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Cellco execs lay into Nokia's Lumia

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@DrXym Re: It's a funny thing you know but.............

I happen to agree largely with that summary of MS' and Nokia's dilemma. I run a LG 900 as my back-up mob (my primary is a Desire Z) and I think that 7.5 is ok but WinPhone has got to be more than ok if they are going to make a serious impact in the mobile phone market. In practice what it means is that MS either get it right with WP8 (thereby giving Nokia the necessary elbowroom with the hardware) or the project will end up as a bust. I hope they do - competition is after all to the benefit of all of us regardless of which phone we choose to purchase. However, Redmond have absolutely got to sharpen up their act here otherwise it will go down the khazi.

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It's a funny thing you know but.............

..........we saw exactly the same planted stories in the run-up to the release of the Lumia 800 in Europe as we are now seeing in the run-up to the release of the 900. This is just negotiation by planted leaks by the carriers who do not feel that they are getting as sweet a deal from the Finns as they think they are entitled to. This is a non-story.

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Apple TV third-generation (2012)

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Re: XBMC "Of course, I had to jailbreak and install XMBC". I am pleased to see......

.....that you and your good lady are happy with this kit. However, what about the ordinary punter's out of the box experience?

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Apple can't agree with Australian regulator on iPad 4G

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Re: Can someone explain this to me? I can certainly it explain to you.

You do not advertise it as 4G-capable in countries where it isn't - simple as that. How hard is that to understand and what part of that did you have reading difficulties with?

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CAPITALISM without PROFITS - Welcome to the Instagram Era!

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@John H Woods Re: "It shows how bad things are ..." Hmm, yes - almost scary.

Especially this bit:

"We can't have a dynamic, competitive, self-regulating Trust Economy if 20th Century fraud regulation is holding us back."

You only have to delete one word...........

"We can't have a dynamic, competitive, self-regulating economy if 20th Century fraud regulation is holding us back."

..........and you get a summary of the kind of line the "Directorati" punt out on a regular basis when comes to any form of regulation that requires anything of them at all.

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Starck brewing 'fairly, if not very, revolutionary' Apple THING

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Re: TIN FOIL HAT TIME!

I have little time for Cupertino and their products but those transcendentally tasteless remarks I could have done without.

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Texas judge lets Apple duel patent sabre-rattler Lodsys

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@Bill Ray Re: "....every day in communication with Cupertino is a gift to be savoured"

What can I say other than to quote the KJ-Bible in this context? "There is more joy in heaven at one sinner that repenteth than in nine and ninety just men." Though of course how long their repentance will last if El Reg continues to take the piss is anybody's guess! -:P

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Re: "spate of recent unexpected replies from Apple PR,"

Really? Apple have started communicating? When did this happen and why didn't I get the memo?

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"Foxconn-rebrander "

Ouch! The Cupertino Cognoscenti are definitely not going to like that.

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Motorola's bid to sink Windows, XBoxes sales snubbed

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@Dave's Jubblies Re: "got them favours in return from MS?"

"Or, have they, just maybe, simply settled because it got them favours in return from MS? You know, like a business deal..."

Part of the problem here is of course that most companies involved in these kinds of deals insist on NDAs leaving us with little but rumour to go on. However, I must admit that this series of deals that MS has apparently been cutting with world + dog (including such companies as Samsung who can well afford to tell Redmond to go screw if they choose) do smell of some kind of cross-licensing set-up. It is perfectly possible that the real net cost to all involved may be somewhat different from the various rumours concerning cost-per-device that we have seen.

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iPad to reign unchallenged as KING of FONDLESLABS

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@Local Group. Re:"I don't believe Apple offers an optional "Finger of God" if you buy an iPad."

No, that's true but it is likely that they will very happily give you the finger free, gratis and for nothing!

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Apple trails behind world+Microsoft in 'Flashback' malware debacle

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@cashxx Re:"Apple is going after all servers that is talking to this malware..........

.........................and Dr. Webs is one of them. Its not the only server being gone after."

No, what they appear to have done is, after having taken their sweet time to remove thumb from rectum, thrash around in a panic when it finally dawned them that they had a serious problem. This resulted in them trying to take down a server belonging to the very company that had at an early stage contacted Cupertino to warn them that the issue was a major one. You can dress it up anyway you like but their current behaviour is idiotic.

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Re: ".......Apple asked a Russian registrar to take down a domain Dr Web......"

Ah, now I understand what Apple mean by security. Have the messenger taken out back and shot.

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Nokia drops Lumia 900 price to $0 in response to bug outrage

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The way its being reported in the States appears in fact to be fairly low key.

This from Engadget appears to be fairly typical:

"which confirmed that a small number of early handsets shipped with faulty software that caused memory management issues and eventually data connectivity woes. It insists this problem is now fixed, and that come April 16th, all affected consumers may swap their device at any AT&T store or merely download the update."

http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/10/nokia-makes-lumia-900-free-to-all-att-customers/

However, Nokia are indeed showing an unusual turn of speed on this one, their response being that anyone who has already bought it or buys before the 16th gets it, to all intents and purposes, free on contract. If it is the case that the number of customers actually effected is low then this may in fact do Nokia no harm. Indeed it may even do them some good. We have after all seen enough examples in recent times of companies at first denying that there is any problem and then when forced to admit to its existence, being very grudging about rectifying the situation. Nokia's fleetness of foot on this occasion may in fact turn the situation into positive publicity for them.

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Apple to maintain tablet lead over Android

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@Silverburn. Nurse has clearly increased his frog pill dosage.

See title.

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Re:"...predicting the Apple/Google/Microsoft split in two or three years time....."

I entirely agree, given that the market is in it's infancy still and are any number of factors in play which may effect the way that it develop in ways impossible to predict such "analyses" are pure guesswork. One example: Gartner themselves distinguish between "media tabs" and "pc tabs".

The former being, for example, the iPad, the Fire etc. etc. The latter group consists, basically, of Win7 tablets which are currently (in the context) a tiny niche market. When Win8 is released it will be the first time that a full pc-tab os that is touch friendly has been released into the modern tablet market. It may do very well, it may fail completely or something in between but we have no idea because we simply do not *know* whether there is a market of serious scale for that type of tab until we see the punters' reaction en masse. How on earth does one make predictions about a market when there is a completely new and unknown factor incoming? A factor whose effects we simply cannot predict. The whole thing is nuts.

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'Unibody' iPhone 5 said to debut in October

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Re: "good job the iPhone has Siri,...........

............. it'd be a bugger to operate without arms and legs"

Won't help you if you are a multiple amputee from Glasgow.

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Chinese whispers?

Or in this case Chinese/Japanese/Korean whispers. Slow Easter Monday Rick?

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Re:"I think the kidney needs to be added to the El-Reg set of standard measures."

How many kidneys are the equivalent of an "arm and a leg"?

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Iran preps Internet cutoff

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RE: "that first paragraph was meant to be irony."

"American Imperialist Data Harvesters"

And the ironic bit was?*

*This is also irony.

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Intel engineer turned chip spy pleads guilty

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I don't think that this guy is the sharpest knife in the drawer.

What he did is roughly equivalent to resigning as a curator at the Louvre, getting a job at the V&A and thinking that your new employer will be real impressed if you turn up with the Mona Lisa tucked under your arm. It (apparently) did not occur to him that AMD would regard him as about as welcome as a dose of the clap when they realised what he'd done?

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Ten... ADF-based inkjet all-in-one printers

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@Audrey S. Thackeray. Re: Disappointing review

I think that with a 10 product round-up it is fairly clear that unless the author were to write a humungous review (after spending a couple of months trialling all of them) it was always going to be 3 - 4 paragraphs or so per product. Surely the use of such "portmanteau" reviews is to enable the reader to pick out one or two products for consideration followed by a bit of googling to see if there are any more extensive reviews of the individual product available out there?

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HTC One X Android smartphone

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@frank ly RE: "I wonder who'll be the first to get rid of it?"

"While I agree with the main sentiment of your post; as long as a phone has WiFi then there will be cheap data transfer. (I wonder who'll be the first to get rid of it?)"

It is indeed WiFi that is and may continue be our saving grace here as far as my somewhat dystopic vision of the future of the smartphone is concerned. It's utility at home is so flaming obvious that even the most techno-illiterate punter would think twice before being willing to buy a phone that lacked that facility - and of course if you can't sell such phones in the first place....? -:). In addition of course the increasing ubiquity of WiFi hotspots (bar, hotels, airports, public building etc etc) does rather limit how far they can go - at least as far as one can see at the moment.

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@FatsBrannigan Re: When contemplating the latest generation of high-end smart phones......

"Other types of phone didn't seel so well and this is what the marketplace has shaken out. In other word, they are selling what most people want to buy."

"Want to buy"? I would not have expressed that way. I believe that to some extent the producers, the carriers (who have huge market influence within phone retail in the UK and to all intents and purposes own the US market in mobile phones) and increasingly the cloud-service providers see a huge commonality of interest which has not yet quite dawned on the average non-techie and therefore why the punter should regard local expansion as important/desirable. The scale of the kind of service/product/storage provision OTA that this unholy triumvirate are hoping to achieve is way bigger than is currently extant given that this market is still very much in it's infancy. They absolutely do not want any cheap, easy alternative to data transfer and storage for the average member of Joe Public. That commonality of interest I referred to above is all that is needed to ensure that the OTA cartel that would be the logical end-point of this would come into effect. No formal conspiracies, nothing you risk jail-time or fines for, just the good old "nod is as good as a wink" understanding. However, it gets worse. There are huge infrastructure costs associated with all this and that will drive merger/takeover consolidation in the industry within a few years at most. What happens to the market when, perhaps, a major carrier hooks up with a major cloud-service provider and (maybe) a major phone-producer as well? It does not take too much imagination to see (just as an example) Google/Moto hooking up with, say, Verizon or AT&T. Now there you would end up with a truly unholy trinity (by that I mean the combination of carrier, producer and cloud-provider - I am not having a pop at any particular company, they are just real-world examples.). They would own your arse as far as your mobile communications and computing were concerned (assuming the popularity of tablets as pc continue to grow). Restricted and or non-existent local storage expansion is a key building block in the kind of monopoly situation we may, very unfortunately, be seeing the first faint outlines of in the distance.

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@Pooka Re: When contemplating the latest generation of high-end smart phones I feel myself..........

"For me it's not the storage space, it's the fact that it's not on a card that I can take out and move to somewhere else, and I sure as hell don't want to be reliant on "Cloud storage" (which I just don't like)."

Precisely one of the points I had in mind. -:)

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When contemplating the latest generation of high-end smart phones I feel myself..........

...........somewhat torn. Yes, this phone is very lovely and yes, the specs are very "drool-worthy" but I cannot get past the fact that all the major OEMs consider, allegedly, that design criteria (thinness and lightness) are of such overwhelming importance that battery life and expandable storage become the victims of collateral damage. The former is still, by any rational standards, poor (regardless of which high-end phone we are talking about, it tends to vary between just about tolerable and downright pony) and expansion is being increasingly thrown out of the lifeboat on the assumption that punters with larger storage needs will use the cloud (the potential costs of such dependence of course could very easily blow a very large hole in your "plan"). Whilst we may not be talking the kind of "lock-in" we associate with a "curated system" such as that practised by A Well Known Major Phone Producer we are none the less on the way to ending up in a hardware-driven usage pattern lock-in where the phone producers are basically telling us how we shall use and manage our smartphones to a degree that we simply did not automatically associate with the Android os as recently as half a year ago. You want/need extra storage - use the cloud. You want a selection of videos on your phone - stream them via the cloud. I do not believe that I am the only one who sees the pattern here. It is not just design issues IMHO that are driving this. The hardware producers are essentially cooperating with the creation of a degree of carrier lock-in and dependence on large amounts of bandwidth and the costs thereof it we are going to be able to use our smartphones as, well, smart-phones. I can foresee a point coming where carriers will no longer offer smartphones on contract that have locally expandable storage and I fear that the OEMs are cooperating with doing their dirty work for them.

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Rabid skunks attack US

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@Jake RE: Life on the ranch

That was a very interesting post Jake. I have to say you lead a life very different from mine here in North Norway where the environmental and climatic challenges are somewhat different - to say the least. One small amusing moment - I misread your second sentence as follows: "We trap 'em, and spay & neuter 'em and give them their basic vacations". I thought to myself, now that's what I call an employee care-plan!

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@VeganVegan Re: "Thought this was a story about our elections"

Foxes are a notorious reservoir for the disease where ever the species is found. When infected they have a tendency to howl, foam and bite uncontrollably - rather like the current crop of Republican wannabees.

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Re: "Thought this was a story about our elections"

Indeed. When I saw the headline concerning "rabid stinkers" I assumed they had to be referring to the current crop of Republican presidential candidates.

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Facebook: 'Outrageous, wanton, reckless, callous, disgraceful, wilful'

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RE: "Remember Mr Growser?"

God that makes me feel old. They stopped broadcasting Children's Hour in 1964! Though I believe there was a short-lived TV version of Toy Town some time in the early seventies - if memory serves. Although I had rather grown out of it by then. -:P

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550,000-strong army of Mac zombies spreads across world

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@Mike Flugennock Your post demonstrates very clearly that as a Mac-user you,......

"I won't speak for other "fanbois" -- jeezus, I hate that goddamn' word "

..........on the basis of your posting, do not remotely fall within the definition "fanboi" - in contrast to a certain number of the postings we get here at El Reg from a particular proportion of Cupertino's fan-base. I work with a number of "Mac-folk", amongst others, graphic designers and scientists - I would not describe any of them as "fanbois", serious people all of them for whom I have a great deal of time.

-:)

AF.

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Re: Oh my......."The shadenfreude"

I have to admit it is so veeeery tempting. However, I hope that Cupertino really take this as a warning and get their collective arses into gear. None of us is served by this kind of shit (I know, I smiled as well) and it is best (in my humble opinion) that we recognise that we are all in this together (whether we like it or not) and act accordingly.

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Feathered Tyrannosaurus uncovered in China

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Yutyrannus, me Jane.

I know, I know, I'll get my coat.

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Chinese shoppers lead way in global e-commerce stakes

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Re: "Sorry, are we talking about the PRC or the UK here?"

LOL!

-:)

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RE: "its a population thing is it not"

True enough. However, it is also more interesting than that. In very recent years the Chinese have begun to attempt the shift from primarily export-led exogenous growth to (partially) import-led endogenous growth (as well as seeking of course to shift the attention of their own manufacturerrs in the direction of the home market). This may contribute to the change rather more quickly and on a larger scale than anyone was expecting.

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Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 Android media player

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"The Galaxy S 5.0 makes do with Android 2.2". Pardon? Are they serious?

There have been three major iterations since (depending on how one is counting - phones and/or tab operating systems) and they are still releasing kit with 2.2 on it, the leading Android OEM? That's the sort of thing you except on a bottom feeder slate from Generic KrapTek Inc.operating out of a backstreet garage in Shanghai , not Samsung. What the hell are they playing at?

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Samsung forging ARM server chips?

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I cannot belive that I am the only one contemplating the irony of Samsung.......

...............investing in industry in the US providing jobs for skilled American workers and contributing positively in terms of taxes, GDP and the trade-balance etc whilst so many US conglomorates are busily continuing to do the opposite - hmm?

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Terrafugia flies first prototype: Flying cars 'within a year'

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RE "it's way better looking."

Just had a look at that picture, thanks for posting the link. It is a little beauty is it not? The contrast with the seriously fugly subject of this article could scarcely be more obvious.

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@Blofeld's Cat Not to mention the exciting possibilities..............

............offered by equipping your flying car with a rapid firing cannon and the next time some numpty cuts you up really showing him what the concept "road rage" can mean. In fact just fit number plates on an A10 Warthog and you're good to go.

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Coders' 'lives sucked out' by black-and-white Visual Studio 11

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Re: "I'll be surprised if they back down on this one."

They are indisputably capable of being "cut your nose of to spite your face"-stubborn but it is not entirely unknown for them to rethink if they get a big enough kicking. The capacity to hide the ribbon in Office 2010 as a "one-click" operation contra their "spin on this" attitude with Office 2007 which appeared to cost them sales (a lot of companies refused to upgrade from Office 2003 until 2010 came out) for example. If they get the feeling that ignoring the response to this beta is going to cost them they may think again - well one can always hope.

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What does the Titanic's sinking tell us about modern science?

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Re: "Old news rehashed?" I believe you are right. I saw such a documentary.......

.........based on the "pony rivets" hypothesis several years ago (a decade perhaps?). This news is not merely "managed", it is well past its shelf-life as far as being new is concerned.

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Angry Birds want to be Donald Duck

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Re: "Except that the name mellow birds............ "

LOL.

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Oh God help me! I was going to ask if anyone can get me off this planet.........

"The Finnish gaming disrupter’s Angry Birds characters will soon be on your high street, building activity parks in your suburb, launching an animated series and within two years starring in a feature film, according to creators Rovio."

...........but then I remembered that those homicidal poultry are, allegedly, in space now as well. Where can I hide?

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The best April 1 gags … or were they?

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I have to say that my vote goes to the "ice-age ankle biters".*............

.........the thought of sabre-tooth lemmings is irresistible, it's so good it ought to be true.

*Headline from the linked article.

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Apple New iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 4G

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Re: 4g scam

"Apple aren't responsible for the EU's sluggish adoption of LTE, nor for the fact that 4G is currently only available in North America and parts of the Middle East. (I've heard reliable reports that Dubai has adopted the same LTE frequencies as the US carriers, so yes, the new iPad's LTE features do work there as well.)"

No, they are not responsible for the fact that it is only available in the US and a small degree of availability in Canada. As to whether or not Dubai has LTE now I have not a clue. This however in practice means that in about every market of any size all over the face of the planet outside the US the iPad3 cannot be used as advertised - end of. It is therefore misleading of Apple to advertise the iPad3 in that way outside the North American market. I should also point out that there are very few areas on earth that are going to roll out LTE based on the same frequencies as the US use. IE The iPad3 will never deliver as advertised for the vast majority of Apple's customers outside the US.

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Tweet dreams: Goldilocks, porridge AND the money dance

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It is not unusual for me to have difficulty understanding some of the articles........

.......published on El Reg now and then. Usually however it is because the field concerned within IT is so far outside my knowledge that I have difficulty following the gist of the piece. This article on the other hand is the second* in the last couple of days or so when I have been entirely convinced that one had to be on drugs to have any hope of connecting with it. When you feel like publishing in an earth language (current within the last two thousand years or so) please do get back to me.

*http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2012/03/30/steve_bong_tibetan_recovery/

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Apple drops 'thermonuclear' patent bombshell

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Well, April Fool joke or not is there not something familiar in the attitude here?

Hmm...?

"It's still a rectangle," he sniffed. "And we own the rectangle."

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Google planning to brand and sell Android tablets

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Re:"All these closet Microsofties in the Android community"

That is positively magical. You managed to turn a discussion about how Google may (or may not) up its game in competition with Cupertino into a drive-by anti-Microsoft rant. I have to say that your capacity for intellectual gymnastics is impressive, quite the most innovative use of the straw-man tactic that I have seen in a very long time. Simply reclassify Android customers as closet 'Softies and Bob's you Aunty Joyce, one can turn a debate about the prospects of the Android os contra iOs into yet another MicroDemonBastard$oft posting.

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Workers worry about pay cuts from Apple, Foxconn pact

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Re: Alternative view

Indeed, a useful corrective to implications of the article's subheading. Ironically enough I have experienced such working conditions in the UK. When I left school as an eighteen year old I got my first job as a porter (in practice a general labourer - carrying luggage was not part of my duties -:P) on BR (we are in the early seventies here) at a central London station. The wages were so piss poor that if you were on a basic 40 hr week day shift BR paid you an extra (very small) allowance because you would otherwise have been entitled to claim off the social. In order to make ends meet I worked 12 hour nights for six nights a week and an eight hour night shift on Sundays. Even after that the pay packet was still below (well below) national averages at the time. I did that for three and half years before moving on. The attitudes of my workmates were divided. Some would much have preferred a somewhat better hourly rate and more time with their families (even if that meant that they did not earn the same amount as with the existing system) and others were prepared to work as many hours as they could get even if (like the Foxconn workers) it had meant literally living at work. With such a huge workforce as Foxconn's it is scarcely surprising that opinion is divided amongst the employees - an issue that the article should have mentioned.

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Exploding dinosaur theory EXPLODED

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I realise that the work is worthwhile and contributes to the science but.........

"so the researchers measured the internal pressure of a hundred bodies "

...............there are some jobs I am very happy for other scientists to do!

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