* Posts by Arctic fox

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

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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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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

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Land of the Free?

It is highly ironic that so many years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the USSR that US governments are now subjecting their own citizens to the kind of intrusive surveillance that was common practice in the old Soviet Union - and are using pretty much the same justifications for it as the Soviet Communist Party used in its time.

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Mutton to see here: Chinese dealer offers fondleslabs for sheep

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@I aint't Spartacus "Then you can say they're going cheep"

It would be the only circumstance when you could say that about an iFondle device!

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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Re: "Calm down; Eadon isn't real." Actually I think he is. 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.

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@Dan 55 "Judging by the first two posts above mine, Microsoft's community..............

..........managers are already at their desks.

Well old chap, I have to say that those of who have managed to develop a bit of maturity understand that not everyone who disagrees with us is a villain or a shill. Suggest you try harder.

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Microsoft caves to Google, pulls YouTube app from WinPhone Store

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Re: "MS won this stoush fair and square" It does appear to be the case time at any rate.....

........even though certain members here will refuse to acknowledge that. The clue lies in the fact that MS and Google issued a joint statement. Mountain View realised that they had pushed the issue too far. That does not mean, of course, that they have "caved in to" Redmond, just that they realised that they would have to negotiate rather than take the mickey. Whatever comes out in the wash will be, hopefully, something that both sides can live with. That is after all the point with negotiations, hmm?

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2AC 25th May 01.55 Re: "GOOGLE EVIL EMPIRE FAIL!" My congratulations on a truly.......

.........superb Eadon imitation, it was so lifelike that I can only describe it as frightening.

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US Senator introduces 'Patent Abuse Reduction Act'

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@Mephistro: I take your point Mephistro.

I can entirely understand that some hardware patent scenarios would not be properly covered by my (rather ill-tempered :)) definition. As far as your point with regard to software patents is concerned I agree and am of the view that it should be a very time-limited form of copyright protection.

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I read this paragraph carefully and wonder about one thing............

"“This bill would require plaintiffs to disclose the substance of their claim and reveal their identities when they file their lawsuit; allow defendants to hale into court interested parties; bring fairness to the discovery process; and shift responsibility for the cost of litigation to the losing party. These reforms will deter patent litigation abusers without prejudicing the rights of responsible intellectual property holders.”"

.................why the fuck have these basic common sense precautions not been part of patent law all the time? It is truly astonishing that only now are measures such as this being debated - let alone have any certainty of passing. Oh, and while he is at it he could add a condition for the granting of hardware patents - no working prototype to support the application, no frakking patent.

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Intel's answer to ARM: Customisable x86 chips with HIDDEN POWERS

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Re: " Otherwise you're just the forum equivalent of interference on the radio."

Entirely standard practice for that gentleman.

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Surface Pro to hit Blighty priced 25% up on top-o-the-range iPad

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Re: Surface Pro to hit Blighty priced the same as MacBook Air

I entirely agree with your "headline fix". The comparison with an iPad is a spectacularly idiotic piece of click-bait. They are simply not the same type of equipment at all.*

*I am not having a pop at the iPad - just pointing out that it is a wholly inappropriate comparison.

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It's official: Nokia's Verizon Lumia 928 is here

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I see that Eadon got on first, oh well.......

......that's another thread down the khazi.

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Nokia teases world+dog with snap of new 4G Lumia 928

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Oh dear me Reg, you are a bunch of michevious little tykes aren't you?

Those of us with more than two neurones firing at the same time are aware that the Finns will not be launching a new flagship before the summer (to include both their hardware update with regard to their camera and "Blue" from you-know-who).

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Peak Apple: Yet ANOTHER supplier reports drop in demand

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This is not surprising. As many commentards here have pointed out............

.............when Cupertino faced serious competition in the high end of the mobile market, life would get more difficult for them. I do not understand why this attracts such amazed headlines - its markets-101. More competition, life gets harder. Does this mean that Apple are suddenly going to stop earning serious money? No, of course not. They have simply begun to lose their market dominance - an entirely natural progression. A development which even the most die-hard iFanboi ought to welcome for reasons that ought to be too obvious to have to explain.

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FONDLESLAB market DEATH STRUGGLE: Latest rankings in

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"Therefore your opinion on the matter is completely irrelevant."

Indeed, however that will not stop him posting the same old, same old.

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Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'

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@Barry Shitpeas Re:"to stay with Apple because of the content lock-in...."

The smart-phone market is of course still young and saturation has not been achieved even in the US or Europe. It will be interesting to see to what extent and for how much longer that the content lock-in trap will be accepted by the average punter. There is a tendency amongst the "meeja" to assume that this will be the eternal condition in the small devices market. However, if we take (for the sake of debate and to have some type of date) 2007 as the launch of the modern mass-market in smartphones (when you-know-who launched you-know-what) then that market is in fact not even seven years old yet. What we could call perhaps "smart phone culture" (in the sociological sense) is still in its infancy - we simply do not know what the average punter will sit still for in, say, 5 years time and nor do the analists*.

*Spelling mistake not accidental!

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iPhone 5 totters at the top as Samsung thrusts up UK mobe chart

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Re: Impartial Opinion "Impartial Opinion?" Since when have a series of opinionated........

........assertions been any kind of "impartial opinion"? I think that it is you who need the services of the dictionary old chap.

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If I could be bothered to take part in this argument.........

..............I would point out that on a thread like this a certain gentleman's postings vary in inverse proportion in intensity and number according to how scared he is that it might, just possibly. be good news for Nokia (or Redmond for that matter). On the basis of his contributions to this thread my statistical analysis says that the Finns are doing gangbusters.

PS. Yes, I am being a trifle satirical.

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Microsoft off the hook for billions in Motorola Mobility payout

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Re: Can someone grow a pair

Well, funnily enough Samsung had no problem going to the mattresses against Cupertino (and are still engaged in that struggle - a struggle in which I wholeheartedly support them). However, Samsung one of the most cash-rich and powerful companies in the entire industry reached a negotiated agreement with Redmond. I am in no way arguing that that indicates that Redmond's cause is necessarily just but I do have to ask you why you think that a company like Samsung (who was willing to take on the most cash-rich company in the world) would "roll over and play dead" for Microsoft, hmm? Any explanation for that? Other than the impression one gets around here that many of the commentariat believe that the "fat chair-throwing mad bastard" known as "Demon-Lord Ballmer" is indeed in league with The Old One.

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Major Dell investor cashes in ALL of its 24.5 million shares

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RE" it's the Linux/FOSS purists I feel sorry for, must be an embarrassment.............

............ for them to have this sort of representation."

I think that they are likely amongst his keenest downvoters!

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Re: Curse of Microsoft

That surely takes the prize as the most idiotic and illogical posting you have so far inflicted upon us - that and your caps lock obsession. If the later bidders bid too much and then had to back out when they realised that Dell and Silverlake's offer reflected a realistic price for the company how then is that Redmond's or (God help us all) Nokia's fault? Your hysterical ravings are getting increasingly embarrassing to read.

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Very interesting. The other bidders appear to have outsmarted themselves.............

"This transformation into an enterprise player was supposed to take place away from the glare of Wall St, and part of the reason why the man Michael and VC pal SilverLake Partners bid $24bn for Dell the company.

That offer was branded "woefully inadequate" by Southeastern Asset Management, leading to rival bids being tabled by Blackstone and Icahn Enterprises."

..............by assuming (at the outset) that Dell and Siverlake's bid was an attempt to get the company on the cheap.

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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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