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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: How much?

"The 68000 looked even better but never seemed to take-off into home PCs - apart from the Sinclair QL."

Unless I am missing something here, but, the Atari ST? The Commodore Amiga?

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Re: Now that's just going too far

No.

Without hardware there would be no way for people to become inspired. It is a bit like saying Newton's contribution to physics is no where near as important as Einstein's. It is a pointless statement.

They all have forged foundations that we now sit atop.

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Smartphone giant _____ puts citizens' private data beyond reach of oppressive regime _____

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Here is a business plan...

Make a phone with an os that doesn't require customers data to be stored on your servers. Novel i know.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: How would you tell Drive wasn't working?

Fair enough.

I will attempt to use again and see what happens since it seems I have 100GB+ in total to useup.

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How would you tell Drive wasn't working?

I tried using drive. I found that it was so effing slow at syncing, used so many resources whilst doing it I gave up.

Also tried deleting content off drive. Still trying.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: Am I a criminal?

On the contrary. I think you should be a Nobel nominee.

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

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Re: Re. limitations

Doc! Is that you??!

What happened to keeping a low profile?

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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@ Chrisz Re: Advanced Motoring

Kudos for replying and explaining your post.

I think the downvotes are mainly the context of your comment coming across as "You should brake because that is how other drivers know to slow down" as opposed to "No braking means that the indication of slowing down is now lost and dependent on the driver behind you being aware in time".

Subtle difference but the context changes from "You should brake" to "Brake lights are a good indication and can only help". But hey, as you say, you are on a deadline....

The driver following should always be aware, but that same Police Motorcycle Roadcraft book I mentioned earlier does discuss, in detail, the use of using the brake lights as an indicator - which is easy to do on a motorcycle off the front lever and I use myself.

So have an upvote in apology to my, admittedly, angry retort.

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@ ChrisZ Re: Advanced Motoring

"Just be aware that when you don't touch your breaks your break lights don't come on!

If you're not careful you'll have someone to close behind you running into you!"

The fact you said this makes me wonder if you are one of those people on the motorway, or dual carriageway, that sits within half a second to a second behind the person in front of you. Whereas *brake*-lights are a vital indicator of what is going on, if you are relying on those brake lights to stop you running into the person in front of you just because they lift off the throttle at those speeds, then i seriously hope you lose your license in other ways before you kill someone because *you* are dangerous.

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Re: DWB

Still do it now. In fact, Anticipating what is going on in front and behind you, matching and anticipating speeds without having to correct it with brakes is, IIRC, known as Speed Awareness in the Motorcycle Roadcraft: The Police Riders Manual.

But I disagree on your conclusion. The upgrades that seem to be installed are fairly practical and in themselves designed by engineers before being integrated. Far better that an older car is kept going because of the amount of energy taken to create it in the first place.

Also, modern cars are designed, yes, then built to a price more exacting now. It used to be that a lot of items were vastly overengineered because you included a factor of safety based on manufacturing techniques at the time. Now manufacturing is is very good indeed and things are built more exacting, but tolerances being what they are, and mishaps, you still get failures. Look at all the recalls you get en-mass! Also, modern cars now change more rapidly than they used to, redesigns more constant, even within a same model run. When things break, and they will, getting those parts to keep it on the road is going to be a ball ache, yet alone being within a home mechanics ability, thus shooting the bill for repair up several times in time at a dealership making the car, well, uneconomical to repair well before its time.

No, sorry, keeping older cars going, as long as practical and not a deathtrap, is sensible. The current view of cars being like mobile phones and changing every few years for a newer model is just nuts.

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Best car based article yet from El Reg.

This!

Was very interesting and pretty practical.

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WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

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Re: So it scrolls from right-to-left ...

Whereas i abhor idea theft when that occurs, and i can't see the video, wasn't flappy bird basically the 'helicopter game' in the first place?

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Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future

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Yay for badge.

But it has to be a Golden Vulture poo one to distinguish it from the others.

I don't know what that looks like, so you could get away with pretty much anything.

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Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now

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Please no...

"FULL DISCLOSURE: #VultureTRENDING is an incredibly exciting new initiative from Vulture Publishing intended to harvest the #zeitgeistgasm and #crowdwisdom for dazzling new insights into the digital revolution. We are proud to admit that it was inspired by similar BBC initiatives."

I get it. I have seen #BBCtrending and it fills me with horror.

However, even the fact what you are doing is parody* reminds me that this kind of drivel exists. Please, please don't. Have a deal with the Daily Mashup, or something, to write this column for them or something similar but oh dear me, no.

* Even though I *know* this is a parody laced with truth, some part of me still can't shake the feeling that someone, somewhere, at Vulture Central may be even more sadistic than we give them credit for.

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America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

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Yes, but all then that needs to happen is a failsafe built into the satellite that just causes it to self destruct if interfered with. That would act as a deterrent to agencies trying to interfere with it - at least with something that is fairly expensive.

So I doubt it is that.

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

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Re: Plus net phone and broadband down here for us

How do you damage a storm?

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Bromborough, Eastham, Neston, Birkenhead, Claughton, Rock Ferry, Wallasey, Heswall, Hoylake, Irby - so that would be the Wirral then.

And I also think you meant Stockport, not Stockpoort.

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The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters

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Re: Sad thing is...

Oh that was truly terrible.

However, I accept that and raise you with this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_ELGnmLJOs

PS - you WILL not thank me.

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Nice to see the Reg is really trying hard...

...to get into Apple's good books.

For a minute, there, I thought that you wouldn't try at all...

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The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event

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Major omission...

Where is your Martha Lane Fox soundbyte?

I was looking forward to her insight on this major paradigm shift for the weapon of choice of the digitirati.

Shame on you, El Reg. Call yourself a serious tech site? Where is BBC technology...bound to find something there....

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'Theoretical' Nobel economics explain WHY the tech industry's such a damned mess

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"Becuase capitalization MAKES TEXT harder to read, something EVERY El REG HACK learned in THEIR first week ON THE job. It ALSO "sounds" like THE AUTHOR shouting RANDOMLY. And IT makes me WANT to SURF AWAY to the ENQUIRER, Slashdot, Reddit or ANOTHER news site that FOLLOWS a less annoying STYLE guide.

And! compare! the! way! The! Register! actually! takes! the! mickey! out! of! Yahoo! LIKE! this! just! for! having! an! exclamation! point! At! least! Yahoo! can! write! a! sane! headline!

And stop trolling Steven Fry FFS."

There, there.

Feel better now? :)

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Merkinland?

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WHY?

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Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods

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Sooo ROT13?

"Such technological protection measures should include those that render the data unintelligible to any person who is not authorised to access it, in particular by encrypting the personal data,"

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"appropriate technological protection measures"

Who decides what is appropriate? Plus, it is all very well having strong encryption if the keys to that encryption are compromised. Do they need to inform in that instance?

Personally, I can't see the sense in only having to say "IT'S ALL GONE!!!" only when not encrypted because there are too many unknowns. What is the problem with mandatory disclosure?

I smell lobbying.

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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Re: Cut'n'paste

Personally, I would rather rely on a password than have my risk of kidnapping at gunpoint increased.

Mind you, then you have torture as the main face to face method...then once they have tortured your password out of you, then then can kill you. BUt thinking about it, they should keep you alive in case you lied, got confused under duress. In which case it still is a preferred method, because then they will have to come back so you are alive longer. But then if you are at gunpoint in a public place to show your face then you may, *may* have a better chance of escape.

Oh what to do, what to do.

Screw it - HEY EVERYONE - MY PASSWORD IS D0UGL4SAD4M5!

Sorted.

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Passwords work AND are easy.

As long as you do it right for both choosing your password and the method of transmitting, storing and verification.

All it needs is a little education on how to choose passwords both for remembering them in future and being relatively hard to crack.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Re: Dead ducks

Indeed. Whereas I am a fan of ducks whilst alive, dead ducks at least, can be quite tasty.

I am not aware of badgers being classed as a delicacy, so I propose that DAB be referred to as DeAd Badger tech?

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Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe

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Re: Real design changes

When I have a removable battery? A couple of times. My Palm Pixi and my windows phone I certainly did.

As for memory cards - I don't need to replace, but then I want to be able to move a card from more than one device. But the point is the ability to do so.

But then if you are happy with what you have, then i am genuinely happy for you. I, however, do not think I am making an unreasonable request of the manufacturers.

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Real design changes

TBF - most of the modern smart phone designs haven't really been a game changer. IN fact, most smartphones have gone backwards in the prime use, ie, a phone. Battery life being at the forefront. They all still use a traditional style of icons and all the BS about rounded corners, or a single 'Home' button - I mean COME ON. What utter tripe and rubbish.

As much as it pains me to say, the Windows phone 8 (7.5? I never used it) home screen with the use of tiles is probably the main differentiator at first glance. (I use vanilla Android btw)

Personally, unless someone releases a smartphone on legs that follows me around like a little mini-butler, they are all mostly just a portal to accesssing online stuff, listening to off-line music, and making and receiving a call. Everything else is just friperry.

Personally, the holy grail for me is just:

Battery Life and a removable battery. (All of you!)

Extendable storage. (WHat is your problem google and apple? Really?)

Robustness. (meh)

Reliability. (meh 2)

Easily mounted on ANY computer. (I mean Android - sometimes it PAINS ME just how hard it can be to mount you, a LInux based computer, on another Linux based computer. )

Decent audio file player. (Microsoft, do you ever, EVER use your own products? That media player would have been crap in a pre Napster world. I mean this is soo ridculous it is just NOT FUNNY)

If companies went on about their computer design to the same extent about their phones then they would be a laughing stock.

Is this a rant? I didn't mean it to be. I suppose it is.

Meh 3.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Re: What puzzles me

I would strongly suspect that the Ridgeback has a higher rolling resistance due to having the MTB tyres still fitted, hence my original post at top.

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Re: Like them

Dunno who downvoted you for a really sensible post.

I agree with you entirely. 650b with Grand Bois Hetres for the win!

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HTFU ^ -1

So this is what HTFU ^ -1 looks like.... :)

Interesting article.

Not for me; however, in the spirit of a balanced review, a bike that is suited to the commute you do, with correct tyres ang gearing *and* setup correct for your body proportions, would be interesting to compare to your Ridgeback also. It might not leave you as relaxed as the Vanmoof, but I think you may be surprised.

Or not.

Interesting though.

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OMG, we're gonna be invaded by NEXUS 6 replicants – no, wait. It's just a rumored phablet

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Re: "describes himself as a "total internet ninja,""

I would have preferred:

b) needs taken out back and be used as target practice for Shurikens.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Re: really...Microsoft...

"F**k you TP-Link. F**k you, and the horse battery staple you didn't ride"

FTFY

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APPLE still building fanbois CULT HQ in Cupertino, it seems

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Re: As you can see, my young apprentice ...

Yeah, but we know how that ended.

The question is, what is represented by Alderaan in the meantime? :)

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What was that about a new HQ preceding downfall?

I *know* it was mentioned in a Reg article in the last couple of weeks, but damned if I can find it...

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

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I know that on Windows phone 8 on I could on my Linux desktop machine,which no hassle, and my Windows laptop. In fact, I quite liked the use of the phone in general (a Lumia 620) but the deal breaker for me was the Music app was terrible on the phone, and the Mail client rather limited for my multiple Imap accounts. Apart from that, the build quality was excellent, I quite liked the tiled home screen.

HTHs

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

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Re: But...

"Think of the children..."

If you really think about it, someone probably once said that about the people in question.

Look where that got us...

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Hipster chimps are SLAVES to the latest social trends

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So basically, nature is one great big Schoolground.

That is, like, totally wicked sick*

* Did I say that right?

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A dream, (for me), device.

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A dream, (for me), device.

So anyway, for a long while I have had an inkling for *nix based device. Something that can be thrown around a fair wee bit. Relatively cheap (no more than 300 quid). WIth replaceable slots so if wifi standards change, I can swap it out.

Something in the vein of a Husky Hunter or Z88. The emphasis being on the typing ability, not touch or a mouse.

So ideally:

A Z88 style format. No hinges, but a similar keyboard that is nice to type on given the size.

A simple screen that shows text, 132 or 80 column depends on the screen and readbility I guess. Not bothered about graphics as I want a shell only on that screen, BUT it can have a DVI port so I can plug it in and use X or whatever when I am in a suitable place, USB, obviously, so I can plug in a mouse in that scenario.

The ability to fit a small form Hard drive would be ok, but I could handle SD only if needed.

Ethernet port.

Am I the only one who would find such a thing ideal?

I was thinking that it may be possible to build something similar using, say, a Pi base. Could even be a kit form that you just stick you pi into. Not being into hardware hacking in any way, reckon this could be done and any pointers?

Or is there such a device already that is used in more specialist circles that already exists?

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: Hardly rocket science

The problem will be if they allow starting from when you need it, then it does away with the monthly catchments argument. Whereas the way they have it now, eg, starting midway through the month means you still pay for the whole of the month, PLUS refunds only for whole months remaining, means they are going to be gaining more money.

Even if it is only 10% of the payments they end up making, it is still 10% on millions.

I suspect it is a lot more.

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GDS...

came to mind before I even knew who built the Car Tax ^H^H^H Vehicle Excise Duty payment site. Silly me for even doubting...

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It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal

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Vodafone

Forgive my ignorance on large companies and tax matters, but how does that alleged Apple/Eire deal differ from, say, Vodafone's bargain tax settlement in the UK?

Plus should the EU find Eire wanting, should the UK* be equally worried?

*By the UK I mean, basically, the UK population as a whole.

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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Re: At first they came for the Paedophiles

"That's a bizarre list of people to link by any stretch of the imagination."

That was his point. It is all very well trying to manipulate popular opinion using this subset to 'justify' removal of rights/new laws but the point being is that those laws are actually for the ENTIRE population. The majority of which do NOT fall into those categories. Despite what the DM says.

The law should be applied equally to all. Therefore the rights of the population should be enshrined.

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Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

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This is art!

"If you present me with Josh's music, it sounds like someone has passed the output of the Arecibo radio telescope through a MIDI synthesizer at high speed and overlaid it with the vocal stylings of a very angry man simultaneously gargling and being strangled."

Brilliantly prosed.

BTW, your mention of rails cars reminds me of the album by Loscil 'Sketches from New Brighton' where recordings of rail cars do feature IIRC. It is a very good album if you like various forms of esoteric electronica. Which I do.

Btw - I assume the Apple gear being Josh's? I can't see you, Mr Pott, using an iPhone or an iPad. Or are these stock images?

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

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Re: When do the films come out?

I suppose it could be the title of an eBay denial of service attack?

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Re: Not as serious as openssl issue

Heartbleed could allow you to disclose system information which then allows you a direct attack vector.

This IS a direct attack vector and not just via unpatched webservers. All very well saying a patch will sort it, but there have already been reports of tools like massscan being used to exploit machines.

I would bet that more machines are compromised because of this and the highly public nature surrounding it than because of heartbleed.

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When do the films come out?

"Shell Shocked", "Heartbleed" ??!

What's next?

"Firewall of Death"

"Microshaft"

"aPColypse now"

"TellallNet"

"Bay of Pings"

I mean since the big IT players have had films about them/being made about them, I suppose it is only natural that these kind of things are next.

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EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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Re: No.

"Oh, and DuckDuckGo is just a Bing powered 'shoot the Google duck' engine."

Citation needed. Really.

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"Post search results for their competitors services higher up than their own?...Not give a high ranking to results that are the most relevant / popular?"

And here-in lies the crux. Google are deciding what is more relevant. You could argue that being more popular are the ones that are higher ranked by Google when searching in Google ad infinitum ad nauseam. For example, a few years ago, Google decided that faster response times from a server would positively impact your result in the rankings. Fine. However, what happens if you are a server that is situated in a poorer country, with less of an infrastructure to support a fast response time? Theorectically, you may have information that is more relevant being dropped simply because of that result. Interestingly, do Google advocate Net Neutrality?*

It is a powerful position to be in. For any search engine. It is interesting to do comparison searches on Duckduckgo and Google. I use both, depending on what i am trying to search, but I can tell you that when searching on something more mainstream the amount of fluff and advertising you wade through on Google can be considerably more.

I am not saying which is correct or not, but I am saying that the EC investigating Google could well be valid. It isn't like there is a "golden standard" for ranking a web search.

On the other hand, there is a tendancy for people to consider Google the Guardian of the/Gateway to the interwebs and so seem to hold them to some higher moral standard than they would normally. Which in itself is laughable and shows up their lack of understanding of what is going on. Google are just the biggest online advertiser on the planet. Whatever else they try to diversify into, it is important to remember that.

*which is a can of worms in itself and isn't so straightforward as both sides would want you to believe.

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