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Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition Android tablet

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@JDX RE: "It's all about the web" In the case of this particular suspect........

............you may very well be correct in your suspicions -:). However, they are *all* bloody doing it currently. If they don't fall down over the one criteria, they fall down over the other. What they do not seem to understand or be willing to accept is that to a significantly greater degree than with other devices the non-iPad tablet market is an enthusiasts market. Far more of the customers (at the present time) for Android tablets are likely to get the ars**le over such issues than in, say, the mob market. They do not have the large pool of well-heeled non-technophiles that form a significant portion of Cupertino's customer base. If they are going to persuade *us* who do care about such issues to part with serious money for medium to high end kit then they are just going to have to stop screwing around in this way.

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I do not farkin' believe it.

Decent price, lovely screen etc etc. I read throught the specs and yet another one of the OEMs has done again. Only 16 Gb on board and no expansion slot! I have to ask - do they want to sell me a tablet or not? There is no excuse for this. If they cannot deliver *both* connectivity *and* expansion at a reasonable price (I do not expect to pay bottom feeder prices, I am willing to part with some proper wonga) why are they in this business at all? Moto was *one* step away from persuading yours truly to open his wallet and make a large number of moths homeless and they managed to fumble the ball - unfarkingbelievable.

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Motorola repels US import ban bid by Apple

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@AC 16th January 2012 22:55 GMT RE: "Haha"

Another interesting thought is do any of these claims against Moto overlap with claims they are making against other companies? If they do (to some extent perhaps), it may have an effect on other legal disputes that Apple engage in in the US. This setback may possibly have larger consequences than are immediately apparent.

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Murdoch slams White House over SOPA in Twitter row

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I should just like to add the following: What is the core of the industry that the.......

........SOPA-political-palm-greasers are attacking? The *internet* self-evidently. Only the most extraordinary and comprehensive *information* gathering, processing and distribution technology invented in the whole of human history. What did those slimeballs expect when said industry struck back at that vile piece of lobby fodder? They are getting hosed and they are all upset? They can't understand how its happening? They really do not get the tech that they are attacking. They thought that this was just business as usual and they could slide this through without there being significant political consequences - what a bunch of planks.

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@g e RE: "bowing to lobbying pressure". The Dirty Digger really is a spectacularly....

.......hypocritical and dishonest shite. The Daily Tech posted this on 10th Jan.

"According to extensive research, anti-streaming lobbyists have engaged in a sweeping bribery scheme that paid for approximately 10 percent of all active Senators' total combined election costs."

The pro-SOPA lobbyist's activities have been even more shamelessly corrupt than is usual and the old saw about the best politicians that money can buy is highly apposite here.

http://www.dailytech.com/CES+2012+CEA+Prez+Blasts+Copyright+Extremists+Stop+Online+Piracy+Act/article23726.htm

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Acer pulls out Wang, thrusts its wealth at Ho

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the only possible response in the context to that.........

...............wonderful headline has to be - Ho Ho Ho.

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10 years ago today: Bill Gates kicks arse over security

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@Ken Hagan I agree entirely.

I have a lot of respect for several of the Linux distros however the degree of "tribalist" howling pisses me off to a degree that is difficult to express without foaming at the keyboard.

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Barclays axes 422 UK IT staff

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@AC 2012 21:17 GMT. "......one of the problems with offering voluntary redundancy....

...........is that your long serving, most experienced staff take it."

Spot on AC, that is indeed very often the result. At my good lady's place of work they initiated that type of process about three to four month ago thinking that they could control that problem by choosing who got the chop/redundancy package. However, as is so often the case, they not only refused to negotiate over the changes in any meaningful sense they refused to give any guarantees about when the process would be completed. The result? They are not only losing the people that they believed that they no longer had a need for, they are bleeding all their best talent because the entire workforce is so demoralised and insecure that all the real talent are looking for other jobs or have now left having got one. Result, hmm? I can just about tolerate the fact that the "managerati" are greedy bar-stewards, what is however utterly puke-making is how many of them are stupid greedy bar-stewards. Oh, and if anyone objects to my describing our "captains of industry" in such terms I can only ask, how often have we seen this happen? Time and time again.

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Apple Beijing store egged in botched iPhone 4S launch

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@cjp39 I don't know, it would be pretty cool.

You could install that app we read about recently where iPhone owners can send messages to announce the fact that they have just had sex and the phone could boast about its *own* performance.

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Microsoft sharpening axe for marketing heads - report

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RE: "Windows 7 was and is a failure" Really?

Is there any way I can get the name of your dealer? Whatever it is your smoking must be really good. On a more serious note it does not matter what you or I or Old Mother Riley's cat think of Win7, describing it as a failure when it has sold faster (under the same commercial conditions/requirements as before - ie largely preloaded) than any previous os from Redmond is bloody ridiculous. I personally do not care how much you hate "MicroDemonSpawn$oft", please *do* try and retain some connection to reality.

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US killer spy drone controls switch to Linux

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@DrXym RE: "The main threat" You are almost certainly correct here.......

.............I have to say that I find the thought of service personnel involved in the computer systems controlling *weapons systems* being so "several expletives deleted" that they would do such an insanely stupid thing is absolutely terrifying.

No icon here because I cannot choose one that adequately expresses my feelings of incredulity in this instance.

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Banana war: Velvet Underground shoots holes in Apple bag

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Please don't tell me that this Apple case-maker is citing...........

..............."prior art". That would be richly ironic in the circumstances.

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Honda NSX reborn as a hybrid

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I was going to ask how much it was likely to cost, then I remebered that...........

...................if I needed to ask I couldn't afford it! Lovely motor.

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German cops hacked in revenge for dad spying on daughter

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@DJV. RE: "Go back to reading yer Daily Fail!" Slight correction old chap.......

............Daily Heil.

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Former coder, NASA 'naut to lead DARPA starship dream

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Pretty much the same effect as Nichelle Nichols had on me..........

...................as a young teenage boy in the late sixties. In a word, devastating.

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Free iPhone 4S deal tempts Chinese fanbois

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RE: "China Buys more Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces than U.S. in 2011"

I am perfectly well aware of the difference between, for example, "average" and "median". That is indeed the point here. Income disparity in China is even more extreme than in the US. If one speaks of the "1.0%" in the United States then one should perhaps speak of the "0.1%" in China. The vast majority of Chinese people are dirt poor in comparison to the equivalent economic groups/classes in Western society. A skilled blue-collar or white-collar worker in the UK could certainly realistically buy an iPhone (or other high-end smartphone) on a plan from a carrier, he or she would not regard it as a minor matter financially but it would be doable dependent upon the scale of the rest of their monthly expenditure. Skilled blue-collar or white-collar workers in China however (ie ordinary Joes and Josephines like me and thee) could not possibly afford what that plan costs. *That* was the point with my comparison - that plan is nothing that any ordinary Western retail customer need feel envious of. In Chinese terms that plan costs the earth.

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"iPhone users worldwide feel a wee bit underappreciated"? Only if they are both......

........totally braindead and *very* parochial. The average monthly wage in China is about 1800 yuan. The cheapest plan in that list represents about 16% of the average Chinese citizen's salary *before* deductions. The average monthly wage in the UK before deductions is about £2,200 giving us an *equivalent* monthly cost for plan #1 of £(0.16 x 2200) = £346.66. Still fancy some of that? It will be a long time before ordinary Chinese people can even begin to dream of owning a high end smartphone.

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Microsoft revives flight sim by giving it away free

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RE: "swan song", shirley?

Hmm, yes. Although the thought of SB demonstrating his "swan dive" from the top board at CES with accompanying tsunami conditions in the pool as he enters the water does have a certain appeal.

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'Mobiles bake men's balls' bog ad is cobblers - new ruling

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@AC 16:51 GMT "Magnets near the pacemaker."

Indeed. For exactly the same reasons that we cannot allow anyone with a pacemaker near our dept's NMR, the liquid helium cooled magnet would really ruin their day.

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Parasites spark swarm of ZOMBIE BEES

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Resident weevil?

"Then the next time I looked at the vial, there were all these fly pupae surrounding the bees,"

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UNSW researcher creates four-atom silicon wires

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Remarkable.

"It is extraordinary to show that such a basic law still holds even when constructing a wire from the fundamental building blocks of nature – atoms..............."

I look forward to the team demonstrating how one constructs a wire, of any type on any scale from any material you care to name, *without* using atoms. "Atomless" materials - the wave of the future.

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US lawmakers claim Huawei sold censor tech to Iran

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Just taking a look a Huwei's response to the initial allegations.

"We have never been involved in and do not provide any services relating to monitoring or filtering technologies and equipment anywhere in the world," Huawei said then."

That is pretty explicit and if they are bullshitting it should be readily refutable. I've been googling this one a bit and I can't find anywhere that these six senators have said anything that in fact actually amounts to *evidence* contradicting what Huawei have said. Anyone else seen anything different?

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Microsoft de-cloaks Windows 8 push-button lifesaver

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I do not know what your arse can manage in 8m and 22s but the figure is.........

............not necessarily so ridiculous as it sounds to you. In addition to the specs of the tablet that Sammy handed out at the Build Conference mentioned in the article there was also the little matter of the 64 Gb SSD. Two of our Win 7 machines at home have identical specs as far as mobo, CPU and RAM are are concerned. The former needs about 60 min or so to run a drive image backup and the latter takes 18 min even though the amount and variety of data/programmes is roughly the same. The difference is simple. The former machine is equipped with a standard hard drive whilst the latter has a SSD as the system disk. The very large difference in sequential read speeds makes a big difference to how long a full system backup takes even though their sequential writes are about the same. The presence of an SSD on the system would have a considerable effect on how quickly these "refresh/reset" actions can be performed. It is perfectly possible that the genuine figure is significantly under your assumption of about 30 min. At any rate with an SSD on board that tablet their figures are not *necessarily* bogus.

http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/09/samsung-windows-8-tablet/

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LG to show 55in, 4mm-thick OLED TV at CES

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I freely admit that I am drooling - and no it does not have anything to do with........

............that young lady by the side of the telly, well not entirely anyway. Four mill thick, blimey! I assume that there will be fixed cable out to some kind of "ports hub"? I don't see how they are going to provide the necessary connectivity otherwise.

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Whale versus shark in KIWI DEATH MATCH!

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Paws?

"...........who owns the dog seen harassing a shark in the video...........

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Verizon retreats on ‘convenience fee’ for online bill payment

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I would however also like to make the point that I am not suggesting that ......

..........the European carriers are intrinsically more "worthy" than the US carriers. Whilst it is certainly the case that the markets in both data and voice traffic *within* the various nation states of Europe function reasonably well with local prices tending to be much lower than in the US, the situation when one leaves one's home country to travel to another European destination is another case entirely. Here the European carriers have been allowed to get away with so-called roaming charges for data and voice that amount to a degree of usury that would have brought a nod of rueful respect from Don Corleone. The primary difference here in Europe being that it is definitely a political hot potato with a considerable row going on between members of the European parliament and the commissioner responsible for EU telecommunications over the timing and scale of the upcoming capping of these charges. AFAIK there is not anything like the same degree of political noise over such issues within the US and I admit that I am bemused as to why that appears to be the case.

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@Hurtlebum RE: ".......extortionate charges for cell phones and data plans........."

This may be at least partly driven by the degree of reliance on credit purchases amongst US retail customers. This leads perhaps to the choice being between a phone bought *with* a plan and buying on a credit card followed by buying a "phone-less" plan, rather than paying *cash* and then buying a plan. If, as I believe, phone-less plans are often artificially overpriced then the financial logic of the situation in practice drives credit customers straight into the arms of the carriers - a situation that has become self-reinforcing as the majority of customers have become dependent upon what are in practice 2-year hire-purchase agreements for both devices and services with the same retailer. In contrast to a good deal of the rest of the US economy the market in phones and services in the States is to a significant degree not functioning in the interests of anyone other than the carriers.

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Whilst I am glad that this fee has been dropped and can readily understand the ire......

.........it generated I cannot help feeling that it is rather strange that US customers got so exercised over $2 (roughly a quid or so) when there are things about the mobile market on that side of the pond which surely must cost American mobile phone owners a great deal more than that. The fact that the carriers collectively in the US are a form of near monopoly gatekeeper with regard to *both* service provision *and* retail sales of mobile phones must surely cost the American customer far more in a year that this type of fee. The fact that buying your own phone and then buying a "plan" can actually end up costing you more over the lifetime of the contract is something that stinks of collusion between the carriers, with "phone-less" contracts being artificially over-priced. Oh no, not any kind of formal cartel - just a clear understanding of their common interests at the expense of millions of US customers. Verizon threaten a two dollar fee and there is outrage and the company has to back down. Yet US customers (apparently) accept this unholy alliance that in practice controls both access to services *and* to mobile phones in the large majority of cases, leading in turn to a situation where a mobile phone producer or a particular phone can in practice be shut out of the market unless he drops his pants for the carriers. Where is the outrage over that? I really do not understand the situation - anyone got an explanation that makes sense?

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Next-generation materials for post-Christmas repairs: Reg investigates

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The only preparations you need are.........

.........one gag and one set of handcuffs per child. -:P

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David Cameron gets custom prime-ministering iPad app

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"Doesn't Cameron already have an iPad app....................

...........................that helps him set policy? It's called MailOnline."

Many a true word spoken in jest!

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Microsoft mum on leaked Phone OS plans

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RE: ""leaked to Wmpoweruser.com" says it all." With all respect old chap, not it does not.

When it comes to the murky world of astroturfing and FUDing I recommend reading one of John le Carre's Cold War espionage novels to get a flavour of how to try and work out what is going on. It is perfectly possible (in theory at any rate) that this is FUD fed to Wmpoweruser by a source they believe they can trust but is in fact compromised. I am not say that it *is* the case, I am just saying that the assumption in your posting is *not* the only possible explanation for what *may* be going on here.

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To: Dana W: Actually the lack of logic ought to be fairly obvious.

This leak (if genuine - another point which should be taken into account) suggests that Windows Phone will not support high res screens, amongst other needed improvements, until almost 2013. This if anything is bloody embarrassing for Redmond and certainly does not support the accusation of officially sanctioned astroturfing in this particular instance. If this was leaked by someone within MS it rather suggests internal conflict and someone unhappy with the pace of development of the Apollo upgrade. When assessing an alleged leak from a major conglomerate like MS one should always take into account the likelihood that internal turf wars may be at least *part* of the equation or indeed the possibility that it is FUD generated by an outside player.

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Intel gets Atoms out ahead of CES

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"20 per cent reduction in power and 10 hours of use"?

I realize that I am probably missing something here but how are they getting 10 hrs use with only a 20% reduction in power (consumption?) contra 1st gen atoms?

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LCD cartel case claims seven more scalps

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RE: "Well, the report certainly trys to spin it that way"

You have a point - we'll just have to see how it *actually" plays out.

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Er, well actually on this occasion...........

"The bulk of the latest payment is made up in payments to “indirect” purchasers – that is, customers of finished products like TVs and computers using the screens, rather than the OEMs that were the cartel’s direct customers."

...........I think that the report does make it clear that the end-point customers *will* be compensated - as they should be given that they have almost certainly lost more (collectively) than the OEMs did.

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Chinese confirm Beidou satnav system is operational

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"The EU has been lagging behind on this front, mainly down to..............

.......................squabbling over funding methods and cost overruns."

It also has to be mentioned that, initially at least, the US did a lot of heavy lobbying against Galileo in an effort to get the project dropped. They were not happy with Europe having a nav system independent of the US and gps.

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Japanese boffins crack arse-based ID recognizer

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"The system is 98 per cent accurate" In the case of the remaining 2% the system.....

..........cannot tell your arse from your elbow.

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Apple land-grabs fuel cells for mobiles

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To "Voland's right hand". I agree with you.

You said:

"The USPO's default position should that the patent is *not* granted unless the *applicant* can show that it is _WORKING_. No working prototype - no patent"

I said, about 3 - 4 postings earlier:

"Working prototype where we are talking hardware patent application or no patent granted."

AF.

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Shift the burden of proof perhaps, in addition to tightening the law?

In other words tighten up on what can be patented *and* shift the burden of proof onto the applicant. The USPO's default position should that the patent is *not* granted unless the *applicant* can show that it is novel. The current situation where the patent office is drowning in a flood of micky mouse applications where *they* have to show due cause to reject the patent is the source of all the shite we are seeing today.

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This demonstrates the problem perfectly.

"As far as El Reg can tell, Cupertino hasn’t actually built a fuel-cell-powered-cellphone, so we presume its two patent applications merely indicate directions in its research."

You are in a position to patent a device in your imagination. No, this is preposterous and should not be granted. Working prototype where we are talking hardware patent application or no patent granted. This has nothing to do with innovation, this is quite simply yet another land grab by a patent troll seeking to poison the market to their own advantage.

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No winner in Android v iPhone 2011 marathon

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RE: "Totally agree"

In the short to medium what you say is IMHO indisputable. A touch more difficult to call long term, though I suspect the need for locally installed native apps will never entirely disappear.

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Lumia sales fail to set world alight

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@Phoenix50: Too much like common sense..........

...............those it applies to will not listen to a word - unfortunately.

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@Twilkins: I really think old chap that you should have read my post more carefully.

I said:

"Ignoring all the feature phones and all the smartphones *significantly* under £400 we arrive at the following top ten."

I made it quite clear that I had done that in order to get a comparison between phones in the *upper price segment* which is where the Lumia 800 is - albeit at the lower end of that segment. Comparing like with like in the financial sense you understand. That was the point of my list with regard to those phones for which punters are willing to plonk roughly £400 or more on the table for their newest shiny.

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RE: "crikey. Razr coming up fast there"

It is isn't it? Mind you I am not exactly surprised it does appear to be very fine kit and has attracted some very favourable reviews on a number of serious web-sites including, natch, Reghardware. The one that does surprise me a bit given the problems that RIM has had lately is their highest end offering at number 4. I'm not dissing the phone you understand it is just that they have been in some fairly heavy weather in recent times and that does not exactly help when trying to sell a device in that price segment! As far as the Lumia goes this list would seem to suggest that it is doing all right albeit not near well enough yet to give Nokia any reason to feel that they are yet out of the woods.

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The information currently available does seem rather conflicting.

On the one hand we have major carriers claiming that the Lumia 800 is doing well (not just in the UK but in Holland, France and Germany) and on the other we have this survey which says the opposite. I took a look just now at Amazon in their sim free mobile phone category and chose to sort under bestsellers. Ignoring all the feature phones and all the smartphones *significantly* under £400 we arrive at the following top ten. I do not get the impression that the Lumia is doing quite as badly as this survey would suggest although it is clearly not "setting the world alight". Other than that this little list does appear to confirm that Sammy has a great deal to smile about!

1. Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II 16 GB (Black)

2. Galaxy Nexus 16GB

3. Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II 16 GB (White)

4. BlackBerry Bold 9900

5. Apple iPhone 4S 16GB Black

6. HTC Sensation XE

7. APPLE iPhone 4 16 GB

8. Nokia Lumia 800 (Black)

9. Motorola RAZR

10.Apple iPhone 4 16GB Black Factory Unlocked

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bestsellers-Electronics-Mobile-Phones-Smartphones/zgbs/electronics/356496011/ref=zg_bs_nav_ce_3_1340509031#3

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NASA finds first Earth-sized planets outside the solar system

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RE: "Plus, if we could ship all the religious nutters into opposite corners...............

................ of earth 2.0 we might get some peace and quiet for a while."

It would be heavenly wouldn't it? However, they would make that extra effort to travel, regardless of how long it took, to bang on your door on Sunday morning. Just when your listening to your main man Lionel singing "Easy Sunday morning" you open the door to hear "we've come to give you a message from Glod (thank you Terry)" - they just don't get the message themselves do they?

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Deutsche Telekom: 'FCC, DoJ didn't give AT&T deal a chance'

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@Chad H. Ah yes, the good old "cut your nose of to spite your face approach".

"They should have followed Qantas's union negotiation example.......And just threatened to shut it down if not agreed."

Oh I see, as simple as that hmm? You are comparing a dispute between a company and a trades union with a dispute with the government of (still) one of the most powerful nation states on earth? The US authorities would, not unnaturally have assumed they were bluffing and said "go ahead" and if they were bluffing their bluff would have been called. Of course if they had not been bluffing and had actually tried to go ahead and do that (with the consequent *massive* financial losses) I predict that the shareholder rebellion would have cost the entire board their jobs. Though in reality of course it would not have gotten that far because DK would have ended up with *both* the US *and* the German governments on their arses and would have had to back down from *that* position so quick you would have been able to measure their doppler shift.

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IBM: 'Your PC will read your mind by 2016'

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I'm afraid that I can't let you........

..............think that Dave.

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Shareholders rage over Imation's incredible 88% plunge

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It is a regular horror story. However we know what is likely to happen...........

.............they'll still get their golden goodbyes, there will be absolutely no question of sacking them without compensation (which is what would happen in equivalent circumstances to us mere mortals) and they will probably be employed by another company in the future. The "Managerati" look after their own - because they all know that it might/will be their turn at some time in the future.

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Sony creates paper battery

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@Efros. Forced to listen to their drinks cartons playing the same tune.......

............again and again and again and again.

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