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US and EU regulators will give Googorola the nod soon

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First prize: An iPad

Second prize: Two.........

Couldn't resist that. -:)

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Would be nice if the competition authorities ensured that the following..........

"Google has sought to placate the regulators with a promise to submit to fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms for key technologies and not try and lock up the mobile market."

.........applied to *all* major players in the mobile/tab market. Especially that bit about not trying to lock up the market. Now who might I be thinking of, hmm?

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Penang fraud gang 'ringleader' snared by Taiwan police

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Love it, its almost poetry.

"Gang man Huang banged up" in Penang.

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Analyst: no 7in tablet at iPad 3 launch

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Memo to CEO Asus: Dear Sir, I think that you should...............

"The analyst also forecast the debut next month of an iPad 3 case with an integrated keyboard, echoing speculation here and elsewhere based on comments made by CEO Tim Cook that Apple will soon have an offering for folk who want a compact laptop-type device running iOS."

..............have a word with your legal dept.

yrs sincerely

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New sat data shows Himalayan glaciers hardly melting at all

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"Researchers visiting the region on the ground"..............

....................couldn't see the wood for the trees.

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What downturn? Lenovo stuffs pockets with 54% extra profit

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@Wunderbar1 Thank you very much indeed.

Sometimes terminology one is unfamiliar with can be seriously eyecrossing! -:)

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I would be very grateful if someone would explain to me what the following means.

"look for inorganic growth opportunities which will supplement its organic growth strategy".

I am not trolling or indulging my penchant for irony, I genuinely do not understand what the fuck they are saying. Anyone willing to help me?

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Sinofsky shows off Windows 8 on ARM and Office15

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Execution is indeed the key and I hope get an impression of that shortly.

I picked up a Acer W500 tab reasonably cheaply recently (has AMD's "Ontario" cpu) and have "experienced the joys" of Win7 as a tablet os (fine os on a conventional desktop but definitely pony as a touch os). It is fairly underpowered and the battery life is nothing to boast about, in short the perfect test-bed for the Win8 cp build when it becomes available in a couple of weeks. I am quite looking forward to seeing whether or not MS are within handshake distance of having got this right, at least as far as the x86 build is concerned.

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Asus UX21E Zenbook 11.6in Ultrabook

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I am truly unsurprised that you.........

............posted that as an AC.

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Eolas claims royalties for browser apps and plug-ins

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Actually my take on that was slightly different.

I felt that he had just demonstrated that he was totally unfit to hear the case. If his response to an appeal with regard to the location of the trial is based in part on his feelings of what we can call "local nationalism" I cannot see how he is a fit person to rule on this case. Given that he openly gives decisions based on criteria other than the law. Some "judge", hmm?

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Parliament ponders £400,000 iPads-for-MPs plan

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Actually Vic doesn't Apple kit usually get left in bars...........

.......and then you get raided by Cupertino's security people pretending that they are police officers?

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Did they test any other tablets from other manufacturers?

If they did not then this purchase proposal should be turned down, proper testing done and several producers (Apple included) should be invited to tender for the contract. Otherwise one might be left with the impression that a bunch of middle class politicians are getting us to pay for what is fashionable in the circles they move in.

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UK gov rejects call to posthumously pardon Alan Turing

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RE: "Does this make any sense?" Yes it certainly does Sandtreader.

A great deal of sense in fact - thank you.

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Apple tells authors: All your books iBook files are belong to us

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RE: "Didn't you get the meme?" No old chap I did not which is why I did not say more.....

.......than "pardon?". However, thanks to your kindness in posting that link, I now understand the reference. -:)

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"All your books iBook files are belong to us"

Pardon?

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Doctors sick of anonymous-coward NHS feedback commentards

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@Larry F54 "fired for hitting the nail on the head?" I agree entirely.

If someone wants to post as an AC and say what the fuck they like then they have no basis for any complaint about the kind of reply they get. Posting as an AC where you have perfectly acceptable reasons for wishing to remain anonymous is fine. I see any number of postings here that are, in and of themselves, perfectly acceptable expressions the the AC's opinion - whether I agree with him/her or not. However, the moment an AC posts abuse then we are in another situation. I think that it was a flaming disgrace that a reply that was blunt but not actually abusive led to her cowardly employer firing her.

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Micron CEO Appleton dies in plane crash

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What can one say? Other than........

......respect and condolences to his family.

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Study links dimwits to conservative ideology

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@Spanners RE:"Anyway, who says that conservatives are all right wing anyway?"

Indeed. Social conservatives and their mirror image social libertarians are found on both the left and the right in various guises.

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The Register Comments Guidelines, 2012

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@Richard North. RE: "Neither" I have actually and it was not amusing.

She was a damn good seam bowler with a *very* nasty line in occasional and well disguised short pitched deliveries. If you weren't careful she was fully capable of quite literally handing you your head. A really nice girl, great company in the pub afterwards but she was a bitch on the pitch (so to speak!).

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Court defies Apple demand to ban Samsung tablet

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RE: "It's not so". If it is not so then why did the court not simply rule that.......

..........that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N did not breach the injunction initially awarded in Apple's favour against the 10.1? They *appear* to have gone way further by accepting that Apple's patent itself is dubious. Whether or not this is the start of something that may cause Cupertino to regret their legal assault on tablet space is another matter but the basis for this decision will certainly be worrying their legal dept.

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Airbrushed Rachel Weisz gets watchdog hot under the collar

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Its a shame really when you see that type of pic.

She is a very good looking lady. That kind of picture is so heavily "shopped" that it makes a woman who has genuine beauty look like a barbi-doll - all "plasticky".

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Amazon France leaks iPad 3 release date?

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Rumeurs pour les nuls?

See title.

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NHS unfurls condom app – for iPhone-toting teens

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RE: "The question is more"

"I don't pretend to know what teenagers in Kent favor, but don't think it's too crazy to assume that the average teen isn't running around with an iPhone due to price alone"

I am absolutely certain that the demographic they are going to reach are the children of the well-to-do middle classes in Kent.

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Apple dishes out cheap, tasty Macs 'n slabs to staff

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Company sells own products at discount to staff.

In other news the pope is still catholic and bears are assumed to still defecate in the woods. This was worth an article?

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Apple loses ground to Android in tablet biz

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I would make a small bet that the MS slate figures for Q4 of this year............

...............were in fact heavily influenced by the release of the pre-beta version of Win 8.

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Scientists shift electron orbits for atomic storage and quantum computing

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"The team got an atom up to the size of a human blood cell during testing."

That is an utterly astonishing result - seriously eye-crossing.

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Microsoft fingers alleged Kelihos botnet kingpin

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"Suspected coder once worked for Russian antivirus biz"

Gamekeeper turned poacher?

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MPAA threat sparks White House petition for bribery probe

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RE: "Subheading right on the nose!" Indeed. However, I think that the first line of the article.....

.........itself needs adjusting a touch.

"Chris Dodd, ex–US senator and current Motion Picture Ass(hole). of America.........".

There, much better.

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Man vanquishes robot cop in hand-to-hand combat

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@Cunningly Linguistic RE "Err"

What part of the concept "play on words" did you have difficulties with (not so)Cunningly Linguistic?

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Unfotunately not. More like "Mental Micky".

Early nineties joke - children's show, work it out for yourselves. -:)

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E. coli turns seaweed into ethanol

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Interestingly enough they appear to get something like the strength of a best bitter........

.............from this process.

"........a consolidated process, achieving a titer of 4.7% volume/volume...........". The link to the abstract is below, access to the paper requires payment.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/335/6066/308

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@LaeMing......And just think what a hit it will be with the younger managers in Japan........

............when out with their boss on one of those obligatory late evenings at the sushi bar. No more humungous bills because of having to keep him happy for hours with his favourite imported scotch. Just spike his first drink, keep him on the seaweed starter and he'll be happily legless all evening.

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Redmond campaigns for gay marriage rights

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I think old chap that you should read my post again.

With a little bit of effort it would be obvious to you that my point was with regard to a certain type of christian conservative fundamentalist. They are after all the ones I was quoting at the head of my posting?

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The Godbotherers are so delusional its hilarious.........

"The reason they did this is that they have been beaten down by the human rights campaigners on this.”

Microsoft, "beaten down by the human rights campaigners"? WTF? What part of that this has been MS policy (for clear business reasons) since the early nineties were they unaware of? As for their underlying attitude towards human rights for people they personally do not like that that formulation reveals I need not comment further other than to ask what part of the following did they fail to understand?

Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

We are *all* children of *our* people in the biblical sense - you don't get to pick and choose between those you approve of and those you don't.

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How can family sysadmins make a safe internet playground for kids?

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Indeed Chris 3, that is an important part of this.

I am the sysadmin here at Arctic Fox Towers because it is my particular enthusiasm as an amateur technophile - I am not a proff techie. We do not have any children at home (we are no longer in that age category, indeed we belong to the last generation whose children grew up before the "cyber-age" really took off) to be protected but if we did I have to admit that I have no experience of how to implement the kind of precautions that are necessary but will still give them reasonable access. Discussion and advice from pro-techies concerning this issue would, I am absolutely certain, be invaluable for people like me but who are a generation younger and *do* have kids to protect. -:)

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A thought and considered discussion of the parental/parenting challenges involved.......

............without the faintest sniff of Daily Fail hysteria. Major kudos for that. I look forward very much to reading what others, better qualified than I am to make the suggestions you have asked for, have to say on the subject.

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Iranian gov mouthpiece Press TV finally gets taken off the air in the UK

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@Chad H......... I am sure you will agree that it was very nice of him to........

.........post a second time and confirm just about every single point in my description of where he was likely coming from politically!

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@Chad H........: Ahem. If you take a look at his choice of "targets" in his complaint....

.....I think we can detect a member of the swivel-eyed and barking end of the Repubs disgruntled at El Reg including Fox News on their little list. For them Fox News isn't ideological it is simply broadcasting the truth. All other sources of news slightly more liberal than their homeboys Genghis and Attila (famous Fox News commentators :-P) are part of the Great Liberal Conspiracy.

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Feds: Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel, Pixar had wage-fixing no-poach pact

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You would then argue, of course, equally as strongly in favour of trades unions.......

.......doing their best to organise things in an analogous way on behalf of their members. You would of course argue strongly against any attempt to prevent trades unions from doing this on behalf of their members - equally as strongly as you argue on behalf of "The Management" - of course. Hmm?

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@JimmyPage RE: "You can bet how this would have been reported"

Of course. Their hypocrisy knows no limits. The Bosses get together and "sort things out", that's great. If the employees do it it is clearly "Communism" and the "End Of Civilisation As We Know It".

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Pardon?

Rigging the market (whichever type of market we are talking about) is not "civilised behaviour".

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Well, well, well. Yet another example, if we needed it that...........

........there are no heroes amongst "BigCorp". It does not matter who's kit we may prefer this just demonstrates that, *whichever* company we are talking about, whether you are an employee and/or a customer, they regard you as their "lawful prey". Anyone feeling (regardless of denomination) "fanboish" right now?

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Microsoft blames poor Windows sales on PC slump

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Let me see now, anything unusual about this thread? Not in the least.

Android and Apple supporters slagging each other off and both of them slagging Redmond off. Business as usual.

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Windows 8 hardware rules 'derail user-friendly Linux'

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@Richard 12 With all respect this is not a rerun of the nineties.

As far as the tablet market is concerned MS are entering into a market that already has two powerful well established players, one of whom has a *very* dominant position in that market. There is IMHO (whatever Microsoft's intentions/wishes) not a cat's chance in hell that they will be able to pull the same stunt in the ARM-based tab market that they managed twenty something years ago in the pc-market.

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Modeling-clay iPads foisted on unwary Canucks

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"$695 worth of clay, that's what we have" Are we to assume that his new fondleslabe.....

.........was bricked?

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Two PROTECT IP sponsors drop support for their own bill

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Fascinating. They aren't even honest whores, they don't stay bought.

Oh and as for the attempt to explain away why they have decided to shit themselves and run by saying the SOPA is all Obama's fault, one can only say "lame, very very lame". What an unedifying bunch of time-severs and crooks.

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Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition Android tablet

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@Mike Campbell 1 RE: "Echo your sentiments"

"If the Xoom Media offered 64GB at £350 I'd buy one. With 16GB & no external storage then no way."

I would have actually been willing to go up to a max of £400 *if* they had just included external storage and a larger battery. What is really annoying about this is that they currently do not appear to be able to get it right with both connectivity, external storage and battery size in relation to the needs of the device at *any* 'kin price - and that really gets up my nose! -:)

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RE "MS FAT tax"

Since a number of the companies concerned have (whatever *we* may think about the issue) signed licensing agreements with "A Certain Major Software Company" that would seem to be at least an incomplete explanation. Especially since there are several examples of the companies concerned *including* expansion but neglecting something on the connectivity front - that was in fact my point in my posting at the beginning of this thread.

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Nissan unveils 'self-healing' iPhone case

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I have a really radical suggestion. How about manufacturing the phone in a fashion......

..........that makes it less vulnerable to scratches? That would surely be more efficient than after-market solutions? Nokia's polycarbonate cases are one example - you really have to do some damage before it shows.

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