position where they genuinely feel that posting something negative about MS (they might be employed in the channel with a firm that is an MS "partner" for example and are concerned that their employer might turn nasty) would cause them problems then they should certainly post as an AC if that is really the only way they can safely participate in the debate.

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Re: US only: What I wish to say is somewhat off topic but here goes:

Hi AC. I realise that I have often mouthed off about the "ring on your door-bell and run away ACs" but on this occasion I wish to make it clear that I fully understand the need for the capacity to post here as an AC for the reasons you allude to in your post. I hope that you will forgive my frustration with those who abuse the system. It is entirely clear that you could only comment in this context under conditions of anonymity. This facility I regard as crucial to free debate here at El Reg - I just get fairly hacked off with those who take the piss out of it.

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