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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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Sensitive council data sent to hundreds via PERSONAL EMAIL

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I really do not see the point with fines of this kind.

Who actually pays these types of fines? The tax-payer of course who also happens to be the victim of this cock-up. When they start fining the senior managers responsible 80k each *personally* then we might see some improvement. The same should also apply in the private sector. When a company screws up any fines involved should also include *personal* fines levied on the board of directors with it being totally illegal for the company to in any way compensate them - to make sure that in those cases the customers (the victims again) do not end up paying the transgressor's fines for them indirectly. It is a total nonsense that holding the "managerati" to account whether in the public or the private sector in practice ends up with the *victims* do the paying.

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Apple CEO defends fixes to suppliers' working conditions

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@AC 15th Feb '12 12:30 RE: Reply @Johnny Foreigner.

"It's happening again, it's just that people can't see it. One day, Chinese people won't care whether their ancestors were better off in sweat shops or whether it was Chinese factories offering their cheap labour. All they'll know is that the west enjoyed plasma TVs, broadband, laptops, iPads and cheap clothes whilst their poor ancestors who made them had none of that, died worn out at a relatively young age, or even committed suicide because of the stress of it. Try telling the families of those men that they're better off that way."

Agreed. Frankly speaking it ought to be obvious to anyone with two neurones firing at the same time. Bloody good post. -:)

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@AC 01:26 GMT RE "Can't fix........"

"Is it really unlikely that in another few hundred years, far-eastern people with a much higher standard of living will collectively hold a grudge against the west for what it did to their ancestors? We live in cities with racial divides and the legacy of slavery and colonialism. Is it hard to imagine the potential for a situation like this but on a global/regional level existing one day?"

I agree with all your points but wished to emphasise my agreement with that particularly cogent observation. A potential global level example of "what goes around comes around" indeed. Those acting as semi-apologists for the slave trade point to the fact that it was often their own people who sold the victims to the slave traders. One can of course also make the same point concerning the Chinese authorities in permitting such conditions. However, in neither case do such arguments make our moral position any better. We in the West, whether we like to admit it or not, want to pay as little as possible for absolutely everything imaginable - and we find it all too convenient to forget that there is a price for everything and third world workers are paying it. We see regularly pundits howling that the tablet manufacturers have to get the price of the kit down in order to compete. How is it possible to do that *without* forcing millions to work under conditions that are totally illegal in the West? The short answer is of course that it is *not* possible and our refusal to pay more than the absolute minimum is the driving force here.

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Bonkers MS security update flags Google.com as malign

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"........MS security update flags Google.com as malign"

.......and the problem is?

Sorry, the temptation was too much to resist. -:)

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Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for her

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I considered showing this list to my lady - just to get her take on it you understand.

Then I realised that it was in fact a "girlie" collection and she would hand me my head if I gave her the impression that I thought it was even faintly possible she would consider such offerings. I really think that Reg should think again next time round.

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Please do me a big favour when you do that article.................

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"And if these don't - the adult toys we'll be covering in a few days' time as part of Reg Hardware's Sex Week are sure to."

.............I do not want to hear a word about how you tested battery life or which benchmarks you chose.

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US and EU regulators will give Googorola the nod soon

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@cloudgazer. With the greatest of respect if you like Apple kit fine, I do not have.....

..........the remotest problem with that. However, it must surely be beyond dispute that Cupertino are using the patent law system in a pretty open attempt to assert that the tablet market is their personal bitch. *That* is what my somewhat sardonic comment was referring to, *not* the issue of the type of licensing involved.

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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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