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We made the iPhones, now we want OUR 'UNPAID' WAGES – student Pegatron toilers

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They are Marxists?

You have of course a link or some such which confirms that assertion? Or are you personally so right-wing that you take the view that anyone who criticises an American company is, by definition, a raving Commie??

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ICAHN'T with this guy: Activist investor gives up battle with Big Mike

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@asdf

Indeed. Their idea of democracy is the more dollars you have the more votes you are entitled to.

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Xiaomi plans global domination with fast smartphones and software

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@Dave 126 Thanks for posting that........

...........I'll take a look at it later today.

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Good grief!

"megapixel camera, and costs 1,999 yuan, ($327) for the 16GB version and 2,499 yuan ($408) for 32GB – about half the......."

At those prices the 32GB version would be about £300 inc VAT.

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Want the latest Android version? Good luck with that

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Re: @Dave 126 You beat me to it.

Just to take the point a little further. I believe that (given the brand recognition that they now have) the only thing that is holding Samsung back from forking Android and going its own way is the issue of setting up their own independent ecosystem as far as apps are concerned.

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@Dave 126 You beat me to it.

I was just about to post that link! It is indeed a very interesting pont. It is clear that Mountain View have decided that if the OEMs and the carriers will not work with them as far as this is oncerned then Google has to work round them. The more obvious this becomes the less the producers and the carriers are going to like it given that they all have an interest in not allowing as many upgrades as the given device would support. I wonder if any of them are considering "doing. an Amazon" forking the OS and going it alone?

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Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?

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If this does happen I think that both the..........

..........American and European competition authorities are going to have to decide what, if anything, they can do about Amazon's business strategy. Perhaps they might dust off the regulations concerning predatory pricing? After all the whole point of having a free market is continuous competition without any one company achieving ultimate victory - a victory that would most certainly not be in the interests of the customer.*

*Choice of icon? Historical irony.

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Clear next Tues: Incoming Outlook, IE, Windows critical security patches

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AC 11.43 GMT. They do not want to hear it old chap......

"Which is way, way fewer than any competing OSs....OS-X is on over 2,000 known vulnerabilities now, and Linux has had well over 900 in the kernel alone...SUSE 10 is approaching 4,000...."

..........whatever you say. I would in fact be the first to acknowledge that Linux based systems are (relatively speaking) less vulnerable than many types of Windows based systems. Howeve, their braindead refusal to accept that Redmond has raised its game since BG's famous "secure computing" memo is pretty much what one expects from the "commited" (and some of them certainly should be).

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Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

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@Kristian Careful, any suggestion that Mountain View...........

.............screwed any chance of Nokia coming onboard will not be taken kindly by the usual suspects.

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Jury reckons Motorola wasn't 'fair and reasonable' to Microsoft

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Re: "a Washington jury had agreed with Microsoft's claim"

I am not sure what your point is. Google and Moto are also American (or "Googerola" if you will) are they not?

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

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Re: Engineers might be save, but will they stay?

"I'm sure there were lots of engineers hoping for a second great time for Nokia, perhaps with Maemo or Meego or whatever"

Unfortunately Nokia senior management with their internal turf-wars between the Symbianites and the Meegoista had succeeded in comprehensivly fucking that duck before MS came on the scene.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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I would have been very surprised if either company had objected.

"In the US, however, KitKat is manufactured and sold by the Hershey Company, a Nestlé competitor. The chocolate was originally created by Rowntree Mackintosh of York, England, which licensed the brand to Hershey in the 1970s. When Nestlé bought Rowntree in 1988, that licensing arrangement remained in place – and it is to the Hershey KitKat website that the Android site now links."

As far as free advertising goes it's win-win for them both.

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

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@Snark "What competitor in their right mind is going to want to make WinPho's......

................. when MS make their own?"

Since the launch of WP8 Nokia figures have been 80% of all phones sold. Frankly I cannot see why the other OEMs bother. They are scarcely going to lose out in any meaningful way. I run a Lumia 820 btw and am very pleased with it.

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Science fiction titan Frederik Pohl dies, aged 93

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Frederick Pohl.

He was an extremely talented writer who could have chosen virtually any genre to write in. I'm glad he chose SF. He combined intelligence, artistry and a clear moral vision (although never preachy) in a manner that only a relatively small number of writers achieve in any field of literary endevour.

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Lenovo chief Yang wangs hefty bonus wodge to workers

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I would be more impressed..........

........if the company increased basic wages for those on the "shopfloor" and included those employees in the company's bonus scheme. That would a lot more impressive than "generosity" from their CEO, with its implication that they should be forelocktuggingly grateful for his charity.

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Microsoft takes second run at platform cloud

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Oh, for heaven's sake El Reg, you know perfectly well..............

"Microsoft would make a smooth transition into the heavens where it would rain Bezos's infrastructure-as-a-service Amazon Web Services cloud out of existence and, once again, Ballmer would be the king of software."

...........that there were many that expressed considerable sceptisism with regard to precisely those claims. That view can by no means be described as the consensus view at the time. Do try and avoid giving the impression that you guys are polishing your own halos when you post this kind of stuff.

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THE HORROR: Bloody SLAB sales slash fest forecast for 2013

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@ Sorry that handle is already taken. Re: "They revised their projections down by.........

............... a minute fraction of the margin of error."

Indeed, nothing shows more clearly that there are few people more unscruplous and dishonest than those who feel an overwhelming need to attract public attention with regard to their opinions. In that sense the resemblance between analysts, single-issue obsessives and politicians is striking.

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Oh horror.

"this sales volume still represents year-on-year growth of nearly 58 per cent"

Only 58%? Tablet sales are clearly about to drop off a cliff. Analysts, don't you just love 'em? They make some (earlier) insanely optimistic prediction and when they later realise that these overblown expectations are unlikely to be fulfilled they start doing headless chicken impersonations howling "the sky's falling in". What a bunch of expletives deleted.

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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@Destroy All Monsters. I suggest old chap that you look up the concept.......-

........."rhetorical question" because that was what the lady was posing - hmm..?

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Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again

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@Salts "average end user was conned into an upgrade every 18 months because........

True. However, one little irony here is that it was Microsoft themselves that stopped that little "merry go round" with Win 7, hmm?

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Ebook judge: Guilty Apple must hire anti-antitrust watchdog to probe itself

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"Convicted Judge Briber" will do very nicely, thank you"

I love it!

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I look forward to.......

........to the usual suspects explaining this "light touch" approach in the context of their autohowling whenever Redmond is mentioned. Can we look forward to screams of "Convicted Monopolist" perhaps?

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Huawei Ascend P6: Skinny smartphone that's not just bare bones

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@M Gale Re: Hang on, what?

I agree, at that price point I would describe it as upper mid-range at least. One can after all get a GS4 for about £450 and that is about the highest end conventional* Android phone currently available. A phone that costs a touch over three quarters of the latest Galaxy S is scarcely cheap. I would however slightly rephrase your comment by saying that as far as I am concerned, at that price "it better be good"!

*To distinguish the slot the GS4 occupies from the current crop of FEMPs. (Fucking Enormous Mobile Phones).

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Pulsars: the GPS beacons of the cosmos

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Thank you Richard for yet another contribution.

Informative and interesting as always.

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Ten top new games for phones ’n’ slabs

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@Destroy All Monsters. I am a little concerned old chap by your posting..

............. are you in any way related to "A Man From Mars" perhaps?

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Apple snaffles travel app in quest for way out of Maps debacle

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I saw a very entertaining poster in our IT dept this morning.

It purported to show a celebrity endorsement of Apple's maps app by Amelia Earhart.

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EXPLICIT VID: Man filmed trying to bang brand new 'budget iPhone'

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I could usually understand the sense behind............

...........Mr Jobs' marketing strategies but this from the current management..............

"This appointment follows the departure of former retail boss John Browett, as well as Apple's decision to give a fitness expert called Jay Blahnik a job. The healthy living guru used to work for Nike and is thought to be on board to help Cupertino develop its near-mythical iWatch."

..........leaves me utterly mystified.

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

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No Mr Oakley it is more like........

"But don't imagine for one moment that you can blatantly spill NATO secrets and then expect to be able to walk in and out of NATO borders without a shedload of trouble."

..............."Don't imagine for one moment that you can blatantly spill the beans on our political mendacity and still be able to go about your daily life without a shedload of trouble." There, fixed it for you - much more realistic.

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

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@Don Jefe "this whole thing sucks."

I agree.

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Comcast court docs show Prenda copyright trolls seeded smut then sued

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@Don Jefe Re: I feel that this demonstrates beyond any doubt that....

Quite right. I was in a hurry and composed and posted too fast. I should of course said something along the lines of "both copyright and patent trolls etc...".

"There's nothing patentable about what adult film stars do."

Indeed, I don't think that even Cupertino would try and patent what adult film stars do, although it would give a whole new meaning to "you're holding it wrong"!

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I feel that this demonstrates beyond any doubt that....

"Top copyright troll Prenda Law has been caught red-handed seeding torrenting sites with pornographic films in an effort to drum up business for its copyright lawyers."

.......such people are extortionists and that patent law should be changed to make such companies (who do not produce anything) liable to prosecution for conspiracy and racketeering. I go further and say that any company that actually is a producer who signs over their patents* to such companies in order to distance themselves from the approbrium that is increasingly inspired by such behaviour should be charged as coconspirators.

*We have seen several examples of that kind of tactic in the last year or so.

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Apple sucking triple the phone switchers as Samsung – report

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@stuartnz Funnily enough I was just about to ask the same question, ie are we talking....

.......US or Global? The US is of course home turf for Apple and Samsung only began to make serious headway in the American smartphone market with the GS2. Apple had already seriously established themselves at the start of the smartphone era "over there", most particularly with the release of the iPhone 3 and 3S and they have always quite deliberately as a company focused purely on well-heeled high end customers . It would be equally valid to compare their respective sales globally whilst ignoring the US. Both approaches are ridiculous and reveal the inability of some American analysts to recognise that there is a whole world out there beyond the US borders. That however should not surprise us from a country where only about 5% of its citizens have a current passport.

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Court throws out Icahn's demand to stall Dell shareholder vote

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Can we call him a.........

..............misadventure capitalist now?

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SQUEEEEE! Microsoft goes retro with pay-by-squawk NFC tech

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@DougS Re: "Got to hand it to Microsoft Research"

You really have to be careful old chap. Saying something complimentary about M$-DemonBastardLordsofDarkness is not allowed round here. The fact that MS-Research has been a source of genuine innovation for the last twenty to thirty years or so will not prevent you from getting hosed.

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Apple erects measures to stop app-happy kids splurging parents' dosh

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Re: mobile TV's "...icon because I am a grumpy old fart"

As one grumpy old fart to another I have to say that I entirely agree. "Sad Face" to express solidarity you understand!

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How much will Apple cough for ebook conspiracy? Trial starts May 2014

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Ah , I see........

Apple has said that the government's remedy is "absurdly broad, invasive, vague, draconian and punitive".

........Just like their patent claims then.

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YouTube app returns to Windows Phone

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Pardon?

""Vulture South lacks a Windows Phone with which to test the app, which may be a good thing"

Let me see now, Blighty's leading tech journal practically boasts about not having access to a mob which would enable them to check this story for themselves. Sorry guys, that is not precisely impressive.

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Re: Good fortune smiles upon me.

I have just tried it on my Lumia 820. It fails to play anything at all. Someone is taking the piss and (for once) I do not think it is Redmond.

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Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive

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I have been wanting to get this off my chest for years.

My lady and I loved B7. However, the way they chose to end it with Avon killing Blake believing he had betrayed them frakked us off so much that I cannot begin to describe how we felt about that grotesque piece of piss-taking by those responsible for the series. I hope they rot in.............ahem, excuse me but that really got up our noses.

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Foxconn mulls solar panels, sticking Apple where sun doesn't shine

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This is simply good strategic business sense on their part.

"Perhaps worried that the sun could set on its long-running relationship with the iPad giant, the Taiwanese multinational will decide by the end of the year whether to move into the solar energy market."

Indeed it is a very old conundrum. At one stage in the sixties the then Hungarian government had a very thriviving trade with West Germany amounting to (if memory serves) about 35% or so of their import/export trade. They chose quite deliberately to diversify for exactly the same reasons as Foxcon may be diversifying now. It makes sense - your best buddy now may "go off with somebody else" leaving you high and dry. I do not for one moment believe that Foxcon are going to bail on Apple any time soon but they would be fools not to reduce their exposure to one company whoever that company might be.

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Norway BANS Apple from Oslo's skies: No aerial Maps app snaps allowed

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@Trygve Henriksen Re:"Your punishment will therefore be to watch this video...."

Far too kind old chap. He should be forced to eat rakfisk and lutefisk every day for a month. As to the two written forms of the language I can only say that having seen what he has done with Bokmål I shudder to think what crimes he would commit against Nynorsk.

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@Vociferous Re: "Hold øynene av våre premie, Tim Cook" I do beg your pardon?

"'I'm guessing something was lost in google translation." Indeed, either that or my sense of humour needs an upgrade!

:)

AF.

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"Hold øynene av våre premie, Tim Cook" I do beg your pardon?

"Keep your eyes off our prize, Tim Cook"? Oh and no, having lived here since 98 I did not need to use Google translate for that. I realise that I may have completely missed the point of something seriously witty from El Reg's subbies but if I have could someone explain it to me please? Otherwise I will have to assume that Vulture Central is placing too much trust in Mountain View's translations.

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'Abel, you're fired!' Hear AOL supremo axe exec during conference call

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"Interesting is it not to note such examples of bosses..............

...................who confirm the widespread suspicion that sociopaths appear to have no problem climbing the greasy pole of promotion. Modern capitalism - don't you just love it? For what it is worth I don't think even his mother could love him.

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Waiting for a Windows Phone update? Let's talk again next year

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Re: Growth.

Sorry Barry you cannot get away with that one. I have seen any number of articles in publications from both sides of the pond concerning WP8's sales figures and they all have made precisely that point.

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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

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Re: Let's put this social positivity theorem to the test...

"Wanna bet that wouldn't get me any downvotes hereabouts?"

Given the nature of our little club here at El Reg you would probably be heavily upvoted for satire given that nobody would believe you could possibly be serious.

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Canonical: Last change to Ubuntu Edge phone price – we promise

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@ilmari Indeed, at about £500 (including VAT) it is pitched at the high end of the market......

.......depending of course on the hardware. I am a Windows user from way back when but I am still very interested in what Canonical may come up with. I do not understand the sneering we are seeing amongst some of the Vanguard of the Commentariat (well I do understand what's going on here but if I expressed my opinion of it I might actually get modded - how embarrassing would that be here at the Wild, Wild West of Vulture Central). If they produce a high end mob that can function both as a phone and as a desktop (when docked)* then yours truly will certainly be willing to pony up.

*http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2013/08/02/tmobile_signs_on_to_bring_ubuntu_phones_to_us_mobile_market/

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Apple patents laser, incandescent projector for laptops, smartphones

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Of course this patent application was accompanied by........

....a working prototype*. No? Well there's a surprise.

*A particular bugbear of mine with regard to the current fucked up state of hardware patent laws.

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Samsung rolls out first mass-produced 3D NAND flash memory chip

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"May the best chip – or chips – win."

Fascinating developments. Those who have recently been proclaiming the death of Moore's Law may have to think again.

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

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Re: Disproportionate

Disproportionate? Are you serious? Do us all a favour and vanish making short sharp jerking motions.

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