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Newly discovered asteroid will not ANNIHILATE THE EARTH

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Re: It can't be easy... "Perhaps a visit to the pub could help..."

Then after several pints of full strength old goat botherer he'll feel as if he has actually been hit by an NEO.

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Mobile phones cause ADHD in rodents

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Mobile phones cause ADHD in rodents?

Sorry, for some reason I couldn't quite follow the point with this article, kept getting distracted. What was that again?

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Nokia design chief ayes tablet plan

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".....tablet space with interest, but have made no specific announcements."

Corporate stonewalling, nothing else. I do not believe that their CEO opened his mouth recently by "accident" and nor do I believe that their chief designer opened his gob and "just let it slip". This is a fairly typical example in the business of a carefully calibrated "build up interest campaign" going into the spring. We can confidently expect the carefully placed "leaks/obscure video clips" in the course of the summer and the official announcement at Nokia's big "do" in September - I'll eat my old Nokia candybar pan-fried if it does not play out like that. They are simply doing what any company does and that is to do their best to play the media like a violin - and the media of course are very willing to oblige. Cynical, me? No not all - I'm the naive and trusting type.

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Rising China costs get manufacturers moving

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There are a couple of little problems here for the Western companies' "sweatshop hopping".

1. As James 51 has already pointed out, where are they going to go when they run out of said sweatshops? The capacity to avoid keeping ahead of the game by ingenuity and innovation and rely instead on finding yet another cheap country is, in reality, finite.

2. What are they going to do about countries like, of course, China who now have some of their own companies (and they will increase in number) producing ever better kit who can still undercut Western producers because their wage rates although rising are still well under those in the West?

In sum, by only being interested in chasing the bottom line in the short term it is not unlikely that they are now going to find themselves thoroughly out-competed by the new and rising industrial countries.

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Microsoft slashes Office 365 prices

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Let me see now.

We have increasing competition in a rapidly changing market which in reality has only just begun to develop and is several/many years away from being mature and we see one of the major players cutting prices. Due to efficiencies they say - and that may well be the case, they have still been obliged to pass them on to the customer instead of pocketing them for themselves in order to keep up with/stay in a rapidly changing game. A highly competitive. young and somewhat unstable (rather like cloud systems in general now and then -:P) market with several players scrambling to position themselves leads to downward price pressure - who would have thought it, see icon.

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New Yorker sues Apple: 'Misleading and deceptive' Siri ads

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Most unfortunate if true.

"Cult of Mac theorizes that Siri's senility is due to Apple throttling the compute power it devotes to question-and-answer processing because of the high demand that the iPhone 4S's success is putting on its servers."

If (and I stress "if") it is the case that Apple have taken to restricting the available processing for Siri then the issue of "beta version" becomes a rather different issue. It is one thing to warn your customers (albeit buried in the small print) that the version is in beta and quite another to partially cripple yourself. It should perform as well as the given beta is capable of performing - not be artificially restricted because demand for a service that you yourself hyped with the launch of your product has proven to be more than you feel like devoting the resources to. I hope for the sake of Apple's enthusiastic customers that "Cult of Mac's" hypothesis is incorrect otherwise somebody is taking the piss out of them.

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Mozilla to drop Windows 8 Firefox bomb on IE 10

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Re: Will it still apply and is it relevan? Err...yes it has to be, unless of course.........

..............the competition authorities actually want to make complete, total and utter knobheads of themselves by allowing Microsoft to get away with exactly the same behavior that they sanctioned them for before. It would be so obvious and so grotesque that I doubt whether they would permit it - although one should obviously never say never.

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That steady diet of EastEnders IS turning her into a shrew

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@Michael H.F. Wilkinson "like stapling my ears to a wall.............,

....................or putting my hand in a meat grinder."

Happily Madam AF shares my feelings on the matter, I have therefore been able avoid having to resort to self-harm.

-:)

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"Study shows soap operas trigger aggression in women"

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I personally think that watching that shit would wind anybody up, male or female. I only have to hear the theme tune from A Certain Famous Soap to feel my blood pressure rising.

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Boffins boost fuel-cell future with 'nanowire forest'

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@AC 10th March 2012 06:58 GMT:......Re: "yes but"

"How much energy does it take to produce the hardware, eg nano wires, then actually harvest the hydrogen?"

I was primarily thinking of the fascinating prospect that they might be able to produce short-chain hydrocarbons - hence my reference to basic solvents. If that became possible and even better the smaller hetero atom molecules then the effects could be very far-reaching indeed in the chemicals industry. The savings in energy consumption and pollution costs would be enormous and would, if the process were driven by sunlight, certainly repay the development, production and running costs. Just imagine if pentane, hexane, heptane and perhaps toluene (the simplest mono-substituted six-member aromatic ring) could be produced by this analogue of a biological system. Furthermore if the smaller hetero atomic molecules (ie containing at least one other atom other than carbon and hydrogen) were possible giving us (perhaps) the four smallest alcohols (methanol, ethanol, propanol and butanol) or perhaps even such solvents as tetrahydrafuran and dioxane then the effects would be utterly transformative. If such artificial sun-driven analogues of biological production systems became realizable the positive effects throughout industrial production on a world-wide basis would be so huge that it is not possible to do them justice in a small posting such as this.

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"With this structure, we have enhanced, by at least 400,000 times......................,

..........................the surface area for chemical reactions,”

That is very bloody impressive and of course vital for the efficiency of the structure. If in the future they can actually generate hydrocarbons without exploiting a finite resource (oil) then the chemical industry would (might) be utterly transformed. Apart from anything else the energy and resource costs associated with the mass production of basic solvents would be whole different ball game given that neither oil nor (one assumes) the "cracking" process (very dirty and energy expensive) would be involved.

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3D: 10% of LCD TVs in 2011, 25% in 2012

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@jai RE "Perhaps the dog will appreciate it...."

Nah - he'll probably woof, "nice telly, shame about the content".

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New iPad: Crack open your wallets, fanbois, here's what it'll cost

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"Yes, Brits, you can pre-order one now, or grab a sleeping bag...................

.....................and start making your way to Regent Street."

The Old One is more likely to complain about the air conditioning in the "Other Place" than I am to do any such thing. Utterly regardless of which producer/manufacturer we are talking about.

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Apple-Android peace talks

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Just one small question.

If Apple does indeed negotiate some kind of licensing agreement with the Android OEMs which involves a net payment per device from them to Cupertino, will we be seeing the same type of postings howling about the "Apple tax" as we regularly see about the "Microsoft tax"? After all if this does come to fruition they will be doing exactly the same as MS has done. The only difference being of course that The Great Demon Spawn of Redmond has not spent the last year or two trying to completely destroy Android in countless legal actions all over known space.

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Nokia issues another Lumia 800 battery fix

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Re: "You are Barry Shitpeas and I claim my £5"

Indeed. I am still trying to work out why he bothers to post as an AC given that his inimitable style is so instantly recognizable. -:)

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Fanbois will get wet queuing for iPad 3

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"Fanbois will get wet queuing for Ipad 3"

Pope, bears etc.

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Toshiba prices up glasses-free 3D TV for Blighty

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"Harrods will be offering the ZL2 in due course".

Splendid - they can send one round with the groceries.

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Bring-your-own server: TeamDrive flashes cloudy sync 'n share

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Very interesting.

"If you host TeamDrive inside your firewall then your data is maintained on your servers under your control. You get file sync and sharing without having to use a cloud model."

That seems like a solution that might interest a number of companies for whom even relatively short outages would represent a serious problem.

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STUNNING NEW APPLE DEVICES that will follow the iPad 3 HD!

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Well actually............

"If you go that route, people are only going to buy one or maybe two devices. They'll wind up carrying a piece of hardware about and using it for more than one thing in more than one situation."

...........many a true word spoken in jest.

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Space FIREBALL over Blighty sparks hunt for rich meteorite

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Re: "..just to be sure". Weedol? Surely everbody knows that if you want to be sure.......

............you have to take off and nuke from orbit.

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Why on Earth would you build a closed Android phone?

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Re: A step in the right direction,

For some strange reason they design phones for people like themselves, office workers -:). Now I am not knocking the white-collar brigade (these days I belong to it myself) but it is a very different working-life style from the daily experience of the manual worker. "Noise, dirt, often poor lighting conditions and impact risk" sums it up roughly and it is surely beyond dispute that the industry in general has, to a significant extent, failed to take that into account when designing/building their products.

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US sends factories to Asia, gets ozone in return

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Well, that just about defines...........

.........what goes around, comes around. It is somewhat ironic that in a certain sense Western countries are breaching the environmental protection laws in their own countries by this roundabout route. Seems like, one way or the other, we get the goods we want and the pollution we don't whether we like it or not. There's a moral in there somewhere!

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Stolen iPad leads to 780lb crystal meth seizure

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These are people who sample their own wares regularly...........

.............and regard gunshot wounds and kneecappings as work-related injuries. They are not smart? See icon.

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German court tosses out Samsung AND Apple patent sueballs

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RE:"So who's paying for all this wasted court time?"

Er......we are - as customers and as taxpayers. That's the way it works. BigCorp's directorati have their fun and we (by one means or another) pick up the bill. Marie Lloyd expressed it thus:

"It's the rich what gets the pleasure and the poor what gets the blame,

It's the same the whole world over, ain't it all a bloomin' shame."

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Yet another iPhone patent lawsuit

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Things have taken an even more dangerous turn in recent years.

What we have seen develop over the last decade or so is a trade in patents as financial instruments independent of their original intention. In much the same way that we saw mortgages in the US market become traded as commodities that were to all practical intents and purposes independent of the original purpose of the loan, we now see patents traded in as financial papers. The result is that we have a sort of Frankenstein's monster of speculative buy and selling with no relation to the purpose. Patent law must be reformed and this spiv's market dismantled.

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No 10 develops Terminator iPad app 'to fire ministers'

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Non-specific deity on a prosthesis!

Is it really possible that the prime minister's office think that there is an "app for that"? He is apparently (if this story is anywhere near real) trying to offload his responsibilities as the nation's CEO onto a fucking app?! Deciding who to hire and fire is a primary part of his flaming job - if he cannot manage that himself then someone should direct that app at him.

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SHOCK: RIM PlayBook outsells Apple iPad

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@David 14 I agree actually, you have a point.

I run an Android mob personally but I have to say that with many of the issues raised this year regarding both Android and iOS as far as privacy and security is concerned one is obliged to wonder. I certainly think that the authorities and enterprise should take a closer look at these issues and insist that both Cupertino and Mountain View raise their game. That would be to the benefit of both corporate and national security. Furthermore we might get improved security and privacy as well - well one can always hope, although I freely admit that I am not holding my breath!

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Top Gun 2: It's happening - and the choice of star is stirring controversy

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@FatsBranningan. I would have been more impressed.......

.......if they had managed to stop eating fries rather than simply renaming them!

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Tomorrow's smartphone tech today

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Re: Iphone rumours . Not so. With regard to all the other tech in the article...........

...........it is stuff that is being produced or is known to be entering production. I.e. It is stuff we will be seeing next year. What, however, may or may not be in the iUnmentionable5 is pure rumor and as such is nothing more than free advertising for iFruit.

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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A more unashamed example of click-bait would be hard to find.

..............see title.

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Weeing Frenchman sues Google over Street View photo

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I think that someone is.........

............taking the piss.

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Apple claims its 'innovation' creates 514,000 US jobs

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If we just forget about this being Apple for the moment..........

.........and simply regard it as PR from a major example of "BigCorp", things become a little clearer. In very recent times (the Occupy movement etc etc.) the whole issue of the way BigCorp has hollowed out American industry and exported jobs to sweated labour employers in third world countries has become a major political hot potato in the States. BigCorp is feeling the heat and is feeling somewhat defensive these days given that the political mood music is nowhere near as friendly as it once was only a few years back. Apple are merely one high profile example but that is the point - they are very high profile. They cultivate that profile assiduously as part of marketing the company and its products - very successfully. That success however has placed them in the position of becoming something of a poster boy for this whole very controversial series of issues. As far as I am concerned seeing any example of BigCorp being hoist upon their own marketing petard causes me a certain degree of wry amusement.

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Tony Blair closes RSA 2012, denounces WikiLeaks

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"Self-confessed tech know-nothing"

It shows.

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Fat margins squeeze Apple against Android

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Re: Re: Re: Casus belli @AC 28th February 2012 20:52 GMT

"Do I want a future with only Google and Android? Fuck that"

I entirely agree - and I run a Desire Z and very much like the Android os. The author appears to be convinced that there will be a "winner" in the long term with one os completely dominating the market. He is neglecting to face up to the fact that the big loser in all of this would be the customers. The very last thing we as consumers want (if we are doing joined up thinking) is for one company, whoever it is, to "win" - we do not really want the mobile market to resemble the conventional pc market, do we? No, our interests here are in a certain sense in direct conflict to those of the companies concerned. Our interests are best taken care of by a functioning market where there are several players all of whom are doing in varying degrees reasonably well and competing like fuck. In that context I hope that not only both Google and Apple continue to do well but that MS ups their game with WinPhone and that RIM succeed in getting out of the doldrums they are currently in. Having three or four competing players in the game is the very best scenario for ensuring that innovation, competition, good kit and keen pricing are what characterise the mobile market - not lock-down, over-pricing and lack of innovation.

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Microsoft Tangos into cheap smartphones

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@ Epobirs: Common sense.

"When the difference in cost is less than I make in a day for a phone I'm committing to for two years, I'll spend the money. But for a third worlder who is looking at a major investment weighed against his earning for the whole year, giving up some of those heavy duty apps is a very small price to pay."

The 610 and the like are aimed at bringing smartphone functionality in at a price that those not living in the bubble of the Western world have some chance of affording. This is engineering to a price point that is irrelevant to most of those who read EL Reg. The mobile phone markets of many of the "underdeveloped" countries are in the process of absolutely exploding. Like it or not MS know exactly what they are doing with Tango. Whether or not they will succeed is of course another matter.

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IT staffers on ragged edge of burnout and cynicism

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Really, well what a surprise.

Overworked, stressed out and facing impossible demands from senior managers whose knowledge of IT is often confined to the angry birds icon on their iPad. Many drink too much and some do drugs, well who'd 'ave thought it? See icon.

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Melting Arctic leads to snowy winters

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Well that seems all a little strange.

Didn't we read recently reports claiming that the Arctic ice is not vanishing as fast as had been alleged? Or am I simply confused by all the conflicting reports/arguments? On a personal note I live in a town well north of the Arctic circle on a island just off the Norwegian mainland well known for being the nation's largest "snow hole" (to translate the local nickname literally) and I cannot say that we have noticed any increase over the last decade and a half or so (though God knows we get enough anyway - perhaps its about time the rest of you guys had your share :-P).

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Chinese cops bust culinary Apple trademark thieves

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MacCook Air

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Foxconn allegedly hid underage workers from inspectors

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Re: Re: "Re: @arctic fox" I do think old chap that accusing me of being............

"But I do stand by my point you are more lefty than centre, if you wish to benefit from the society you live in then you must contribute to that society."

Actually old chap as a "lefty" I believe profoundly in precisely that, amusing that you as a "righty" believe that you have a monopoly on that attitude, hmm? Indeed as a "lefty" that particular statement pretty much defines my whole attitude to society - funny that eh?

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"Re: Re: @arctic fox" Actually Vic I have a horrible feeling that...............

...................you may be right. -:)

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"Re: @arctic fox" I do think old chap that accusing me of being............

.................some kind of follower of "Socialist Worker", ie some kind of ultra-left Trot because of my posting, says a great deal about how right-wing you are rather than how left-wing you imagine me to be. My point was simply that exploitation is exploitation regardless of which government is involved. That you were "grateful" for the "opportunity" to drop your pants, part your cheeks and bend over is a matter that is entirely up to you.

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Re: "Interesting". Its funny actually what a close resemblance to certain aspects.....

..........of government policy in the UK this has. After all the British government's policy on "work for free" or no social help is in practice "shipping the unemployed" to work as "free labour" for employers in the UK or starve (in practice). Being forced to work a full working week for the pittance you get on the dole does have certain resemblances to the situation at Foxconn, hmm? Not that I am excusing for one split second the way Foxconn is treating its employees or the "help" that the company is getting from some Chinese authorities but the attitude of the government here towards the unemployed is in certain ways not so very different.

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Microsoft denies report of Office coming to iPad

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Funny, I had to read what you had written a couple of times..............

..............because I was sure that the ribbon UI was introduced in Office 2007 and furthermore is fairly easily switched to the "classic" look by means of readily available "add-ons" (last time I looked 4 years or so ago). If you are running 2003 (as you are apparently claiming) you have the standard "look" and no ribbon anyway. If you are in fact running 2007 the problem is easy to sort as I have said. Later versions enable you to hide the ribbon in about 5 nanoseconds by a simple right-click/select option straight out of the box without having to install anything extra. In short you will have to forgive me but I detect a faint odour about your post as written.

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Apple slaps mega-solar panel field on new ENORMO data centre

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Re: "If" ............Actually estimates are all one has to go on.

After all, Cupertino would not answer the question hmm? Unless you are suggesting that we all shut up simply because the company concerned (which ever example of "BigCorp" we are talking about) has decided that it prefers that the issue (what ever it may be) is not discussed?

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French National Front woos internet pirates

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Re: re: been there, done that + RE "Hollande's left"

I think it should be pointed out that Hollande is very moderate centre-left in French terms and those of the French right who can genuinely be regarded as moderate would likely vote Hollande or (even more likely) abstain in the second round if the outcome of the first were a face off between him and the National Front. Such an outcome would likely hand Hollande the presidency since a National Front candidate representing the right in the second round would deeply split the right and thoroughly unite the left behind Hollande.

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Panasonic outs dual-core Euro-centric Android phone

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RE:"The phone uses iPhone-style Micro Sim cards."

What on earth was it about micro sim cards that required that A Certain Phone be mentioned? What on earth was the relevance here? Apple certainly love it when lazy writing treats their product as a kind of SI unit to be mentioned on every conceivable (and inconceivable) occasion but I think that we should resist this kind of thing.

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How Google and Apple exposed their Achilles heels this week

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It is of course beyond dispute that Cupertino have a................

........very valuable brand and it is scarcely surprising that they are keen on finding as many ways of monetizing this as possible - any company would. However, there is a very fine line between leveraging this to the max and hubris. Looking at their original terms and conditions I have to say that they crossed that line by a fair margin. It is hardly surprising that they are having to "adjust" their requirements.

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Reflection lets astronomers trick time

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Re: and on Dec 21, 2012 at 1200 am EST

"......................."and end up being the Maya and inventing this calendar?"

Which is then retrospectively patented by a well known mobile phone company in an attempt to corner the entire calender market throughout time. Thereafter they start to sue all calender makers from roughly 3000 years BC onwards claiming damages for irreparable harm.

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Canadians revolt over draconian internet privacy bill

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Re: POLITICIANS....

"If you disagree they attack you with spurious claim" Indeed, it is standard tactics amongst various types of low-lives (lawyers, politicians etc) but I have to say that this guy reached a new low.

"......can either stand with us or with the child pornographers."

My instinctive reaction was you noxious unscrupulous lying turd and I am pleased to see that quite a large number of Canadians reacted to his remarks in pretty much the same spirit.

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Drew's Cookie Jar - psst. want a forum upgrade

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Just testing.

help I really need some formatting.

Ah, bliss it was this dawn to be alive.

-:)

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