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Microsoft pats self on back over Windows 8 sales

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Re: I use it at work too

f-cking awful in every respect

Yeah, that improved task manager, that's fucking awful.

The optimised boot, that's fucking awful, too.

The multi-desktop enhancements, those are fucking awful.

The JBOD implementation (I forget the name), that's fucking awful.

The build in antivirus, that's fucking awful.

All the other improvements are fucking awful too.

"Every respect". "Every". "Respect". "In every respect"

Liar.

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Apple may debut low-cost iPhone for emerging markets in 2013

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Remember Instagram

Remember what happened when Instagram released an Android app.

Millions pissed-off iPhone users complaining that their private expensive garden was being sullied by poor people who couldn't afford iPhones.

Making a cheap iPhone will alienate the existing Apple cultists. And, obviously, produce less revenue per device. That's why I don't believe Apple would do it.

The classic fanboi argument is "it's not how many you sell, it's how much money you make selling them" and they criticize Android manufacturers for the Jack Cohen "pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap" philosophy. Their elitist squeals of betrayal might even be enough to sink Apple for the second time.

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Nokia chief Elop: 'Android? Hey, anything's possible!'

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Re: Differentiating

@Barry Shitpeas -

5% USA,

10.5% UK,

15% Italy

22% Finland

Lower in many places, higher in a few.

But then, every day is make stuff up day for you, right?

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Re: "they adopted an OS that offers nothing in the way is differentiation"

To be fair, they do also pack in PureView and Qi charging. Nobody was doing that on any kind of scale before Nokia.

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Re: Untranslating the translation

Mistranslation is a bitch. For example, this whole article is based on a faulty premise. He never said "anything is possible" at all.

Here's the relevant except from Nokia's transcript of the interview - in English, which was then translated (badly) to Spanish and then back-translated (even more badly) to English leading to this article and the other nonsense.

EL PAIS"Do you rule out 100% launching a smartphone based on Android in 2013?

Elop: So, the way I think about it is, in the current war on ecosystems, we are fighting with Windows Phone. That’s what we’re doing. Now, what we’re always doing is asking, how does that evolve? What’s next? What role does HTML5 play? What role does Android or other things play in the future? We’re looking further into the future, but it terms of what we’re bringing to market, and what we’re immediately focused on, we’re focused on Windows Phone."

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Tablets to out-sell notebooks this year, reckons tech prophet

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Re: Tablets

I think he's referring to the usual tinfoil-hat brigade's conspiracy theories about netbooks.

Probably even typed it but alas, Android's autocorrect is crap, especially if you regularly ejaculate onto the device you're using.

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Re: Tablets

You picked the wrong icon for your fanboy spiel - that contained no technical information whatsoever unless you consider wishful thinking and propaganda to be technical.

Try the gimp next time, gimp boy.

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Hey Lenovo, want to kill Apple? Look to Samsung hitman for tips

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WTF?

Lenovo have always been top-end, well-supported, high-quality PC products. What are you suggesting? "Make it shinier"?

The ThinkPad look is classic and certainly stands the test of time better than any of Apple's offerings - those goldfish bowl Macs, that laptop that looked like a dayglo toilet seat?

Are you suggesting that Apple's puny 6% marketshare is so important that Lenovo should try to market to iTwats?

I'm confused.

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Windows RT jailbreak smash: Run ANY app on Surface slabs

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Re: they won't

They do.

Enterprises can have their own Stores.

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Re: And this will be patched in no time

The Windows Debugger?

I want "mind boggled" icon, please.

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Re: And this will be patched in no time

It doesn't actually look patchable. Everything you need to perform this hack, you also need to develop software for the device. Patching that ability away would be massively self-harming.

Anyway, this only effects the switch's in-memory value. Every time you reboot, the switch is reset to 8 (from my fallible memory, someone will correct me if I'm wrong) which is the Microsoft level of signage as opposed to 0, which is unsigned. So you're limited to rerunning the hack every time you boot the machine.

It's an interesting curiosity but nothing more.

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That's actually a part of the process. This technique involves sideloading desktop applications, not Store apps.

In theory, pretty much any WPF+.NET4.x+ based application should run since RT is equipped with full ports of the framework and first-time compile would - naturally - compile to ARM-ILDASM.

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Re: Genius

You want to saddle an ARM chip with x86 emulation?

Why? Is your lap cold for periods of less than two hours and then fine for periods of 5 hours while the device recharges?

Hell, two hours is optimistic for ARM running x86 emulation.

Icon- your lap.

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Lenovo, EA, Intel unite to DESTROY our childhood memories

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Re: +1 for analogue

swings/roundabouts.

Undoubtedly part of the appeal of monopoly for younger players is the tactile pieces and all the stuff. Undoubtedly a part of the lack of appeal for older players is the colossal faff involved in setting it all up and putting it all away again, not to mention lost pieces etc.

Looks like a winner for Lenovo to me on the grounds that if they sell one of these, they'll sell millions for the simple reason that nothing is as likely to cause rage-breakages as Monopoly.

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Nvidia takes fight to Sony, Nintendo with Android handheld console

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Re: Open console is needed

Not many people are making significant profits from consoles games these days. Blizzard. are strong but most are struggling.

EA are. Ubisoft are. Microsoft are (the profit on hardware is debatable but the profit on software is most definitely not). Sony still were as of their last earnings call. Nintendo made a mint on the Wii and their handhelds.

As for closed source and lack of interoperability - yes,. Exactly. That was my point. You expect things to have been better in a "golden age" - they weren't.

And regarding gameplay over graphics, bells, whistle and divers alarums? That's a matter of taste but it's always a mistake to assume that game makers are blind to what they can get paid money for. Currently, people pay for Call Of Modern Warfare IX : Unfeasible Add-On, racing games, free-roamers and the occasional stealth title. Super Meat Boy did comparatively well as many XBox Live games do but it didn't come close to Forza or Madden.

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Re: Open console is needed

The existing console model is a niche

It's a bloody enormous niche, then. One that generates vast amounts of monetary turnover (profits AND losses) for everyone involved. The mobile console is a bit niche but that's only because games are crap on tiny screens, something even iPhone owners eventually have to admit.

but the golden days of Spectrum, Commodor, Amiga

Ah yes, glorious golden days of closed source software, incompatible hardware, utter lack of interoperability, no repair services, loading via audio tape, POKE 59864, 1 or that game you paid money for won't work...

Golden days my arse. No way you're old enough to remember those.

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Big screened quad-core Chinese beasts splash down at CES

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Re: Dom Joly...

It's totally going to look that way in China, which is not exactly renowned for its citizens being big people with huge hands.

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Sinofsky's new blogski: Windows 8 king reborn as management guru

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Re: "Sinofsky preaching success, it akin to Bin Laden preaching pacifism."

Microsoft promote their profit margin, just as Google and Apple do (albeit a bit less ferociously and with less litigation). Is that terrorism, ShadowedOne? If so, is Larry Page a terrorist too?

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El Reg's 'Chuck Norris' faces down charging elephant

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Re: I hate Chuck Norris.

He really doesn't, you know.

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Re: energy in a roundhouse kick

That would leave no way of measuring Bruce Lee, who could kick Chuck Norris' fundamentalist ass back to the Stone Age that he doesn't believe in. Or Jet Li, who might well deliver enough force to devolve Norris to a hominid ancestor that he doesn't believe in.

I hate Chuck Norris.

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Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

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No time to read the paper but... PFI by any chance?

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Google WON'T ink consent decree with FTC on search - reports

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Re: Badboy question

Apple have a monopoly - PMPs. They very effectively leveraged this monopoly into phones and then on into tablets (which DID exist before the iPad, sorry about that).

Do they abuse it? Hell yes. One word - iTunes.

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Re: Badboy question

I've got three phones.

1. A Nokia 6310i for use on secure sites (no cameras allowed).

2. A Motorola RAZR V3xx which I like because the battery lasts a week. My "daily driver".

and

3. A Nokia Lumia 800 with all the "report shit to Microsoft" stuff turned off (this, by the way, is ludicrously easy to do) for times when I need SatNav or am likely to be beyond other sources of email for a while.

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Re: Poor old Microsoft

Is this kneejerk "it must be the nasty fat man making this happen" or did you find the word "Microsoft" anywhere in that article?

And if you're insinuating that the FTC are Microsoft's friends, would that be the same FTC that fined them billions in antitrust settlement and threatened to break up the company?

I ask because this is genuinely interesting. If you have evidence to suggest that MS control the FTC, why did they use it to attack themselves? What tinfoil-hatted excuse for a reason do you offer, AC?

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Re: Badboy question

I used to think that. Then I decided they were rapidly approaching 1998 Microsoft levels of evil (although still some way short of the Cult of Apple) and decided on a full cull of Google at home and at work.

Goodbye, Android phone. Go spy on some other poor sap.

Goodbye gmail - These days the only person to read my email is me.

Goodbye Google Analytics, you filthy site-slowing, not-worth-the-effort crap.

Goodbye Chrome. You pretty much suck anyway.

And goodbye Google Search. There really are alternatives.

I haven't regretted it for a second. Every day they get more evil and every day I'm more and more glad I'm out.

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Google wriggles out of FTC search smackdown. Now to Europe!

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[citation needed]

According to http://www.fairsearcheurope.eu/about-fairsearch-org/, there are at least 17 companies funding Fairsearch. One of them's Oracle, which is not exactly short of a few quid.

"Contributed" I think is concrete. "Funded most of" sounds like fanboy squealing.

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Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs

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Re: Batttery on the HULC goes flat? One hour??

Maybe that's what it's for. Then your enemies spend millions on useless junk while you train men and buy guns.

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'Holey code, Batman!' Microsoft to patch 12 vulns on Tuesday

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Re: Microsoft Fixes

Microsoft should ditch direct backwards compatibility but do as Apple did (with the move from OS/9 to OS/X) by having an emulator to run Windows 7 (and earlier) applications in a protected 'sandbox'. Only by breaking with the past can they fix long standing architectural flaws and remove the need for virus scanners forever.

They went half-way to this with "XP Mode" in Vista and 7 with further free virtualization of XP via downloadable stuff.

I suspect that legacy hardware (and drivers for it) are a much bigger problem. But one of Windows' selling points is that literally nothing supports as much hardware or as many different configurations.

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Ofcom looks at contract opt-outs as users rage over price hikes

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Re: How about...

@Cameron Colley

Have you considered sticking 85 quid a month in a savings account for six months?

At the end of that period, you have a little over £500 in readies and can buy whatever you want with it, no longer needing to concern yourself with obscenely expensive contracts and free to go with a genuinely unlimited data SIM from Three or giffgaff or even O2, god help you.

You could drop the 85 quid to 43 quid and make it a year (or an ebay purchase or a cheaper phone) if you so chose, too.

The best tech is always the next tech. Ignore fanboys of all persuasions and remember your grandad. If you want it, save up for it.

It's way cheaper than credit.

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Ubuntu for smartphones aims to replace today's mobes, laptops

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Re: Ubuntu for phones ..

all the related videos are car crashes

Perhaps the owners of Youtube are not enthusiastic about a competing mobile OS?

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Tiny Brit island stranded after £10m undersea fibre plea sunk

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Re: £10m ???

so..whats the deal here

Government purchasing systems and "preferred suppliers".

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Microsoft says Google trying to undermine Windows Phone

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Re: What about those websites

works fine in Firefox for me.

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SECRET RIM patent cheque to Nokia revealed at last - and it's a big 'un

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Re: Well

Yup. Needs small text warning - "Notice - Arbitrator may decide that your payment must go up as well as down".

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UK games market clutches chest, bleeds out sales in 2012

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Re: suspect data?

I tend to buy my console games online, too.

Getting to the shops is a pain and frankly, I'd probably spend more than the reduction I could get in fuel, parking and "having to take the Mrs to a place where there are shops" so XBox Live will do nicely.

Does the PS3 also allow you to buy full games online? Or the Wii? If so, I suspect it's certainly an impact worth noting.

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Microsoft scrambles to thwart new Internet Explorer 0-day attack

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Re: @Dogged

You sometimes wait but usually no more than a month at the very latest.

FOSS has the issue that a volunteer fixes the issue and you can't really complain about delays, whereas Apple simple deny that any problem exists.

These are the Reg forums, I can swear all I like. And I wasn't trolling; I've kept Debian boxes as webservers of choice for years.

There's nothing to report you for here. However, I believe I'm totally within the House Rules in calling you an unbearable little prick.

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I think you'll find that's a Debian temporary notice.

I've had quite a collection of those over the last eight years or so. MS usually give you something rather than rely on "hey, it was free, you can fucking wait".

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Merde! Paris Apple Store in €1m armed raid on New Year's Eve

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"le Plod"?

"les flics", shirley?

Also, I still maintain that Tim Cook does not exist, except as a role played by Paul O'Grady.

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Google to scan Chrome extensions, bans auto-install

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Re: Chrome.....

it's interesting that MS and Apple want you to pay for your products and pillage your data.

Beyond the OS itself, which data-pillaging products are you suggesting MS and Apple want you to pay for?

We were talking about the browser, I think.

Safari and IE are both free (personally, you'd have to pay me to use either of them but de gustibus...)

MS's email is free and although it has ads, they're not based on reading your email and thanks to Adblock+ I don't see them anyway. I dunno about Apple's product. MS also has those handy Office Web Apps out there for free (Office 365 is a different proposition) and a search engine.

None of this asks you for money so you'll forgive me if I'm somewhat puzzled by your comment

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Re: Good dog, bad master.

Now, apparently after letting the "Fox in the Henhouse", they want to smolder the fox's kettle.

what?

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"Try and design a good secure product from day one please."

You do it, if you're so clever.

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El Reg man: Too bad, China - I was RIGHT about hoarding rare earths

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@ledswinger

We could probably knock a lot of it on the head with a Public Select Comittee - ie, a group of actual citizens, not MPs - going through all laws passed since 1900 and just striking off the ones that don't make any sense or are just pissing away money for no reason.

"Wars on drugs" do massive amounts of financial harm in terms of lost revenue (we should tax that shit), police expenditure, prison expenditure, courts expenditure, lost taxes of otherwise law abiding working folk...

To follow on, if regional independence is such a top plan, let the Welsh Assembly, the Scottish Parliament and Stormont raise their own taxes so that England can stop paying for every bugger's free prescriptions. And they'd no longer get MPs which is also a nice saving on salaries, pensions and those mad, mad expenses.

After that a genuine cost-benefit analysis on what Britain gains from the EU. And NOT the usual divel about "80% of our trade" because that's inbound trade so it's a cost, not a benefit. At that point, we need to get out of damaging and expensive treaties like the CAP and refuse to pay for two European parliaments (because Strasbourg exists only to appease the French anyway).

Then we need to start stripping away the layers of active handicapping in small businesses. A builder I know who employs ten men spend 7/10ths of his time doing paperwork and HSE mandated nonsense rather than building anything and this is pretty representative.

Finally, I'd like to see VAT abolished and put on income tax. This would show people how much tax they actually pay and cause the revolution almost instantly.

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Re: @Shell.user@AC 12:47

What fucking austerity? Public spending is still at such an epic level that out of every six quid the government spends one quid is borrowed. And that's now been going on for the better part of a decade.

While this is certainly true...

A large part of that is interest on acquired debt. Another large part is used to prop up industries with no feasible benefit except the enrichment of vested interests (wind power, anyone?) and one hell of a lot is spent pursuing private citizens and small businesses in order to squeeze tax out of them while ignoring, for example, Starbucks and Vodafone. And then there's the circle-jerk of employment and regulation which is used to ensure that government services operate as "businesses" and buy from each other - each thus requiring purchasing and accounts departments and HR and other services used only to maintain a fiction.

Oh, and finally, there's the biggest circle-jerk of all, to wit - why do government employees pay tax at all? Would it not be sensible to simply pay them a tax-free salary at a lower level and stop incessantly running around in circles taxing money which is already tax? How many HMRC hours are spent calculating the taxes of HMRC? And then who audits those? It's madness.

Meanwhile, what do we do? Kill investment, snatch money from working families who get benefits (this bit is great - working tax credit means by definition that you're not being paid enough to live on and yet this is viewed as a good thing?) and pretend everyone who isn't a billionaire tax-dodger is just lazy.

Fantastic.

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RIM writes Nokia a fat cheque as pair bury the patent hatchet

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Re: fat cheque

Robert Maxwell?

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Re: Oh no, not again

@Eadon - then presumably the arbitration service that RIM took Nokia to (not vice versa) are also patent trolling or perhaps it's an enormous conspiracy and only you and Barry Shitpeas know the truth?

You bore me.

Also, you forgot to call me a shill. That's rare.

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BT ordered to pay £95m to rivals it overcharged for FIVE years

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Please, don't ever publish

any article containing the phrase "BT are appealing". I'd lose my lunch.

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

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Re: The news will be a blow to users with hard drives full of Word docs...

If they're on your hard drive or server anyway, wouldn't it be better to view them in Word or Excel (or OpenOffice/LibreOffice if you insist!) instead of trying to preview them on an email program?

If this story was about previewing, possibly. It's not. It's about exporting emails to old formats or exporting address books to old formats. Previewing old formats still works without issue (or indeed, change).

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Re: Outlook?

It's exporting contacts as word/excel, Ken. Therefore, this is another non-story with another HUGE helping of Gavin Clarke FUD. Either that or he didn't know what the change was either.

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Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

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Re: Why do we like it ?

And because they sell this (normally) free ebook - Pay Your Taxes! for 77p more than smashwords do?

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