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Windows Phone 7 'not fit for big biz ... unlike Android, iOS'

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"......all the Microsoft Reading employees downvoting me......."

To quote Oliver Cromwell in another context "i beseech you, in the bowels of christ, think it possible you may be mistaken". It is possible you know to disagree with you without being on the payroll of Lord Sauron-Ballmer.

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Redmond man unmasked: UK.gov open standards stalled

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@AC 27th April 2012 23:24 I agree with you.

"..........the invariable public-sector lock-in to Cisco's proprietary Skinny protocol. In comparison, money spent on MS is chump change."

However, I am afraid that the the members of the Anti-MS Choral Howling Society are so obsessed with the size of the teeth of The Demon Lords of Redmond that they have a tendency to miss the fact that there are other sharks out there with even bigger sets of oral cutlery.

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@hitmouse: I take your point and I have to admit...........

............that I would not care to be the senior manager at Redmond charged with that particular judgement call. However, that is the point really is it not? Where is the balance of advantage contra disadvantage? To be quite honest I do not have any certain opinion here and am just glad that I do not have responsibility for that kind of decision. -:)

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Pre-admission of failure? No, marketing.

Microsoft think that having a free-version of Office on Windows RT (ARM version) will be a killer app as far as selling that version of Win8 is concerned. Whether they are right or wrong about that it is not difficult to see that porting it to the big tablet rival would not be the smartest move they could make.

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Star Trek role-players' privates sniffed by alien invader

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@Flippo RE:"was actually genuine?" It does make you wonder does it not?

The e-mail I received a few hours ago purported to come from PayPal and asked me to "click here" and thereafter (when one had arrived at the "home page" if one were so transcendentally stupid as to click on the link) re-enter your account details. A standard phishing attempt of course, immediately recognizable to any techie with more than two neurones firing at the same time. Seeing a legitimate company sending a genuine e-mail that is the very twin of the one I have just described leaves me utterly convinced that I would never under any circumstances trust any confidential details to bunch of tools like that.

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Scientists slurp conductive fluid for paintable solar panels

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Re: Of course, since cadmium is such a harmless element

Indeed, it is very nasty stuff. Not only that it is comparatively rare (about 0.1 ppm of the earth's crust). I would be more impressed with some of these breakthroughs if they did not involve using elements that are likely to end up as another resource problem (as in lack of). I am no kind of bunny-hugging Luddite, I am in fact as keen on innovative tech as the next person but sometimes one has to wonder!

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Indiana cops arrest violent 6-year-old

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@jai "sounds like an exorcism would be more appropriate"

Indeed, which is why I find the end of this piece rather puzzling:

".....avoid suggesting execution is an effective deterrent.........."

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Ofcom: The Office of Screwing Over Murdoch?

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Having followed the line of reasoning in this article as carefully as I can.........

...........I have a question to pose. Are you suggesting that News Corp should have been allowed to take over BSkyB completely? Is there not another explanation for Ofcom's apparent change of style? For most of the Blair/Brown years the then government was terrified of Murdoch (not entirely difficult to understand given what NI's newspapers did to Labour throughout the eighties and early nineties until it dawned on Murdoch that the Tories had reached the point of unelectability) and would have done everything they could to stymie any moves by Ofcom to move against NI for any reason. The then opposition Tories would most certainly have not supported any moves against Murdoch's company because they very badly wanted Murdoch back onside. Once Ofcom knew that they could tackle Murdoch without political interference (because by this time NI was about as popular with the voters as syphilis and the new Tory government did not dare hinder Ofcom) they did - and about time too.

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3.2 billion pixel sky-watcher a step closer

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But is it compatible with "Pure View"? All right only joking, that is a *very* impressive....

......piece of engineering. Oh and +1 for the Crocodile Dundee reference in the subheading.

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Can Windows 8 bag Microsoft 20 more years at the top?

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Hello? I am amazed. A discussion about Win8 that largely appears to involve.......

.....thought out positions (both for and against) rather than howling? I am impressed. OK, enough with the satire. I am myself somewhat undecided (I have been running the beta on a Acer W500) and I am not yet sure how I feel about this at all. My impression, for what it is worth, is that Win8 is somewhat more nimble in desktop than Win7 and that it is a very much better experience as a touch-os when one explores "Metro". I will wait and see what the RTM looks like and how it performs on kit that is optimised for it when such devices are released in the autumn before I make up my mind. Oh and no, I do not give a shit about the fucking start-button.

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David Willetts: UK firms need to 'fess up to security boobs

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"companies should 'fess up to their security boobs."

I entirely agree, however I think that the last group of people on the planet who have the right to urge others to be honest about their mistakes are politicians given that their default position is never to admit to any unless they are so deep in the shit that they have no choice. The fact that "BigCorp" behave in exactly the same way is not news to anyone in orbit around planet reality - perhaps both groups should clean up their act.

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China's rare earth policy backs Apple into a corner

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Re:"venture which is not "sponsored" by a government fails"

The geopolitical reality is that if it becomes necessary all governments of modern industrial nations and those in the process of becoming such will "sponsor" because they will regard it as an unavoidable strategic necessity. Furthermore they will with one voice tell the WTO to vanish making short sharp jerking motions if they consider that to be necessary as well. However big they are the Chinese are still only one nation within that organisation and rule book or no rule book geopolitical self-interest still drives most decisions.

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Apple sued for every touchscreen device by Flatworld prof

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Re:"............also infringing on those touch screen patents"

It might possibly be to the benefit of all of us if all companies making smartphones in fact were, in principle, in breach. The arguments that Apple (and the rest of them) would have to deploy in court in order to invalidate his claims would be very difficult to row back from when their claims against each other were being dealt with in other judicial instances. Some of Apple's claims against Samsung for example? I cannot see (on the basis of what we read here) that he has any weaker case than the various examples of large scale patent trolling we see all over the industry from some very famous household names. It is possible that the "law of unintended consequences" may serve us all very well.

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Sony and Nokia still a hit with Asian consumers

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"I believe Nokia are further along this recovery plan than Sony are"

We will IMO know by Q4 of this year. If MS do not screw up with what they are developing with Apollo (WP8) and if Nokia do have a genuine flag-ship phone in the run-up to the holiday season (as they call it on the other side of the pond), then the process of getting out of the woods will be seen to have been clearly established if far from complete.

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What kind of LOSER sits in front of a PC...

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Re: DRM.. Ta muchly - duly bookmarked.

See title.

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Great HR mistakes of our time - Aviva fires 1300 by email

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Words fail me.

"Clerical error was blamed for exit mail, which had been intended for one person."

They sent by accident an e-mail that was intended for one person as a "general dump"? I would respectfully suggest that if you are going to sack somebody a manager with the cojones to do the job should be assigned to do it face to face. However, they do not want to hear that do they? It is so much more pleasant to press the kill-button on your remote drone "somewhere over enemy territory" than have to do it face to face. Tossers!

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Sandisk's revs circle drain as mobile flash demand drops

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"secular growth drivers for our business "

Don't you just love jargon? I had to google that to understand what the hell he was talking about. My own ignorance of course but what the devil is wrong with plain English where it can be used? As in "the long term growth drivers for our business"?

"Secular Market"

"A market as defined by its overarching, long-term trends. Generally, a secular market refers to trends over a period of five or more years. A secular market may be bullish or bearish, and, in market analysis, takes precedence over opposite, short-term trends that happen within the secular market."

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Ten... mad materials made into tech

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Re: "Slither of Mars"

iWriggle?

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Apple claims Aussie 3G is so good it's 4G

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Re: Ill buy that "their slick marketing bends the truth."?

Bends the truth? That's putting very politely. -:) Their reaction to finding themselves hoist upon their own marketing petard reminds of the Yiddish word for unmitigated gall - "chutzpah". It is defined in an old Jewish joke as "the guy who murders his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court on the basis that he is an orphan".

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HTC One S Android smartphone

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@batfastad Re:"Fortunately all my important stuff is stored on a micro SD card"

Absolutely. My back-up mob has no expansion and had begun to "do nonsense". Sent it in and they re-flashed the os as part of the repairs and of course it came back with the os and nothing else. Fortunately I do not keep much on that one so it was not a big deal. However, one does not have to have humungous storage needs for an expansion slot to be very convenient.

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"Liù to the One X’s Turandot."?

There I was thinking that the only references to opera I would see here at 'Reg would be to a certain Norwegian browser!

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French perfume house bottles 'Eau de new MacBook'

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@Geoff Campbell RE: "No jury in the land would convict you."

What would one plead? Self-defence, provocation or both?

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Windows 8 diet exposes Microsoft's weak ARM

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@Dazzza RE "Lets be a bit rational here."

At the end of your post (which I agree with largely BTW) you said "without it getting flooded by MS haters and fanboys alike." I've read carefully through this thread and whilst I see an awful lot of howling by the former, the latter are conspicuous by their absence.

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@Richard Plinston Re:"and everything else they can leverage money from your wallet for."

I would not disagree with that. However, in what way as far as that is concerned are they any different from any other producer of anything you care to name?

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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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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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