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China pad peddler wins iPad name from Apple

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I'm sorry, this post is somewhat incoherent but...............

.............it is *so* difficult to write anything sensible when you are crying with laughter. What was that dear old Clive Dunn in his persona as Corporal Jones used to say? "They don't like it up'em Capt Mainwaring sir"!

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US military pays SETI to check Kepler-22b for aliens

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@Michael H.F. Wilkinson. All they will have to do is.............

...............fake some "evidence" that the aliens have WMDs and they will be able to milk the US defence budget for years to come. Should be good for a few trillion dollars in support. Err, now I come to think of it, didn't somebody do something like that a few years back?

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Samsung Galaxy Note

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Re: Bolloxs

Do please clean up after yourself when you leave old chap - we don't want a nasty smell lingering about the place, do we?

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Sammy has a very interesting approach to market analysis.

They plant a flagpole in every conceivable form-factor niche, run the flags up and see who salutes. It is at any rate a refreshing change from the pre-production "focus group" approach. Oh and yes, that is a damn fine phone. It does not answer my personal user case but that is irrelevant - lovely piece of kit.

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Microsoft's futurologists virtualise the poor

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This is simply the kind of sanitised vision that most examples of "BigCorp" like to punt out.

Not just Microsoft. A future where "we" (because none of "us" are going to be losers are we?) are all "middle class" and the underclass is held at arms length and out of sight. In fact you can see plenty of signs of the development of this trend all around us - especially in the larger cities, in the UK, Europe in general and in the US. The whole issue is a damn sight bigger than MS and far more important. It deserves a more thoughtful discussion than knee-jerk comments about Redmond - they are *part* of the problem because they are part of the system. Maybe we should be addressing *that* issue, the system?

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Take this survey: Win an iPad 2

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@Mystic Megabyte: Damn!

You got there first. -:)

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Toads predict earthquakes: Official

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I don't think that "Wind in the Willows" was quite that...............

...............type of book old chap. -:)

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If toads can predict earthquakes can we also have an investigation........

...............into what moles, water rats and badgers might usefully tell us?

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Man's phone burns, toasts trouser region

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Perhaps Sammy should rename it..............

................the Nova SII.

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Apple files avatar automation, emotion patents

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What is it they think that they are patenting?

What novel and specific system or process have they invented that they are asking patent protection for? Can they at this time demonstrate this novel system or process? From my reading of it they appear to be trying to patent a generalised concept without a specific concrete novel approach. If I am misreading this of course I stand open for correction. Anybody feel that this is worthy of patent protection? If so, can you explain to me why? The IT? icon - precisely because I do not see where the technology is in this patent application.

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Assange: 'iPhone, BlackBerry, Gmail users - you're all screwed'

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I really do not know what to say.

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How the fuck we are supposed to protect ourselves against this kind of shite if all the mobilephone/os producers are in on this game is something that really leaves me at a loss. Has anyone got any suggestions?

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Samsung outs 'retina display' ARM chippery

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@A Non e-mouse. That is of course assuming that..................

...................,in the current circumstances, Samsung are willing to sell Apple jack shit from their latest and greatest. In fact, unless Cupertino at last start to play nice I can see Sammy (given that there will be plenty of OEMs who will want this for their Win8 ARM tabs) saying - "see that camel?" to the fruit company.

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Developers get new IE10 for Windows 8 preview

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I see that others have made the point.

I would in fact have been fairly bloody amazed if MS had not intended that IE10 should run on both Win 7 and Win 8. Win 7 is going to be their most installed os for some time to come contra Win 8 and it would surely be their aim that the take-up of IE 10 should be as broad as possible (consistent with their other priorities).

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Samsung gets a win in Oz patent battle

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"Samsung's strategy has been criticized as widening the row...................

..........................far beyond Australia, drawing European authorities into the spat and leading to an EU investigation into whether the row is stifling competition."

Really? By whom pray? Precisely how wide does this "widening" have to be before it is wider than the other party starting patent/copyright litigation in 5 - 6 countries on three different continents before Samsung had so much as issued their first writ?

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Give Osborne a shovel: UK economy stuck in deep hole

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RE:"Are Labour paying the author?"

Reading between the lines I get the feeling that despite the standard saloon bar caveat in your last sentence you have at least as particular and partisan a political view as you are accusing the author of having. The kind of caveat that is always prefaced with "I'm not political but.....". Funny that, hmm?

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Ice Cream Sandwich

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@Funkstain RE: "OEM customisations"

Yes, the OEMS do have a potential problem if Alun's take on ICS is widely shared. Apart from competing even harder on the hardware/physical design side might they not start to compete by, for example, bundling a wider range of apps with the phones? If they do (at least partly) go that route, what effect might that have on independent devs building for Android market? That of course depends on how many and what type of apps the *average* Android customer buys during the lifetime of his/her phone. One could image a scenario where the market became at least partly poisoned from the devs point of view if customers became less interested in buying there because "they have what they need already". We might get a situation similar to that we see in the pc/laptop market where the OEMs "add value" by bundling all sorts of hows-your-father just to attract attention.

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Toyota unveils 'smartphone on four wheels'

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"............smartphone on four wheels,.........."?

It's appearance suggests to me the fugliest gamer mouse that I have ever seen.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android smartphone

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@Giles Jones: You seem to be conveniently ignoring something when you say.........

.................."Got to love it, no expansion on a 32GB iPhone and it's a big problem. But 16GB and no expansion is okay because you "don't really need much more"."

IE. That it is obvious from this thread that a fair number of "Droidheads" (myself included) are making it clear that we are *not* impressed with the lack of storage expansion on this device. Just how did you *miss* that?

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I freely admit that I am in many ways impressed, however............

...................no expandable storage? On the flagship *Android* phone? We expect that from "Another Company" but not on the phone that is meant to be the lead device/showcase for the latest iteration of Android and Google's first "trans-platform" effort at that. Particularly not at over half a k.

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iPhone 4/4S 'self combusts' in airliner inferno

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Was the owner sitting next to somebody using..........

...........a Galaxy SII?

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Yahoo! and! Sony! tuck! into! interactive! multimedia! ads!

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For crying out loud!

Enough with the exclamation marks already, they're making my eyeballs bleed. That joke is now not merely old but senile.

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Asda 'geekend' offers are for the birds

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"The eye-watering deals – possibly for all the wrong reasons"

*Possibly* for all the wrong reasons" - hello?

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Microsoft to Aussie gov: Privacy rules stifle e-Health

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RE:"If you can't guarantee security of the records,...................

.................. then perhaps they shouldn't be in your custody in the first place."

I, of course, agree. I think however that the issue is in fact much bigger than just MS. All the major cloud providers are US owned (AFAIK) and it is only just dawning on them how much business the Patriot Act may cost them. Public record keeping of all kinds (not just medical) would be, potentially, a very lucrative market for a cloud provider. What the paranoid patriots in the States have achieved is to give governments all over the face of the planet a powerful motivation for building their own local cloud based resources or hiring in such resources as long as they are not American. Furthermore, let us say that you are a major private company with key IP in an area of tech where some of your main rivals are American. Such a company would likely think twice before hiring cloud services from a US company when a little bit of discrete lobbying by one of their well heeled US rivals with access to the best senators/congressmen that money can buy could result in the company's commercial secrets being blown.

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Amazon Kindle Fire

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Amazon aren't dummies when it comes to marketing.

They are interested in getting their British customers to buy *content* just the same as their American customers. They want the Fire to have the same impact in the UK as in the States? Then they will market it in the UK at £150 inc VAT. I would be astonished if they tried to sell it in the UK at £200 - they would risk (to some extent) shooting themselves in the foot.

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Microsoft pitching Kinect control tech to telly makers

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RE: "Sit rigidly still if....................

.................you want to keep watching this program. Turn you head to talk to someone and you will get the shopping channel."

Really? In other words the TV manufacturers are going to integrate Kinect in precisely the way that will make the kit as unpleasant and unusable for the punter as they possibly can because the point you have just made would not occur to them?

"Specific control gesture 1" = Ignore all other gestures from now on unless:

"Specific control gesture 2" = Take notice of all gestures from now on unless:

"Specific control gesture 1"

If I can manage to think of that in two nanoseconds I am sure the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony etc will manage to as well.

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Apple crushes High Street in UK web shopping stakes

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It is known as "3 Ps" shopping old chap (amongst retailers).

The customer picks it, puts it down and pisses off without buying anything. Perhaps "shopping surfing" will be the new "porn surfing" - eliciting cries such as "'struth, look at the os on that" etc.

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WinPho sceptics cut Lumia 800 sales estimates in half

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".....than they expected....."? Pardon? I may (of course) be missing something here but........

"but analysts say it will ship fewer units in the first quarter than they expected: 500,000 rather than a million"

.......on *what basis* did they "expect" Nokia to ship a million in the first quarter? Did Nokia say that they were going to and then change their minds? Did they have some other *objective* basis for believing that Nokia would or "ought" to ship a million in the first quarter? They call this analysis? After *two weeks*? I will try and be polite and not say anything about FUD but I have some difficulty understanding what apparently professional analysts are doing basing such prognostications on what they *thought* Nokia was going to do and the first two weeks of sales. I have no idea at this point whether the Lumia 800 will be a success or a failure and I am bloody certain these "analysts" don't either - not based on data that is either very limited or downright speculative at any rate.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in Core i5 laptop

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It is indeed a very fine looking piece of kit but.....................

........................" I can forgive the shared-memory graphics and the lack of USB ports, perhaps also the fairly average processor performance..................."

At £1000, no I most certainly could not. At that price I expect the full works with regard to connectivity and storage and nothing but the full works - end of. All the styling and the build quality in the world is let down by those kinds of omissions. That, IMHO makes it about 15 - 20% overpriced. Without getting into a discussion of the os the most I would pay for that machine would be £850 - max.

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Microsoft to offer dual upgrade path for Windows 8

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@CD001 RE: "You simply need to ran an ATI graphics card........."

Well, actually, now you come to mention it I did have one crash with one of our machines - I had mercifully forgotten it. I downloaded and installed (you guessed it) the latest driver update from ATI on the lappie I use as my test-bed for such things. It keeled over during boot-up as a result of that shite. Didn't in practice matter given that I had run back-up first but it was a touch irritating. -:)

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RE: "Entropy". Well there's a strange thing.

I've been running 4 Win 7 rigs at home now since virtually the day the os was launched (two stationary and two laptop pcs.). They get defragged *very* regularly plus the usual spring cleaning. You know what? For the first time *ever* since and including Win95 I have never, repeat, never had do a reinstall because of any real sign of slowing down from *any* of them. They are also the only four machines that I have had responsibility for this last decade and a half or so which have never once even threatened me with a BSOD - something that was not exactly a rare occurrence with all previous Windows systems I've had. Strange that - hmm?

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FCC slips dagger into AT&T, T-Mobile merger

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How wonderfully ironic in the context.

That the Dems should have that 3 - 1 majority because the Rep has left to become a lobbyist. Here's hoping that AT&T get totally stuffed - for the sake of all US mobile customers.

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Poll: One in six interrupt bonking to answer mobile

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"The standout finding is that one in six of us would interrupt sex..............

..................to leap out of bed and answer the phone".

No, nothing else, just no.

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The top five spam subjects sullying inboxes

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Sometimes such spam/phishing cons are sufficently clever that........

...........it is to some extent understandable that people get caught. However, a very large amount of the time it is in fact very difficult to understand how in hell these scams work. No, I am not having a pop at "the great unwashed" or "chavs" or any other insulting characterisation of "others" for being (naturally) far less intelligent than yours truly. That is not my point at all. I genuinely do not understand how it is possible (sometimes) that these work. To give an example of what I mean. I work at a university, allegedly containing some of the most intelligent and well educated people in society. Recently a large number of employees received an e-mail purporting to come from Amazon and it has to be said it was pretty good - the resemblance to Amazon's advertising e-mails was very well done. There were however two things with that e-mail. Number one, it asked you to click on a link to go and make changes to your account at Amazon. Number two, many of those who received it were indeed Amazon customers but had *never* ordered anything from that company via their uni account and should of course realised that Amazon did not have that e-mail address. These two issues should naturally have ensured that virtually nobody in this "grove of academy" this repository of education and intelligence did anything so fucking stupid. Wrong! The number of individuals whose uni e-mail address was (as they should perfectly well have remembered/realised) was totally unknown to Amazon who not only believed that the e-mail was genuine but clicked on that link and provided account details was embarrassingly large and created some serious security problems. We are not talking about (alleged) "hoi polloi" we are talking about people who (allegedly) belong to the top twenty percent or so with regard to IQ.

WTF!

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Amazon's Android-friendly Kindle Fire splutters

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RE:"You get what you pay for"

Indeed and as to your point concerning who Apple are marketing to a survey I read recently concerning the iPad in the US showed clearly that their main demographic is 20 - 30 something males in households with a joint income of over $100.00 per annum.

As far as this comment from the article goes

"but in my experience it hasn't gone nearly far enough to rival the iPad for elegance and polish."

However much he hedges that comment it is IMHO meaningless. The question is not whether the people who are Apple's marketing goal are going to stop buying iPads and buy the Fire instead (they most certainly *won't*) the question is what proportion of people *in general* coming into the market are going to regard the Fire at the price concerned as attractive. The Fire is only competing with the iPad in the sense of it being a content provider. I simply do not see the point in comparing the iPad (which is high end kit) as *hardware* with the Fire. The question is will enough customers find the experience attractive enough to make the KF a success. The author pays lip service to much of this but then hedges it about with caveats and comparisons that I feel simply are not relevant to the outcome. Comparing a high end tablet like the iPad with something like the Fire in hardware terms and the sophistication of the os ( iOS does not float my personal boat but I recognise that it is a mature os developed for a high-end device and cannot be compared to what Amazon have done in any meaningful sense.)

The only relevant judgement in this instance will be the Fire's first quarter sales figures.

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Kindle Fire demand hits iPad rivals not iPad

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The tablet market is growing at an ever accelerating pace.

What conclusion can we draw from this survey concerning *newcomers* to the tablet market and which tablet they might buy? As far as Apple are concerned a recent survey showed that their main demographic are twenty to thirty something males in households with a total income in excess of 100.000 dollars per annum. Do we seriously believe that the main demographic in the tablet market (as far as numbers of units shifted is concerned) is going to be dominated by that group in the years to come? No, Apple will continue to do very well I am sure in terms of numbers of units in the high-segment end of tablet space but market share of the total tablet market will be another issue entirely.

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Teacher investigated over mysluttyteacher smut site

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Unfortunately the kids not being in any way involved (I assume that - the cops would......

........be going berserk if they had been) will not stop the moralists from using the "what about the children?" argument. Funny is it not, how unscrupulous the "good" are when it suits their convenience?

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Will Intel slay or flee fearsome Snapdragon Win 8 tab?

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@Goat Jam: I get the impression that MS do not give a f'****.....

..........as long as Win8 sells well. I get the distinct impression that a major reason for compiling for ARM was to force Intel to get their thumb out from whichever orifice they had placed it over the issue of xx86 kit for tabs that does not fall over after 4 hours or so. It is key for Redmond to sell to the enterprise sector and that means Wintel architecture precisely because of the legacy apps issue you mention. As long as it sells well on xx86 they can afford a relaxed attitude to how well it sells on ARM SoCs (as long as sales are not *totally* pony on ARM). What will really screw Redmond is if it does badly on xx86 in the business sector - in that event they would be in deep trouble.

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Spyhunting US pols to crawl up Huawei and ZTE's ass

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Pardon my cynicism but........

...................whilst I am certain that Chinese intelligence (like the equivalent organisations in just about every country on earth) is certainly "out there" I cannot help but feel that the fact that both Huawei and ZTE are major industrial competitors for certain major American companies might also have a little bit to do with this (a little bit of lobbying by "BigCorp" been going on perhaps)? Of course all countries want to protect themselves against espionage both conventional and industrial (just as they *all* carry it out themselves), its just the self-righteous way these things are dressed up that I find a bit much to stomach.

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Mobile operators warned on 'unlimited' data gouging

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@Norfolk'n'Goode: They should simply be forced to drop the word unlimited......

..........unless that is *precisely* what the plan means. If they wish to limit uber-downloaders then they should have a clearly expressed series of "rungs" on the download ladder with advance warning when a customer is near the relevant limit. In the current situation their abuse of the English language is taking the piss.

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Samsung v iPhone 4S French entrenchment: 'TOTAL WAR'

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@Joseph Lord. A significant part of the problem is that Cupertino do not.....

..........believe in reciprocity, they do not license - famous for it in fact. One of the reasons why their dispute with Nokia (when they had simply taken Nokia's FRAND patents without having negotiated an agreement) dragged out as long as it did was that the deal Nokia wanted included reciprocal licensing. This Apple would not agree to - they want to be able to demand FRAND terms whilst at the same time reserve the opportunity to start a patent war with the company they have just licensed from when they feel like it at some point in the future. They are well known for having a very aggressive approach in such situations. Their interpretation of FRAND appears to be "What's yours is mine and what's mine remains mine".

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RE: "Apple have patented your ass?" Sure they have - "A rounded discharge....

.........device in two halves for the purpose of delivering large amounts of s**t automatically when appearing in court".

Well, at any rate, we have seen them apply for a *large* number of even stranger patents. -:)

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No, percentages are, on balance fairer.

If it is "some crappy Nokia", then the percentage represents a much smaller sum, with the company concerned (in this case, in your somewhat hostile example) earning much less on using the patent. No, Apple are taking the piss if they think that they are entitled to better conditions under FRAND than other companies get. Indeed their attempt to do so flies in the face of what the principles underlying FRAND are based on.

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@AC RE: "......FRAND licensing has to be on the same terms for everyone."

An interesting and very cogent point - which makes it all the more amusing that Apple's lawyers apparently are alleging:

"Apple's lawyers have accused Samsung of waging all-out patent war"

I recall that Sir Henry Wotton (March 30, 1568 – December 1639) is supposed to have said that "An ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad* for the good of his country." Given that it is a matter of record that Cupertino started this legal war against Sammy, what does one say then about lawyers who are willing to lie on behalf of their client as long as they are paid enough.

*Amusingly enough that expression in the English of the period could also be taken to mean "sleep away from home".

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Microsoft seeks patent on employee spy system

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RE: "Effective line management is far cheaper"

Hmm, yes we do appear to have a difficult choice here.

1. An Orwellian high-tech approach that stands every chance of creating far more problems than it solves.

2. Succeeding in getting line managers to do their jobs in a consistent and constructive fashion.

Hmm.....that's a toughie, approach #1 is nightmare city, whilst at the same time #2 does seem raaather ambitious.

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Southampton hampton vice shocker: Exclusive snap

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I am getting a bit worried about El Reg's interest in tadger mutilation.

First we get a report about some woman apparently auditioning for the porno version of "Jaws" (just when you thought it was safe to go back into the bedroom), then we get this idiot engaging in what I can only politely call "self harm" and now you are starting to produce lego models of these incidents? What is going on at Vulture central? I think we should be told.

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Couple rewarded for naming newborn after Elder Scrolls Skyrim hero

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When I was a kid in the early sixties one of the most popular series on TV.......

..............concerned a certain famous outlaw with a penchant for tights and hanging out in forests starring a chap called Richard Greene. A playmate of mine (we were both about five years old) came from a family whose surname was "Hood". My playmate's older brother's life was a misery at school. Why, I hear you ask? Because you can guess what his parents had named him and he couldn't go anywhere in the playground at school without massed choruses "Robin Hood, Robin Hood riding through the glen, Robin Hood, Robin Hood and his band of men....." ringing in that poor beggar's ears. Some people should definitely be banned from swimming in the gene-pool!

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Amazon's new Kindle Fire stripped naked

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For the average punter.

It is all a question of perception, is it not? The average non-techie simply does not think about his shiny in terms of your gigantic carping-list. The issue is will he/she regard the overall experience (content access included) as enjoyable and acceptable *at that pricepoint*. It is how the punter regards the total package that will determine to what extent the Fire will take sales that the iPad otherwise would have had - not any of us waving spec/performance lists in his/her face. For the money this appears to be a steal - but that's just my opinion. Let's see what the first quarter's sales are, shall we?

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Just trolling: It's OK to poke fun at Christians, says ASA

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The title is "Trolljegeren".

"The Trollhunter". singular form with the definite article baked in to the end of the word. I.e Trollhunter is "Trolljeger" contra The Trollhunter, "Trolljegeren". The Trollhunter*s* would in fact be "Trolljegerne" being the way you spell a word which ends in "r" anyway when you wish to express plural form with a definite article, otherwise the ending would be "ene".

There, I am sure absolutely everybody was dying to know that.

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Nokia exec confirms 2012 Windows 8 tablet release

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The comparison with BMW was perhaps a touch unfortunate -:)

However, just to take the issue of the tablet (or maybe tablets) itself. It would of course be logical for Nokia to launch a tablet that has both wifi and 3G and that begs the question of which form factor they are like to use. I would not be amazed if they offered something in the 7 - 8 inch category as well as a 10 incher. The next question is which architecture they are likely to use. One could argue that ARM is an obvious choice if they aimed primarily at the consumer market but given that one of their major marketing strengths is in the business sector that suggests x86. Anyone got any ideas which way they might jump?

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Ballmer shoots down Microsoft breakup advice

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@ShelLuser The key here I believe is the desire for short-term action, as in "piece of".

As fast a piece of the action as possible. Whenever one reads accounts of a shareholders meeting from a classic "long-haul" company (whoever they are Microsoft or another example of BigCorp) you always get a certain type of investor proposing variations on these types of themes. Not because the particular suggestion necessarily has any merit but because (as you point out) as long as they get something going they can earn on it whether it is a success from the company's point of view or not. These types definitely do not belong to the Warren Buffet school of long-term investors. Previous generations did not include a General Electric or an ICI in the speculative part of their investment portfolios, they included them for ballast and long term security.

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