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Review: Nokia Lumia 720

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@Steve Knox: Analysis? Facts? Logic? You are asking a great deal of that gentleman.

No, sorry old chap please excuse my facetiousness, it is so irresistible when that particular commentard is involved. A highly apposite post from you by the way - thank you.

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@IHateWearingATie: I entirely agree.

I currently run a Desire X and a Lumia 820. They are both nice phones at their price-point and I enjoy using them. The Lumia has a build quality (for the price) that reminds me of older Nokia phones. I have no idea whether or not Nokia are going to be able to dig themselves out of the hole they are currently in (a hole that they themselves dug long before their link-up with Redmond) but I am still enjoying using the 820 and the "X" side by side for largely overlapping reasons but sometimes for different reasons. The tribalist/low-forebrow/knuckle-draggers do not understand having any kind of ecumenical attitude to these kinds of choices. They just want to howl their usual, extremely tiresome, song.

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Weak iPad, iPhone demand hits LG Display in the wallet

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The markets are reacting to the medium term trend............

............... - that being the fact that Cupertino now face a degree of effective competition in the mobile sector on a scale that we simply were not seeing as recently as eighteen months or so ago. The stripy shirted sharks have realised that the days when Apple had little effective competition in the high end mob and tab market are definitively over and so are the gravity defying capital gains on Apple stock. Does this mean that Apple are going to fail to make serious money? No of course not but the aforementioned "stripies" loved the situation where Apple had little competition at the high end just as they loved the situation with Microsoft stock in the late nineties. It is one of life's little ironies that a group of people who politically speaking sing of the joys of the free-market much prefer to invest in a company which has a little competition as possible when that will make money for them and their clients.

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Nokia: OK, Q1 has been weak, but there's 'underlying' profit

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@Thomas 4 Thank you for that image..............

......."As for Eadon, everyone knows he has his own unique keyboard that he uses for posting on here. It comprises of two very large keys - one saying "Microsoft", the other saying "Fail" and he repeatedly slams his face onto it before clicking the "Submit" button."

It gave me the best laugh I have had for while. The thought of you know who delivering his postings by head-butting his keyboard is absolutely irresistible. It may even be true LOL!

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Ten Windows tablets

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@I ain't Spartacus RE:"......just because of the 2 things I sometimes want in a tablet."

I agree - indeed that is why I am waiting until the "Haswell" chippery comes out. Precisely because I want a proper os and the combination of processing/graphics power and battery life that those devices should give (plus a stylus) (unless of course Intel are totally bullshitting).

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@Ross K ".........with the social skills of a 5-year-old." Do you mind! I am aquainted with.......

.......several 5-year-olds in my extended family (third generation and all that*) who are potty-trained.

*Hence the aged and haggard look in my choice of icon.

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@JustaKOS "Re: Ten Windows Tablets - the Eadon Review"

You see what I mean? He seems to enjoy being a...........no I cannot be bothered but you know what I mean.

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Re: " ...........in order to wind him up." You do not need to unfortunately..........

...........he will turn up without any invitation and wind everybody else up.

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Will Google's rivals swallow the 'labelling remedy' pill?

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Re: "Can we all stop pretending.........it's Microsoft and their industry pals........"

Which part of the following did you have reading difficulties with?

"Google will have a green light to offer "manipulated" search results and "to discriminate against competitors" if its preferred competition remedy is accepted by the EU, at least according to 39 national consumer bodies in Europe."*

The fact that Redmond is complaining (bloody cheeky thought that is) does not automatically invalidate the complaint or, by implication, make the above-mentioned national bodies either MS stooges or their "industry pals".

*My added emphasis.

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Facebook Home gets SMACKDOWN from irate users

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"Re: It's a great way to instantly identify assholes though." Well Bob, it is not often that.......

...........we agree but on this occasion I have to say thumbs up. A very compact description of the sociological criteria for instantly identifying someone that one would instantly wish to avoid.

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Re: "Roll out usual down-with-Facebook comments". Well old chap I am an old fashioned....

........sort of guy and people I care about get e-mails, phone-calls and even something so impossibly old hat as a (yes I know, you can scarcely believe what you are reading here) hand written letter. In fact I even go as far as taking the radical step of actually spending time in their company (steady on now, you will scarcely believe this) face to face - I'll bet you are positively aghast to hear that, something so not this century.

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Funny Mr Eadon how you managed to work an anti-MS/Win8 angle into a story about.......

..........a FaceBook app on Android devices? I really think you should consider seeking help with your obsessions. Certainly the rest of us would be very grateful if you did.

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Anons torn over naming 'n' shaming of 17yo's gang-rape suspects

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Ah, no. On this occasion I do not question the postion of the activists involved.

The entire thrust of their statement was a demand that the police actually do their job. Your pompous posting was about as ill judged as it possibly could be.

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Judge scolds Apple, Motorola for using court as 'business strategy'

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".....lawsuits as a business strategy...."

It is refreshing to hear a Judge sum up the problem in a nutshell. It is precisely because we have the industry following these tactics as well as the patent trolls (who after all do not have any alternative strategy) that patent law and enforcement has been brought into serious disrepute. The fact of the matter is that most, perhaps all, of the major powers in the industry behave like patent trolls whenever they feel it suits them - that is the problem we have to tackle. When companies which are genuine producers also behave in this fashion then the situation becomes intolerable.

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Half of US smartphone owners have no idea which mobe to buy next

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It is certainly true that this does not give either Nokia or RIM anything to celebrate.

However, I would point out that Nokia has had very little success in the US market for a fair number of years (well before they hooked up with Redmond) whereas RIM were "the Man" in the US market (particularly enterprise) not so long ago. For them these figures make for very depressing reading indeed.

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Microsoft Xbox exec quits after ENRAGING the INTERWEBS

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Personally speaking I am not at all sure about this "always on" society regardless of who.......

.........is administering it. I think that I am inclined to find a deep cave somewhere and hide in it!

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German court says nein to Apple's slide-to-unlock patent

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Splendid. It looks as if the "powers that be" have finally begun to take notice. Oh, and no......

........I am not just talking about Cupertino. It is becoming increasingly clear that "The Man" in both the States and in the EU has finally begun to wake up with regard to the way that "BigCorp" (not just the "Patent Trolls") are taking the piss out of patent law. Splendid, shame it took the high profile nature (media-wise) of Apple's fairly shameless judicial carpet-bombing of their rivals (notably you-know-who) to make them wake up. Despite the fact that I do not have very much time for the fruity company I would be the last to pretend that they are the only guilty parties. It is not just the classic patent troll who is at work here - it is the entire fucking industry who is playing this particular tune and it is about time our authorities took notice.

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Microsoft to slap 9 patches on Windows junkies on Tuesday

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@Andy Prough "We need to take him under our wings and teach him............

............. how to properly handle a computer system."

Indeed. However, though I have considerable respect for your kindly intentions I fear that you would be taking on a labour of Sisyphus. Every time you had just got that boulder to the top of the mountain.....etc....etc.

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@Andy Prough Re:" lots of nice guys on the comment boards would love to give you a hand, "

I am sure they would, though precisely where they might to tempted to put that hand (probably with something extremely spiky attached to it) I would not care to say.

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Gates and Allen reshoot historic 1981 Microsoft photo

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@Chris Miller RE:"Actually, it looks like they've tried to sweep his fringe forward........

........................to imitate the 1981 'styling'". Well they certainly couldn't wait for Paul Allen to regrow that beard!

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Major blow for Apple: 'Bounce back' patent bounced back by USPTO

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"'Bounce back' patent bounced back by USPTO"

“Bliss it was in this* dawn to be alive

But to be young was very heaven.”

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*With apologies and respect to the memory of William Wordsworth for a very slight paraphrasing of "The Prelude".

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Tim Cook eats necessary crow, apologizes to China

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RE:"does anyone think he would have made a grovelling apology?" We will never know....

..........but faced with losing a market of over a billion people he might, just possibly, have developed a degree of arse-kissing capacity humility that we otherwise would not associate with that gentleman.

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Sprint, Softbank to swear off Huawei kit as condition of merger

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@AC 29th March 01.17 Re:"The sheer levels of protectionism....." Indeed. Several members..

...........started to point out this phenomenon about a year or so ago (no dig at you implied in that remark) and it was clear from some of the responses from our compadres here at El Reg from the other side of the pond that they felt we were just indulging in "anti-Americanism". Events since have in fact proven the point. It is now clear that certain industrial and political "forces" in the US are using both security and, perhaps, patent law to bring in protectionism by the back door. It is fairly shameless. "I will agree/insist upon free and open competition as long as I win" - that is now their policy.

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BIGGEST DDoS in history FAILS to slash interweb arteries

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Well it may not be as bad as first feared but the "pipe" between where I live............

............and the US is currently as slow as treacle. Quite what is really going on currently is not entirely clear.

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EMC, Carbonite fight off patent pursuer

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"Cisco revealed that it spends $US50 million annually fighting off.............."

One company has to have that kind of anti-troll spend? JHC! If we needed any further proof of the pernicious effects of the NPE-parasites, the amount that Cisco alone has to spend annually to defend itself against these kinds of attacks would be it.

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The gaming habits of Reg readers revealed

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@Gordon 10 Re:"does my 2 yo really need to see my one shot sniper kill?"

Indeed that is a bit of a problem when it comes to sharing one's experience with the sprogs - the ubiquity of tech in the average home makes establishing the outer borders/limits in relation to younger children something of a challenge.

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Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

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@frank ly Re: @Nicho re. 'google the un-googleable' It just occurred to me.......

...........that you could probably set it to music as well. How about the melody from that ancient old Andy Williams hit "To dream the impossible dream"?

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@frank ly re. 'google the un-googleable' I think that is an excellent idea. In fact I think......

.......that I will introduce the term to my Norwegian colleagues. It would only take a minor spelling change to Norwegianise it. Let me see now. Masc/fem: ugooglebar. Neuter: ugooglebart. Plural form of adj: ugooglebare.

Yes, I think that will do very nicely!

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@Nicho I take your point, however I believe they are on a hiding to nothing.

The verb "to google" has already entered most forms of English and, like the Hoover Company, I think that they are on a loser here in the longer term.

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Mountain View's postion borders on the idiotic. It is in the nature of success with..........

.........a service or a product that the word enters the language (often as a verb, sometimes as a noun) whether the company concerned likes it or not. Thermos anyone? Hoover? Photostat? Xerox? Roneo? Their only legitimate beef IMHO is if someone attempts to launch a similar product and use terminology involving the name "Google".

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Swiss boffins unleash power of graphene on flash mem

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@Fred Flintstone Re: "Noted.." I have to confess that being a British English speaker........

.........I had to google that one. As a design principle it is difficult to argue with!

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Re: "sulfide atoms?" Yes, something of a non-sequitur there.

One should of course speak of the sulphur atoms or the molybdenum disulfide molecule. As a chemist my instinctive reaction to someone saying or writing "the sulfide..." is to ask "the sulfide of what?". It is not a molecule independent of what it is bound to because it cannot exist on its own. Where S2 exists independently it does so as a gaseous allotrope of sulphur called "disulfur"

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Review: HTC One

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@Peter Bond Re: "I took that to simply be a self-deprecating aside." So did I old chap........

..........however the problem here amongst some is they do not even recognise broad satire, still less self-deprecating humour. As far as your personal storage solution is concerned I have to say that I agree (within limits) and indeed have organised my use of my Nexus 7 in that way.

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@Lutin Re:"That's not what I took from the reviewers comment." That is not what I thought....

.......the reviewer meant either. I simply pointed out that he could have expressed himself in a way that did not give that impression......hmm?

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@dotdavid Re: "No SD no sale" Apart from entirely agreeing with you with regard to.........

............the lack of expandable memory my eye was taken by the phrase "Thing is, that wasn’t a case of me being a colossal twit.". I really do think that a professional reviewer should avoid expressing himself in a way that gives the impression that what he really means is that "everyone else is a colossal twit except me".

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Microsoft responds to Chinese software contract bribery claims

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@Tom 13 "it is against US law to extend a bribe anywhere" Entirely correct as those........

...........of us with long enough memories to recall the Lockheed bribery scandals in Japan in the 1970s would readily confirm. It was precisely that plane-makers willingness to bribe world+wife+dog that led to the relevant changes in US law that made offering bribes, even to foreign citizens in another country, a criminal offence for US-based companies.

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If this is true (and of course it may very well be) it, in common with other instances we........

..............have seen, illustrates the potential problems with the "reward programs" that many of the majors use with their channel partners inasmuch as it can under certain circumstances encourage what we might refer to as corruption "undesirable behaviour". It is in its own way analogous to the bonus/reward culture within banking and finance - and I do not imagine that many of us have forgotten where that got us!

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ARM head legs it from core body: CEO Warren East retires

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Wasn't it a bit of a stretch working a Microsoft angle into an article..............

..........................reporting the retirement of ARM Holding's CEO?

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Beijing IT biz taunts Microsoft: Show us your licence for Office 365

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@Snake "I hate to say it, but I'm on China's side on this one". I have to say (and it does.......

........not cause me a moment's difficulty to do so) that I entirely agree with you. Given all the very obvious propaganda we have seen about all major Chinese companies being an arm of the Chinese state and therefor by definition suspect I have to say that any US company bound by the "Patriot Act" can scarcely complain if the Chinese shout back "Pot, Kettle and all that Round Eyes!".

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Re: "Surely, you mean 'technophiles'?" I think that depends on which company the........

........technology originates from. If one were to judge by the howling that greets anything from "fill in your choice of company here" one would have to assume that a certain proportion of the membership here are indeed "technophobes". At least a fair number appear to have an automatic aversion reaction to any tech not approved of by "their tribe".

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Apple's marketing honcho Schiller attacks Android, Samsung

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@Barry Shitpeas: Blimey Barry, calmly written, made sense and to a large extent...........

.................I agree with your points. You've really got to stop doing that, you are spoiling my day.

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BYOD: Bring Your Own Device - or Bring Your Own Disaster?

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@Nick Ryan I have to say that I agree. This has all the hallmarks of yet another attempt......

..........by management to shift the company's costs onto their employees - I would be more impressed if it was CYODWPFI. "Choose Your Own Device and We'll Pay For It".

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Mozilla to Apple: we don't care about iOS

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Re:"I heard 90% of all statistics are made up. So, is that you're only source?"

I do not normally do grammar Nazi corrections but that one gets so far up my nose that I cannot help myself this time. "You're" is a contraction of "you are", it is not the fucking personal pronoun "your". Non-specific Deity on a prosthesis! That one really makes me feel as if someone is slowly scratching their finger nails down a blackboard.

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Apple ordered to surrender coveted docs in iOS privacy lawsuit

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Re: "Perhaps" Sounds like an excellant idea.

After all "BigBastardCorp" (whichever big bastard we are talking about) won't pay taxes so why not shaft them as thoroughly as we can with fines for even the slightest infraction?They wont pay taxes? Let us fine them instead at every possible opportunity. A very handy 0.75 billion from MS recently, now we should screw Cupertino for gazzillions per day whilst they fail to comply and while we are at it we should see what heavy fines will do for Mountain Veiw's attitude towards privacy. Indeed in the words of the Lord High Executioner from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Mikado", "I have a little list and none of them would be missed". In a paraphrase of something Denis Healy said in another era "let us fine them until the pips squeak".

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Microsoft preps UPDATE EVERYTHING patch batch

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@Eadon Re: "I use Linux Mint and before that various distros"

Dear heaven Eadon you are at it again. I am forced to use the words that Oliver Cromwell used when writing to a particularly intransigent group of Scottish Presbyterians "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken".

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Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

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Which is the tail and which is the dog in the sense of who is wagging whom?

Let me first make one thing clear - I am not remotely hostile to Android as a mob os, indeed I have owned four so far and am currently running a Desire X. However, one thing is becoming increasingly clear. In the prestigious and very profitable mid-range to high end market only Samsung is making the big bucks. This is becoming increasingly problematical for Google because it is steadily becoming the case that in the aforementioned sector the average punter is identifying Android with Samsung rather than Mountain View. The Koreans are more and more in the invaluable position where punters are asking for a Samsung phone - brand profile in other words. Currently (although on a much smaller market scale) Redmond is in very much the same position with Nokia (given that Nokia is generating over 80% of all WinPhones sold) - what happens there if WP8 finally gains some significant market share largely provided by the Finns? It will be very interesting to see how Mountain View and Redmond react to being as equally dependent upon their primary OEM as the OEM is on them. That changes the power balance very considerably - we will very likely be "living in interesting times".

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Cruel Microsoft will drive us into arms of iOS, Android, warn resellers

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Re: "What a load of bollox" Indeed. One has to ask whether companies in the.........

.......software channel are going to say to companies who need a full-song-with-choruses computer operating system "you don't need Linux or Windows, what you really need is a mob os like iOS or Android"*. Riiiiiight, I can see that going down well! The fact is genuinely pro outfits are going to push a solution that they think will work for their client - because repeat business and word-of-mouth is the name of the game if you are a serious company.

*Mobile operating systems that they might well push if that is what their client is asking them about.

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Re: "Humbug" I agree entirely - top post. I would also add that if one really wants to.......

..............see a company with a carnivorous attitude to third party resellers and the like then Redmond is (strangely enough) by far from being the worst (although they are very far from being choir boys in this context).

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/01/apple_magnetic_ipad_stand_patent/

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Report: Danish government hits Microsoft with $1bn tax bill

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Re: "Racist remarks!" I think that any normal person would have realised that you.............

..................were being satirical but it seems that some saddo has downvoted you. Upvote delivered to even things up.

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Re: Vikings? Weeell, actually the pattern of "exodus" is a little more complex.

For example those who had murdered or stole cattle etc were, if caught, often declared "nithing" meaning they were outside the protection of the law and in order to escape enraged relatives and/or cattle fondlers they often fled (during the late tenth century and the early eleventh) to the western coast of France. The grandson of one of these thieves/murderers was known to his contemporaries as William the Bastard (a little matter of, ahem, lack of a wedding between his mum and dad although given what he did next the alternative interpretation holds as well).

He landed one day with his cohort of third/fourth generation thieves, murderers and cattle-rustlers on the southern coast of England in 1066 and the rest, as we say, is history. The Vikings never successfully conquered* either Scotland or England (indeed Harold Godwinson trounced a Danish/Norwegian army at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in the same year only to march south to his fuck-up at Hastings), it was in fact the descendants of a bunch who even the Vikings could not stand who managed that trick.

*They actually settled as farmers and traders in many areas where they had control but they did not ever succeed in national conquest.

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