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

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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!

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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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Let me see now, his "logic" would imply that.........

............if you prefer kit from Google/Samsung you are by his definition left-wing and if you prefer kit from Apple/Foxcon you are right-wing? The word "barking" does not even begin to cover it.

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T-Mobile joins effort to bring Ubuntu phones to US mobile market

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Re: They don't want iOS because it is Apple's baby, they don't want Android because its.........

I should also mention the following:

"unique, hybrid computing model, in which an Ubuntu phone will function as a full-fledged Linux PC when it's plugged into a keyboard and monitor."

Now that would make such a device very interesting from a personal user case point of view as far as I am concerned, very interesting indeed.

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They don't want iOS because it is Apple's baby, they don't want Android because its.........

..........Google/Samsung's baby and they don't want Win Phone because its Microsoft's baby. Or rather they want something that will compete will all of the above without them having to do fuck all to achieve this. Furthermore it would be a lot more convincing if the US telecoms were not amongst the keenest on earth to control the market according to their own interests and amongst the most unscrupulous when it comes to how they go about achieving such goals.

*Let me make quite clear that I am in no way hostile to Ubuntu phones (or mobs based on any other variant of Linux), indeed I wish them (wholly sincerely) the very best of luck. It is the attitude of the "service providers" I am referring to.

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Lost phone? Google's got an app for that, coming this month

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"ITunes is awful....."

You put up with a phone where the major media handling software stinks? On the grounds of what may I ask?

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The hammer falls: Feds propose drastic controls on Apple's iTunes Store

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@Andy Prough.

"I've seen Windows machines where you are better off wiping the drive and re-installing the OS than trying to get iTunes and its dog's-breakfast of co-installed applications to either behave or uninstall properly."

Yep, been there, done that (a long time ago) - never again.

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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

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Excellent - it is about time certain tossbags learnt the difference between..........

"Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused"

.......an understandable desire to express their opinions and their obligations to civic society. In other words there are times when it is appropriate to shut your gob. It is no good banging on about how nobody takes any notice of us ordinary folk if the moment one of us is in this position they piss all over their responsibilities. The issue is exactly the same (in principle) as that idiot of a jury foreman in the Apple versus Samsung case who utterly ignored the oath he took as a juror.

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Darth Vader's old gaff awaits exogorth desert DUNE DOOM

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Re: Divine Justice

"To be honest no real Star Wars fan would even recognise that there ever were any prequels, just like there was only one Matrix film."

My good lady and I remember with much nostalgia and great pleasure going to see the first Star Wars film when it was released in the late seventies. We were entranced (the special effects were for their time utterly amazing) and became major league fans enjoying the second and third films equally as much. You can imagine how much we looked forward to going to the cinema to see (many years later) the first of the three "prequal" films. We walked out after twenty minutes. Enough said.

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PORNAGEDDON: Sexy bloggrs stung by Tumblr smut smackdown

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@Don Jefe "the only people who...........are government types......-"

Government types? Sure they do - however have you failed to notice what the private sector are willing to get up to given the slightest opening? Improperly supervised power is the issue here regardless of whether it is in the private or the public sector. About time the free-market worshipers recognised that.

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Five bods wrongly cuffed thanks to bungled comms snooping in UK

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RE:"UK cops and spook agencies wrongly fingered five people.........."

Security authorities have been making this kind of fuck-up since Walsingham* was Elizabeth the First's "M". Are we really surprised? They do it again and again and use the same excuses each time. "You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs". In other words we are told that we have to except this particularly nasty example of "friendly fire" and if we do not accept this then their reply is "what is your problem, something to hide have we?"

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Walsingham

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PEAK APPLE: 'iPhone sales STALL' at first sniff of fresh droid competition

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Re: Contradictory reports "Verizon for example reports...."

Yes, entirely correct - but in the US. This report appears to be addressing the global market - although I still take it with a large pinch of salt.

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Microsoft admits it's '18 months behind' with Windows 8 slabs

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Re: What is he taking??? He is referring to the fact that the OEMs are about.........

..........a year to eighteen months behind when it comes to producing on the mass market scale Win 8 (in other words x86) tablets and laptops. This is of course because they have an eighteen month to two year purchase/production cycle for the "bits" that make up their hardware products and they wanted to foist on the general public as much of their out of date hardware as they could before they actually started producing hardware equipped with touch-screens in genuinely mass market numbers. Whether not he is whistling in the dark as far as any success for these devices when they at last come on the market during the last third of 2013 remains to be seen.

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Microsoft DENIES it gives backdoor access to Outlook encryption

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Re: "... PRISM is one of America's success stories..........

........., it allows her to defend her people for (sic) the terrorists."

No, that is the claim they make - ie that they have prevented another 9/11. This claim is by definition impossible to test and/or validate. It reminds one of the old joke about a farmer who built an enormous wall with electrified fence on top and a huge moat at the bottom. When asked by another farmer why he had gone to such expense he replied that "it's to keep the elephants out". His mate replied "but we don't have any elephants round here Bill". "Quite right" said Bill "you can see what a great job my wall is doing."

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

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"I guess what I'm saying is Thunderbolt was more a markettting failure than technological"

Agreed. It is of course not the first time - Betamax versus VHS comes to mind.

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Google and Apple's couples therapy is working – Schmidt

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RE:"Handing all their users data straight over to the government............

...............without any objections whatsoever."

The sad thing is that one cannot rely on any part of the media to report these matters without having their own commercial and/or political agenda. Anyone who has read "Guardian Tech" in recent years will have noticed that they are regularly bottom kissing very friendly to Cupertino (and many of their posters have raised questions concerning a possible commercial relationship with the fruity company). Their headline this morning would have given the ordinary punter the impression that it is largely Redmond who is cooperating with the NSA when we are (here at any rate) aware that this is far from the case.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/microsoft-nsa-collaboration-user-data

They put this on their front page* - I have yet to see the same coverage of the major tech companies, "cooperation" being given the same prominence. I am not for one moment excusing MS' behaviour, just wondering who is pursuing what agenda.

*Normally very unusual for a tech piece at the Graun, unless it is a friendly piece of puff on behalf of you-know-who.

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Windows kernel bug-squish, IE update star in July Patch Tuesday

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@kain preacher. Re: "..........I did not think that you could piss off.............."

Neither did I. However, he certainly managed it! I have to say that in the four years or so that I have posted here I cannot recall seeing such an example of "summary justice" before - just goes to show.

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@JDX Re: Boring without Eadon

He managed to piss off Vulture Central so much that they terminated his arse with extreme prejudice. Icon? Nothing would piss that late and unlamented gentleman off more.

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Not even Asia can save PC market's slump

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@Wade Burchette. Rubbish - what we have here is a hardware/formfactor......

.....paradigm shift that we are in the middle of and cannot yet, reliably, see the outlines of. Whether one likes it or not what the tablet devices from Apple/Foxconn and Google's OEMs have done is change what the ordinary punter expects as far as form-factor and price is concerned. The issue of whether Redmond is capable of catching up with this or not is another matter, however the suggestion that this situation is caused by Win 8 is arrant rubbish. It is in fact to the credit of both Mountain View and Cupertino that they have powered this change.Win 8 is Redmond's response to a trend set by the aforementioned - whether they will succeed in catching that train is another matter.

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Snowden, schmoden. Let's talk about crushing hackers, say US'n'China

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"America's web snooping doesn't derail cosy security confab"

Why would it? Both the American and Chinese governments (regardless in America's case of which party is in power) have exactly the same attitude to their populations. As has the UK government of course.

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Acer Iconia W3: The first 8-inch Windows 8 Pro tablet

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Regardless of which OS we are talking about that piece of tat is an Acer.

Nothing more needs to be said.

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Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

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@Blain Hamon. Indeed, astonishment would be a small word in the context..........

...........if she had something of the kind. However, I think we could agree that them protecting their precious corporate egos is a small price to pay for them dropping this nonsense. I look forward (although I am not holding my breath) to her announcing that they are dropping their farcical judicial carpet bombing of Samsung on the basis the the iPhone/iPad brands are too strong to be damaged by the possibility that some seriously brain-dead members of the public might be confused when comparing them with their rival's products.

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Apple creeps up on Android in US smartphone sales

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I am going to indulge myself in one of my pet peeves.

The difference between "X percent" and "X percentage points". It is not a minor niggle because one can end up drawing mistaken conclusions from the given set of figures. To whit:

"Windows Phone devices also saw a year-on-year improvement, rising 0.9 per cent to reach 4.6 per cent,"

No they did not. The increase was (if I have not made a cock-up here myself, which is quite possible) 0.9 percentage points which on a difference year on year going from 3.7% to 4.6% is a year on year increase of 30 percent. Though having said that of course I doubt that Ballmer is about to break out the champagne any time soon - a very small market share is still a very small market share. It would just be nice if we discussed such figures with a modicum of care and precision, hmm...?

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Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

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@Dave Fox: Exactly. I tried to explain recently that I ran two smartphones........

......a Desire X and a Lumia 820. My saying that I liked both did not go down well with the "Cognoscenti". Currently (because her old Nokia had given up the ghost) my good lady has taken over the Desire X and she is very pleased with it. She also has no problem with using my Lumia so all is well here at Arctic Fox Towers. Indeed a couple who are good friends are very pleased with their iPhones with the result that we have had some hands-on time with the iPhone 4S as well. Very decent phones, just not our cup of tea. I simply do not understand the "football supporter" mentality amongst some of our fellow members of the "Vanguard of the Commentariat".

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IT design: You're not data, you're a human being

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@MrMcginty Re: Very glad that someone is at least thinking about this

First class post, that's all I have to say.

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Microsoft offloads heap of critical fixes in 'ugly' Patch Tuesday

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"I was hoping the first Post-Eadon Patch Tuesday......

...Your hopes were in vain - after all some "brain-deads" actually used to upvote him.

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French snooping as deep as PRISM: Le Monde

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The Berlin Wall came down amidst general rejoicing only for us now to discover...........

................many years after that Western governments routinely subject their citizens to the kind of high tech snooping that the KGB in their day would have given the eye-teeth for.

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Win 8 man Sinofsky's 'retirement' deal: $14m shares, oath of silence

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Re:"I never read anything really bad from him as to deserve a permanent ban."

You didn't? Well, well.

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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

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I am delighted that "Dubya" has claimed his share of the "credit" for this............

................as a result we may be spared a certain type of member of our little congregation from the other side of the pond logging on to tell us "what can we expect with that quasi-communist Obama in the White House."

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Win 8 user? Thought that was a CAPTCHA? R is for ruh roh

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Re: " Windows is a fundamentally broken design and it will *never* be secure."

Nor will any other OS you care to name or imagine - that is in the nature of the problem. Simply howling your distaste for Redmond will not change the fact that what one person can create another can circumvent - no system, whatever it might be is intrinsically secure. Anyone claiming otherwise is a snake oil salesman and should be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail.

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AT&T patents P2P content tracking system

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Re:"That was very slow for a copyright cartel shill to post"..........It is possible that......

...............he actually means it and posts that sort of thing for free. Though I have to say that I find that possibility rather worrying!

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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Re "Troll icon.....in remembrance."

Good grief! They really modded his arse. I have to say that it really takes stamina to piss off Vulture Central to that degree - heaven help us all. I would be guilty of a considerable degree of hypocrisy if I attempted to pretend that he will be much missed although the sight of his entire "oeuvre" being replaced by "this post has been deleted by a moderator" was, to say the least of it, eerie.

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I look forward enormously to the restrained, thoughtful and cerebral debate we can expect.....

on this thread.

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Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

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Re: "Why would 'Professionals' want to deal with such an amateurish OS"

Precisely because they are professionals and it is part of their job to be familiar even with operating systems they personally do not like - end of.

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I see that some at least of the....

....."Cognoscenti" are indicating that they cannot even be bothered to take a look at 8.1 - are we actually talking IT professionals here? "I don't like it so I can't be fucking arsed". Oh yeah, really professional - totally impressive.

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Re: First experiences

On that score I would entirely agree - although I would have to point out that the OEMs have a certain responsibility there, hmm?

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Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air

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Re: Re:I think you're confusing customer relations with media relations here.............

No problem - I've gotten my wires crossed in that fashion a few times myself!

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Re:I think you're confusing customer relations with media relations here.............

No, Squander Two I wasn't - I was quite specifically thinking and writing about Apple's relationship with its customers and how it manages that relationship. Other than that reservation, I entirely agree with the rest of your post. :)

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I have always found "BigCorp's" paranoia when dealing with customer complaints very.......

..............strange and Apple Corp are no exception, indeed it can be argued that they are amongst the worst with this kind of attitude.

"The Register has not been able to verify the existence of this note, as Apple's UK tentacle is being tight-lipped about the situation, but the wording suggests the fruity firm is taking the problem seriously."

You have a problem: Identify, assess, reassure and rectify. Customer relations 101. They do have a problem - that much is clear. Why is it that a company which has a very considerable reputation for their marketing skills does not seem to see that admitting immediately that the problem exists and reassuring customers that they are "on the case" would earn them far more kudos than their usual behaviour which appears to be an attempt to "out-Kremlin" the Kremlin when it comes to being unwilling to communicate?

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Ask Trevor Pott ANYTHING about Office 365

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I see that Mr Eadon joined this thread and then deleted himself.

I am delighted to see that even he has an embarrassment threshold.

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Cuba bound? Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong

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@bigtimehustler: I have to say that I agree with every word you have posted.

"Personally if the US classes itself as a world leader, perhaps it should afford the worlds citizens the same protections it offers its own. Until then I offer my full support to people like Snowden."

If they want us to accept their "leadership" then they have to accept we have a say whether they like it or not.

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When Apple needs speed and security in Mac OS X, it turns to Microsoft

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You know something Mr Eadon, I recently posted the following joking comment with.......

.....regard to your posting habits.

" I've been subjecting his posts....... ....to some advanced textual analysis and my conclusion is that he is an uber-iPhanboi disguising himself as a Linux advocate. This would explain why all his posts attack Redmond whether the issue is on topic or not and at the same time his intemperate and idiotic postings are intended to discredit Linux - cunning what? Well, Baldrick might well think so."

After reading this post of yours I realise that I in fact really did hit the nail on the head without realising it.

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Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

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@Whitter Re:"You sir are a Gentleman!"

Indeed he is, clearly one of the old school. My observation of the kind of behaviour that he shuns is that where certain brain dead planks types engage in it it is usually the size of the mouth rather than the phone that is the issue!

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