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No, we're not in an IT 'stockapoclyse' – boom (and bust) is exactly what tech world needs

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Re: @Destroy

It's funny that last year the nobel for economics went to Fama, Hansen and Shiller

Fama is the, I think, the founding father of the efficient market theory while Shiller works show that markets are quite irrational.

As an encore, this year they will give the physics prize to Andrei Linde, now that inflation is a proven fact, and a creationist.

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Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

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Indeed, and they say that 2+2=4. After all these millennia they haven't had the innovation to change something that simple.

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Candy Crush King sees IPO go sour as stock price heads south

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Re: I have to wonder about this...

In the IPO they were offering about 7% of the company, since that was priced about 500 million, that means their valuation for the whole of the company was about 7 billion.

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Re: Over 350 years later ...

But don't forget that 350 years later many people in Holland make a lot of money with tulips.

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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

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Oh! I get it now, they made the deal in abril 2012 to stop making the Nook, that's why they still have them for sale.

Really, I don't know why people complain about patent trolls, they can offer me hundreds of millions to stop using their patents anytime they want.

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It doesn't hurt me personally at all, but I have to say that it amuses me that after MS failed to get B&N to pay for their patent racket some people still think that those patents are strong.

By the way, have you read what you wrote? I doubt it, so I will quote it:

"B&N decided to fight the lawsuit in order to keep Nook unit prices down and angle for wealthy partner to subsidize their failing dead-tree+bricks+mortar business."

Well, I thought that the AC was funny, but he can't touch you.

So your point is that B&N was failing, so they decided to spend millions fighting a lawsuit they knew they were going to lose, since the patents are that strong, when the alternative was sending a few dollars per device to MS.

And MS seeing that the were going to win decided that, they were not going to make an example of B&N, in fact they felt so sorry for them that they sent 300 millions dollars to B&N.

And in exchange B&N say they will make a Windows Nook, but they don't and MS say: "Nah, it's just 300 million no reason to make them comply with the agreement"

As "grabs for the ebook market" go, this sounds kind of half-hearted, doesn't it?

And no, none of them are on my side, what has that got to do with laughing at silly ACs?

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It is such a strong hand that when Microsoft sued Barnes & Noble, they ended up giving B&N 300 millions dollars to stop their counter attack.

Come on, I know you are just trolling, but really, can't you do any better?

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: A few simple tests of usefulness

That's easy to measure, you give the kids last years exam and the following day, the exam from ten years ago, then you compare the grades.

Mind you, I have no idea what the result would be.

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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Re: meh

He could care less but he can't be bothered

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White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

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Re: My own view

"You simply cannot work from a phone sized device."

They are pretty good for work related phone calls though.

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Re: deja vu all over again

Yep, I sometimes get the impression that Apple spread the rumour that they where working on a smartwatch so that other people would make them and show Apple how not to do it.

Or maybe, they want their competitor to concentrate on watches while Apple eats their lunch somewhere else.

But I am probably giving them too much credit.

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So. Farewell then Steelie Neelie: You were WORSE than USELESS

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Re: Roaming

Not even close, the quote is:

“I am honestly shocked by these figures," said EC veep and unelected digital czar Neelie Kroes. "It shows we have to finish the job and eliminate roaming charges. Consumers are limiting their phone use in extreme ways and this makes no sense for the companies either.

The register published it only a few days ago

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Huawei: We'll sell a dual-boot Android, Windows 8 smartphone because, well, isn't it obvious?

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Re: Good idea

"It is alleged that a Windows Phone license will cost $20 - $30."

But it may include a free we-won't-sue-you-for-using-linux license, so it may not add anything to the cost of the phone.

This is kind of funny, remember when MS wouldn't let OEMs to add BeOs as a second OS? Pity they aren't treated that way.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: Worse to come...

So they don't need to dispose of all the books and music of the deceased, that's a positive as far as I am concerned.

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Don't be shy, we know you've got .NET code. Why not run it on our Linux cloud – Red Hat

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Re: Why downgrade?

Hey! Why are you all taking a troll's question seriously?

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

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Re: New Shareholder Clause

He isn't that uptight, he couldn't care less about the points he is making, he only raises them to get the stock up and then sell.

And when he does, he will say something like: ok Marc you won, I will console myself counting the couple billions I made trading your stock.

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

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Re: Forking from the inside.

In theory MS could get those APIs and rewrite them from scratch using MS services, so that current apps would still work.

But really, what are the odds of these phones surviving the take over by MS? Minus one billion?

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Re: Utterly desperate move

So, the point is Nokia can only compete with Sansumg where Sansumg can't be bothered to compete?

If that's the case then Nokia migth as well stop making phones....

Which, now that I think of it, they are about to.

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Re: I get it!

But then, we only start bitching after laughing ourselves into unconsciousness.

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Re: Utterly desperate move

"Yeah! Nokia could have been rolling in all that sweet, sweet money everyone makes from Android, just like Motorola and HTC! Right?"

Why do you think that Nokia can compete with Samsung's Windows phones but not with their Android's ones?

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Microsoft courts mobe-makers, tweaks Windows 8 for WIMPs

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Re: Nice bit of ex post facto rationalization

And Nokia made those ad with the "the smartphone beta test is over" slogan.

They were funny though.

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

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Re: Literally

You are complaining about the meaning of words, that has nothing to do with grammar.

And dictionaries now say that "literally" means "figuratively", you have already lost the war, move on.

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Re: Secret to success?: Don't do what you don't know

Is there any "auto manufacturing plant--where automobiles are consructed, beginning-to-end", anywhere in the world owned by anyone?

And boy, that pontification by Osborne must have really hurt.

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Re: range, charging

Have you noticed there is a 'Reply' button bellow posts that makes you answer appear just below the original post?

Come on! Is it that hard?

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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"Google does not demand that smartphone manufacturers make Google the default search engine as a condition of using the Android operating system,"

There is no contradiction, they can use the Android OS, what they can't use is the Google apps.

But then, we have known that all along.

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Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

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Re: A possible explanation

We donate the ones we decommission, it does take some time to reformat the drives and reinstall from scratch but not that long, I even put some free software and games into them.

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Turkish president mulls $4.5bn Apple fondleslab school deal

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Re: And yet

" Congress enacts law to regulate pi to '3'...."

It could be worse: they could mandate the teaching of tau

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Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents

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Re: I laughed and laughed and laughed...

Or they can drop Android and concentrate their efforts on their Windows phones.

After all, that strategy has done wonders for Nokia.

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Re: Hmmm... Should probably order that Moto G I've been thinking about.

Why would Lenovo axe it? It has put Motorola back on the map.

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Re: cobbling together their own os?

Or BeOS.

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

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Re: Why not just buy an old spectrum?

Because loading games takes forever

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Techies CAN sue Google, Apple, Intel et al accused of wage-strangling pact

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Re: surprise?

"ALL"? In the article it says that Palm's boss told Jobs to go fly a kite

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Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

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Re: End of the sensible world ... @ Michael Habel Posted Friday 10th January 2014 15:33 GMT

And you can use a truck to go about town, but most people would rather use a car.

Pretty much nobody needs Photoshop, the only reason it is known beyond graphic designers is piracy.

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

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Because, as hard to believe as it is now, there used to be a time in which Windows had 99% of the market.

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Rogue Android: We show you how BlackBerry's pain can be your gain

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Re: Ohhhh and NSA-proof!

The NSA only lets Obama use a Blackberry after they harden it themselves, that should tell you how nsa-proof the standard ones are.

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Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

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Two sentences in the article stand out to me:

"overall download numbers have crashed"

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"The number of apps downloaded increased by just 25 per cent year on year"

For a company that supposed to be about stats those Flurry guys don't seem to have a good grasp of numbers.

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You're spending WHAT on iPhone 6? Wells Fargo downgrades Apple stock

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Downgrade to "market perform"?

That's a downgrade? Apple stockholders wish that the stock had performed like the market in 2013, it would have been up more than 20%

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Get lost, fanbois: Nokia pulls HERE Maps from Apple's App Store

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Re: PostIt Notes...

"but they were useless at the last 500M"

That's weird, my experience is that I don't need the GPS to get to a town, but I certainly need it to get to the exact street.

Well, maybe not need it, I used to get there using maps back in olden times, but it is easier with the gps.

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

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Re: Yawn

"is that actually what your suggesting? "

If you meant me, no that's not.

What I am suggesting is that the UK went to war to stop Germany from invading Poland, well that sounds nice.

But at the end of the war Poland was still invaded, together with quite a few other countries, and the UK was fine with that.

Really, I am not criticizing them, they had been fighting for years, they couldn't go on, I understand completely, I really do, who cares about central Europe anyway.

What I don't understand, and what I do criticize, is looking back at WWII like some epic battle between good and evil in which good won.

That wasn't it, WWII was Realpolitik through and through and the Allies let Stalin invade and subjugate half of Europe, evil won with the help of the UK and the USA.

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Re: Yawn

" If she were alive now she would be reduced to tears at the betrayal of all they fought for."

She has my sympathies, but she would need to accept that all that fighting to let Stalin invade and subjugate half of Europe went down with the Berlin wall.

Seriously, the past isn't as nice as we like to believe.

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Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU

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Re: banking regulator: Don't come crying to us when someone steals it

Their is no reason why governments should protect the investor, in fact they should be the first to get a haircut, up to 100%, when banks go tits-up.

I think you may have meant "depositor"

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Samsung poaches Apple store guru for US retail push

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"Must be annoying when every time your business comes up with a concept, idea or product someone copies it."

It only happens to every business, or even if it not a business, for example you have a semi cool group using Fawkes masks and suddenly every wannabe starts using them.

But I am really curious, the ACs are out in force to attack Samsung, doesn't it bother you that nobody cares?

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We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

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Re: Interesting POV.

"Does anybody know exactly how much money there is meant to be compared to exactly how money there is reported to exist?"

Yes, they track it

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Marketing told us: 'Justin Bieber is a fad. He’s not going to last.' – Company formerly known as RIM

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Re: Monumental...

I may be showing my age but I have to ask, isn't he a fad?

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It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

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Re: 2015!?

"So 2014 will be the year of Linux on the desktop?"

No, but if SteamOS is at all successful, it could very well be the year of Linux on game consoles.

Step by step you know.

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'Don't hate on me for my job!' Googlers caught up in SF rent protest ruckus

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Hardly new

I remember reading about these protests back during the dot com bubble, that they are still going prove the protesters are wrong.

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Report says Microsoft has divided CEO list into possibles and probables

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You could say that he ran it into the ground in a way that forced Microsoft to buy it

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Sceptic-bait E-Cat COLD FUSION generator goes on sale for $US1.5m

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Is there a context in which "Trust me that it does what I say it does" serves as proof?

Ok, I get it, it is just a quote, it has to sound cool no matter how meaningless.

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Re: Obviously

Haven't you read your Heinlein?

If they do that they only keep a monopoly for 20 years, if they keep it secret they can have it forever.

No, I am not being serious.

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