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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

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I think that there is a problem here.

Many apps that are downloaded are so called "free apps" where the deal is that ads are the "payment" - what about them?

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Apple fanbois warned: No, Cupertino HASN'T built a Bitcoin mining function into Macs

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"....If you follow tech guidelines from.....then you're an......."

Well, if they buy their tech from..... oh, alright I won't go there, but it is incredibly tempting.

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Apple's spamtastic iBeacon retail alerts launch with Frisco FAIL

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Re: "iTout".

Hilarious, I love it.

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"Comfortable with that?" Er, well now that you mention it, no.

I cannot stand stores where you are pursued by bonus hunting sales staff at the best of times and if the shop itself were to start spamming me I would be out of there so fast that the only residual trace of my presence would a small local increase in temperature due to displaced air rushing back in.

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Apple's legal bill for Samsung patent fight tops $60m

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"substantial discounts" Hm..yes.

Cupertino do after all by their legal services in bulk.

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Submerged Navy submarine successfully launches drone from missile tubes

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"Das Dröne"

A definite thumbs up for that reference.

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Brit-boy Bates is Silicon Valley's pick for Microsoft's CEO

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Hi guys! Can we please have a little more.....

..........reportage and a lot less "Hello!" magazine?

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Apple snubs discounts, sprays Black Friday zombies with gift cards

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Pride goeth before destruction and.........

............a haughty spirit before a fall. I suggest that Apple's senior management contemplate this wisdom before it bites them in the arse.

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Asus Transformer Book T100: Xbox One? PS4? Nah, get a cute convertible for Christmas

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@Jack Faust meets Mephistopheles Re 2 gb contra 4 GB.

"It;'s expected Q1-2 2014 so the first 64bit 4gb tabs should start coming out around then."

A very useful heads-up. I shall wait a few months more before dusting off my wallet.

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Swollen Reg reader recounts FALSE WIDOW spider HORROR

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If the victim is male and the spider the genuine "Widow"................

...........it would not have been just the foot that exhibited swelling. Sufferers experience an extremely painful degree of priapism for which the only real treatment is bed-rest and repeated applications of ice -packs.

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Microsoft Surface slabs borked by heat-induced DIM SCREEN OF DEATH

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One question.

Does El Reg have any idea about what percentage of customers are experiecing these problems. It would seem to me that such information would be of interest.....hm...?

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Dropbox joins Linux patent protection hit squad

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A patent cooperative?

Sounds dangerously communistic to me. What would "BigCorp" say?

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Beijing hits back at US: Don't you DARE blame China for collapse of duty-free IT talks

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@AC Well old chap as it so happens.......

"Any chance you remember what you Brits did to China, Massive Opium Addictions come to mind? "

.............. I have never, repeat never, heard a fellow countryman of mine defend for one moment the Opium Wars. I suggest that you review you own history in a slightly more objective light. Particularly in light of the way that, historically, the US utterly ignored the intellectual property rights of all other nations until (think the lead in to the Edison period) they had intellectual property of their own worth protecting.

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NSA installed '50,000 malware sleeper cells' in world computer networks

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I am not indulging in a mendacious out-of-context quotation here.

"But given that the U.S. government was unaware"

I am simply trying to underline the point that I think you were making. The US authorities were either very well aware what was going on or they chose to be wilfully blind.

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Fairly ironic given recent complaints.........

............ about what the Chinese are allegedly up to, hmm? "Don't do what I do, do what I tell you to do"- and all that.

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You can't have that many! China scuppers US, EU tech tariff talks

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I find very strange that this report is.......

........... pretty much entirely based on what the Western negotiators say is going on. I do not know whether the Chinese have a case, a bit of a case or no case at all - and I certainly would not gain any insight into that by virtue of reading something that could just as well have been drafted by the Foreign Office.

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Sony patents LASER-FIRING Wi-Fi SMARTWIG with sideburn buttons

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"Are Sony just trolling the patent office?"

No, they appear to doing something that, in the current climate, is seriously radical - supporting a patent application with a working prototype. Unheard of!

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Lumia 1520: Our man screams into ENORMO new Nokia phondleslab

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@The Prof "What is it?"

Personally I call them FEMPS. F***ing Enormous Mobile Phones. "Phablets" or Phondle-whatever just does not cut it for me.

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Don't PANIC, but these SMARTWATCH-stuffed boxes are going NOWHERE

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The problem is I fear that they are fugly as well as expensive.

The first Android tablets did not do so well (it's different now of course) and they weren't ugly, just expensive.

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'I'm BIG, I'm BALD and I'm LOUD!' Blubbering Ballmer admits HE was Microsoft's problem

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@raving angry loony ".............in my opinion, more going for them than what I thought."

I agree. Furthermore I think that he himself has woken up to his biggest mistake. The stack-ranking shite. We can argue and debate until the cows come home over this or that aspect of Redmond's strategy in this or that area of their business but any and all mistakes/misteps/misfocusing (bla, bla, bla) arise fundamentally from a company's culture. That that culture proved to be peculiarly resistant to change is, IMHO, directly due to their continuing with that downright pernicious, not to say evil, system of evaluation. Yes, the good news is that they have at last got rid of it. The bad news is that it is something that they should have done a decade ago.

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Android mobes outsell iPhones, but Apple gets MORE PROFIT THAN ALL

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What on earth is this?

Apple sells pretty much exclusively in the high-end segment - see icon for my opinion of this "analysis".

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Apple, for one, welcomes its ROBOT factory OVERLORDS

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@jai ".... They made a big thing...."

I suspect that the big thing in this case is Apple wanting political cover for their desire to repatriate profits while paying as close to zero tax in their "home country" as they possibly can - just like every other "patriotic" American company.

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Microsoft's EAT-your-OWN-YOUNG management system AXED

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Well, well well. Truly it is written that........

.... "there is more joy in heaven at one sinner that repenteth than in nine and ninety just men".

On a somewhat more serious note it has been my experience that this vile practice much beloved of The Managerati has poisoned work place relations for over a generation. A thoroughly inhuman system that brought out the worst in people and never achieved what it said on the tin - not even from the point of view of the managerial daleks that implemented it.

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Microsoft CEO shortlist claim: It's just Elop, Bates, Mulally, Nadella and...

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I don't think that Elop will get it.............

......... He has to prove first that he can run, successfully, MS' new devices division. The guy from Ford with a track record in managing change on the large scale would seem logical - but what do I know? Redland are not likely to ask my advice!

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Reding: NSA, friends don't spy on friends. Europe, let's team up for our own SPOOK CLUB

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How could this go wrong?

Very easily. The first time one of the American poodles here in Europe decided that licking Uncle Sam's arse was more important than being "communautaire" *

*Yes HMG, I am looking at you. What was it that the "traitor" said to our hero at the end of Smiley's People? "We've been America's streetwalker for....."

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

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Those who have pointed out that the U2's height was thought of as......

.... its best defence are of course quite right and I stand corrected. The incident still (as I am sure you would agree) stands as an example of the fact that no tech (military or otherwise) is truly future proof and it is wise to assume that your potential enemies will, sooner rather than later, develop effective counter-measures.

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@OrsonX Re: "too fast for missile"

Military laser tech may well threaten this bird but I would also keep an eye on missile development. After all "too fast to shoot down" was what the CIA thought about the U2 until Soviet air defence shoved a SAM up Gary Powers when the plane was (for the time) at very high speed and altitude.

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Dead PC market? In the UK? NEVER

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You have be careful old chap..........

........... anything that suggests that Win 8 has not sent the entire PC-market down the toilet will get you absolutely hosed.

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FIERY DEATH awaits all who stroke mobes mid-flight? Nope, says FAA

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Hmm.... I am sure that I am not the only one who is highly relieved........

........ that making actual calls will still be banned. Can you imagine it? Trapped on the "Red-Eye" to NY next to some arse howling "I'm on the plane, no not the train - the plane" for the entire flight? We definitely need a "Thank insert-your-choice-of-Deity-here-icon".

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DEAD STEVE JOBS chap becomes ENGINEER ... at Lenovo

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@Don Jefe Re: "Sorry for the rant...."

Not at all - I in fact largely agree with your post. I was just feeling somewhat jaded and sour at him getting "credit" for an engineer status he did not earn. I do not in reality scorn him for dropping out but I am not impressed with him making use of it in this way.

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Now be fair. After all........

"I can’t wait to dig in and help Lenovo develop future mobile computing products, starting with the Yoga Tablet. Lenovo is all about innovation and strong leadership. Entrepreneurship is part of their DNA*, and I couldn’t ask for a better fit."

.......... He's got the managerati bollox-speak off pat already. Oh, by the way, "he dropped out of college" means he failed.

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Cook: Apple 'so very, very proud to be a FORCE FOR GOOD'

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Excuse me while I vomit.

"We're also proud to be a force for good in the world beyond our products,"

Oh, and no, that is not my reaction just because it's Apple, I would react the same way whichever CEO from "Big Corp" had said the same.

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Study: Arctic warming at 'stunning' rate – highest temps in 44,000 years

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@Don Jefe: "... Since I am an engineer....."

That howling noise you could hear in the background was me cheering loudly.

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US aviation watchdog approves $75K balloon ride into SPAAAACE!

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@bpfh "That landing could be baaaaaaaaad..."

Some things tells me that I really want to read their EULA before I book any tickets!

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TWO THIRDS of Retina iPad mini shoppers will weep this holiday season

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@Mike Bell Your post gives the impression that you wish to pick a quarrel regardless......

.......of what I actually posted. To take two of your points:

1. " even if they don't have a clue what it actually means." That was pretty much what I said. Some may have heard of it but they " wouldn't know what a 64–bit system was if it bit them in the arse."

2. "They probably don't need you to tell them how they need to go about presenting and marketing their stuff. Absolutely nowhere in my post did I even mention Apple, it was indeed abundantly clear from my piece that it was the analysts I was referring to, hence my visual play on words when I said "Analists (sic) mention the architecture....."

You are by definition fully entitled to disagree with what I have posted but I take serious exception to point number 2 which was in fact based on something I had not said or even implied, I made no attempt in that post to advise Cupertino about anything at all. Posting that kind of thing is thoroughly dishonest.

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Re : 64–bit?

I agree. Analists (sic) mention the architecture in a sad attempt to convince us that they are tech-savvy - the vast majority of customers for retail electronic devices wouldn't know what a 64–bit system was if it bit them in the arse and its presence would have zero effect on their decision to buy. All they are interested in is "does it just work?" (to coin a phrase) and is their new precious "shiney shiny".

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Surface 2 and iPad Air: Prepare to meet YOUR DOOM under a 'Landfill Android' AVALANCHE

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@Charlie Clark Re: "need to be compatible with docking stations and Microsoft........

..........won't have any of those until 2014".

Interesting that you should say that as I just spotted the following at a Norwegian site (I live in North Norway):

http://www.dustinhome.no/product/5010755618/microsoft-surface-pro-2-docking-station/

The site indicates that they are expecting delivery at the beginning of November. From the site:

3,5 mm audio

3,5 mm out

DisplayPort

USB 2.0 port x 3

USB 3.0 port x 1

RJ-45 Fast Ethernet 10/100 Mbit/s

If this is correct then MS have taken that point on board, although I have to say that I do not remotely understand why they did not release such a peripheral with the first Surface Pro.

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You are comparing apples with oranges.

"With the iPad Air here, the weight of the Surface Pro underscores how lightness is a major factor for considering in a tablet."

By all means compare the iPad Air with the Surface 2 (ie iOS device against RT device) but the only comparison with the Surface 2 Pro and kit from Apple is the MBA. People who are looking for a media consumption table are not the market for a Surface Pro 2 or a "Mac Pad Air" * (ie a tablet running a touch friendly version of OS X).

*As yet an imaginary device but it would not astonish me if Apple's skunk works in the Great Doughnut From Outer Space had such a prototype device on the test-bench.

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You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy

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Am I the only one who blinked at the following?

"calling the slab the lightest full-size tablet in the world."

Where did they get that definition from? There are larger tablets, virtually all high-end kit, don't they count?

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Surface 2 MYSTERY: Haswell's here, so WHY the duff battery life?

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@Quxy Re: "occupied by competitors who both have OSes....."

That was an interesting experimented you ran. I think that I would also point out that comparing x86 and ARM setups (which they have done in fact according to this article) rather confuses the picture*. To what extent Intel x86 architecture is intrinsically more "thirsty" than ARM SoCs must also be involved here. However, having said that it is clear that Redmond still have some work to do.

*Had they included a Windows RT slab (running on ARM) that might also have been interesting.

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Android's defences against malicious apps dissed by security bods

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@Dan55 The problem here is, partly anyway, that Mountain View's own business model....

"Devs also need to be encouraged to use as few permissions as possible so malware apps stand out."

....... is based on persuading people to give permissions that are as extensive as possible - they would have some difficult telling the Dev's "Don't do as we do, do what we tell you to do".

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Meet the 'KARDASHIAN Phone' – what Apple bods nicknamed the iPhone 5s

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Re: The gold iPhone. What might we call it?

The iChav perhaps?

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Wanna sell a phone in New York? Better have a receipt

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Actually, I have to grit my teeth and admit that this politician's suggestion..........

........makes sense. It is straightforward, simple and ought to be reasonably ok to administer. That does not, of course, guarantee that it will be as effective as this guy clearly hopes but at least it should not cost a shed load of spons to run. Bloody 'ell, if politicos carry on like this I will be in severe danger of developing some respect for them - see icon.

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

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"And suck donkey balls."

Whilst I do not quite share your taste in partners (:P) I entirely agree with the sentiments expressed in your post. Up-vote duly delivered.

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@AC 1843 GMT. Well, well, well. Yet another example from an AC of the love........

.........that durst not speak its name.

"Windows 8.1 still sucks donkeyballs for anyone that wants to WORK with their PC. For people that TOY, it's OK, but then so is a £99 Argos/Tesco/ASDA Android tablet...."

Apple fanboi perhaps, hmm? If you aren't then your phrasing of that posting was extremely peculiar.

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@JC "and I like Windows 8..."

Oh my God. You can't say that here, its like spitting in church. In heaven's name see icon.

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Foxconn 'fesses up to labour breaches: Made students work long hours

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@ecofeco RE: "......Not just Apple......"

I agree. Like you I am not any kind of iPhanboi (something that I suspect the regulars amongst our little congregation may have noticed!) but it is very clear that. if we are going to question a company who farms out its production to this kind of operation, then it is not only Cupertino that has to answer some difficult questions. Western capitalism takes the view that it does not have to answer to anyone (sometimes the "Managerati" are not even willing to listen to concerns that some of their own shareholders have raised)' a view that should and must be challenged. Apple may (like Amazon or Microsoft, for example) be "poster boys" for this kind of attitude but they must answer for the decisions they take to the society they operate in. After all they could not exist without us wage-slaves and customers could they, hmmm?

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Biometrics not so trustworthy: False Samsung stock-pump buy draws Swedish cops

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It is fascinating to see how ignorant the stripy shirted sharks can be........

"Ever since Apple unveiled its fingerprint recognition technology on the iPhone 5S shares in biometrics firms have been enjoying something of a boom."

.............They only noticed biometrics as a potential growth area when a fingerprint scanner turned up on their iThingies?

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Brazil's anti-NSA prez urged to SNATCH keys to the internet from America

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@Matt Bryant Funny you know. Whenever anybody logs on to explain that..............

..............it is all the fault of the socialists/communists/trots what have you I always know that I am dealing with someone that practically goose-steps in their sleep.

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T-Mobile FREES AMERICANS to roam world sans terrifying charges

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Re: "Why only 31 T Mobile customers?......"

A very good point old chap - you owe me a new keyboard!

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