* Posts by tin 2

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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well given that CM12 on the oneplus one is an absolute train wreck, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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"But Zoz found this solution rather boring and moved on to explosives"

tells you a lot about the real motives of this research :)

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BT Sport website AND app go TITSUP – footie fans weep

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This is also why delivery of TV over IP is *not* the future. Way too much to go wrong. BT are a shambles but if they can't do it...

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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I remember it a little differently. Maybe my brain is addled after so many years but I recall the CD32 was a last-ditch quick-and-dirty attempt to get a product that would sell, and was a surprising success. It was just that C= were already pretty much dead, the banks were circling and they couldn't finance building enough of them to haul themselves out of the pit they were already in.

They were in that mess by various management regimes dithering about what they should be making next. There are hundreds of stories about products in the very late stages of design that got canned, and/or replaced/redesigned to products that then bombed (such as the aforementioned CDTV). It seems really only the C64 and Amiga actually got through the management BS to get onto the market, and they dined out on that for far too long.

Another story I remember reading was about ESCOM, the only company that bought the Amiga and really actually did something with it. I understood that they re-introduced the aging A1200 & A4000s via ESCOM stores, and - perhaps surprisingly again - were selling modestly, but they were looked upon with disdain by the vast majority of PC-familiar sales dudes and weren't pushed as they might have been. However the profit on the Amigas was so much better than the generic PCs they were selling that if they had pushed them more, or in most cases actually set them up demo-ing something, ESCOM might still exist, as might Amiga in some form.

Rather than the hardware though, which of course just dates by years passing, I mourn the loss of AmigaOS which while dated in many respects still has a lot of stuff nobody seems to have learned. I'll use modern OSes accepting clicks (or taps) on GUI elements that weren't even on screen at the time of the click/tap as an everyday example. Crazy stuff.

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Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

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"creating an antidote to modern smartwatches"

surely

Creating modern smartwatches?

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: Interesting view on history

^ This. And to add, with something as universal as the (several) TVs in everyone's house, you can't keep changing the standard every 10 years or so and expect everyone to buy a whole new pile of kit. A line has been drawn and we need to stick with it for a time.

IMHO the line in the UK is not too bad, the problem is the commercialing* of it where the commerical entities are hell bent on (or have to, depending on your view) stuffing the muxes with as much as they can get away with fitting in.

*or re-commericalising, after our hated BBC essentially rescued it out of the catastrophe of ONdigital. TBH for all the thanks they got, I would have just let it die!

Also, we're not using DVB-T2 for standard def contrary to what the article currently says.

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But... how do you control the cards

This is a multi-faceted matter with arguments on each point all over the place, so let's suppose for a moment the BBC goes subscription, with some kind of CA card, and all everyone's kit can handle it, or it is deemed acceptable to scrap.

How do you maintain the household eligibility or do you scrap that too?

If a house has 6 TVs, do you give them 6 cards? How do you stop them giving them to their mates? Or do you have to subscribe 6 times? Or do we go back to only one TV in the house (which is basically one TV with one crap-technology VOD channel, not a suite of channels, so it should be a boat-load cheaper). How do you let your kids watch cbbc in the back room while you watch the golf?

The tech - and also the human interaction involved - doesn't exist, and I can't really see how it can be made to exist. The BBC were completely right to try to make a DVB-T and -S system that is based on no CA. It requires the licence fee, but so does elimination of one hell of a unanswerable ball-ache.

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Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC

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"However Whittingdale said he was doubtful that a full switch from a flat rate poll tax to a subscription model wasn’t possible just yet, for technological reasons."

Halle-bastard-lujah! While I assume there's a mistaken double negative in there, making the BBC subscription is not currently technically possible without introducing at least a lot of potential for compromising the system.

Certainly even if you did get 100% of current TV owning households recieving the BBC, you would get far less than 100% actually paying for it. And then it would probably go completely down the toilet and the argument is over.

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Re: to make sure it remains a valued public broadcaster

^ this. Read it 100 times. The BBC is as unbaised as you can get, cheifly proven by it being possible to find people who will swear to you it is biased towards either side of any given argument.

Further, while it may not be able to achieve perfect balance - I imagine it's not possible without shutting up shop completely - everything else we have is very much less balanced. I'm not sure why we keep trying to hold the BBC to a standard that is not actually set anywhere.

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Trebles all round: The BBC's won this licence fee showdown

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Re: Public service remit

Another excellently well thought out post on this forum, on this subject of all things. The Sky point is an excellent one that's almost always forgotten. And claim a decidely odd apparently reg-penned defence to boot! bonus!

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Loving all the people (government included I presume) who think the BBC should/will be able to go subscription only at some point. Nobody can explain how the technology for that would actually work in practice.

Also love the government thanking the BBC for resucing digital terrestrial - sure as hell it wouldn't have survived as a commercial venture after ondigital - thus enabling big chunks of spectrum to be re-sold by giving them a royal shafting.

Short sighted? not much.

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Want to be an unpaid SLAVE for Tim Cook? How to get the iOS 9, El Capitan public betas

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1) Archive an iOS backup (but haha we didn't put the archive option in iTunes for Windows, MS LUUZERS)

2) Download Profile (but beta.apple.com is running on a classic powermac that's stuffed in the corner of Tim Cook's old bedroom, so it might not work all that well)

3) Update your iOS device (but you can't cos you actually have stuff on your phone taking all the space cos we put you off buying the bigger one by charging $100 for an extra 16GB of flash).

Winner, Apple. Furiously deleting stuff off my phone right now.

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Decision time: Uninstall Adobe Flash or install yet another critical patch

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Re: I would like to point out

I disagree, they are a sign of both a bad product AND someone out there who cares enough about the product to fix problems as they appear.

Or more like, in the case of flash, if they didn't "care" enough to release patches in response to exploits the product would be immediately finished.

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

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Re: XML is so 1990's

I am genuinely at a loss why you don't have 50 million upvotes for this post. If you have to parse into and out of the latest new format why not stick with the one thats worked forever and just parse that?

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Capita: Call centre workers, can you fall on your swords? Please?

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I love how cutting and redunancy is always called "Transformation" these days.

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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Re: Great! Even more load on my overstretched

$0, cos they won't and without the USO she also won't have a phone line either. That's the reason they should not be allowed to duck the USO ever.

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NHS Scotland to refresh creaking, 25-year-old apps

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Sounds bad already

The replacement for the community health index already has a name - and by the seems of it will do something different? I'll call it out as a catastrophe right now.

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GoDaddy buys 200,000 domains for $28.1m – that's $140 a piece

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It's wrong and they are all bastards, but how in the hell do you police it?

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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THIS is why all this connected, internet TV stuff is NOT the future.

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It's not you, it's EE ... again! Mobe network hit by 'PDP authentication failure' snafu

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Happens quite a lot more often than this IME. last time I saw it was the last week of March.

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

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Should have used...

...an Amiga. Runs screens beautifully, there haven't been any updates for 20-odd years, reboots in 15 seconds.

Wow. Writing that I just realised we haven't got any better at this kind of shit in over *20 YEARS*. Incredible.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

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This is - as a possibly ex-fanboi - exactly why I DON'T have anything newer than an iphone 4S. I walked into the store to buy a 5S on a complete impulse, because I was passing, and they refused to sell me one, without aforementioned unicorn, £50s and spitting mad lyrics.

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Vodafone: So what exactly is 'ludicrous' about the Frontier report?

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Re: Irony...

Agree, I dunno where people get the idea that Openreach is not seperate enough from BT, every bit of BT operates as if entirely seperate to every other bit of BT.

But to the point, the least qualified people to talk about the structure/pricing/competance of BT ARE OTHER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES.Their opinion should be considered entirely null and void before it's even voiced.

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

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I disagree somewhat. It's certainly the fault of both parties but mainly Microsoft's.

They embraced and extended, then got lazy once they killed Netscape (which was after all, the plan), then decided they didn't want to support their own extendedness any more. That's pretty shitty on all accounts. There's a pretty good argument there that we'd be a whole lot better off if MS hadn't entered the browser market at all,

Companies writing systems targetting the system designed, promoted and most importantly "supported" by none other than Microsoft? I personally would (and did) say that's very stupid and asking for trouble, and agree with the sentiments about the contractors, but there's a lot of very good reason why one would legitimately think it the best move. MS are absolutely the architects of that.

Also I am amused that once more MS are abandoning a product because - suprise - it's one of the shittest implementations of whatever genre of product it tried to be. And we as an industry - generally speaking of course - keep lapping it up.

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Complaints against ISPs and mobe firms are up by a fifth — reports

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Interesting that JL is 1st and Plusnet is 4th, when JL is just Plusnet with JL written on it.

But maybe the slightly premium price pays for JL customers to jump up the support queue?

Also interesting when Plusnet were a technical and customer support disaster-zone for many years (a good number of years ago, I'll grant)

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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how do you get...

...the CA version of the BBC on all the sets in one house, without opening avenues for abusing the system. You cannot. End of discussion as far as I can see.

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Who's un-dot-pressure? .com overlord Verisign sues .xyz kingpin

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They could have at least put the .xyz registration plate on straight!

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Re: Wait, what?

Hmmm. Well of course it's personal opinion and horses for courses, but I got a Pebble steel purely for having a slightly unusual watch (so for changable faces). The notifications sort of came with it without me asking and as it turns out I find them very useful.

Unlike you I *can't* hear (nor feel) my phone, now I never miss anything, and I can take the quickest of glances at the watch to see if I need to interrupt whatever I'm doing right now, which is normally the case. The phone stays in the pocket a lot more.

As I say, I quite like the notification part, and I didn't expect that I would even use it. That said I don't think I'd go full on smartwatch. Also £200 for the tiniest extension of my phone? Maybe you're spot on given that you're not looking for a watch first and foremost.

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I logged onto the website at the reveal time, and got a coutdown, then nothing. A refresh then gave me a Guru Meditation!

Didn't find anything out about the big reveal, but was pleased to see that error again for old time sake, albeit not wrapped in a big red flashy box.

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

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ahhhh

wondering why Amazon.fr didn't seem keen to talk to me

i.e. it's still broken

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Uber: Sorry we're really awesome and all that (oh yeah, and for leaking your personal info)

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you'd better "reach out" to them to let them know

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Re: Also kill the annoying "Green" messages!

I especially like when "P Before printing, please think about the environment" comes out on the top of a whole separate piece of paper...

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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"Google, typically, does things its own way by stretching seconds rather than inserting an extra one, suggesting this approach works because it's hard to log events that take place on an inserted second"

So I presume in a leap year Google stretches days because it's hard to log events that take place on an inserted day.

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Pond, rocks or quicksand in your 1km garden? Get a rugged DECT phone

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Re: New?

I wonder if el reg has quickly googled and got the wrong picture. I was deploying the pictured many moons ago too, but there is indeed a 2015 version that looks a lot different. I don't think the pictured is IP67, nor immersible.

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Security holes in iOS? We've heard of them, says Apple (as it fixes vanishing ringtones)

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Au contrarie, I am specifically NOT handing over $1000 for my new 6 plus UNTIL they stop making my 4S run like a dead pig. Like I ended up not handing over $1000 (or whatever) for the 5S that I was definitely defintely nail on 100% going to buy. Fool me once and all that.

Seems that my view is not shared much though. And androids are still bloody awful (they ARE, fandroids. Even speaking as someone who desperately wants to get a new phone and won't give Apple the pleasure) must be a factor in a good %age of those record sales.

Muddling on with the dead pig for now.

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be nice if they could also make my 4S stop running like a dead pig

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Vodafone eyes up Liberty Global – report

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Is that Vodaphone part of which was Cable and Wireless, and Liberty Global, part of which was... er... Cable and Wireless?

Nah, they wil never go together.

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Customers RAGE after Webfusion goes TITSUP

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IME webfusion are alright really. You do get what you pay. Far too many people pay peanuts and expect rolls royce when stuff very occasionally goes wrong. Their (admin) customer service is crap, but the tech support seem to be well staffed (obv when the whole world isn't burning down) and knowledgeable.

On the other hand 123-reg are a conptemptable bunch of bastards, so maybe the whole of Host Europe is rotten and I've just been very lucky.

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KCOM Group results hit by Phones4U woes

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Phone4You ?? Who they?

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That's all folks! US TV streaming upstart Aereo files for bankrupcy

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"Nonsense, there was no piracy involved whatsoever; it was taking over-the-air signals, that to remind you anyone in the area could receive over the air; and making those signals available on the person's device of choice"

I tend to agree with you (and Aereo of course) until you add in the charging of the end user, and the return of $0 to the broadcasters.

Again, was is the value of "renting" this little antenna to anyone *without* the over-the-air content? Nothing. I think that lands it firmly in the piracy definition.

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Indeed, much as the idea of Aereo was innovative and no doubt a valuable service to the people that used it, it was piracy of the TV companies' signals that it was selling. The test for this is easy: would anyone buy the service without being able to receive that content?

However that is not to say the system in the US doesn't need fixing, just that it was pretty easy for the big TV providers to say this was not going to be the way.

One thing really does strike me about Aereo's attitude though. That letter from Chet Kanojia bangs on about how the system needed fixing, and they are brilliant, and it was a great service that people loved, and the big TV companies are evil, and they have lots of support, and all that fight the good fight kind of stuff. But nowhere does it apologise to any of the customers for the inconvenience of having the service cut off. Perhaps they did before, but that shouts loud and clear to me.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Jaw is on the floor

"Of particular interest is the new option to change folder colours and add what Mint calls "emblems" to folders. Emblems are best thought of as "sub icons" that sit atop the folder icon – for example the little filmstrip icon that sits atop the Videos folder by default"

Welcome to 1985 everyone.

The rest might be ace, but I got slow blown away by that, that I stopped.

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Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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Re: It should of course be:

re-get-iality!

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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

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Re: Ok enlighten me.

You must be able to cope with the goalposts being moved around by many different parties almost constantly. That's if they were constructed in the first place.

(Disclaimer: I don't know what I'm talking about either, but this is what I hear most often from people that work in/with public sector. Frankly I'm willing to forgive even the biggest bastard money-grabbing mega-corporation if nobody can actually put a finger on what they were asked to deliver)

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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you can replace "innovative and thoroughly distinctive" with "massive" for 10000% less marketing poppycock density

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NHS slow to react as Windows XP support nears the end

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Re: FOI FFS

Logged in to write the same. Agree entirely. Maybe public bodies need to start using a policy of not doing business with organisations that waste public money in this manner.

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

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Indeed. Let's pick the one that doesn't exist at all to take the piss out of :)

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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FAIL

Same to you, I guess. At least my moaning had some content.

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FAIL

STILL way way wayyyyyyyyyy ***WAYYYYYYYY*** too expensive flash capacity bumps.

Ridiculous profit margin on the base model I can handle. Disproportionately more insane bonkers profit margin on something that has 112GB extra flash but is otherwise absolutely identical I cannot.

£160 extra for approx £20 of flash (teardown.com's figure not mine). Ridiculous. I'm cashing in my fanboi card.

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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

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Beginning to sound like windows phone

So... version 7 is the first version that's actually any good. Hmm, why should I trust you with my hard-earned when you've clearly made a cock of it 6 times already?

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