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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

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OR even:

"Excuse me Sir, can you please pass me your phone and tell me your pin code and before you ask, Sir, yes! I am a thieving barsteward who thinks nothing of a bit of violence before breakfast. Thank you for complying. Cheerio!"

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really?

A pin code?

Most people I know have a pin on their phone these days. When a phone is stolen it is usually an opportunistic theft, so they aren't considering if they have a pin or not. In most cases, they can be gotten around in some way, so the most important factor is encryption of a device so the data, at least, is safe. I know there is an argument that if it is harder to re-use a stolen phone then it will, over time, reduce theft, but it won't really stop opportunistic theft, whether it is a wallet, laptop, watch etc etc.

If they were really bothered, they wouldn't waste resources lobbying on a daft change to default on a pin, they would insist that the mobile operators can block imei codes. But then the operators would insist that phones are not easily firmware overwritten, which will help their bottom line, probably.

So the knock on effect will be probably be a law making alteration of a phones firmware illegal, which means the criminals will just carry on being criminals and not caring, and plenty of people being criminalised with no real criminal intent.

All because, and why this kind of lobbying takes place, the Police are saying that the rise in this crime isn't that they are not doing enough, just that it is the public's fault for not setting security on their phone.

The fact that there are some thieving barstewards with no respect for anything or anyone isn't really focused on.

Or this could be just me. Grumpiness increases with age. Or maybe tolerance decreases with age. No idea. In a few years I will be at the same IT level as a 6 year old, apparently. Maybe that is it. Understanding just decreases with age so I should leave Government policy with people who *know* better and just let the Government govern, the Police police - after all they know what they are doing, right?

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Re: Haha, amusing yes..

We should issue a PR from the 'General Public' saying on how useful and reassuring having the ability for anyone to issue a FOI request.

This can be followed by a FOI request that asks how many FOI requests where considered 'japes' vs how many were genuine.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: New browser names:

Thinking of ease of use for phone support*:

"The Big E"

*otherwise known as any call involving a relative not using a mac.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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"Mostly what I want to drink is coffee. Get some light/medium roasted beans, grind and place in hot water. Drink black. Savour flavour."

Your problem here is a case of definition, I suspect.

Coffee - or rather, a coffee beverage is dependent on Ohhhh so many factors and so many ways of being made, there is no real bog standard.

An espresso is considered by many to be the ultimate way to imbibe coffee, and when it is right it is SOOO right. Unfortunately, it isn't in most cases because of the lack of understanding by those making it. Just go to a starbucks in most places and ask for an espresso. Nasty isn't it? If you have a watery espresso, then that is NOT an espresso. It should almost have a slightly syrupy texture and taste, depending on the type of roast used, very smooth. Acidity and/or bitterness should be just the merest hints of suggestions

I tend to drink Cappuccinos, espressos or a Long black/Americano. Technically Americano is water added to an espresso, whereas a long black is the espresso added to water - btw - cappuccinos are a third espresso, a third hot milk and a third Microfoamed milk Microfoam <> frothy btw. There is argument regarding a Latte and a flat white which is apparently from Australia, but could be considered a stronger latte, but a latte is simply an espresso with steamed milk added and a light layer of microfoamed milk on top where latte art is usually performed. A Cafe au lait is more your UK defined version of a coffee which is brewed in a percolator with milk added.

If your Americano is weak, then you want to specify another shot. But the flavour this will produce is not the same as other methods of brewing coffee.

I suspect that you would prefer, inferred from your post, a french press style of coffee. Using a coarser grind and same beans, you should get a slightly more rounded body, slightly less acidic or thin, than you would get with an Americano. You could certainly end up with a stronger brew that could be quite easy to drink, but the caffeine hit could be considerably higher than a double espresso content because you can easily have more coffee in there.

Little experiment for those who regularly drink cappuccinos from the usual chains. Instead of ordering a medium or large, order the smallest one they do. If you normally have a double shot, then make sure they still do that double shot. I am fairly confident that the result will be far better than your usual. The problem also seems to be too much emphasis on quantity of water/milk in relation to the espresso base, in the case of chains.

Coffee, like wine, is incredibly dependent on so many factors and the process of making it is a chemical explosion. Get it right and I promise you will never forget that experience. But it will tar you because you will require more out of any purchased drinks.

If thos of you reading this don't see what the fuss is about please don't mock those of us who do enjoy searching for the best possible method to extract all the flavours possible of this amazing bean.

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Re: Move to the US

Or abundant free WI-FI because of the ridiculously priced home broadband connections that require your firstborn to be held as hostage should you wish to leave.

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Get a decent grinder, a Rancilio pump machine and a regular posted coffee bean order from Dave coffee* and then lean how to extract a decent espresso and on demand caffeine shakes can be yours.

Or drink tea.

* name has been changed to prevent unauthorised advertising.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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So

"The British children of today...have matched middle-aged folks' tech ability by the age of six"

Which is getting hosts of trojans installed on their PC and being able to watch netflix on their tablet.

Yep, I will certainly agree with that.

In other news, decent sysadmins still have beards.

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Re: Database

You are now for asking that.

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German NSA probe chief mulls spy-busting typewriters

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Re: Many paper advantages

"Equally likely to be left on a commuter train by a civil servant."

True, however, the nature of the grab would be limited to that particular set of data. Whereas an electronic equivalent (hacked, lost usb stick, stolen computer) could potentially harvest a *lot* more data. Plus, physical data is a lot harder to index. Electronic data is damned easy.

Now, where is my OCR gear....

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Remember when Google+ outed everyone by their real names? Now Google's sorry

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Re: They haven't noticed me

Same here.

However, have you ever tried to 'add' someone to your circles using a gmail address which was provided for the purpose?

Please tell me if this is possible because when I wanted to share a few photographs with other G+ users this was one of the most frustrating experiences I have ever had.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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I concur. Trophy 900 Triple over here.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: Double standards

"Have they seen some of the madness that passes for pornography in Japan?"

Jasper - is that you?

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Re: I seriously want one of those canoes

I want to say 'Cunoes' but I feel that may be in bad taste?

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

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Re: FIRST AGAINST THE WALL

Now you are talking.

A revolution based in Apathy.

Relatives' and friends' computers are no longer going to be fixed/wiped of virii. All general upkeep of servers, patches, hardware fixes are now left. 5 get you 7 that gov.uk fails first. Payroll starts to stutter, then fail completely, which drags in other non-IT people that already started to worry when POS terminals started playing up and payment services started to fail.

YES! WE, THE TECHNORATI, PWN YOU. Muhahahah *cough*

Or, maybe not. I have just started the second series of 'Orange is the new Black' and I would like to finish that first. Also GoT season 4. But after. Oh yes. We shall .., sorry, coffee time!

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FIRST AGAINST THE WALL

I think you will find ol' Rupert, a proper 'man of the people' whose legacy of 'News' given to the 'Free Man' is starting to think that the potential of 'News' gleaned from other sources isn't quite right. ie, Not controlled by him, thus no money made. So he attacks the Internet. Think of him like 'Anonymous' only inverted. Imagine that: a sea of Murdocorp employees all wearing Rupert masks...

Tell you what, Rupert, old sport, why not sponser a news agency that isn't full of shite, celebrity gossip, copy-and-pasted Reuters bulletins and press releases from Celebrity's agents, press releases from companies marketing departments in the guise of a 'White Paper'.

Or, buy The Register. Or attempt to. That would be really funny. I am not saying that you couldn't buy it, no offence Reg staff, I know that ultimately there is a price point that you couldn't say no to, but the fallout would be better than any 'Scandal'. I think that might possibly start the long wished for Revolution. Imagine that: Britain's uprising finally started by Sysadmins everywhere. Programmers, too, but they would need to follow the spec for revolution written by the Analysts. Sysadmins are Anarchists anyway. Have you seen their perl scripts? *shudders*

Glossary:

'Man of the people' - term usually assigned to dictators by dictators.

'News' - Official Twitter tweets.

'Tweets' - a term misappropriated for an entry on Twitter. Usually inane drivel. Usually used to keep companies' customer service in check. Birds' tweets are far nicer.

'Free Man' - Not a Mac Nac Feegle.

'White Paper' - Toilet Roll

'Scandal' - today's revelation that someone is human, and/or a celebrity stating how they suffered during their public humiliation. Usually started by a 'tweet'.

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

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Re: Somewhere ...

"Steve Jobs is spinning."

I think you will find he had himself uploaded to SSD...

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Google Ventures opens new fund in London

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Re: Knock Down Ginger.

Sorry, what now?

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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@Jasper

"...German dogging videos would be shown links to other sorts of similar smut."

Sooooo, past experience then? :)

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Chrome Remote Desktop adds Linux to supported OS list

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Re: Am I missing the point here?

"They are hardly weird selfies after all ;-)"

Are there *really* any other kind?

:)

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German spy agency staffer spied for NSA during gov probe into NSA spying – report

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Erm...

"Curiously, this latest development seems to contradict Germany's assertion in May that it would not pursue charges over the NSA's mass spying. ®"

How so?

Just because they would not be pursuing the NSA doesn't meant to say they wouldn't hold an inquiry into the impact of it, or how to prevent as much of it in the future. Nor does it mean they wouldn't prosecute one of their own for spying for a foreign agency. That would be just silly.

Plus, not prosecuting, or attempting to prosecute anyone in relation to the mass surveillance wouldn't prevent them from going after subsequent, and quite blatant, spying attempts by the good ol' US of A.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Re: Geography! - Hang on a minute....

"part of the greater European Socialist Republic"

European Socialist Republic = ESR

ESR = Eric S Raymond.

I smell conspiracy of enormous magnitude.

All we need know is a Republic of Merry Socialists and the circumstantial evidence would be overwhelming.

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

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Wonder how many Moto G handsets

Were sold in that same period in the UK? Combine that with the lower end Windows phones...

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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

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Re: Not one mention of.....

"2. girls in inappropriate dress"

You mean like wearing suits of armour to an office job? Why can't blokes do that? How sexist of you...

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Re: Um..

The fact you felt the need to reply Anon is all the evidence you need to make up your own mind.

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Oh sarcasm out. Definitely....

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Deja-vu alert: Russian hackers target US, Euro energy giants

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Little bit of smuggery...

...going on there? :)

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Cambridge Assessment exams CHAOS: Computing students' work may be BINNED

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Bet they are sorry now.

When I read the updated bit then re-checked the sub-heading I nearly wet myself.

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Occupy Google: Protesters attack ad giant as I/O gets underway

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I don't quite get what people expect of Google. They are a company, nothing more, nothing less. Google may try to hide behind "Don't be evil" but ultimately they are there to make money. Which they do very well.

If they really did try have some moral stance, they could have stuck with non-targeting advertising, charging for services that they currently give away for free etc. They would still have made money, just not as much. But somehow it has become the norm that you sell your privacy in exchange for free stuff that enables Google to make even more money and research into stuff that seems to have them look like Lord of the 'Net. (I now have a parody of 'One ring to rule them all and in the darkness bind them' running through my head).

Google are not the internet, despite what a large proportion of the public think. They are just another large company that is driven by profit. Their time is now. At some point, it will do an IBM. When that happens there will be another company ruling the roost. Hopefully by licensing Anti-Grav and flying cars and hover-boards will be around and plentiful.

I would like to think there are companies who make a profit but don't make that the only reason they exist, but I am not silly enough to think Google is one of them.

I may search the web on that using Duckduckgo....

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Im in.

I'll work for nearly nothing. I do now anyway.

The bank of El Reg. Vulture logo strangely fitting.

"The bank that likes to say, 'Beer time yet?'"

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Samsung peddles tyred Smart Bike concept

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Re: My eyes bleed

"What I'd like is a lightweight bike with electric drive, electric regeneration, and short travel suspension for rough roads."

or - htfu.

:)

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"..a new concept of safety."

I'm sorry?

OED: "The condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury"

I'm intrigued. My concept of safety is in alignment with the definition in the OED. How wrong we all must be. Having your phone turn your lights on for you *must* be a complete paradigm shift. With that same logic, sticking your phone in your car must make driving safer.

Oh, wait...

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Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin

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Doh is a dear

...for sharing that.

"According to Doh (no Simpsons jokes, please – we're adults here...),"

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After the cyberpunks, prepare to fight a new wave of nasties

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Millenium Bug

Actually, don't think it was doomsaying. I worked during that era of 95-1999 on said bugs in a few different companies and it *needed* to be done.

Just wait till 2025...by which time the new crop of system maintainers who won't remember that particular fudge won't be expecting it....

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

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Far cry from "Bill Gate's Towel Boy", though...

Apologies to Scott Adams...

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Apple wheels out sueball cannon, again

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Actually, I suspect

that Apple are really gunning hard for this as a way to keep their current balance sheet and offer the damages as a dividend to shareholders.

It would get them out of this 'No, NO NO TAX to pay as we HAVE NO PROFITSssess, precious, no profitsesssss' thing they have going on.

That or the Lawyers are on the biggest 'no win, no fee', case ever.

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Help. Mailing blacklists...

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I should point out that spf records were already employed... Thanks though.

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Thanks for all the replies!

I should point out that not sending spam is good. Compromised account via an XP machine was the culprit, however. Not mine...

mxtoolbox was my first port of call after emptying qmail queue, I dealt with those.

Hotmail, after repeatedly sending email (spamming?) MS, it seems that my mail now goes through. Could have been a time set thing though.

My current issue is that one of the domains in use is having trouble getting through to Gmail now, however, it doesn't affect all on that IP address, which I can't quite fathom.

I appreciate all the help, people. Some really good pointers there and I have put them to use.

FTR - comes back clean on all the posted links...so I am hoping that the 30 day rule is the only one which is causing an issue on some major providers!

Anyhow - one thing I have learned from this is that some sort of mail use filter is a necessity if running your own mailservers, so if something starts to send an inordinate amount of email, then that account gets put on hold and the sysadmin alerted. You have to assume that a machine not in your control will get pwned at some point, possibly revealing mailserver passwords. Natch.

Cheers for El Reg Editorial giving this a heads up, too...

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Not just his films but his TV series as well!

And great dentistry. Don't forget the amazing dentistry.

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Re: Not just his films but his TV series as well!

Firefly! We loved you.....*sob*

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Panda-monium as Google updates key search algorithm

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Re: Just checked. Phew

That was about as subtle as Russell Brand around the newest female stars.

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Re: Perfect for me

"it know's it isn't waterproof"

Au Contraire...

http://www.mobileburn.com/22487/news/moto-g-survives-30-minutes-underwater-but-its-not-waterproof

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"pay the extra few coin and get the G."

+1 .

The Moto G is nigh on the best bang for buck in the smartphone world. Not only is it very capable, it is pretty resilient, judging by the lack of marks after being in a pocket with keys and money, too. I can forgive the fixed battery, which is not to bad to do anyway, but if they had included the microSD then it would have attained "Elite" status, as opposed to just "Deadly".

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

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Come the revolution,

I swear, if you are in Marketing, you better run...

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Fast-fingered Filho flicks aside WinPhone-furtling fumbler after 4 months

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Re: Who the fuck cares?

"Those nimble fingers belonged to 15-year-old Gaurav Sharma"

I guess teenagers...

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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Re: no way

I really cannot see why they would change the 3.5mm jack. it is Analogue. A supposed 'HD Audio' connector, if it was analogue also, would be laughed out of the way by the press and generally more aware consumers. Apple wouldn't be so stupid. Remember ADC for displays? No? good reason for that.

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EDIT- saw your own reply to your article. Give you credit for clarifying. :)

"Given they rarely allow themselves to fall foul of design evasion 1 - I predict they are about to go all in on HD audio. In Apple style they will simply wholly remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from all iOS devices coming out this year and moving forwards. In 2 years it will be near as dammit a forgotten connector. If they do this, there will be one hell of a user base purchasing new speaker/headphone tech with a new connector standard (possibly lightening and/ or a new higher throughput low power wireless standard / upgrade to low-power bluetooth)"

A forgotten connecter? HD audio? High definition audio? I feel you buy into too much marketing hyperbole about how stupid you think consumers are. Look at 3D television and video calling. They didn't really add anything new. HD audio is worse because it is a solution to a problem that doesn't really exist. At least HD TV was there to improve on pictures.

'HD' audio is sloppy term that tries to piggyback off the success of HD television. (I was using Higher res than 1080P on my computers years before it was 'invented'). Buying Beats was more about a a strategic alliance and a marketing tactic, nothing more. Beats doesn't do anything fancy, in fact they butcher the normal sound profile to compensate for the overly compressed stuff that exists. Decent sound digitally has existed for ages. It is just there has been no mass market for these consumer devices because it suited companies at the time. Memory has become very cheap allowing the use of lossless codecs which mean you can show up your 128kbps mp3s if you use a decent ADC converter with a reasonable pair of headphones.

All of a sudden they invent 'new technology' to show how cutting edge it is. In reality, all Apple are doing is creating a licensing market to charge firms who make audio devices to sell to the public, in order to make them Apple compatible.

I hate Apple for oh, so many reasons, (I converted most of my family to Macs, btw), but Jobs was good at running them. Now? They are your typical profit led business that will try to produce things that tie in markets. Not surprised in any way, I mean this is what businesses do. But at least Jobs was visionary. Apple are now equivalent of Microsoft in the 90s, and IBM of the 80s. Google will go that way. It is the nature of that particular beast.

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

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Yeah. Damn Ewoks.

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