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Apple wins patent on charging iThings THROUGH THIN AIR

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will be charged using magnetic resonance from up to a meter away from the source

Whoo, imagine the Ts&Cs on that product, to wiggle around health issues and the huge amounts of interference that it is likely to cause.

I used to have a magnetic resonator that had a range of about a metre. It was a "wand" for degaussing cathode ray tubes...

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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Re: slippery slope or lawsuit magnet?

"Google is legally required to report suspected child abuse" - from my understanding, based upon a hash and the original file then deleted.

While the person in question did turn out to have other material in his possession, surely it should be unlawful to have done any of this if the original content that kicked it all off could not be produced? Otherwise isn't it a bit like "we think you're guilty of something so we'll come up with a reason to shake you down"?

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: "a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied"

"It appears that you are asserting that the registry is a good option because file systems are shit at handling small files..."

Nope, that's your assertion. I'm just trying to imagine what would happen to the file system of a regular Windows PC if it had to deal with its configuration as a billion tiny files instead of the big hulking mess that the registry is. Neither option seems satisfactory, but since Windows is extremely limited in what it understands as a file system, the registry is probably the better option there, for now at least. This doesn't mean it is a good option, and great file systems on other platforms are not particularly relevant if they're on other platforms and not where they're needed...

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Re: "a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied"

"How is the registry (which looks a lot like a directory tree) more "scalable" than a filesystem ?"

LFAU? I wouldn't appreciate losing gigabytes of storage to handle a few tens of megabytes, maybe a hundred megabytes, of configuration data.

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Re: "a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied"

"It doesn't get cleaned up properly unless you use 3rd party tools so it bloats." - my experience is to just let it bloat. Registry tidying tools seem to break a lot more than they fix.

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Ad biz now has one less excuse to sponsor freetards and filth

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Re: I DON'T like filth

Dull is good. Dull is how it was before Web 2.0, and it was perfectly fine that way.

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and returns 96 data points every time an ad is served,

Yet more scripting to block? Yet another entity tracing our activities across the web?

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Crumbs! Holiday phish based on genuine hotel booking surfaces

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just go to your bank and send a wire transfer to our account below

...and it doesn't seem strange to buy a holiday in Spain and pay to Poland?

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It's official: You can now legally carrier-unlock your mobile in the US

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Bizarre...

Over here in France, it is possible to unlock a subsidised phone after about three months. Used to be complicated, but now (Orange & Bouygues, assume SFR is similar) it is just a web form and the code is sent by mail or SMS.

I unlock my phones the moment the period expires so if my mother needs a phone and her one is acting up (it is ancient), I can swap SIMs. As far as Orange is concerned, it is no loss to them. All of my calls are included within my contact, and I'm still tied to my XX month contract, with a pretty hefty penalty payment is I want to quit early.

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What's that? A PHP SPECIFICATION? Surely you're joking, Facebook

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Wow.

With an actual spec to pretend to follow, we'll no longer have new improved versions that break things written for older versions in annoyingly subtle ways.

Oh, wait... Since this spec wasn't written by the PHP developers themselves, what relevance (if any) would it really have?

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

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What hath Snowden wrought?

Given some of the interesting ... "diagnostics" ... aids that have recently been found in iOS, I think the only involvement of Snowden was to lower our level of trust enough that we'd start to see that which was hidden all along. This, they brought upon themselves.

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

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StumbleUpon is ruining your site

There is some sort of problem on their end, so they notify us about this by opening a frame the width of the page, obliterating huge swathes of the content I came here to read. This is obnoxious behaviour.

http://i.imgur.com/MdR1WhA.jpg

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Realism

The thing that a lot of Europe doesn't quite get is that Scotland is not an annoying rebellious region wanting independence. It is a separate country, and it wants to be a separate autonomous country. British history is messy.

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Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers

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Re: Oh Goody, Chinese Knock-offs On Their Way

"is by Hamas deliberately taking their rockets to launch from areas that are known to be occupied by Palestinians."

And, yet, strangely enough it seems that Israel (and the world) knows that there are civilians there...and it still feels the need to "defend itself" by lobbing over bigger and more effective bombs instead of something more subtle and targetted.

With the technical intelligence that Israel thinks it has, and the backing of America, the only reason I can think of for why Israel hasn't taken out Hamas sooner and more discretely is that they don't really want any Palestinians left there at all.

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How long is too long to wait for a security fix?

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Re: Home router patching? You're having a laugh...

@ Trevor: Does it offer SIP VoIP with a socket for regular phones? I have a backup spare WAG200 router with open firmware, but when I use that, no phone...

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Home router patching? You're having a laugh...

"Patching your NAS is important, just as it is for your home router, switches, firewalls, servers and endpoints. Sadly, as has been made quite obvious, a great many people simply refuse to do so."

Last week, Orange (France) updated the firmware in (some? all?) of the domestic Liveboxes, after - when was the last update? 2012? Anyway.. This adds a nifty looking user interface that is horribly broken, gives you advanced configuration options that just don't work right (good luck associating a device with a 'fixed' IP address on the (W)LAN via DHCP), gives you an 80:20 chance that the box won't recognise a USB key plugged into it, and means the previously working DNLA server struggles with 720P and even some 480P content. The Livebox 2 (Sagem) is locked up tight. I really wish I could revert to the previous firmware, and disable auto-upgrades. Instead, we are all beta testers in software that is very clearly not up to expected release quality. I suspect this is tied in to IPv6 that Orange might be rolling out around 2017, maybe...

I am not against the idea of automatic upgrades, especially in domestic devices, however when said upgrade is clearly rushed out the door, unfinished, and mucks up stuff (people of Orange forums have reported drops in connection speeds and alsorts, but since my pipe is only 2mbit, I wouldn't notice!), it is hard to be in support of such automatic upgrades.

Point being - whether or not the home router firmware is updated is out of our hands, and it is especially galling when such upgrades are forced and offer a worse experience then before.

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Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services

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Re: Who reads that cruft anyway?

Update iOS? Update AppStore? Update...

You get a square box on the screen, maybe 2/3rds the size of it, with text. A helpful indicator shows that there are over 40 pages of it to read. There's no indication of what is no or different to before, and best yet, there is no "I disagree". The new software has been installed, there is no (simple) way to revert to what there was before, just an "accept this rubbish and you can carry on using your iThingy" button.

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PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

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Re: So buried in an email you ignore...

To follow up - it would be an interesting case for eBay seems to think that clicking the "buy" button is completely binding and commits you to purchase (I'm talking about a buy it now, not an auction). You are now in a situation where you are committed to buying something that the vendor could pile on some additional charges not mentioned in the price shown by the buy it now button...

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Re: So buried in an email you ignore...

" There is also some onus on you to check emails. "

And what is your recourse if somebody whacks some extras on to an amount already agreed, PayPal seems to think this is okay, and the email is notifying you that the extra has already been paid...

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Snowden wants YOU – yes, YOU – to build spy-busting tech

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Re: Bravo, Mr Snowden !

Ah, I get it now.

You're a CIA op, looking to discredit all of this by making it seem like the ramblings of a bunch of lunatics. Well, after the ways you failed to bump off Castro (at least, the ones we know about), don't you dare come here trying to make us look like crazies.

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Re: Noo..

"sniffing mary jane" ... ? Girl's shoes?

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Re: 2nd Level

"all that C-Plus-Plus when basic C code on it's own does the Job better"

As amusing as your post was, I believe that security level code is not inherently "better" in one language in preference to another. The people who can pass the -S option to their compiler and understand that output and correlate it to the binaries...they're the ones we need.

I'm referring, of course, to an article on how much people trust their compiler, that it won't recognise specific cases and insert code to allow backdoor access in otherwise legitimate code.

Oh, and yes, I see the light. It blinks every time my harddisc is accessed.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Outage?

Ugh.

Failure, incident, error, cockup....

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Mozilla and Facebook snip a further five per cent from all JPEGs

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everybody wants a faster Web, but everybody wants to stick with the formats they're using now.

...but why snip off 10-15% from images! when you know that half the web will consider the 10-15% saved will allow around 30% more advertising?

Running AdblockPlus and NoScript, my web is extremely nice. On the tablet, where such options don't exist - and would really be appreciated - the difference in speed is notable.

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Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

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We kill and eat Wilbur. And Nemo (if not Nemo, several of his cousins). And Bambi. And Daisy. And...

There's a story here? Humans eat meat. Usually. ;-)

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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Re: Poll? What poll?

"Ah there it is. Made the mistake of reading this one on an iPad."

??? So am I. The poll was right there where it was expected. And with Safari.

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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Re: There is precident

The interesting thing will be when a British court goes after an American person. What may or may not be legal here much be a "freedom of speech" right there. For a country to try to enforce its law in another will, sooner or later, blow up in their faces...

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InMage now InMicrosoft: Redmond slurps disaster recovery hardware biz

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announced it had acquired disaster recovery expert InMage

Sounds interesting, until I remember how much fail their dubious hijack of No-IP was. Then I wonder if Microsoft are the right people to be advising about these sorts of things...?

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: Misogyny?

On the other hand, try asking the iOS spell check to suggest a suitable alternative for "abirtion" or "abortoin". I've tried a number of alternatives and it just won't do it...

If Apple are going to take the approach of censoring certain words, they will by necessity be picking sides.

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

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"Unfortunately, we were not aware of Zhizhen's patent before..."

Since when has that ever been an excuse acceptable by the trolls?

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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Romdeau

I trust that they're going to call this city Romdeau.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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Re: I've posted a rant here before

I think the rules in France at pretty stringent, and for my dinky little helicopter (I'd like a quad) I would really prefer to keep it where I can clearly see it.

To add to this, military jets often test drive around this patch of sky. The thing would be a burning wreck in the field long before a model plane operator even had a chance to register the military aircraft's presence, never mind drop out of the way.

So, upvote for you sir. Model aircraft can be lots of fun, but if somebody is going to be an asshat about it, they'll make the rest of us look like asshats too. I agree - if a person is going to fly out of what is considered reasonable for a model, they ought to have a piece of paper to demonstate a lack of asshattery, and another piece of paper providing the relevant permissions.

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Fridge hacked. Car hacked. Next up, your LIGHT BULBS

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WTF?

Wait... WHAT?

Lightbulbs on the internet?

Jesus effing Christ! Maybe I'm getting too old for this lark, but that seems to me a "because we can" item.

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Oh SNAP! Old-school '80s Unix hack to smack OSX, iOS, Red Hat?

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Re: Confused...

" I'm I the only one who's wondering why is there such a pletora of articles lately highlighting "problems/defects" in non-microsoft products? "

I said many years ago, in response to "Linux is completely secure!" type statements, that Linux was secure THEN because it was not important enough to be an attack vector. With Windows 8 not flying out the door and many many mobile phones running a variant; it has now matured into something worth attacking, as has iOS...

The non Microsoft products have come of age.

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Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

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Turns up all over the place, I'd imagine?

One of my first jobs, as a school leaver many years ago, was with a company that cleaned new-build houses after the builders had finished. A clause in the contract specified that I would not work in a related sector (any job involving cleaning anything) for a period of 12 months after finishing work for them.

I didn't sign the contract, and they never asked for it. When I came to leave (to go to another cleaning job that paid a lot more), they started agitating, so I pointed out that they actually had no signed contract, and if they wish to enforce such a nonsense and restrictive term, I would expect to be paid during those 12 months. A lot of threats, but I went to my new job and never heard from the old employer again. Makes me wonder how many people in all walks of life have supposed restrictions like this slipped into their contracts...

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

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Dear Mr. Holder - screw you

Redress in America? Same "rights" as Americans?

Sorry.

We have our own rights and laws. When we can drag your sorry ass to our courts, including extradition (taken seriously by your government), then we will have something worth talking about.

But in a country where a secret supposed court hears secret things in secret and doesn't disclose (because it's all a secret), plus has a history of locating troublesome people offshore because your legal process seems to only apply when and where you want it to apply, I'm afraid granting us "rights" like that would be, for some of us, a brazen attempt to take away our rights. I can hear it now - "you can't do anything in your country because we offer a remedy in ours".

No.

Just no.

You infringe our rights, you get to deal with it in our country. End of.

(all we need now is for our own gutless politicians to realise this)

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Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

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Theresa, we need protecting...

...but...

...from the likes of you.

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Google Nest slurps your life into the Matrix? The TRUTH

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"but night-time set-backs are still feasible"

I'm sure that will be noticed, and appropriate advertising added to your profile.

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Re: So if we want to break into your house...

And the really clever systems could follow that up with "Joe Bloggs is currently robbing John Smith's house!" [you and a billion others Like this]

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So if we want to break into your house...

...we just wait until it tweets "Elvis {$YOURNAME} has left the building!".

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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This whole thing is idiotic

If I got busted nicking booze as a teenager, and a report on CrappyLocalPaper.co.uk kept haunting me, surely I should be firing my "right to be forgotten" ammunition at the newspaper website and not a search engine?

To go after getting links removed from Google sounds like hitting an easy target because getting something taken down legitimately is more difficult.

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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Re: Maybe women just don't like coding?

"- more male nurses?"

As a person who did this for a while, I got sick and tired of all of the females assuming that I was gay. As if there was no possible way that a straight male would ever consider that as a career option.

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Canada to Google: You can't have your borderless cake and eat it too

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"Is the Canadian Judge so big headed to think his judgement outweighs any others in the world?"

Isn't this pretty much the same sort of idea as the EU's "Right to be forgotten"? How is this handled? That URLs relating to British citizens are blocked from google.co.uk, or everywhere? I mean - if it was the same argument as this, surely we could sidestep the entire EU ruling and the storm in a teacup that it is causing and discover that the new guy at work was a perv who liked to look up his teacher's skirts....by looking it up on google.com (you know, the default option)?

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being ordered to do something that could require it to contravene a law in another jurisdiction

Huh? This the same Google that seems to think the laws of other countries don't apply?

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DON'T PANIC: Facebook returns after 30-minute outage terror

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How long until...

...they 'fess up what happened to their user passwords, telephone numbers, etc etc etc?

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Luxembourg patent troll suing world+dog

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vFAT

If you mean the long filenames thing, it typically used a wrinkle that in the patent, a long filename was a long version of a short 8.3 filename. So the workaround was to have a long filename and a bogus 8.3 name. An absolutely horrid "hack" (what happens on LFN incapable devices?), but that's reality...

http://www.osnews.com/story/21766/Linux_Kernel_Patch_Works_Around_Microsoft_s_FAT_Patents

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

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Um... Guys?

Your value is not the adverts that you show. I can understand why you make this mistake, because you get paid for advertising and stuff. But we are not you. The value of your service, to us, is not advertising, it is the content. Like commercial TV, advertising is something we will put up with in order to get to the content.

And now, you are looking like you are wanting to kick off some content because the creators want to be paid a little more than you have decided they're worth.

Smart move.

Real smart.

Now...what was my Vimeo password again?

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Slippery Google greases up, aims to squirm out of EU privacy grasp

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"See, if we comply with your crazy order, you stupid judge - everything breaks."

Can we say this the next time a low ranking US judge "decides" that the entire internet falls under US jurisdiction, or some rubbish like that?

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

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Loyalty my ass

Example - I registered my new iOS device last August. Registrations September or later get most of the nice Apple apps free. They're like €8,99 to me.

This was not done out of any sense of loyalty. It was because iOS7 was having a bit of a Marmite love it or hate it response, so they wanted to do something to encourage new registrations (which means new sales).

So to with Microsoft. They want to try to break into a new market. This isn't about loyalty, it is about a commercial opportunity. As they are an international company, what do you suppose is important to them: making money or making fanboys feel loved?

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Who is she again?

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