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UK, US ink boffinry pact on laser fusion 'star power'

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@Len Goddard "Real Soon Now"

I am only a couple of years younger than you Len and I think that I must have read the same book - and I'm chuckling at the memory as I write this. It is rather like the traditional expression my dear lady's family use when they celebrate Passover - "next year in Jerusalem".

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Galaxy Tab remains illegal in Germany

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RE "They can't sell the things on the basis of price / spec etc"

How would you know? Several of the devices that Apple are firing their lawyers at have only just been released/announced. Apple's strategy is clearly to prevent Samsung, in advance, from marketing *anything* within tablets or smartphones if they in any way can. Thus enabling you to continue to rejoice in your own ignorance.

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Windows 8 to boot in 8 seconds

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@AC RE "You guys are funny"

"That would be awful, if M$ ever bring out a decent O/S you guys will have to find something else to bitch about."

Any of us who have been reading El Reg for some time have noticed that a certain section of the commentariat *will* regard it as a disaster if Win8 is any good and the trans-platform strategy is competently implemented.

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Apollo 17 Moon landing: Shock revelations

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Oh Reg please, for God's sake you do realise that some people will........

........take this seriously?

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Apple plan to rate shops etc by number of iPhones visiting

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Re "Brill" Indeed. In fact it is an major business opportunity for a smart dev......

.....to develop a "you can't stand the iPhone crowd?" app. Install our app and you can make sure that you avoid them.

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MS, Samsung to show Windows 8 tablet at Build

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Well now you mention it, Win95 *was* a game-changer.

Whatever one may think of Microsoft/DemonspawnfromRedmond (insert your own choice of insults) Win95 was the os that put a pc in "every" home - in practice it created the *mass* home-computer market.

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

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RE ".........a "suggest a story" option ........"

That I have to say is a good idea. Opens up for more reader-input without (at the outset) risking the "baby out with the bathwater" risk implicit in reader generated threads - although not excluding that option at a later date if it was thought desirable. Suggestions could perhaps be divided between a "specific news items board" and a "suggested topics board". The latter being suggestions concerning what posters here would like El Reg's reporters to take a look at even if the topic concerned is not necessarily a hot current news item.

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The Reg dips toe into social media ocean

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"Antisocial commentards?"

Who the f**k are you talking to.

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Patent wars: Apple attacks Samsung in Japan

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Poetry? How about a little music?

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"Fly into the rising sun... Apple, suing everyone"

They've been the ruin of many a poor boy

Oh God I know I'm one

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OFT boss: 'Google is fantastic and should be applauded'

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The head of a regulatory body may very well have his own private opinions.......

............about the qualities of the companies in the industry he is regulating, that does not in principal worry me. However, when he is such a dick-head that he is incapable of keeping those opinions to himself he has demonstrated beyond a peradventure that he is intellectually completely unsuited to his job. He should be removed for that reason alone.

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Nvidia boss: Windows 8 will run Windows Phone 7 apps

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RE "I would have been more interested if Windows 8.."

From what I have seen written about MS' plans with the official mango release it will also include the official launch of WP7 phones in a large number of European countries where, although you can buy the phones, the local languages and access to the app-market have not hitherto been supported. I have not seen however whether or not that will mean wider availability of "Zune pass".

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Search visionary retires from Microsoft's Bing battles

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Turf-wars and their consequences

It is fairly clear that Microsoft are moving from a highly vertically structured management with *many* divisions to a more horizontal structure with fewer divisions and fewer layers between them and senior managers like Sinfosky. Looks like someone, at any rate, has drawn some lessons from the cluster-f**k that led to such cockups as Vista and Kin - two classic examples of what you get when a large corporation has developed warring camps where the senior manager in the division concerned is more interested in protecting his own turf than in the company's overall results.

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Apple seeks product security boss after iPhone loss

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The very first thing their new security chief can do when he is appointed.........

..........is to make it very clear to his subordinates that impersonating police officers is against company policy (at least one assumes that it is) *as well as* against the law. This might also be accompanied by a series of lectures from the company's PR people to the security employees about "personal conduct", "company reputation" and "damage" linked to the well known "career down toilet" concept.

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Most bosses monitor or block social-network use at work

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"they have little sense of what they are being protected from"

"[Employees] feel disconnected from the risks of Web 2.0 – they have little sense of what they are being protected from, and therefore respond negatively to monitoring and security measures.

Really? The employees are apparently ignorant of the risks? Sounds like some in-house training courses might be in order. If your employees are that unaware then the management should be taking a good hard look in the mirror because some of *them* are clearly doing very little at work not just the footsoldiers spending time with FB. The workplace culture is the managements responsibility, end of.

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Christ appears in phone advert, secular authorities act

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RE: "depictions of Jesus are generally OK "

"Depictions of Allah aren't allowed, as any depiction can offend Muslims, depictions of Jesus are generally OK as long as he's not winking, holding a heart, or endorsing any mobile phone that didn't come from Apple."

That actually depends on how "Low Church" the particular se(c)t of Godbotherers is. A number of the very fundamentalist protestant sects take a *very* dim view of *any* depiction on the grounds that it borders on worshipping idols or graven images and the like.

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Jeff Bezos' spaceship self-destructs in test flight

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@Sir Cosmo Bonsor RE "Wow"

Yep, I chose not to use the joke-icon because I thought that it was unnecessary - just goes to show.

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If his rocket can't manage to reach the clouds without exploding.......

.........what about our data?

I'll get my coat.

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Gov removes 'general appeal' rights for accused freetards

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It is a remarkable thing, the effect of power.

I seem to remember that the "partners" in the present government were very critical of the social-authoritarian tendencies of Blair's circle under the previous government. We can recall their supporters howling "Zanu-NuLabour" and "NuLabourStasi" on almost any and every blog they could log on to. What a difference a year or so makes. The police apparently (we are now told) have the right to shut down public communications without a court order and now we see *this* stuff from the government. We can a any rate conclude that they do not seem any more concerned with personal liberty or fairness than they claimed the previous lot were. They appear to have the same "sledgehammer to crack a nut" approach to social policy as Blair and Straw did - funny that hmm?

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Nearing iPhone 5 launch prompts operator action

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RE "Can we have a moratorium on iPhone 5 stories until it actually arrives"

Yes please. When anybody mentions the iP***e 5 out loud these days our dog hides under the sofa and whines - mind you so do I for that matter.

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note

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Re "Streak replacement"

According to Sammy's own website it has "USB 2.0 Host"

"http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynote/note/spec.html"

The specs in general appear to be rather good.

......and "PhoneArena.com" say explicitly that the USB connector provides both for recognition as a mass storage device and charging.

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-GALAXY-Note_id6116

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RE ".too small to be a tablet - hmmmm"

I think that we have all noticed that different form-factors have their adherents (the 7 incher is indeed my personal favourite). That is I think what Samsung are trying to take into account by trying to cover several different areas of the market. There are after all customers who say the 7 inch form-factor is too small and some who say its too big - horses for courses and all that. As I commented in my previous posting I believe that there are quite a number of people who might find this to be a very useful device indeed even though it does not float my personal boat.

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Usage area/market?

I would say just about anybody whose job involves taking a lot of notes, rapidly annotating photographs and viewing documents with a lot of fine detail "in the field" who also needs to make calls, and send e-mails/text messages (a surveyor or an insurance assessor for example?). This device appears to be perfect for someone with that kind of job. I don't need one but I can think of a lot of people who might be *very* pleased with something like this. Well done indeed Sammy - as long as the basic specs are ok you deserve some success with this one.

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T-Mobile shows off Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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"Think of it as a scaled up Galaxy Tab 7.7.................

......................a machine it resembles very closely, you won't be surprised to learn."

Ah, right. Proprietary charger and no HDMI or USB then. Funny the OEMs are building some very good phones and such fine examples as the Galaxy S II are certainly making Apple nervous. However as far as tablet space goes at the moment (with certain honourable exceptions such as Asus' Transformer and Sammy's 10 incher), the Dark Lord of Cupertino must be laughing his socks off.

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Apple's ex-cop and the case of the lost iPhone 5

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Just goes to show.

If you are from "BigCorp" (any powerful corporate) the cops will *help* you take liberties, not merely permit you to.

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HTC outs 'Mango' WinPho 7 smartphones

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An interesting straw in the wind.

Something is clearly happening to opinion in techspace. As recently as half a year ago a thread like this on this topic would have to a considerable extent been swamped by the dollar-key dyslexics howling about what rubbish WP7 is. This thread however, has considerably more balance. I am very happy with my Desire Z currently but when the time comes I will definitely at least look at which ever high end slider Nokia has released when considering what HTC are then offering with Android.

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Ohio man cuffed for shagging inflatable pool raft

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...........suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder.............

The poor chap is certainly suffering from some kind of deficit but I doubt that it is a lack of attention at the moment.

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US judge tells Levi's to take its Euro problems to Europe

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Levi 501s cost (typically) about 75% more in the European market..........

.........than in the US *excluding* sales tax. Levi-Strauss have been rigging the market in Europe for years. It is about time the European Commission asked "BigCorp" in general to explain and justify the difference between European and US prices and started to fine *very* heavily.

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The real reason Google bought Motorola

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RE: Every time the big people pay taxes, the little man earns less in his wages

No, the system does not work that way. The "big people" pay both the tax man *and* their own employees as little as possible under any and all circumstances. Large numbers of people are so badly paid by these heroes of Capitalism that they need help from the Social even though they are in "gainful" employment. Who pays for this? You and me, ordinary taxpayers because it certainly is *not* "Mr Big". He ensures that he contributes as little to society in the form of tax as he can and in many cases by paying his employees as badly as he can. A significant section of our financial and business elite (not all, but many) are the very definition of the word "parasite".

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Microsoft delivers 'copy Apple' Windows 8 message

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@famousringo I see your point.

I would however say that the two strategies have a certain degree of "clear water" between them and the author should have taken those nuances into account. -:)

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Not sure about that old chap.

"When it comes to Windows 8, Microsoft is therefore following Apple's example by straddling camps. Steve Jobs' Lion version of OS X this year brings little touches of iOS to the Mac in the way it scrolls through screens and the way apps are fired up from icons."

"Following Apple's example". Now there was me having the impression that Apple was rejecting the entire idea of porting OSX to tablet space whilst Microsoft was making an issue of porting Windows to tablet space. You can perhaps explain where I have misunderstood (which is of course entirely possible) what is going on. I.E. In what sense in this context is MS following Apple's example? I thought that they were doing the exact opposite - silly me.

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MySociety marshals griping commuters to fix UK transport

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Many moons ago I worked as a driver on the Northern Line.

The train I was driving one fine day got stuck (brakes hanging on) in the tunnel approaching Camden Town on the southbound. Happily the train's call-number was 13 (the Line Controller was based at Euston and I think that you know what's coming here!) and I had the great pleasure of the following radio exchange.

Me: Train 13 approaching Camden Town south to Northern Line control.

Controller: Yes 13, pass your message.

Me: Euston we have a problem here.

Controller: Howls of laughter.

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Toshiba launches thick Thrive tablet in Europe

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@LuMan

Yes, if one gets too "involved" one might end up with bursitis in *both* wrists!

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I am not into catwalk models or other types of "thinness" but.......

..........I do think that three-quarters of a kilo is perhaps a *bit* much for a lightweight mobile device? Try reading that one-handed in bed at night and you are likely to end up with bursitis.

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Graphene photocells could mean hyper-speed internet

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@Ru

"Making devices from graphene will not be done using today's silicon wafer tools and processes. New processes, whole new toolchain, new fabs. Patents all the way down."

Indeed Ru, I agree with you. They will in fact have to be *solid* *old style* patents that actually demonstrate a *working* process. Not vapourware inventions with no accompanying working prototype, purely designed to poison as large an area of the market as possible without any intention of ever actually manufacturing something.

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RE "samsung innovates "

Happily I am in a position (as a researcher in organic chemistry) to reassure you that graphene has a planer hexagonal structure and is definitely *not* rectangular with rounded corners. Even Cupertino will not be able to fire off writs over this one. Furthermore it was discovered in 1962 (first described by Hanns-Peter Boehm) a couple of decades or so before Apple was founded which should ensure that prior art applies regardless of any claims by the iPhanbois that Apple developed the iTardis in the early 1960s. -:)

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Nokia's Ovi wunderkind is off ... to Nokia-backed Vision+

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World ostracizes firm that issued bogus Google credential

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Indeed, the usual speculation appears to be strangely missing.

"A spokesman for DigiNotar told The Register that it would “be difficult” for him to respond to questions about the security breach and the resulting effects it has on end users. This only seems to reinforce the notion that CAs see themselves as too big to fail and aren't accountable to end users."

It would certainly be difficult if he strongly suspects that the breach was the work of an intelligence agency from a "friendly power". Especially if that power had a lot of influence over control of the net. He might very well feel that keeping stumm under the circumstances might be the lesser of the two evils and that he just has to swallow the fact that the rest of the industry are not too impressed by the lack of information from the company. He indeed may fear that they will end up very "accountable" but for the wrong reasons and not to the end users in the industry.

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RE "Who would want to target Iranians?"

"The Iranian Government, perhaps"

Which they can perfectly well do (and certainly do do) from within Iran's own networks.

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Google's anonymity ban defied by Thomas Jefferson

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Correction

"However, I *cannot* argue that the "I am out and I am proud and I am an arsehole" brigade will not feel that they will be in any way restricted by this. "

This has of course an extraneous "not" and should have read as:

"However, I *cannot* argue that the "I am out and I am proud and I am an arsehole" brigade will feel that they will be in any way restricted by this. "

Sorry, my fail. -:)

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@John Dee RE "Onymous Vitriol"

Indeed, I cannot dispute your point here. I would only argue that lack of anonymity restrains to *some* degree that kind of garbage. However, I *cannot* argue that the "I am out and I am proud and I am an arsehole" brigade will not feel that they will be in any way restricted by this. In fact if these issues demonstrate anything it is that anonymity is not a precondition for some people - they just do not give a shit about what they are willing to say to others. The only restriction of course being that they are not within arm's reach of the person they are insulting! In fact that may be the bottom line - that they are not forced to choose between not saying it and having to say it face to face with their "victim". Maybe the issue is one of "cowardice"?

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Hmm.

Very interesting discussion/article with a number of very good points. The issue in the last paragraph about FBs built in advantage here contra Google+ inasmuch as their punters *wish* to fly their own colours is a very well taken one that had not occurred to me. In the end of course it is the old story about creating a service that your punters want in the form that *they* want it. A concept that is a *lot* simpler to describe than it is to realise.

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RAM prices set to 'free fall'

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No shit IHS

""A weakening DRAM market will encourage manufacturers to optimise their product mix, moving toward increased production of a higher-margin memory such as NAND flash," said IHS."

Manufacturers will likely move production effort from a sector where sales and prices are falling off a cliff into the fastest growing sector within personal computing and communications. Wow! Such amazing insight! You've got to hand it to the analysts - as masters of the (ig)noble art of stating the blindingly bleedin' obvious they take some beating.

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Paper Camera

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@alan buxey Web-based apps

It is an interesting point regarding apps. The point is often repeated lazily and ad nauseam that apps discourage transferring from one os to another. I am not so sure *to what degree* this is true. Given that even paid apps are pretty damn cheap then unless a genuinely "mission critical" app is not available on the os one is considering moving to and or the new os' ecosystem has limited choice and numbers then I am not so sure how vital this point is. It may very well be the case that how comfortable the average punter is with the os/stock UI concerned and how much he/she likes the phone itself may have more to say than having to replace apps if one does transfer. Whatever, when and if web-apps begin to compete in terms of quality and availability thus eliminating the platform tie-in we will no doubt see.

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Seven lessons from the HP Touchpad fire sale

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Apple certainly have a well organised/optimised supply chain.

However that point can be overdone/exaggerated. Latest prices for Asus' Transformer pad and docking station (for example) at Amazon.com are $352 for the former and $125 for the latter - all up at $477, the whole package is *within* Apple's price-point and is selling very well in both the US and Europe (the prices in Europe are as usual a bit higher the package being equivalent to about $545 excluding sales tax though it is all the same selling well here even with sales tax.). A reputable OEM *should* be able to do this and make a profit as long as they do the necessary heavy lifting *and* do not expect to be able to imitate Apple's margins which are currently the largest in the sector.

http://www.amazon.com/Transformer-TF101-A1-10-1-Inch-Tablet-Computer/dp/B004U78J1G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314693071&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-Keyboard-Transformer-TF101-DOCKING/dp/B004U78628/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1314693071&sr=8-3

The combined transformer/dock package is selling at Amazon.co.uk at a price *inside* that of the 16Gb iPad2 (prices include UK sales tax).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-iPad-2-16gb-WiFi/dp/B004TW8XHC/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1314694321&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Transformer-Android-docking-keyboard/dp/B004TB0EXY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314693811&sr=8-1

In other words it most certainly *can* be done if the OEM understands his business.

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Very instructive phenomenon - within common sense limits.

"What a bad idea, for so many reasons – not least that Apple purchasers are prepared to pay a premium because it’s Apple."

That is the trick isn't it? Identifying what the "Apple premium" might be in price point terms and then pitching good quality well thought out kit at the necessary "discount" while still being able to turn a profit. It is in fact not *so* big a mystery. Asus, for example, have shown us how to do it with the ingenious "Transformer" (the "Slider" on the way) and HTC (a company that I normally have a lot of time for) have shown us how *not* to do it with an overpriced 7 inch tablet launched too early to take advantage of the changes in Honeycomb which take into account that form-factor. There is no substitute for some heavy duty thinking combined with a lot of effort to engineer to a saleable and profitable price-point - but that surely is what being a reputable OEM has always been about? In that sense I am *almost* inclined to say, so what's new this time?

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Stephen on Steve: The most important man on Earth

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RE My Post regarding Stephen Fry

I should also say that I also genuinely like the guy as a comedian and an actor, got a lot time for him in fact. However, almost every time he opens his mouth and starts to pontificate it gets right up my nose!

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RE "I think it is clear that the article is a parody"

Weeell, now you mention it, there I was all excited at the prospect of seeing "Not another fucking elf" and now I feel all let down.

On a more serious note it is quite clear that Stephen Fry really *does* believe that Steve Jobs has "changed all our lives". Er, no he hasn't, he has made some shinies that can only be afforded (in common with other high-end shinies from other companies) by a small minority of our fellow earthlings. If he had done something like invent a permanent cure for malaria and/or AIDS then we would be talking about something that *really* had planet-wide impact upon the lives of a huge number of our fellow earth-dwellers. It is not only that Mr Fry's opinions on matters outside his own field often are so gushingly twee, they are also so fucking western-world middle class head-up-own-bum parochial.

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Ten... budget Android tablets

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"....in fact it looks like a big iPhone 4 with it’s squared-off aluminium sides........"

The writ is in the post.

SJ

Sent from his iThingy.

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Apple shares drop after Jobs resignation

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RE "Baloney" It is not a complete "Fail" you know.

The previous poster's comments are not *entirely* without merit since Apple's capacities to defend themselves against hostile takeovers, borrow money or carry out a takeover themselves would only be significantly affected if their share price dropped by a very large percentage indeed. This applies to any well managed and strongly capitalised company where "normal factors/circumstances" apply.

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Mac Lion blindly accepts any LDAP password

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Part of the problem here is scale of experience.

Quite simply put neither Apple nor the business community in general have anywhere near the amount of experience with large networked Mac-based systems that the business community and MS (like them or loath them) have with such Windows based systems. Specifically they have not remotely the same amount of experience with such systems being attacked. IMHO that is a major contributor to this type of problem.

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